Kobe Bryant Verbally Agrees To Play In Italy During Lockout

The Italian club Virtus Bologna has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Lakers star Kobe Bryant to play in Italy During the NBA lockout. “There’s still some things to arrange but at this point I’m very optimistic. I would say it’s 95 percent done,” is what Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station during an interview. A source close to the negotiations said that the sides have settled on a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days says of the Italian league season. The contract would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends, and should last about 10 games. This deal is not set in stone because it has been yet to be signed. Bryant spent much of his childhood in Italy, and still speaks Italian fairly well. As a Lakers fan I have no problem with Bryant’s decision. But with Bryant being the face of the NBA, this can only strike fear into the hearts of “This lockout is just a publicity stunt” believers. This is starting to get serious and is just another sign that the NBA will most definitely miss games this season.

Here’s a list of some players who have already sign deals to play abroad during this lockout: Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Nicolas Batum (France), DeJuan Blair (Russia), Wilson Chandler (China), Earl Clark (China), Austin Daye (Russia), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Italy), Jordan Farmar (Israel), Rudy Fernandez (Spain), Danilo Galinari (Italy), Nenad Krstic (Russia), Acie Law (Serbia), Ty Lawson (Lithuania), Kenyon Martin (China), Patty Mills (Australia), E’Twaun Moore (Italy), Mehmet Okur (Turkey), Josh Powell (China), Brian Scalabrine (Italy), Kyle Singler (Spain), J.R.Smith (China), Sash Vujacic (Turkey), Von Wafer (Italy), Deron Williams (Turkey)

Javaris Crittenton Arrested in Orange County

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was arrested by the FBI Monday night at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana because of his alleged involvement in a fatal drive-by shooting in Atlanta, according to a report in the Associated Press. Crittenton planned to take a red-eye flight to Atlanta to turn himself into authorities before proclaiming his innocence. Before Crittenton could board his flight, he was taken into custody. For more information on the shooting go to: http://welcome2myzone.net/2011/08/28/former-laker-javaris-crittenton-charged-with-murder/

CBS The Eye On Basketball Elite 100

CBS recently released its top 5 to the its Eyes On Basketball Elite 100 list. Their goal was to create the best ranking of players based on total value, which consisted of everything from respect, status and upside to statistical production and intangibles. Three NBA bloggers ranked every player, then they took the averages to determine their rankings.

This list in my opinion is all screwed up, who the hell was responsible for the release of this list? After his finals performance I don’t think Lebron should be #1 on this list, heck I don’t think he should be above Dirk or Wade at this point. Kobe’s a little low for me but I am a Lakers fan so I’ll just accept the ‘hes aging argument’. Blake Griffin in the top 10 is just ludicrous, as well as putting Pau and Amar’e higher than Melo and Deron Williams. I also feel Deron is a better PG at this point his career than Russell Westbrook but an argument can be made for both. Kevin Love at 18!? Your joking right? Andrew Bynum got a very generous 25 considering his injury troubles and inconsistent play (did I say I was a Lakers fan? Lol). As the list goes on it gets worse with guys like Joakim Noah and Andre Iguodala making the top 30 be for players like: Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, and Gerald Wallace. Take a look at the top 40 let me know what you think. Heres the link to 41-100 on the list:  http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/31276005

  PLAYER POS TEAM
1. Lebron James SF Miami Heat
2. Dwight Howard C Orlando Magic
3. Dirk Nowitzki PF Dallas Mavericks
4. Dwyane Wade SG Miami Heat
5. Derrick Rose PG Chicago Bulls
6. Kobe Bryant SG Los Angeles Lakers
7. Kevin Durrant SF Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Chris Paul PG New Orleans Hornets
9. Pau Gasol PF Los Angeles Lakers
10. Blake Griffin PF Los Angeles Clippers
11. Amar’e Stoudemire PF New York Knicks
12. Zach Randolph PF Memphis Grizzlies
13. LaMarcus Aldridge PF Portland Trailblazers
14. Russell Westbrook PG Oklahoma City Thunder
15. Carmelo Anthony SF New York Knicks
16. Deron Williams PG New Jersey Nets
17. Tim Duncan PF San Antonio Spurs
18. Kevin Love PF Minnesota Timberwolves
19. Manu Ginobili SG San Antonio Spurs
20. Steve Nash PG Phoenix Suns
21. Kevin Garnett PF Boston Celtics
22. Rajon Rondo PG Boston Celtics
23. Chris Bosh PF Miami Heat
24. Al Horford C Atlanta Hawks
25. Andrew Bynum C Los Angeles Lakers
26. Nene Hilario C Denver Nuggets
27. Paul Pierce SF Boston Celtics
28. Tony Parker PG San Antonio Spurs
29. Joakim Noah C Chicago Bulls
30. Andre Iguodala SF Philadelphia 76ers
31. Marc Gasol C Memphis Grizzlies
32. Kevin Martin SG Houston Rockets
33. Lamar Odom PF Los Angeles Lakers
34. Tyson Chandler C Dallas Mavericks
35. Rudy Gay SF Memphis Grizzlies
36. Eric Gordon SG Los Angeles Clippers
37. Andrew Bogut C Milwaukee Bucks
38. Danny Granger SF Indiana Pacers
39. Monta Ellis SG Golden State Warriors
40. Gerald Wallace SF Portland Trailblazers

Other Notable Screw Ups

  • At 42 David West above guys like Joe Johnson (44), Josh Smith (45), James Harden (46), Luis Scola (48), Ray Allen (49), and Tyreke Evans (50)
  • At 62 Elton Brand above Brandon Jennings (66) and Devin Harris (72)
  • Danilo Gallinari is too high at 73 for me.
  • JJ Reddick at 96 above Ron Artest (97) and Brandon Roy (100)