Tom Izzo did not receive assurances that Lebron James would remain in Cleveland, and no amount of money should be enough for him to risk having to coach the Cavaliers without him.
So it appears that the most prized free agent in the history of the NBA (and all of pro sports?) will indeed be some team’s prize.
The Bulls are right in the middle of this race, but the prospects of each team remain difficult to judge. The handicapping will be swayed by a combination of guesswork, wild rumor, and overanalytical interpolation of noncommittal statements from James and those close to him. In other words, good stuff for sports-talk radio!
The bumbling Cubs turned in a lame performance at home against Oakland. Carlos Zambrano labored, Derrick Lee and Tyler Colvin each made two errors, and remaining expectations of a turnaround in the winnable NL Central are fading. Could be some entertaining media sessions ahead for Lou.
Ugly win for the Sox in Pittburgh, but they’ll take it. Kenny and Ozzie are making public nice-nice and smiling with clenched teeth. All you need to know is that this recent surge has them still five below even and 7.5 games off the lead. They are scheduled to face Stephen Strasburg Friday night, and we expect to talk to Nats GM Mike Rizzo sometime this afternoon.
Lakers/Celts will see game 7 after LA just thrashes the visitors from the jump last night. The knee injury to Kendrick Perkins looked bad enough to keep him out, so the hobbled Andrew Bynum is now less of a burden for Thursday.
Speaking of Thursday, we will do “Who You Crappin?” tomorrow at 5:00 (it was skipped last week due to the Sox).
And Friday the Bud Light “Who Needs Two?” Tavern Tour brings us to Aurora. Join us at Mike and Denise’s Pizza and Pub at 1760 N. Farnsworth Ave for cold beer, sports absurdism and free tickets!