Dirk Down and Rangers Don’t Get Their Prince

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012

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The Mavericks have finally been bitten by the bug that’s making its way through NBA teams; it’s called NETTP. Unfortunately the malady known as Not Enough Time to Prepare was brought about by greed gone wild.  Now, everyone is paying the price including Dallas with Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks superstar will sit out at least the next four games nursing an ailing right knee.

Coach Rick Carlisle realizes that it’s better to pull Nowitzki now than down the stretch – thank goodness. Let’s be honest if Dirk were knocked out of the line-up for the rest of the season would Mavericks still be able to make a playoff run? So, for a stretch of four games that began last  Saturday against the Hornets, Dirk will be watching like the rest of us. The theory ,according to Coach Carlisle, is that he’ll have eight uninterrupted days to solve some physical and conditioning issues.

NETTP has ripped through other line-ups as mention above it’s certainly not limited to the Mavericks. Look at the Clippers who finally might be getting guard Chris Paul back into their line-up after missing five games with a strained left hamstring. The Heat’s Dwayne Wade has also missed five games with a sprained right ankle and don’t forget about the Celtics – it would take the entire column to go through their list of wounded warriors. This is what happens when a season is shortened – the injuries shoot up.

Off the court it’ll be fun to watch Mark Cuban’s attempt to try and buy the Los Angeles Dodgers; he is certainly in the running. Cuban put in an offer along with a plethora of others who hope to have the winning bid. Check out the competition: Magic Johnson, former Dodgers Manager Joe Torre, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley and six other groups. Word is that current owner Frank McCourt is looking for $1.5 billion but can you really put a price on the Dodgers franchise? Cuban has tried to buy a baseball team twice, first the Cubs and then the Rangers maybe the third time will be the charm.

No fairytale ending for the Rangers in their quest to land a Prince. The Detroit Tigers ended up winning the bid for the services of Prince Fielder when he signed a nine-year deal worth $214 million dollars. I think he’ll be worth every penny.

He is arguably the best young power hitter in baseball; just imagine how deadly he’ll be in the line-up with Miguel Cabrera. If the Tigers end up with Johnny Damon as well, I’ll cry, while thinking about how difficult they would be to get by in the playoffs.

On second thought, we still have Josh Hamilton who says he’s feeling great after a hernia operation and we all know what a healthy Hamilton can do at the plate.

Plus I think we should still all be basking in the Rangers euphoria of signing Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish who brings an arsenal of pitches with him when he reports to spring training in Surprise, Arizona.

If I were a betting person I’d say the $107 million that the team ended up spending in the end will pay big dividends. By the way I’ve heard spring training tickets are selling like hotcakes so if you plan on making the trek to the desert you might want to hurry and book your seats.

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