OpinionFebruary 19, 2008

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By Chris Hamm

Sorry is a word that seems to be used a lot in our day-to-day lives, but not enough in fantasy sports. I never hear the word “sorry” uttered, or written, by an owner who streams in order to steal a win in a daily transaction league. But step on phalanges that belong to someone else, by accident, and you are pretty much obligated to apologize.

I did what equates to stepping on another’s toes with my last article. It was not on purpose, but it affects them nonetheless. I mentioned Abe in my article as an, inadvertent, negative example in my opening. I would like to make it very clear that his views on the Warriors signing Chris Webber are as legitimate as my hate towards the scrub who calls himself Devean George, and I am sorry for singling him out. It was unfair, and unwarranted. Again, I am sorry.

Another week, and another version of the Kidd to New Jersey trade surfaces. While I write this, it closes in on completion. This variation has a guy who has been retired for virtually 2 years, Keith Van Horn, collecting several million dollars to show up in another state. As I said last week, I cannot wait for this trade to resolve itself, one way or another. Devin Harris is going to run wild in the Eastern Conference for several years to come, and Mavs fans are going to hate this trade in a few years (if they do not already), guaranteed. Devin is going to explode on a run-and-gun New Jersey team while Jefferson and Carter will not miss a beat. The only part of this trade that I like is the acquisition of Antoine Wright, a throw in to the deal, who I believe has a bright future. He ought to be a steal in a lopsided trade that reeks of desperation and a fear for the short-term and long-term future of a beleaguered team.

Steve Nash’s departure was tough for fans of this organization when it happened. Cuban has realized, whether recently or the first time Nash won the MVP, that he made a mistake in letting go of a true point guard. Obviously, he thinks this move will let him atone for his mistake, but it just causes another mistake that will be closely watched for years to come. Admitting to a mistake through signing multi-million dollar checks is the avenue Cuban is taking, and that is far from an apology. However, it is the best current Mavs fans can hope for.

For now, I can only hope that, this time, Kidd stays out of the way of his teammates’ feet. Everyone watching the team with a rooting interest is counting on his ankles staying healthy.

Chris Hamm is an English major at UT-Arlington. During those times when he's bored, you can catch up with Chris in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of buckets.
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