Ramblings Of A Sports Fanatic

Thank the good lord for someone like Jeremy Lin and the wave of ”Linsanity” that follows in his wake for rescuing what was a flat-out hideous NBA season (at least from an offensive stand point). I think his story is great from being drafted out of Harvard to having been cut by not one but two NBA teams before getting a chance to play due to injuries in New York. I love to root for guys like this. Like his NFL counter part Tim Tebow, he is just a good person. I don’t care about the deficiencies in their respective games. So what if Lin commits a few turnovers or if Tebow’s mechanics need a little work? These guys make the games they participate in more exciting and they commit awesome acts of kindness to those who’s lives they come across. Why should I not root for guy’s like that?

Is it just me or is Carmelo Anthony the Stephon Marbury of today’s NBA? Marbury was a really good individual talent who could not make his abilities translate into better team results. Teams routinely got better after he left. Denver has become a better team since they traded Anthony to the Knicks. New York is 18-18 this season. They’re 6-4 without Anthony in the line up including the “Birth of Linsanity” stretch in which they went 6-1 in that time with Anthony sidelined. If you’re doing the math at home New York is 12-14 in game’s in which Anthony’s played. Smells an awful lot like a Marbury effect if you ask me.

The Lakers are absolutely doing the right thing by rejecting a reported trade offer from Minnesota that would send them small forward Michael Beasley in exchange for the highest of one of their two first round picks in the 2012 draft. As it stands right now LA is already over the salary cap and doesn’t need to add more to the payroll. Now if you can get Beasley in exchange for a player or two either with or without a draft pick, that’s a different story. First priority for the Lakers should be a point guard. They’re getting used and abused at that position on a nightly basis.

As Los Angeles Kings fan, I have mixed emotions on the recent trade that brought them forward Jeff Carter and sent defenseman Jack Johnson to Columbus along with a first round pick in either 2012 or 2013. I’m excited that Carter is part of the team and I hope that he and Mike Richards can rekindle the magic they had together in Philadelphia in which the Flyers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings had to do something to help their anemic offense so I support the move from that perspective. I just hate that Jack Johnson had to be the sacrificial lamb.

I’m not from Sacramento and likely am never going to be a Sacramento Kings fan nor have any emotional involvement with the team. On that note, I thought it was absolutely wonderful that both the Maloofs and the city came to an agreement on building the team a new arena in the downtown area which will keep the Kings in California’s capital city. There is arguably no NBA city who loves their team more than the fans of Sacramento love their Kings. Had they relocated a grave injustice would’ve been committed.

What’s up with Dwayne Wade’s foul on Kobe Bryant in the all-star game last weekend? Hello Mr Wade, it’s a freaking exhibition game! Not the playoffs or even regular season and unlike that stupid clause in Major League Baseball’s all-star game, home court in the finals was not being decided.

This weekend when Miami visits the Lakers I would send either Matt Barnes or Metta World Peace to and “take care of business” with Mr. Wade. Preferably World Peace because he has played so bad all season his potential ejection for a flagrant foul would be doing the Lakers a favor.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I really miss football.

I still can’t believe that Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into one of those trucks that dry the track on a yellow flag during the Daytona 500. That’s an incident that even Hollywood couldn’t make up.

Thanks for stepping into the clubhouse.

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