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“The Hornets said they wanted frontcourt depth [for Tyson Chandler] and the Cavs couldn’t really provide that, plus Danny Ferry is very close to the Thunder and General Manager Sam Presti so he’ll know exactly what the issue is with Chandler. The toe injury must be serious because this was a steal for OKC. A player the Cavs have long been interested in is James Posey, who the Hornets got ahead of the Cavs because they offered a longer contract last summer. New Orleans has some depth on the wing and even though Posey is a championship player, it has become obvious their focus isn’t all on winning.” [Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer]
Any post that can blend a steroid scandal with the Browns’ Terry Cousin and Cousin Eddie from the National Lampoon movies deserves a read. Though I wish there would have been some sort of incorporation of a “forehead being sewn to the floor.” [G Money/Money Shot]
On the Tyson Chandler debacle: “I wonder if perhaps we also learn a little something about why the Hornets may have been willing to make a lopsided trade. Not that they were trying to dupe the Thunder, but if the medical staff has long-term worries about Chandler, then that might be one more reason to make a move. And while Thunder fans are the ones hanging their heads tonight, I wonder whether it isn’t Hornets fans who find themselves in the bigger pickle. Now we know the Hornets — a team on delicate financial footing — are likely to be spending more than they think they should, and a lot of that will be going to a big man who has some kind of long-term health concerns. And even with a healthy Chandler, the Hornets needed another quality big man. The future was annoying after the cost-cutting trade that would cost the team a year of contention. But now, with money and health problems, the joy of Chandler’s return has to be laced with a couple of profound new worries.” [Henry Abbott/TrueHoop]
Uh-OSU: “With Penn State upsetting Illinois, the loss drops Ohio State into a three way tie for fifth place with the Illini on the slate Sunday at 1pm in the Schott. All of a sudden OSU’s tourney hopes are a little cloudy though they control their destiny with three straight games against teams ahead of them in the standings. After the Sunday home game against Illy, Penn State visits Tuesday before a Saturday roadie at Purdue. A trip to Iowa followed by the season finale at home to Northwestern closes out the regular season. At 7-6 in conference, the Buckeyes might need three wins or else two wins plus a win in the conference tourney to secure a bid. That seems like an obtainable but very challenging task. Protecting home court could very well determine Ohio State’s post season fate.” [Chris/Eleven Warriors]
A look into the Browns off-season: “Roughly 37 plays during the 2008 season cost the Browns an opportunity to be on the right side of the won/loss ledger. Just an interesting number and one which tells how deep this team is being looked at. While many outside the Browns look at the organization and see a talent base that’s average at best, those evaluating the roster appear to have a much different perspective. As changes are expected throughout the defense and in a couple key offensive areas, the belief is this team is going to be more than just competitive heading into the 2009 season.” [Lane Adkins/The OBR]