Today in the bag, I'm touching on one other basketball note, the Euro Final, the Dwight Howard soap opera, and another win for Tiger.
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Coaching Staff Shuffle -
News broke yesterday afternoon, from multiple sources, that Assistant Coach Tom Abatemarco and Director of Basketball Operations Rodeny Billups are switching roles.
|Alright, Tom and Rodney switch spots.|
The switch also allows young Coach Billups a more direct hand in off-campus recruiting, which could be key in next year's recruiting battle for in-state stud Dominique Collier.
Euro Final -
Yeesh, that got ugly fast. A pair of first half goals from Spain all but sealed the deal, as Italy proved incapable of cutting through the terrific Spanish defense. La Furia Roja were once again set in their their controversial 4-6-0 formation, which does not utilize a traditional striker. With the midfield depth that Spain possesses, however, a true striker is apparently unnecessary. A few garbage time goals later, and the final line read 4-0, leaving a previously tantalizing final with little inherent drama.
|They seem happy.|
Dwight Howard has gone full T.O. on us -
The Dwight Howard saga continues to baffle me. A truly gifted center, the big man seemingly can't decide what he wants, one moment professing loyalty, the next decrying blackmail, and openly asking for a ticket to Brooklyn. Howard's misunderstanding of the word blackmail aside, that's a pretty fast turn into oncoming traffic from someone who has had a a regionally close-up view of LeBron's public evisceration due to poor image management.
|C'mon Dwight, make up your mind.|
Tiger is back, or something -
Tiger won his third 2012 tournament this weekend, re-igniting the he's back/not back debate for the umpteenth time, and moving the former world #1 into second place on the all-time wins list. The roller coaster continues.
|A winning Tiger is a happy Tiger.|
The dominating Tiger? The one who week-in-week-out crushed opponents at will? We may never see that again. But that's OK. As players age, they tend to lose some heat off their fastball (not everyone can be Paul Konerko, afterall). Tiger is no different.
I fully expect that Tiger will continue to win over the final half of his career (he should have 10-15 years left), easily surpassing both Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus for the win titles. That he'll never be mid-2000s Tiger again is inconsequential.