Another interesting week of sports and I know everyone is happy the Dwightmare is over. The most coveted free agent this offseason, center Dwight Howard, decided to forgo more money with the Los Angeles Lakers to sign with the up-and-coming Houston Rockets. Immediately after his decision, the firestorm of countless Lakers fans blasting him began to happen all over social media. He may not have done or acted like the fans of the Lakers may have liked, but getting mad over him leaving isn’t going to change the fact that the Lakers have one of the oldest rosters in basketball. Kobe and the Lakers are more towards the end of their run while the Houston Rockets could be just getting a run started. James Harden came into his own last season after being traded to Houston from Oklahoma City and with Howard in the middle surrounded by shooters, the Rockets could definitely make some noise in the West. It should be interesting to see what happens in Houston and Los Angeles next year.
Another interesting story in the NBA is who is now a coach in the league. Rasheed Wallace was known as a fiery competitor who was extremely talented. He showed those talents over his lengthy career in the NBA. Well, now Wallace is returning to Detroit, the city where he won his only NBA title, to coach. The Detroit Pistons brought back Wallace to mentor and help their young bigs. And in my opinion, that’s one of the best moves they could have made. Wallace was a great shooter for his size(6’11”), but he was also an underrated post player. When he wanted to get in the post, he could work with efficiency and ease. And under his tutelage, Detroit big man Andre Drummond will blossom. The center out of Connecticut is still very raw in his offensive game. With some consistent work with Rasheed, he should definitely improve and if that happens, look out for this dynamic young athlete in Motown.
In the NFL, quarterback Matt Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be throwing and catching passes in Detroit for a long time together. Stafford, who has been the engine behind their explosive aerial attack, just got another extension from the Lions for three more years and $53 million dollars($41.5 million guaranteed) . The new extension will keep Stafford in town and also will make sure that he is handsomely paid. But the real question remains as to what this team will be. Stafford is a talented young quarterback, but he and Johnson cannot carry this team through the air all the time. Free agent running back Reggie Bush must come in and make an impact and the Lions defense has to show up this year for this team to make strides back to the playoffs. If these two things don’t happen, more heat will be on this organization for paying a quarterback again that has not led them very far.
Another quarterback that’s garnering headlines this week has been Colin Kapernick. The quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers caught flack from national media because he took a picture wearing a Miami Dolphins hat. Some 49ers fans and media members were upset by him having the paraphernalia and began to question him about it. Honestly, this has to be the dumbest story out there. Kapernick is known as a hard worker and he is committed to his team. He chose to wear the hat and maybe it was not the best decision, but for fans and media alike to act so silly over a hat is crazy. Seems like media is stirring things up in the dog days of sports coverage instead of covering actual stories.
Finally in Major League Baseball, the All-Star game is about to be upon us again. This time, the scene is New York and the Mets are hosting. And like every year, the home-field advantage in the World Series will be decided again by this game. Ultimately, this is one of the worst rules going in baseball. I understand baseball commissioner Bug Selig trying to make this game mean something, but whenever home-field advantage is decided by players on teams that have no chance to be in the World Series, then something is terribly wrong. No matter how much Selig tries to make the All-Star game count, it will should be this important at all. Why not go back to the days when the best record got you the upper hand? At least that is far more fair than the current way things are.
These are my thoughts and these are my words. Until next time…..