Friday, February 21, 2003
Page 2 Quickie: February 20, 2003
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Two Words For You:
The hours leading up to today's 3 p.m. NBA
trading deadline have been so slow that we resort to
fantasizing about "dream trades," like Jennifer
"Alias" Garner for Sarah Michelle "Buffy" Gellar or
super-sized "Idol" star Ruben for Justin, last year's
wimpy runner-up. Keep reading for the hottest news for
the day, plus a few trade scenarios we'd like to
Simply put, Kobe Bryant is the most "must-see"
attraction in sports right now. At times versus the
Jazz last night, his performance wasn't pretty, but he
got his 40 -- and the Lakers won the game 93-87.
Poster this: Kobe's dunk on Yao Tuesday might have been the Ultimate Posterizing, but his twisty-turny,
jump shot was the thinking fan's Play of the Year.
Trade proposal: Here's the thing: right now,
there isn't a player in the league -- not T-Mac, not
Duncan, not even LeBron -- who is worthy of being
traded for Kobe. And, frankly, even if the Lakers had
the talent on hand to make a trade for a complementary
scorer (like Atlanta's Jason Terry), why would you
want to disrupt Kobe's momentum?
Jerry West needed a proven scorer for the
Grizzlies. He had a log-jam at power forward. Those
have to be the only reasons he went against one of the
cardinal trade rules and swapped big for small, rookie Drew Gooden to Orlando for small forward
Mike Miller. So much for that rep as a draft guru.
I'm Trade Hungry, Get Me Out of Here! But at
least West did something, unlike the other
gun-shy GMs out there. Does it sound like I'm goading?
(I am.) Come on: Let's see some intrigue! A trade for
trade's sake! Something!
Trade proposal: Jerry Krause covets Eddie Jones.
Pat Riley looks pretty miserable with the Heat.
There's an obvious deal here: Krause, his guy Jamal
Crawford and an international player of mystery for
Riles, Caron Butler and a condo on Chicago's Michigan
If the Cameron Crazies are worth 15 points,
like the conventional wisdom says they are, then
Duke's 75-70 win over Maryland wasn't that impressive The problem for the Blue Devils
is that they can't replicate Cameron
away from home, which is why they won't do any serious (read: Final
Four) damage in the NCAA Tourney this season.
Trade proposal: Both games of the fizzling
UNC-Duke rivalry plus any UCLA game for a single game of the four times
Maryland and Duke might match up in a given season
(Regular season (2), ACC Tourney, NCAA Tourney).
Jeter vs. Steinbrenner
George Steinbrenner refuses to let Derek Jeter
have the last word on this ... I'm not sure what to call
it ... thing between them. Monday, DJ made a few
bland comments, saying the media frenzy is "not going
to stop until I stop it."
Think again: Yesterday, the Boss told the N.Y.
Times: "I am the way I am. I got my message through.
If I'm paying a guy $16 million, I want him to
listen." Got that Derek? Now, if you're really smart,
you'll get the hint and zip it.
Trade proposal: If the Boss is so unhappy with
Jeter, I'm pretty sure the Red Sox would be up for a
swap for Nomar, who hates the Boston media and
will be a free agent next year.
The first "Sportsmanship and Fan Behavior
Summit" kicks off today, basically an attempt by college officials to figure out what to do about postgame celebrations. (In other words, the
conference is subtitled: "Sidestepping Legal
Blame Game: Apparently, "rushing the
field/court" has lost its meaning, because students do
it for any reason now, from
beating a ranked rival to
celebrating the halftime tumblers sticking that finale. I'm no
sociologist, but I'm betting that the "experts" dump
the blame on defenseless alcohol. Remember: Kegs don't
swarm courts, kids do.
Trade proposal: Overheard in the line for coffee
-- "I'll swap you three spare goalposts and a Title IX
controversy for 25 frat guys, the marching-band
drum major and a homecoming tailgate party."
"Bachelorette": Ryan? RYAN?! With the
awful poetry and a PhD from the Moses Malone School of
Articulation? Trista's pick was the upset of the week.
But rumor has it the relationship is already on the
rocks. There's a shocker.
Trade proposal: We like what runner-up Charlie's
impending free agency can do for the Cavs' cap room
next season. Him for Zydrunas Ilgauskas, straight up.
"American Idol": Loyal Quickie readers should not
have been surprised at Vanessa and Rickey moving on to
the finals last night, called in this space yesterday.
Faith in American teens is restored for picking Rickey
after the Julia debacle two weeks ago.
Trade proposal: Judge Randy Jackson and an '04
Idol finalist to be named later for "Are You Hot?"
judge Lorenzo Lamas.