#SSsports Chat Topics 6/8/11

I’m back from Hawaii and ready for another #SSsports chat. As always, please follow the chat from the Twitter account @SusanShanChat. There is only one requirement: please hashtag all tweets with #SSsports. To find out more about the chat, click here. Also, be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you’ve made the highlights!

For tonight’s #SSsports Twitter Chat, we will discuss the following topics:

1. NBA: LeBron James has again been accused of “checking out” of a playoff game. This time, it’s DeShawn Stevenson making the claim. James had a “playoff-low eight on 3-of-11 shooting in 46 minutes. The two-time MVP didn’t have a basket in the last 15 minutes of Game 4.” Did he check out?

2. MLB: Jose Reyes may not deserve Carl Crawford money; he may deserve more. Like Buster Olney writes, Reyes is “leading the National League in hitting, at .339. He’s got 30 extra-base hits already, and a slugging percentage of .512. He’s on pace for 49 doubles, 30 triples and three homers. Keep in mind that Reyes turns 28 this weekend. He’s younger than Crawford. Reyes plays a premium position, and is an excellent defensive shortstop . . . He is home-grown, he belongs to them, he is one of them. He has made it clear in the past: He loves playing in New York, and would like to stay.” Do you agree with Olney, and is Reyes on pace for an MVP season?

3. MLB: Chipper Jones talked about Jason Heyward’s injury and told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “I think where Jason might have erred was the comment that he made, ‘I’m not coming back until it doesn’t hurt anymore.’ That has a tendency to rub people the wrong way.” ESPN.com wrote, “Heyward, who has a sore right shoulder, could have returned from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but because he hasn’t swung a bat in more than two weeks, he likely won’t be back for another week. Heyward likely is still a few days away from hitting off a tee, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.” Jones emphasized that Heyward’s mere presence in the lineup would be a big boost to the ball club. Is Jones right or does Heyward deserve to get 100 percent healthy before returning?


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