Q: “Baron Davis seems to be the kind of veteran point guard the Heat missed out on and could have used. What do you think?” – Brian P., Miramar
A: Well, if by the idea you mean a “veteran” and “point guard” those are two qualities the Heat could use. That’s it as far as a good match, though. Davis is a score-first point guard (though averages 7.3 assists) who plays little defense. Those are two commodities the Heat don’t need that much. Couple that with the mercurial aspect of his personality and his injury history and it’s hard to say the Heat missed out on him (not that they had a chance to get him since the Knicks had first dibs on him through waivers). Chauncey Billups would have been another matter. A proven champ, good defender, distributor and 3-point shooter, he would have been a nice fit. The Knicks might hit a home run in Davis and, if they do, the addition of him and center Tyson Chandler will give them two great upgrades. They’re with Chicago and Boston as the teams to watch under the Heat this year. One thing’s for sure: The Knicks will score with Amare Stoudamire, Carmelo Anthony and Davis. Chandler is the only great defender, though.
Q “I’d love to see Brian Billick as the Dophins coach. I’ve listened to him on TV and he gets it.” – Joe, Miami.
Billick would be fine. But, remember, Matt Millen has sounded great on TV before and after his failed Detroit stint, too. I’m adopting a anyone-competent-will-work mode, http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-hyde-miami-dolphins-1218-20111217,0,1385263.columnas I wrote in my column last Sunday. The issue with Dolphins coaches for the last decade is the quarterback. When they get a franchise quarterback, the coaching will rise in direct proportion.
3. “Dave, is John Jerry proving he can be an answer at tackle?” — Peter F., Tampa.
Let’s not go crazy here. Buffalo was a bad defensive front seven with a league-worst pass rush. This isn’t to discount the work Jerry did replacing Jake Long. Reggie Bush rushed for 203 yards. The line dominated. But it’s a quantum leap to go from there to the idea Jerry is the answer at a position he now has played one game at since high school.
4. “Dave, Anything on the Everton takeover rumor? It’s a Club in a bad financial way in the EPL, fans are up in arms to get current ownership out, and speculation is running rampant about a Ross takeover. Anything doing?” – James, London_
Nothing doing. Never was. Not sure how this rumor began. “The reports are false,” Miami Dolphins senior vice president of media relations Harvey Greene said. “Steve is not pursuing the acquisition and never even had a single conversation with the club.”
Here’s a wild-card thought, Everton fans: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. He’s spends big money. He wants to win. He loves the spotlight, which might play into him buying an international team. And if he doesn’t get the Los Angeles Dodgers, as he’s hoping, then he might be in the mood to think elsewhere.
Q: I see your avatar (was) from the movie Groundhog Day. What’s the big deal of that?”
Do yourself a comic favor and watch the movie. It’s held up through time – man, it was made in 1993, that’s not exactly Casablanca, is it? Then consider one day repeating itself and how the Dolphins seasons and issues keep repeating themselves. That was the idea. I’ve since moved on to the young Don Shula.