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I’m sure Zydrunas Ilgauskas loved to hear this: “”Wow,” said James about center Shaquille O’Neal. “Anytime you can get a guy like that. . . . I was asked by [management], ‘Would you like him to be a part of this team?’ and I said, ‘Of course.’ I’ve never had a low-post presence since I’ve been in the league. I love it. Instead of dribbling the ball up where guys can pressure me, I can catch the ball out of a double-team from Shaq, become a shooter or drive.” [Branson Wright/Plain Dealer]
Following up on yesterday’s Paul “Woe is me” Dolan post: “If that’s right, Dolan’s “$16 million loss” is really a loss in projected revenue based on projected ticket sales. For that to be a loss in the profit-loss sense of the term — which he’s clearly implying — original budget projections had to have been based on the Indians turning zero profit. Call me crazy, but I doubt that the Indians are a 501(c)(3). I don’t doubt that the Indians have lost some money this year — and certainly are short of their projected financial goals — but if I’ve learned anything over the past decade or so, it’s that you can’t take a word a baseball owner says about money at face value. This is post-Martinez and Lee trade P.R.” [Craig Calcaterra/Hardball Times]
On the latest LeBron interview, mentioned above: “What I took away is that he’d like to stay in Cleveland with all things being equal, but will leave if he doesn’t think this is the place for him to win championships. Basically, what I hear him saying is that if there’s no championship next year, it’s time for a serious decision to happen. One thing we know about this offseason for LeBron: no matter how many viral video scandals he’s a part of, he will have a crazier summer next year. [John Krolik/Cavs the Blog]
“I’m pretty sure I’ve commented in the past on [Shaun Rogers'] size and how I would not want him barreling towards me. But being close enough to him to reach out and touch him, I’m convinced that he is not entirely human. I think he is some strange man/bear hybrid. I mean one of his legs is the size of my entire body. And he LOST 40 lbs this off season. I have a new found love/respect of this man for his sheer size alone. When a player commits a penalty at training camp, they have to run a lap. When man/bear Rogers was sentenced to such a fate, my one friend made the comment “why does he get to walk his lap”. I replied with, “I’m pretty sure that is him running”.” [Girl out of Cleveland]
And checking in on Cliff Lee: “Over two starts since the Phillies got him from the Indians for four minor-leaguers, Lee is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA. He has allowed 10 hits in 16 innings — a .182 opponents’ average — with 15 strikeouts, three walks and no homers. Both runs he has allowed have scored on sacrifice flies.” [Ed Price/MLB FanHouse]
(Image via ’64 and Counting – make sure to check out some of the pictures from last weekend’s National Sports Collectors show)