Did you attend the girls/boys double header last Saturday night between the East Central Trojans and the Batesville Bulldogs? This was one of the results of the Title IX issue that the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference was faced with when several years ago the then girls’ basketball coach at Franklin County went to court over equality in high school basketball playing dates. Now, both boys and girls must have equal opportunities to play “prime time” weekend games. This means a 7:45 starting time.Last Saturday the boys varsity played at 6 p.m., and the girls started at approximately 7:45 p.m. I have nothing against this equality, but it does create some gym space time when a high school has only one gymnasium, as the reserve teams then have to play elsewhere. Those of you who have only had daughters playing high school basketball already know about having to attend games during the week. The boys are now getting used to it as they share the weekend nights. That is why Batesville and Milan boys played last Thursday night, so the girls could have another Friday night for their game.
NBA TRADE RUMORS:These five teams could pursue Russell Westbrook”I will say this — the Houston Rockets are trying to get in on this,” Windhorst said on “SportsCenter” when asked by Cari Champion about a Westbrook trade. “They’re trying to get in and possibly do a three-team trade where they could get their hands on Russell Westbrook. But again, three-team trades are pretty difficult.”Westbrook’s enormous contract complicates trade discussions, and the challenges in constructing a three-teamer makes the Rockets a “long shot” at the moment.Russell Westbrook contractAgeSalary2019-2030$38.5 million2020-2131$41.3 million2021-2232$44.2 million2022-23 (player option)33$47.0 millionChris Paul’s salary for 2019-20 ($38.5 million) matches perfectly with Westbrook’s, but the Thunder are trying to move off money and duck the luxury tax. That doesn’t make a ton of sense. The more likely trade candidates are guys like Clint Capela and Eric Gordon. Even then, the deal would need additional work. The Heat seem to be the favorite to land Russell Westbrook with the Thunder guard now on the trade block, but the Rockets aren’t giving up just yet.Houston is looking to execute a three-team deal in order to acquire the eight-time All-Star, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The Thunder likely desire young prospects as part of a Westbrook deal, and that’s what puts the Heat in the lead. Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro are worthwhile targets for Oklahoma City, though it’s unclear if Miami is willing to part with any of those players. (CBA note: Herro can’t be traded for 30 days after signing his rookie contract with the Heat on Wednesday.)Windhorst says if it’s up to Westbrook, he’d prefer to take his talents to South Beach. That could be an important factor in negotiations, should the Thunder want to do right by a franchise icon.”From what I understand, he’s supplied a list to the Thunder with a few teams on it, a short list,” Windhorst said. “But the Heat are at the top of it.”