While We’re Waiting aims to be the round-up of the recent WFNY-esque information for your morning viewing. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email in the sidebar.
We can all thank David Stern for keeping this story in the news a week later: “Upon further review, LeBron James’ decision not to shake hands with the Orlando Magic or speak to the media after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals is going to cost him. And more than just on the sports talk shows. NBA Commissioner David Stern announced before Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday that he had decided to fine James $25,000 for his actions. This was after Stern initially said on Monday that James would not be fined. Stern informed James, who is recovering from surgery to remove a growth from his right jaw, in a phone call on Wednesday” [Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer]
For now, I’d even take the shift manager at Beer Ahoy every fifth day. “You wanna send Fausto down to the minors? Fine. Who is going to come up then? Uh.. Hello? Bueller? Anyone? Exactly. Fausto Carmona CANNOT be sent to Columbus to get his act together. If this continues in the coming weeks and Jake Westbrook is ready to roll, then fine. But now is not the time. For god’s sakes, Jeremy Sowers pitches tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Bandbox. Lord have mercy.” [Dump Casey Blake]
Take from this what you will: “The Browns have lost another member of their immediate support staff. Marty Lauzon has resigned as the team’s head athletic trainer for what the Browns say are “personal and family reasons.” He follows Pat Dolan, who stepped down as video director last month, and the parting of ways recently with Dr. Anthony Miniaci, who had been the head physician. The 40-year-old Lauzon, a native of Montreal, had been a member of the team’s training staff since the organization’s rebirth in 1999, including the past four in his current post. He had taken over for Mike Colello when he was let go.” [Steve King/The OBR]
Charlie V to the rescue? “I understand the situation Milwaukee is in financially,” Villanueva told Coleman. “They don’t want to go over the cap or what not (actually the luxury tax level). Whatever team decides to make the best offer, I’m going to think about it. “Cleveland definitely is not a bad spot. I’ve played with LeBron. I played with LeBron in the McDonald’s All-American Game, and we played well together. Is there a possibility? Yes. Will it happen? Time will tell” [Charles Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
The bus trip that won’t go away: “The NFL Players Association is looking into the Browns rookies’ voluntary bus trip to Hartford, Conn., last week and also the length of time players are spending at the team’s facility for a voluntary minicamp or OTA day. “We are in the process of reviewing the matter,” NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said in an e-mail response after speaking with someone in the union’s legal department. A league source also said the NFL has been asked to look into both situations.” [Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer]