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“I think Kobe’s the best player on this planet, forget the NBA.” Steph [Marbury] said. “Think about this: Which player do you want to take the last shot?” I told Steph that for me it depended on a lot of variables. How much time was left? Was there a foul to give? What team was I playing against? Every time I came up with a variable, Steph sighed and rolled his eyes. [...]
Eventually, while driving home that night, I came to this understanding: If there was a play at the end of the game — say there were 5 seconds left on the clock — and I needed someone to take that final shot, I’d probably want Kobe to take that shot. He’s the best offensive player in the game today. I have no problem acknowledging that and accepting that.
The thing is, for the other 47 minutes and 55 seconds of the game, I’d want LeBron James to be my guy. I’d want him to grab rebounds, dunk on people in traffic, block shots, lead fastbreaks, cut up with guys on the sideline, throw powder into the air, drive to the basket, go to the line…basically, I’d want LeBron out there doing what he’s done all season long. You know, all those things that have made LeBron James, at least in my mind, the most valuable player in the NBA. [Lang Whitaker/SLAMOnline]
Think we’re frustrated with our bullpen? “Damaso Marte obviously cannot pitch in pinstripes (5.40 ERA in 18.1 innings in 2008; 27.00 ERA in 2.0 innings thus far in 2009). Jose Veras is about half-crappy compared to Marte as Veras has a 13.50 ERA in 3.1 innings in 2009. And Phil Coke needs to pitch like he did in 2008 (0.61 ERA/14 K/2 BB/5 Holds in 14.2 innings) because he’s relatively looking like ish right now (9.00 ERA/5 K/3 BB in 4.0 innings). [...] We need more Nick Swisher, perhaps? Or do we start that whole debate all over again about Joba Chamberlain going in the bullpen?” [Yanks Go Yard]
To celbrate 1 million hits, Evan “The Villan” Turner guest blogs over at Club Trillion [Club Trillion]
Food for thought: “Trading Edwards would leave the Browns with tight end Steve Heiden and running back Jamal Lewis as their leading receivers from a year ago with 23 catches. It means the current wideouts would be Syndric Steptoe, David Patten and possibly Joshua Cribbs. I still make the deal.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]
The “Reverse Jim Thome” isn’t what you think. Okay, maybe it is: “Travis Hafner’s off-season weight loss was a popular gossip topic. Rumors of a skeleton Pronk abounded for awhile, but have mostly faded away not that Pronk seems to be acting like Pronk. If his weight loss enabled him to tinker with and speed up his swing, it’s all for the best. It certainly doesn’t seem to have effected his power stroke so far. Still, it’s quite stunning to look at Pronk now vs. the muscle-bound version we were all used to. It’s like he pulled a reverse Jim Thome, who started out as a stick-thin farm boy and ended up a lumbering, thick beast.” [Vince Grezegorek/'64 and Counting]