Brand Seeing Green
Elton Brand, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers last week with the intention to sign a long-term deal with the club, is now being swayed by the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors to the likes of a $95 million contract, roughly $20 million more than what the Clippers can offer. The 29-year-old power forward, who wished to be the centerpiece alongside some superstars like the Boston Celtics managed last season, can be paired with Baron Davis in what will easily be the largest free-agent signing in Clippers history.
Davis put it best when he opted out of the final year of his contract at $17.8 million. He asked what he could do with $85 million that he can’t do with $65 million. And that’s exactly what Brand should be thinking. The Clippers are already moving on without Corey Maggette, whose skills are wanted by a number of teams, but they should not offer Brand any more than they had originally planned to, who was quoted before the Davis agreement saying that he would take a slight discount if the club were to make a significant personnel acquisition. Well…
The 76ers and Warriors are primed to make Brand one of the highest paid players in the NBA for a two-time All-Star who has never averaged 25 points or 12 rebounds in a season. Unless Brand is trying to work up the offseason drama like Kobe Bryant did the year before, the Clippers should let their backstabbing star walk and create $10 million in salary cap space to add to their promising studs.
Favre Not Wanted Back
Despite Brett Favre‘s response that his considering a return to the NFL is all a rumor, another text message to Packers GM Ted Thompson can deduce the fact that Favre is acting like a post-pubescent boy who thinks he wants a girl to take him back. And Thompson’s reply was how the team feels of the situation, I’m sure. He said that he was on vacation and the two men would have to talk later. This implication of blowing off the future HOFer shows the team’s reluctance to welcome him back after Favre’s magical “final season” and the entire offseason with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.
Save face, Favre. Go out on top and not like Michael Jordan. As for all of you people who feel it isn’t fair for Rodgers, the first-round draft pick who was the backup for the past three seasons, boohoo. Steve Young was Joe Montana‘s backup for four years, and in the NBA, it’s all about playing time. By the way, Rodgers should never be in the same sentence as Young, except for this one right now explaining to you that they shouldn’t be in the same sentence together.
Gonzo Saves Another Life
Tony Gonzalez, Pro Bowl tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, saved the life of a choking man while dining at a restaurant by performing the Heimlich maneuver successfully, in which he has no training for. Gonzalez, who spends his offseason in Huntington Beach, CA and was probably involved in the surfer-paparazzi beach brawls a few weeks ago, saved his second life. The first, you ask?
A game in SF when Gonzalez knocked over a sideline cameraman, giving the man a concussion. A resulting brain scan revealed the cameraman had a life-threatening brain tumor that was previously undiagnosed. Go Gonzo! The Cal product is just 179 yards shy of breaking bitter Shannon Sharpe‘s record for most career yards by a tight end. Go Gonzo! Because The United Way and saving lives are twice as nice.