Blogging the Bloggers: A day in the life of Mitch Kupchak, Buzz Bissinger and more
– LAKE SHOW LIFE got to take a peek at Laker GM Mitch Kupchak’s secret diary.
– SPARTY AND FRIENDS names its All-Busted Gridiron Pen Team, quarterbacked by none other than Mike Vick.
– DEADSPIN‘s podcast…err…”Deadcast” features none other than blog-hater Buzz Bissinger.
– SI writer Joe Posnanski tears apart a Harold Reynold’s post on his blog, appropriately titled JOEBLOG.
– THE LOVE OF SPORTS details why they love interleague play.
Posted in: Humor, MLB, NBA, NFL, Podcasts, Rumors & Gossip
Tags: Buzz Bissinger, Buzz Bissinger Deadspin, Harold Reynolds, Joe Posnanski, Mike Vick, Mitch Kupchak
Otis Smith is the real Executive of the Year
All due respect to Denver’s Mark Warkentien, who won the 2009 NBA Executive of the Year Award, but Orlando GM Otis Smith deserves the honor. This is the problem with how the league hands out these awards at the end of the regular season — there’s no way to take the playoffs into account. Granted, it’s a regular season award, but in that case, wouldn’t Danny Ferry deserve it for pulling the trigger on the Mo Williams trade, which led to an All-Star nod for the guard and a 66-win season? Mitch Kupchak also deserves mention for his theft of Pau Gasol (now a year and a half old) along with mining Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown from other team’s benches.
Of course, Warkentien pulled arguably the best in-season move by sending Allen Iverson to Detroit for Chauncey Billups, which gave the Nuggets the toughness and defensive intensity to go from a Western Conference also-ran to a legitimate contender. I didn’t like his decision to give away Marcus Camby last summer in a salary dump, but in his defense, his signing of Chris Andersen offset that loss. Still, it would have been nice to have Camby on the roster against the Lakers, but there probably wouldn’t have been enough minutes for three centers. Warkentien rolled the dice that Nene was ready to explode and that Andersen could bring energy, rebounding and shotblocking off the bench, and it worked out, for the most part. Warkentien also signed Dahntay Jones, who eventually turned into (sort of) a starter for George Karl, and re-signed J.R. Smith.
Now let’s take a look at the job Otis Smith has done (from HoopsHype):
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Posted in: NBA, NBA Draft, NBA Finals
Tags: Bill Simmons, Chauncey Billups trade, Danny Ferry, Executive of the Year, Mark Warkentien, Mitch Kupchak, Orlando Magic, Otis Smith, Rashard Lewis, Rashard Lewis signing, Stan Van Gundy
Lakers trade Radmanovic for Morrison
In one of the most random trades ever, the Lakers and Bobcats traded disappointments.
The Charlotte Bobcats traded managing partner Michael Jordan’s first draft pick on Saturday, sending struggling forward Adam Morrison and reserve guard Shannon Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers for forward Vladimir Radmanovic.
Jordan’s first major decision after becoming part owner with the final say on all basketball decisions was taking Morrison with the third overall pick in the 2006 draft over Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay and others.
Morrison and Brown were never a good fit. Morrison’s defensive deficiencies didn’t mesh with Brown’s style, and Morrison had failed to hit shots consistently, struggling in a starting role the past four games after small forward Gerald Wallace suffered a partially collapsed lung and a broken rib against the Lakers on Jan. 27.
Morrison, who cut his trademark hair short before this season, will get a chance to crack the Lakers’ rotation and become an outside scoring threat. Morrison, who averaged a national-best 28.1 points for Gonzaga in 2005-06, missed all of last season after tearing a knee ligament in a preseason game.
Morrison, due about $5.3 million next season in the final year of his rookie contract, was averaging just 4.5 points while shooting 36 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range.
The deal also gives the Lakers some salary-cap relief. Radmanovic is owed $6.5 million next season and $6.9 million a year later in a player option.
Since he plays so little (and for the Bobcats), I haven’t seen much of Morrison since he entered the league. His PER (6.02) is brutal and his career shooting percentage (37%) is equally awful. The Lakers are rolling the dice that the guy just needs a change of scenery. He’s a decent three-point shooter (33%) and if he can get his confidence back, maybe he can help his new team. After all, he’s just 24 and still has a little upside.
With this trade, Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak rids the team of one of his worst signings — Radmanovic. He’s a good shooter, but he’s completely lost defensively and can’t be trusted on that end of the court. Morrison may turn out to be equally as bad, but the Lakers get out of the last year of Radmanovic’s contract, which runs $6.9 million in the 2010-11 season.