Jameer Nelson To Return For Finals?

31 05 2009

jameer.nelson“The Magic are encouraged by Jameer Nelson’s rehabilitation so much that they will evaluate the possibility of the all-star playing in the NBA Finals against the Lakers, the Sentinel has learned.

Magic President Bob Vander Weide said the team is exploring whether Nelson can return after undergoing shoulder surgery Feb. 19. He hasn’t played since he was injured Feb. 3 against the Dallas Mavericks.

Although Nelson wouldn’t be in prime condition, Vander Weide said, “the chance to get an all-star point guard on the floor for 15 minutes a game … you’d have to look at that.”

The Magic had ruled him out for the season and the playoffs, and as late as a week and a half ago General Manager Otis Smith said there was no chance of Nelson making a return. “That was a week and a half ago,” said Vander Weide, who said he wanted Nelson to take another MRI and consult with doctors.”

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76ers PG Search Begins

30 05 2009

Andre Miller’s status is uncertain and the team needs a young player at the position, so the 76ers talked to stephon_currytwo of the top point-guard prospects at the NBA’s draft combine Thursday, and were expected to interview another before camp broke yesterday.

The Sixers own the 17th choice in the draft, to be held June 25. Tony DiLeo, their vice president and assistant general manager, and their director of player personnel, Courtney Witte, were spotted in Chicago. General manager Ed Stefanski was believed to be in town, too.

Ty Lawson, who led North Carolina to the NCAA national championship last spring, and Syracuse’s Johnny Flynn both sat down with the Sixers’ brass. Stephen Curry of Davidson said yesterday that he expected to do so.

All three are likely to be picked in the first round.

Article by Kevin Tatum of the Philadelphia Inquirer

PCPTAKE: Flynn and Curry will both be gone by the time the 76ers pick at #17. In fact, Curry will be gone in the top 8 picks. If they are interviewing him, they must be considering moving up. If they stand pat, Lawson is the likely pick and would be a good one. There is a chance that he is off the board as well. In that case, Eric Maynor of VCU is the likely pick. Maynor is a versatile 6’2 point guard who played all four years of college and made tremendous strides in each season. Not the most athletic point guard, but would be a good fit for this team because of his deep range and high shooting percentage.

Stefanski’s PR Circus Finally Over

30 05 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Just a couple of days ago, I referred to Sixers GM Ed Stefanski’s carousel of coaches interviewing process as a dog and pony show. Today, the team announced the hiring of Eddie Jordan, Stefanski’s undoubted choice from day one. So why the theatrics? John McMullin of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer penned an excellent article which I think summarizes it best…

“It’s not that I think Jordan is a bad coach, but he was Stefanski’s choice from the get-go and the Sixers’ GM never showed the courage of his convictions.

Instead, Stefanski went through a vetting process that can only be described as a public relations campaign, designed to fend off the notoriously tough Philadelphia media.”

Report: “Phils Looking Everywhere For Starters”

29 05 2009

Is there a prominent starting pitcher in the July shoppers’ catalogue that the Phillies haven’t looked into? Clubs all over baseball report that the Phillies are, as one exec put it, “looking everywhere for starters.” And for once, he said, “they’ve got pieces to give” to get one.

The list of pitchers they’ve called on, from what we’ve heard, includes every conceivable usual suspect: Oswalt, Peavy, Brandon Webb, Roy Halladay, Doug Davis, Erik Bedard, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, Brad Penny, Chris Young and Jason Marquis. Read the rest of this entry »

What Phillie are You Willing to Part With ?

28 05 2009

By Mike Gill

Could Carrasco be traded?

Could Carrasco be traded?

While we are still two months away from the trade deadline, names will begin to surface in trade talks now.  The question is, what players are you willing to move to get better now?

Go back in time about 10 years, remember the trade rumors that included names like Utley, Howard, Hamels and Floyd.  Everyone was ready and willing at the time to give away the Phillies stars of today to get better right away then.

Remember, Utley was going to San Fransisco for Barry Zito.  Ryan Howard was heading to Pittsburgh and Cole Hamels and Gavin Floyd’s names were mentioned in just about every deal.

Now the names we keep hearing in trade talks are Drabek, Marson, Donald, Carrasco and Savery.  So the question is, which of these guys are you willing to part with and what do you want in return. Read the rest of this entry »

Phils Planning For Life Without Myers

27 05 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Even before Philadelphia Phillies starter Brett Myers left tonight’s game with right hip inflammation, Gordon Edes of Yahoo Sports was reporting that the Phils “are already making plans for life without Brett Myers, who will be a free agent after the season and probably command more on the open market than in Philly.”

Edes also reports that “The Phillies, Brewers, Royals and possibly the Twins look like teams that could be in play for (Brad) Penny, who is 5-1 with a 5.96 ERA in Boston but is dispensable because John Smoltz is on the rehab trail and Clay Buchholz threw eight perfect innings Monday at Triple-A Pawtucket.”

PCPTAKE: Bad idea. Penny’s got little left to offer. The best trade options discussed so far are Erik Bedard and Matt Cain. Some are hesitant to believe that Cain would be available while others feel that the Giants would be willing to listen if a young hitting prospect were in the mix.

Rambis Out Of Running – Plan In Place?

27 05 2009

“Count Kurt Rambis out of the running for the vacant 76ers’ coaching job.

A source in Los Angeles tonight confirmed that the Sixers have informed the longtime Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach that they are going in another direction in their search. Rambis was in the first wave of prospective candidates to meet with Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski, that session taking place last week in Santa Monica, Ca.”

“Two other sources indicated that the Sixers have been in touch with a representative for Avery Johnson, the former Dallas Mavericks coach currently working as a studio analyst for ESPN. One source said ”the timing isn’t right” for Johnson; the other source suggested that Johnson didn’t seem interested in being part of a wide-ranging search. Johnson had been working with agent Tyler Glass, but is now being advised by a consultant.

There has also been speculation in recent days that the Sixers either have, or are about to, reach out to Jeff Van Gundy, the former New York and Houston coach who has been working as an ESPN game analyst during the Eastern Conference series between Orlando and Cleveland. Van Gundy did not respond to messages left by the Daily News.

The Sixers have also confirmed interviews with former Washington and Sacramento coach Eddie Jordan (on the list again with the Kings), Dallas assistant Dwane Casey, current Sixers pro personnel scout Chris Ford and Villanova coach Jay Wright.

Wright, who took the Wildcats to the NCAA Final Four, quickly withdrew from consideration.”

Article by Phil Jasner – Click Here For Full Article

PCPTAKE – It’s starting to feel more and more like a dog and pony show, where in the end the team settles with a low cost quasi interim guy until a legit coach becomes available. In all honesty, it might be the best approach. If that’s the case, don’t be surprised if in house candidate Chris Ford gets the job. If he were to succeed, Stefanski’s credited with the hire. If not, he goes back to being a scout and the team hires a new coach from next year’s crop of available candidates. Who know, maybe Jay Wright will be ready to make the jump in 2010.