Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mashburn Being Sued For A Car Accident

Former NBA star and ESPN analyst, Jamal Mashburn is being sued for causing a car accident back in February that left two motorists injured. reported Mashburn was accused of being the cause of the accident that left two people badly injured. One of the alleged victims claims she was physically scarred and disfigured as a result.

However, Mashburn is fighting the case. He says that the 'victims' were using a cell phone and not wearing seatbelts which could turn the case in his favor. He also says they are lying about the extent of their injuries.

The victims are suing for $15,000, which is a small sum for a former NBA player who is still gainfully employed. But if they weren't following the rules of the road I'd fight the case also. He might be in a position where he loses and has to pay up.

Tiger Woods' Ex-Swing Coach Has A Book Coming Out

If you don't know who Hank Haney is, you soon will. Haney was Tiger Woods' swing coach for six years and has written a book about his life and times with Woods.

The book is titled 'The Big Miss' and Haney won't give out any details about it except that it will be "hard to put down". It covers a time in which Woods went from winning nearly half of his tournaments to a scandal that derailed his pursuit of golf history.

"I get asked all the time about Tiger, what it was like to work with him," Haney said in a telephone interview. "I felt like I had a front row seat to golf history. It just kind of chronicles a little bit of what I went through, what I dealt with, how I coached and the observations I made.

"I think there's a lot of things that people are going to find interesting."

Personally I've heard more than I care about Woods so it's really not a big deal to me like it may be to others.

Most of the people Woods has dealt with had a nondisclosure agreement. Something Haney doesn't have since he never signed a contract with Woods.

Haney said he signed no such thing — "I didn't even have a contract," he said — although he said the book was not intended to "take jabs at anyone."

"If he reads it, I don't think it will be a book that bothers him. It's hard to say," Haney said. "I think anybody who reads it will think it's interesting, very fair and honest, and that's what I wanted to do. I was on that job for six years. There were 110 days a year I was with him. I stayed at his house for close to 30 days a year. You make a lot of observations."

The book is due to be published and released in print and digital on March 27.

I'm pretty sure Mr. Woods will have something to say about that before the release of the book.

Wizards Tuning Out Saunders

As of now the Washigton Wizards are the worse team in the NBA. They have young, talented players but they act like they're playing at the Rucker instead of the NBA. It looks like a real life version of the movie "Above The Rim" without the dramatic characters. And they're dangerously heading toward 0-18, New Jersey Nets bad after today's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The worse part of this is that they've finally admitted to tuning out head coach Flip Saunders. Boy, that's a shocker. That's something I've figured out since last season. I kind of feel sorry for Saunders, but he simply can't coach. Having his players not listening to him makes the situation even worse.

 Forward Andray Blatche called today's performance "sickening" and "embarassing".

"Flip is definitely doing his job," Blatche said. "I just don't feel like guys are listening and following behind what he says and what he wants us to do."

"Guys want to try to do it their own way, and it's not working," Blatche said. "The record shows that. I feel like everybody should go home and focus and think and take consideration for what Flip is saying, because it can't hurt. It damn sure ain't helping us our way."

That is your captain speaking. The same person who earlier questioned his role in the offense.

"It's on us as players, because we're the ones being put out there at the end of the day, embarrassing ourselves," Blatche said.

If they're not listening to the message now, I think it's about time that they should. But it may take another coach to get the message across to the youngsters.

It's gotten so bad, even the super confident John Wall is having doubts.

"I didn't expect it to be this tough," said Wall who was 3-for-10 with 10 points and six assists. "It's just not good right now. ... You've got to have some type of urgency out there on the court to want to play. You've got to have some type of self-esteem or some type of pride that you don't want to keep being 0-8. It's a pride game now."

Well John, it's the NBA, not high school or college. It's a grown man's league, it's supposed to be tough.

When Saunders was asked what he planned to do he gave an answer that most would give.

"What can I do as a coach to get us better? Right now, I haven’t done a good enough job. That’s evident. We’re not totally getting through to some guys and some guys continue to play the way they want to play and not the way we need to play as far as a team."

It's obvious he hasn't done a good job. If I'm Saunders I'd let someone take this death trap of a job and return to Minnesota or try to get a job on his good buddy Kevin McHale's staff in Houston.


Sherman Close To Landing Tampa Bay Job?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hunt for a new head coach might be coming to a conclusion. Former Green Bay Packers coach, Mike Sherman appears to be the front runner for the job.

The NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora says that Sherman is close to landing the job with the Buccaneers. This would provide Sherman with a landing spot after being fired by Texas A&M.

The Bucs want someone that will instill some discipline to a young squad that collapsed under the weight of expectations this season. They were thought to be a playoff contender but finished 4-12 and in last place in the NFC South.

Sherman coached the Packers to three NFC North titles but was fired after a 4-12 campaign in 2005.

Jeff Jordan Leaving Central Florida

Michael Jordan's eldest is on the move again. Jeff Jordan is leaving the Central Florida basketball team for "personal reasons".

The school made the announcement Saturday but there were no details provided upon the press release.

Jordan previously played at Illinois for three seasons before transferring after the 2009-2010 season. His brother Marcus will remain with the team.

Hue Jackson Could Be A Goner In Oakland

With news that the Oakland Raiders have hired Reggie McKenzie from the Green Bay Packers, there has been speculation that McKenzie will come in and clean house, including sending head coach Hue Jackson to the unemployment line. 

After the Raiders collapsed down the stretch and were unable to capture the AFC West crown there might be more truth to that than rumor. There are probably Raider fans out there that wouldn't mind seeing Jackson go considering he gave up most of the Raiders' future to the Cincinnati Bengals for Carson Palmer after channeling his inner Al Davis. Also his in game adjustments (like having Rolando McClain cover Calvin Johnson going deep) might be enough to show him the door. There is the prevailing thought that Jackson took too much power in the organization after Davis' passing and the rumor of him not being well liked by some players.

Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss is rumored to be a McKenzie favorite. Ironically Moss was a favorite of the late Davis. Both are former Raider linebackers. 

Conventional wisdom says that McKenzie comes in and gets rid of everyone that isn't on board and starts fresh. Maybe Jackson will stick around if he concedes his so called power to McKenzie and wants to concentrate on being the coach. If he doesn't he can kiss this job goodbye. This is a situation that bears watching.