Archive for the ‘Sam Presti’ Category

Stop Rooting For Stories
June 16, 2007

Everywhere I look, someone (like Bill Simmons) is trying to “fix” the NBA playoffs.  I can go on a rant here… but Winning The Turnover Battle already did… and theirs is pretty good.  Here’s my contribution to it:  Start rooting for sports… and stop rooting for stories.

At some point recently… people seem to have forgotten that sports has provided great stories since their inception.  Yet people are starting to get more and more upset when sports don’t come up with the story THEY want to see. 

Isn’t that why people were so pissed at the Suns suspensions?  Deep down… everyone understands what the rule is and why Amare Stoudemire was suspended.  But you didn’t like it because “it ruined the series.”  You wanted to see two teams… at full strength… go 7 games no matter what.  It would have been nice… but we don’t always get that.  You were rooting for the story… not the sport. 

The Spurs sweep the Cavs.  Yes, it was boring.  I barely watched (and I was apparently not alone).  It happens from time to time.  Teams get swept.  But now people want to do things like scrap seeding by conferences and just seed everyone from 1 to 16.  Or they want to re-seed after the first round. But these things won’t fix the sport…. they’ll fix the story.

What all of these people don’t understand is that the sport gives us the stories.  I agree that there’s a problem in the NBA… but it won’t be fixed by trying to force us to watch the Suns and Mavs in the finals.  You have to fix the problem in the NBA by fixing the NBA.  I know I keep going back to the NFL… but they’re doing it the right way.  Tweak the rules a little.  Don’t make fundamental changes to the sport… but don’t be afraid to tinker with it to make it more paletable.  I’ve already made some suggestions, and while my suggestions may or may not work… they’re at least aimed at trying to fix the sport.  Fix the sport… and the stories will come. 

Ok… rant over.  How about some basketball news, huh?

The Celts worked out Jeff Green and liked what they saw.  They’ll look at Julian Wright on Monday.  Also noted in that link is a disheartening item about Shawn Marion:  The Suns will want to move some other “bad” contracts along with him… which makes it even more difficult to make a move like that AND clear enough financial space to resign Al Jefferson.  More on Green’s workout from the Globe here.

Also noted: any Rashard Lewis talks can’t happen until July 1… which makes a “Theo Ratliff and the 5th pick” kind of deal pretty much impossible.  You can’t just draft someone for Seattle at 5 and sit on him for a week with the hope of working something out with Lewis… because you’re screwed if it doesn’t work out.  Plus… Seattle’ new GM has had the job for a couple of weeks and he still needs to find a coach… so he’s a little busy.  However… he’s not so busy that he can’t consider a trade for Ray Allen.

Other Stuff:

Kobe Bryant still wants to be traded… Will it be to Chicago for Ben Wallace, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng and the #9 pick?  (that’s a dumb trade for Chicago)  |  Larry Brown interested in Kings job  |  Raptors trade for Carlos Delfino  |  Nevada’s Sessions staying in draft  |  Cavs looking to trade into this year’s draft?

See Ya Billy D
June 13, 2007

Okay we may have jumped the gun earlier, but this time we mean it. Donovan and the Magic have split.

(AP)The Orlando Magic finally released Billy Donovan from his contract late Wednesday night. The team would not explain any details of the agreement.

“As our signing of Billy Donovan showed, we are committed to winning a championship,” the Magic said in a statement. “We have the legal right to hold Billy to the contract he signed, but with him having a change of heart about leaving college basketball, we want him at the University of Florida. We have granted him permission to break his commitment and return to the Gators.”

Still no word if Donovan is permitted from coaching in the NBA for 5 years.

The Magic have missed out on Stan Van Gundy. Wow… they really got screwed here.

And our buddy… Emerson College alum Sam Presti… will officially be announced as Seattle’s GM tomorrow. Keep working at it Sam. I know I’ve been out of Emerson 4 years more than you have… which means that maybe in 4 years you too will have your own NBA blog. Keep reaching for those stars, baby!

Seattle Is About To Get Really Good
June 13, 2007

30 year olds are supposed to be just entering the prime of their professional careers. They’re supposed to start making the moves that prove their worth… and that will someday lead them to a pretty good position in their chosen field. They’re not, however, expected to have already reached the top.

Enter Sam Presti, whom we’ve mentioned before. He’s now the leading candidate to run the Seattle Sonics. How is that possible? The last sentence of that piece pretty much says it all:

After graduating from Boston’s Emerson College in 2000, Presti joined the Spurs as a summer intern. He has gotten a promotion almost every season since, and has implemented the Spurs’ scouting database. He is credited with first spotting Spurs point guard Tony Parker, whom the Spurs drafted with the 29th pick in 2001

Let’s go over that again. He was an intern 7 years ago. Now he’s going to run the Sonics. Interns don’t get paid. GM’s get paid close to a million bucks a year. He’s personally responsible for Tony Parker’s career (which includes marrying Eva Longoria). Now he’s going to run Seattle… which, oh by the way, is going to get either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant. Yeah… he’s good at what he does.

Hey Danny Ainge… what have you done over the past 5 years while some kid in his 20’s was helping construct the NBA’s current dynasty? Dismantling a once proud franchise to point where we all let ping pong balls dictate our future? Umm… yeah… that’s something to be proud of too.