February 21, 2008

Pluto on C.C. - LBJ On Fire

Terry Pluto's "Open Letter to C.C. Sabathia". Terry says there's no way Sabathia gets away from the contract issue by refusing to negotiate during the season. It's going to be there all year long anyway.

We are used to this tango here in Cleveland. The player says he wants to stay, but usually doesn't. I think C.C.'s many statements about his desire to continue his career here have been sincere, but I also think he dreams of getting four AB's a game, and wants to explore those (NL) options eight months from now.

After cutting off negotiations at the start of Spring Training, he now allows that, if the team and his agents want to talk during the season, he doesn't object...just don't let him hear about it. Mum's the word, C.C.

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Good line for Lebron tonight - 31 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists...and it puts him in some select company. He becomes just the second player ever to have two sets of back-to-back triple doubles in the same season. The other was some guy named Magic Johnson, in 1987-88. That's not just doing it in consecutive games, but on consecutive days, all the more impressive. Whether or not he wins the MVP, there's a growing consensus these days on who is the best player in the NBA.

UPDATE 2/21: Oops: LeBron was not the second ever to accomplish the two sets of back-to-back triple doubles, as I misstated above....just the first to do it since Magic Johnson 20 years ago. This should have been a no-brainer for me since, as a colleague reminded me today, Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double for an entire season in 1961-62.

Posted by dan at February 21, 2008 12:41 AM