Wednesday August 26 2009 – 11:27am Eastern (Toronto, ON)
The dog days of summer continue in the NBA. There’s not much to talk about right now. Things will be VERY hot in another month though … as camps will be opening around the league.
There are a few notable stories right now though:
(1) Allen Iverson writes on his TWITTER account that the Memphis Grizzlies made an offer to him yesterday. We’ll find out if A.I. decides to take the deal or not. Keep in mind … on the weekend … DIME Magazine reported that sources had told them that Iverson had a deal done with Charlotte and the signing would be announced some time this week. Time will tell I guess … as this saga continues!
(2) ESPN has an interesting – and ‘frightening’ – story today about the NBA and its officials facing a potential labour war. Apparently the referees deal with the league runs out next week and both sides are far apart RE: trying to negotiate a new contract. Check out Marc Stein’s story for more and tune in to “The Game Plan” with Jack Armstrong and me for more info on chatter on this subject (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4422452)
(3) Michael Beasley in rehab. Some reports have stated it could be for substance abuse … others are saying it’s stress-related. I’m saying: it’s none of our business right now. Let the man deal with whatever is bothering him and talk about it when he’s ready to talk about it. I give him – or his friends/family/advisers – credit for having the strength to recognize that help may have been needed … and he went and go it. It takes a strong man (strong person) to do that.
Remember last month when Canada and Italy got into some fisticuffs during a friendly overseas? Well, the brawlin’ continues on the hardwood – and this time the scuffle got MUCH worse – as Mexico and Uruguay squared off during a tune-up for the FIBA Americas.
SHOUT-OUT TO FAN 590 STAFFER
If you’re a regular listener to the Fan 590, you probably know the name – or at least the voice of – Andrew Nie. Andrew is normally on the air Monday-Friday from 8pm-1am. He’s the FAN’s evening sportscaster and all-round nice guy!
Well, my best wishes go out to Andrew right now … following MAJOR surgery a couple of weeks ago.
Nie had open-heart surgery to replace his aortic root, ascending thoracic aorta, and his aortic valve. Wow!
All the best Andrew. Look forward to hearing you back on the airwaves some time in October or November – once your recovery is over!