Rudy Fernandez is not a happy man in Portland. He feels he never got a chance, he feels ignored, he doesn’t like the coach, doesn’t like how he’s being used, probably doesn’t even like the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen. And everybody likes the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s.
Maybe what he needs is a fresh start, to play in a wide-open system, maybe to play in the most cosmopolitan of cities.
Good news Rudy — the New York Knicks are considering trading for you.
That’s what Jonathon Abrams reports in the New York Times. Something like Fernandez for one of the Knicks two second-round picks (38 and 39) plus Wilson Chandler or Toney Douglas.
Chandler and Douglas are both players on the rise, but Fernandez is a more mature player than both of them, and is a better three-point shooter. Simply, Fernandez is a better fit right now along whoever the Knicks can bring in via free agency.
Fernandez is not expensive either, at $1.25 million this year with the team having the option for next year.
Of all the crazy trade ideas out there, this one makes about the most sense. So, probably won’t happen.
Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.
Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.
A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
The majority of guys in the NBA are not built for the NFL. Blake Griffin the tight end makes a huge target for a free safety to line up. Kevin Durant is a little thin. Carmelo Anthony? Come on now.
But there are a few guys who might be able to, and on his show Dan Patrick asks Kevin Love about it today (see the video above). Then DP tries to take the obvious call of LeBron James off the table.
Nate Robinson as a DB? He’s athletic enough but at his height he would be a target for tall receivers. I like Dan Patrick’s suggestion of Russell Westbrook the free safety — he is certainly athletic enough.
Love also picked himself as a QB. Um, no. I’m not sure his outlet passing skills translate.