The courting of Chris Paul

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The courting of Chris Paul

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

In the past couple of years the NBA has been through a terrible refereeing scandal and an ugly strike that was finally resolved last week. But training camp is almost over and the NBA should be working on repairing their image.

Instead that egomaniac David Stern decided to put the finishing touches on the crap sandwich the NBA has become.

The NBA owns the Hornets because no one in New Orleans cares about a team that doesnt have Drew Brees on it and they were forced to buy it. Chris Paul, the Hornets only meal ticket, wants out and the trade offers started rolling in. But Stern was holding Paul hostage.

The Lakers offered a trade with the Hornets and even got the Rockets involved. All parties involved seemed happy but Stern went power tripping and vetoed the trade. Apparently the trade just wasnt good enough. Stern also apparently has a hard on for Chris Paul.

The trade was reworked as the Lakers desperately tried to pry Paul from the clutches of Stern but again he rejected the trade despite the fact that the Hornets GM had accepted it and thus began the courting of Chris Paul.

Stern went completely bonkers and apparently was hell bent on making the league look awful while demanding one hundred billion dollars for the services of Chris Paul.

Stern started playing the Clippers against the Lakers while making himself look crazier by the minute. He even suckered Chris Paul into a very awkward dinner. Sexual harassment charges are pending.

Stern even sunk low enough to action Chris Paul off live from a mall.

Stern has quite obviously lost his mind. Why the hell would you invite this type of controversy on the league, especially right after a lock out? Did he really think the Lakers offer wasnt good enough or did he just want to keep Paul away from Kobe Bryant so they couldnt form one hell of a tag team?

Stern ended up creating some kind of weird Bachelor type situation that was even less entertaining than that crappy show and somehow even more rigged. We were about two days away from ESPN hosting some kind of rose ceremony on live TV.

We have to admit though, it would have been hilarious to see Paul fake out the Lakers Stern style and give the last rose to Blake Griffin as he picked the Clippers.

Quite the coincidence that Stern sent Paul to a struggling Clippers franchise that needs a boost, eh? No? Oh right, no that really doesnt seem like a coincidence. Pauls speech after the trade to the Clippers was even sketchier when he talked about the rich history the Clippers have. Apparently his definition of rich history is never making the playoffs and being horribly mismanaged.

At least Paul has an awesome sense of humor.

Reports: Patriots place Lewis, Vollmer on PUP, cut three others

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Reports: Patriots place Lewis, Vollmer on PUP, cut three others

The Patriots have placed offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and running back Dion Lewis on the reserve-physically unable to perform list, according to multiple reports. 

They also cut Ramon Humber, Keavon Milton and Steven Scheu to get their roster down to the required 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

The PUP designation for Vollmer - who has a hip injury that is expected to keep him out all season - and Lewis - who needs another surgical procedure on his knee - means they will have to miss at least the first six games and then can be eligible to return.

That’s doubtful in the case of Vollmer, who'll likely miss the season.

More to come. 

Veteran center Dominic Moore among Bruins signings

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Veteran center Dominic Moore among Bruins signings

The Bruins announced some organizational signings and one surprise dip into late summer free agency with a one-year, $900,000 contract for 36-year-old depth center Dominic Moore.

The B’s also announced one year, two-way contracts for forward Brian Ferlin, along with defensemen Chris Casto and Alex Grant, and all three of those players will serve as young, organizational depth players in Providence.

Moore has spent each of the last three seasons with the New York Rangers amid a career 765 NHL games played as a solid face-off and penalty-kill player that has fourth line candidate written all over him.

The Bruins will be former Harvard center Moore’s 10th NHL team. He’s coming off a season where he posted six goals and 15 points in 80 games for the Blueshirts, and has previously played for Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay and San Jose along with the Rangers.

While Moore is a solid candidate for fourth-line duty that will provide leadership, good face-off work, solid and gritty penalty-kill work and all kinds of NHL experience, he is also a 36-year-old on a team that has a ton of center candidates headed into camp. 

Moore’s presence could be problematic if he’s standing in the way of developing young centers Austin Czarnik and Noel Acciari. The expectation is that B’s coach Claude Julien, as he always has in the past with safe veterans like Chris Kelly, will go with a player like Moore over the youngsters if times start getting tough for the Black and Gold.

Ferlin, 24, completed his second professional season with the AHL's Providence Bruins in 2015-16, producing six goals and eight assists for 14 points with 27 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating in 23 games. He was sidelined for much of last season in Providence by a concussion.

Casto, 24, completed his third full AHL season with Providence in 2015-16, establishing career highs with seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points with 47 penalty minutes in 68 games.

Grant, 27, spent the 2015-16 season with the Arizona Coyotes organization, splitting time between the Coyotes and their AHL affiliate in Springfield. He recorded seven penalty minutes in five games in the NHL, while compiling 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points with 57 penalty minutes in 69 games in the AHL.  

 

 

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound

Dustin Pedroia returns to the lineup after missing two games to attend a family funeral as the Red Sox play the middle game of their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Fenway Park.

Pedroia is back at second base, batting leadoff, as the Red Sox look to make it two in a row coming off a 9-4 victory on Monday night.

Brock Holt, who filled in a second in Pedroia’s absence, moves to left field and Bryan Holaday catches left-hander Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 2.95 ERA) for Boston. Pomeranz struck out a career-high 11 in his last start against the Rays, last Thursday in St. Petersburg. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.53) starts for the Rays.

The lineups:

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller 1B

Matt Duffy DH

Tim Beckham SS

Scott Souza Jr. RF

Corey Dickerson LF

Luke Maile C

Jake Odorizzi RHP

 

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Travis Shaw 3B

Brock Holt LF

Bryan Holaday C

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Drew Pomeranz LHP