Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The Milwaukee Bucks introduced the second pick from the 2008 NBA Draft, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute from UCLA. He joins West Virgina's Joe Alexander who was taken with the #8 pick last week by the Milwaukee Bucks. Unlike last year's Yi circus, these two players are actually excited to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks.
On draft day the Bucks sent Bobby Simmions and Yi to the New Jersey Nets for Richard Jefferson. Jefferson should be a huge upgrade to the Bucks. I'm personally thrilled that the Bucks shipped Yi off who was a huge disappointment and even seemed to be drafted out of spite. Yi did not want to be a Buck and honestly we did not want him either. He moves on and hopefully will be buried on the Nets bench further upsetting his handlers and the Chinese government. It's their problem now!!!
But back to the Bucks picks, Joe Alexander brings his freakishly athletic game and energy to a team in desperate need of a change. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, an actual Prince in Cameroon, is a 6-foot-8 defensive-minded forward with a high basketball IQ.
The Bucks passed on such players as Bill Walker PF Kansas State and Chris Douglas-Roberts, a star F from Memphis to take Mbah a Moute, proving that coach Scott Skiles is looking to improve the Bucks defense, rather than add another scorer.
Hopefully he also brings a few extra wins this upcoming season.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin laughed Monday when asked if his team really was the leader in the C.C. Sabathia Sweepstakes. "Just the same old rumors," Melvin said. ESPN's Buster Olney has ranked the Brewers first among the teams most likely to trade for Cleveland's big lefty, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Olney cited other team sources and noted that the Brewers have the motivation to make such a move and the prospects to land a big fish such as Sabathia.
If the Crew would go after C.C., it would cost them at least 1 of their star prospects, either Mat Gamle or Matt LaPorta. The Crew will not part with both. Expect a player like Bill Hall, Tony Gywn Jr. and maybe a pitcher to be thrown in the mix as well. Someone like Dave Bush, Zack Jackson, or Brian Shouse could be packaged. The Brewers do in fact have the ammo, but will they be willing to gamble on a pitcher that could even leave at the end of the season.
My guess is that the Brewers are trying to see if C.C. would sign an extension before pulling the trigger. Knowing that Sheets will test the open market, the chance of having him back becomes slim. The Brewers will have a very hard time competing with teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, & even Cubs for his services.
The Brewers would pull the trigger if they can get C.C. signed to an extension. That seems to be the only hold up for now. Expect things to heat up around the All-Star break, especially if the Brewers stay hot.