What are the chances of Boris Diaw ending up in New York and reunited with Mike D'Antoni? Before yesterday, not very good. But now, you could see a scenario - perhaps one that would include David Lee being shipped out - where Diaw is wearing a Knicks uniform. The Phoenix Suns traded one of D'Antoni's all-time favorite players to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday along with Raja Bell for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley. The move means that when D'Antoni makes his emotional return to the Valley on Monday he won't have as many former players to embrace. But the trade also opens the door for the Knicks to eventually acquire Diaw, especially with Donnie Walsh's good friend, Larry Brown, falling in and out of love with players on a daily basis. If you don't think Diaw would love to play for D'Antoni again, here is what the veteran forward said upon being traded by GM Steve Kerr: "It definitely wasn't as fun. It wasn't as exciting for the fans. It's not as fun for everybody (on the team). I'll always remember Phoenix with Mike (D'Antoni). We went from a winning team that was the most exciting team in the league to a half-winning team that wasn't exciting at all." (New York Daily News) Comment
So bravo to young 49ers owner Jed York, who made the midseason move from Mike Nolan to Singletary knowing the risks - his interim choice had zero head coaching experience. That took guts. Now it's time for Jed to lead the York family in taking the next step in transforming the 49ers from a has-been franchise with a case full of dusty Lombardi Trophies into a 21st century football operation that can compete and win in today's NFL. Hire a team president. Look at the most successful NFL franchise this decade, the winner of three Super Bowl titles since 2002, for the answer. Scott Pioli, 43, the Patriots vice president of player personnel, should be the Yorks' choice. This is the man - perhaps the most impressive young executive in the NFL - with whom the Yorks should entrust their entire franchise. Let him run it his way. Let Pioli completely reorganize the 49ers football operation from a payroll and personnel standpoint. Allow Pioli and his people to run free agency and the draft, lifting this burden from Singletary so he can focus on what he does best - motivating and coaching players. (San Francisco Chronicle) Comment
Now that the Cubs have moved on from the Jake Peavy saga, general manager Jim Hendry turns his focus on what was supposed to be his main objective of the winter meetings. Sources outside the Cubs organization continued to insist Thursday that free agent Milton Bradley is the outfielder the club is hoping to reel in. How would the controversial outfielder be received in Chicago if he was signed by the Cubs? "Cubs fans would love him," said Frank Thomas, one of Bradley's former teammates in Oakland. "He's one of the best hitters I've ever seen." (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Los Angeles' Ice Scraper Girls were busy during last night's Blues-Kings game at the Staples Center. (Dustin Snipes/Icon SMI)
1981 -- Wayne Gretzky becomes the quickest to reach 50 goals in a season (39 games). 1997 -- The Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to a record six-year, $69 million contract. 2001 -- Former Cowboy Nate Newton is arrested on charges of carrying at least 175 pounds of marijuana.
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