Riley Addresses Future of Heat:
Well, well, well. Mr. Pat Riley, president of the Miami Heat, addressed the media yesterday regarding the team’s ‘Big Three’. Talk about not wasting any time. Riley had things that needed to be said, especially given the fact that all three players–Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James–have the option to opt out of their contracts and pursue free agency July 1.
So what did Riley say to the media? As ESPN reports,
Part of Pat Riley’s pitch to get LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to extend their largely successful run together with the Miami Heat won’t involve throwing his collection of championship jewelry on a table to remind them what they can accomplish.
“I don’t think we’ve got to recruit Chris, Dwyane or LeBron,” Riley said Thursday. “I’m not dropping rings on the table for those guys. They could drop their own.”
With that said, the Heat team president remains optimistic his core players will eventually regroup from a dominating defeat against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals and realize there’s still a prosperous future in Miami should they return intact.
Riley said he has met with all three players over a two-day span this week and relayed that he and team owner Micky Arison are willing to do “whatever it takes” for them to move forward and contend for championships for several more seasons.
Ah, classy move Riley. We know you’re a decorated veteran in the NBA with all your player, coaching and front office experience, so you didn’t need to bring out your championship rings, banners, etc. However, can the Big Three see all that you have to offer them and the organization?
To hear what else Riley had to say about their future, check out highlights of the presser below.
Altidore Out Against Portugal:
Awww man, say it ain’t so!! I wish I could say I was lying to y’all, but unfortunately, I’m not. US Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore will be unavailable to play on Sunday against Portugal–hey Cristiano! Oops, let me get back on track.
Despite being a key to the offense for the team, Altidore is being withheld from competition after he suffered an injury during Team USA’s opening round win against Ghana. According to CBS Sports,
News first leaked Thursday morning as a few players confirmed suspicions that Altidore’s injury would indeed keep him out.
Altidore injured his left hamstring chasing down a pass from Michael Bradley just 20 minutes into the US’s opening-match win over Ghana. He laid on the field in obvious pain before he was stretchered off. Aron Johannsson replaced him at striker and barring a formation change, he figures to see significant time against Portugal’s shorthanded defense.
Although it would be lovely to see Altidore out on the field on Sunday, it’s best that he not play, as the US must face Germany in their final match of group play. With the way Germany has been manhandling defenses, it would be great if Altidore is available to help balance the scoring attack.
USA will take on Portugal Sunday evening at 6PM/EST–that’s 3PM and right after church, PST, on ESPN.
Warriors Propose Deal To Wolves:
I think this is not a good decision on the part of the Golden State Warriors, but hey, what do I know?! I’m just a student and a professor and I don’t get paid to make these type of decisions.
What am I talking about?? The fact that the Warriors are offering up two of their good players in exchange for one Kevin Love (pictured, blue jersey) from the Minnesota Timberwolves. As USA Today reports,
With more than half the NBA interested in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, the Golden State Warriors might be in the lead.
If, that is, they’re willing to pull the trigger on the Timberwolves’ latest proposal.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Minnesota’s asking price of the Warriors includes veteran forward David Lee, third-year shooting guard Klay Thompson and a future first-round draft pick. In return, the Warriors also receive would veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin.
Give up Thompson, Lee and a future first round pick? I’m not too sure about that. The Warriors need to keep in mind that the Western Conference, especially their division, is tough. Is it truly worth it to barter two players plus a future pick for one man? How much of a difference would it make to add Love?
If this deal goes through, we’ll find out once the season starts if this trade was truly worth it.
Embiid To Undergo Surgery:
Just when we all thought the NBA draft was figured out, we’re thrown this curveball. One of the most highly touted players in this year’s draft may see his stock fall. Former University of Kansas center Joel Embiid, who missed playing in the NCAA tournament due to a back injury is expected to undergo foot surgery, per SI.com,
The news that Kansas center Joel Embiid has a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot will have a significant impact on next week’s NBA draft. Embiid, the projected No. 1 pick in SI.com’s latest mock draft, is expected to slip several spots, maybe more.
“With that type of injury,” said a Western Conference executive, “I wouldn’t take him in the top-ten.”
The injury information was supplied to reporters by Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, who added that Embiid will undergo surgery to repair the injury on Friday.
The navicular bone, which is located at the top of the foot, above the arch, is a critical bone for anything that requires power, running or jumping. And it is a familiar one in the NBA.
Based on the information, it’s impossible to predict a league-wide reaction to Embiid’s injury. There are too many variables: The success of the surgery, the estimated time for recovery, the projected long term prognosis. To date, Embiid’s only reported injury has been his back, an injury that caused him to miss the Big 12 tournament and the NCAA tournament. Tellem told ESPN that the foot injury occurred within the last few days.
It’s not like people plan on being injured, but it seems injuries have bad timing! We see what happened with Altidore straining his hamstring–he’s out for Sunday and possibly next Thursday against Germany.
With Embiid and his injury and the upcoming draft, his potential to be selected as the number one overall pick now has many wondering just where he will end up.
Find out which NBA team will take a chance and select Embiid during the draft on Thursday, June 26 on ESPN.
Bills Accepting Bids For Team:
Seems like this is the season–or perhaps the latest trend–of buying and selling in the professional sports world. Already this year we’ve seen the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers sold. Last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers were on that list.
But now, we can add the Buffalo Bills, who are officially for sale by the family, just months after the passing of Ralph Wilson, the man responsible for bringing the team to Buffalo. According to Pro Football Talk,
If anyone has an extra billion or so laying around, they’re in luck. The Buffalo Bills have officially pushed a For Sale sign into the front lawn.
According to John Kryk of the QMI Agency, the team mailed to prospective buyers on Wednesday a non-disclosure agreement and “teaser” sale documents.
The materials went to those who expressed an intention to make an offer. It’s possible that the documents were sent to other potential buyers identified by Morgan Stanley, hired by the Bills to get the deal done.
The expected bidders include former Sabres owner Tom Golisano, former New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump, current Sabres owner Terry Pegula, and a Toronto-based group including Jon Bon Jovi and Larry Tanenbaum.
Anytime you hear Donald Trump, you should already know this is serious business. The man has money to spare and what better way to spend it and add to your already large empire than by buying a sports team?! Seriously, I’d think REAL hard before entering into any deal where Trump is my competition, but that’s just me.
There is no projected timetable for the selling process, but be on the lookout for the latest on the situation with us here at TSF.