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Here’s a bleak look at the games, which open tonight– “We think of New York or Miami as melting pots. No. Come here. London is where the world meets, and it is where the constituents of the world co-exist on unassimilated terms. The reality is people fear us, Americans. They visit our cities and try to fit in. They conceal their true feelings. We’re isolated and brutish, the sole powerful inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere.
There is less fear in England, and perhaps that is why I’m scared. The threat of terrorism never leaves my mind.” [Whitlock/Fox Sports]
Kind of the way it should work right?– “There are unfortunate realities that capped-out NBA teams have to suffer through as they head from one capped-out season to the next. Changing the face of a franchise is no easy task When attempting to switch personnel while over the salary cap, you’re more or less stuck with what you had last season. Luckily for the San Antonio Spurs, they finished last season with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. And, luckily for Spurs fans, Duncan’s willingness to cut his pay in half next season will allow the team to keep all three and retain help for the aging trio.
The massive pay cut Duncan took likely represents the last contract of his NBA career — from $21.16 million in 2011-12 to $9.65 million in 2012-13. It’s a move that helps the Spurs vie for a championship in his waning years nearly as much as Duncan’s play helped win titles at his peak. And it didn’t go unnoticed by the great Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:
‘After being the third-highest paid player in the league last season, behind only Lakers star Kobe Bryant ($25.24 million) and Boston’s Kevin Garnett ($21.25 million), Duncan next season will be the fourth-highest paid Spur.'” [Dwyer/Ball Don’t Lie]
More on Alonzo Gee– “Obviously he would prefer to get a multi-year deal, but the Cavaliers probably don’t see any need to offer one at this point. It looks like they plan to keep him at a good price for next season and then re-evaluate things next summer.
That makes some sense, because maintaining financial flexibility has become the cornerstone of how this team operates. But I’d argue that it would also make a lot of sense to try and lock down Gee at a reasonable price for a couple of years while he can still be had for a lower price.” [Mayer/Rebuilding Since 1964]
Well, Northwestern is making some Uniform changes. I think I like. [NU Sports]
Because you are dying to see Urban Meyer at the Big Ten media days. [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]