He said his teammates suffered from “a lack of talent” and “laziness.” He said the roster was “just not good enough top to bottom.” He said, after a tough loss that saw a late double-digit lead blown, that his teammates had all but abandoned him: “Just like General Custer. And there were a lot of Indians.”
Those were not the words of LeBron James in the last few weeks. They belonged, in fact, to the guy who complained this week that James has been “inappropriate” and “whiny” in criticizing the Cavaliers lately. They belonged to Charles Barkley, uttered in the depths of the 1991-92 season, his final in Philadelphia.
That remains one of the whiniest all-time seasons by a star player in the history of the NBA.
Need to know: Same thing as Gray, basically — huge talent, huge acquisition cost. And doesn’t Archer just feel like the type of budding superstar who would be a huge hit in Los Angeles? Seems like a perfect fit. And remember, Dodgers exec Andrew Friedman was the decision-maker in Tampa Bay when the Rays traded for Archer back in 2011. Makes sense he’d deal for him again. The price of acquiring Archer — who is signed through 2019, with club options for 2020 and 2021 — would absolutely be a package that starts with Buehler and includes another top prospect or two (or three).
Need to know: Yes, this is a bit outside the box and pure speculation. But the US Cheap Jerseys Dodgers’ goal is to win the 2017 World Series, right? Hamels, 33, has a better postseason pedigree than anyone else on this list; he was MVP of the 2008 NLCS and the 2008 World Series, and he has a career 3.48 ERA in 16 postseason starts. Hamels has a contract that includes a team/vesting option for 2019, and he’s been pretty good this season. In 10 starts in 2017, he’s allowed more than three runs only two times and has four starts Reebok Cheap Jerseys with either zero or one run allowed.