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Can Shaun Livingston Return?

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Shaun Livingston

After suffering one of the more horrendous-looking knee injuries in the history of the NBA, there were questions about whether or not the Clippers lead guard would be able to play again. And if you’ve ever seen the injury (no links or video — if you want to see it, go to YouTube), that thinking is understandable. However, when he began doing basketball-related activities again, there was a new-found level of confidence, even though the Clippers announced they wouldn’t offer him an extension.

Now Livingston is free to find a new team because the Clippers have renounced their rights to the unrestricted free agent this afternoon. This move can be seen as a double-edged sword.

On one hand, it allows Livingston to find a new team and to get a fresh start. I’m not sure if I’d be comfortable playing 41 games on a court that almost decapitated my knee. However, it also means he’s going to have to prove to his potential suitors he’s capable of playing at the level he once did; a level that was good enough to allow him to come to the NBA directly out of high school and be drafted in the lottery.

The unfortunate thing is, if he can’t, his lasting memory of the NBA will be that fateful night in February and I don’t think that would be the way he’d want to be remembered — but he may not have a choice in the matter.

On the bright side, the reports of his resumed basketball activity indicate he was actively dunking the ball, but it’s important to remember Livingston is long, lean 6-7 and should be able to dunk quite easily, even if he’s only jumping off his right leg. As of now, there’s no word on who the recuperating point guard will try out for, although the name “Golden State Warriors” has been tossed around.

And if that happens, it’ll mean Golden State and the Clips just swapped point guards. Who would be the winner in such a case? The Clip Joint for their Boom Dizzle attack or the Warriors for finding a young player with loads of ability and a huge health question mark over his head?

Aren’t offseasons fun?

Elton Brand and the Spirit of ’76

Brand and Baron
Some things just weren’t meant to be

Elton Brand is now a Philadelphia 76er. In a move that gave some more spice to an already entertaining free agent period, one of the biggest fish available defied what many thought was conventional wisdom (and some uncomfortable begging) and left Los Angeles and Baron Davis for Philadelphia and life in the paint with Samuel Dalembert. The terms are expected to be in the five year, $80 million neighborhood.

However, his leaving LA isn’t the end of the Elton Brand story, it seems like it’s only the beginning. At least from the perspective of Clippers fans. After the signing of Baron Davis, the Clips nation was breathlessly waiting on Brand to rejoin the fold. Had he done so, the Clippers would have been a major player in the Western Conference. Now there’s confusion, blame, anger and heartbreak to deal with.

The confusion, anger and blame seem to be aimed at Brand’s agent, David Falk. Most of it, anyway. However, the Clips Nation guys do a great job of framing Brand’s decision and how it affects his now-previous team:

By the way, you think you feel bad? You think this comes as a blow to you? What about Baron Davis? Or Chris Kaman for that matter? Kaman thought he was FINALLY going to be playing next to Brand again on the Clippers front line. Now he finds out it’s never going to happen.

While there’s a lot of disappointment and various levels of contention to be worked out, the move makes Philadelphia one of the brighter teams in the Eastern Conference. In fact, if the Sixers can stay relatively injury-free, they may be the second best team in East — and that’s meant with no offense to LeBron James or Dwight Howard.

As for the Clippers, right now they have a serviceable team; however, to be competitive in the West, you need more than serviceable, you need dominant. The Clips should be able to score points with Al Thornton, Chris Kaman and Baron Davis, but points don’t make you a dominant team, just an exciting one. Do they go after a power forward to replace Brand or just role with what they have?

If the Clips go after Josh Smith, they are going to have to pay him as much, if not more than they offered Brand to ensure the Hawks would be reluctant to match the offer. Definitely something to keep your eyes on.

A Boom Dizzle At The Clip Joint

Baron Davis

Baron Davis is living the Oakland area, making his way to LA’s other NBA team, the Los Angeles Clippers. In a slightly surprising move — it was indicated Davis wanted to stay in Golden State — the notoriously cheap Donald Sterling actually opened his checkbook in an effort to improve the team he owns. The terms, according to numerous reports, are five years for $65 million.

So what does this signing mean for the Clippers? Does it mean LA’s second team is longer the under card to Kobe’s Lakers? If the Clips resign Elton Brand, it very well could. According to the LA Times, we very well could see a Brand/Clippers agreement as early as today.

If/when Brand and the Clippers agree, the team should be well stocked when it comes to talent, especially when you consider their stable of young players (Al Thornton, Deandre Jordan, Eric Gordon) as well as returning players like Chris Kaman and Cuttino Mobley.

However, does the Baron Davis acquisition give the Clippers enough to be a player in the tough-as-nails Western Conference? If everybody returns from their various injuries as expected and Davis doesn’t go on the injury shelf, yes, the Clip joint should be a rocking place when the 2008-09 NBA season tips off in November.

It’s NBA Free Agent Time*

Gilbert

*Done to the tune of “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time.”

The NBA’s free agent season is upon us and thanks to various opt-outs, there are a few more gems on the market, provided your team is willing to spend the cash. The biggest names choosing to opt-out of their current contracts are Baron Davis, Elton Brand, Gilbert Arenas, Corey Maggette and Shawn Marion to name a few. Of these players, Brand, Marion, and Arenas are expected to stay with the teams they are currently with while Davis and Maggette could very well wind up in different cities.

For Brand and Davis, by choosing to opt-out, both players left substantial amounts of money on the table in order to pursue a new contract and perhaps a new team. While acknowledging he’d like to stay in Los Angeles with the Clippers, by opting-out, Brand left $16.4 million on the table in order to renegotiate for a new long-term deal. When Davis elected to discard his current contract with the Golden State Warriors, he forfeited the rights to the 17.8 million salary he would’ve made next season.

Now there are rumors indicating the Clippers are going to try and sign Davis, although, the team has met with other free agent point guards like Beno Udrih and Jose Calderon. LA’s other team would save money by signing either one of the other non-Davis point guards but neither one has Davis’ ability.

As for the player in our lead image, Gilbert Arenas, he is expected to resign with the Wizards after they signed teammate Antwan Jamison to a long-term deal. When Arenas has spoke about staying in Washington, his desire was for the team to keep Jamison as well. Now that that detail has been taken care, What’s Eating Gilbert is expected to remain with the Wizards.

The question is, will Gilbert be getting the max contract or will he take less money to stay? Thanks to the Wizards Insider, we now know Arenas was offered a max-level contract that would pay him $124 million over six years. The Wizards offer was made to counter one from Baron Davis’ old team, the Golden State Warriors, which was reported in the neighborhood of $100 million.

Based on Golden State’s activity, it really seems like Baron Davis has played his last game in Golden State. If your team was confident they were going to retain his services, would they have offered Arenas?

ESPN’s Chad Ford has a list of the the best free agents available this off-season. Do you see anybody that could fit your team and make them better, provided they didn’t blow their whole salary structure to sign them?

1. Elton Brand, Clippers
2. Gilbert Arenas, Wizards
3. Baron Davis, Warriors
4. Corey Maggette, Clippers
5. DeSagana Diop, Nets
6. Beno Udrih, Kings
7. Kurt Thomas, Spurs
8. James Posey, Celtics
9. Mickael Pietrus, Warriors
10. Ricky Davis, Heat

Honorable mention:

Kwame Brown, Grizzlies — (Kwame Brown? Really?)
Shaun Livingston, Clippers
Brent Barry, Spurs
Bostjan Nachbar, Nets
Carlos Arroyo, Magic
Chris Duhon, Bulls
Eduardo Najera, Nuggets
Matt Barnes, Warriors
Alonzo Mourning, Heat — (No next Tiger Woods, there, Alonzo?)
Gerald Green, Rockets
Patrick O’Bryant, Warriors
Jason Williams, Heat
Juwan Howard, Mavs
Jarvis Hayes, Pistons
Robert Horry, Spurs — (Have the big shots run out?)
James Jones, Blazers
Michael Finley, Spurs
Jannero Pargo, Hornets
Damon Stoudamire, Spurs
Sam Cassell, Celtics
Jamaal Magloire, Nets
Kareem Rush, Pacers
Gordan Giricek, Suns
Michael Doleac, Timberwolves
Francisco Elson, Sonics
Keyon Dooling, Magic
Quinton Ross, Clippers
Antoine Wright, Mavericks
Fred Jones, Knicks
Juan Dixon, Pistons
Maurice Evans, Magic
Primoz Brezec, Raptors
Anthony Johnson, Kings
Tyronn Lue, Kings
Theo Ratliff, Pistons
Adonal Foyle, Magic
Sebastian Telfair, Timberwolves — (Is this what going through the fire got you?)
Kirk Snyder, Timberwolves

Happy NBA free agency period. Good luck everybody. Finally, here’s another good read on the NBA’s free agent extravaganza.

Yearly Pwnage: Getting Owned in 2007

Well, folks, it’s that time where we look back at some of the sports memories of year. Yes, the impending New Year is a great time for best of lists and the like. Because the sporting world is becoming so much more encompassing than when I was younger, there are an absolute plethora of plays to choose from. So instead of giving a comprehensive list with the claim of “Best ___ of the Year,” I thought I’d give you a collection of some great pwnage-style plays that helped make the 2007 sports year so enjoyable, most of which will be accompanied by the appropriate YouTube selection.

Without further adieu, here’s my collection of some pwnage that stood out during this past year.

Boise State Beats Oklahoma
What better way to get the New Year started than with a great college football bowl game that seems to prove some of these smaller schools can play with the big boys? Who can forget the incredible Statue of Liberty extra-point play that cemented the win for Boise State? Of course, it’s also hard to forget Chris Myers spoiling Ian Johnson’s proposal to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics by running his mouth beforehand. Nice going Myers. Here are the highlights of the great game, complete with the Statue of Liberty and that sick lateral that saved Boise’s bacon.

Lebron Destroys Detroit
Lebron Destroys DetroitDuring the NBA Playoffs, there is usually at least one performance that captivates the sports watching nation. David Stern’s spineless handling of Phoenix/San Antonio series notwithstanding, the game that stood out this past year was game 5 of the Detroit/Cleveland conference final match-up.

As many NBA fans understand, players make their fame in crunch time, and boy, did Lebron ever take that lesson to heart. In the fifth game of the series, Lebron decided to put his personal stamp on the playoffs by scoring 48 points and single-handedly leading his team over the Pistons.

To do so, King James scored Cleveland’s final 25 points… and 29 of its final 30. If that isn’t taking a game over, I don’t know what is. The crowning jewel of Lebron’s performance was one of the most ridiculous, in-traffic, one-handed dunks I’ve ever seen. As the above picture indicates, James was head-high when he threw the upcoming dunk down. Goodness. While Cleveland went on to lose in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Lebron did his best to let everyone know the path to the finals goes through Cleveland… at least for now.

Baron Davis Destroys Andre Kirilenko
Speaking of incredible playoff dunks, Baron Davis decided he’d add to the cavalcade by absolutely hammering one down over the AK-47 himself, Andre Kirilenko. Perhaps AK shouldn’t have rotated over…

Trevor Ariza: Dunk of the Year?
Sorry for all the dunk clips (they do make for some of the best Pwnage entries though), but I have to ask: Is Trevor Ariza’s dunk over Grant Hill during the recent Christmas Day Lakers/Suns match-up the best of year? If not, it’s going to be hard to outdo it, even with Lebron and Baron Davis’ offerings.

My goodness Trevor. Don’t hurt anybody up there. ;)

Phillies Triple-Play
Cole Hamels OK, for my MLB pick, I had to resort to someone who’s opinion I respect a lot more than my own when it comes to all things baseball: Sooze from Babes Love Baseball. While I’m certainly not a baseball hater, my knowledge and recall isn’t anything close to some of the other experts out there. Thanks to Sooze’s help, I think we have a great play for our Yearly Pwnage recap:

The Phillies triple-play against the Cincinnati Reds in April of 2007. The triple play was the first one of the 2007 MLB Season and the first one for the Phils since 1999. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an embeddable video of the play, but MLB.com does have a streaming version on the link I provided above.

Sigh, when will MLB and the NFL get over themselves in regards to YouTube and allowing embeds? Folks, it only helps make your product MORE POPULAR… but I digress.

15 Laterals
The bold says it all. Everyone remembers the game-ending play provided by Trinity University and all those insane laterals that eventually resulted in them getting into the end zone and the win column. Any words I offer can’t do this play any justice, so I’ll just zip it and let you enjoy the play.

Words fail me.

OK, before I make this post an even larger scroll monster, I’ll leave you with my pwnage/play of the year, courtesy of Stevie Johnson, the University of Kentucky football team and the UofL Cardinal defensive secondary. I’m guessing the Cardinal fans wanted Bobby Petrino back after this particular game was over.

I don’t remember much of what happened the rest of the evening after all that…

Unfortunately, one of my favorite plays of the year–Randy Moss’ elbow catch–doesn’t have a proper video detailing just how awesome it really was, so I’ll have to let KSK back me up on this. I haven’t seen an elbow make such a definitive play since Karl Malone used his to blast Isiah Thomas for abusing John Stockton in light of Thomas getting snubbed from the original Dream Team.

Anyway, I hope you all have a stupendous New Year’s Eve celebration and a successful 2008. Intentional Foul will be back next year, so don’t miss out on our shenanigans. Happy New Year, folks. Be safe.