|—||ESPN, freaking the fuck out when the Texas drafted Mario Williams over Reggie Bush in 2006. Another reminder that teams can only be judged years after a draft occurs.|
Spurs and Heat battle tonight, both teams with sky high regular season winning %s.
Miami Heat 57-15 (.792) vs San Antonio Spurs 55-17 (.764)
Kind of reminds me of Suns/Mavs in 2007, where both teams had over .778 winning % when they battled, the highest since the early 70s. That game was a classic.
Shaquille O’Neal gets drafted #1 overall in the 1992 NBA Draft. Highlights of this video include the TNT graphic saying Shaq had to “refine his offensive game” (he only finished with 28,596 points) and Craig Sager wearing a normal suit!
According to TMZ, Dennis Rodman was accused of assault at a bar in a dispute over LeBron James.
According to the report, Douglas walked up to Rodman and joked with him — asking if he was in town to check up on LeBron … and for some reason, Rodman flipped and shoved him back.
I don’t know, I don’t care, it’s just an excuse to post this Worm-tastic picture of Dennis Rodman’s various hairdos.
Continuing with the 2006 Mets theme for today:
Omar Minaya was the golden-GM would had done a masterful job with the then-Expos in the earlier part of the 2000s. He came to the Mets to assemble the best team money could buy. It only worked for one year, in 2006. Ever other year they have been affectionately known as “The Mess.”
But what a year 2006 was, even if it ended with losing Game 7 of the NLCS to a barely over .500 Cardinals team.
The Mets had three impact players under 30 that year: 3B David Wright, SS Jose Reyes and CF Carlos Beltran (hey they are all in trade rumors this year!).
Every other impact player was enjoying either the last or one of the last good years of their careers. Check the ages:
Paul LoDuca 34
Carlos Delgado 34
Cliff Floyd 33
Jose Valentine 36
Tom Glavine 40
Steve Trachsel 35
Pedro Martinez 34
Orlando Hernandez 40
Gee, no wonder that team didn’t sustain any success. Still, it was one great year.
Willie Randolph was fired on this day in 2008. Randolph’s lone bit of glory at the helm of the Mets came in 2006, when the Mets won 97 games but lost Game 7 of the NLCS to to an 83 win St. Louis Cardinal team (that went on to become the worst champion I can ever remember).
From SI Vault:
Two hours after the Mets beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 16, 2008, the embattled Willie Randolph was axed in the middle of the night at the team hotel by GM Omar Minaya. A day after asking Minaya to fire him, on Father’s Day, so he wouldn’t have to make the cross-country trip if he was going to lose his job anyway, Randolph led the Mets to a 6-1 victory. Minaya hopped on a flight to California before the game ended and relieved Randolph of his duties at 12:14 a.m. PT.
1994 NBA Finals Flashback
Knicks @ Rockets, Game 7.
Songs By: Method Man, Keith Murray & UGK.
The ageless Livan Hernandez threw a complete-game shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals today. Livan may be playing out his career in anonymity for the Washington Nationals, but we will always remember him as MVP of the 1997 World Series as a rookie.