CLIPPERS - The signing of Danny Granger and Glen 'Big Baby' Davis by the Clippers is an indication that Doc Rivers is going to try to win an NBA Championship this year. Rivers believes all 12 of the players make significant contributions. In addition, Davis will find out that Rivers is the best diet in the NBA. By the time that Rivers is finished, they will be calling him 'Lil Baby'.
If he is healthy, Granger will be a force to be reckoned with. This man is a player who knows how to get the job done. He is in a great situation now. He is on a rising team, with a truly outstanding coach, and he is playing in Los Angeles. It does not get any better than that. Welcome to LA, Danny. Make this place your home.
LAKERS - Along with Jodie Meeks, this team is showing that it has some talented young players. Their up-tempo game is proving to be exciting to fans, who have suffered through a year of bitter disappointment. They can now see that there is a lot of light at the end of the tunnel. Kobe Bryant is still the big question mark. Will he be able to play next year? If so, how well? Will his presence intimidate the younger players, and stop them from playing as well as they can? So many questions, and so few answers. As television personality Herm Edwards says, "That is why they play the games!"
BARRY BONDS - He is back, and most of the fans still love him. They still do not approve of the fact that he was taking Performance Enhancement Drugs, but they do realize that he still had to hit the ball. He hit 762 home runs, many of them in San Francisco, where the situation is less than ideal. He played on teams where he was only a hitting threat, so it was easier and smarter to walk him, whenever he came to the plate.
He also played with a leg injury that slowed him to a walk. Let there be no doubt that Bonds was also arrogant and ill mannered. He was constantly battling Sports Reporters, and these wars spilt into the public perception of him. He is now a sadder and wiser man, and in my opinion, he deserves an opportunity to work in Major League Baseball, just as McGwire and others are doing.
While I am on the soapbox, I also think that MLB should lift its ban on Pete Rose. How much punishment is enough? He broke the rule by gambling. However, from all the accounts that I've read, he was betting that his own team would win. At some point, there should be some iota of forgiveness, for a man who played the game with so much passion. Commissioner, Bud Selig has made his point. He can now afford to offer some humanity.
MICHAEL VICK - The Rumor of the Day is that he may play next season for the San Francisco 49ers. This would give the team an experienced backup, in the event that Colin Kapernick suffers an injury. Vick was one of the most exciting quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. However, that excitement did not always translate into victories. He played on instinct and ability, and at least in the early days, he neglected the study and preparation needed to make him a winner.
He also suffers from the apparently unbreakable habit of holding the ball too long, and as a result, he has taken way too many vicious tackles. With him, it is not a question of whether or not he can finish the season, but whether he can finish a single game. I wish him well wherever he goes, but sad to say, I think his best days are behind him.
THE NBA - Weekly column Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo reportedly tweeted, " Let's be honest, 70 percent of teams in the NBA could fold tomorrow, and nobody would notice the difference with the possible exception of increase in street crime." It is statements like this that should increase the motivation of professional athletes to own their own leagues. If not now, then when?