Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Your Newest JPoint King...

Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Who, last night, beat the Los Angeles Clippers thanks to a wizardly fourth quarter and 27 points each from Williams and future Laker Michael Beasley.

D. Williams, F, MIN: 29 points, 9-10 FG, 4-4 3FG, 5-5 FT, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 86.2 JPoint

I mean, sweet Jesus Derrick, he's just a boy! (No clue who "he" is). In terms of offensive efficiency, this may be the best game of basketball we ever see. I don't see how this could physically be improved - make the tenth field goal, yes, but that's nearly impossible. This is ten points better than anyone we've ever seen in an actual game (to my knowledge). Even Kyrie Irving's performance in the rising stars game was only like an 84. I imagine Williams holds this crown for a long, long time.

Previous Champions:
Michael Beasley, F, MIN (January 30) - 74.6
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL (January 29) - 71.7
Kevin Love, PF, MIN (January 23) - 68.8
Deividas Dulkys, G, FSU (January 14) - 68.3

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bullets Blog Academy Awards Recap

For those of you that played along at home, I hope you followed the "You Have To Pick Either The Artist Or Hugo" rule - it would have made for a really fun matchup. Unfortunately, there was some confusion when Toph and I drafted and I ended up with both films, and he never really stood a chance. They combined for eight Oscars. Here's how it played out:

Team Jay
The Winners: Hugo (5), The Artist (3), Christopher Plummer (1)
I would have picked Hugo to win the most awards, but they ran away with it and won just about everything. And really, The Artist was likely the second-place candidate in most of those categories so I was really going into the night with seven wins on lock. I was happy to see Plummer finally win, and I don't even mind the nature of the role that he played. But I thought it was funny that the person in charge of playing the music to kick the winners off stage steadfastly refused to do it to Plummer.

The Losers: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Paradise Lost 3, Footnote, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Woody Allen
I'll say this: I knew that Footnote, von Sydow, Mara, and Allen were all extremely longshots to win. But I really thought I had picked Apes, Tsunami, and Paradise right. Especially the Apes. I mean really, how did that not win for best visual effects? It's outrageous. And also, I had been referring to Tsunami as "The Tsunami and the Cherry Tree" so sorry to Japan for that one.

Team Toph
The Winners: The Descendants (1), Midnight in Paris, Rango (1), A Separation (1), Jean Dujardin (1), Meryl Streep (1), Octavia Spencer (1)
There's definitely a sports metaphor for the way Toph picked up his six points, with no one member of his team shouldering a majority of the load. I don't know what it is, but it's out there. He drafted really well, what can I say? I mean after the first round, at least. Also, what's the deal with Meryl Streep? I've never, to my knowledge, seen a movie with her in it and she's supposedly the best actress ever or something like that. Finally, why the shit was Tintin not nominated for best animated film?

The Losers: Pina, Incident in New Baghdad, George Clooney
I know Toph is fine with having Clooney on his team despite the loss - he loves the guy. Also, did you see his date? Potentially the hottest girl alive:
Oh shit, that was Stacy Kiebler? Man, she's really aging well. The hottest chick there last night, hands down.

One More Thing
I ranked the Best Motion Candidates on how much I want to see them - because to be honest I have not seen a single one.

  1. Hugo: How can I not? This movie won it for me, and it looks cool. 
  2. Midnight in Paris: A very close second. It looks like a cute movie (pause) and I like Owen Wilson (pause). 
  3. The Tree of Life: It's supposedly incredibly confusing, and I think I'd like the opportunity to try to wrap my mind around the concept - whatever the concept of this movie turns out to be. 
  4. The Descendants: The premise of this movie seems intriguing, but I prefer Ocean's Eleven Clooney over torn, emotional Clooney. 
  5.  Moneyball: Everyone knows what happens, and it would really have to have an astounding plot to overcome that fact (looking at you, Titanic). And the plot is a bunch of baseball nerds creating the statistics that nerdy fantasy baseball nerds use. 
  6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Don't get me wrong, I love America. But it seems like this movie is trying to profit off of American pride by setting a movie in the environment of the 9/11 attacks by focusing on the tragedy in the commercials - I get the feeling the plot does not actually revolve around that at all. But hey, I could be wrong. 
  7. The Help: I'm sure it's an awesomely motivating, powerful movie. I just don't particularly care. 
  8. War Horse: This would be last, but...
  9. The Artist: Never in my life do I want to see a movie that has no dialogue and is also in black and white. I'm pissed that this won because I really don't want to have to see ads for a bunch of similar movies next year. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fictional Basketball Trade of the Day: LAL, BOS, MIN

I'm writing a paper for Ethics today and I'm desperately looking for ways to procrastinate. Here's my list:

  1. Make some fictional trades on ESPN's NBA Trade Machine
  2. Think of a nickname for myself, similar to how Bill Simmons calls himself "Trade Machine Picasso"
For the trade, I went with the quick mention Michael Wilbon made in his post today (link here) about the Lakers going after Michael Beasley. Here's how it played out:

Lakers receive: F Michael Beasley, PG Luke Ridnour, C Jermaine O'Neal
Timberwolves receive: F/C Pau Gasol
Celtics receive: SG Wesley Johnson

For the Lakers:
  • They can finally get some closure on the whole Pau Gasol situation. And they can also remove a second center from their roster since they already have the best center in the West. 
  • The add another scoring threat in Beasley, who would then be able to pair with Bynum to be the future of the Lakers. Gasol's been upset with his role away from the basket this season. Beasley fits that role perfectly. He's much more equipped to shoot jumpers and slash his way to the rim than Gasol. 
  • They upgrade the point guard position. Luke Ridnour isn't a great point guard, but he's one hundred million gajillion times better than Fisher. Plus he's a white American, and you know how the Lakers feel about white Americans. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Team Jay is going to crush the Oscars

Toph and I had our Academy Awards fantasy draft today while I was supposed to be learning about defamation or some other business law bullshit. And I could not be happier with the results. As you may recall, the roster looks like this:

  • 3 Full Length Motion Pictures
  • 1 Short Film
  • 1 Documentary
  • 1 Foreign Language Film
  • 2 Actors
  • 2 Actresses
  • 1 Director
Here's the starting lineup for Team Jay (it's also my only lineup because there's no subs) in order of how I drafted them (we did a snake draft so every set is the last pick of one round and the first pick of the following round): 
  • Hugo &The Artist: I'm baffled as to how I was able to get both of these. If you recall, when I made the play-along-at-home rules I said you couldn't pick both because it'd be unfair. It's unfair. They are going to win a combined 6-8 awards. 
  • Christopher Plummer & The Tsunami and the Cherry Tree: Two more wins, basically for sure. Plummer killed in Beginners and if he doesn't win, I've addressed that (see below). The Tsunami documentary has to win just because of its sentimental nature, right?
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes & Viola Davis: The Apes are winning for visual effects. Bank on that.  Viola Davis has a decent shot at lead actress. 
  • Paradise Lost 3 & Max von Sydow: Just in case Plummer doesn't win, vox Sydow will. His character doesn't say a word during the whole movie because he was traumatized by World War 2. So I got that category on lockdown. Paradise Lost 3 is counting as my documentary because Tsunami is technically also a short film. 
  • Footnote & Woody Allen: I needed a foreign language film and Toph had already grabbed the one that's going to win (A Separation) so I went with the Jews (Footnote is from Israel). Woody Allen won Best Director at the Golden Globes, so that's reason enough for me to draft him. 
  • Rooney Mara: She has no chance. But there's this: 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Knicks - Heat & All-Star Weekend Preview

You could say that the NBA's All-Star weekend actually starts with tonight's TNT games: Knicks @ Heat and Lakers @ Thunder. Those games will be more interesting than the All-Star game itself because they could end up being conference semifinal (or even conference final) matchups. Let's break that game, and the rest of the weekend festivities, down:

Part 1: Knicks vs. Heat

It's easy to break this game down into smaller matchups, and that's exactly what I'm going to do.

New York: Jeremy Lin, JR Smith, Baron Davis, Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert, Bill Walker
Miami: Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Mike Miller, James Jones
Edge: New York
Dwyane Wade is the best shooting guard in the game. But the Heat have no depth at the guard positions. All of the Knicks listed could go off for 20 points and 10 assists and nobody would be that surprised - Dave touched on this yesterday. Maybe don't count Bill Walker in that group. But hey, you never know.

New York: Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Jared Jeffries, Steve Novak
Miami: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman
Edge: New York
Again, the Heat are stacked at the top of the order and then it tails off horribly. LeBron obviously is better than Melo. Stoudemire and Bosh are essentially a push. Chandler is better than anyone the Heat can put at center. Steve Novak can spread the floor for Lin, Anthony, and everyone else to get to the rim.

Based on the most basic of breakdowns, I'm taking the Knicks +9.5 in a heartbeat (odds from Bovada).

Part 2: All-Star Saturday

Linsanity and the Long Awaited Emergence of the Knickerbockers

Could I have a more cliche post title? Honestly. Unless you've been living under a rock since the beginning of the month, odds are you've heard the words "Jeremy Lin," "Linsanity," "Lincredible", "Super Lintendo"….the list goes on. Jeremy Lin took the reigns of the Knicks as their starting point guard after coming out of nowhere. After being a forgotten about last man off the bench, the Harvard grad shocked the world and has led the Knicks to 9 wins in 11 games. His statistics speak for themselves, averaging 24.6 points and 9.4 points in his first 10 games as a starter. It's truly amazing what this kid has accomplished. The story is one of the most amazing in basketball history and he deserves all the credit he's been given. He turned around the (what had been) thus far disappointing season for the New York Knicks and gave fans more hope, creating an enormous buzz around Madison Square Garden and New York City.

The Knicks bench, which had been VERY weak at the start of the season, also just got a hell of a lot better- giving New York one of the better benches in the league. The emergence of Steve Novak has been a revelation. All of last year, the guy only played in 23 games…he's already played in 21 this season. Once Jeremy Lin began starting, Novak emerged as an absolutely deadly three-point shooter that the team could count on- he's shooting 44% from downtown. The Knicks also have rookie Iman Shumpert coming off the bench now that Lin is starting. Shumpert gives the team a great athletic option at the shooting guard position and he's one of the best defensive players on the team. The recent acquisition of the explosive J.R. Smith and the improved health of point guard Baron Davis will also bolster the Knicks' bench. I'd be foolish not to acknowledge the recent great play of second year guard Landry Fields and the always solid Bill Walker. Any of those players could go off for 20 points in a game on any night. Throw that in with Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler and you've got a very solid team that will no doubt be in contention for a top 5 playoff seed.

(Thanks to theknicksblog for this^)

It's freaking amazing how a second year Asian American grad from Harvard could lead an NBA team in the biggest market in the world from the depths of disappointing to championship promise within a month. All I know is if the Knicks make a deep playoff run, I'm going to be going sick. Absolutely bananas. I've been waiting a long time for this team to return from glory and escape the days cursed by Stephon Marbury, Isaiah Thomas and all of the other good for nothing players the Knicks paid unreal amounts of money for. LETS DO THIS NY.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Academy Awards Contest Preview

For those of you who check out of Music page, you know that Toph and I had a little competition to see who could guess the most Grammy award winners correctly. We actually did it way back for the Golden Globes too. We're trying a new style for the Academy Awards, which air this upcoming Sunday.

We are doing a movie/actor/director fantasy draft. If it sounds bizarre, it's because it is. Here's the lineup card we have to fill out:

Full-Length Motion Picture
Full-Length Motion Picture
Full-Length Motion Picture
Short Film
Foreign Language Film

A few quick notes, in case you want to play along at home:
  • Any of the Full-Length Motion Picture spots can win for picture, screenplay, animated, foreign, documentary, art, cinematography, costumes, editing, makeup, score, song, sound editing, sound mixing, or visual effects. 
  • The Full-Length Motion Picture spots cannot win for actor, actress, supporting actor or actress, director, animated short, documentary short, or live-action short. 
  • The Short Film spot can win for animated short, documentary short, or live-action short. 
  • The Documentary spot can win for documentary or documentary short. 
  • The actor and actress spots count for both lead and supporting roles.
  • Every award won counts as one point. Each spot can (obviously) win more than one point if it works out like that. 
We still haven't worked out the logistics of the fantasy draft but I'm leaning towards a snake draft. No word yet on who gets the first pick. Not that I'm worried - I don't think Toph has seen any of the nominated movies and he picked Jonah Hill to win in the Golden Globes Pick 'Em. 

Guest Blog: Sandra Evans on Making it in Sports Management

About the Author: Sandra Evans owns the website Sports Management Degrees. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing tennis and writing.

Most people only think of general managers when they think of sports management, but there are many other sectors in the business of sports. As you can see from the recent lockouts, professional sports are really all about one thing; making money. There are many ways to increase the flow of money to a sports franchise, and sports management involves maximizing all those ways.

Without fans in the seats, players can’t be paid, and the franchise will go bankrupt. There are three main ways to keep fans in the seats; sale tickets, give good customer service and entertainment and win games. General managers work to win games, sales managers work to sale tickets and event managers work to provide fans with a great experience that will keep them coming back to watch live games.
When you first start out in a career in sports management, you will more than likely work on the sales and event side of the business in an entry-level position. These positions are not glamorous, and they don’t pay well. But, hey, you have to start somewhere.

When it comes to “starting” your career in sports management, you should actually begin this process while still in school by finding an internship or volunteer opportunity. This can be with your college’s athletic department or with a nearby professional sports team. When it’s time to get your first job, employers will always hire the recent grad with previous experience over the recent grad with no internship or volunteer experience.

So, what kind of entry-level positions can you expect to work in?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fictional Trade of the Day: Getting Rid of Rondo

If you've been living under a rock, you know that Rajon Rondo is a nutjob. An extremely talented point guard, yes, but also mentally unstable. As Boston has taken offers for trades involving him, he's become even more crazy. His most recent incident? He's suspended two games for throwing the ball at a referee. It's time for Boston to move him. Take a look at a few options, and keep in mind that all trades at this point in the season also have expiring contract/free agency implications: 

Jay Hawks Week 8 Update

To say the least, we needed a rebound from last week's horrid 4-4-0 performance. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fictional Trade of the Day: Gutting the Warriors

Although the title may suggest something different, the idea for this blog started with the Boston Celtics. They are in a very interesting place: at the end of this season, the following players (and their salaries) come off the books:

  • Kevin Garnett ($21.2 million)
  • Ray Allen ($10 million)
  • Jermaine O'Neal ($6.2 million)
Whether or not those guys retire isn't really relevant to the Celtics or any possible trade partner. What is important is the fact that they represent $37.4 million in cap room that will open up this summer - enough for two maximum-level contracts - in a free agency market featuring:
  • Deron Williams, PG
  • Steve Nash, PG
  • Eric Gordon, SG
  • OJ Mayo, SG

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tiger vs. Phil, or Good vs. Evil?

I am an enormous Yankees baseball fan. I am also a huge Green Bay Packers fan. My favorite athlete from each of those teams? Andy Pettite from the Yankees, and Aaron Rodgers (a seriously developed man crush) from the Packers.

But if you ask me who my all-time favorite athlete is, I will have to tell you it is neither of those two. So who is it?

Tiger Woods. Seriously.

I am not dumb, so I know that I am in the minority when I say that I love watching golf on TV.

If I had the choice of watching a Yankees playoff game, Packers playoff game, or the final round of the Masters when Tiger is in the hunt, I would choose the Masters every time.

The reasons for this are pretty simple. First of all, my family plays a lot of golf. From my great-grandpa on down to myself and my brother, a 23 year old, golf is a the one sport my family really understands. Another reason is that my dad loves to watch golf a bit himself, and I have deep-rooted memories of watching golf with my dad and brother, many of which include Tiger Woods strolling up the 18th fairway to a chorus of applause.

So you know I’m not crazy when I say that I loved watching Tiger succeed then, just as I love seeing him succeed today. With everything that happened between him and his wife, it is easy to say that he deserves the downward spiral that his career has taken. That may be true, depending on how much weight you put on his personal life, but I still want to see him succeed, for the good of the game of golf.

Without a successful Tiger Woods, golf lacks the star power that he brings to the table, the oh-my-god-did-you-just-see-that game that he has, and the semantics on the course that, whether or not you enjoy, keep you interested in the match.

Enter, Phil Mickelson. To Tiger fans, such as myself, known not so affectionately as “Lefty.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Fixed The Dwight Howard Problem. Again.

So Dwight still has yet to make up his mind. Or maybe the Magic have yet to make up their minds. Or maybe they just haven't gotten a serious offer for the best center in the NBA. Well, no worries - I have another solution to the problem. It involves trading Dwight to a team that desperately needs a new identity.

Washington Receives: C Dwight Howard
Orlando Receives: G Jordan Crawford, F Jan Vesely, F Andray Blatche, C Ronny Turiaf, C JaVale McGee

Let's break that down a little in Bullet form (see what I did there?):

Monday, February 13, 2012

Team TOPH Recap Week 7

Relatively average.  Welcome to the season of Team TOPH.  I'd be jut 2.5 games out of first in the Eastern Conference, instead I'm in last in the West.  I've got five more weeks, including this one, to make up for the mediocre first seven though.

I've had two average weeks, going 5-3 this past week.  This was a rivalry game, playing against Team Players considering we made the only blockbuster deal thus far in Starzz.  It was nice to beat someone who actually managed their team this week, however it'll be nicer if I can get an 8-0 win over Team Ayoub, who doesn't play his players, this coming week.

As usual, this was a full stat sheet I've got.  I forgot to adjust my lineup one of the days in this past matchup which could've cost me a couple points.  Winning despite just two games from Kevin Love was pretty clutch.  Hopefully he doesn't step on many more people's heads, in which case I should be okay.

O.J. Mayo has become what seems to be a permanent fixture in the Team TOPH lineup, as he's stayed for multiple weeks without being dropped.  The final two slots tend to be game day decisions and are very free flowing, with Norris Cole, James Johnson, Gordon Hayward, Ramon Sessions, Boris Diaw, and Goran Dragic (not one of my better pick ups; 0 points, 0 rebound, 2 assists) all contributing at some point throughout the week.  Monta Ellis scored 48 points in one game.  Serge Ibaka had 10 blocks in one game and didn't wind up getting a double-double.  I didn't think that was possible.  Well done Serge, you seem to prove me wrong every day.

Week: 5-3
Season: 27-28-1 (Fifth Place in Western Conference, Seventh Place in the League)
18.5 Games Back of First in West, 2.5 Games Back of a Playoff Spot

Jay Hawks Week 7 Update

I'm going to be honest, it was a rough week for the Hawks.

Bullets Blog Grammy Recap

If you read our music blog, you know that Chris and I had a competition to see who could correctly predict the winners of the 11 "most important' Grammy categories (as determined by ourselves). Let's see how we did, but first let's look at some winners and losers of the night:

Adele - Absolutely cleaned up. I don't think she lost anything she was nominated for.
Whitney Houston - I never realized how talented she was or how much she was beloved by everyone.
Dubstep - Three Grammys for Skrillex!!
Katy Perry - Because she's crushing the single life and I wanted to include this picture:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Pick 'Em Tomorrow, Anyone?

So Barstool Sports is hosting this fantasy basketball challenge thing this Friday and I'm going to attempt to get all four Bullets Bloggers to enter (link here). Everyone is welcome, it's free, there are prizes of $100, $75, and $50... Why would you not?

How it works: they give you a set amount of money and value each player. You can't go over budget. I have no idea how they score it. Maybe I'll look into that later.

Here's what I ended up with:

PG Mario Chalmers, MIA
PG Ricky Rubio, MIN
SG Kobe Bryant, LAL
SG Ray Allen, BOS
SF Nicolas Batum, POR
SF Gerald Wallace, POR
PF Kevin Love, MIN
PF Michael Beasley, MIN
C Andrea Bargnani, TOR

You may notice a lot of Timberwolves and Trail Blazers. Yup. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

If Ray Allen Isn't An All-Star, I Will Be Mystified

Quote me: no shooting guard deserves to be an All-Star this season besides Ray Allen. Throwing out my whole excitement-dunking-alley oop-fast break theory for this one. The man is on a team with 4 really old guys, an All-Star caliber point guard, and a bench full of scrubs. And he's keeping them in contention (13-10, the 7 seed in the East if the season ended right now) almost single-handedly. Yes, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have contributed and Rajon Rondo has when he's been healthy, but no player in the NBA is more efficient than Ray Allen. His numbers for the season so far:

32.9 minutes, 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 49.5% FG, 54.3% 3FG, 90.5% FT, 
46.2 JPoint

A JPoint of 46.2 for one game is above average. For 20+ games? Wow. Not only is he second in the NBA in 3-point percentage (behind Brandon Rush, who has attempted 60 threes to Allen's 92), but he's also number one in field goal percentage among shooting guards and is one of only six players shooting above 90% from the free throw line. 

Jay Hawks Week 6 Update

I'm starting to think that I should just apply for the GM job in Minnesota Timberwolves-land. I'm so good at this. At this point I don't even think I'm being cocky - I'm just awesome at drafting fantasy basketball players. The Guatemalan Fruits had no shot. Deron Williams went for almost 100-40 again. This time it was Marc Gasol who came close to 50-50 - and Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan weren't far behind him. Williams, Ray Allen, Caron Butler, and JJ Redick combined for seven more 3-pointers than the whole Fruit team. Speaking of Redick (the newest addition to the squad), how did he do in his first official week as a Jayhawk? 38 points, 8 threes, 100% free throws, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks. Literally doing it all.

Week 6: 8-0-0
Season: 42-6-0 (First place overall; second place in the league/conference is 30-17-1)

NBA All-Star Game Reserve Picks

Last week, the fan voting results for the NBA All-Star starters were announced. A quick recap:

Eastern Conference
G Derrick Rose, CHI
G Dwyane Wade, MIA
F Lebron James, MIA
F Carmelo Anthony, NYK
C Dwight Howard, ORL

Western Conference
G Chris Paul, LAC
G Kobe Bryant, LAL 
F Kevin Durant, OKC
F Blake Griffin, LAC
C Andrew Bynum, LAL

I don't really know when the reserves are announced, but I can tell you how they are selected. Every coach gets to vote for the bench in his conference - 2 guards, 2 forwards, 1 center, and 2 wild cards - without voting for any of his own players. One new addition is the center position is very ambiguous - coaches can vote for any player who has played any center this season, because honestly there's not enough All-Star caliber centers to pick four. Here's who would be on my ballot, and let me just tell you that I think the only reason we should have an All-Star game is to entertain the fans (see: NFL Pro Bowl):

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Jay's Super Bowl Preview

Throw the following things out of the window: quarterbacks, coaches, the Giants' defensive line, the Giants' running game, the Giants' passing game, special teams, overtime rules. Go Daddy commercials, and Peyton Manning.

They don't matter to me.

Here's all you need to know: I have two theories about Super Bowl XLVI that directly contradict each other. The contradiction is all based on one man:

Theory 1
Gronk is healthy. He's been faking the ankle injury all along because Belichick and Tom Brady told him to. He's going to go nuts on the Giants' secondary and runaway with the Super Bowl MVP award. The Patriots will win to the tune of 37-24.

Theory 2
I'm being totally unreasonable in even giving New England a shot at winning. Gronk won't play, and even if he does he'll be limited so much that Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz will each triple his production. In this case, the Giants will win handily, 35-19.

One thing is for sure, however: Danny Woodhead will score a touchdown. I had a dream, so basically just lock that one down in whatever way you possibly can. He's going to cut across the field and score just inside the pylon.

And that, folks, is my terribly flip-flop-y Super Bowl prediction.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

FBTotD: Making Dwight Howard's Decision For Him

I think there have been approximately one billion trillion articles written about the Dwight Howard situation. Should Orlando trade him? Should they wait out this season and see if he stays around for another contract? Does Dwight want to stay?

The answer is simple. Dwight is not going to stay. He's going to do the same thing to Lebron (although on a smaller scale) and leave Orlando in his rearview to go play with another star. Or two. So following that, the logical step is to ask, "Why the hell haven't the Magic traded Dwight Howard yet?!"

Because they can't find an acceptable offer?

Well as you may know from yesterday's post, I'm all about solving problems in the Fictional Basketball Trade of the Day posts. Check it, and it's a doozy: