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Morning Jolt: February 27, 2012

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Wednesday February 27

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Brady's deal hurts teammates

Tom Brady's cap-friendly deal may, at the end of the day, be unfriendly for his fellow Patriots. He went from $30 million in guaranteed money to $57 million in guaranteed money, all of which he would receive even if he suffered a career-ending injury tomorrow. Take one for the team? Not really. Basically this is an accounting ruse that gave Brady more money, the team more cap room and his teammates less room to maneuver. ... As suspected what this deal did was further enrich Brady, enhance the team's negotiating flexibility and leverage and, knowingly or unknowingly, make it harder on his teammates to get paid market value for their services. Mother Teresa wandering the streets of Calcutta Tom Brady is not. (Boston Herald)Comment

Wall playing his way out of rotation?

Along with Nene, Wizards starting point guard John Wall was not available to reporters Tuesday after practice. Against the Raptors [on Monday], Wall played 24 minutes, his fewest in more than three weeks, and missed 8 of 11 shots but did have seven assists and only one turnover. Over the last five games, Wall is shooting 30 percent, but [Randy Wittman] said the shooting funk did not impact his reduced playing time Monday. A.J. Price, meantime, played 30 seconds less than Wall and had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting with three assists and four turnovers. "I'm not on a 'this guy gets 35 minutes not matter what,'" Wittman said. "You go out and you perform, and you're doing the things that you're supposed to do for this team." (The Washington Post)Comment

Joba curiously reopens starting controversy

While Joba Chamberlain's motivations weren't quite clear, he knew that what he was about to say would make headlines. Whatever the reason, Chamberlain chose the visitors clubhouse at Bright House Field as his pulpit Tuesday afternoon, when he declared himself still capable of succeeding in the major leagues as a starter. ... "This is probably going to spark a bunch of stuff," he said, before plowing ahead. "It's like: Do you think you have the capability to start? Yes," he said after throwing a scoreless inning in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday. "Do I have four pitches that I can throw for a strike? Yes. Do I have two plus pitches that I can throw from the bullpen at any time? Yes." (The Star-Ledger)Comment

Must-See Photo

Carlos Boozer slames home a dunk during Tuesday's Bulls-Cavs game in Chicago. Cleveland won 101-98. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin team up for a long-distance alley-oop.

Game To Watch

Warriors at Knicks, 8 p.m. ET

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SI Vault: More Mickey Mantle

This Day in Sports

  • 1963 -- Mickey Mantle and the New York Yankees agree to a contract worth $100,000.
  • 1977 -- Chicago's Stan Mikita scores his 500th goal.
  • 1996 -- The Chicago Bulls reach 50 victories in 56 games to set an NBA record.
  • 2003 -- Emmitt Smith becomes a free agent for the first time when the Dallas Cowboys release him.