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Ben Coggins

We all know what they say about opinions and this will be the place to catch mine. I will tell everyone upfront, I am a member of two of the most annoying fan bases out there: UNC and The Dallas Cowboys. I enjoy almost all major sports, especially golfing (let me know if you want to tee it up sometime) and may throw some course reviews in here. I will give my point of view on things going on in the world of sports and please let me know what you like and dislike. Feel free to contact me at ben@southernsportsjournal.net anytime.

 

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The NBA is Back (and the players are already complaining) !!

Dec 15

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12/15/2011 12:23 AM  RssIcon

 

It now appears that Chris Paul has been traded from the Hornets to the Clippers. I guess David Stern finally got enough from the Clippers to keep the Hornets as an attractive asset should someone want to buy an NBA franchise for the holidays.
It has been a very hectic and bizarre start to the 2011-2012 NBA Season. A couple things stand out to me and I wanted to mention them specifically. The first one is Kevin Garnett complaining about feeling rushed with the NBA Season beginning on Christmas Day. I am pretty sure that the Players association, that Mr. Garnett is a member of, had to agree on that start date so maybe he should take his issues up with them before taking shots at the league and David Stern. Doc Rivers made a comment recently that his team is not in basketball shape currently. What the hell have they been doing? I would think that if someone is paying me to play basketball, then when it comes time to play again, I would be ready. If I go on vacation, when I get back to the office, I don’t get to work my way back into things, I have to hit the ground running. For someone that has made over 270 Million in their career, you would think that he would be ready to go when the day was here. I guess not.
The second issue I have is with Lamar Odom. Odom’s comment about feeling disrespected by the Lakers really hit a nerve. He felt like he had been a Laker long enough to get treated differently. All players, with a very select few, are always up for trades. Word coming out of Laker camp earlier was everyone but Kobe Bryant was available via a trade. Knowing this, why was Odom upset? This is part of the reason that there seems to be such a large disconnect with professional athletes, especially NBA players.   I would like for you to take a look at the two stat lines and compare them to each other.

MPG
FG%
3 PT %
FT %
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
TO
PPG
27.6
0.417
0.303
0.637
6.8
3.5
1
0.6
2.8
10.8
38.3
0.497
0.327
0.835
6.2
5.3
2.4
0.8
2.73
30.1

 
Looking at these stats, one of these guys has an 11 year career as a pro with earnings of $98,867,658. The other was a 14 year veteran that had career earnings of $90,235,000. The first line is that of one Lamar Odom, the second is Michael Jordan’s career line. Odom has already made more in less years than Jordan did over his career, yet he feels disrespected. I feel disrespected for having to look and read this. I truly understand that comparing fields is apples and oranges, but how can someone be this disconnected with the real world? I work everyday to hopefully prove my worth to my employer. If they decide that I am no longer an asset to them, they can get rid of me, and I have no guaranteed contract (I have also been with my employer one more year than Lamar was with the Lakers). They would owe me nothing and it is then my responsibility to find another employer that thinks I am worth an opportunity. Odom was moved to a team and given that opportunity, guaranteed contract in hand. If someone would like to give me a contract, say 98 million over 11 years, I promise you can, “disrespect me,” by moving me all around the country. I will survive, and so will you Lamar.
 
OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS
·         If you have a chance and want to see something visit this website: http://www.sporcle.com/games/jrg09/nba-players-who-earned-more-than-mj This site will show you the 54 NBA Players that have made more in salary from the NBA than Michael Jordan. You have ten minutes and I was able to get about 20 in the time. Some of the names will blow your mind.
·         Tim Tebow should call up DJ Khaled and see if he can use his song, “All I do is win,” as his theme song. 7-1 as a starter. Not bad for a guy that would never make it as a QB in the NFL. Anyone else notice that John Elway seems to have a scowl on his face in the box when they show him at these games?
·         Cam Newton is possibly hitting the rookie wall. There is now tape of what Cam does well and what he doesn’t. Now is when we will all find out how good of a player he can be. He has to be able to make some of the plays now that he could a few weeks back. Someone recently told me his stats this year are very similar to those of Vince Young his rookie year. Some have tried to place a lot of the blame on the defensive side of the ball for some of the recent struggles, but if you win as a team, you lose as a team.  
·         Wonder if my Cowboys can find a way to actually win a game this week In Tampa. The last two weeks have been horrible as a fan.  
·         Jon “Bones” Jones is a bad man. He took apart Machida this past weekend at UFC 14) this past weekend in Toronto. He has to be the fighter that has gained the most in 2011.
·         Another good read http://espn.go.com/blog/north-carolina-basketball/post/_/id/2082/pro-family-helped-mold-this-unc-team. If anyone has ever wondered why they call it the UNC basketball FAMILY. My favorite part is Barnes talking about calling fouls in pickup games against the alumni.  

 

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