Posts Tagged 'ESPN'

Why Jerry Jones Is Signing The T.O.’s & Pacman’s

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones tells ESPN’s Outside The Lines why he likes to sign the bad boys of the NFL like Terrell Owens and Pacman Jones.

Watch the video here.

Mavs Jason Kidd Says Avery Johnson Was Crazy

Jan Hubbard of the Star-Telegram catches up with Mavs point guard Jason Kidd at Team USA Olympic practice in Las Vegas.

Kidd the coach killer says he didn’t lop off Avery Johnson this spring.

Kidd has been accused of being a “coach killer,” a label he has disputed. But he’s aware of the talk, so when Avery Johnson was fired by the Mavericks, Kidd told a friend: “They can’t blame that one on me. When I got there, the players all thought he was crazy. And he was.”

The story just confirms what everyone thought, Avery didn’t let Kidd do his thing so it was a waste to make the trade:

When he joined the Mavericks after the Feb. 19 trade from the Nets, he thought Johnson would employ an up-tempo style that would take advantage of Kidd’s considerable passing skills. Instead, he found that Johnson was a rigid coach who was a domineering presence on the sidelines.

“We ran the first couple of games,” Kidd said. “And then we stopped. A lot of times, our offense was used to set up our defense. We slowed it down instead of getting out and running and putting pressure on [opponents] after missed shots or even makes. We were pretty much — not just myself, but everybody — looking over to the sideline, trying to figure out what was going to be called.”

Kidd is at his best in the open court, operating without constraints and creating easy shots for teammates. But he found that he had little freedom with Johnson.

It was noted during the season that Kidd probably spent more time looking at the sidelines for instructions in three months under Johnson than he had combined in his 13-year career. When asked Saturday if he had any problem with that observation, Kidd said: “That’s fair.”

Chris Davis Is One Great Rangers Prospect

My man Jamey Newberg sent out his Newberg Report today and it focused on Chris Davis.  This kid is knocking the cover off the ball. 

THE NEWBERG REPORT 

Hank Blalock didn’t play first base for Oklahoma tonight, but Chris Davis did.   

He homered again, off of former Tampa Bay hurler Brian Stokes. 

In his last 162 games, dating back to mid-May 2007 in Bakersfield , Davis has hit .327/.378/.636.

With 42 doubles.

And 49 home runs. 

And 156 RBI. 

The left-handed-hitting Davis against left-handed AA pitchers in 2007: .229/.308/.543. 

Davis against left-handed AA pitchers in 2008: .276/.276/.379. 

Davis against left-handed AAA pitchers in 2008: .286/.348/.667

The only place Davis has worn blue since high school has been in Surprise, Arizona .

The 22-year-old from Longview is playing like he misses the blue.

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Scruggs and Caplan Break Down The Avery Presser

Click here to watch Star-Telegram Mavericks beat writer, Jeff Caplan, and yours truly break down the Avery Johnson press conference.

Did Avery really want the Jason Kidd trade to go down?

Is Dirk Nowitzki really the guy to take them to a championship?

Where does this club go from here?

And why the Mavericks should call the Charlotte Bobcats about players?

 newy@newdawg.com

Avery Johnson and Mavericks Part Ways

After a second straight 1st round playoff exist.  Avery Johnson has been fired as the Mavs head coach.

Marc Stein of espn.com broke the story.

Mike Fisher of dallasbasketball.com has his take on how things got so bad in Mavsland.  And man he goes off. Read the rest right here.

 newy@newdawg.com

Please Take Jonathan Stewart At Pick 22

For all my Dallas Cowboys fans, put me down for Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart if he is available when they draft at 22.

He is a big back at 235 pounds who can do it all.

Think of it this way, the Cowboys can erase the mistake of passing on Steven Jackson a few years ago.  I think the St. Louis Rams came out OK on that draft pick.

Stewart is injured right now (toe) but he should be OK according to this ESPN.com article.

Another former personnel man thinks Stewart is worth of a top ten selection.

So I hope Jerry Jones goes Stewart at 22 then take corner at 28. 

Watch Matt Mosley Of ESPN.com Talk Cowboys Draft

I got a chance to speak with Matt Mosley of ESPN.com after Cowboys GM/owner Jerry Jones met with the local media about the upcoming NFL Draft.

Mosley writes for “Hashmarks”, that is ESPN’s NFL blog.  It’s darn good.

We break down what Jerry said and what they might do, like going into the top ten.