Thursday, June 14, 2007
Billy still rich
In the indomitable style of Gomer Pyle, a lot of us probably uttered those words last week after hearing that Billy Donovan was forsaking the lucrative contract offered by the (Orlando) Magic Kingdom and went back to murking it up in the swamp.
Of course, some of us could have used a more non-elegant phrase such as, “What the H E double hockey sticks is going on here?” Did Donovan travel across the road by limousine or did he used a chartered jet? Anyway he wasn’t in Orlando Magic country long enough to say “Shazam.” Oddly enough, the head shed at Orlando has been quiet about this ’uh, deal. This writer hasn’t been able to turn up a single quote.
Does anyone know if Donovan’s contract carried a little thing known as a “right of rescission” and if so, what was the time limit? One, two hours? And what about the wheel barrow full of iron men?
The Magic had offered to make him well off, indeed. Of course, he won’t be hurting; his return to Gator town makes him the highest paid coach in collegiate basketball. His salary is just below that of Nick Saban, who is the highest paid collegiate coach, period. Mr. Saban now leads the Crimson Tide.
While Orlando lost their man and the Gators got their man back, the Grizzlies apparently got their man. They selected Marc Iavaroni, a well-known assistant NBA ramrod. Is he going to be able to do it all by himself or will the franchise be able to glean some saviors from their fourth pick in the upcoming draft? There are a few bright spots at that level but this writer doesn’t see a Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabaar or LeBron James. Coach Marc, we are pulling for you but yours truly has no envy.
And speaking of LeBron James, I have been asked repeatedly why I was keeping “my big nose out altogether” in predicting the outcome of the NBA Finals. James Brown (retired from the USAF), was one who asked that question. James admires L. James (must be a name thing), but thinks the odds against him in the contest are too formidable.
He has plenty of agreement. Petie Joyner and Jeff Phipps of the new Corner Express on Craft Street believe the San Antonio Spurs have too many horses with too much experience. So far, their theory is being supported by the first two games (both won by the Spurs).
However, I just don’t think King James is done yet. And I'll stop right there. My big nose, remember.
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