Udoh(Bucks) and Crawford(Clippers) are in very different places in their careers, but all start NBA training camp this week. With the retirement of the last Fab 5 holdout(Juwan) comes an influx of former Maize and Blue talent into the NBA.
Burke will be thrown into the fire in Utah. It's his show, and as a top 10 pick he'll face significant pressure to be "the man" from the second he steps on the court.
Tim Hardaway will have plenty of time to ease into his "Allan Houston" role on the Knicks, as two shooting guards will be teaching him the ropes(while he rides a good bit of pine).
Darius Morris is expected to contribute significant minutes for the 76'ers. I know he loved being at home, but I think Philly is finally going to give him the run he needs to develop..
Manny enters training camp with the Magic just trying to break back into the NBA. From most accounts he is a longshot to stick with the Magic, but you never know who is watching.
Deshawn Sims enters training camp with the Celtics trying to make an NBA roster for the first time in his career. He has dominated the D-League, the Summer League, and he's turned heads overseas, but his dream of playing in the NBA may not come true with the Celtics who return a bunch of really talented forwards. It still amazes me that Deshawn's combination of size and touch haven't landed him a spot somewhere. Maybe this is the year(but probably not with the Celtics).
Brian Ellerbe recruit Jamal Crawford has been in the NBA since the turn of the century, but really didn't become a crossover specializing superstar until 2003 with the Bulls. Since then, he has been a bit of a journeyman, averaging 16ish points for the Knicks, Warriors, Hawks, Trailblazers, and finally last year with the Clippers.
Tommy Amaker Recruit Ekpe Udoh has been a bit of a disappointment since being drafted #6 overall by the Warriors. Now he's averaging 4pts and 3rebounds in 18 minutes with the Milwaukee Bucks.
As a side note, it seems that Dion Harris managed to dodge recent events in Syria(He had been playing with the Al Karameh Homs) and has landed with the Piratas De Bogota(Colombia).
Disclaimer: It's a freep article and sorry if this has been posted. Didn't see anything yet.
The video clip is benign, but the comments in the article could possibly add some extra motivation for Burke and company in tomorrow's game.
With the 2012 Basketball season approaching at ludicrous speed (Seriously, Exhibition play begins in under a month, and the NIT season tipoff in 5 weeks), I thought I'd pose a bit of a snowflake here, but one that we should all have good fun with at any rate.
It seems that, in many basketball years, a pair of players come together either as a starting group or under special circumstances (like when a team goes big or small), and bring a special element to the court. For instance, in 2010-2011, it seemed like Morris and THJ paired up in beautiful ways sometimes, with Morris finding ways to get THJ the ball in places where he could make it rain. It just seemed like when they were clicking, things really took off.
I'm wondering if there is a pair of players for 2012 - 2013 you're excited to see pair up, to see what transpires.
I really hope we get to see Michigan go big with Morgan and McGary at the 4 and 5. If you'll all remember last year, when Morgan took on Sullinger and pretty well owned him:
It shows us what an evolving, fired up Morgan is capable of. He has the heart, the motor, and the body to get it done. Now put a 6' 10" beef machine with the heart and motor of Novak next to him, ready to collapse on the hoop to put down opponents' attempts to go up, or pick up offensive boards like they were pennies on the sidewalk. It's the kind of big inside combo Michigan hasn't had since before I really got into watching them. I'm excited.
Is there a combo for this year that excites you with possibilities? Doesn't have to include freshmen. Just another year of development can help big time, even with veteran players.
Over at the college basketball watercooler blog on ESPN.com Myron Medcalf named his Avengers team for the 2012-2013 season. Which consists of Nerlens Noel, Cody Zeller, Doug McDermott, Peyton Siva, and Trey Burke. Basically this is a preseason All American team and I thought it was cool to see a Michigan player getting some publicity. When was the last time a Michigan Basketball player was a preseason All-American.