While I don’t pretend to be Chevy Chase, Norm MacDonald, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, or any other SNL anchor, I am here to bring you the news, and it’s Saturday Night.
Boris Diaw was hurt today in Eurobasket Qualifiers while playing for the French National Team. While we don’t know exactly what’s hurt, it’s his ankle area and he’s expected to miss around a month, placing his return around the beginning of the season, possibly allowing him to play in a few preseason games. With the already lacking depth at the Power Forward position –only Diaw and second year player Alexis Ajinca are listed as Power Forwards on the depth chart, though rookie Derrick Brown will likely spend time there– this just makes those worried about the position even more uneasy.
On a similar note, there have been rumblings that Houston and the Bobcats are in trade talks. One would assume that one of the Bobcats’ centers, either Nazr Mohammed or Desagana Diop, as well as Houston forward Carl Landry are involved. The hold-up to a deal is that last year, around September 25th, the Bobcats submitted an offer sheet to Landry, and cannot trade for him until one year after they submitted paperwork to the league office. Other pieces in this trade could be Houston’s Joey Dorsey, who is a quality backup, and Brent Barry, who I believe has an unguaranteed contract that would save the Bobcats around one million dollars. Also possibly outgoing would be guard Dontell Jefferson, or Ajinca (though I doubt it).
Last Tuesday, bobcats.com posted an Interview with assistant coach Dave Hanners, and in that interview, Hanners talked about different things, but a couple things jumped out at me.
One, Gerald Wallace had surgery, and nobody covered it. Now, I know it was just have his wisdom teeth out, but that’s still a rather major thing to totally miss, and no local paper or national media outlet covered it. As far as I know I’m the first person to put it in print.
Two, this coaching staff seems really, REALLY, high on Derrick Brown. I know he was supposed to be a first round pick, but Hanners is super high on him, and Dave is a really good coach. Which brings me to…
Three, apparently either Scott Lauer is a kiss-ass or the Bobcats Front Office wants Hanners to succeed Larry Brown. I very much hope it is the latter, because after spending as much time around Coach Brown as Hanners has, something has to have impressed the Teacher. Larry has taught multiple Head Coaches in the league, like Mike Woodson and John Kuester. Hopefully Hanners will be not only the next but the most successful.
A couple random notes:
RIP to Skipper Beck. I met Skip’s son through the arena racing stuff at Cricket Arena, nice kid, prayers to the family.
To anyone who’s upset about MJ’s speech at the Hall of Fame, that’s who MJ is, and he’s fine with that, why can’t you be? He worked to be the greatest player ever, let him enjoy it how he wants to.
Also, MJ is NOT going to play again. He was too old last time, and he knew it. He’s beyond too old this time. This isn’t the PGA, where there’s an Old Guys tour.
And lastly, Alexis Ajinca likes playing Rock Band. I’ve never seen a 7’0 drummer before…