Kevin Garnett: Lockout negotiator


Kevin Garnett: Lockout negotiator

By Jon Fucile

The NBA is still locked out, even though no one really seems to care. It's hard to make the average sport fan care about a bunch of whiny players and billionaire owners arguing over money.

According to league officials, negotiations were starting to head in a positive direction until Kevin Garnett showed up.

Apparently Garnett strolled into the meetings and was extremely combative and tried to use his trademark stare to get everyone to give in. You know the same stare that wouldnt even make a three year old worry, but that Garnett still insists on using.

One league official told reporters that "We were making progress, until Garnett expletive everything up."

Way to go. This is just another classic example of how stupid players and owners are. Neither side wants to do what is best. Both sides just want to screw over the other side or in Garnetts case beat them into submission.

Maybe next the players should just start fighting each other.

Garnett can try to beat all LeBrons championship rings out of him in order to oh right.

It continues to baffle us why players think intimidating other players, former players or owners will work. It also baffles why ESPN thinks a 65 guy dunking a basketball through a hoop that is head level is impressive.

Greed rules these days and lockout situations like this only further that. The players fighting over everything while owners want more money even though theyre swimming in it while the average person is eating ramen noodles every night because they have too many bills to pay.

So keep using your scare tactics and keep trying to further your own selfish, greedy agenda while pretending youre trying to do what is best. Quite honestly, the vast majority of us dont even miss the NBA.

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America. 

*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts. 

*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time. 

*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis. 

*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night. 

*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak. 

*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point. 

*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes. 

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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