After another busy week, here are my lingering Top Five thoughts, observations, musings, etc., to go with the Monday morning coffee, or for those who are more health conscious, the green tea:
▪ Veteran NBA referee Joey Crawford, one of the most league’s most animated, entertaining characters for the past few decades, is scheduled for an MRI this morning after his right knee buckled during the Clippers-Mavericks game Saturday night. The medical staffers suspect torn cartilage, which if that proves to be the case, probably requires surgery and sideline the official for the next several weeks, at least. Hoping for the best.
▪ The men’s basketball teams at UC Davis and Sacramento State are making the local college hoops scene interesting. And how long has it been since that has happened? Has it ever happened? Can’t recall anything close to this degree of uptick. Jim Les, whose Aggies finished last in the Big West a year ago, are 12-3 overall, 8-0 at home, and 2-0 in the conference. The Hornets are 9-6 and 3-1 in the Big Sky. It’s too bad there isn’t a basketball version of the Causeway Classic this season. That has to change.
▪ So when is a catch a catch? Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, and the Dallas Cowboy were robbed. Or what’s that staying about rules are made to be broken? In this instance, during the offseason, the rule needs to be revisited.
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▪ The Hawks deserve some love. Atlanta has never been more than a mildly enthusiastic basketball market, even during the Dominique Wilkins era. But maybe that will change because (a) the team is going to be sold and (b) the team is in first place in the Eastern Conference. They still fly under the radar, but Mike Budenholzer’s club is fun to watch. They ball movement is exceptional, reminiscent of the healthy San Antonio Spurs.
▪ Finally, just wondering whether Western Conference coaches will overlook the Kings’ record and vote DeMarcus Cousins to the All-Star team. Cousins won’t be selected for the starting lineup by fans, but his numbers are consistent and prolific, and his behavior for the most part has been a non-issue. As he walked out of Sleep Train Arena Friday night, Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw reiterated what he told Bee beat writer Jason Jones: “DeMarcus is the best center in basketball.” For those who might have forgotten, Shaw maintained a powerful influence on Shaquille O’Neal when both were with the Orlando Magic and, later, Los Angeles Lakers.
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