Water Cooler – February 11th, 2011
Here we go with today’s sports water cooler talk. Here, you won’t just find the straight news; you’ll find the stuff everyone is talking about – the ice breakers, the Twitter Sports Picks and topics…well, basically all the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.
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Today’s Sports News – NBA news: Jerry Sloan steps down as Jazz coach; Ray Allen breaks three-point record; Kobe Bryant Europe-bound? Michael Jordan practices with Bobcats
Jerry Sloan, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan all making news in one day? That’s a downright epic Thursday for the NBA.
After 23 seasons, Sloan is leaving his post as Utah Jazz head coach. He signed a one-year extension earlier this week but the writing was on the wall. The Jazz have struggled mightily in the New Year and Sloan almost came to blows with star guard Deron Williams at halftime during Wednesday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Sloan reportedly had a 30-minute, closed-door meeting with Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor following Wednesday’s loss. The Hall-of-Famer announced his resignation Thursday afternoon. He leaves the team with a 1,221-803 career record over 26 seasons with the Jazz and Bulls.
Reggie Miller’s record is no more. Against the Los Angeles Lakers last night, Ray Allen drained his 2,561st three-pointer, passing Miller for the NBA’s all-time lead.
Could Kobe Bryant become Europe’s next superstar basketball player? If the league’s next collective bargaining agreement isn’t to his liking, that could happen. He reportedly told a teammate “I’ll play in Europe” if the CBA rubs him the wrong way. Kobe’s father Joe, formerly played pro hoops in Italy.
Michael Jordan? On a basketball court? Yep. It happened. His Royal Airness practiced with his Charlotte Bobcats yesterday. Gerald Wallace said of the 48-year-old Jordan: “He’s Mike. He’s been kicking our [butts]. He doesn’t have his quickness, but he can score, he’s a shooter. The last thing to ever go is your jump shot and he has that.”
Jordan, who played with the third unit, was seen icing both his knees after the session.
NHL news: Craig Anderson leaves Colorado for personal reasons: Jacques Lemaire wins 600th game
After a stellar 2009-10 season, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson has suffered through a brutal 2010-11, going 13-15-3 with a 3.19 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. For motives that may or may not be related to his struggles, Anderson has left the team for personal reasons. He’s considered day-to-day.
Jacques Lemaire is the latest coach to join the 600-win club. Ilya Kovalchuk’s overtime winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night sealed the deal. He ‘s the eighth man to hit the milestone, joining Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Dick Irvin Sr., Pat Quinn, Mike Keenan, Bryan Murray and Ron Wilson.
NFL news: Demaryius Thomas tears Achilles tendon
The Denver Broncos just suffered a big blow to their offensive explosiveness for 2011. Eddie Royal is already sidelined possibly into training camp thanks to hip surgery and, now, Demaryius Thomas is out indefinitely with a torn Achilles tendon.
The hard-luck wideout suffered the injury while working out on Wednesday. Some reports call the tendon “ruptured” instead of torn but the bottom line is that Thomas could easily miss the start of the 2011 season.
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