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|1 week 6 hours ago||This is incorrect||
Deals for NBA players do not have to be guaranteed. Most in practice are, but some have partial guarantees, or are unguaranteed until a specific date, etc. Media reports often call these non-guaranteed seasons team options, but that is technically incorrect in NBA contract parlance. For example, Brandon Haywood has a $10.5 million contract this season with Cleveland, but it's completely unguaranteed as long as he's been waived by August 1st. Media reports might call this an option, but it's not, as NBA options have to be exercised by late June, and players cannot be traded if they only have an option year left on their contract. Accordingly, it's disadvantageous for teams to give out team options, except in rare circumstances, over non-guaranteed contracts. So almost every time you hear of a team option, it's probably a non-guaranteed year.
|1 week 7 hours ago||He's doing fine||
He didn't really bet on himself last year. The Wolves could offer him no more than two years at the minimum due to salary cap rules. It's not clear what they chose to offer him, but they signed him to the one-year minimum tender after trading for Wiggins, so it's possible that the Wolves didn't want to commit to more, since their situation changed between draft night and when they signed GR3. Most second-rounders in his range signed for 3-4 years at the minimum, with 1-2 years guaranteed, so he's pretty much in the same place as everyone else. Just took a different route to get there.
|1 week 8 hours ago||I do expect it will be the minimum||
It's actually a very common contract for players with 0-2 years experience, to sign for 3-4 years at that level, so that players will not be restricted free agents when they come off the deal. His agent will be judged on what the guarantee level is on it. Getting two years guaranteed for him would be good work. I've been looking around trying to find out the amount of guarantee.. Haven't found it yet.
|1 week 9 hours ago||That would be wrong||
In addition to all the posts about American income levels, GR3 will make far more over the three years of this contract. Here are the minimum salaries he can make each year, per the NBA CBA.
Year 1: $845,059
That totals to $2,876,735 over 3 years, or nearly double what you imagine. And again, that's the minimum over three years.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||What boggles me is the short game||
People talk about his swing coach and all, but its the short game that's really left him. He used to be able to take aggressive approaches to holes, and when things went wrong, the wedge and putter could bail him out. Now even if he hits a great first two shots, you know the best he's getting is par.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, obviously||
But I was excluding our exalted host as he was not amongst the names listed.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Grbac made a Pro Bowl||
Granted, it was when most of the attendees were in diapers, but still, that's the top accomplishment of all the QBs in attendance. I'm sure he'll wear his Super Bowl ring too.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Just wondering how he'll qualify for Michigan||
He went to a CC for two years due to grades issues in high school. I mean, I wish him all the best, but I've heard for years on this board that someone like Moncrief can't get past admissions/transfer courses counting. Have I been misled all this time?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Not Ace||
Mexico City was mentioned by Brian in Unverified Voracity, not Ace in recruiting (unless I missed that somewhere and it was in both).
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||Maybe spring practices changed his mind?||
Not saying that Morrison is the mystery transfer -- just that a quote from January and a transder now are not mutually exclusive. It would say bad things about how spring practice went for Florida, but who knows.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Was he?||
I think his post got edited, because now it says 6-foot point guards, but when I started replying I swear it just said "guards". Maybe I misread (bad on me for posting at work). Regardless, Tyus Jones measures 6' 0.25" at the combine yesterday, and Winston is still a junior in high school with time to add an inch or two (or six even). Heck, Russell only measured 6' 3.25". He's not some giant.
Again, all I said is that I wouldn't expect Winston to commit any time soon, not that I don't expect him to commit. Calm down, everyone.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||2 years||
My post does say "2 years at most", so I allow for that. However, two of the top 4 projected players this year are likely to be guards who are freshmen (or would have been had they been NCAA eligible in the case of Mudaiy). Tyus Jones should be the third or fourth PG picked in the first round, and is also a freshman. If you're one of the top 3 PG in your high school class, 1-and-done is still reasonable.
And regardless, even if you need to prove yourself for 2 years in college as a guard, it's still better to start than sit behind a senior for year 1. What do you think Duke sold Derryck Thornton on? "Come start for two years here and enter the NBA draft in 2017. It'll be better than starting one year somewhere else."
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Kentucky is having trouble recruiting this year||
Specifically related to my playing time argument. They're still getting some big recruits, but they're missing out on ones that they'd often get, and Calipari is making a big deal that his platoon system this year won't happen again. As long as the one-and-done rule is still viable, most top 3 players at their position (which is what Winston is) won't want to go t o a place where they might get 10-15 minutes per game as a freshman. And if Walton returns for his senior year, that's about all that would likely be available.
But if Walton makes the jump, that would be the third starting PG in a row that Beilein has gotten to the NBA, and Winston should very much consider Michigan to become the next PG in that trend.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Depends how long you want to stay buckled||
I don't think it's impossible he winds up at Michigan, but I'd be pretty surprised if that decision were imminent. Early playing time is so important to 5-star recruits, as they are planning to stay only 2 years at most (whether that happens or not is different, but that's the general plan). If Winston were to commit to Michigan before next April, I think it would only be if Walton were to look like someone heading to the NBA after next season. Of course, I do have those expectations for Walton, and thus expectations for Winston, but I'd be surprised if Winston signed on before February.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Go away||
Please just go back under your bridge in Columbus, East Lansing, Bolivia, or wherever it is.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||The refs weren't calling anything on rebounds the entire series||
I lost count of the number of pushes in the back delivered by Tristan Thompson and arm-bars from Mosgov. The entire series was played with the refs letting almost everything go on rebounds. Was it a foul? Yes. But taken in context of the previous 12.5 quarters of basketball, it was far from egregious. It was too much contact that led to an awkward injury, with Love pulling one way as Olynyk falls the opposite direction, and gravity did its work. It just as easily could have been Olynyk who got hurt on that play or a number of others in the series.
What I'm most surprised about is that Perkins walked away without an ejection or suspension. He checks into the game and immediately puts two hands to the face of Jae Crowder on a blind screen. Refs should have tossed Perkins then, and that probably stops it right there before Smith went MMA on Crowder (who was fouling Smith at the time) in the second half.
Or they shouldn't have suspended ejected anyone. If you want a really physical series, which again, they let happen, then you need to deal with the consequences, which are scrums and injuries.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Top recruits under Beilein||
Rankings can be pretty site specific, but according to Rivals, GR3 was our top recruit at #11 overall. Irvin and Chatman, at 24 and 25, were both rated above McGary at 30 in the final rankings. McGary fell a bit as his senior year wore on.
Brown, of course, would exceed all of them. But we've had a top-25 recruit three years in a row. Just no top-5 kids.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Brown||
We were so close to a championship for a couple of years before this year's dip. Adding Brown to our returning team can take us right back there in a hurry. And for all you football fans, an electric Crisler crowd is a nice recruiting tool during the football offseason -- Brown would definitely make it electric.
And, on the off-chance he stays for two years -- whoa, Nellie!
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Router? I hardly even know her||
A neighbor of mine a few years ago had that. Made me chuckle every time I connected to a network.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||For someone like Brown||
He really has until the first day of classes as long as a scholarship is available at a school he wants to attend. He's one of the top 2-3 players in the country. Deadlines don't really apply when you're that good. He doesn't need to sign a letter of intent if he doesn't want.
That said, if he chooses to sign an NLI, he has until May 20th.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Future plans||
Spectrum isn't that plentiful, and Google can't possibly get enough spectrum in the next auction to start a competitive network from scratch. I do agree that this lets them dip their toes into the water, but if they take the plunge, I see them buying either T-Mobile, Sprint, or DISH. T-Mobile is the most likely, because they are actively trying to sell, and are partnering with Google in this. Sprint also is rumored to be wiling to sell if the price is right, although are less actively seeking bids, and are also working with Google's test. DISH has hoards of spectrum that's presently unused, although they can't sell much of it without incurring a large penalty owed to the FCC.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||100% co-sign||
I'm not the most active commenter, but this has become a site I corne to less because of some commenters. It used to be multiple times per day site for me. Now I take weeks-long breaks.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think that is remotely clear-cut||
Who's to say what would have happened to Morris? The 2012 draft class was much deeper than 2011. Who's to say his game doesn't stagnate a bit and he goes undrafted? Morris has made $2.5 million in the NBA since he left, while living out his dream playing in the NBA. Heck, he was even drafted by and played two years for his childhood favorite team. The decision absolutely worked for him. People need to let it go and realize he's having a career as an NBA player, and it's unlikely that an additional year of college would have elevated his game such that he'd get more minutes than he currently does. His talent level is that of a reserve, which is still extraordinarily talented. And he's getting paid for his talents.
The confidence on this board with which people think they know what's best for a player, ignoring the fact that said player has made $2.5 million since his decision, is somewhere between idiotic and ridiculously conceited. He's four years into an NBA career, and is on a playoff team for the third time. He's not an NBA washout.
The NBA salary cap is very friendly to veterans who make the minimum salary. Service time is a real big deal, particularly getting to year 3, and leaving early earned him an important extra year.
You compare him to Marcus Taylor, who had all of one season in the NBA. Apples to oranges.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||If he does go pro||
I hope that we as a blog/fan base can be supportive of him instead of being derisive. It's embarrassing the amount of hate D-Mo gets on this board.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I think he's gone||
I'm probably going to get negged for my pessimism, but a couple other potential first-rounders have announced they're staying, and I think that will clear enough spots ahead of him to get drafted in the first.
I hope I'm wrong, but that plus the recruitment of the VCU kid just makes it feel that's what's happening.
That said, I hedged my bets by posting on the NBA boards I frequent that I think he's staying. I'll be wrong one place or the other, so I hope the egg is on my face here.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||You're in a DOCSIS 3.0 market||
Comcast keeps telling me I need to upgrade my modem (as in, please rent from us) for better service, but they don't have 3.0 yet where I live, and I get my advertised speeds much of the time. They just stink.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Bundling||
Just to clarify -- bundling as a telecom industry terms is used to describe offering different types of service (cable/phone/internet) to consumers under one contract. It is not typically used to describe the packaging of different stations together in cable tiers.
And with that point, for many Americans, it is certainily bundling which causes prices to rise, as providers use monopoly power in one of their lines of service to subsidize another. For example, where I live Comcast is the only high-speed internet provider. 70% of my $110 monthly bill goes to pay for my 20/3 service (which rarely hits 20/3, and has outages about once per month.) My cable costs are a whopping $33, despite my very large selection of stations. I'm very sure that Comcast pays the various cable stations more on a per subscriber basis than I pay them monthly, but they can gouge me in the monopoly market of internet to keep me, and at the same time keep me from going to a satellite option for cable, because it's not cost effective.
In other areas of the country (and I actually keep track of telecom prices as part of my job), this ratio is reversed, if Comcast/Verizon/whomever has more monopoly power in another service type (cable instead of internet, for example). Cross-product subsidization is a gold mine for companies.
Accordingly, this pricing strategy probably shifts money from Disney to Verizon, and not at all to consumers.
On a related note, look at your cable bill and see if you have a new fee for "Regional Sports Networks." It's a fee that a lot of companies have started to add to existing accounts over the last year.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I mean Beilein wouldn't try something different||
No way he'd do anything but the same way all the time because "it's hist system."
I'm going to trust that Beilein knows a bit more than you do -- whether it be that he'll need another big due to attrition, that Davis is about to get offers from top programs and was getting him first, or in fact just thinks he'll be a good player for Michigan regardless of what Tom Izzo thinks. He's clearly done a great job of identifying and developing talent. There's really little to question given his track record.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Close||
But actually Doyle is going to elevate his game, lead us to a championship, and bolt for the NBA. Beilein sophomore bump!
|15 weeks 2 days ago||There are certainly things you can do to improve athleticism||
There are definitely drills and stretching routines you can do to help to a certain extent, especially as a growing body. The bigger point depends on when he went through his growth spurt. It is not at all uncommon for strength and coordination to lag behind a growth spurt, especially for someone who's 6'10". A lot of his muscles may not have caught up yet to supporting his size yet (or they may not have a year ago when the videos were made.)