From Larry Brown Sports:
Is there anyone not swept up in the hoopla surrounding the NBA’s latest sensation, Jeremy Lin? Apparently Shawn Marion is not impressed.
With Marion and the Mavericks taking on the Knicks in The Garden on Sunday, Shawn was asked if he was prepared for Linsanity.
“For who? His name is Lin. It’s Jeremy Lin, right?” Marion said Friday, according to Mavs beat writer Dwain Price.
It should be interesting to see how Lin responds if Marion, who has done a tremendous job of shutting down points guards this season, matches up with him when the Knicks are on offense. If Lin responds the way he did the last time an opposing player disrespected him, it will be a long night for the Mavs.
From Hardball Talk
Mike Adams was considered a question mark for the beginning of spring training after undergoing hernia surgery on January 3, but the Rangers reliever has already started throwing and said yesterday that he’s “not limited at all.”
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Adams is slightly behind schedule compared to the other pitchers in camp, but is slated to throw his first bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday.
Adams also admitted to Sullivan that he pitched most of the second half with the injury, initially thinking it was a back problem, and “might have had it before” being traded from the Padres to the Rangers on July 30. All of which makes his 2.10 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio in 26 innings for the Rangers even more impressive, although Adams was something less than his usual self in the playoffs while allowing 17 baserunners (but only three runs) in 8.1 innings.
From Hardball Talk:
We learned yesterday that the Rangers were close to trading right-handed reliever Koji Uehara to the Athletics. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported last night that the Rangers were also talking to another team, but indicated that progress on a deal could be made this weekend.
Trading Uehara would clear his $4 million salary from the Rangers’ payroll, but the motivation to move him isn’t yet clear. However, it appears there are three likely scenarios.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram was told by one source yesterday afternoon that moving Uehara could free up the proper cash to make a run at free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com later speculated that the next logical move would be to bring back Mike Gonzalez, which actually makes more sense when you consider that the club is without an experienced left-hander in their bullpen at the moment. However, another source later told Wilson that any money saved in a Uehara deal would be used to help trim their payroll and not directed toward another player.
From Off the Bench
Back on Tuesday night, the TCU Horned Frogs men’s basketball team pulled out a surprise upset win against the #11 ranked University of Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels by defeating them 102-97 in overtime.
Normally after an upset of that magnitude, thousands of fans/students would storm the court to celebrate with the team.
Sadly, it appears from the below photo that TCU’s storming of the court wasn’t that grand and appears to be no more than sixty people but on the bright side, the guy with the blue backpack got a good look: