I did not make this headline up
It was just announced that Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season because of another knee injury. What do you think we'll see first, Derrick Rose play 82 games in a season or Jim Harbaugh coach the Raiders?
This is pretty interesting. You may or may not know Chad Ford, but for quite some time he has been the Mock Draft ~expert~ for ESPN, cousins with the NCAAFB's and NFL's Mel Kiper/Todd McShay duo. Pistons fans remember him from such works as "the flagrant overhyping of Darko Milicic: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?id=1490974. This actually did contribute to Darko being selected #2 overall, as Joe Dumars took the media's word for it when it came to the largely unknown prospect.
The tl;dr of it is, the credibility of Chad Ford (ESPN Insider)) and ESPN are at stake when it was shown that former Mock Drafts were altered to appear more accurate and conveniently fit the contemporary narrative. Players that are performingly well today were boosted in the *final* versions of mocks, and players that have been underperforming have slid.
The discrepancy was uncovered on Reddit, which may be confusing as a source to a crowd that largely shies away from Twitter, but here's the source nonetheless: http://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/2tk9xa/chad_ford_changes_his_draft_boards_years_after/
Here's DeadSpin quickly running with the story: http://deadspin.com/espns-chad-ford-has-been-retroactively-editing-draft-bo-1681631642
ESPN then quickly reversed the edits: http://deadspin.com/espns-chad-ford-has-been-retroactively-editing-draft-bo-1681631642/1681658049/+bubbaprog
and then released this statement: http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2015/01/statement-on-changes-to-chad-fords-nba-draft-prospect-rankings/
"After reviewing the post on Reddit today, we have found that changes were made manually to Chad Ford’s NBA Draft prospects rankings. We have not been able to determine who made the changes, or when. We have talked to Chad Ford, who strongly denies any involvement, and based on his past work and professionalism, we believe him. Our review will continue but it is unclear at this time if we will be able to ascertain who was responsible."
I'm interested in hearing what you all think about the lack of integrity shown by this low low low low low form of media.
ESPN is reporting that Kobe Bryant is done for the year, having torn his rotator cuff. I wonder how bad of a record the Lakers are going to finish with this season. They are already 12-31 and nearly in last in the West. With 39 games to go, how many more wins do you think they'll get to? 20 total tops? Here is a link to ESPN reporting it: LINK
EDITED: Back in my office, so updating post I'd originally done on mobile to include link and contain more facts.
Seems like there might be a major trade going down in the NBA. The details can be found at the links below, but the general gist seems to be
Cleveland Cavaliers Get: JR Smith (SG), Iman Shumpert (SG/SF), 1st round pick
OKC Thunder Get: Dion Waiters (SG)
New York Knicks Get: Lance Thomas (SG), Alex Kirk (C), Lou Amundsen (C/PF), 2019 2nd round pick
For the Michigan connection, this probably opens up more playing time for Hardaway Jr. who was already playing and scoring a lot more with Carmelo out with an injury.
OKC gets more offense, Knicks get some Cap flexibility this off-season. I don't know what Cleveland gets as they lose one SG who wants more shots for another SG who wants all of the shots.