Archive for March, 2012

See Why Phoenix Suns Guard Steve Nash May Not Be A Phoenix Sun For Long

Steve Nash says that he's considering his options.

With the 2012 NBA free agency approaching, more and more NBA players are starting to come forward by saying that they’re keeping their “options open.” Of course the most known player to do so was Orlando Magic center, Dwight Howard. However the Magic’s front office and Howard’s agent were able to come to an agreement that would exempt Howard from the 2012 free agency race. However, now franchise player and Phoenix Suns point guard, Steve Nash announced that if Phoenix doesn’t make a move, that he’s going to leave too.

“I’m not coming back to the Suns if there isn’t improvement,” Nash told The Dan Patrick Show.

The Phoenix Suns are currently one game under .500 at 25-26, third in the Pacific Conference behind the first place Los Angeles Lakers (31-20) and the second place Los Angeles Clippers (29-21). As for their hopes of making the playoffs, they’re two games back of eighth place.

Though, at 38 years old, Nash isn’t looking to just make the playoffs, but to go deep in the playoffs, like Championship deep.

“I would listen [Talking about joining the Miami Heat],” Nash said. “He’s phenomenal. I love what they’re doing there. A lot of people don’t like them because they put all that talent there. But they’re professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. I would definitely listen.”

Steve Nash has been in the NBA for 15 years now and during those 15 years, he’s won two MVP’s, been to eight All-Star games, three first all team appearances, but he’s yet to do what any NBA player dreams of; win a championship. And at 38 years old, on a team that appears to be in a re-building stage, doesn’t look like the team for Nash.

Nash is averaging a double-double this season, (his seventh career season averaging a double-double) with 12.9 points, 11.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds a game.

As for the Suns, their next game is at home against the 13-38, New Orleans Hornets where they will try and bounce back from a two game losing streak.

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Frank Martin Out Of Kansas State? See Why It May Not Be Happening

Kansas State head coach Frank Martin out?

With just a little over a week after losing to the number one seeded, Syracuse Orange, the Kansas State Wildcats might be losing again, except this time, one of their own; head coach, Frank Martin.

Martin who’s been apart of the Wildcats since 2006, where he was an assistant coach under Bob Huggins and then eventually taking over the following season in 2007, has been with the University for six years. And during those five years at the head coaching position he lead the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournament appearances, one elite eight and an overall record of 117-54 (.684).

Not to mention that Martin brought to them many notable accomplishments such as, their first tournament appearance in 12 years in 2007-08, most wins in school history, 29 coming with that the highest seed in the NCAA tournament in the schools history, 2, and lastly countless amounts of other coaching awards.

Though according to Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle, Kansas State’s head coach Kevin Martin is headed to the University of South Carolina.

“Source close to Frank Martin just told me Martin has agreed in principle to become South Carolina’s coach. Press conference tomorrow,” said Robinett on his twitter account just moments ago.

While it’s still all un-official, as the reports are all just rumors as of now, Kevin Robinett of the Kansas City Star and of the Wichita Eagle is sticking with his story.

“News is traveling fast. Legit SC newspaper reporter says USC is expecting to hire Martin tomorrow. My sources tell me no done deal, but …,” Robinett posted on his twitter account this morning. “They have obviously gone pretty far down this road. Could depend on what kind of push K-State makes to keep him.”

Though Robinett is not the only one talking about head coach, Frank Martin as ESPN’s NCAA insider, Doug Gottlieb is as well.

Gottlieb however has confirmed that the two parties, the University of South Carolina and head coach Frank Martin are talking however; no deal has been made nor as a face to face meeting been in place, according to Gottlieb’s sources.

Gottlieb would also go onto add that he’s been told that there has been a lack of communication between athletic director John Currie and Martin, which could be making this “deal” or rumor evolve.

Now if Frank Martin were to leave Kansas State, then the two recruits who have already signed with the Wildcats, Center Robert Upshaw and Center Laimonas Chatkevicius would be aloud to select a different school.

No official word has been made yet by Martin or by either of the two Universities, South Carolina or Kansas State.

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Hines Ward Has No Other Choice But To Retire

Hines Ward crying during his press conference in which he announced his retirement.

About a month after being released from the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Hines Ward despite announcing that he still wanted to play football, announced today that he plans to retire.

“I just wouldn’t feel right,” Ward said. “I can say I’m a Steeler for life and that’s the bottom line, that’s all I’ve really ever wanted.”

Since being drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998, the only team that Hines Ward has been on was Pittsburgh. Ward played 14 seasons with the black and yellow Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowls with the team as well as several awards including being the leader in Steelers career records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

However on February 29th, 2012 Hines Ward was released.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Rooney told Ward back in February. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.”

Though, despite taking in that very detonating news, Ward still felt that he had some more football left in him as he told reporters that he was still ready to play.

“I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season,” Ward said.

However, just about a month later (today), Hines Ward despite still having the same mindset that he could still play, announced that he’s going to retire.

“I feel like I have a few more good years in me left,” Ward said. “I would love nothing more to get back to the Super Bowl.”

Though he could only get back there with one team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I want my legacy here to say, you know what he was one hell of a football player who gave it his all,” Ward said. “I’m truly blessed. I played in three Super Bowls, won two Super Bowls, was Super Bowl MVP … what more could a player want out of his entire football career?”

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Dwight Howard Decides Not To Opt Out Of His Contract And He Puts It In Writing

Dwight Howard makes his decision, but what does it mean?

Since the NBA Lockout ended back in November the main news that headlined the NBA all the way up until now was where was Orlando Magic’s Center Dwight Howard going to go? Would he be traded? If so to where? And would he sign with that team that he would be traded too? Or would he instead decide to stay in Orlando and stick it out?

All those questions would have an answer as early Thursday; Howard would decide to stay in Orlando…at least for now.

Howard signed papers Thursday agreeing to waive the early termination option in his contract, guaranteeing that he will be with the Magic at the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

This news came as a shock to most as for the longest time Dwight Howard continuously kept emphasizing that he wanted out.

However on Thursday he felt completely different as the mood was that he wanted to stay.

“I’m glad this is finally over,” Howard said at the news conference to announce that he was staying in Orlando. “It’s not as easy as some people think. It’s been very hard. We’re talking a career-changing event. Most people don’t see that.”

Howard would go onto to continue saying, “I’m very loyal and I’ve always put loyalty above anything.”

The Orlando Magic are currently 28-16 and third in the Eastern Conference and are in a great spot to contend for a title this season. Though they just had to make sure that they had the right piece; Dwight Howard.

“They took a chance on me at 18. And what did I do? I gave them everything I had for eight years,” Howard said after the Spurs game. “Take a chance again. I go out every night and play hard. If I didn’t want to win, I would have dogged it. But that’s not who I am. And look where we are. We’re in a great position.”

Well with making Howard sign off on not being able to terminate his contract and forcing him to finish out his term with Orlando, the Magic now aren’t really taking a “chance” at all…at least not for now.

The Orlando Magic will host the 15-29 New Jersey Nets on Friday night where they will look to bounce back from a 122-111 loss suffered by the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Though they may have Howard’s signature in writing for now, however if they can’t meet the expectation that Howard wants, which is a ring, then this so called “contract” may as well have been signed in pencil.

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DeSean Jackson Gets A New Deal: 5 years, $51 Million

DeSean Jackson gets a 5 year $51 Million contract.

Last year Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson held himself out of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp due to contract issues. Though despite not getting his way Jackson wouldn’t hold out as he would “play” in the 2011-12 NFL season. Though, “play” is the word. Just like Barry Bonds’ home run record has an asterisk; DeSean Jackson’s 2011-12 has one as well.

15 games, not 16 because he was late for a team meeting, 58 receptions, 961 yards, four touchdowns, and more dropped passes and plays taken off then any other NFL player ever seen before DeSean Jackson had one of his worst seasons of his career. However he would still be rewarded for it.

Five years, $51 Million according to a league source.

51 Million dollars for pretty much maybe not even 50 percent of effort. Though Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid listed Jackson as a priority to sign.

“Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason,” Reid said. “And DeSean was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle.”

Reid would go onto continue.

“We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’s top playmakers in Philadelphia,” Reid said. “DeSean is a gamebreaker. He has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense.”

A great threat in a hurtful way, at least as you could say that’s how Jackson was to the Eagles last season. Though, he still managed to get paid, I just don’t get it. I mean how a player could player play almost as worse as he did in his rookie season (62 receptions, 912 yards, and 2 touchdowns) and not to mention all the distractions that he caused with his contract issues last year still get paid?

I don’t know. Though, it’s Philadelphia. There are a lot of things that people don’t know about Philadelphia like, why did the fans throw snowballs at Santa? Or why did they cheer when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver lay on the ground in pain after a blind-sided hit?

There are a lot of things in life that we’ll never have an answer too; however I guess we know one thing in the Philadelphia Eagles organization, you certainly don’t have to work for your paycheck.

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Peyton Manning Has A List And He’s Not Checking It Twice

He played 14 years for the Colts but now he'll be playing this season and for seasons to come somewhere else.

A day after having a joint press conference with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay quarterback Peyton Manning who’s now a free agent wants to find a team. Though he has a couple requests; have a team selected within the next week, have that team be an AFC team, though he did say that he would be open to playing on an NFC team, and lastly make sure that the team he selects is the right fit.

However, despite making those requests, Manning may have to break some of them as he told a few media members outside in a parking lot in Miami that he doesn’t know who wants him.

“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works,” Manning said. “I don’t know if it’s like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me.”

Though luckily for Manning he wouldn’t have to worry about if anyone was interested in him for too long as sources close to Manning’s representatives said that 12 teams have contacted Manning’s representatives already.

As for who those teams may be, the only ones that have become publicly known are the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins, the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, and the New York Jets.

As for the other five, they still aren’t known.

Though not only does Manning know who wants him, but he also knows who doesn’t want him as a couple teams, the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys have come public as they both said that they will not pursue Manning.

“Probably not a direction we’re going to go,” said Browns General Manager Tom Heckert about pursuing Manning. “We will not go crazy in free agency.”

Sources have also said that despite showing interest in Manning the Washington Redskins will not be a destination for Manning as he’s not interested.

Though as it stands right now Manning has yet to make a decision on where he plans to go however, when that decision comes, former teammate wide receiver Reggie Wayne who’s also a free agent may be right behind him.

“It can definitely be dangerous,” Wayne told Michael Irvin in an interview about Manning and him playing in Miami together. “It can truly be dangerous, if they put us all together. The league might not want that, Mike. They might not want that. They might not want to see that. South Florida is already hot out here, baby, so you put us all together, it’ll be burning up.”

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Sources: Peyton Manning To Be Released

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will part ways.

After months of wondering what the answer to the question of, will Peyton Manning be an Indianapolis Colt in 2012-13 has been answered. Sources close to the team have said that owner Jim Irsay informed the 14 year Colt and four time M.V.P. that the team will release him.

Not even longer than one month after Irsay told the media that Manning can be a Colt if he wants, Irsay going completely against what he said has decided to release him.

“We can work out the contract if he wants to come back,” Irsay said. “We want him to make the call. He’s earned that. We want him to have the chance of finishing his career here if that’s what he wants to do.”

Sources have also said that Irsay who was traveling with Manning to South Florida on Irsay’s private jet will tell the news at their press conference tomorrow.

The decision to pass on Manning doesn’t come as to much of a surprise as people have been prepared for this to happen for quite sometime now.

As a result to Manning being released the billboard that manningtomiami.com sponsored becomes a likely possibility now as Peyton Manning will have the opportunity to go to any team that wants him.

Though the question that comes up now is who wants Manning? Also too, is Manning healthy enough to play and last a whole season? Well according to Manning, yes he is.

As to where Manning will land, the New York Jets have hinted that the Miami Dolphins aren’t the only team that Manning could go to as one player on the team told the New York Daily News that, they need Manning.

“I want him in New York,” a disclosed Jets player said. “He needs to be a Jet.”

As for Jets head coach Rex Ryan he defend that disclosed player as he felt the same.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to coach,” Ryan told the Daily News. “I’m never going to have a regret. So whatever that means.”

“I think Mark does have a bright future,” Ryan said. “He’s our quarterback. And those are facts. I don’t care who the player is. If Tom Brady gets released, we’re going to look at Tom Brady…We’re going to look at every single guy out there.”

So will it be the Dolphins? Jets? Or someone else? Where ever Manning will stop, not even he knows.

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Deron Williams Goes Bananas…B.A.N.A.N.A.S. On The Charlotte Bobcats

Deron Williams goes for 57 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Charlotte Bobcats have been completely awful this season as every game this year has just been one joke after another as at 4-31 they’re the NBA’s stand up comedian act. However during today’s game against the New Jersey Nets they gave up one of their most hurtful jokes.

Facing the fourth worst team in the NBA ahead of themselves at dead last, followed by Washington at 8-28, and Sacramento at 12-25 the Charlotte Bobcats not only allowed the 12-26 New Jersey Nets defeat them 104-101.

Though it gets better or well worse…depending on what way you look at it as New Jersey Net’s guard Deron Williams, whose averaging 21.2 points per game scored 57 points against the helpless Bobcats.

Williams’ 57 points also set a New Jersey Nets franchise record. See I told you it would get better for the Bobcats as they helped Nets’ guard Deron Williams make history.

But wait, there’s more good news as since the Bobcats didn’t allow Williams to score 58 or more meant that they saved their franchise record for most points allowed by one player in a game as Kobe Bryant owns that record from December 29th, 2006 when he dropped 58 points in a 124-133 Lakers loss.

Though unfortunately for the Bobcats unlike they were able to do when they allowed Bryant to put on a shooting clinic for 58 points, they were however unable to come up with the win for Williams’ record breaking outing.

Now to the Bobcats’ defense their defense against opposing teams was considerably better in 2006 than it was this season as they ranked ninth for most points allowed in the NBA with 100.6 points per game where as this season they rank fourth with 101.1 points per game.

Now also to the Bobcats’ defense, head coach Paul Silas told his team not to double team Williams tonight as they were not giving him special “star attention” sort of speak.

As for Williams he loved it.

“I’m used to getting double-teamed on those,” Williams said. “It’s kind of refreshing not to be.”

Though you think after Williams had 39 points through three quarters that you would switch up the defensive routine and try to stop him? Nope, instead they thought that letting him score 18 more points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets to a 104-101 victory was a better idea, a much better idea.

“You can do one of two things: you can try to stop him and double him and leave other players wide open or guard everybody,” Silas said. “I thought that’s mainly what kept us in the game. Nobody else was doing anything (for them). It gave us a chance.”

The Nets will end their four game road trip in Miami on Tuesday so let’s hope that Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra was taking some notes or some advice as to pss pss (whisper noises) to double team the man and shut him down.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Release Hines Ward: The Teams Reaction As Well As What Player May Be Next

Hines Ward as always been known as a Steeler, though come this 2012-13 NFL season he may be known as someone else.

Since being drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Hines Ward has always been black-and-gold. Since 2001 when Ward had his first 1,000 yard season catching 94 balls for 1,003 yards and 4 touchdowns. Since 2001 when Ward went to his first Pro Bowl. Since 2006 when Ward went to his first Super Bowl, where he would not only win his first Super Bowl but his first Super Bowl M.V.P. Since 2009 when Ward won his second Super Bowl. Since it all, Ward has been through it all, through the ups and the downs, Hines Ward has seen it all, all as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Though come Wednesday, February 29th Hines Ward would see something that he never saw coming, and that was a phone call from Steelers owner Dan Rooney saying that he was going to be released.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Rooney said. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.”

Ward was the Steelers all time leader in just about every notable receiving category for the teams franchise as he owns the career records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

“This isn’t how I wanted this chapter of my career to end,” Ward said in a statement. “I did everything in my power to remain a Steeler and finish what I started here 14 years ago.”

Everything in his power, however according The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who cited an unnamed source, reported that the Steelers didn’t approach Ward about taking a pay cut to remain on the team.

As for Ward’s teammates they feel the same pain.

“Hines is black-and-gold,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I see him and wonder what it’ll be like for me late in my career, things like that. It’s hard. Two of my favorite players growing up, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, they’re still 49ers. Hines will always be a Steeler.”

Roethlisberger who began playing with Ward in 2004 after being taken with the 11th pick that year also told the newspaper that he left Ward a message on his cell phone “letting him know, ‘Thank you for everything.’ ”

Ward is coming off of a second career low season (only his rookie season was lower) as he only caught 46 passes for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns though despite being released he still has plans of playing.

“I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season,” Ward said.

“I gave my heart and soul for (the fans) every down and I will always bleed black and gold,” Ward said.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also said that the Steelers may consider releasing long time great line backer, James Farrior as well.

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