Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Say Hello, Waive Goodbye

3-Time All-Star Waived by the 5th Worst Team In The League.

He made it pretty clear, years ago, that he didn't want to play for the Grizzlies. Even when, years later, he was on their roster, they made sure he got what he wanted.

Makes me think about a few things:

- Do playoff contenders even bother looking at the waiver wire when it involves teams that are going nowhere? I mean, if the guy can't crack the lineup for a cellar dweller, wouldn't it usually be a red flag? I would assume there are money reasons and "let's spend time developing (young player with potential)."

- How do these guys like Francis and Marbury- at the top of the world at various points of their career- reconcile their self-image with their fate? Chuck Klosterman and Bill Simmons talked a bit about this in their recent podcast. For the record, I agree with both of them.

- Does Francis' entourage still call him Stevie Franchise? To his face? Amongst themselves? On long e-mail chains?

- How actively does a guy like Francis look to find a new NBA home? Does he cash in his chips? Or does he still want a ring? In the few Francis games I've seen in the past few years, it hasn't seemed like he had the eye of the tiger.

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