Some interesting stories out there. Let’s take a look!
– Michael Redd is out for the season. This obviously is a major blow to the Bucks, although they beat the Knicks pretty easily without Redd. In any event, it is definitely helpful for the Knicks if they want to make the playoffs, as the Bucks are currently the #8 seed (the Knicks are two games back) with only the Nets standing between the Knicks and the Bucks.
– In a horrific piece of news, Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend (and mother of his 3-year-old son) was murdered, along with her 9-month-old daughter. Curry’s son was left unharmed. The police are on the look out for her ex-boyfriend, who she had a restraining order against. Just sickening, and all our condolences out to Curry and the woman’s family.
– Stephon Marbury says that the Celtics have given him a firm commitment that they would sign him if he was released by the Knicks. Things must be getting kinda desperate in Beantown. They’re “only” on pace to win 60 games right now.
Some choice quotes from the guard:
“The question to be asked to the Knicks is: Are they fearful for me playing for another Eastern Conference team? My thing is, they shouldn’t be fearful. They’re trying to get under the cap for 2010. They shouldn’t be worried about me.”
“You had guys saying I was a distraction, I’m a cancer. If I’m all those things, wouldn’t you want me to go to another team?”
“It shouldn’t matter that I go to Boston if you’re the eighth seed and Boston is in the front. It can’t be about money. The Knicks got plenty of it. It’s got to be personal. If it’s personal, then how is business being done there?”
– The Grizzlies introduced Lionel Hollins as their new head coach. What an absolutely bizarre hiring. The guy had been their interim head coach twice, so what has he done as a Bucks assistant coach that made him look good enough to get the official job now? Why sign a new coach like Hollins period when you could just have Johnny Davis be the interim coach? They’ve already established that they were hoping to get a notable coach (Avery Johnson) and to be honest, it’s not like the Grizzlies job does not have some allure to it. A lot of good young players and zero expectations. So why not just play out the string and then try to nab a high-profile coach this off season? At least you’d get the chance to interview the top up and coming assistant coaches from other teams. Instead, you’re committing to Lionel Huggins? Bizarre.
– Speaking of the Grizzlies, think there’s any chance Marc Iavaroni gets hired by the Knicks before next year? I’d imagine he’s almost certainly going to be hired next season, but I wonder if they’ll nab him before then.
– Chris Paul apparently got over a million votes in just the last week of the voting to make up ground on the “undeserving” Tracy McGrady. Some pundits are calling “fix!” What do you folks think?
– I’ve really been enjoying John Hollinger’s PER Diem daily columns, but man, I don’t get his piece the other day on the Pistons. He acts surprised that the Pistons aren’t doing so well. I had always thought that the AI/Billups trade was specifically designed to not make the team better, but rather to clear out cap space (and give Stuckey a starting job). So is it some great surprise that the team is not doing as well? That was not a “2008-09” trade there.