fair point that
I'd suspected that at least some of the players on the Clippers had threatened to boycott their next playoff game if Donald Sterling wasn't swiftly punished. But according to the VP of the NBA's players' union, it was even more dramatic than that: many players spread across many teams were threatening to boycott.
I think this is an important illustration of a role that a sports union can play, which I think is relevant to the distant future of current unionization efforts within the NCAA. But there will be plenty of people who disagree with me about that, including the Ghost of Section 1, PBUH, who we can all pretend has already posted below that the rush to judgment of Donald Sterling forced by the villiainously PC NBPA is representative of a great evil threatening civilization. YMMV.
I made a new topic here because I didn't see this discussed in the original Donald Sterling thread, and because I thought it might be interesting to discuss this in connection with NCAA unionization efforts. What are the red lines that might lead to boycott threats from players? Presumably documented racism by a coach/AD would qualify, but what about coaches who regularly oversign? What about preposterously punitive drug testing policies? Or are D1 NCAA football or basketball players too diverse a class to come to a consensus about a boycott over anything?
Posting this here because of the rumors and supposed interest Wesley had to come to U of M as a 5th year transfer (which apparently were not returned from the UM staff, with Caris / Irvin roadblocking his playing time), plus if he went to MSU or Indiana we'd be facing him next year.
As of last week, MSU was in a final 3 per Wesley's dad and could offer Wesley a perfect fit of monster playing time at the SG position with Gary Harris off to the NBA and lightly recruited Alvin Elvis III being the next option up. (Unless Kaminski starts for them at 4, Dawson drops from a 4 to a 3, and Valentine turns into a 2) But obviously the fit and need was there.... but Pitt, Gonzanga and OK State are now the final 3. The train wreck that is 2014 Indiana basketball also appeared to be in play for his services.
Michigan State was in the running for Wesley’s services soon after he announced his intention to transfer earlier this month, and his father told Yahoo! last week that East Lansing was among the top three destinations.
Must have been those Izzo to NBA rumors. ;)
Interesting comparison midway through the article, comparing him to Frank Kaminsky and Adriean Payne.
Title speaks for itself. Just saw this pop up on my twitter feed. Pretty interesting.
With the surprising departures of 3 starters from the NC team bolting, jumping, and fleeing to the NBA and 1 HUGE cog from the last two years squad throwing the deuces to the program, we ended up scooping up a huge class. Next years team is going to be super interesting to follow and analyze with so much uncertainty. We went from having a stud team to a total rebuild just like that. I trust the coaching staff to do their damnest to mold a masterpiece. And I trust the players to bust their humps to play their best ball the entire way.
But does any on else feel like we're betting the farm on the development of severely underrated players vs. banking the schollies for some higher caliber talent for the future. We might squeeze ourselves out of recuits for the next cycle if things dont all fall into place. On the one hand, we'll have players with 1 year in the program. On the other, we could have first rate talent coming in to bring the wood to michigan hoops.
We wont have guaranteed scholarships left if we offer Huff (or whomever). We'll be recruiting and make offers contingent on Levert, Beifeldt, and Maybe Irving and Walton making the super leap.
I know its all conjecture and BS but I get into the psyche of it. FUCK ! I love michigan ball.
Aubrey Dawkins has committed to Michigan.
6-4 New Hampton wing Aubrey Dawkins has committed to Michigan, he confirmed to @FlyerHoops. Picked the Wolverines over the Flyers— Matthew Schwade (@FlyerHoops) April 28, 2014
***NOTE: Sam Webb recently said Dawkins is closer to 6-6.
EDIT: Sam has a story out with some post-commit quotes from Dawkins:
“It was a tough decision, but a degree from Michigan carries more weight than one from Dayton,” Dawkins said. Not necessarily because it’s better academically, but because it’s Michigan.”
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“They [the Michigan coaching staff] see me as a guy that is similar to Glenn Robinson… athletic, lean… just along those lines. They want me to play the wing spot.”