Hawks 18-1 to get LeBron (sorta); Georgia in top 25 (hoops)

It's almost certain LeBron James will be somewhere in the U.S. next season, although he is listed at 150-1 to sign with Olympiakos.

It's almost certain LeBron James will be somewhere in the U.S. next season, although he is listed at 150-1 to sign with Olympiakos.

Welcome back to another edition of “Three And Out,” created just for items that probably aren’t worth an entire blog by themselves (as if there’s a standard).

1. LeBron to the Hawks!

Don’t you hate misleading headlines? Well, it’s kinda, sorta true that the Hawks are listed as only 18-1 odds to sign LeBron James, should he decide to bolt Cleveland after the playoffs (which for the Cavaliers could be after a loss to Boston tonight).

The online sports book, Bodog.com, has listed odds on which team James will play for next season. There are nine betting choices. The Hawks technically aren’t one of them. But there is an “Any Other Team” bet at 18-1. So there you go.

Here’s the list.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: 1-2

2. Chicago Bulls: 5-2

3. New York Knicks: 9-2

4. New Jersey Nets: 15-1

5. Any Other Team: 18-1

6. Dallas Mavericks: 30-1

7. Miami Heat: 35-1

8. Los Angeles Clippers: 40-1

9: Olympiakos (Greece): 150-1 (Think that would keep Josh Childress in Greece?)

The most intriguing thing about the odds is that when they first came out a couple of weeks ago, the Bulls were listed at 40-1. Does somebody know something?

2. Georgia cracks top 25 … in basketball!

You're top 25, Mark. Be happy.

Your team is in the top 25, Mark. Be happy.

Geez. And you thought various websites coming out with preseason college football rankings in January was premature. But here goes: ESPN’s Andy Katz has come out with his preseason top 25 BASKETBALL rankings. And look which school is listed at No. 25: Georgia.

The top five are Duke, Purdue, Michigan State, Baylor and Kansas State.

Georgia Tech didn’t make the list. Says something about the difference in perceptions about the Jackets and Bulldogs right now. Here’s what Katz wrote about Georgia:

If you’re looking for a sleeper in the 25 slot, then I’ve got one in Georgia. The Bulldogs have two of the top talents in the SEC in Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. If you haven’t seen these two perform, you’re missing a good show. UGA also adds a terrific scorer in Tennessee State transfer Gerald Robinson Jr. The Bulldogs slowly developed into a big-time pest in their first year under Mark Fox. Remember, this team beat Illinois, took out Georgia Tech and Florida, crushed Tennessee and Vanderbilt and gave Kentucky a serious scare in Lexington. Georgia will be taken seriously from the outset next season. Don’t sleep on the Dawgs.

3. OK, Chipper. It’s early, but …

What's that saying about "fish or cut bait"?

What's that saying about "fish or cut bait"?

Chipper Jones says he has no plans to retire just yet. Don’t take this as a push from me for him to do so. But the numbers right now say his body is screaming, “Bed!”

He has missed six of 34 games and has been limited in others. He is hitting .239 with two home runs and eight RBI. Here are his full season projections:

♦ 133 games (fourth lowest of all time)

♦ 419 at-bats (third lowest)

♦ 10 home runs (lowest)

♦ 38 RBI (lowest)

♦ 100 hits (lowest)

♦ .239 average (lowest)

♦ .386 slugging percentage (lowest)

♦ .407 on-base percentage (actually eighth best in 16 years, thanks to 25 walks).

The problem: He doesn’t get paid for walks.

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83 comments Add your comment

drew

May 13th, 2010
1:12 pm

can it be….first

LADawg

May 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

Chipper’s health and production has steadily declined since steroids became a hot topic.

Perspective

May 13th, 2010
1:17 pm

He should retire NOW!! and let the Braves use his space and salary to try and sign someone younger and more potent

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

May 13th, 2010
1:18 pm

i think he will suprise everyone and retire to play Tight end for an arena league football team for a few years and then come back to the NBA and win a few more titles oh wait win a title

D B Cooper

May 13th, 2010
1:19 pm

Never tought of that ladawg but the man is 38 yr old and I believe the oldest at his position.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

May 13th, 2010
1:19 pm

Hey I have a first and a fourth today I am on a roll

stevie zero

May 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

that pic was taken during the eighth inning when cox needed him to pinch hit

kevin

May 13th, 2010
1:21 pm

Your first and you join a long list of “firsters” who for some reason think they’re cool for being first. Who cares?

Get Lebron
Chipper will finish stronger than he started…or he won’t–in which case, let him go.

C. Tampa Ironworse

May 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

JS…How does BC handle Chipper? With all the bad PR on Smoltz/Glavine…can the Braves really take a hit on dropping Chipper in the line up? Or is this different? Ace pitchers become 4th starters, but Chipper is an everyday player. Do you think the fans will be receptive to Chipper in the 6 hole? Very small sample size…but Jay-Hey might not ever need to hit anywhere else but 3rd from now on.

C. Tampa Ironworse

May 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

Zero…too funny. Maybe they’ll erect statues of the braves like this:

Bobby – confused while looking at line up card

Smoltz – Swinging a golf club while a crumpled up MRI lays on the ground

Glavine – at a Players rep meeting

Chipper – holding hands with LaRoche in a deer stand

JLC

May 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

Chipper has been a great player for us and I appreciate everything he has done, but his body is clearly not holding up. I hate seeing great players limp to the end of a great career. I hope he calls it quits soon for that reason.

sidewalk74

May 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

That fish must have jumped in Chipper’s boat because based on his bat speed the last few years he can pull fast enough to set the hook.

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Too bad the other Coach Mark never yells like that.

stevie zero

May 13th, 2010
1:37 pm

first! (guy not to get laid)

JLC

May 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

Oh yeah, and don’t get your red rockets hard dawg fans. Mark Fox has not proven anything yet. Sure he won out west, but UGA only won 2 more games this past year than the previous year under Felton. I know they beat some quality teams, but they have always done that. Beat GT and Tennessee and lose to Auburn and Arkansas. It’s the same story every year with UGA hoops.

kappellmeister

May 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

Jeff – Did I miss something this week? No Count??? The only reason to look forward to Tuesdays!!

ScoutDawg

May 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

If Chipper had been on steroids he wouldnt have missed those games all of those seasons and he would have hit 60 hr a year. Just because he is deteriorating at these later years “QUIT HATIN’” YOU KNOW NOTHING BANDWAGON FANS.

wesleywhatwhat

May 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

has chipper jones ever heard of trying strength training, yoga, core exercises or pilates in the off season?

he should giving back most of his salary for the past 3 or 4 years.

Danny O

May 13th, 2010
1:42 pm

I think that Chipper is probably capable of hitting .275 and continuing to get on base a lot w/the walks. But the power seems gone. 5th or 6th would make more sense. And if we had a half-decent lineup I’d say 7th makes sense, too. But Bobby don’t play that – he’s very deferential to the vets. So unless Chipper offers to move down in the lineup, it’s not likely to happen.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

On Lake Michigan we call that fish that Chipper is holding bait.

drew

May 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

the proverbial fork is in Chipper, and it’s being inserted a lil more each day..big fan but he’s done!! oh kevin, we so-called “firsters” are cool .. lol

kappellmeister

May 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

I don’t suppose any of you ex-major-leaguers saw Chipper rip that double in the ninth yesterday? Give the man a break! Does he really look like a steroid-user to you? Practically the same size as he was as a rookie. Get off it!

Chris Dub

May 13th, 2010
1:53 pm

LaDawg, it could be that he’s in his late 30’s. :|

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TheAntiMe

May 13th, 2010
2:12 pm

Ken Griffey Jr. just called and he has some helpful advice to get Chipper going again this season. According to Junior, All Chipper needs is a nice long nap and he will be just fine. ;)

HugoStiglitz

May 13th, 2010
2:17 pm

UGA in the top 25 doesnt make any sense. Thompkins and Leslie played well this year and they were the second worst team in the SEC and finished three games under .500. They will annoy some teams and be competitive, but they are a slightly over .500 team at best.

Blue

May 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

wesleywhatwhat; I guess the “what” stands for you don’t know WHAT you are talking about. Last four years??? That is 2006-2009. Let’s look at three of those, shall we?

2006 HR 26 RBI 86 BA .324 OBP.409 SLG .596 MVP-20
2007 HR 29 RBI 102 BA .337 OBP.425 SLG .604 MVP-6
2008 HR 22 RBI 75 BA .364 OBP.470 SLG .574 MVP-12

Don’t be “that guy”; the one that says something because you dislike the current or last year’s performance and you are going to make it sound like it has gone on longer. Obviously you are a Chipper-hater, because your comment is NOT based on anything factual. But hey…nice try

CraZyTRaDeMaN

May 13th, 2010
2:34 pm

Kevin….Chipper will finish stronger than he started…or he won’t–in which case, let him go.

Let him go and pay 28 million the next two years while he hunts?? That sounds like a real good Idea.

Monticello Dawg

May 13th, 2010
2:44 pm

Hugo, I think UGA could expect improvement just by being more familiar with the system. Second, remember the name Gerald Robinson. His presence alone makes this a significantly better team. There were several winnable games the Dogs could not close out due to lack of depth. Robinson gives them a third go-to guy in the clutch. Enjoy watching the Dogs in March Madness next season.

The Dude

May 13th, 2010
2:50 pm

jeff. lmao at the 18-1 odds, I almost thought they really gave odds to atlanta before seeing the “any other team” well played sir.

jeffrey d

May 13th, 2010
2:50 pm

My week is not complete without the Countdown, Jeff. It’s still Tuesday for me.

The Dude

May 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

Jeff you think UGA’s ranking changes if we pick up Thornton?…That would give UGA fans something to talk basketball about for once…but either way I am excited to see our guys play…and I am a bigtime fan of coach Fox…

The Dude

May 13th, 2010
2:53 pm

Chipper!!! Careful picking up that bass, that’s screaming OBLIQUE INJURY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miracle on Buford Highway

May 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

People who complain about those who post first are last in my book.

Lebron will never play here until its after he’s a shadow of his former self, a la Moses or Theus.

alphadawg

May 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

The Dude – good one on Chipper….

PMC

May 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

I’ll donate some money to make a run at Lebronze.

Sose

May 13th, 2010
3:25 pm

Congrats on the first Drew! I told you the hard work and dedication would pay off!

I love Chipper to death, but he’s pretty much ready to call it a Hall-of-Fame career. If Glaus keeps up his hot hitting, I would love to see him shift back over to 3rd and bring Freeman up for a look if Chipper needs to do a DL stint. Love seeing J-Hey in the top 3 and hope he stays!

Paul Hewitt

May 13th, 2010
3:34 pm

As i said a few days ago I can coach the Hawks and Jackets. We run the same offense. Don’t give to our big men. Oh, I forgot/my big men left this year.

Brownie

May 13th, 2010
3:53 pm

Blue, thanks for the reminder of how great Chipper has been during this non-playoff run the Braves are on. BUT, he’s now going on 1.5 seasons of really poor production, and the sad reality of sports is the past is glorious but the present (and immediate future) is all that really matters.

Chipper’s pride might be getting in the way a little too much this year. He’s missed so much time over the past couple of years that I think he is announcing himself ready to go too early on the frequent occasions he’s been hurt already this season. He may be 38, but he’s moving like he’s 48.

He is NOT a power hitter anymore (hasn’t been for awhile), and here’s the very first thing he needs to do: pick up a lighter bat. He’s still swinging (slowly) one of the heavier bats in the majors, and his swing speed is glacial.

We all know that at the end of the day (season) no matter how he plays this year, he won’t walk away from $15 million. But he will definitely risk the memory of how great he was by hanging on too long – the list of others who have made that mistake is Loooooooong: Mays, Ali, Holyfield, Namath, Rice, the Babe, Dominique, Ewing, Emmitt Smith, Trevor Hoffman, and…….yes…Michael Jordan. Ah, you get the idea.

Just like the massaged Bobby into retirement, they should do the same with Chipper at year’s end, and hire him as the new hitting coach. He will be perfect in that role.

One last point…he can’t play even mediocre defense anymore. Conrad, Prado, Infante or Hicks are all better defensively right now than he is.

HawkEye

May 13th, 2010
4:01 pm

Please !!! No lebron…Its gonna be another iso play if it happens.We have enough talent and we can learn a thing or two from the Phoenix suns.

wxwax

May 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

Steve

May 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

I think the rational for the Dogs in the top 25 is also a slightly less daunting SEC East – UK will be down – top 2 will be UT and UF probably, with Vandy and GA next, with UK and SC rounding out the rest. Don’t laugh, this may be Calipari’s worst team in years – lost too many players from last year, and even with his outstanding recruiting class, will be down this year. Prediction – Dawgs 10-6 SEC, lose in the round of 32 – and then really begin rebuilding when Thompkins and Leslie leave after next year.

Paul in RDU

May 13th, 2010
4:07 pm

I agree with kappelmeister – What happened to The Count? The best blog on the AJC

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 13th, 2010
4:19 pm

Paul in RDU- Count makes his regular appearance (normally) on Tuesday’s…otherwise he’s on a drinking binge with Tiger & Big Ben. Scenario for LeBron- Cleveland loses to Boston- he goes to either Knicks or Bulls, Wins- stays in Cleveland

HugoStiglitz

May 13th, 2010
4:34 pm

Steve, Kentucky is bringing in three 5 star players and a 4 star player already. Two of those players are in the top 6 overall. A team like Kentucky just reloads when they need to. They are not going to have a down year. Who have the dawgs added that will take them from 5-11 in the conference to 10-6 in the conference? They only have a few 3 star players coming in and that guy from Tennessee State guy who transferred. That is really enough to completely flip the team around?

drew

May 13th, 2010
4:41 pm

thanks, Sose and good idea about the line-up changes.

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Einsteindawg

May 13th, 2010
5:23 pm

Go Dawgs and CMF! I think we’ll finish in the top 20. As far as Chipper, you’re right-on Jeff, but you know it’s all about the money. Hoss will retire when they take his cold, dead fingers off his $18M check, or when his contract expires. Too bad athletes just don’t know when to leave. Managers, too.

Jeff D.

May 13th, 2010
5:46 pm

I like the odds of getting LeBron at 10,000-1. The Spirit would have to gulp some hairy tequilla and head butt each other on guys night out to make it happen.

timbo

May 13th, 2010
6:04 pm

Chipper would make a good DH in the AL, for some good prospect in return.