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Looking forward to June 1 more than July 1 (Or: FREE CARLOS!): “Carlos Santana is unreal. He homered twice in Columbus’ 5-1 win over Durham on Monday, driving in five runs along the way. He now has a .333 average, nine homers, nine doubles and 37 RBIs in 37 games. He’s ringing in with a 1.087 OPS. The clock is ticking toward June, and Lou Marson is batting .215 with no homers and one RBI to his name. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.” [CastroTurf]
Speaking of… “Free agents like LeBron James will want to get a good look at what’s happening before making their final decisions. He’ll want to see which teams will have better rosters than Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao, J.J. Hickson and the guys back in Ohio. Which brings up an interesting question: What if those aren’t the guys back in Ohio? What if the Cavaliers do their own trading around draft day?
For some time, the Cavaliers have been unwilling to part with talent. If some other team wanted to make an offer for Varejao, Hickson or whomever, they really weren’t in the mood to deal, because they were loading the wagon to win the title, in an attempt to keep James, this year. If anything would change that line of thinking, it’s what the Boston Celtics have done to the Cavaliers. Maybe that math all reversed late Thursday. Instead of “the same roster you always had!” owner Dan Gilbert’s new best pitch might be “a totally revamped roster!” [TrueHoop]
Seneca Wallace is the exception, not Mike Holmgren’s norm [The OBR]
Revisiting a week later: “I’m not here to annihilate you the way you were after Game Five. I’m here just to say one thing above all else, and that’s thank you. People tend to forget in the midst of a bad series just how phenomenal you have been in your seven years. You have exceeded every expectation and then some. You have broke records for fun. Nobody said this post season would be easy. After all, Game One against Chicago was the first time we started with a line up of Williams-Parker-You-Jamison-Shaq. People tend to forget that we played the entire playoffs with a team who before the playoffs had never seen action together. Oh well, guess it wasn’t to be.” [David O’Leary/Stepien Rules]
And finally… “The Bulls are appealing because they offer young, top-level talent when the other LBJ-contending franchises do not. He must resist the urge anyway. Chicago never can be LeBron’s town when it always will be Jordan’s town.” [Jay Mariotti]