i like 'em both
|4 weeks 2 days ago||We almost killed a guy. Wait,||
We almost killed a guy.
Wait, that's probably bad.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||We didn't have a buttfumble.||
We didn't have a buttfumble.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||We have John Beilein.||
We have John Beilein.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, this program's problems||
Yeah, this program's problems run deeper than Brady Hoke or even Dave Brandon. The old blue network, the Michigan Illuminati, if you will, are the real problem.
We've clung to our tradition and our past so vociferously it has smothered and killed the program.
Sadly, as long as those with the biggest voices and the most dollars care more for platitudes ("We need a Michigan Man at Michigan!" "This is Michigan fergodsakes!") and other inanities as opposed to simply building the best program possible and winning football games, I don't think anything will change.
We've tried it the Michigan Man way and that has failed miserably. Now let's try it the meritocratic way.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah. I'm out too. I was on||
Yeah. I'm out too.
I was on board with RR from the beginning until the end.
I got on board with Brady right away to try and stem the negativity in the hopes that what happened to Rich Rod wouldn't happen to Brady, even though it was a questionable hire.
Now, it's over. It's done. He needs to be fired.
Honestly, looking forward, I do not want the hear the words "Michigan" and "man" in the same sentence during the coaching search. Just go out there and get the best guy for the job, even if his name is Ohio Spartan. Don't care, just find the best guy and hire him.
I also think we really just need to clean house with regard to just about everyone who has anything to do with football. The old blue network is dead. It's decrepit and there are too many people just clinging to what Michigan football used to be instead of pushing it forward.
We've protected and clung to our "tradition" so much we've allowed it to kill/stifle our future.
We're the underdog now. We need to be hungry again, not the Michigan of old. That's dead.
We need to build a new Michigan. A better Michigan that can compete in the 21st century.
Plenty of other programs have done it. It's not impossible. We have the resources, we just need to have the willpower to go through with it.
The past is dead. We need to build toward a new future of Michigan football.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Have you seen Shane Morris||
Have you seen Shane Morris play? Have you ever seen him perform well at all? He's made two good throws. Whoop-dee-fucking-doo. What a standard you have. The receivers wish Shane was the QB, and you base this on what evidence? Jesus tapdancing christ, would you read the garbage you just wrote? Holy shit.
Your shit is too dumb to even respond to.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I think we broke him.||
I think we broke him.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This place has become a tire||
This place has become a tire fire.
Everyone before the game was expecting a close, hard fought game. Then when it's a close, hard fought game it's, "WAAAAARGHHHHBBLLLLGLLARRRRBBHHH! WHY IS THIS GAME SO CLOSE AND HARD FOUGHT?"
We're down 3. Fucking chill out.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Stupidity is getting||
Stupidity is getting emotional and compounding bad mistakes with even more bad mistakes because you've lost all sense of rationality. Shane has shown nothing. He has shown less than nothing. He has been flat out terrible.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You mean you like how he||
You mean you like how he looks at 2 different receivers and then promptly throws the ball to the other team?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||He can be much worse than||
He can be much worse than Gardner because he's only ever been much worse than Gardner. If the Shane Morris we've seen thus far is indicative of how the rest of the season would play out with him as a starter we'd be lucky to win 2 more games.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||What makes anyone think||
What makes anyone think Morris is the answer? If Devin has been bad based on his play, Shane has been a trash factory. He's shown virtually no promise at all what so ever. Just interceptions on interceptions on interceptions.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Now our coaches are fighting||
Now our coaches are fighting with each other. Ughhhhhhh.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Jake Ryan is doing things.||
Jake Ryan is doing things.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This is going to be one of||
This is going to be one of those games where we fart our way to victory, isn't it?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||USA! USA! DRUMMOND!||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Ndamukong looks to be clearly||
Ndamukong looks to be clearly fired up from those Donkey Kong Suh comments.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Mother of God, just bring||
Mother of God, just bring back Jason Hanson already. He could step off his couch and kick better than most of the kickers in the league.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Inaccurate. He should have||
He should have fallen through the ice immediately, then got eaten by a shark, and the coup de grace would be the entire pond getting nuked.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I liked when Hoke put on his||
I liked when Hoke put on his headset, and then later on when he took it off.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The Big Ten is a trash||
The Big Ten is a trash factory that is burning itself down along with the garbage. It's terrible, terrible, terrible.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Green's vision looked a lot||
Green's vision looked a lot better. He actually made something out of nothing mulitple times, and ran through tackles. That's something he hadn't done before.
Darboh and Butt showed we have options in the receiving game outside of Funchess.
It's Miami of Ohio but whatever, it's still good to see. Give the young guys some confidence going forward.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Green is starting to make||
Green is starting to make good decisions and run through tackles.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Pitchforks! Get your||
Pitchforks! Get your pitchforks here!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||A youtube video... of a guy||
A youtube video...
of a guy using a camera...
to film a show on his TV...
of two guys using a laptop...
to watch a youtube video...
|6 weeks 5 days ago||OP just before making this||
OP just before making this thread:
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||I don't understand what is so||
I don't understand what is so horrifying about eating a lemon. I do it all of the time. Lemons are great for your health, and they taste good.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||That is straight up||
That is straight up terrible.
|8 weeks 19 hours ago||I saw that Pro Football Focus||
I saw that Pro Football Focus listed Molk as the 2nd best performer at center and Brandon Graham as the 2nd best performer at DE for the preseason.
Obviously, it's the preseason, but definitely good signs for both guys. For Molk trying to lock down a starting job in the wake of an injury, and for Graham to finally be healthy and performing up to his full capabilities.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The whole QB controversy||
The whole QB controversy thing this offseason was incredibly dumb and entirely self-inflected by Hoke.
If Devin Gardner, a 5th year senior, 2 year starter, and likely team captain, isn't a self motivator at this point your program has far deeper issues than a summer long faux-QB competition can solve.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Well...you see, there's||
Well...you see, there's multiple forms of marijuana...
|8 weeks 3 days ago||There is literally a front||
There is literally a front page story on ESPN for Suh getting flagged for a single penalty. Seriously, fuck ESPN. They create and perpetuate these types of stories. It was a non issue and Suh didn't do anything even remotely bad. Why even promote that shit if not for obvious page clicks and to further an incorrect and obviously insane/stupid narrative?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||There are actually a lot of||
There are actually a lot of athletes that claim they perform better when they're high. There are two types of weed, indica and sativa.
To overly simplify things...Indica is coach potato weed. Sativa is "mind expansion" weed.
Some athletes will swear by sativa weed being a performance enhancer because it raises their awareness and "slows down time" for them.
I've heard this a lot from BJJ practicioners and MMA fighters. They perform better while under the influnce of weed.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Considering the amazing OLine||
Considering the amazing OLine classes we've hauled in seemingly every year for the past couple of years, this has the feeling of DOOM. Hopefully it's the opposite and Mason is just that good, but I'm pretty skeptical.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Denard has been doing a good||
Denard has been doing a good job with the limited touches he's been given. He looks a little shakey in pass pro though.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||I generally hate sports talk||
I generally hate sports talk radio.
I'm more of a podcast guy. They're always better because when they have something to talk about they talk about it, and when they don't, they don't.
They don't have 3 or so hours to fill every day which cuts down on the amount of bullshit and "hot sports take" nonsense that serves only to rile up listeners through faux controversy.
Pretty much anything that comes out of Grantland is good. Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour on Mondays for my MMA fix. Podcasts are where it's at, IMO.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know about assigning||
I don't know about assigning random percentages, but yeah, Borges definitely got too much blame last year. The play calling overall wasn't as apocalyptic as people were making it out to be. It certainly wasn't good, at times it was absolutely horrible, and no matter how you slice it Borges is to blame for the offensive struggles last year in one way or another. No tears should be shed over his firing.
I think the reality is though, that the offensive players last year just weren't very good.
Our number 1 receiver was Jeremy Gallon. Our number 2 receiver was Jeremy Gallon. Our third option was an occasional Devin Funchess, who was at times spectacular, but then would have a 1 catch for 2 yards performance and just totally disappear. That was essentially the entirety of our receiving corps.
Our running backs were a horribly out of shape Derrick Green, and Fitz, who started for 3 years but basically only looked good for one half of one season,and failed to recapture the magic from that run he had his sophomore year. The injury could have played a part in that, as well as the offensive line play, but outside of a handful of games (largely against the Indianas, Illinoises and Purdues of the schedule) he didn't produce much.
The offensive line, regardless of whether they were put in a position to succeed or fail, was awful. At a certain point, when nobody is blocking anyone and guys who are supposed to be 4 or 5 star maulers are getting blown off the ball, you have to put it on them. The play calling might not have helped, but it certainly didn't seem to matter. The MSU game can't be put solely on the shoulders of Borges. They flat out got beat on every play. That was something that happened with frightening regularity.
Apparently the players who were supposed to be leaders on the team last year did a very poor job of doing that and setting a good example for the younger players, which probably only exacerbated things.
Devin Garder is a hero and a saint, and the only thing bad you can say about him is that at times he tried too hard to make something happen, and shouldered too much of the load.
To be frank, I'm not that optimistic about the offense at all, which I doubt is a particularly novel opinion. None of the running backs have proven anything. The offensive line lost their two best players, and the only person presently on the roster who has shown anything in the receving game is the supremely talented yet inconsistent Devin Funchess. Once again, we're going to be overly reliant on our QB to make every play and perform at a consistently spectacular level in order to win.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, that 1997 Michigan||
Yeah, that 1997 Michigan offense vastly underachieved, as crazy as it is to say. I mean, they basically had an NFL offense.
Their offensive line was essentially an NFL O-Line. Hutch, Jansen, Backus, Adami, Brandt, and Ziemann. Tuman and Campbell at TE, with Aaron Shea as a sort of H-Back. Griese at QB. Chris Howard, A-Train, Clarence Williams and Chris Floyd as backs. Tai Streets and Russell Shaw at wideout with Woodson double dipping at times.
Producing just the 65th best offense with that dragon's hoard of talent is vastly underachieving.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||If the offense doesn't||
If the offense doesn't improve a lot then we might just have to come to the conclusion that the offense just isn't very good.
If the O-Line continues to struggle, then maybe that's on the players for just being bad and the coaching stuff foor doing a poor job of evaluating talent, and/or finding the right talent to fit their system, and/or developing talent.
If they do make vast improvements, all hail Nuss.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I doubt it. The field is||
I doubt it. The field is brely big enough to the point where the teams and coaches must be in the stands and FIFA hates stadiums with bleachers instead of individual seats. I mean, I suppose it's a possibility but The Big House has a lot of things working against it. It's an outdoor stadium and the field turf is not very good for soccer (as a number of players have been complaining about it).
It's fine for friendly or club play, but the regulations for international play are much stricter.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||His leg snapped clean in||
His leg snapped clean in half, bone sticking out and everything. It was pretty horrific.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I liked how his throw was so||
I liked how his throw was so horrible he had to run and go get it himself.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Last year in the month of||
Last year in the month of February, Trey played every game for the Jazz (12 games), averaged 31 minutes per game, 12.8 shots per game, and took just 3 free throws the entire month. Frankly, that just doesn't happen, ever.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Trey's biggest problem on||
Trey's biggest problem on offense is that he is terrible scoring around the rim. IIRC, his FG% inside of 3 feet is 51%. League average is 64%. The fact that he can't score inside has relegated him to a jump shooter, and he just hasn't shot well.
The whole not scoring at the rim has really hurt his game too, because he barely ever gets to the free throw line. I think he averaged like 1.5 FTA a game his rookie year, and I believe at one point he went nearly an entire month and had like 2 free throw attempts. He just abandoned attacking the basket totally, which in turn makes him easier to guard on the perimeter.
He has to figure out how to score and score efficiently or people are going to start calling for his starting job.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I'm thinking it would be more||
I'm thinking it would be more like...
|13 weeks 4 days ago||It's like we're all aboard||
It's like we're all aboard some great ship, and the ship is showing signs of wear and tear. Rather than investing back into the ship, our captain is shooting off fireworks and holding movie night on deck.
The AD knows that there are problems with season ticket sales, restlessness within the fanbase at getting priced out of the market, the terrible home schedules every other year, the increased commercialization, so rather than doing something about it, they're like, "Look at all of these shiny objects. Aren't they soooo shiny?"
It's not even putting a band-aid on a wound, it's handing a wounded person a sparkler and then wondering why they aren't grateful.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Hopefully it's more than just||
Hopefully it's more than just a kabuki show.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||This entire thing was totally||
This entire thing was totally ridiculous. Instead of focusing on fireworks displays and skywriting over Spartan Stadium, how about we work on making ticket prices more affordable, or improving the student section?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think anyone is||
I don't think anyone is jumping to concrete conclusions. Just speculating.
The only thing we know for sure is that a plane crashed.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like they intercepted||
Sounds like they intercepted a radio transmission between the rebel groups and they thought it was an enemy plane and shot it down.
They started posting celebratory comments on facebook (what a weird world we live in), and then deleted them when they found out it was a civilian plane.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know why anyone would||
I don't know why anyone would be allowing commercial flights over a war zone where they are trying to shoot down planes in the first place, but that seems like a good decision.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||From what I gather, it sounds||
From what I gather, it sounds like it might be a case of mistaken identites. There has been a lot of warfare going on in that area. Various groups attempting to shoot down cargo planes filled with supplies. Looks like the pilot chose to fly through that airspace even through commercial airplanes are advised not to, and was shot down by someone who thought it was a hostile aircraft.
Mistakes all around coalescing into a tragedy.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I'm pretty sure Bill Simmons||
I'm pretty sure Bill Simmons is a white guy...and he was right there...joking about racism along with Drake...while people laughed...
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I've caught a few of||
Yeah, I've caught a few of their games.
Every frustrating thing about GRIII at Michigan has held true in summer league. His lack of aggression. Just flat out disappearing for large stretches at a time. I'm pretty sure he has either taken the least or tied for the least amount of shots of any Wolves starter in each game thus far. In fact, I think the Wolves bumped him from the starting line up in their last game and he barely played, which probably isn't a good sign.
J-Mo is just not an NBA player. Off the top of my head, I think something like half of his shot attempts have been blocked. He just doesn't have the size or athleticism to compete with NBA bigs. The fact that he's only played in 2 out of the 4 games for a guy trying desperately to make the squad probably tells you all you need to know.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||That is like being the 3rd||
That is like being the 3rd prettiest girl in hunchback village. It was possibly the worst rookie class of all time. He finished 3rd in rookie of the year voting, and was probably 3rd best in terms of raw numbers. However, based on production, you could make a case that Timmy and Mason Plumlee both had better seasons, they just weren't afforded the minutes like Trey.
All you really need to know is that the Jazz turned right around and drafted another point guard this year, even though they already have Burke and Alec Burks
If Trey wants to stick around in the league, let alone continue to be a starting point guard, he has to dramatically improve his offensive efficiency. He can't continue shooting 38% from the field and 33% from deep.
The fact that he has looked terrible thus far in summer league (6.5ppg 22%fg 14%3pt) even though he should be a veteran at this point, tearing it up like most 2nd year players, is kind of frightening. I mean, a thing on the Jazz named "Brock Motum" has scored 7 more points than Burke through 2 games.
Trey is already behind the 8-ball due to his lack of size and athleticism compared to other NBA point guards, so he needs to make smart decisions with the basketball and play with a great deal of offensive efficiency. Thus far in his (ableit young) career he has really struggled to do that.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Mitch would be my #2 guy. The||
Mitch would be my #2 guy. The problem Mitch faces is that as long as that team is constituted the way it is, he'll never be more than a 4th scoring option. KD, Westbrook, and Ibaka will always get more looks. He's also going to have to contend with Ibaka, Adams, and Perkins for minutes (although, Perk might not be there for long).
The Kings just let Isaiah Thomas walk, and Ben McLemore has been nothing but terrible, which means Stauskas will likely be the 3rd option right off the bat. With only 1 more year of Rudy Gay, he could quickly move into that #2 spot.
I just think he's going to have more of an opportunity to flourish, while Mitch is going to be pigeonholed to an extent. That's not to say he couldn't develop into a great big or end up the best, he certainly has the talent.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Another daily reminder that||
Another daily reminder that Minnesota has drafted 3425465 point guards over the last handful of years but somehow doesn't have anyone who can play point on their summer league roster.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||That was what I was looking||
That was what I was looking for from him in the Knicks SL games I've watched. We know he can score, but can he do all of the other stuff so that he's not totally useless when his shot isn't falling? So far, at least from what I've seen, he's improved at contributing all around. He still has room for improvement (evidenced by the black hole game against Portland), but he has been getting after it more on both sides of the court.
|14 weeks 4 min ago||I'm pretty sure the TWolves||
I'm pretty sure the TWolves have already given up on J-Mo. I watched their first game and he got absolutely blown up. 0-3 and 2 of his shots were blocked. He just doesn't have the size or athleticism to compete. They didn't even play him in their 2nd game.
GRIII has been his normally non-assertive self from what I've seen. He has the same number of field goal attempts as non-offensive weapon Gorgui Dieng (not to mention fewer points).
Not looking good for either of those guys.
|14 weeks 17 min ago||My way too early prediction||
My way too early prediction is that Nik will end up being the best NBA player from that runner up squad (and it might not be close). Just watching him the other day...
He hit a corner 3 off a catch and shoot. He hit a 3 off the dribble in transition. He attacked the rim and scored, then on the very next possession he drove like he was going all the way to the rim, the D collapsed, and he pulled up and hit a mid range jumper.
He is going to be just fine in the NBA.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Immaturity. Is that why||
Immaturity. Is that why you've been sent to Bolivia a number of times for being one of the most toxic members of the board? Your complete and utter lack of self awareness never ceases to amaze.
"Typical MGoBlog immaturity."
I know, right?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, look. Professor X not||
Hey, look. Professor X not understanding something again! What a shocker.
My "benighted knight" quote is based off of something Brian Cook said when he banned Chitownblue and a number of posters.
I don't actually fancy myself a knight of the internet, but I can understand how someone of your...capacity...would fail to understand sarcsm.
Cute new signture, BTW. Not at all embarrassing for you...
|14 weeks 2 days ago||The safest bet is Mitch. D-Mo||
The safest bet is Mitch.
D-Mo isn't going to make the Spurs, otherwise he'd be the best bet. IIRC, the Spurs have already got like 14 guys with guaranteed contracts for next year.
Utah, Sactown, and Minnesota are lightyears away from title contention.
The Knicks need to wait until Amare and Andrea's contracts come off the books in 2015 before they can build anything of significance.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||The only tone exists inside||
The only tone exists inside your head.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Professor X being a dummy and||
Professor X being a dummy and failing to comprehend a simple point? Color me not shocked at all what so ever.
No one is saying you have to like him. Just recognize most of the hate he gets is ridiculous. It's not based in anything LeBron has actually done to deserve all of the vitriol that gets thrown his way.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||The trick is to realize it's||
The trick is to realize it's just sports.
If it's tied to your self worth, or makes you lament the current state of humanity, or pine for the "good ol' days" to the point of making you morose, you are doing it wrong.
The way it was in the old days was wrong and shitty. Players weren't "loyal" so much as they were controlled by the owners who wielded nearly unlimited power and ruled with an iron fist.
There is more parity now for the fans. Everything is better for the players. They used to be getting paid dog shit compared to what they were actually worth. Now they're getting fairly compensated for the gobs and gobs of revenue they generate for their leagues.
The pst of only better if you ignore everything that's better about today and ignore everything that was wrong about the way we used to do things.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah. That's exactly what I||
Yeah. That's exactly what I said. Dummy.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||People are stupid, and you||
People are stupid, and you also didn't really provide any reasons to hate him.
He hasn't lived up to other people's ideals? He's already one of the 10 greatest players of all time and he still has yet to turn 30. In 11 seasons his list of accomplishments stacks up with just about anyone else in NBA history. He's won 4 MVPs, made 10 All NBA Teams (8 1st - 2 2nd), 10 All Star Teams (2 MVPs), 6 All Defense Teams (5 1st - 1 2nd), 2 Olympic Gold Medals, has appeared in 5 NBA Finals and has won 2 championships with 2 Finals MVPs. He has put up offensive efficiency numbers as a whole that are only comparable to Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. He already has more win shares than Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Aloof? He's one of the most personable people in the legue and widely acknowledged as one of the NBA's best temmates.
As I said, people are stupid.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||No. The NBA absolutely||
The NBA absolutely smashes the NHL in ratings.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||There really isn't. Pretty||
There really isn't. Pretty much all of the LeBron hte is stupid and totally unjustified,
He is, by all accounts, a good person.
He's a family man who married his high school sweetheart and has several children with her.
All of his teammates love him.
Despite being the best basketball player on the planet for almost decade, he has never been the highest paid player on his team.
He has done something everyone wishes and hopes their favorite athletes would do, in today's day and age. He sacrificed a great deal of money to put the team first and built a championship team in Miami.
He is extremely charitable in his personal life.
As far as I can tell, the only reasons to him him are, The Decision, which he has apologized for and now has come back to Cleveland. I understand why Cleveland fns were so butthurt about it, but the rest of the world needs to get over it. There is also a singular anecdote from someone's brother's sister's uncles cousin's aunt that he doesn't tip particularly well, which turned out to be complete bullshit.
The other reason to hate him is "ESPN," which isn't a reason to hate him at all.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Football is the "world's||
Football is the "world's greatest game" if by "world" you mean "The United States" because no one really cares outside the US. Basketball is far more popular around the world than football. The NBA has something like 450 million fans in China, which is probably more fans than the NFL has period. I also remember reading that amongst teenagers around the world, basketball is now their favorite sport, surpassing soccer.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||He's the only person even||
He's the only person even worth considering. He was the best player in the Orlando Summer League, led the Pistons to a 3-2 record, and hit a game winning shot.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I would say Darius||
I would say Darius made the right decision in terms of going pro when he did. He pretty much maxed his potential while at Michigan, and maybe his potential was just not that great. Staying any longer than he did would have probably been detrimental to his NBA hopes. His biggest problem is that he really doesn't have a single definable NBA skill.
He is average at scoring around the rim.
He has been an average 3 point shooter for his career.
He's not super athletic or a particularly adept defender.
He's not going to get you steals or play the passing lanes well.
He's not good at getting to the free throw line, in addition to not being a very good free throw shooter when he does get there.
He has a horrible mid-range game.
His passing also hasn't translated to the NBA as he has a higher turnover percentage than assist percentage and he averages just 1.5 assists for every turnover, so you can't trust him to run an offense.
If he wants to earn a roster spot somewhere he's probably going to have to become a good 3 point shooter and drastically improve his ball handling/decision making.
He also has size for the point guard position, so if he developed a post up game a la Chauncey Billups or Andre Miller, other bigger points who weren't necessarily the most athletic but used size to their advantage, that would help a great deal too.
Can he do any of those things? That remains to be seen.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Summer League has been fun so||
Summer League has been fun so far.
Mitch had 18 and 13 on Monday with 2 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal going against Mason Plumlee. He was running the floor, leading fast breaks, and even breaking guys down off the dribble, attacking the rim from the 3 point line. So that was a great performance from him.
The Pistons are 3-0 thanks primarily to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has been the summer league MVP thus far. He hit a game winning 3 pointer tonight against the Heat and has been the NBA Summer League Player of the Day every day he's played.
Through 3 games his averages have been 27.3pts 7.6rebs 1.6ast 2.6stl. His shooting splits 44%fg-39%3pt-87.5%ft. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for KCP.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah. People have been asking||
Yeah. People have been asking "Who would be someone reasonable the Pistons could get that would be a good fit and help them with their issues? and one of the top guys I thought they should target was Jodie Meeks. Not only is he a good shooter, and efficient offensively, but he's very solid defensively and is one of those guys that always plays hard.
Martin is a guy who is OK at everything with one definable NBA skill, and that's shooting the basketball. The same with Morrow, who I hope they can pick up. He's one of the best 3 point shooters, not just in the NBA, but in NBA history. His career 42.8% shooting from deep is 8th all time. That's what he does, bomb 3s. Over 40% of his shot attempts are 3s.
If they land Morrow, the Pistons can pretty much call it a day with signing free agents.
They'll just have to figure out what to do about the whole Greg Monroe/Josh Smith dynamic. They're going to match whatever offers Monroe gets, but are they going to pull a sign and trade if the offer is right? Are they going to do that rumored Josh Smith to the Kings for Isaiah Thomas and bad contracts deal?
I would be surprised if Greg or Josh didn't get moved and soon.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||The Pistons have signed Jodie||
The Pistons have signed Jodie Meeks to a 3 year $19 million deal, and have signed Cartier Martin to 1 year deal that hasn't been disclosed yet.
Sounds like they are also close to signing the NBA's top 3 point shooter last year, Anthony Morrow.
Pistons fans wanted 3 point shooting. They got 3 point shooting. All of those guys shoot around 40% from deep.
Edit: Sounds like it's 1 year and a player option for an additional year for Martin.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||The only problem is Chase||
The only problem is Chase Budinger is under contract at $5 million a year through 2016. Corey Brewer makes a little under $5 million and is under contract through 2016. They both have guaranteed contracts. GRIII does not. They aren't going to just cut one of those guys and take a huge cap hit.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Well, the Pistons need||
Well, the Pistons need shooters and Glenn can't really shoot. Plus, the Pistons already have enough guys who are lackadasical and don't play hard all the time.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||It'll be interesting because||
It'll be interesting because the TWolves selected Zach Levine with the 13th pick and he'll likely play the same position as Glenn. Plus they already have Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin, and Shabazz Muhammad all as 2s or 3s.
It'll be tough for GRIII to make the team, IMO.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Dinwiddie is a good pick.||
Dinwiddie is a good pick. Would have been a 1st rounder but tore his ACL so he fell a bit. He's competitive and is a good shooter. He has good size (6'6" 205) and can play the 1 or the 2.
Timberwolves took GRIII.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Pistons drafting Spencer||
Pistons drafting Spencer Dinwiddie per Woj.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Woj reporting Jarnell stokes||
Woj reporting Jarnell stokes to the Jazz and Johnny O'Bryant to the Bucks.
Toronto and then Detroit with GRIII still on the board.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Cleveland with Joe Harris and||
Cleveland with Joe Harris and New York with Cleanthony Early. Damn, that sucks for Detroit.
GRIII wont make it to the Pistons now with a run of wings off the board.
Maybe Spencer Dinwiddie or another wing who can shoot.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||He should have gone pro a||
He should have gone pro a year ago when he was a lottery pick if he was looking to maximize his draft stock.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||A lot of wings hanging out||
A lot of wings hanging out there for the Pistons. Would be nice to get any one of them.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Rumors are GRIII might join||
Rumors are GRIII might join Mitch in OKC...
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Shabazz is about to get||
Shabazz is about to get traded to the Heat.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||OKC apparently had a secret||
OKC apparently had a secret promise to select Mitch per Woj.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||MIIIIITTTTCCHHHHHHH!||
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Ennis going to the Suns is||
Ennis going to the Suns is interesting, because now they have Ennis, Bledsoe and Dragic. There are reports that the Suns really want Greg Monroe, and the Pistons could really use Bledsoe, who is the odd man in PHX. Bledsoe is a RFA like Monroe. Could be a trade there for the Pistons.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||No. The Bulls are drafting||
No. The Bulls are drafting for the Nuggets. The Nuggets have both Afflalo and Harris now.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I'm guessing that means the||
I'm guessing that means the Nuggets are going to make another trade. They just traded for Arron Afflalo today.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Ennis to the Suns. Harris||
Ennis to the Suns. Harris continues to fall.
What, you're telling me no one wants a 6'2" SG, who can't really dribble and can't create his own shot?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I like James Young, but||
I like James Young, but Simmons is getting a little bit crazy. The next time he plays defense will be the first. He has the tools to be a good defender but he tanked it on that end all year.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||James Young is reportedly||
James Young is reportedly going to Boston, and Harris' fall continues.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think State has||
I don't think State has produced a lottery pick since 2001 with JRich.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like Payne is coming||
Sounds like Payne is coming off the board to ATL.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||In other news, Gary Harris||
In other news, Gary Harris has really fallen from where people thought he might end up.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think there was||
I don't think there was anything behind those rumors.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like Payton, not MCW||
Sounds like Payton, not MCW, is going to get traded.
Also, Dario Saric, the top international prospect, is falling (predictably, considering he might not come over for a couple of years). It'll be interesting to see where he ends up. He could be a real steal. He was in that second tier with guys like Gordon, Smart, Randle, and Stauskas.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Not really. Last year was||
Not really. Last year was either the worst or or second worst draft class ever. There are likely no all stars, and maybe only a handful of starters. It was really, really bad. I don't think teams are going to let that class determine what they do going forward.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||If I was the Sixers, I'd have||
If I was the Sixers, I'd have no problem trading MCW. His value will never be higher. His stats were padded and largely a mirage. Maybe you can fool someone into over-valuing him because of that and the fact that he won ROY.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||You're right. The New Orleans||
You're right. The New Orleans Hornets becomming the Charlotte Hornets screwed me up.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||LOL, teams are just||
LOL, teams are just pretending last year didn't happen.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Zeller and Biyombo aren't||
Zeller and Biyombo aren't going to stop them from picking Vonleh. McRoberts also opted out.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||McLemore was fucking awful||
McLemore was fucking awful last year. I think most teams are pretending last year's draft never happened.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||The landscape of the NBA has||
The landscape of the NBA has changed. Most kids drafted now are primarily from middle to upper middle class families. Also, a lot of them have a basketball pedigree.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Woj has Nik to the Kings and||
Woj has Nik to the Kings and he knows, so it's the Kings.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Everyone is forgetting that||
Everyone is forgetting that Alec Burks exists. So now they've got 3 young guards who were all lottery picks. They've also got to make a decision on Gordon Hayward, who is a 2/3.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||They've got Exum, Burke, and||
They've got Exum, Burke, and Alec Burks as guards who were all really high picks. Plus, Gordon Hayward who is a 2/3 but is currently an RFA. So there might be too many guys and not enough playing time.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Burke is not going to prevent||
Burke is not going to prevent the Jazz from drafting Dante Exum.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I've heard Dante Exum, which||
I've heard Dante Exum, which might not be great for Burke's future with the Jazz.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Wow. That's kind of a||
Wow. That's kind of a surprise. Gordon at 4.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||This is going to be the||
This is going to be the interesting part of the draft. The big 3 are off the board and basically went chalk.
Now there is a cluster of guys (Exum, Randle, Vonleh, Gordon, Smart, Stauskas, Payton) and it seems like all of the draft gurus have no clue how this will shake down.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Detroit traded Ben Gordon and||
Detroit traded Ben Gordon and a future 1st round pick for Corey Maggette in what amounted to a salary dump a few years ago.
The pick was top 8 protected, meaning if it was in the top 8 the Pistons would keep it, and of course Cleveland won the lottery, and pushed Detroit's pick from 8 to 9, so they lost it.
They were going to eventually lose the pick regardless, but it hurt that it happened this year.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I've heard the Pistons were||
I've heard the Pistons were calling around possibly trying to buy a draft pick late in the 1st round because they're one of a few teams who have the money to do that.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Parker is going to be the||
Parker is going to be the pick for Milwaukee. It'll be interesting see what happens with the 76ers at 3. If they don't take Embiid he could fall a little bit.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||They could still trade||
They could still trade Wiggins for other picks. There were rumors they might do just that.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Cavs are going to take||
Cavs are going to take Wiggins, I think. There's no way they take Embiid. Their fanbase is in borderline full meltdown mode, with Bennett last year, the Kyrie wanting out rumors, and the Dion and Kyrie hate each other and have had fist fights in the locker room reports. They can't afford to take an injured guy with medical questions on top of all that.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Cleveland got booed. Not the||
Cleveland got booed. Not the Spurs.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Mitch. Rumor has it the||
Rumor has it the Hornets told him they'd take him at 24, but they just traded for Omir Asik, so who knows if that's true anymore. I would imagine Miami at 26 would be a fit seeing as they lost Birdman and already had a lack of big guys, but rumor has it LeBron is trying to force them to move up and take Shabazz Napier.
In other words, it's probably going to be a wild draft.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Considering Jordan didn't||
Considering Jordan didn't even make the DraftExpress list of top 100 seniors, let alone top 100 draft prospects, I'm going to guess the odds of him getting drafted are not very good.
You have to be realistic. The latest mocks I've seen don't even have Melvin Ejim getting drafted. He was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, 2nd Team All-American, averaged 17-8 on 50% shooting.
JMo is a 6'8" center who is limited athletically, doesn't block shots, averaged 6 and 5, and he'll be 23 by the time the NBA season rolls around.
He's not getting drafted.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The numbers thing is dead.||
The numbers thing is dead. Like I've said, give the #1 to the damned punter for all I care. At least someone will be wearing it for a change.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)|
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I would take a gaseous form||
I would take a gaseous form QB. Hopefully the wind curents would be in his favor so that he could fly the ball over everyone's heads and into the endzone.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||In order to tackle this||
In order to tackle this player you must enter the following phrase:
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I am in favor of||
I am in favor of this.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I would imagine we'd take him||
I would imagine we'd take him in some form or another.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Those damned Freys are||
Those damned Freys are everywhere.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I am so over all of the||
I am so over all of the numbers nonsense. They can give the number 1 to a punter at this point for all I care. At least someone will be wearing it for once.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I think that's Nelly.||
I think that's Nelly.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Glen Rice and C-Webb was my||
Glen Rice and C-Webb was my first thought. Inside-outside.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||He is just not as good as he||
He is just not as good as he used to be. He no longer has a dominant fastball that makes all of his other pitches that much better.
He used to be able to hit 95 with ease, and he'd reach back for 98-99. Now he throws 91-92 and has to reach way back for 95.
It seems like that loss of velocity has caused him to overcompensate (i.e. he's throwing too hard too often) and so his control has suffered as a result.
He's just not the same guy. He peaked from 2009 to 2012. He's 31 now, and just doesn't have the same stuff. His fastest pitch so far this season was 97mph. He used to hit at least that multiple times a game.
To break it down...first column is the percentage of Verlander's fastballs that hit 95mph or higher, and the second column is 98mph or higher
2009 - 43% - 8%
2010 - 35% - 5%
2011 - 27% - 5%
2012 - 21% - 4%
2013 - 14% - 1%
2014 - 5% - 0%
So yeah, we're talking about a dude who used to basically throw 95mph or higher every other fastball with 98mph or higher in his bag of tricks, being reduced to a guy who has no hope of hitting 98, and at this point, can barely even reach back for 95.
In short, unless Verlander can find a way to become a finesse pitcher with high control, his goose is cooked and the Tigers are going to be saddled with one of the worst contracts in baseball for the next 7 years.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||It was a super talented team||
It was a super talented team to be sure.
Burke and Hardaway were both 1st round picks.
Stauskas and GRIII will both be 1st round picks. McGary has an outside shot at a late 1st, but will certainly get drafted.
Caris is already being projected as a top 20 pick for next year.
There was a lot of talent on that team.
It's certainly right up there as one of the 5 most talented Michigan squads ever.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Last year MSU had a whopping||
Last year MSU had a whopping 4 players in the NBA.
ZBo, who is 32, and declining, despite being a good player.
Alan Anderson, who is 31, and has been in and out of the NBA over his career. He actually played a career high 78 games last year primarily because of the plague of injuries the Nets suffered
Shannon Brown, who is 28, and was survivng of 10 day contracts with multiple teams. He is on his way out of the league.
Draymond, who is their only young player in the league.
Over the course of his career Izzo has had something like 13 guys get drafted into the NBA. That's it. With all of the talent he brings in and with MSU's track record of success over that period of time, that's a pretty low number.
After this year's draft, Beilein will be at 7 guys getting drafted in 7 years at Michigan. Izzo will be up to 15 in 19 years at State.
There was a time in the early to mid 2000s when you could have said Izzo was pumping out NBA players, but he hasn't done much of that over the last 7 or 8 years.
Since the 2006 draft just 2 MSU players have been drafted, Goran suton, who never played a single game in the NBA, and Draymond Green, both were 2nd round picks. When Gary Harris is selected in the 1st round this year, it will be the first time an MSU player was selected in the 1st round since Maurice Ager was selected 28th overall in 2006.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||How is Izzo anywhere on that||
How is Izzo anywhere on that list? We've been good for like 5 years and already have more players in the NBA than State, and most of State's guys are old fogies like ZBo, or just barely hanging on like Shannon Brown.
This is the list of MSU players that played a game in the NBA last year:
Zach Randolph - 32 years old, went pro in 2001
Alan Anderson - 31 years old, went pro in 2005
Shannon Brown - 28 years old, went pro in 2006
Draymond Green - 24 years old, went pro in 2012
Here is the list of Michigan players that played a game in the NBA last year:
Jamal Crawford - 34 years old, went pro in 2000
Manny Harris - 24 years old, went pro in 2010
Darius Morris - 23 years old, went pro in 2011
Timy Hardaway Jr. - 22 years old, went pro in 2013
Trey Burke - 21 years old, went pro in 2013
So we've already got 1 more player in the NBA despite being shit for a decade and Izzo's dominance. At the end of this draft we'll be up even more because Stauskas, GRIII, and McGary are all going to get drafted for us, while Payne and Harris are going to get drafted for them.
Next year Caris is projected as a top 20 pick, and the only person who even has a shot as getting picked for them is Branden Dawson floating out there with a 2nd round grade.
If there is one thing you can legitimately criticize Izzo for, it's not producing NBA talent. The fact that Michigan has already passed him on that front should be alarming for MSU fans.
|19 weeks 16 hours ago||Jon Snow as a character is||
Jon Snow as a character is supposd to be aloof and kind of a dick though.
I mean under the A Song of Ice and Fire Wiki his character traits are listed as "bitter," "solemn," "with a desire to prove himself," and "compassionate towards those he views as his fellow outcasts."
He isn't a very meaty character that would allow for an actor to display his acting chops, like Tyrion, Oberyn, or Cersei.
He might be the most important character in the series but that doesn't mean he's the most compelling. To this point they've basically stayed true to the fact that Jon is kind of a mopey teenager with a lot of angst. Last night's scene was really the beginning of his transformation into a man and a leader.
I'm not saying Kit Harrington is great or anything, but he hasn't been given a lot to work with at this point.
It's sort of the same deal with Sansa and the actress who plays her. To this point Sansa has basically been a one note character, and it wasn't until episode 8 of this season that she was really given an opportunity to challenge herself and she crushed it.
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||I think jon Snow will end up||
I think jon Snow will end up being the single most important character in the show.
There are way too many Chekov's Gun type of things surrounding him.
First of all there is the whole mysterious promise that Ned made to his sister, Lyanna, who had supposedly been kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen, which was the event that sparked Robert's Rebellion and led to basically everything that has happened since then.
When Ned finally reaches her she is on her death bed, though we don't know why she's dying, the speculation is that she had just given birth to Jon Snow, who is the bastard child of her and Rhaegar Targaryen. She makes Ned promise her something, though we don't know what that promise is, but Ned keeps it.
The promise could be to raise Jon Snow as his own son and to claim him as his bastard.
Why would Ned have to do this? Because had Robert and most of the rest of the realm were trying to wipe out all of the Targaryen children. People knowing Jon Snow was Rhaegar's son would have essentially been a death sentence for him, so Ned's love for Lyanna made him lie to everyone and claim he fathered a bastard child while at war in order to keep his promise to her.
It's mentioned a million times how totally outside of Ned's character it was to have cheated on his wife and fathered a bastard child. Even more strange is that Ned doesn't raise or treat him like a bastard, but rather, his own son.
Then there is the whole sub-plot with Robert having no true-born heirs, and they make this discovery based upon the hair color of the children. There is a quote but I forget it, it is essentially, "when coal meets gold, the coal wins out every time," referring to the black hair of the Baratheons and the golden hair of the Lannisters. The Starks all have dark hair, and the Targaryens all have platinum blonde hair.
There is also the entire thing with Maester Aemon being Aemon Targaryen. Aemon of course was offered the crown and passed it up to his younger brother, and took the black, joining the night's watch after their father, the previous king, died.
Also, the name of the books is "A Song of Ice and Fire." Lyanna, the she wolf from the north is ice, and Rhaegar, the blood of the dragon from the south, is fire.
QED, Jon, being the result of the union of those two, is the song of ice and fire.
Boom! Nailed it.
Or maybe I'm wrong about all of this and Jon and Dany are going to eventually hook up, meaning them joining forces creates ice and fire?
P.S. I am going to be so totally wrong when Jon gets eaten by a mammoth or something.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I think that is one bold||
I think that is one bold strategy that just might pay off.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||My friends were always doing||
My friends were always doing something. Not everyone could meet up and go to the game at the exact same time.
Also, if you happen to be late for whatever reason, or can't get to the game 30-60 minutes before it starts, you still knew that you had your seat with your friends and that you weren't going to get stuck alone, or have to jam into a row where everyone is standing sideways because it's too full.
It just eliminates the anxiety and bulllshit that you have to deal with.
It really doesn't make sense because most of the kids who are going to show up and smash their way down to the first couple of rows were doing that well before there was a general admission policy.
You're just creating even more of a giant clusterfuck that's going to make the student section look more empty at the top than it is because the bottom 30 rows are always going to be well over capacity, which in turn also makes going to the game a less enjoyable because it's already cramped enough as it is without adding an extra 50 people to every lower row.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||To be frank, it feels like||
To be frank, it feels like Michigan has gotten unlucky when it comes to 5 star recruits for the last decade.
Maybe I'm wrong, I'll look it up right now....
2004 - Chad Henne
2005 - Kevin Grady, Marques Slocum
2006 - Stephen Schilling, Brandon Graham
2007 - Ryan Mallett, Donovan Warren
2009 - Will Campbell
2012 - Kyle Kalis, Ondre Pipkins
2013 - Derrick Green
|19 weeks 4 days ago||This is the type of thing||
This is the type of thing people talk about when they say in response to "B-b-b-but they're receiving a free education!"
Yeah, OK, but what sort of education are they really getting? Certainly not the same as you or I would get attending the school as an actual student. The free tuition they receive is totally valueless if this is the type of education athletes are receiving.
I've personally seen similar stuff happen at U of M. Players being in a class all semester and then not showing up for any of the tests because they get to take them with a tutor. What is the purpose of that if not for some, "So which is the answer to question 5? A, BBBBBBbbbbbbbbbbb, C, or D?" level of shenanigans?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|19 weeks 6 days ago||He is very solid. Considering||
He is very solid. Considering Stan Van is the real decision maker and Bower's role will mostly be doing the day to day work, it's not a bad hire. They weren't going to get any home run candidates because, well, Stan is the real GM.
Bower has also been a coach, so I would imagine that was a plus for Van Gundy.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||He will be handling day to||
He will be handling day to day FO operations.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Mitch is going to fall to a||
Mitch is going to fall to a team like Miami and everyone in the NBA is going to be like, "Shit...." a year from now.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Just let us bang, bro.||
Just let us bang, bro.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||We just have significantly||
Well it seems to me, according to your definition there have only been like 5 or 6 guys in NBA history with a good to great post up game.
I think that's ridiculous.
|21 weeks 20 hours ago||I watch Inside all of the||
I watch Inside all of the time. Barkley this year has ragged on the Eastern Conference as being as bad as it has ever been, while the West has been as deep as it has ever been. That's true to an extent but context matters.
The Bulls were most people's favorites to win the title this year from what I remember prior to the season (either them or Miami), but they lost Derrick Rose to injury. What can you do? They proabably would have had the best record in the East with a healthy DRose.
The Knicks won over 50 games last year but completely fell apart due to injuries to pretty much everyone but Carmelo.
Everyone expected the Brooklyn Nets to be a title contender, but they lost their best player (Brook Lopez) to injury, and Deron Williams was either out or playing hurt most of the year. KG was also out or banged up most of the year. They just never really got it going.
So that's 3 of the 5 title contenders in the East that got blown up due to injury. There is probably more talent in the NBA than there has been since the early 90s.
People forget as good as teams were back then, they were just as bad. Go back to the end of Jordan's first 3peat. The Dallas Mavericks won 11 games that year and lost 71. That's 8 games worse than the horrifically bad 76ers and 4 games worse than the Bucks. There were quite a few 65 to 70 loss teams in the 80s as well.
There have always been haves and have nots. If you go back to the years the Pistons won titles with Zeke, there were several teams who failed to win 20 games.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||1. Over (9). 2. Funchess gets||
1. Over (9).
2. Funchess gets 1000 yards receiving.
1. Stauskas goes in the lottery. Harris falls to the late teens.
2. GRIII goes in the early 20s. Payne goes just after him.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||That was because of the||
That was because of the lockout season as the article suggests. The article also talks about how ratings and internet traffic are up.
"There are only about 10 teams worth watching."
LOL, that's true of every single professional sport, Chuck.
Also, Chuck has been calling this one of the best playoffs he's ever seen, especially the first round.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||No sport in the US beats||
No sport in the US beats the NFL and that wasn't my argument.
People on MGoBlog constant prattle on about how the NBA is dying, dead, and nobody watches it. Yet MGoBlog pretty clearly loves them some MLB, but the MLB has slipped down to be just about even with the NBA (while the NBA has been trending up).
So my point is it's just good old fashioned blind hatred for the NBA that isn't rooted in any sort of logic. If the proof that the NBA is horrible is in the ratings, then the MLB must be just as horrible, with just as terrible a quality of play, and hockey must be a bunch of four year old just learning how to skate, because the NBA has thoroughly crushed them in the ratings this post-season.
People will bag on the NBA but then uphold the virtues of college basketball, which does in fact have a pretty embarrassing level of play. I love basketball. It's my favorite sport, but you couldn't pay me to watch some random college basketball game that didn't involve Michigan, the NCAA Tournament, or a potential NBA lottery pick.
I'm a diehard NBA fan. Give me a Spurs-Heat game over any NFL game. The quality of play in the NBA is vastly underrated and usually the people who make such statements are like OP.
"So I haven't watched the NBA in 5 years because I don't like it, but yesterday I decided to watch one game and I didn't like it (surprise). Now let me tell you everything that's wrong with the NBA, why the players suck and everything is terrible."
Also, "I don't watch the NBA because they don't play defense anymore." Even if that were true, thanks for the most hypocritical sports statement ever, NFL fan. I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of Matthew Stafford and every other Bob, Dick, and Harry throwing for 4000 or 5000 yards, shattering NFL yardage records left and right.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||That is simply untrue. All of||
That is simply untrue. All of those guys I've mentioned have good to great post up games. The fact that you didn't know that tells me you probably don't watch many NBA games.
You are lionizing the past far too much.
Hakeem had maybe the greatest post up game in history. Holding him up as being indicative of the level of post play in the late 80s to early 90s is totally ridiculous.
There were guys like Hakeem, David Robinson, and Patrick Ewing, who could score down low. There were a lot of running bigs/pick and roll who were more Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge types, like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Shawn Kemp.
Then there were guys who just played defense and got rebounds like Alonzo Mourning or Charles Oakley.
The quality of post play was better, yes, but it wasn't orders of magnitude better. Players today are generally far more skilled than they were in the past, and efficiency metrics back that up.
That's all aside from the fact that people don't even really take the time to analyze why teams have moved away from having a ball stopping low post big. Maybe that's just not the best way to play basketball. If you have an Olajuwon or a David Robinson, then sure, but how many of those guys have their been in the entire history of the NBA? A handful?
You also have to construct your entire team around the way that they play in a way you don't around a dominant guard or forward, and big guys tend to have the shortest careers life-spans and be the most injury prone.
Just look at the 90s. Olajuwon, Shaq, David Robinson, and Ewing were the most dominant big guys.
Olajuwon won two championships, but a whole lot of people will argue that's only because MJ retired for a year and half.
David Robinson didn't win anything, and started to fade as a player. It wasn't until Tim Duncan came along in the late 90s that the Spurs actually won a championship.
Ewing didn't win anyting.
Shaq didn't start winning championships until the 2000s, so I'd count his dominance as more apart of the 00s decade. The same with Duncan.
Then when you get into the 2000s, you can add Kevin Garnett and Pau Gasol as hall of fame 7 footers who played down low.
People just lionize the past far too much when it comes to the NBA.
I'll take the bigs of the last decade, Shaq, Duncan, Garnett, Gasol over the bigs from the 90s, Olajuwon, Ewing, Robinson, young Shaq. I mean Duncan is the best player on the list. Shaq had a better career than anyone not named Duncan, then it's Olajuwon. Robinson and Garnett is pretty close but I'd say KG has the edge, and then Pau over Ewing to round it out.
Just my personal opinion, but when you actually take the time to break it down your golden age thinking becomes obvious.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Can you give me specific||
Can you give me specific quotes from Charles?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||If you factor in||
If you factor in international ratings and attention the NBA's stock has never been higher. They smash Football, Baseball, and Hockey around the globe in terms of popularity. IIRC, basketball is now the second most popular sport in the world behind only soccer. The NBA is the biggest part of that.
The playoffs this year have been crshing it in the ratings for ESPN and TNT.
The NBA will probably never be more popular in the US than it was during the Jordan era, but that's because MJ is probably the biggest sports superstar of all time.
You want to talk about a sports league MGoBlog loves that America refuses to watch even more than the NBA, it's the MLB. The ratings for the World Series are abyssmal, and have been steadily declining while the NBA's popularity has increased of late.
Here is a chart showing the NBA Finals ratings next to the World Series ratings since 1984.
The NBA is winning.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Al Jefferson, Zach Randolph,||
Al Jefferson, Zach Randolph, David West, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, Carlos Boozer, Kevin Love, Nene Hilario, Chris Bosh, Marc Gasol, Marcin Gortat, Brook Lopez, DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin, Greg Monroe, Amare Stoudamire, ...There are actually a lot of guys with killer post up games in the NBA.
The reason that the game has gone away from plodding 7 footers who just stood under the basket and got rebounds is because of rules changes that favor a more open game, and defensive rules changes that favor guard play while hurting traditional low post bigs. There are more elite point guards in the NBA than at any other point in history, and that's probably not an accident.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||No no no. You've got it all||
No no no. You've got it all wrong, you see. The 80s were filled with hogwash and haberdashery as far basketball is concerned.It was all showtime this, 3 point line that. T'were all a bunch of beef-witted showboating if ya ask me.
In my day the players were so great, everybody made an All-Basketball Association of America team because there were only 3 teams and everybody was an All-American, let me tell you. But that was the way it were and we liked it.
There was Hootin Pete Williams who could throw a ball clear over yonder mountains and through a hoop, and he woulda done it too if James A. Naismith hadntna changed the rules all hugger-mugger like in aught five to discourage such displays of athletic brilliance.
Old James and me use-ta get into it, that we did, bout who was better, his ol' boy Flappity Jack Boonstrah or Hootin' Pete.
James use-ta say Flappity Jack could run from here clear across to there afore you could say tiddly-winks. I says to him, "Why Jimmer Jam that's just clear out un-possible."
We'd sit out there and each peaches fresh off the tree jibber jabbing bout James' ol' duck on a rock. Now that was a game...
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Did you just step out of a||
Did you just step out of a time machine from the year 2000? Because that's the only way your post even remotely makes sense.
Well golly-gee, I'm just sittin' here flim-flam flabbergasted as to how in tarnation the Minneapolis Lakers will do without that young Mikan whippersnapper. Why I remember when he was just a pup, battling it out in the National Basketball League with the Chicago American Gears before movin' on to the Lakers after the great PBLA collapse of '48. Why did the BBA and the National Basketball League have to go on and merge, making that there NBA? It just ain't right, this whole merging skiddly-doo business. I fear change.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Did ye have ye a hankerin'||
Did ye have ye a hankerin' fer some shooty hoops?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Joel Hanrahan needs to get||
Joel Hanrahan needs to get healthy and quick (but not too quick).
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, Timmy should definitely||
Yeah, Timmy should definitely send JR Smith a gift basket, take him out to dinner, something. There is no way he should have gotten that much playing time. Kudos to him for making the most of it, but yeah, he shouldn't have played as much as he did with Both JR and Iman Schumpert on that Knicks squad. Also, 10.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, .8 assists, with splits of 42.8%-36.3%-82.8% means he's still got a lot of work to do.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I just saw Caris is getting a||
I just saw Caris is getting a lot of hype as being a top 20 pick next year. That's amazing considering where he was when Michigan offered him. Who'd have thought he could possibly play himself into being a lottery pick in the draft considering "no one wanted him?"
|21 weeks 6 days ago||If the Pistons find a way to||
If the Pistons find a way to trade for K-Love, I'm going to laugh. It might happen...
|21 weeks 6 days ago||At some point the NBA needs||
At some point the NBA needs to say, "You can only be shitty for so long" and change the way they do things. If you've won 3 lotteries in 5 years, I mean, that can't happen... If you're still struggling to make the playoffs even though you're dominating the lottery, you desrve to be shat upon as an organization.
Like the Ted Stepien rule of old, maybe we need a new rule built around the Cavs to say, "Hey, look, we can't keep rewarding you for being the shittiest franchise in the NBA with number 1 picks. At some point you're going to have to figure this out on your own."
|21 weeks 6 days ago||More like several apologies||
More like several apologies for losing LeBron, but they've squandered them all so fuck them. Whoever they draft will turn out to be shit and tear their ACL within a month.
Cavs suck, now, forever, always...
|21 weeks 6 days ago||One last fuck you from||
One last fuck you from Dumars. It sucks but it's over now. Man up and move on. The Pistons have $21-28 million in cap space depending on what happens this off-season. They can re-shape their team and ball out from here onward.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Brian don't play.||
Brian don't play.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I want to know what's going||
I want to know what's going down with the franchise records and all of that jazz (you know I did that on purpose). I haven't paid any attention to what the NBA's stance is, but are the Hornets going to keep all of the Hornets' records, or did they travel south to New Orleans with the Hornets/Pelicans, while the new Hornets have the Bobcats' history?
Regardless, it's kind of an interesting discussion. Does a team's records belong to a franchise or a city. For example, if a new Seattle Sonics franchise were formed tomorrow, would they have all of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp's records? Would they retire their jerseys, and hang the 1979 championship banner, or does all of that stuff now belong to the OKC Thunder?
Edit: Question answered:
|21 weeks 6 days ago||IP bans are basically||
IP bans are basically worthless for anyone who is under 30. They are extremely easy to get around. It's a pain, and they'll likely be back. It's best to just hammer the gophers as they appear, even if it's annoying for everyone.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Nik and KCP could definitely||
Nik and KCP could definitely play together. Nik can handle the point on offense, and KCP can guard the point on defense. Nik can't be worse on D than Brandon Jennings, so it would work just fine. KCP can also play some 3.
They guy who wouldn't work for the Pistons IMO is Gary Harris. Also, McDermott who scouts have predictably fallen in love with, and people seem to want to slot for Detroit even though we already have a Doug McDermott type in Kyle Singler.
|22 weeks 14 hours ago||I think it's funny that at||
I think it's funny that at this time last year people were saying that Harris was the guy who could do it all while Stauskas was just a shooter.
Now that we've gone through the season and this combine process it's actually the opposite.
Stauskas is the guy who can do it all, score in catch and shoot, pull up jumpers, off screens, in pick and roll, attacking the rim...He can handle the ball and play a bit of point.
Harris is now, "just a shooter" because he struggles in iso situations, has poor shot selection and makes bad decisions with the ball in his hand.
Also, being 6'2.5" isn't going to work wonders for getting his shot off at the next level.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||He has always been more of a||
He has always been more of a game manager with a huge arm.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||The state of Alabama seems to||
The state of Alabama seems to be confused as to what a National Championship is, but I guess that's to be expected seeing as they aren't deep fried, covered in grease, or on a stick.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Jokes on you. It was Doug||
Jokes on you. It was Doug McDermott.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||If they're going to change a||
If they're going to change a major rule they really should go back to ABA rules as far as fouls are concerned. It would be better for the fans and better for the game, IMO.
ABA rules, no one fouls out, but every foul a player commits after 6 fouls is a technical foul; two free throws and posession of the ball.
There is nothing worse than some family driving all the way to a game, paying for their tickets, parking, spending all of that money, and the superstar player they came to see fouls out or picks up a few quick fouls and hardly plays.
Also, games should be decided by the best players. No other sport has "fouling out," where you're simply done for the game after a certain amount of fouls. You can be thrown out in every sport, but it's not like basketball, where it's actually a part of the game.
Can you imagine if football players fouled out and were barred from the field of play after a set amount of penalties? Goodbye Tom Brady, that's his X penalty of the day. He's gone. It's totally ridiculous to think about, but because it has always been a part of basketball we just accept it.
I think tweaking the rules would be better for the game. Let the players decide the games. Not refs and foul calls.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Why did I know we would be||
Why did I know we would be the Lannisters...
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Bradley Beal is the most||
Bradley Beal is the most promising young SG and he's a little over 6'4" in shoes, the same as Harris. It might hurt his draft stock a bit, but it shouldn't prevent him from succeeding. He's got a 6'7" wingspan, which about the same as Beal.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, it's going to take a||
Yeah, it's going to take a herculean effort the rest of Cabby's career to surpass Ty Cobb. He's one the best ever, but he doesn't get brought up because he wasn't a home run hitter.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||The NBA salary cap is going||
The NBA salary cap is going to rise by $5 million next year. So that means as things stand the Pistons have like $21 million in cap space. Jonas Jerebko has a player option for $4.5 million and is considering not picking it up. The Pistons can also amnesty him if they want. The Pistons can also not pick up Chauncey Billups' $2.5 million player option. So they could potentially have $28 million in cap space. That's more than enough money to totally revamp their roster. If you're looking to build a team in your own image, the Pistons are a prime spot.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||They can't use it on Smith||
They can't use it on Smith because his contract was signed after the new CBA. If they were going to use it the best option would be Jerebko. He'd give them $4.5 million in extra cap relief. The Pistons are going to be something like $21 million under the cap, and depending on what happens with Chauncey and Jerebko that number could reach as high as $28 million. So they have money to play with.
Monroe or Smith, one of them has to go, and I'm sure they'll do something. Reportedly teams were inquiring about Smith for expiring deals during the season but Joe D didn't want to give up on him, for obvious reasons.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Hearing the lamentations of||
Hearing the lamentations of their women.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I don't understand all of||
I don't understand all of this weird Gores hate that has cropped up of late.
He's basically said, "I will pay any amount of money or do whatever it takes for the Pistons to be successful." Sounds good to me. There are a lot of owners in professional sports where that isn't a given.
He gave Joe D one last shot, and fired him like all of the fans wanted. Now he's throwing his check book at the most coveted coach out there, and landed him.
He has been A-OK as far as I'm concerned.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||It's agreed to in prinicple||
It's agreed to in prinicple per Mark Stein.
Also, Tom Gores is reportedly trying to bring Magic Johnson on as a part of Pistons ownership.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||The more I've learned about||
The more I've learned about Hollins the less I like him. He's one of those old school types who thinks that advanced metrics are all a bunch of newfangled-gobbledygook. He benefited from some key injuries that allowed Memphis to each the WCF, which is basically the only reason he's on everyone's radar. He feuded with management quite a bit when they traded Rudy Gay and wanted to take a more statistics based approach.
I would much rather have someone like SVG who is considered a brilliant basketball mind, who has had a ton of success with multiple teams. He took the Heat to ECF and then the Magic to the Finals and ECF. So if we're judging solely based on past success you have to go with SVG.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Make it happen.||
Make it happen.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||I love how no NFL team wants||
I love how no NFL team wants to draft Sam because of all the media coverage they'd get. However, if no NFL team drafts Sam, it's going to create a far larger media shit stom, and it wont be positive.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Lawson is a pretty classic||
Lawson is a pretty classic nickel corner and considering how much the Lions love that package, he makes sense.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Because when we get in||
Because when we get in trouble we lay all of our cards on the table and say, "what can we do to make this better?" whereas some other programs deny deny deny, and put a moratorium on ever addressing any wrongdoings until they are absolutely forced to.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||"Cleared" in so much as||
"Cleared" in so much as nobody did anything about it.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||There's the Lions' future||
There's the Lions' future center.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||The Browns just can't catch a||
The Browns just can't catch a break.
I feel like these punishments for weed are just archaic though. It should be a slap on the wrist, with increasing fines each time. I would imagine 70-80% of the league smokes.
It also seems like the NFL is more diligent about finding pot smokers than they are steroid abusers.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||The Lions need to get a pass||
The Lions need to get a pass rusher with one of these two picks, either a DE or an OLB. I wouldn't be opposed to the Lions taking a WR if somebody falls, as much as that would piss people off.
Their receiving corps was trash last year. For a team whose strength is supposed to be passing the football, they had literal garbage outside of Calvin. Ebron and Tate are great additions. I'm still not happy with the fact that Kris Durham is our 2nd option at outside receiver. That can't be a thing going into next season.
The organization likes all of the young corners we've drafted the past few years, so throwing yet another high pick at CB seems like a waste. They wont contribute much this year anyway, seeing as that position takes time to learn, and we've already got Slay, Bentley, Green, Greenwood, and a couple other young guys.
Quinn is one of the better coverage safetys in the league and Ihedigbo is one of the better run stopping safetys in the league, so they don't have needs their either.
Seems like a pass rusher would be the best choice.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Whoever does something pro||
Whoever does something pro wrestling based would instantly earn a ton of fans and that video would go viral in a heartbeat.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||It's pretty apprent people||
It's pretty apprent people don't actually pay attention to anything that is going on with the Lions. There is a reason they signed Tate and drafted Ebron, and that reason being their receiving corps was hot garbage last year. Outside of Calvin, it's all trash. Calvin is simply so good that he covers up for a lot of problem areas in the Lions passing attack.
The Lions 2d best reciver was Reggie Bush. Their 3rd best receiver was Joique Bell.
On a team whose strength is supposed to be its downfield passing attack, having your runningback and your back up runningback as your 2nd and 3rd best options at receiver is awful.
Nate Burelson was not very good and he's no longer with the franchise. Kris Durham should never be considered anything more than a 4th or 5th wideout.
The Lions desperatey need horses in their receiving corps. Adding Golden Tate and Eric Ebron helps out tremendously. It also takes a ton of pressure off CJ, because let's face it, he's been really banged up the last few years despite being a monster. He can't keep carrying the entire passing game on his back.
The Lions want to build a Saints style passing attack, and having Kris Durham as your number 2 option on the outside is embarrassing. That's why they got Golden. It's why they drafted Ebron.
Hell, I wouldn't be opposed to taking a WR with either their 2nd or 3rd round pick if someone falls.
They've drafted a ton of corners the last few years. That's a position that takes time to develop, and they like the guys that they have.
Right now their biggest need is to find a pass rusher, either at DE or OLB.
The last thing they needed was to throw yet another high pick at corner and just have 5 or 6 young guys splitting playing time while with nobody developing like they should.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I believe in Johnny Football||
I believe in Johnny Football and you should too. We're on our way up, man.
Just relax and drink the Kool-Aid.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||You seem to not understand||
You seem to not understand the difference between refutation and abuse. If I say you'e dumb, I haven't made any sort of logical claim. I haven't refuted anything. I've merely called you dumb. It's not subject to any sort of logical fallacy because I haven't made a logical agument. I've merely called you dumb. The fact that you continue to display an inability to understand that is hilarious and shows you don't have a clue what you're talking about. Please, keep invoking logical fallacies like some sort of neckbearded king,
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Love your Browns' draft thus||
Love your Browns' draft thus far. At least the organization and its fans have something to cheer for. It has been awhile since that's happened.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||You wouldn't know what a straw||
You wouldn't know what a straw man argument was if I took you on a hay ride and threw that shit right in your face. Good god.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I e-gree with you. Last year,||
I e-gree with you. Last year, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell were our 2nd and 3rd best receivers. That can't happen in a pass first oriented offense. We need more weapons and Ebron is a huge weapon.