Mavs can’t trade him, so they waive him …To the surprise of nobody…
Nelson said the Mavs worked the phone lines aggressively all day and night Monday in a last-ditch attempt to trade Finley. He added that releasing Finley means he'll probably sign with Miami, Phoenix or another championship contender, but that they would have traded Finley to a lower-tier team if the opportunity presented itself.
"We would have done what's in the best interest of the franchise," Nelson said. "But at the same time, we're human beings.
"We've been through some tough times and good times with Mike. You don't forget those times."
The Suns chose Finley in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft. But the Mavs acquired him on Dec. 26, 1996, as part of a deal that sent Jason Kidd to Phoenix.
Since then, Finley has spent the past eight-plus seasons with the Mavs, earned two trips to the All-Star game, and helped this team climb out of the NBA basement.
Mark Stein breaks down the options for Finley …
The Heat will be tough to resist, with Shaquille O'Neal as lead recruiter and a $5 million mid-level exception waiting … and the bonus of a scouting report from Dwyane Wade, who shares Finley's agent (Henry Thomas). Miami's interest, meanwhile, is a no-brainer. Finley played for Stan Van Gundy at Wisconsin, ranks as a quality chemistry guy and would instantly become the Heat's most dependable long-ball threat (given Damon Jones' likely departure).
The list of the other cuts in the NBA on amnesty day …
Raffy says it will all make sense soon ….
Rafael Palmeiro believes he "soon" will be able to explain himself and tell people why he tested positive for steroids.
"My day will come when I can say what happened. As of right now, I can't say anything. Hopefully soon," Palmeiro said Monday, a day after the embattled Baltimore slugger returned to the lineup following a 10-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's steroid policy.
OK, Raffy. This better be good.
Aikman and Staubach get a Nextel Sponsor …
Finally, the deal is done. Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are going Nextel Cup racing in 2006.
The former Cowboys quarterbacks and their Hall of Fame Racing team reached agreement with Texas Instruments, which will become the primary sponsor next season. The sponsorship branding on the car is TI's DLP Products technology for high-definition TV.
Aikman also announced the team has a partnership agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR will supply Chevrolet engines, equipment and technology to Hall of Fame Racing.
Felix Hernandez wins again …You have GOT to see this 19 year old pitch. I haven’t felt this strongly about a young pitcher since Dwight Gooden.
King Felix’s Stats …
Felix’s first 3 Major League Starts:
8/4 @ Det 5.0ip, 3h, 1er, 2bb, 4k, 81 pitches, L, 1.80era
8/9 vs Min 8.0ip. 5h, 0er, 0bb, 6k, 94 pitches, W, 0.69era
8/15 vs KC 8.0ip, 3h, 1er, 1bb, 11k, 99 pitches, W, 0.86era
You know, this is why Rangers fans should fear their future (besides the other reasons that have been mentioned a million times). Of the teams in the AL West, it’s possible that the Rangers have the worst future when it comes to young talented kids. The Angels are loaded with prospects, the A’s are the A’s (loaded with kids in the big leagues already, with more behind them), and the Mariners have a decent mix, too, with this 19-year old ace. The DVD boys better be good.
Jonathan Jolly, above.
Jeff, who might be a Tech fan, sent me what the Tech fans have been discussing lately on their message boards, Aggies mug-shots under Coach Fran …
And now this college football positional statement from the blog regarding the above, and all other fun-making photos and links that appear on this website:
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