Blogging the Bloggers: Guerrero’s sting, say ‘no’ to Rush, T.O.’s next stop, and more

THE BIG LEAD has the details on Lisa Guerrero’s recent sting on the Tennessee hotels that allegedly filled a creep’s request to get a room next to Erin Andrews (which led to the peephole tape). Did you know that she posed for Playboy a while back? (NSFW)

– Over at YARDBARKER, Brendan Haywood argues that the NFL should just say no to Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the Rams.

THE SPORTING BLOG reports that one Miami scalper took his “job” waaaay too seriously.

– The folks in Buffalo are already talking about trading Terrell Owens, and THE HERD’S WORD wonders where he could land.

DEADSPIN details how Francisco Garcia will miss four months because of a freak rubber ball incident.

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2008 NBA Preview: #22 Sacramento Kings

Offseason Movement: The team traded Ron Artest to the Rockets for forward Donte Greene and a future first round pick. Artest played well for the Kings and rehabbed his image to a certain extent. The Kings essentially traded him for two late first round picks, which isn’t a bad deal. The distraction is gone and the Kings can continue the rebuilding process.
Keep Your Eye On: John Salmons/Francisco Garcia, GF
With Artest in Houston, there are a lot of minutes to be had at small forward. Both players are versatile and can play a little point guard as well. Salmons plays much better in a starting role and is the better slasher, while Garcia is the better shooter and ballhandler. Given his production as a starter, Salmons figures to take over that role, but Garcia will get a lot of minutes off the bench.
The Big Question: Are the Kings good enough to contend for a playoff spot?
Sacramento finished 12 games out of the #8 spot in the West last season and lost Ron Artest. They’re a young team, so collectively they’ll need big progress to overcome that loss of talent and 12 games in the West. This looks like a team that will compete on a nightly basis but will ultimately finish with 30-35 wins in a tough conference.
Outlook: I like what the Kings are doing, but I wonder if giving PG Beno Udrih a big contract (five years, $33 million) was the right thing to do. They must see him as their point guard of the future, but on a PER basis, he was the #30 PG in the league. They are building around Kevin Martin (pictured), and project to have a ton of cap space in the summer of 2010, when they’ll likely look to add a star free agent. In addition to Martin, if another one of their young players (Udrih, Spencer Hawes, Jason Thompson, Donte Green, Shelden Williams) can develop into a star, the Kings will be in business in two or three years.

Check out our NBA Preview page for a look at every team. We’ll be posting three previews per business day, which will take us up to the start of the season on Tuesday, October 28th.

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