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|5 days 17 hours 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.
|6 days 1 hour 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.
|6 days 1 hour 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!
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 5 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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!
|2 weeks 3 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.)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||'95 or '96||
Sometime during my freshman year in high school for a report about ivory poachers. I think I was using gopherweb.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Most NBA draftees aren't NBA-ready||
Few players have substantial impact in their first year, or even often their second year. The big jump typically happens between year 2 and 3, if they're going to make it at all, with normaly some solid performances in the second half of year 2 sprinkles in. Especially for wings like Caris.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wish I could up-vote this more than once||
He clearly was talking about graduate transfers. I don't remember why he was taking about it, since Duke doesn't make use of those either, but he explicitly mentioned something about grad-school immediately after saying "rent-a-player".
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I mean, they could do anything||
Because that's the fun of being a body with arbitrary powers. In practice, there's been a number of instances with players who get injured in high school go straight from LOI to medical, and certainly others who shift there after not fully recovering from the injury sustained in high school. The general complaint is that it gets applied too liberally, not too conservatively.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'd be surprised if that would be a factor||
More reasonable would be that he hasn't looked at Texas all that much and won't feel comfortable enough with it in time to decide to spend his college years there. And that picking a school for a coach is a risky proposition, since the coach might not remain (something he now has personal experience with).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||No, he's trying to interpret what Beilein is saying||
And make predictions from it. That's not the same as simply reporting.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He was the team leader in assists when he went down||
He was asked to be the team's leading shot-creator for both himself and others. That generally leads to lots of dribbling. Also, Michigan had a better record with Levert than without. But, you know, keep on hating.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Barnes should be embarrassed||
In 2011, while Smart was leading VCU to the Final Four, Barnes had three players who would be selected in the first round of that June's draft, and yet still couldn't win more than a single tourney game.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||My prediction:||
UT will win.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not sure they've figured it out||
VCU has won 26 games each of the last two years. He went 3-2 against major conference opponents this year, and 4 of those 5 were tourney teams (losses were to Villanova and Virginia, who were both terrific this year). A couple of early round exits doesn't mean that he's been "figured out". It's called March Madness for a reason -- it's incredibly unpredictable.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think the shine has come off at all||
He had a couple nice tourney runs, but then continued strong regular season performances after his school moved from the CAA to the tougher A-10 (which really ought to be considered a major conference, but I digress).
It's difficult to advance deep in the tourney every year, especially when you're at a lower talent level than many of your opponents. At the same time, it's important to show you are capable of coaching a team in the tournament, which was something Barnes failed at.
EDIT: reply fail. Intended to reply to GoBlueInNYC, not Yost, with whom I agree.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Recruiting cycle has moved out since Saban||
Kids are visiting schools and making decisions a lot earlier than even when Saban took over at Bama last decade. It could be an extra year. Luckily Hoke could recruit, for all his other failings, so that will help alleviate some transition. But I wouldnt be surprised if we don't get any 5-star receuits for a couple of seasons.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I know Beilein's son used to be an assistant there||
That's why we scheduled them on the road a couple of years ago. Does anyone know if that's still true?
EDIT: Looked it up myself, and rediscovered that Patrick Beilein an assistant for the Jazz.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Did I say they were all future stars?||
The post I replied to said that they weren't even NBA-ers, and Towns wasn't going to be a star. WCS has elite defense. If you don't see that, I don't know what games you're watching. Rare is the big who can defend the interior, but also stay in front of guards when they switch on the P&R. Will he be a star? Probably not, although DeAndre Jordan is showing the heights an offensively limited but athletic center can reach, and WCS hits free throws at twice the rate.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I feel you're trolling||
But if you're not, I don't think you saw Webber play in the NBA, or if you did it wasn't until after he blew out his knee and got old at the same time. He was playing at a borderline Hall of Fame level from about 1997-2003, and averaged 20/10 for his career. Heck, if the Kings hadn't been robbed by the refs in the 2002 Conference Finals, they probably win the title that year, and Webber gets the ring he needs to be an actual Hall of Famer. He won the Rookie of the Year, and was All-NBA for 5 years in a row. He wasn't Michael Jordan, but he was a legitimately great player. If that's underachieving, what was overachieving?