Today's hot topics:
-Kobe Bryant trade demand
-Greg Oden basketball card
-Tank Tyler's beef sticks
-Michael Vick's dogfighting
After a long period (okay, a day or two) of publicly strained relations with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant has requested a trade, saying that "Tough as it is to come to that conclusion, there's no other alternative. It's rough, man, but I don't see how you can rebuild that trust. I just don't know how you can move forward in that type of situation." Here’s how you move forward,
How would trading
I’ve heard that the Hawks (for Josh Smith and Joe Johnson), Knicks (for David Lee, Channing Frye, and Steve Francis), or Bulls (for Ben Wallace and either Ben Gordon or Luol Deng) might be options if the Lakers elect to deal, but all of these situations have issues: Chicago is trying to grow a young team rather than importing older players (remember, Bryant is an 11-year veteran); New York, to borrow a chant from East Rutherford, S-U-C-K suck suck sucks; Atlanta has a seemingly paralyzed group of owners who are unable to make any deal bigger than signing the significantly misnomered (is that even a word?) Speedy Claxton.
One possible destination that hasn’t been getting thrown around a lot is
Speaking of Greg Oden, Topps announced today that his first basketball card would feature him together with Bill Russell. While the pairing makes sense – Oden has been compared to Russell in terms of his defensive skill set and (current) lack of a polished offensive game – I’m surprised that Russell let it happen.
Here’s why: it’s a slap in the face to the Celtics.
Perhaps Topps could have coupled Oden with Jerome Moiso? Or Kendrick Brown? Those options would have comforted the Celtics faithful, reminding them that prospects’ futures are by no means assured. But Bill Russell? Ouch.
Speaking of ouch (oh, the beautiful segue!), ESPN’s bottom line showed a little update today: Tank Johnson, former University of Washington and current Chicago Bears defensive lineman, ate 162 beef sticks while in jail on misdemeanor weapons charges. I don’t even want to know what that means.
Lastly, speaking of ignorance: I don’t know whether Mike Vick should be punished for dogfighting. What do we (and by we, I mean the soulless bourgeois prosecutors who seek to tear down any minority who achieves success) really have on him?
Sure, there’s plenty of evidence that he was involved, ranging from eyewitness accounts to the fact that there are dead dogs buried on his property and that the fights were in his freakin’ house. But when it comes right down to it, he’s an athlete. And we can’t be mad at athletes, right? Right?