Once again, we are reminded of how lucky this city is to have Donovan McNabb. Bread and Circuses a.k.a. NFL '07, opens its training camps throughout the country this week, with the Eagles making their annual sojourn to Lehigh beginning Friday. And a week from the following Monday or Tuesday, we'll probably hear the annual State of Donovan Address.
The craziest confluence of existing and future franchise-level NBA talent met this past week, with Greg Oden and Kevin Durant coming, Ray Allen going and Kevin Garnett staying put - for now. At the end of the day, the Western Conference got stronger and taller, and the East got quicker and shorter.
A week before the most important night of his professional life, Billy King continued to profess certainty, equanimity and calm. This was either a good sign or an indication that we're all going over Niagara Falls with just a barrel and a medicated smile.
With the NBA season over, players, coaches and administrators who aren't obsessed with the June 28 draft have scattered to the four winds. But a new breeze is sending many from around the league to Africa, a continent long neglected, for both humanitarian missions and an increasing emphasis on potential player development.
CLEVELAND - They ask the citizens to "Rise Up" around here and support LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It is a civic demand to forget The Drive, and The Fumble, and The Shot, and The Shot II, and every other sporting event that has ripped the heart out of this city since 1964.
Bruce Bowen knew early in his career that he was going to be a satellite, revolving around bigger NBA planets. He was in Miami, which had just brought in burly Anthony Mason to play in the post with Alonzo Mourning, which meant one thing: Bowen had to expand his shooting range.
We are so desperate for an NBA savior to equal Michael Jordan that, over the years, there are those who have anointed the undeserving (Harold Miner), the incorrectly positioned (Grant Hill, small forward), the fellow alumni (Jerry Stackhouse, Vince Carter), and the Scooby-Doo inducing (Penny Hardaway?) to Jordan's level.
SALT LAKE CITY - You hear a lot of dumb things in my line of work. Ridiculous conspiracy theories. Unworkable trades. But among the dumbest came last week, when a radio guy suggested to me that the rules in the NBA make it impossible for a team to improve. Not bad trades or insipid coaching hires. The rules. Something about how teams are so hamstrung by contracts, and can't make deals because of the cap, and boo, hoo, hoo.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Here, they know that your whole life can change with the bounce of one Ping-Pong ball. The Spurs have been wretched exactly twice in the last two decades, and got David Robinson and Tim Duncan as their reward, and the championships have flowed like honey ever since. Without its two seven-footers, this franchise almost certainly would not be playing in a gleaming new building, and would likely have moved, if not folded.