Mike Lantry, 1972
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- Japan 4:2 New Zealand
- Iran 1:2 Guinea
- Russia 2:0 Armenia
- Greece 0:2 South Korea
- South Africa 0:5 Brazil
- Algeria 2:0 Slovenia
- Montenegro 1:0 Ghana
- Director of Basketball Operations
- Director of Player Development
- Director of Video Operations
- David Harrison (189/33/14.2)
- David Lee (577/419/32.4)
- Joel Freeland (51/1/9.4)
- Petteri Koponen (DNP-Coach's Decision)
- J.R. Giddens (38/1/6.5)
- Christian Eyenge (51/18/20.6)
- Lazar Heyward (72/0/8.2)
- Jimmy Butler (138/34/21.1)
- Festus Ezeli (78/41/14.4)
- Nemanja Nedovic (21/0/6.4)
|1 hour 19 min ago||"Also one of the play in||
"Also one of the play in games is 11 seed, not both 12."
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong but I think there's no rule about that. If possible the last four at-large teams are placed in play-in games--depending on where the conference champions end up seeded those games could be 11s or 12s.
|2 days 23 hours ago||it's not even just homogenization across schools||
it's homogenization across continents and across sports. I can't find a picture that really captures how ugly these were, and for the 80% of you that don't like soccer this won't mean anything (suffice to say that they ordinarily wear red and this shade of neon is not a national color), but Spain came out in these for their friendly yesterday and my eyes said ohmygodbaylor that must be Adidas.
Many of the usual Adidas trademarks are here--two different shades of yellow-green, one more green and one more yellow. (No, three shades, because the socks didn't match either one.) Black shirts--remember Adidas outfitting schools in monochrome charcoal or black last year? (Unlike the NCAA, FIFA doesn't allow numbers the same color as the uniforms.) The only thing missing was the uniforms didn't tear every time somebody grabbed a fistful.
Which means they worked on me, I got the intended brand message, and that's very sad.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Marty Bodnar. Would have||
Would have liked to say Gary Grant but I think every team he ever played on in his life was easy to watch, at least until he got to the Clippers. Those Canton McKinley teams were something else.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Beilein during the Fab Five era||
In 1990-1991 his LeMoyne team made 198 threes on the season to their opponents' 136; in 1991-1992 it was 184-133.
That was in about 30 games each year, so it's only 20-25% fewer than Michigan's hit this year. He integrated the three into his offense pretty early.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Old. Don't care. Will watch||
Old. Don't care. Will watch because it's basketball.
|4 days 6 hours ago||I think they may have||
I think they may have improved their chances of not starting when it matters.
And I have no problem with that at all--these friendlies are for experimentation, especially the early ones. it's much more important to find out what works and what doesn't, than it is to win.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Other friendlies today involving WC qualifiers:||
Lots of others later; those are the finals so far.
|4 days 6 hours ago||ESPN2, kickoff at 2 I||
ESPN2, kickoff at 2 I believe.
Italy v. Spain is on ESPN2 following. Full slate of international friendlies today.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Never said he was a bad guy.||
But that he was cocky there can be no doubt.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Just looked it up||
eFG of 87%, maybe the best 50+ game ever?
|5 days 9 hours ago||I'm confused.||
I said it might have been the second-best game ever, and you think I said he's a scrub?
|5 days 20 hours ago||And Wilt said he'd slept with||
And Wilt said he'd slept with 20,000 women.
This stuff comes with the territory, I think. If you don't have more than your share of cocky you don't reach those heights.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Will Win Shares do?||
LeBron's best was 20; he projects to about 17 this year. Only one player has ever gone over 25 in a season, Abdul-Jabbar in 72.
|5 days 20 hours ago||What all the basketball||
What all the basketball Director positions have in common (well, I only know this for certain at another D1 school, but I assume it's general) is that while they each have job descriptions involving administration/support and the person is expected to fill that role, they also serve as part of the coaching staff except in their interactions with players, where coaching is prohibited.
But, again, I think that's probably something that evolved in basketball, where there's plenty of revenue to support a larger staff to do all the film and skull-session work but the rules only allow four actual coaches. The rules allow ample staff for football and other sports don't bring in the revenue to support the extra staff, would be my guess.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Second most efficient high-scoring individual game ever?||
I've been going through the list of 60-point games to see how that ranks among the most efficient. Assuming they didn't get an offensive rebound on any of his shots, it looks like LeBron used 41 possessions (33 shots, 6 trips to the foul line*, 2 turnovers).
I can only find one player getting to 60 with fewer--Malone in 1990. 26 shots, 11 or fewer trips to the foul line, 2 turnovers. His eFG was .808, slightly better than LeBron's tonight. As far as I can tell those are the two best eFGs in the over-60 games, and by a country mile. I can't find a full box score for David Thompson, though. That might have been up there somewhere.
*Assuming 2 shots per trip and no overlap with the made field goals. It could have been fewer.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Curious about this.||
"Director of basketball operations" is typically a title given to someone that's an assistant-coach-in-waiting. You work with the staff on game planning and in the film room; you aren't allowed to engage in coaching activities with the players. It's usually the top non-coaching position; you're next in line for an assistant job if someone leaves.
Football might be different because there are so many assistant jobs available. Basketball's very limited in terms of allowed staff.
|5 days 23 hours ago||If so, he was way ahead of his time.||
That was drawn in 1949.
|6 days 20 min ago||Per Wikipedia, also...||
Alabama A&M, Bryant, Drake, Louisiana Tech, Samford, South Carolina State, Citadel, NC-Asheville
|6 days 25 min ago||And here's Willie the Wolverine...||
|6 days 3 hours ago||I've even got a copy of it around here somewhere.||
Fished it out of the dollar bin at a Blockbuster bankruptcy sale.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Officially, they don't.||
Officially, they don't. Unofficially, they can take any information into the selection room they see fit. I'm guessing they don't leave their laptops/smartphones at the door; they've got access to every ranking system out there.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I'm not sure "sure-fire NBA||
I'm not sure "sure-fire NBA player" is really a fair description of the level of talent at the tail end of the first round. Here's the last player taken in the first round in the last ten drafts, the number of NBA games played and started, and minutes per game in their NBA career:
The jury's still out on the later guys, obviously, but so far only three of the ten have even put in a season's worth of games in the NBA. About half the time they never make an NBA rotation.
You might get a David Lee or a Josh Howard or a Jimmy Butler. You're about as likely to get Petteri Koponen or J.R. Giddens.
|6 days 9 hours ago||If anybody's interested in||
If anybody's interested in seeing how the various systems stack up historically, Massey has a comparison page:
Top left is a link to "archived", where he's got this more or less weekly going back to 2003.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Calipari is the greatest||
Calipari is the greatest coach Vacated ever had.
On your first point, I suspect our first clear clue will be the players that don't project to be drafted after their first year. Do they come out anyway, go play in Europe or the D-league instead of sticking around for another year? That might be a clue that they hadn't done what was necessary to stay eligible.
|6 days 10 hours ago||So far, the number of people||
So far, the number of people that think this is OK is precisely zero. Got any examples?
|6 days 10 hours ago||If the purpose is to project||
If the purpose is to project results for the remainder of the season, and especially if the purpose is to project results for the tournament, it makes sense to account for missing players that will return and not for missing players that are done for the year.
|6 days 10 hours ago||On your last point, pretty||
On your last point, pretty much every bracket projection uses the current conference leader as the filler for the autobid until they're knoced out of the conference tournament, at which point they're replaced by the highest remaining seed. That doesn't mean they've already plugged wins from the conference tournament into their computers.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Maybe it's possible to make||
Maybe it's possible to make that point and stay in the present? It's not the history that's directly relevant here, it's current conditions. Imagine these two parallel cases:
1. All the black head coaches in the FBS refuse to recruit white players.
2. All the white head coaches in the FBS refuse to recruit black players.
They're exactly, equally, offensive at a personal level. And in both cases you have players' opportunities being restricted. But in the first case the restriction is that 40% of the athletes are locked out of 12% of the available scholarships, while in the second case 60% of the athletes are locked out of 88% of the available scholarships and a whole lot of kids are going to be shut out altogether.
We're making progress: 30 years ago those numbers would have been a lot worse and case 1 would hardly have impacted anyone at all because there was only one black coach at an FBS school.
Call out individual attitudes wherever you like, in either direction. i'm with you. But globally, what matters is the attitudes of the people that control access to opportunities. And until very recently those people were just about all the same color.
|6 days 19 hours ago||If there's one coach that||
If there's one coach that can't get away with throwing his players under the bus, it's Calipari. The whole spiel is based on his ability to advance the careers of his one-and-dones. If he starts negatively impacting their reputations, they'll stop being sent his way. And he doesn't have anything else, if that network ever fails him.
I can't remember him ever doing this at all before last year. I watched their game yesterday with my father (old former coach) and he said "that guy's really a hothead." Which I thought was wrong, that's never really been my impression of him at all through the years and I kind of wondered if my dad, whose memory isn't so good any more, might have confused him with someone else...but sure enough, a few minutes later he was losing his shit and getting tossed.
I think the wheels are coming off.
|6 days 19 hours ago||in the 80s||
Doug Williams was too stupid to be an NFL quarterback. Haven't forgotten that either. That's about the point Switzer seems to be stuck at, somewhere between Franklin/Greene and Williams winning a super bowl. For a while black quarterbacks were good if you needed an athlete to run an option but you had to have a whilte guy if you wanted to run a pro-style attack. And, no, there weren't howls of outrage then either.
And in the present day you've got a whole thread here of people that think Switzer's way out of line. So I'm not really sure what your point is. There probably won't be much media attention because, frankly, who really gives a damn about Barry Switzer nowadays, other than Barry Switzer? He's stuck three or four decades in the past and since he's long since retired and no longer in a position to do any harm, I guess I'm happy to let him stay there.