Friday, June 27, 2008

Welcome to Cleveland JJ

With the 19th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select... JJ Hickson? OK, so I admit it, Ferry threw a curveball at us with that one, but that does NOT mean it's a bad choice. The more I read and saw of this kid last night, the more I like him. Maybe I'm just talking myself into the pick. But I'll defer to the 'experts' to analyze this since I'm certainly not qualified.

The draft reviews are streaming in and it seems like we are getting some favorable marks from ESPN and However, and are not big on JJ. Locally, Bill Livingston, MSB, and David Lee Morgan weigh in on the newest Cavalier. Who knows how it will turn out, but I'm not jumping off a building this morning. I think Hickson will be just fine wearing the wine and gold uniform. And I'm excited that we finally have a guy that likes to dunk the ball and isn't named LeBron. Since he wasn't in New York last night and you may be curious to hear from him directly, here's a phone interview with Hickson courtesy of

Is Hickson ready to rock the rim at the Q?

Windhorst Update: Of course his analysis was missed last night, but more importantly, it sounds like his condition may be improving.

Tribe Update: The slumpbuster was at it again last night (and no, that has nothing to do with Mark Grace). I'm talking about Cliff Lee, who just stops losing streaks this season. Last night was the fourth 3-game losing skid that Lee has personally ended, to go along with a 7-gamer as well. He is still firmly on course to be the AL starter at the All-Star Game in a couple of weeks with his improbable 11-1 record and 2.34 ERA. Lee added 11 strikeouts to his already impressive resum
é last night. The Tribe avoided the sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Giants. The team will continue interleague play tonight against the Reds with CC Sabathia on the mound and me in attendance. Maybe my last chance to see the big guy in person in a Tribe uniform? We'll find out soon...

Edit: I just realized that the Tribe is currently tied for last place in the Central thanks to Kansas City's five-game winning streak. Yes, I've been avoiding even glancing at the standings for a while now. This is the first time the Indians have been in last place this late in the season since 1993 - when they were still in the AL East and the Central didn't exist. Wow, what a year!


sportsgirl132 said...

Well, with the way Lee pitched last night, I think I'll just go on doubting him. Now, let me admit awful thoughts on Sabathia....he is pitching tonight.

The media is buzzing about the Nets picking up some Chinese dude and how it SCREAMS that James is already gone to play for his buddy JayZ.

I need someone to explain the NBA salary cap to me. Do you know of such things?

Not that rules and such matter in the NBA anyway....

sportsgirl132 said...

p/s..regarding the Windhorst link

so much for medical confidentiality. ( I get weird about these things having worked in health care..)

chiefwahoo56 said...

Here is a site that explains everything about the NBA salary cap, and is a must-click for NBA nerds like me:

And as far as Windhorst goes, I kinda feel the same way. I work at a hospital and I hear all the time about confidentiality issues. But I figured since it's already out there, I'd just link to it since people are wondering how he's doing.

sportsgirl132 said...

I hope you know that I wasn't coming down on YOU.

It's just a weird subject for me. I live in a smaller city on the Columbia and before the clinic instituted medical record accountability, I'd see people sit at their desk and do nothing but run through charts. They'd get reported --and because they were friends with admin.-- nothing would happen.

Still, I am grateful to know that Windhorst is doing better and hopeful that he's OK with whomever posted that info.

Gosh--does Paul Byrd suck or what???

(thanks for the link !! )