Found May 30, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at “That was no more evident than during batting practice on Tuesday, when Choo chatted with his former teammates and coaches at Great American Ball Park. He couldn’t keep a smile from spreading across his face as he embraced bullpen catcher Francisco Morales, who nearly clotheslined Choo to the ground with an aggressive hug. Rarely has Choo been at such peace. In 2010, he directed his native South Korea to the gold medal in baseball at the Asian Games, a feat necessary to make him exempt from having to fulfill a military obligation, which could have forced him to miss time on the field with the Indians. A DUI, a broken thumb and a strained oblique muscle foiled much of his ’11 campaign. His aversion to being hit by pitches — one he has since shaken — and his uncertain future admittedly hindered his focus for parts of the ’12 season.” [Meisel/] —- Funny jersey story in Minnesota. It wasn’t Donyell Marshall funny, but funny anyhow. “So, if the umpires or the Brewers had noticed Colabello’s improper jersey, he could have been made to change jerseys at any point. I suppose umpires would have cause to kick him out of the game, too, but they probably would have made him wear a generic jersey, or a teammate’s. Just as long as everyone’s said “Minnesota.” Actually, it would have been funny if umpires made everyone else on the Twins change jerseys and then kicked Colabello out. That would have been Angel Hernandez’s solution.” [Brown/Big League Stew] —- “I’m approaching the games I watch now with the full expectation that there will be bad and missed calls. It’s a fundamental truth but yet so roundly unaccepted. Once this mindset is adopted, every aspect of the game-watching is improved. I can only describe it as liberating. Take a baseball game for an example. MLB is creeping toward an average of 300 pitches per game. I found a datum saying that ~130 of those pitches are swung at. So.. of course the home plate umpire will not get 170 calls right. There’s no good in expecting different.” [Kanick] —- Looking at available big men- “3. David West. In terms of approach and personality, West is the anti-Smith, and perhaps even the anti-Howard. He hasn’t the slightest interest in creating any fuss, and goes about his business with a plain professionalism. West doesn’t attempt shots he can’t make or make claims he can’t back up, and in that provides a safe, productive (17.1 points on 49.8-percent shooting, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game) addition for any team lucky enough to sign him. Indiana has provided a wonderful fit in terms of team personality, but in truth, West could get along well in just about any context. Muscle, shooting range, and smart defense tend to travel well, to say nothing of the culture-setting leadership that a player like West exudes. Roy Hibbert has been quick to credit West’s influence for the Pacers’ collective focus, and that intangible appeal should only increase the value of a player who already offers so much on the court. [Mahoney/Point Forward] —- “Let me know if this sounds familiar. Lousy team makes a lot of moves in the off-season. National media catches on. National media begins singing praises of lousy team. National media predicts breakout season for lousy team. Lousy team stays lousy, never reaching bar set by national media. National media blasts lousy team for not reaching expectations. Team stays lousy, fans stay miserable. Rinse and repeat. By now, thanks in large part to the site you’re visiting, you’ve probably guessed that lousy team I’m referring to is the Browns. Although I probably wouldn’t be far off if I was describing a typical off-season news cycle for any of Cleveland’s other sports teams. Typically, these things go one of two ways: Either the team gets a lot of national attention and hype and fails to live up to it, or it gets absolutely none and we, the fan base, demand to know why we’re not getting more respect. I guess, in Believeland, you really can’t have it both ways.” [Alton/Draft Browns]

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David West wants to re-sign with the Indiana Pacers this summer as an unrestricted free agent. “Yeah,’’ West said after the Pacers fell behind 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals. “I love what we’ve been able to accomplish in the lockout season (of 2011-12) and this full season. And I just pretty much love how this group has grown together since I’ve been there.’...

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GIF: LeBron James and David West have a flop off

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LeBron James, David West & Lance Stephenson Fined For Flops In Game 4

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LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson all fined $5k for flopping in Game 4

Tweet Just days after Miami Heat and NBA MVP LeBron James proclaimed that he had no problem with players flopping, he was slapped with a $5,000 fine by the league for just that. James received the fine for an obvious flop in the fourth quarter of game 4 against the Indiana Pacers. Here’s video of [...]
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