With the NBA’s new CBA bringing teams closer and closer to paying bigger fines for exceeding the salary cap, player movement and contract negotiations were framed in a different light this offseason.
Couple ownership salary cap concerns with the unprecedented number of front office and coaching changes that took place this offseason, and the flood gates opened to provide a heaping helping of intrigue going into the 2013-14 season.
So, where did all of those free agents and misfit players end up up at the end of the offseason? Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference offseason moves.
via Rotowire.com – Fantasy NBA Draft Kit: Offseason Moves – Eastern Conference.
Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy (the one on Sam & Cat that doesn’t have the improbably-high speaking voice) wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal (of all places) about her much-reported flirtation with Detroit Piston Andre Drummond.
A month and a half ago, I logged onto Twitter and saw my timeline clogged with people asking me to follow some account called “@DRE_DRUMMOND_.” Five tweets are easy to ignore; hundreds are not. Impressed by the amount of energy centered on this account, I of course had to click on it. I first read the bio attached: Official Twitter of Andre Drummond. Former UCONN HUSKY F, Now a Detroit Piston. Live by GOD, #T.A.G.O.D. Curious and admittedly ignorant in the sports arena, I took to Google for some research. I read the guy’s Wikipedia page… confronted by statistics and a bunch of basketball jargon, I gathered that he was gifted at basketball… and super, super tall. Not yet satisfied with my knowledge of this guy’s deal, I backtracked on his Twitter page a few months and checked out his Instagram… he appeared personable, youthful, and fun. And judging by the amount of me-related posts he had shared, it seemed he had been expressing his crush on me for quite some time. I found it sweet, gutsy, and flattering. It’s hard not to be impressed by a boy who will express his feelings for you in front of hundreds of thousands of people. I followed him back on Twitter and sent him a public message. We had a brief banter and then he sent me a private message with his phone number. Inevitably, I utilized it.
via Jennette McCurdy on Internet Romance–and Andre Drummond – Speakeasy – WSJ.
I guess this week’s “crap, I’m old” moment will be the realization that an NBA player has been crushing on an actress from a show my kids watch.
The Knicks got a much-needed win last night, pasting the Detroit Pistons 113-86.
Given the lopsided score, quite a few fans took to Twitter wondering why Mike D’Antoni didn’t pull Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler until the mid-way point of the fourth quarter – especially with three games in three nights looming on the schedule later this week.
To me, the answer is pretty simple: practice. It’s obvious – often painfully so – that the Knicks’ key players have yet to figure out how to get the best out of each other. That comfort level comes from familiarity, from repetition. And with this season’s schedule compressed like ten pounds of… uh… excrement in a five-pound bag… practice time is in very short supply. So why not give Amar’e and ‘Melo and Chandler a little extra run in a laugher, and treat it as a scrimmage?
It also doesn’t hurt to use the time to build the Knicks’ confidence – another thing that’s been in short supply of late.