Archive for January 28th, 2010

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

David Lee got snubbed

The Eastern conference reserves were named today: Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Al Horford, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson.

What name does not belong: Al Horford

Horford in his third season is averaging career highs in points (13.6), rebounds (9.8) and field goal percentage (57.5). The Hawks have the third best record in the East but it does not justify him being selected over David Lee.

Horford has 7 games of 20+ points in 44 games, Lee has 8 games this month.

Horford has 1 game of at least 17 boards (which came against the Knicks) , Lee has 6 games.

Horford has 0 games of at least 7 assists, Lee has 4 games.

While Horford blocks more shots, Lee averages more points, rebounds, steals, assists and has a higher free throw percentage. He may be playing out of position but statistically, Lee is one of the most effective centers in the East.

Also it is worth noting Tim Duncan had 27 rebounds vs. the Hawks yesterday. “I put it on myself, part of it” Al Horford said. “I …

The Not-Quite-Legendary in New York Sports History: John Olerud

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We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

On December 20th, 1996, John Olerud was traded to the Mets for Robert Person. It was one of the greatest trades in franchise history (New York’s, not Toronto’s). The big first baseman was cool and calm, had a sweet, graceful swing and rode the 7 train to Shea (and refrained from …

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