1. Kobe Bryant’s not being traded. Kobe doesn’t even really want to be traded. This is a non-story that people are running with because the NBA playoffs stopped being interesting the moment San Antonio beat Phoenix in Game 5 while Amare Stoudamire was serving his one-game suspension. Seriously, what does it say about the NBA when the only story grabbing headlines right now is coming from a player that was bounced from the postseason 30 days ago? David Stern can get sanctimonious and nasty all he wants but his league has a problem and the Spurs aren’t doing anybody any favors by alienating casual fans all across the country.
1A. I know Kobe’s not being traded but I wish the Knicks could get him. Eddy Curry, David Lee, Renaldo Balkman, and Mardy Collins are my only untouchables. If the Knicks could add Kobe to Curry, I’d be happier than a pig in shit. Kobe would have the low-post big man he’s missing and Curry would have the guy that wants to be “the man” that he’d be happy to defer to. There’s obviously no way it’s happening but a guy can dream, can’t he?
2. I love ARod. Hypocrites and haters will call last night’s “I got it!” call a bush league play and a form of cheating. I call it smart baseball. First and foremost, baseball is full of these nonsensical and contradictory so-called unwritten rules. While it is acceptable to pull the hidden ball trick or to scuff or otherwise mark up a baseball, it is unacceptable to confuse a fielder as he attempts to catch a pop-up in the infield. How does that make sense? The object of the game is to win by all means necessary. If no one else pulls that trick, that’s fine. But I have no problem with Alex doing whatever it takes for his team to score the runs they need to win the game. Further, I have to believe that if another player (except for Barry Bonds) did the same thing, it wouldn’t garner much more than a chuckle and a blooper-level mention on ESPN. It’s too bad that anything Alex does gets criticized but I guess that’s what happens when everyone in baseball is jealous of his extraordinary skill and savvy.