ORLANDO, Fla. -- A few random thoughts from the NBA front ...
Now if someone would politely ask him to save his six fouls for defense. Just stop setting those high picks; that's all. Stop it. If there's even a 25 percent chance the referees will call it an offensive foul, just stop doing it. Trouble is, with Perk it's more like an 80 percent chance, so just stop doing it. His first two fouls on Sunday were offensive fouls setting high picks. The team can't afford him having one-third of his allotted fouls being on offense, when he's got to play Dwight Howard.
Meanwhile, they are leaving an arena that is perfectly fine for a new palace a mile away that will have the requisite luxury boxes everyone needs these days, but which have zero to to with the average fan. Amway Arena was built in 1988, and now they will be tearing it down. Does that make sense in this fiscal climate?
Of course, the biggest travesty ever is the new Giants/Jets Stadium, which is replacing one of the best football stadiums (or must I say stadia?) ever built. You just cannot do better than the "old" (1976 or so) Giants Stadium, which had fabulous sightlines, and which was ingeniously constructed so that no one, no matter where he or she sat, was more than a few steps from either a concession stand or rest room. But none of that matters now that they will have luxury boxes for people who really aren't interested in watching the game, anyway. Welcome to America, 2010.