Monday, June 2, 2003
Updated: June 10, 9:56 AM ET
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The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
What's the lamest sports cliche? "Take 'em one
game at a time," at least in the NBA playoffs. The
Spurs seem to dismiss that and focus on the big
picture: First to four wins. The philosophy makes for
some pretty ugly mid-series performances, but they're
the team heading out of the wild West to the Finals.
If everyone has been quick to remove the Mavs' "soft"
label during their deep playoff run, the Spurs'
"choker" rep should get a similar treatment after last
night, thanks to unlikely hero Kerr, that overwhelming
34-9 fourth quarter and a turnabout-is-fair-play
collapse by the Mavs.
Sixers Degrees of Separation:
Kentucky's Tubby Smith is a lead contender for the
76ers job, Philly Inq. reporting. (If so, so much for
that "pro-experience only" candidate trend.)
Meanwhile, Jeff Van Gundy says he
doesn't want that job, but the NY Daily News
says the Cavs will likely make him an offer, which he
has yet to commit to saying he actually wants.
As for Larry Brown, word (from the
Wash. Post and others) that the Wizards are hot for
him confirms Abe Pollin lives in Bizarro World.
The "Season of Jiggy" is over: His mo'
has disintegrated over the Devils' two Cup-opening
shutouts, including last night's 3-0 win. Now, NJ's
Martin Brodeur should have your complete attention.
You might say he's "pulling a Jiggy," but in
hindsight, maybe Gigeure was "pulling a Marty" all
Red Sox-D-Backs Trade
Red Sox Nation, like everyone else, indelibly
associates new acquisition Byung Hyun Kim with
his 2001 Series flubs -- to the Yankees, no less. In Red
Sox '03 pitching tradition, he can't help but
underachieve; at least let him do it as a starter.
While ACC honchos toured the Miami campus
Thursday, the Big East reportedly is offering the
'Canes $9 million a year for the next five years to
not defect. For that loot, they could just import
LeBron and some scrubs.
So much for layoff rust: Tiger shot an
opening-round 67 (log-jammed with six others), sitting
three back from early leader Charles Howell III. It's
like the TLC show "While You Were Out": While Tiger
has been out, he's lost the intimidation factor.
U.S. Olympic Hoops
If a slot on the Olympic-qualifying team was
touted as being so
"coveted" by legit NBA stars, why
does USA Basketball insist on maintaining the
"Laettner" (a.k.a. college-player) spot, particularly
when they officially filled it Thursday with Nick Collison, who may not even be Top 20 in the draft?
P-O-C-O-C-U-R-A-N-T-E: Couldn't tell
you what it means, but to National Spelling Bee champ
Sai Gunturi it was worth $12,000 and a lifetime of
living up to what you accomplished at 13 -- and worth
a priceless amount to the Dallas junior-high bullies
who covet rare bee-champ beatings.