Game of NBA Thrones, Part 2
July 20, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
If you missed Part 1 of my Summer NBA Review (Game of Thrones quotes handed out as awards), CLICK HEREto catch up. Here's Part 2.
"I'm the captain. If this ship goes down, I go down with it."
Did you know that Vinny Del Negro — the same guy who was nearly fired for about a week straight in March — somehow gained power and did the lion's share of the work shaping the Clippers this summer? That's 100 percent true!
(No, really, it's 100 percent true!)
After Neil Olshey left for Portland, in classic Don Sterling fashion, the Clips decided against hiring a new general manager — something that, you know, every other team has — giving Del Negro, team president Andy Roeser and some guy named Gary Sacks (I think he's a former Staples Center usher) the power to make every summer decision. Somehow this didn't turn into one of the biggest calamities in sports history. Del Negroeseracks extended Blake Griffin for five years and $95 million (smart); re-signed Chauncey Billups (smart); amnestied Ryan Gomes (smart); signed Grant Hill (a sorely needed perimeter defender — really, really smart); flipped perpetual sourpuss Mo Williams into The Artist Formerly Known As Lamar Odom (not smart, but not dumb, either); and overpaid Jamal Crawford as this year's "Erratic Gunner Off The Bench Who Will Win You One Game And Shoot You Out Of The Next Three" spot (really dumb, although they had three of these guys last season and only one this year, so at least we're headed in the right direction).