this may be of some local interest
For the hoops fans on here, thought I would pass on an interesting observation made over on UMHoops by user MattD (the guys who runs the Endless Motor hoops recruiting website) - Beilein seems to be altering the profile of the type of player he's looking for. Based on recent interest that the staff has shown, it looks like they're beginning to put a higher priority on athleticism, even if it's at the expense of offensive skill.
In the past, the primary characteristics Beilein looked for seemed to be shooting (first and foremost), court vision (in the sense of both spacing and passing ability), and general on-court IQ. Those often seemed to be prioritized over quick-twitch athleticism or defensive assertiveness.
However, given the recruiting board that's developing for 2017, those priorities appear to be changing. Two cases-in-point: Harold Baruti and Jamal Cain. Both have received significant interest from UM and both are above average in the athleticism category. However, they each have room for growth in terms of shooting the ball. In the past, I don't think Beilein would've been as interested in them (particularly Baruti). Other guys on the board in 2017 fit the same mold - Cohill, Carmody, Dawson, and Tillman.
I don't think it's going to be a wholesale change, but I think we'll see some of the weight that was focused on general basketball skill (shooting/passing) shifted over to athleticism, if Beilein thinks a player will improve on the skills front with good coaching.
According to Mike & Mike on ESPN, the story of the morning is Draymond Green's kick to Steven Adams' nuts last night. (How can that not be the story of pontificators looking to fill air time?)
Apparently, Green had already kicked Adams' ding-a-ling once before in this series. (Oops, I did it again?) That kicking motion last night sure looks unnatural to me. Obviously, I'm not in Draymond's head and can't tell if he was going for the nuts, but it looks to me like he was intentionally trying to kick Adams.
With OKC starting to play like a team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on it and the Warriors down 2-1, a suspension could really put Golden State back up against the wall. It would be a shame for Stephen Curry to lose out like this, but IMO Draymond Green pulled a really boneheaded move. (The Ricochet Dong Punch? Figurative for Literal?)
Should Draymond be suspended for a game? (And feel free to caption the incident.)
Title is self-explanatory.
Source (please forgive the lack of embed): https://twitter.com/NewsPressSeth/status/732586642935054337
I love me some NCAA hoops, but this is pretty spectacular. Hard to imagine basketball being much more entertaining.
That is all.
I'm a casual NBA fan -- I don't follow everything going on. So was a bit surprised to not see Mitch on the bench in these playoffs.
Looking into it, I see he took a leave of absence in April for undisclosed reasons -- he's not listed as injured. I'm not looking for baseless speculation as to what the leave was all about. Family, most likely.
I see from his Twitter feed that he is now traveling with the team and in his usual Big Puppy mode, smiling and bouncing around. So I guess the break from the game left him a little bit out of the kind of shape these guys need to be in for the playoffs? Or is it tactical?
NBA people -- any thoughts on why he isn't back on the Thunder's bench?
Scott Skiles has resigned after one season as head coach of the Orlando Magic. He says he just wasn't the right coach for the team.
In our world, Skiles will forever be remembered as the Sparty a-hole who repeatedly called Antoine Joubert "fat boy."