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]