The Mitchell Report: Bid on your coach or Dwight Howard
Posted June 30, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
Ever wanted to spend some quality time with Mark Gottfried, Roy Williams or Mike Krzyzewski? You now have your chance. All three coaches are part of an auction . The interesting part of this is looking at how much each experience is going for. At the time I am posting this, NC State doesn't have a bid. Pack fans, you could get yourself a bargain!
NBA free agency begins this week and the league's most attention hungry player is going to be all over the headlines. Dwight Howard is a free agent. Oh goody. Let's head back a few years when he had a chance to be a free agent in Orlando. He demanded a trade to New Jersey (Nets at the time). This went on for weeks. He then wanted to stay in Orlando and signed an amendment to his contract which would keep him there. He got his coach fired. He then requested to be traded again. Eventually the Magic got smart and traded him to Los Angeles. Most reporting indicates he will not sign there and will instead meet with a couple of teams and make his decision sometime around the deadline. The funniest part about the whole thing is what the Lakers have decided to do to try to get Dwight to stay in LA. If the guy doesn't want to be there, and has been a headache for a lot of the time he has been there, why put up giant billboards begging him to stay?
Hard not to lose a little respect for the way Bubba Watson handled his caddie last week at the Travelers Championship. He blew up on 16 to a triple bogey after hitting the ball in the water. He is caught by CBS cameras making a handful of sarcastic comments to his caddie about picking the incorrect club. In the end, Bubba is the golfer and should make the final call. And he's the guy swinging the club. He should probably take some of the responsibility for where the ball goes. I understand frustration sometimes gets the best of us but the best guys don't let it show. If you missed it, here is a link to the video.
Jeff Francoeur is the latest example of how hard it is to predict major leaguers. He was a first round draft pick for the Braves. He came through the minor leagues like royalty. When he made the bigs, he hit a 3-run home run in his first game in Atlanta. He was called "The Natural" on the cover of Sports Illustrated. On Saturday he was designated for assignment by the Royals. He will either be cut or be claimed on waivers. This didn't look like the realistic outcome for a guy who seemed to have "star" written all over him. That's how fragile baseball is, though. Pitchers figured out he can't hit a curve ball and started throwing that to him...a lot. He's one of the good guys in the league, so I am sure he will find a job, but you could've won big bucks betting on Francoeur to be a journeyman back in 2004.
Why keep a guy on a minor league baseball roster who "isn't a prospect"? This article explains.
This one is worth a watch. ESPN's Bob Holtzman gives us a timeline of the Aaron Hernandez case and what police are saying happened the night of the murder.