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|2 days 11 hours ago||The age limit didn't exist||
The age limit didn't exist when Darko was drafted. It was introduced in 2005. Europeans can't enter the draft any sooner than Americans can - the age limit is 19 in either case.
|2 days 12 hours ago||I'm not sure why these kinds||
I'm not sure why these kinds of statements bother anyone. I would have been surprised if he'd said otherwise. It's April, and pretty much everyone on the team (Gardner included) needs to have a strong offseason if the team is going to take a step forward. I don't see the staff guaranteeing anyone else a starting spot, either.
|2 days 12 hours ago||There are a couple of things||
There are a couple of things at play here:
First, in many European countries, kids are winnowed at 14 or 15, with the serious students going on to high school and the weaker students going to a vocational school to learn some kind of trade. The NBA can't require a kid to finish high school if he never is allowed to attend in the first place. (Actually, they don't require American kids to finish high school either. They just have to be a year removed from their class's graduation.)
The other thing is that school age varies from one country to another. In some countries you can finish high school at 17, some 18, some as late as 20. The NBA isn't going to have a different rule for every country.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Is there any evidence that||
Is there any evidence that players who enter the league at 20 have shorter careers than those who enter at 19, or those who entered at 18 when it was allowed? I'm not sure.
Basketball is different than football, where the physical grind is almost as bad in college as it is in the pros. College basketball players have a far lighter schedule to play than NBA players. Michigan's season lasted almost as long as an NBA regular season, but we played 37 games (39 including exhibitions) instead of 82. The toll on your body should be less severe going through a college season.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Overseas players face the||
Overseas players face the same age limit as Americans. They currently can't enter the league before age 19, and it will be 20 if this passes.
|2 days 13 hours ago||The "service with attitude"||
The "service with attitude" thing stopped awhile ago, or at least that's how it seemed when I went the last few times.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Agree about that location,||
Agree about that location, but then again, I've seen plenty of non-students at Blimpy's whenever I've gone.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Seems to have quite a bit of||
Pretty simple: they'd like players to be more finished products when they arrive in the league. They hate paying big bucks to watch a guy slowly develop over a few years. Also, they want their rookies to be well-known before they enter the league.
The owners wanted a two-year rule all along, but the NBPA initially balked and the one-year rule was a compromise. Now it seems that NBPA is more amenable to the idea.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I like that idea, but college||
I like that idea, but college coaches don't want to wait until the end of June to have their rosters set. They voted to move up the draft withdrawl deadline to mid-April for that same reason.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Given that 1) most pro||
Given that 1) most pro careers are very short and 2) the NBPA itself claims that 50% of its ex-players are broke within five years of retirement, the current method doesn't seem to be a winner for a lot of guys. Getting a guy on the road to a degree, even if he doesn't finish it right then, can pay dividends down the road if he needs it later on. Keep in mind that even many sports-related jobs require a college degree.
Even if you think all of these athletes are going to be taking UNC-style joke courses, there is still something to be said for having some extra time to mature as a person and player before entering the dog-eat-dog professional world. Some 18-year-olds can make the transition, but a lot can't. (And while McGary might be an exception, the risk of career-threatening injury in college basketball is not all that great, and definitely lower than in football.)
|2 days 13 hours ago||Actually, most people assumed||
Actually, most people assumed McGary was a one-and-done guy during his recruitment.
As for top 5 guys, Jerod Ward was one, as was Kevin Garnett (who would have come here if he'd qualified academically). If you expand it to the top 25, the list is pretty extensive. Recruiting has not historically been a problem for us.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Is it really a "problem" that||
Is it really a "problem" that talented athletes are steered to college? Generally speaking, don't most people benefit from additional education?
|2 days 20 hours ago||That was awesome. I miss||
That was awesome. I miss those teams.
I do a little bad about Joe Dumars after watching that, but at the same time, the last several years have been pretty rough. Passing on Trey still gets me - he has that same "tough kid with a chip on his shoulder" mentality that this franchise has thrived upon.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Does an internet blog||
Does an internet blog message-board post qualify as "literature"?
|2 days 20 hours ago||Was he the guy who claimed to||
Was he the guy who claimed to be best friends with all the athletes while also having teenage children himself?
|3 days 13 hours ago||I'm not sure what you're||
I'm not sure what you're arguing . . . does anyone honestly claim that the NBA/NHL playoffs contain nothing but elite teams? The Atlanta Hawks have a (theoretical) chance to win the NBA championship despite going 38-44 this season.
Europe is even more skewed though, because the gap between, say, Germany and San Marino is humongous. That's not like the Heat playing the 76ers - it's like the Heat playing a team from the local YMCA.
UEFA contains a bunch of microstates which have no prayer of ever qualifying, making them easy cannon fodder for the big boys, who will qualify with ease now that there will be 24 spots.
|3 days 13 hours ago||The FA Cup and Copa del Rey||
The FA Cup and Copa del Rey are not league cups, but national cups. League cups are different and are only open to professional clubs, whereas national cups are open to literally every club in the country. Pro clubs thus compete in both each year (assuming their country has both competitions), in addition to their league schedule and (if they're good enough to qualify) either the Champion's League or Europa League as well.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I think they care (being a||
I think they care (being a World Cup champion is the surest ticket to legendary status), but the lack of time together on the national teams, compared to the time spent on club teams, is an issue - players aren't as familiar with their teammates. Also, the big international tournaments are in the summer, when players are normally recuperating from the long season.
|3 days 14 hours ago||We should note that none of||
We should note that none of these leagues have salary caps or anything along those lines, so there isn't really anything preventing a club from becoming a powerhouse if it just gets ownership willing to spend. PSG for instance plays in Ligue 1 (France), which isn't supposed to be all that strong, but they're a power club now because of their super-rich ownership.
Generally speaking, a typical European league will be very stratified, with only a handful of clubs in realistic contention. In Germany and France, it was a one-team race all season.
|3 days 14 hours ago||From here on out, the Euro||
From here on out, the Euro will have 24 teams in it, so it's no longer just the top European nations.
|3 days 14 hours ago||You honestly think that no||
You honestly think that no one in our athletic department - guys whose job revolves around Michigan sports, and who are often alumni of the school - cares if the team wins or not?
Do you call in regularly to sports radio?
|3 days 14 hours ago||Having a mock draft with guys||
Having a mock draft with guys in it who haven't declared seems in poor taste.
|3 days 16 hours ago||have to believe that with||
When you buy a Michigan jersey, Michigan gets just a small sliver of the proceeds (in the neighborhood of 5%). The rest goes to Adidas. That's true for all apparel deals. The school doesn't get that much from royalties even if it sells a ton. When we set records for merchandise sales, when the Fab Five were here, our royalties were only a couple of million dollars. It's the money up front that's much more lucrative.
|3 days 16 hours ago||I'm surprised that even a||
I'm surprised that even a Michigan fan - who should know better - is trashing General Studies.
|3 days 18 hours ago||It was about $3.5M per year,||
It was about $3.5M per year, IIRC.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I don't like the gray ones.||
I don't like the gray ones. Nike is really pushing gray for some reason, adding a gray uniform to every school, it seems.
Otherwise the design is OK, but the italicized lettering seems overly cute.
|3 days 18 hours ago||What kind of numbers are||
What kind of numbers are those? They look like a little kid drew them on.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Although we ended up losing||
Although we ended up losing the game, I like that Jordan's career ended with him making a last-minute putback - a bit of redemption.
|5 days 14 hours ago||What kind of system would||
What kind of system would serve Horford better? If Beilein could make it work with Jordan Morgan, who never attempted a three in his entire career (and probably took only a handful of shots from beyond 10 feet), I'm not sure why he couldn't with Horford, who occasionally displayed a bit of shooting touch.
|5 days 14 hours ago||I wish there was a time limit||
Problem: there could be multiple angles of the play, and the refs may not see the best angle until very late in the 45-second clock, if then.