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UNDERRATED BALLERS
The Underrated in 2008-09 | The Wages of Wins Journal
Toronto Raptor Jose Calderon checks in at #16 in Dave Berri's underrated rankings. But it's former Raptors who REALLY dominate the rankings, including Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker and Shawn Marion.

OVERRATED BALLERS
Who are the NBA's most overrated players? | FOX Sports on MSN
Charley Rosen slags Chris Bosh and a host of other overrated NBA players.

SPORTS GUY
Bill Simmons recaps the NBA offseason quoting "Almost Famous." | ESPN

38. You wanna buy a gate?!?!? (Crash.) You just bought a gate!!!
To Toronto's Bryan Colangelo, who spent money more recklessly than Michael Bay. A $53 million extension for Andrea Bargnani? Sure! Another $53 million for Hedo Turkoglu? Why not? How 'bout $20 million for a third guard (Jarrett Jack) just because he's college buddies with Chris Bosh and might sway Bosh to stick around next summer? Absolutely! As always, there's nothing more dangerous than an NBA GM in desperation mode. Smart moves for 2010 -- dumb moves for 2012, 2013 and 2014 ... and, of course, he'll be gone by then. Sorry, Raptor Truthers. You deserve better.

39. I once hit a man in Dearborn, Michigan. A hit and run. I hit him and kept going. I don't know if he's alive or dead, but I'm sorry. Not a day goes by when I don't see his face.
To Turkoglu, who's going to feel this way every time he thinks about the good people of Portland. Look at the bright side, Blazers fans -- you dodged a bullet. He peaked statistically two years ago. He's allegedly 30 but could be closer to 32 or 33 for all we know. (Do you trust Turkish birth certificates? And isn't it weird that he played four years of pro ball in Turkey in the 1990s?) His biggest value is his ability to create shots in crunch time ... and you already have Brandon Roy. And he never has been one of those take-care-of-my-body guys; remember the locker room shot of him plowing through a burger right before Game 7 of the Boston series? I like Hedu, but not three years from now and not for that money (five years, $53 million). Of course ...


WHAT, NO GOLF NEWS?
Doug Smith's Toronto Raptors blog
In an odd turn of events, Doug Smith (almost) devotes an entire blog to basketball.


TORONTO MAYOR DAVID MILLER AS ROB BABCOCK
Miller as master negotiator | The Globe and Mail
Assessing the damage after Toronto's lengthy garbage strike, Robert Silver realizes he owes the worst GM in basketball history an apology.
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