Let’s call it Wednesday.

Posted: June 24, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in sports

So the Sacramento Kings fired Tyrone Corbin last season when the team went 7-21 to start the season and replaced him with veteran coach George Karl. The Kings were a little better under Karl going 11-19. Now it’s come out that Karl would like to deal DeMarcus Cousins; who may be the Kings best player. There was a rumor that the Los Angeles Lakers would be willing to give up the #2 pick in Thursday draft for Cousins, but Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has vetoed any trade of Cousins. Karl has been given the power to make draft picks and engineer some trades; just as long as they don’t involved Cousins. When the Kings hired Karl in the spring, there was push back from Cousins’ camp. It had been reported that Cousins and Karl haven’t spoken for months. but Karl’s comments in mid-April that everyone is tradable seemed to confirm what many believe, that Karl wants to move Cousins. In addition to the Lakers the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics have expressed interest in Cousins. There was a trade rumor going around that Karl is interested in Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson and forward Kenneth Faried. The Kings may still find a way to deal for Lawson as there is talk of them sending Rudy Gay to Denver for Lawson. Cousins did average career highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and minutes last season and he’s just 24 years old. The negatives to Cousins seem to be that he’ll pout when he wants the ball on offense and doesn’t get it. He then has a tendency to either take a bad foul or just not play defense a few trips down the floor. Maybe if Sacramento had a veteran or Cousins goes to a team with a veteran presence these traits will disappear.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard an announcer or an analyst say a good manager can mean 5 to 10 games in the standings for a team. Now this off season the Chicago Cubs fired Rich Renteria when it was beginning to look like Joe Maddon would become available. Maddon did decide to opt out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cubs quickly moved in to hire him as their manager. Now the Cubs are much improved over last season, but does Maddon have that much to do with it or is it the Cubs improved roster that’s accounted for a better record. There is no doubt that Maddon is a great manager and the Rays weren’t going to be able to get another manager on that level. Tampa Bay hired Kevin Cash who had no major league managerial experience. So you would expect the Cubs to be on the upswing with their manager and the Rays to be headed down with their new manager. Oddly the Rays are 41-32 and in 1st place 2 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the A.L. East. The Cubs have a similar record 39-30, but they’re in 3rd place in the N.L. Central 6 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs are holding on to the 2nd N.L. wild card spot, but it’s a little early to worry about that. In the off season the Cubs big free agent signing was Jon Lester; 6 years at $155 million with an option for a 7th year. Tampa Bay’s big free agent signing was  Asdrubal Cabrera; $7.5 million for 1 year. What makes Tampa Bay’s start even more impressive may be the fact that 4 of their projected starting pitchers are on the disabled list. Alex Cobb was lost for the season after under going Tommy John surgery. Matt Moore is on the 60 day disabled list and has just started a rehab assignment and may be back in July. Jake Ordorizzi is out with a left oblique injury. Drew Smiley is also on the 60 day disabled list with a left labrum tear, but has passed on surgery and is rehabbing with the hope of returning in late July or early August. How many teams would still be in the pennant race let alone in 1st place if they lost 4/5th of the starting rotation. When Maddon moved over to the Cubs he had top prospects Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell in the pipeline along with 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo who is having and M.V.P. caliber season. You could also add Kyle Schwarber to that prospect list after the way he played in his brief call up last week. Soler is out injured right now, but should be returning soon, but while he was healthy he was playing well as were Bryant and Russell. Tampa Bay doesn’t quite have the prospect pool the Cubs have. They do have Steven Souza Jr. who has 14 home runs, but is hitting .229. The Rays also have 2008 #1 overall pick Tim Beckham on the roster; though he is currently out injured. Beckham has appeared in 37 games with 5 home runs, but is hitting .213. It looks like 2 teams with about that same won/loss record at this point. Who knows were either of these teams will end up at the end of the season. Will we find out what each of these managers are worth to their teams by the end of the season or is it really talent that matters in the end.

Tom Brady had his hearing on Deflategate yesterday. The hearing was held at the NFL offices in New York and was 11 hours long with .10 hours of testimony being heard. Brady apparently didn’t speak or testify at the hearing, but was there until the end of the hearing.  Brady’s side made their case for exoneration, presumably based on the assertion that there was no direct evidence linking Brady to the deflation of footballs.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has the sole power to hear and decide on appeals of player suspensions if he so chooses. The players and owners collectively bargained that into the 2011 CBA. The players association tried to get around that in this case by insisting they’d call Goodell as a witness in Brady’s appeal hearing, but Goodell refused to recuse himself and heard the appeal on Tuesday anyway. All that’s left for Brady to do now is wait. If Brady’s suspension is not reduced or overturned completely, one would expect that he and the NFLPA would then take the case to federal court.

The Big Jack

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