Archive for November, 2011
The widely speculated deal that would send New Orleans Point Guard Chris Paul to Boston for Rajon Rondo has hit a snag that may kill the trade altogether. Paul, who has spent his entire career with the Hornets, appears unwilling to sign a long-term extension in Boston.
This would not be the only issue, as New Orleans is believed to want more than just Rondo in return. Boston had been looking to get a third team involved in negotiations but it now appears the price-tag is too high for just a one-year rental. Paul is a free-agent after the upcoming season; and most believe it is his desire to join Carmelo Anthony in New York.
This story, if true, serves as proof that even with a new CBA, the NBA players still hold way too much power. While I’m extremely happy that max contracts are no longer allowed in sign and trade deals, players continue to hold teams hostage until they cater to their demands. Last year it was Anthony in Denver; this year the drama will surround and engulf the New Orleans Hornets.
A move that everyone has known about for some time has finally become official. Yesterday, as has been widely speculated, Ohio State announced that Urban Meyer will be their next football coach.
What Meyer brings to the table is an incredible winning pedigree, In his career thus far he has two national championships and a coach of the year title. He also became one of only three coaches in history to win at least 100 games in his first ten years. His record is a staggering 104-23 and is 7-1 in bowl games.
After a year away from the game, the 47-year old Meyer returns to the program where his coaching career began. A native of Ashtabula, Ohio; he grew up as a fan of the Buckeyes. Meyer got his first sideline experience as a Graduate Assistant in 1986, under Earle Bruce. His coaching idol is famed Buckeye coach Woody Hayes, and he has referred to his new position as his dream job.
Many people are spending this “Cyber-Monday” to search for the perfect gift. Bruce Boudreau, former coach of the Washington Capitals, will instead be looking for a new job.
Team General Manager George McPhee announced today that Boudreau has been let go and replaced with former Capitals’ captain Dale Hunter. The move shouldn’t come as a surprise though, as it has been speculated all season.
Boudreau had great success during the regular season, but never managed to guide his team further than the second round of the playoffs. Washington, who was favored to win the Stanley Cup this year, has struggled as of late. After starting the season with seven straight wins, the Caps have gone 5-9-1. The coach’s message seems to be lost on his players, especially captain Alexander Ovechkin.