Locker room ban would kill best stories

Much has been said about Michele Roberts comments regarding media access to the locker room. It’s safe to say the executive director of the NBA Player Association thinks reporters are hanging out just to hang out. Among her observations are that reporters are “standing around” doing nothing. Clearly, Roberts is playing to her audience. She knows it would be an immensely popular move with players to ban all … Continue reading»

Is Andrei Kirilenko a malcontent?

One of the most appealing things about ex-Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko was that he did things with his heart. He stayed in Salt Lake, in part because he and his wife loved it. He cried when he had problems figuring out his playing time, near the end of his tenure in Utah. He played in native Russia during the lockout of 2011-12. Now, he’s reportedly set to play … Continue reading»

Jazz improving but still an All-Star short

Going into tonight’s game, the Jazz are 19-34, the identical record they had last year at this time. So are Jazz fans being sold a load of goods by team management? The complicated thing is that the Jazz do seem better. But the bottom line is the bottom line. In the place where it matters – the standings – it’s the same Jazz. “Yeah, so we’ll see what … Continue reading»

Public decides when A-Rod can move on

  There are a lot of galling things about Alex Rodriguez and his PED usage, but none more than his “apology” to fans on Tuesday. It was the usual stuff. He’s sorry for his “mistakes” and he regrets his “actions.” Then he quickly played the “it’s-time-to-move-on” card. “I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball,” he wrote in his apology. Oh, really. He’s ready … Continue reading»

Kevin Durant: Let freedom (of expression) ring!

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant sounded off during All-Star Weekend, saying he was finished with being Mr. Full-time Nice Guy. “My first few years in the league, I was just finding myself,” Durant said. “I think most of the time, I reacted based off of what everybody else wanted and how they viewed me as a person. I am just learning to be myself, not worrying about what everybody … Continue reading»

Mistreating the stylish Tyrone Corbin

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is steaming mad. And it’s not necessarily about his team’s 21-33 record. Rather, it’s about the way the Sacramento Kings made it an open secret they weren’t going retain ex-Jazz coach Tyron Corbin, but instead hire George Karl. Before the Pistons’ game on Wednesday, Van Gundy told reporters, “I think it’s an unfortunate situation the way it’s been handled. I think Tyrone … Continue reading»

A little late, A-Rod

So Alex Rodriguez has apologized. I love this stuff. Deny, deny, deny. Then when it looks like there will be repercussions, they apologize. ESPN.com reports the baseball slugger met with Yankees’ management and apologized about his suspension for using PED’s and questioning the team’s integrity, among other things. He also plans to meet with the media. Here’s an idea: How about some of these guys apologizing before they … Continue reading»

Too soon for expanded Barry Bonds role

Don’t look now, but Barry Bonds could be back. The most polarizing of all the steroid-era ballplayers could become an instructional hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants, superseding the brief spring training role he filled last year. Manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle the team was talking with Bonds. The Chronicle suggested Bonds could be a roving minor-league instructor and/or visiting big-league coach. This is … Continue reading»

Marshawn Lynch unfair to teammtes?

Although I mentioned in a prior blog that there was something amusing about Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch’s media snub, there is one aspect that supersedes his desire to be left alone. Everyone else has to be on stage, why shouldn’t he? Lynch issued a rambling statement on Thursday, saying the only thing that matters is his family. Whoever said it was otherwise? Then he explained the deal: he’s … Continue reading»

When Mailman went Marshawn Lynch

As indignant as some were over Marshawn Lynch’s media snub during Super Bowl Week – in which he answered every question with “I’m here so I won’t get fined” – I have to admit there’s a side of me that’s amused. Here’s why: Karl Malone did similar things when he played for the Jazz  and sometimes provided me material that was been better than if he’d been talking. … Continue reading»