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.
Step away from the ledge, fans: “It hurts to think about it as a Cavs fan, because Cavs fans are running out of patience right now (at least if your objective for this team is to add young athletic pieces around LeBron James). But although a guy like Tyson Chandler is only 26-years old, the Cavs took Shaq because of his expiring contract for 2010. In the end, that — not even Chandler’s health issues — was the ultimate trump card. So you tell me what that means. We will get further proof of Danny Ferry’s 2010 intentions based not only on how he eventually ends up using the midlevel exception (or even using it at all), but how he deals with his own free agent, Anderson Varejao.” [Amar Panchmatia/Cavalier Attitude]
On Charlie V signing with Detroit: “Part of me is bummed, but part of me is definitely relieved. $40 million over five years is just way too much money for a guy with as many questions surrounding him as Charlie V. I was fine with giving him the mid-level, but I wasn’t ready to go all-in with an under-30 “core” going forward of LeBron, Delonte, and two guys that Bucks thought were expendable in consecutive off-seasons.” [John Krolik/Cavs the Blog]
A little more info on the Browns’ running game: “[Jerome] Harrison has been a pleasant surprise for the new coaching staff in Cleveland. With a new staff in place, Harrison has been provided a clean slate to display his ability — and the RB has done so in outstanding fashion. On film, the coaching staff viewed a player that understands how to read and follow blockers, is quicker than expected and runs through tackles. These qualities have elevated Harrison into a position where the staff is simply not looking at him as a spare part or special teams player exclusively.” [Lane Adkins/The OBR - SR]
Smart basketball people may quibble. Ron Artest’s shot selection may cause trouble. And Trevor Ariza will absolutely be missed, and may well blossom in Houston. John Hollinger has a very balanced view, saying it’s essentially a net positive for the Lakers. But my gut reaction to the news that Artest is the newest Laker is: I can hardly imagine a better player for the Lakers to add, nor a better team for Artest to join. There’s a 20% chance the whole thing combusts in dreadful fashion. 80% likely, in my view, is that the NBA has the makings of its next dynasty.” [Henry Abbott/TrueHoop]
What a concept: “While the Indians continue to look for relief options on the major league waiver wire and at the Triple-A level, maybe they should take a quick peek down at the Double-A level and what some of their relievers are doing of late. [...] It’s no secret that the key to Akron’s success this season has been their pitching. Not only has the starting pitching been good, the bullpen has been stellar. It is amazing how you can pile up the wins when you go out there every night and get good outings from your pitchers innings one through nine on a consistent basis.” [Indians Prospect Insider]