It looks like Jim O'Brien made the Larry Bowa move over to ESPN but instead of being on TV he is writing his on point analysis of the NBA for the Insider. I know Jim O'Brien is a Philly guy and all, maybe he is a really nice guy, hell if I know. I think it is safe to say he was a really bad fit for the Sixers. His press conferences were up there in the Andy Reid bullshit level. He loved his horrible stats to defend his horrible coaching. Maybe a job as an analyst will be where he fits in. Hopefully he can get his pen to play better defense than Kyle Korver.
In other ESPN NBA Insider news, John Hollinger thinks Allen Iverson's season last year was a "fluke"? Here is what he describes a fluke as:
Ever look at a player's season and think "no way he does that again
this year"? It's happened hundreds of times -- a vet in his late 20s or
early 30s puts together a season that vastly exceeds what he'd
accomplished in recent seasons.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.