02/14 Morning Minute: DNPs, K2 and the Rich Get Richer

Manu GinobiliManu Ginobili sees your 40, and raises you six more.  With a quick shot back to yesterday’s blurb regarding Branson Wright’s comparison to the San Antonio Spurs, let’s compare injured players. 

  • San Antonio DNP: Brent Barry, Francisco Elson, Matt Bonner, Tony Parker, Ian Mahinmi
  • Cleveland DNP: Eric Snow, Cedric Simmons, Daniel Gibson, Sasha Pavlovic, Anderson Varejao, Shannon Brown

Two quick things jump out at me.  1) Who the heck is Ian Mahinmi?  and 2) Had at least a few of the Cleveland DNP’s played, we likely would have had more than two players in double-figures.  If there’s any consolation, how often will Tim Duncan drain 7-of-9 free throws?  I mean, that was the difference-maker.  Cleveland’s free throw attempts: 16.  San Antonio: 30.  Done deal, pal.

Is it just me, or did this news regarding Kellen Winslow get a bit of a gloss-over yesterday?  If it wasn’t for my hellacious week, I would have mentioned it, but it obiously isn’t good – even if it may be a rumor.

Maybe Kellen Winslow Jr.’s desire for a new contract is rooted in the suspicion that his career may be shortened by his repeated knee surgeries.

The Browns tight end is considering whether to have another surgery on his right knee. That’s the knee that was ripped apart when he crashed his motorcycle practicing wheelies in a parking lot in May of 2005. It has been cut open at least four times already.

While I am on record saying that the Browns should consider re-working his deal, as he did the same for them after his accident, if there is in fact some alterior motives that would ultimately end in the Browns getting the raw deal, I’m fully ready to reneg my position.  I should run for office…

When you have players like Jason Kidd and Devin Harris swapping teams, you cannot help but laugh at the fact that it is Devean George (Devean freaking George) who has not signed off on the deal yet.  Any game that New Jersey plays without Kidd is fine by me…

Wow.  After I mentioned yesterday about Kelvin Sampson, I’m even admittedly surprised to see this post by The Big Lead. 

And finally, MCBias (a Cleveland fan, mind you) has been duped by this whole Valentine’s Day mess.  So bad that he has allowed a Detroit Pistons fan to guest blog on his site – a female Pistons fan.  I speak in jest as Natalie is a highly-respected blogger, but I guess it was less expensive than buying a gift!  While we shake our collective heads at the Cleveland transplant, go check out his/her stuff…

Have a good Thursday, all.


  • Rick

    I don’t think there is any question about Winslow’s motives. He knows that his career was shortened by the accident, the only question is how shortened. I have to say that it is a bit alarming that he is asking for this after a season in which he repeatedly said he was battling to be able to walk on Monday. I wonder if he might have 3 or 4 years left in him at a high level tops.

  • Sholom Gootzeit

    The Nets have gone straight down since Byron Scott left, Jason Kidd engineered that firing, so it comes as no surprise that he has decided to leave since the Nets suck. Scott has a concept of coaching which includes a deep bench to keep his stars ready for playoffs, Kidd likes statistics, no loss to the Nets, but they still don’t have a coach with a long season-playoff concept.