Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM
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Who knew? Brooklyn - at least for right now - has become the epicenter of the NBA world, thanks to yesterday's free-agent signings of Kevin Durant (said to be four years for $164 million, but could be bit less) and Kyrie Irving (said to be for $142 million) and three cheers for the Nets for adding C De'Andre Jordan ($10 million a year for the next four years) to the mix.
But don't expect us to pile on the praise for the Nets - a/k/a New York City's "other team" - 'cause we would never have inked Durant in the first place. The dude is gonna miss this 2019-2020 season following Achilles Heel surgery and, odds are, he's only gonna play 50-or-so games come the 2020-21 campaign and by then Durant's going to be 33 years old with a whole lot of mileage on those gangly legs.
The Nets believe Irving, Jordan and a very young roster will be a rock-solid playoff team this season and then -- by the time Durant's healthy -- the Brooklynites expect to be a championship-caliber squad ... but count us among the naysayers that believe the Nets should have added a different piece or two, held onto Golden State-bound G D'Angelo Russell and skipped the Irving and Durant signings altogether even though they did have the available cap space.
So, that brings us to the woe-be-gone Knicks who are taking a verbal and printed beating at the hands of their fans and the local media: The Knicks didn't want to invest that kind of loot into Durant - we happen to think they'll be proven correct - but the bottom line problem with New York is that they dealt away F Kristaps Porzingis last year in order to carve out cap space and then didn't sign any of the "max" free agents:
Okay, so inking the likes of Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis and Reggie Bullock didn't exactly get the Knicks' fans all juiced up today but, once Irving committed to Brooklyn and Kawhi Leonard let 'em know he was looking out west, what were they gonna do? Maybe the Knicks never should have "tanked" the last two seasons and let their fans know that Durant and/or Irving were at the very top of the team's wish list but we're not gonna bury NYK now for what it "didn't do".
Hey, if you happened to notice, the NBA Odds to Win it All have been updated (all figures below based on $100 per-play wagers) ...
|LA Lakers||+ 260|
|Golden State||+ 900|
|LA Clippers||+ 1200|
|Oklahoma City||+ 1600|
|NEW YORK||+ 2500|
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BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES
Hey, did you see how Las Vegas "adjusted" the totals price for the second game of that London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox this past weekend?
Following last Saturday's wild / wacky 17-13 win by the Yanks - the over / under for that game was 11.5 runs - the number-crunchers pushed the price to anywhere between 15 and 16.5 runs (yes, we saw that higher price moments before first pitch on Sunday morning) and yet that wasn't high enough as the Yanks copped a 12-8 win. The lesson to be learned: Maybe Vegas should have heeded the pre-London talk that shorter dimensions, the artificial turf surface that played extremely fast and - let's not forget - all this chatter that off-speed pitches were not overly effective (what's that about "spin rate", you say?) all played into two looong and high-scoring games on the other side of the pond.
Finally, if the Red Sox (44-40) somehow get beaten out for an American League wild card berth by a single game this year, then playing these two "home games" in England - and not New England -- is gonna really rile up Red Sox Nation. Right?
NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM / SUMMERTIME LOOKS
We continue our annual NFL team-by-team summer accounts right here - and every day at Jim Sez we'll be posting two or three teams as we check out news/notes/reports while getting ready for camp. Plus, we get you some key pointspread info to boot and note a team's SU (straight-up) record is listed next to the team name. Today, we focus on the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Here goes ...
DENVER (6-10) - It's safe to say the Broncos have shown plenty of signs of instability the past 10 years. True, there was that Super Bowl win back in 2015 but just consider that since 2010 this AFC West club has gone through Josh McDaniels, John Fox, Gary Kubiak and Vance Joseph as head coaches and now the Vic Fangio "Era" starts this year. Oh, there's been no shortage of starting quarterbacks either with Joe Flacco the latest name added to the list (see the likes of Case Keenum, Trevor Siemian, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow) but if this Broncos' bunch is gonna made it back to the post-season for the first time since '15 then Flacco - only once a 4,000-yard single-season passer - must hit some deep balls but good luck to that with a rather sketchy offensive line in front of 'em.
Pointspread Notes - Talk about a streaky bunch last year: The Broncos enjoyed a pair of three-game ATS (against the spread) winning streaks in 2018 while also suffering through a pair of four-game pointspread losing skids all en route to a 6-9-1 ATS mark that's dropped Denver to a collective 10-20-2 spread mark these past two seasons.
CAROLINA (7-9) - Gotta go back to the 2015 season to find the last time the Panthers won a playoff game (see 49-15 over Arizona in that year's NFC Championship Game) and so the natives are getting really restless in the greater Charlotte area and folks are keeping fingers crossed that QB Cam Newton soon will be 100 percent healthy after off-season shoulder surgery. If Newton's summer camp is all about health, then the secondary stories revolve 'round RB Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel who figure to get more than 400 total "touches" this year.
Pointspread Notes - The Panthers cratered in the second half of last year as this NFC South crew failed to cover six of its final eight games in 2018. Overall, Carolina is a tasty 13-7 versus the vig as underdogs dating back to the start of the 2016 campaign.
NOTE: There's more MLB News / Notes, NBA Free Agency plus NFL Team-by-Team accounts in coming editions of next Jim Sez.