Kevin Durant turning pro: How good of an NBA player will he be? Or CAN he be? See the post above for a larger breakdown and a dedicated post to comment about it.
Julian Wright turning pro, too: As I wrote yesterday, he's the most versatile forward in the draft (yes, including Durant). He should be a lock for that 3-5 range, along with Al Horford and the next-best big forward available.
MLB: Phillies drop to 1-6. And Jimmy Rollins looks like a complete fool right now, after he boasted in the preseason that the Phillies were the team to beat in the NL East. The Mets had, have and will continue to have something to say about that.
(So will the Marlins, who are off to a 5-2 start after beating the Brewers for the 9th straight time. Miguel Cabrera had another HR, his 3rd of the season. He's my Stud of the night. Seriously: How can anyone -- outside of
(As for Pitching Studs, how can you not give a hat-tip to Carl Pavano, for his first win in what feels like forever.)
MLB: Indians-Angels tickets selling like crazy... in
Bonds wants 3,000 hits, and he says he wants to do it for his godfather Willie Mays. Hey, if Bonds can continue playing past this season and through 2008, more power to him. At that point, a mind-staggering 800 HR won't be out of the question.
MLB Injury: Who had "April 10" in this year's "Mike Hampton's season is over" pool? Meanwhile, Carpenter to the DL.
Reader Question: With Dan Wheeler taking over for Brad Lidge as closer in Houston (and having a decent save outing last night), reader David Sanders offers up a question for discussion: Given that Lidge appears to have lost it after the Pujols HR in the playoffs, who are the greatest examples of players who were never the same after some pivotal on-field/on-court moment? (I'd throw Mitch Williams out there. And let me cut this off before it even gets started: Donnie Moore.)
Imus suspended: See the post below or click here.
NBA: Who has the audio clip of Josh Smith cursing out his coach? Meanwhile, the Mavs clinch HCA throughout the playoffs. That's one step closer to the "win-or-bust" outcome: Anything less than an NBA title this season would be a failure.
More NBA: With their sixth straight win (when the rest of the league feels like it's fading), the Nuggets look like the West's Team No One Wants to Play. In the East, I wouldn't want to play the Raptors, who are also surging (and that's without Bargnani and Garbajosa).
With the Warriors surging into playoff positioning, there's no question that Don Nelson should be NBA Coach of the Year if his team makes the playoffs. It could be the best coaching job of his career.
Wooden hospitalized: Here's to another recovery.
Harvard hiring Amaker to coach hoops? (Mike Jarvis is reportedly the backup pick.) The best way for the Ivy League to earn national relevance is through hiring "name" coaches. Hell, Brown already has Barack Obama's brother-in-law.
John Pelphrey hired at
NHL: Who says I completely ignore hockey? You all know I love a good piece of novelty. How about this one: For the first time in the modern era of the NHL, neither Stanley Cup finalist is returning to the playoffs. Playoff pick:
Another NHL item. (Yes! Two!!) I think NHL.com's attempt to get celebrities to blog about the NHL playoffs is hilarious and inspired. (After all, I'm writing about it, aren't I? And I'm a self-professed non-fan.) Christie Brinkley? David Boreanaz? And -- yes -- Li'l Jon! I propose that the new slogan of the NHL Playoffs is, appropriately: YEEEEAAAAHHH!