CP3 made me, and the sports-world lose a little respect for him over the weekend after making some trade demands that he can’t really force. If you have a player that is close to or at the top of their position you just don’t trade that guy away when he’s still under contract. The only time you really do is at the trade deadline when you are obviously out of it for the season, and have zero chance to re-sign the guy. I’m sure there’s something about making $14M this year and $16M next year that makes me feel he should honor his contract/commitment to the Hornets. I think the thing that bugs me the most though is that this whole ill-conceived plan to demand a trade was most likely whispered into his ear by his new buddies/agents Worldwide Wes and Maverick Carter. I’ve always been a CP3 fan, and like By, I was really looking forward to his return to greatness in 2010-2011 season. Now that he has taken the Lebron-Maverick-Wes route I’m not sure I will ever view him in the same light anymore. He’s nearly as important to New Orleans as Drew Brees, and the fans there don’t deserve to be jerked around for the next two years by James’ crew and CP3. I prey they don’t contrive some ridiculous hour special for his decision 2012. He shouldn’t have demanded a trade, especially since it sounds like he hadn’t even meet with the new coach (Monty Williams) or new GM (Dell Demps) prior to telling the world he wanted out. Just another flawed power trip by James’ gang of half wits that think they are above everyone, and are the ones pulling the strings. If this isn’t a sign to stay away from Carter and Wes, I’m not sure what will show players that they are bad for the league and a players image. They’ve done well killing Cleveland’s fan base, are they going to kill New Orleans basketball too? Let’s hope not…
Speaking of guys I used to like, Dan Haren was traded to the Angels over the weekend and made his first start last night. I had to tune in to see exactly where my sports hate of him would stand, and just like Vlad and Torii before him, I now have to root against the guy. During his stint with the A’s I didn’t think I’d ever NOT like him. He’s easily the most successful player we’ve had over the last few years. Even the players we got for him ended up being great (Brett Anderson, Carlos Gonzalez, and hopefully Chris Carter pans out too), which made me like him all the more. I had mixed emotions watching him pitch last night, and after he threw a couple of innings I realized this was the end of our relationship for awhile. It’s amazing how quickly you can turn on a player, and I admittedly cracked a small smile when he was hit by a line drive, then immediately felt a little bad I was happy that he got hurt in his first start. I guess I’m just mad that the A’s will have to face him six times a year now… Oh well, if anyone has a complete scouting report on the guy, it’s the A’s!
I was eating dinner at a bar where one of my whiffle ball buddies bartends, and last night I found out he went to Fresno State, and played baseball with Matt Garza in college. It only came up because we were watching Garza pitch the last four innings of his no hitter yesterday. It was pretty impressive as he faced the minimum amount of hitters, and only walked one guy the whole night. It had to be relieving for the Rays, and their fans to be on the right side of a no-no/perfect game as they’ve seen three thrown against them in the last two years. Anyways, my buddy who went to college with him said he wasn’t even the top prospect on their team, which makes his story a little better. He also told me that the guy “acts like a little girl when he drinks” Another thing he mentioned was that he was a really weird guy that kept to himself a lot. Anyways, just thought those might be a couple of interesting tidbits of info on Garza that you probably haven’t heard….
July 27th, 2010 at 11:10 am
Those of us watching Garza last night were glued to the set. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on. Wicked final two strikeouts in the 8th inning.
Think about the Eastern Conference this year, man. Orlando, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and Miami. I’m getting ready to see how this thing will shake out.
July 27th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Yeah, he was truly dominating. He never lost his focus, and didn’t even look like he was pitching a no hitter. Maybe he blocked it out, since after the game he just seemed happy to get the win!
The Eastern Confrence is much improved, but theres still a big drop off after those teams. I can’t wait to hear your rant about why we should hate the Heat!
July 27th, 2010 at 12:42 pm
CP and Dell Demps sorted out their dfferences for now but if the Hornets don’t hit the ground runnng next seson then all bets are off !
How ironic the Rays having been “no hit” twice in the space of a year turn the tables on someone else ?
tophatal ……………………………. 🙂
July 27th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Yeah, I honestly don’t believe that Paul is committed to the team. He’s a competitive guy that wants to win, so if they do start off slow I’m sure there will be plenty of trade talks floating around!
I think the Rays with their amazing pitching were bound to reverse the tables eventually!
July 27th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Paul wants to win but how much do the Hornets want to win would be more to the point ? Shinn is no longer the owner as Gary Chouest bought a majority stake in the team.
July 27th, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Very true. I can’t say the franchise has the look of one that wants to win, and that will come back to bit them in the ass when Paul decides their plan of attack isn’t going to work. Hopefully he doesn’t pull a Baron Davis and fake injuries until he leaves…
July 28th, 2010 at 6:57 am
Doubt CP wants to fall into even more obscurity !
July 27th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
We’re Not All Created Equal Even When It Comes to Sports
tophatal …………. 🙂
July 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm
Just hope for everyone’s sake they’re a ll on the same page ! Or they’ll be hell to pay.
July 28th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
The Orlando Sentinel is still reporting that a deal for Paul could still be in the works.
July 28th, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Hopefully they aren’t just trying to keep your hopes up 🙂
July 28th, 2010 at 4:28 pm
or sell newspapers.
July 29th, 2010 at 6:20 am
Now the Raptors’ Bryan Colangelo is ripping Bosh for quitting on the team during the season .