Posted by: Kingsguru21 | September 18, 2009

Tasty Linkage

Paul Westphal expands on why the Kings signed Desmond Mason.

“Best-case scenario, we add a defensive presence to the two and three positions that I don’t think we have anywhere else,” Westphal said. “I think he’s the kind of guy that you put on the other team’s best scorer.”

To quote one Tom Ziller:

I disagree that it’s a “no-lose situation” — that roster spot could be going to a younger player, a back-up center, a fan favorite, Chris Bosh’s best friend from third grade, a younger player, Tom Ziller or a younger player. If you were hoping for one of those guys, and instead get Desmond Mason, well that seems to be a loss. And if we get to, oh, October 10 and figure out Desmond Mason really can’t play anymore, well, then, you ain’t ever getting those preseason minutes and training camp reps back. Or the money you’re paying him to show up to training camp.

Apparently, according to SI, Jason Thompson is a breakout player. (A consistent solid contributor is what I’m hoping for.)

In Amick’s article about Mason, he drops this tidbit:

Lastly, rookie forward Jon Brockman signed a one-year deal last week that, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, includes approximately $457,000 in guaranteed money but no team or player options for next season.

No team or player options for the next few season’s? Hmmm. Interesting. Maybe the team is trying to keep a Bobby Brown situation from happening again. (In fact, I’m sure that’s what it is.) If you haven’t read this blog entry by Amick, I suggest you do so. (I’ll admit it’s almost a week old, but worth reading if you haven’t.)

That’s all Kings related stuff I’m sure you’ve read at StR already.

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Shaq is talking about how the ref’s will really make an impact with their presence not around. I think that’s greatly important myself.

Dave Deckard of Blazers Edge had a great point on this a few days ago. TZ has followed this on Fanhouse multiple times over the summer as well. Chris Sheridan has even talked about this more than a few times, too.

WNBA basketball is in full swing, and I suggest reading this Pounding the Rock game thread if you have time to kill. Talk about blasphemous sarcasm. I approve.

Last but not least, the Nets may
be sold to a Russian Oligarch. That’s just what the US needed. More Russian billionaires.

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So, if the linkage, or pointless, I apologize. (Actually no. I’m trying to be nice today. I’m experimenting with the concept.)

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