By Craig Kwasniewski
Devean George for having the bollocks (I've been watching a lot of V for Vendetta) to use your no trade clause in the face of the Jason Kidd to Dallas trade, I dub thee my most favorite player ever! Seriously, Devean George of all people just denied a major blockbuster deal. I can't imagine anything funnier... well except Smush Parker having a run-in with a parking valet and getting benched for the season.
Do you now see what I went through during the Devean George/Smush Parker run in 2005-06? Can't the NBA just retroactively give Kobe an MVP award for taking that woeful Lakers squad to a Game 7 against Phoenix? Other Laker greats on that team include: Kwame Brown, Brian Cook, Chris Mihm and Slava Medvedenko.
Anyway, one of my favorite Shaq-ism (and a not so veiled dig on Kobe) "Write What You See" is a few random thoughts of the mid-week in the NBA. What better way to kick start a new weekly segment than to have a few random thoughts on the Devean George hoops cock block:
A no-trade clause for that guy??? First off, I thought Kobe Bryant was the only guy in the NBA with a no-trade clause? So your telling me one the the best players in the NBA *AND* one of the worst players in the NBA are the only ones with no-trade clauses? How the hell did this happen? Seriously, one of the biggest douches in the NBA has the right to refuse a trade? I can keep asking a bajillion questions here because I thoroughly confused... Devean George has a no trade clause????
Wasn't George complaining about PT a few weeks ago? Yeah I know, another question, but it was only a few weeks ago the George was complaining that the lack of PT was hurting his chances at earning a new contract. Ummmmm correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't a team in the east battling for the 8th playoff spot have a better chance of playing a VERY low basketball IQ player with no range, no intelligence, no handles and a low basketball IQ (worth mentioning a few times, he's that dumb) than the Dallas Mavericks? Devean, you were only playing big minutes because of injuries! Do you actually think Mark Cuban will allow you in his gym after this stunt. Dare I say season ending tendonitis?
That loud F-Bomb you hear is from the TNT studios in Atlanta: It's kind of a stretch, but there was a remote chance that if the trade went through today that both Jason Kidd and Shaquille O'Neal would be making their respective debuts against each other on TNT. Talk about drama... the last game before All Star break, Shaq and the new look Suns hosting Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks with Marv Albert probably calling the game. You're talking playoff atmosphere and every NBA lifer watching this one. Too bad... THAT would have been a fun game to watch. I mean it still will be, but Kidd returning to Phoenix the same night Shaq makes a debut, I mean come on!
I bet Mark Cuban is no longer thanking Phil Jackson for letting George go. Mark Cuban, who's always willing to take a jab at PJ, was quoted as thanking Phil for letting Devean go via free agency to the Mavs because of his hustle and defense. Yes Phil, as a Laker fan, thanks for letting Devean George go.
This is actually a good thing for Dallas: Count me in the minority for this one, but I didn't like this deal for Dallas. They're gutting their roster for an aging, expensive, slower on defense, coach killing, wife beating point guard at the end of his career. Can you honestly say that the Mavs are better than the Suns, a healthy Spurs, a healthy Lakers or even Utah after this trade? They lose youth and speed at the one position in a conference deep in those areas (CP3, Deron Williams, Tony Parker, even Steve Nash). The Mavs window of opportunity is now the same 2 years as the Suns, the one team they can match up with in all five positions including the lack of depth on the bench. Maybe in the long run the Mavs can thank Devean George for allowing them to sleep on the trade and passing on it tomorrow.
Or Devean George will be forever banished to the medical ward with tendonitis, a frequent injury at the end of his Laker career. Either way, thanks Devean for showing Mavericks fans why I blew out my voice-box booing the LeDev era in Los Angeles.