Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Kevin Garnett is walking through that door!


Kevin Garnett won't have to work himself to exhaustion anymore.

Let's skip the small talk, get right to it:

  • KG to Boston is official. For Big Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, and two first round picks.

    I love this trade for Minny. Big Al is ony 22 and came on strong last year - 16 and 11 on 51 percent shooting, and he may have more upside than Dwight Howard. He's The Man now. I've always liked Gerald Green - he hasn't done much, but I remember watching him once in summer league and seeing a little Tracy McGrady. He's not as big or as long, but I really think he could be a great scorer in this league for a long time. He's gonna breakout big-time next season. Bassy's garbage, and Theo Ratliff is a mummy at this point, but he's got an expiring contract that comes off the books after next year. Throw in Corey Brewer - a future star himself - and Randy Foye and you've got yourself a contender down the road.

    (Post-post annex: Green did double his scoring average from his rookie to sophomore season, I just realized that. Bill Simmons' dislike for him must've been clouding my thoughts. And Gomes is a nice role player. Just wanted to add that.)

    As far as Boston goes...they better win the East next year, and they should be able to compete with San Antonio and Phoenix. One future Hall-of-Famer, one seven-time All-Star who doubles as one of the greatest shooters of all-time, and another five-time All-Star who's one of the best pure scorers in basketball, all in the primes of their careers. And they're all warriors. There's no excuse for them not to win 55 games next year and make a run at the chip.

    On the other hand, their window is short, and they just sold their future. In three years, Pierce will be 33, Ticket will be 34, and Jesus S. will be 35, and they'll be looking to clean house and start over again. By that time, Al will be throwing up a 24-12 every night, and G-Double will be good for 25 a night himself. So Boston looks better right now, but Minny will look better in the long run.

  • Mayweather-Hatton is on. December 8th. In case you didn't know, Hatton is the 43-0 (with 31 wins coming by way of knockout) junior welterweight champion from Manchester, England, considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. He beat Kostya Tszyu in June of 2005 and Jose Luis Castillo last month.

    You should be a little more familiar with Floyd. He beat Oscar de la Hoya on Cinco de Mayo. He humiliated Phillip Ndou, Diego Corrales and Arturo Gatti; he easily outpointed Zab Judah and completely outclassed Carlos Baldomir; and he defeated Oscar in a split decision that should have been unanimous. He has a perfect record of 38-0 with only one debatable victory: a unanimous decision win over Castillo in 2002, and he won the rematch without controversy. He is the sport's most gifted athlete, with world class hand and foot speed and catlike reflexes. He is a pinpoint puncher and one of the two best defensive fighters in the world (along with Winky Wright). He has won titles in five weight classes and is the undisputed P4P king.

    And he'll be facing off against Hatton in a litle more than five months at 147 lbs, for his WBC Welterweight belt. This is a huge fight, two undefeated champs going toe-to-toe. Something's gotta give. How can boxing be dead when fights like this are still taking place? The heavyweight division is dead, but the little guys are alive and well: Floyd, Hatton, Judah, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Manny Pacquiano, Jermain Taylor, Paul Williams...only Floyd has even turned 30 yet. Now, the Hatton-Mayweather fight in particular may not be that good of a fight - Hatton is moving up to welterwight, where he struggled in his only fight there against Luis Collazo last year. He really hasn't done much in this country, and he's facing the best boxer alive in his absolute prime. I predict that Hatton steps into that ring on December 8th and realizes he's not up to that level of competition, and that Floyd will get an easy points victory. But you never know. That's why you need to pay your $49.95 (+fees/taxes) and tune in to find out.

  • Soon I'll be posting my reaction to Bonds breaking the record, as well as my fantast football and NFL preview columns. So that's on deck.

  • And finally, the great Bill Walsh passed away yesterday at the age of 75 after a long battle with leukemia. The most influential football coach since Vince Lombardi, Walsh laid the blueprint for the NFL we see today: the scripting of the first fifteen plays to start a game and the discovery that you could run an offense based on skill, finesse, and precision are both credited to him. 29 head coaches came from his lineage, and between them they appeared in 17 Super Bowl's with 8 victories. He and his famed West Coast Offense will live on forever through them. He was classy and sophisticated and he built the 49er organization in his image. He won three Super Bowl's in ten seasons and was a genius at evaluating talent. Bill Walsh, gone but never to be forgotten.
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