Tag Archives: Bill Simmons

Shaq To The Celtics

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Shaquille O’Neal to the Celtics is quite a…treat. I’m not sure it will be so successful on the court, but Boston will certainly get a lot from Shaq on the outside of the game.
BRAD GOLDBACH: Shaq will certainly provide entertainment for the Celtics, but I see this as a move that actually makes a lot of basketball sense for the C’s. I know, Shaq and basketball sense do not usually go in the same sentence these days, but hear me out. Continue reading

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Mitch Albom

SAM BORDEN: So Joe Posnanski recently wrote about Mitch Albom winning the highest sports journalism award in the land and, if you read his blog post I think you’ll probably agree that – whatever you think about Albom – there is no question that Posnanski has far and away passed him (and, in many ways, all the other so-called giants of the industry) in terms of quality.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I had to read Joe Po’s column twice. The first time I didn’t quite catch it — that ingenious way that he made me both despise and respect Mitch Albom all at the same time. But when I reread the piece I realized that Posnanski himself ought to be in line for a Red Smith Award. Continue reading

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Patrick Ewing Trade and Retrospective

STEPHON JOHNSON: Patrick Ewing revolutionized the 5-spot and the Knicks, somehow, are still feeling the mistakes management made in the twilight of his career.

AKIE BERMISS: I grew a Knicks fan in Brooklyn, New York. When I was 11, I played in the local “Junior Knicks” basketball league. I had a Knicks winter coat, a windbreaker, two or three jerseys, and more NYK tee-shirts than I can possibly remember. And every spring, around playoff time, I fell horribly behind on my homework and studying while I cheered the Knicks through their ups and (mostly) downs. I was (and still am) a die-hard Knicks fan. Didn’t matter that we never won a championship — there was always next year. Why? Because there was always Patrick Ewing.

CHRIS PUMMER: While Ewing’s ugly split with the Knicks might seem like the perfect bookend — both for an era when the center’s large talents forgave other roster flaws, as well as the franchise’s current funk — the Hall-of-Famer’s exit was not the first domino to fall in the team’s descent into irrelevance.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
While Chris is correct about some poor contracts, none of the three he cites were responsible for roster-clogging disasters that came from the trade of Patrick Ewing. Continue reading

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