A defiant Jeffrey Loria defended Miami's blockbuster-in-progress deal on Wednesday, and the franchise may not yet be done dealing. Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco also is available, based on what the Marlins have indicated to several general managers. The Marlins also are shopping Logan Morrison, who had been penciled in as the club's first baseman entering spring training. Their strategy is a reversal of last winter's, when they went on a shopping spree to build what the front office promised would be a playoff-caliber team to match their new, $515 million stadium, which was built largely with public funds. ... "The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans," Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff told the Associated Press. (Palm Beach Post) Comment
Fans in San Diego want change, but perhaps the answer isn't entirely about Norv Turner. It's safe to say Dean Spanos, whose opinion is the only one that matters, still feels much as he did after last season -- that it's part personnel (meaning [A.J. Smith], the general manager) and part coaching. ... As far as coaching, neither Turner nor offensive line guru Hal Hunter and his assistant Mike Sullivan forgot how to teach pass blocking. I doubt Turner is here in 2013. If Spanos decides the offensive line (not to mention Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal) are unforgivable gaffes, Smith will be gone, too. But whoever is running things better figure out what to do with at least three of the spots on the line, or they won't be here long either. (U-T San Diego) Comment
Under James Dolan's ownership, could one even fathom Phil Jackson working as the Knicks' head coach? Today, Dolan looks like the smartest owner around because he has a winning coach in Mike Woodson and a savvy general manager in Glen Grunwald. He also has two guys he can control. Woodson, a Brown protege, had to sever ties with Brown's agent before Dolan would talk contract. Grunwald, as nice a guy as you will find, is barred from speaking to the media. Heck, the Knicks have employees whose job is to eavesdrop on conversations between reporters and players. We're talking established veterans who are 37, 38 and 40 years old being treated like children. And it's not like Jason Kidd is revealing what really happened in Benghazi. (New York Daily News) Comment
Jeff Green dunks over Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap during Wednesday's Celtics-Jazz game. Boston won 98-93. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Eric Bledsoe with the block of the season on Dwyane Wade during last night's Heat-Clippers game.
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