While We’re Waiting… Daniel Gibson’s Support, James Laurinaitis’ Stock, and an OSU Hoops Win

While We’re Waiting aims to be the round-up of the recent WFNY-esque information for your morning viewing. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email in the sidebar.


Daniel Gibson on his recent struggles: “[LeBron] has been my biggest support system throughout this whole injury.  My teammates have had my back throughout everything. It is a gradual process, but it is getting better.” [Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer]

A WFNY Guest post: Could Grady Sizemore, Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley be our new version of Belle/Lofton/Ramirez?  [SpringTraining09]

Scout.com breaks out the risers and fallers from this week’s NFL combine: “James Laurinaitis is a gamer and not a player who’s going to impress you in specialized drills. He’s a warrior who plays with passion on game days, not a freak who possesses God given athletic ability that makes you do a triple-take. Laurinaitis struggled during his workout, lacked quickness and appeared stiff in coverage. His 4.80 in the 40 was disappointing, and only lifting 225 pounds, 22 times was less than expected.”  [Chris Steubner/Scout.com

“What makes James James? His uncanny combination of size and speed, which has gotten even more inexorable in the open court, off the dribble, or anywhere around the paint; the emergent defense nightmare he’s become; his court vision, which insistently delivers the ball to whichever Cav happens to be closest to the basket; a nose for rebounds that comes with just understanding the action better than anyone else. All some combination of peak basketball IQ and/or outlandish physical gifts, traits he’s applied more seamlessly, and synthesized with greater ease, as he’s matured. This is the education of LeBron, and what I talk about when I imagine the “authentic” James.” [Bethlehem Shoals/Free Darko]

“Caution: You may faint upon reading the next sentence so consider yourself warned. Much maligned point guards Jeremie Simmons and P.J. Hill combined for 27 points on 10/17 shooting as Ohio State stopped a three game skid with a 73-59 victory over Penn State tonight in the Schott. The win moved Ohio State into a four way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten, improving OSU to 8-7 in conference and 18-8 overall.” [Chris/Eleven Warriors]

  • bobby

    Check out the Plain Dealer… apparently our best D player wants out.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    We’re all over it. Can’t post everything all at once, guys…

  • Tron

    Oh man, your sping training 09 article, I misread it at first and thought it said Dellucci had just been traded to the pirates. I was ecstatic for about 5 seconds till I realized my error in reading punctuation. It was a really REALLY happy 5 seconds tho

  • B-bo

    Nice win for the Buckeyes last night, but why did they have to blow a 17-point lead at home before waking up and pulling it out late? Such a frustrating team to watch.

  • Brendon

    Does anyone think we could make a play for Jeff Saturday in Free Agency?
    Our biggest ‘hole’ I feel on our O-Line is the Center position. Jeff Saturday is a stud.

    Do we have the cap room?

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    “Such a frustrating team to watch.”

    They fit the WFNY mold, no?

  • Josh

    If all of these Buckeyes are doing so bad at the combine, how about no one draft them, and they can all beome browns by default?


    we’ll take em all… (as undrafted rookies of course) don’t want to burn the #5 pick on guys who did bad at the combine!


  • B-bo

    Touche, Scott. Touche.

  • http://www.sundaystrategy.com LoganCash

    Belle, Lofton and Ramirez were all HOF worthy players, all playing in the same outfield at the same time in a small market town. Belle and Lofton were at their prime and Ramirez was a little ahead of his.

    But still…. I can live to be 100 years old and won’t see an outfield that good in Cleveland again.

    The amount of talent on the ’95 team was ridiculous. I’m still pissed we didn’t win that year

  • bridgecrosser

    @9 agreed… I think Choo’s more likely to have the better career than Brantley….

  • S-Dub

    OSU really misses Lighty, that guy was going to be key for us and I could see us at least 3rd in the big ten if he’s healthy all year.