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|7 min 44 sec ago||Yeah I'm confused.||
A kid with a Michigan offer is "in complete shock" that Wisconsin offered him? Wisconsin??? I mean, he isn't saying Alabama or even Ohio State offered him. He's talking about freakin' Wisconsin. Once you get an offer from Michigan, why would getting an offer from Wisconsin shock you? Ok, I'm sure it came out of nowhere, but isn't it pretty common for teams to look at players that other rival schools have offered and offer them too?
|3 hours 10 min ago||Seriously.||
"Insane"? It's a really nice goal. But this thread is massively overselling it.
|15 hours 5 min ago||Nike||
With Miami and now Illinois, Nike seems to be going the "Less is More" route. Maybe they finally realized that the only way to be noticed in a sea of ridiculous uniforms was to NOT be ridiculous? Maybe???
|22 hours 29 min ago||Didn't say accept it||
I just said don't be surprised by it. The only time I'm surprised in life anymore is when someone actually does the right thing without being forced to. If you spend your life expecting anyone else to ever follow the rules unless they absolutely have to you will end up being disappointed more often than not.
|1 day 3 hours ago||You DO know that in the||
You DO know that in the McDonalds coffee incident, McDonalds was heating their coffee to ridiculously dangerous levels and the woman in question suffered severe disfiguring burns that put her in the hospital for 8 days and required multiple surguries to repair right?
People love to rail against "frivolous" lawsuits, of which there are certainly too many. What they don't love to do is actually find out about actual cases and whether they have real merit or not. There was no reason for McDonalds to be serving people molten coffee that could put them in the hospltal if they spilled it on themselves. It was NOT entirely their fault, as the customer did spill the drink on her own. However they should not have been serving 180 degree beverages to people.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Don't know why this surprises anyone||
Did anyone actually think FSU and the Talahassee police would let their perfect football season go down the tubes over this? Of course they covered it up. The only thing that surprises me is that people are surprised.
People, in general, suck. The more money and power that is involved, the more people suck.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Vinnie Johnson||
I'd love someone to do a case study of Vinnie Johnson and try to claim that hot and cold streaks don't exist in basketball shooting. In the playoffs, you could practically predict his final point total after watching his first two shots go up. If he hit the first two shots he took, he was feeling good and was practically unstoppable. If he missed, it didn't matter if he was wide-open, he couldn't buy a bucket to save his life. He is about the streakiest player I can remember.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Let's put it another way.||
A guy is normally a 40% 3-point shooter. He's 0-4 on the day.
Should he keep chucking, because statistically he is still a 40% 3-point shooter? Or should he limit his shots because something is off and he's clearly not shooting well today?
I think a good shooter realizes something is not right with his 3-point shot and looks for other ways to contribute or get himself on track. I think a bad shooter probably keeps shooting-----and probably isn't actually a 40% shooter from 3-point because he doesn't know to limit his shooting when he clearly isn't shooting well.
|1 day 23 hours ago||What exactly do you mean with "the way the NBA is set up"||
The "way the NBA is set up" is tha the majority of 2nd round picks are washed out of the league in a few years and don't do fine at all. So if he doesn't go in the 1st round, he will most likely be in for a major uphill climb, whereas 1st round picks are given pretty much every opportunity to succeed on top of their guaranteed millions.
The difference between being a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick in the NBA draft is like the difference being a 1st round pick and a non-drafted Free-Agent signing in the NFL. Well maybe not THAT bad, but maybe a 6th or 7th round pick at best.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Free Throws are weird||
You see guys who are bricking everything they shoot go to the line and hit nothing but net, and you see guys who are hitting everything go to the line and miss their free throws. Free throws are a mental exercism that is somewhat independent of the rest fo the game, and hard to quantify. They are also a somewhat different shot than a jump shot, so it isn't a one-to-one relationship IMO.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I don't think it is 100% predictive at all||
There are too many variables.
So a guy hits 4 shots in a row. A million things have just changed.
The defense now is keenly aware that this guy is killing them. So they are going to pretty much double their efforts at stopping him.
The player himself may be getting cocky, and may be willing to start launching up lower quality shots because he "feels good", thus lowering his percentage chance of hitting the shot.
The guy's teammates may start standing around waiting for Mr. Hot Hand to do all the scoring, thus making it even harder for him to be open for the next shots.
All of these things might contribute to that next shot NOT going in. There are too many variables at play here.
I'd be a lot more interested in a study that took guys in a gym shooting by themselves with no defense and measured whether they get "hot" or not, just shooting around. You need to remove all variables other then the shooter to really find out what is going on.
All I know is, some days an athlete feels good, and some days they don't. And pretending that doesn't affect the athlete's performance is, IMO, rather ridiculous. If every shot taken in basketball was the same, then why do athletes bother to have pre-game shootarounds to get ready? It's because those first few shots don't usually feel nearly as good and you need to work the kinks out. Same thing for guys coming right in off the bench--sometimes they have a hard time getting into the flow of the game. Athletes aren't robots.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Uh, absolultely, positively NO.||
Being drafted in the 1st round is guaranteed millions and most likely a guaranteed roster spot. Being drafted in the 2nd round means you struggle to even stay in the league and may not get playing time anywhere.
Almost any player who isn't a 1st round pick would have been better off going back to school and playing full-time in college, with the exception of guys who are completely failing academically or those that suffer a freak career destroying injury. Or I guess guys that feel like the situation with their college team is so bad that they are going to end up looking terrible if they come back.
The D-League is pretty much purgatory. I don't think anyone wants to play there.
|2 days 8 min ago||Dumb?||
If GRIII doesn't go in the first round, he will have made a mistake, period. That isn't a "dumb" comment, it's just reality. With a great junior year, he would have been a lock for the first round. I sincerely hope he goes in the first round, but a lot of rumblings are that he's a pretty fringe candidate at the moment. He'll need some pretty monster workouts.
|2 days 42 min ago||People just misunderstand||
IMO People just misunderstand what a hot streak really is.
Every player has a maximum potential. But they don't always perform at that maximum potential. A shooter in basketball doesn't always shoot with a perfect stroke. A hitter in baseball doesn't always swing purely. All a hot-streak is is an athlete playinig at their max-level over a short period of time. The player is just "locked-in" to thier perfect shot form or their perfect-swing.
For example, Nik Stauskas isn't a BETTER shooter when he is "hot", he's just the best shooter he can be. When his form breaks just a bit, he is a bit "off". All being "hot" means is that his form is good, he's focused, and he's shooting the ball as well as he possibly can. If he manages to do that over an entire game, or over a series of games, he appears to be on a "hot" streak.
So I guess what I'm saying is, you might be able to deny that players are "hot", but you absolutely can't deny that players slump or perform poorly over stretches. Usually this coincides with a breakdown in the mechanics of their shot, or their swing, or something else they aren't doing right. It could also be an injury that is dragging them down. When they fix it, or when they heal up, they appear to get "hot" again.
Assuming a player is a robot who shoots X% or hits a certain average and will do that everyt ime they shoot or swing is silly. All players ebb and flow over the course of a season and are hotter or colder at different points. You can look at the final number to gauge their overall season when you are done, but that number doesn't give you the exact reading on how they were playing on any given day.
|2 days 13 hours ago||That's the thing||
I think Mitch has the most to gain by staying. A full injuiry-free year where he dominates and he could go in top 15 of the draft easy. However if he comes back and gets injured again, he probably has zero chance of getting drafted at all. So he's got a really big risk/reward decision to make.
|2 days 15 hours ago||C'mon man||
KCP has managed to get his shooting percentage even LOWER than Brandon Jennings career mark of 39% (though Jennings is even worse for the year at 37.4%). You have to give him credit for that, right?
|2 days 16 hours ago||Different kind of player|
|4 days 14 hours ago||Yes||
Some studies have shown more ACL injuries from field turf than grass. HOWEVER I believe almost all of the extra injuries have come from non-contact injuries, indicating that there was too much grip between the player and the surface, which means that it might be a problem with te player wearing a shoe that grabs into the surface too deeply.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Huh?||
You say there are arguments on both sides of the fence and even some studies that say field turf is safer, then say that no one should use it? How does that make any sense? I think the surface that is the most dangerous is WET natural turf, which is FAR more dangerous than field turf ever is IMO. Players losing their footing when clumps of grass tear out of the ground or by losing their footing most likely cause more injuries than field turf ever do. Field turf is not like the old astro-turf, which was nastier than hell and caused tons of injuries.
|4 days 14 hours ago||No z||
Given the ridiculousness we've seen around football and basketball these days, I'd just call those "Uniforms" not "Uniformz". They look reasonably normal, and somewhat understated (for 2014) which is somewhat shocking for a school like Miami IMO.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Yeah||
I think most people did. Thank goodness Borges is no longer here. He was just brutally bad.
|4 days 23 hours ago||It should||
The whole coach name thing is just ridiculously stupid.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Impossible||
College b-ball officials have sucked forever. Thinking you are going to "improve" them is a fools errand. Sucky officials in basketball is a given, like death and taxes.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Yes||
Happens a lot on runners down the lane. Shooter releases the ball, then commits a charge. Ball goes in, shot counts, offensive foul. How much college basketball have you watched? This rule has been around forever.
|5 days 14 hours ago||I was going to say the same thing||
Horford was completely out of his league against Kentucky. Now, considering he was our BACKUP center, playing against future NBA draft picks, there was nothing to be ashamed of. But for him to then act like he was getting some raw deal at Michigan because he wasn't playing more, c'mon. Kentucky abused him out there and made him look like the backup center that he currently is. Did I want him back next year? Absolutely. Did I want him to keep working to get better? Absolutely. But do I feel like he's gotten some raw deal because he's been behind J-Mo and McGary on the depth chart and isn't exactly a top option on offense? Absolutely not.
|5 days 14 hours ago||PLUS||
while Horford was here, Beilein had guys named Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas (among others). Now let's see, should we run the offense through them, or though Jon Horford? Hmmmmmm.........
|5 days 15 hours ago||I hate to break it to him||
but has he watched the NBA lately? That isn't exactly how most NBA teams play ball these days either. The days of dumping the ball into your center and watching him back a guy down for 5 seconds ended a while ago.
|6 days 19 hours ago||The Masters||
It's a great sporting event. That being said, I can't really be bothered to even watch it until Sunday, and even then probably the back 9 or so for the last few groups. I actually LIKE golf but watching a 4 day tournament on TV? Egads. If you want to GO to it that is probably amazing, but watching 4 days of it on TV? ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Hmmmm||
Starting to sound like Horford thinks he is more talented than Beilein does. At least based on what his sister is saying. He obviously feels he has something to prove somewhere else and he wasn't going to get the pt here for whatever reason. That sucks, but I'm pretty sure I trust Beilein at this point. It's Horford's life and he should do what he thinks is best, though I personally would have had a transfer lined up before making the announcement......
|1 week 1 hour ago||Oh no!||
I guess CBS is giving up on the cantankerous, bitter, old white guy demographic.