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Yea. What he said: “So, brass tacks — the Miami Heat are a middling, barely .500 squad that, at most, will provide some nice conference semi Bron-DWade action. They are not contenders, they do not matter on any broad scale for this year’s NBA. So the fact that DWade has meant so much to them doesn’t really make him all that valuable. Look at these teams like they’re companies. The Heat are not a Microsoft or even an Apple. They are a middle-rung software company with no real influence in the industry and staff of employees that probably couldn’t get an interview at any of the Silicon Valley heavyweights. Wade, its CEO, is brilliant and beyond essential for the company’s relative success, maybe even more essential than Steve Jobs is to Apple, but who, given the value and cachet of their companies, is the more valuable employee? Right. So please shut up with the Wade For MVP chants.” [Vincent Thomas/SLAM Online]
Though only seven games in, could the Indians top the 2008 Browns in terms of a bigger disappointment? Is Cliff Lee actually Derek Anderson? [MidwestSports]
Food for thought: “SLAM Online and Tom Ziller both had lists of the top 50 players in the NBA coming into this year. Only one Cavalier was on either list. On average, a playoff team, let alone a team with championship aspirations, should have two. Here’s a fun game; go through the top 4 teams in each conference, and, at the beginning of the season, count all the players you would have considered better than Mo Williams. For my little case study, let’s do the Suns, evening out Nash and James as the best players on each team. You can argue some of these, but before the year I’d say that all of these guys were held in higher regard than Mo: Amare, Shaq, Richardson, Barbosa, (Very arguable, but most, at gunpoint, before the year, would have said) Grant Hill.
That’s 5 guys. And the Suns didn’t even make the playoffs. Top-tier NBA teams just have a ridiculous amount of talent on them, period. And at the end of last season, the best player other than LeBron on this team was Delonte West, who was the third-string point guard for the Sonics.” [John Krolik/CTB]
A note from the Browns: “Cleveland Browns General Manager George Kokinis will hold a pre-draft press conference this Thursday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m., in the Dino Lucarelli Media Room at the team’s training facility in Berea.” Who holds a pre-draft conference??