Via Yay Sports comes a new blog on former Wizard Larry Hughes.
The title? I Detest Larry Hughes. Classic.
Here's a quick snippet for you to munch on.
This is seriously hillareous stuff, and since this blog doesn't seem like it's going to be around for a while, it's worth checking out now.
Of course, two years ago, there was genuine concern over losing Hughes, who averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals for Washington's first playoff team in nearly a decade. I remember some people saying that Hughes, not Gilbert Arenas, was the most valuable player on that team. In hindsight, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that 2004/05 was a statistical improbability; that Hughes was playing out of his mind in a contract season. All of his numbers were career highs, and his scoring was a full three points higher than in any other season.
Naturally, Cleveland bit after striking out on Michael Redd (imagine how good Cleveland would be if they held onto Redd and Carlos Boozer) and took the next best thing. Ernie Grunfeld traded Kwame Brown for Caron Butler, and the rest is history. Butler is having an all-star caliber season, while Hughes is the subject of personal hate blogs.
Honestly though, Hughes is really just the Keith Van Horn of this generation. A team gave him a stupid contract, making him seem more valuable than he should have been. It's not his fault if Cleveland is willing to pay close to the max for his services. Hughes is by no means a horrible player, but he's nowhere near a max one. Credit Ernie Grunfeld for understanding this before Danny Ferry.
By the way, if you're wondering why there's only sporadic content up today, don't worry. I've got two longer pieces in the works for later in the week, one on Jared Jeffries and one on Brendan Haywood. Stay tuned!