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A few points on Russell

While Steve Corkran works on the nuts and bolts of the grievance process by the Raiders against quarterback JaMarcus Russell, a few quick observations:

– Now we know why Russell was invited to the mandatory minicamp. The Raiders were hoping he wouldn’t show, because they were contemplating making a move to recover money for some time.

– Turn back the clock to Russell’s contract impasse and Al Davis stating his issues with the process. Davis said the problem was “forfeiture” in the event things went south.

You wonder if Davis was having buyer’s remorse not long after making the selection.

– While I’m of the opinion the Raiders did their part to ensure Russell’s failure because of the Davis-Lane Kiffin feud and the general environment provided a risky talent, they should be applauded for trying to recover as much money as they can. Yahoo Sports reports they want $9.55 million back.

No matter how bad the situation was in Oakland, Russell’s lack of dedication to his craft was inexcusable. If the Raiders discovered a way to add a loophole to the contract during renegotiation which will allow them to recover money, good for them.

– This shouldn’t hurt the Raiders where signing players in the future is concerned. They’ve taken their lumps with poor signings in the past and paid out the money. Russell was simply an extreme case and I’m guessing his former teammates are OK with it.

– The way Russell goes through money, judging from his jewelry, jaunts to Las Vegas and generally lavish spending habits, you wonder if he’ll have $.9.55 million to return to the Raiders if he loses the grievance.

The Raiders are confirming only that the grievance exists and nothing else, releasing a statement from attorney Jeff Birren.

“We have filed a grievance against JaMarcus Russell and that’s all we’re going to say at this time,” Birren said.

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  • NoMoreFargas

    ROG give Ron Ron a little credit , Celts bench is better for sure but Kobe will have his Revenge gotta win a Title vs Boston like Magic did he just has too. Allen,KG are both 2 yr older and slipping Pierce is still great but not gonna be silly and not admit Rondo is a huge + for Celts but no Walton or Radmonvich playing huge minutes will be big.

  • The Return of Godliness

    Laker idiots…..you havent played any physically challenging team yet inthe playoffs. Boston has and is ready for war. Lakers dont wanna fight. You see Gasol and how soft he looks out there? Boston gonna punk him again and that is for sure

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    The only triangle that’s ever made a difference in LA is the one between Jeannie’s legs.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Trade Kobe for Lester Hudson. Doesn’t matter. It’s all Phil’s triangle!

    ***

    trade Kobe to the L.A. Clippers for Eric Gordon, Steve Blake, Bobby Brown & Rasual Butler!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Good point, B. And RIP to Dennis Hopper, btw.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # NoMoreFargas Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:39 am

    ROG give Ron Ron a little credit , Celts bench is better for sure but Kobe will have his Revenge gotta win a Title vs Boston like Magic did he just has too. Allen,KG are both 2 yr older and slipping Pierce is still great but not gonna be silly and not admit Rondo is a huge + for Celts but no Walton or Radmonvich playing huge minutes will be big.
    ******************************

    LOL yeah no Walton and No Vlad…guys who were better shooters than what the Lakers have now from the outside lol….What fall off has Ray Allen had? I’ll wait

    Paul Pierce sure slipped vs the Magic right?

    Ron Artest has no legs and doesnt have the needed athleticism for the Lakers to pull this off

    You need transition buckets to beat this Celtics team. You cannt play them half court and expect to win. Defense is way too sound

  • The Return of Godliness

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Good point, B. And RIP to Dennis Hopper, btw.
    ******************************

    Dennis Hoppper is GOD!

    Hoosiers

    Easy Rider

    Speed

    The ESPN commercial from 1994

    Blue Velvet

    Apocalypse Now

    True Romance

    Rebel Without a Cause

    Guy was great to see in movies!

  • Thec07

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:32 am
    Thec saw your lil religious thing with Raider Ray…..you know you could have really killed him if you wanted to

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What up B the G….

    Yeah i could have but for me it was just giving a little bit of info, let him go and reseach come to the same conclusions….

  • NoMoreFargas

    I said Pierce is still great , but Allen and KG wheels are not the same , Allen is best shooter of his generation and of course will hit open 3 but just isn’t as quick around screens

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Typical spin. Phil’s triangle offense orginated by Sam Barry at USC and later perfected by his longtime assistant with the Bulls and Lakers Tex Winter allows the offense to spread out the defense creating passing lanes and shooting ops. Even though he was double and triple teamed, Kobe still was able to get the ball. Also due to structure, the ability to rebound inside.
    Odom and Gasol get great positioning. Besides Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol, never won NBA championship titles before their teams adopted the triangle system.
    LaBron would never win in Cleveland with Mike Browns poor excuse for an offensive system.
    Man I hate getting all worked up. LOL

  • The Return of Godliness

    Lakers fans gonna be mighty hurt come June 13th becuz it ends that night…LA wont win one game in Boston

    Ray Allen hates Kobe

    Paul Pierce is from LA and will put in work again vs his childhood team

    KG not a punk like Gasol

    Perkins more reliable Center than that gimp Bynum

    Rondo running circles around Fisher

    Celtics bench destroying LA’s

    Doc Rivers already beat Phil

    Laker home crowd is full of know nothing idiots while Beantown’s actually gives a damn and knows the gmae of baksetball

    Anymore questions?

    Celtics in 5

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Thec07 Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:32 am
    Thec saw your lil religious thing with Raider Ray…..you know you could have really killed him if you wanted to

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What up B the G….

    Yeah i could have but for me it was just giving a little bit of info, let him go and reseach come to the same conclusions….
    **********************

    Yeah I would have destroyed him when he said that Jerusalem stuff….scripture wise he would have been put in his place

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    The thing about Hopper is that he goes back to the ’50s era. He was in Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean, for crying out loud. That was 15 years before Easy Rider. A lot of people don’t know this but he also directed Colors, which, really, is one of the best cop movies ever made. Told a good story while showing how dirty LAPD’s Crash unit was. His range in cinema is just amazing.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # NoMoreFargas Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I said Pierce is still great , but Allen and KG wheels are not the same , Allen is best shooter of his generation and of course will hit open 3 but just isn’t as quick around screens
    ***********************************

    Yeah and Kobe has lost some athleticism and has to chase Ray Ray around….that takes away from his offense…..dont you see an issue brewing?

  • The Return of Godliness

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:49 am

    The thing about Hopper is that he goes back to the ’50s era. He was in Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean, for crying out loud. That was 15 years before Easy Rider. A lot of people don’t know this but he also directed Colors, which, really, is one of the best cop movies ever made. Told a good story while showing how dirty LAPD’s Crash unit was. His range in cinema is just amazing.
    **********************************

    You know I knew he directed Colors cuz hell at CSUN’s CTVA dept you have to know it lol….but Colors was bit by Training Day…it was so plainly obvious….HOPPER RULES! Big druggie and defied authority!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You went to CSUN, B?

  • 3 Mile Lyle

    When was the last time MR was right about ANYTHING?

  • NoMoreFargas

    For sure ROG you make great points but life long Laker fan so hard to be objective . Seen previous post you talking about
    Seyi Ajirotutu being you’re boy, guy was a stud and if Fresno stupid HC hadn’t started a garbage Qb Seyi would have been amazing , our Qb was getting him killed worse than Russell.
    Tell him wish he was a Raider!

  • The Return of Godliness

    Today is june 1st………on this day in 1921 in Tulsa,Oklahoma the black area of the city known as Black Wallstreet was burned to the ground by racist rednecks and KKK supporters.

    To this day not a dime has been giving to those families who lost everything during that massacre but Joos get 225 million annually for something that happened on another continent and Japanese people got 20,000 for the internment camps lol…….justice right?

  • RaiderRockstar

    NEW POST!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I don’t know, Lyle. I predict the Raiders will suck every year as long as Al Davis is up in the owners’ box, so I’ve been right at least 7 times in the past 7 years.

  • DMAC

    Morning Peoples!!!

    KG not a punk like Gasol
    ================
    Sorry B, but I have to disagree….Their both crying ass b!tches

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