The Lakers announced they were for trading Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets for Ron Artest. In a recent Sportscenter interview, Artest told ESPN he thinks L.A. “can definitely win a championship.” Someone may want to inform Artest the Lakers just won the NBA Finals only a few weeks ago, so if they don’t repeat, the man who will forever try to shake the image of the Malice at the Palace might just be considered the weak link.
Allen Iverson recently stated he “would like to play for the Memphis Grizzlies,” marking the first time in league history those words have ever been uttered. After failed experiments in both Denver and Detroit, Iverson has proven what many of us feared all along: he’s still difficult to build a team around. It is safe to say his market value has dropped considerably in these, the waning years of his career. At least he’ll keep the fans of Memphis entertained. If they do sign him, you may want to pick him up for your fantasy team as he should go back to scoring thirty a night. Someone on that team has to.
In an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, a somewhat dejected Rafael Palmeiro admitted that he “didn’t really understand what he was taking” and that “whatever he took was tainted” in regards to his alleged steroid use. He also predicted that his name would not be found on the infamous list of 104 baseball players who tested positive for steroids. Congratulations to Rafi for inventing yet another distortion of the truth baseball fans have not yet heard.
Upon Manny Ramirez’ return to the Dodgers’ lineup after a 50-day suspension for steroid use, L.A. Times sportswriter Bill Plaschke described the fans at Chavez Ravine as so animated, it was as if they “were welcoming home troops from Iraq.” I don’t have any children who have fought overseas so personally, I wasn’t offended by the comments. In fact, I thought they were quite apropos. What about you? Is it wrong to compare sport to something so much more serious?
In a post-match interview, a dejected Andy Roddick was asked if he had just lost the Wimbledon Final to the greatest tennis player ever. He answered with a curt “Yes.” Roddick gave it his best to defeat Roger Federer, but in a fifth set that lasted over ninety minutes, Roddick fell just short of winning his first Wimbledon title ever. Federer broke Roddick only once the entire match but it was enough to give him his fifteenth major victory, the most in tennis history.
Memo to the most dominant athlete of this generation. Never tell the most dominant athlete of last generation there’s something he can’t do. Three weeks ago, Tiger Woods said “no amateur golfer could break 100 at Bethpage Black” where this year’s US Open was held. Shortly after those comments, Michael Jordan went out and shot a cool 86. Ben Roethlisberger shot an 81 and Justin Timberlake brought sexy back with an 88.