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|9 hours 47 min ago||Hmm. Can we have a thread on||
Hmm. Can we have a thread on this subject every day?
|1 day 17 hours ago||The pistons need a PG, not||
The pistons need a PG, not more forwards. They'll take either Ennis or Smart.
|1 day 17 hours ago||He's not a pg. His two||
He's not a pg. His two weaknesses are defense and ballhandling.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Isn't the answer simply that||
Isn't the answer simply that the NBA has a right to set an age limit for the employment of its players? Assuming it's legal for the NBA to do so -- is it not? -- then there you go. Nobody seem to be challenging the NFL's age-limit. As for the NBA: young players who won't/cant attend college can play oversees or (perhaps) in the D-league. I realize the D-league is affiliated with the NBA. But maybe the arrangement can be tweaked to accomodate under-20s. Ideally, the NBA will turn the D-league into something more like a true minor-league system akin to that which successfully serves MLB.
|5 days 15 hours ago||I know we've had some success||
I know we've had some success with "pedigree" players. But I'm not sure that should be a key factor when choosing between recruits. By this point, the player is as the player is. His pedigree may have helped him develop. But it doesn't mean he's got some sort of advantage over other potential recruits.
|6 days 15 hours ago||I don't know. He got plenty||
I don't know. He got plenty of opportunity this year. When Mitch went down, the door was wide open. Horford did fine in spurts. But he really got pushed around by top-caliber bigs. And his offense is limited. Also, M's system is ideal for finesse big men: movement, transition, lots of second-chance opportunities. If he thinks Florida is gonna use him as a go-to player, I think he'll be disappointed.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Florida, having graduated all||
Florida, having graduated all its key players, will likely be ranked lower than Michigan's team next season (assuming Mitch returns). But he likely would get more PT. So it's kind of a wash basketball-wise. Academically, though, he could do better. He seems like a kid who should have erred on the side of academics. There are a number of schools with better grad programs and tournament-caliber basketball: Cal, Stanford, Texas, Harvard. Florida seems a tad short-sighted, all things considered. But, hey, priorities.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think most experts think||
I think most experts think he's staying.
|1 week 1 day ago||The nba drafts on potential||
The nba drafts on potential as much as anything. And Robinson has plenty. I bet he sees the jump Hardaway made into the first round and figures he's got as much or more talent than Tim had. And frankly he'll end up in the first round.
|1 week 3 days ago||You're right about that||
You're right about that terrible move in which he'd retreat and retreat, then try to 180 around the defense. It worked a few times a year earlier. So that became his safety move -- until teams figured it out, and he'd end up losing 90 yards on the play. But he mostly cleaned that up as the year progressed. And I do think whatever issues he had were greatly exacerbated by the constant onslaught of D-linemen. No QB could have done much with such pressure. He did as well as could be expected.
|1 week 3 days ago||Really? You had to put this||
Really? You had to put this thread in a Michigan sports site? There's OT and then there's too OT. This counts as the latter. Yes, people can skip this. But threads like this one clutter the page and force down more relevant threads.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agreed. Given Borges's||
Agreed. Given Borges's confusing schemes, Funk gets a mulligan for last year. He won't get one for this year, though.
|1 week 3 days ago||People are waaaay too hard on||
People are waaaay too hard on Gardner. Yes, he stumbled mightily during that awkward string following the ND game. But he recovered nicely, throwing only a handful of INTs down the stretch and positively shredding OSU (while hobbling on a badly injured foot/ankle). All of which was done while fleeing for his life behind the worst O-line in school history. Nobody took more hard hits than he did. And it was his first year as a starting QB. All in all, he should be applauded. Also, given that QBs tend to make significant leaps during their second year as a starter, expect bigger things from him this year.
|1 week 4 days ago||But if Horford is looking for||
But if Horford is looking for a top-notch place to study, that ain't it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Of course it means he knows||
Of course it means he knows Mitch is staying. Horford wants minutes -- that's his main goal. If Mitch leaves, Horford is a starter. No way he leaves there. Obviously, once he learned Mitch was staying, Horford bolted -- especially since Donnal will eat up a lot of "big" minutes as well. This is a no-brainer. Players aren't that complicated. I can't believe some people think otherwise.
|1 week 5 days ago||We could show reports in the||
We could show reports in the News, Free Press, and Daily saying that he was looking at less playing time due to the emergence of Donnal and the likely return of McGary. Plus whatever contributions the incoming freshmen made. Now he's behind at least two more talented players, rather than just one. It's a given, dude. He's leaving because of PT. He said as much. So maybe you should calm down and learn to read.
|1 week 6 days ago||He'd have to pay his way at||
He'd have to pay his way at Harvard. They give assistance -- which really just amounts to low-interest loans. And there's no guarantee he'd start at Stanford. I'm thinking he'd be ten-ten guy at Oberlin.
|1 week 6 days ago||Perhaps he knows Nik is just||
Perhaps he knows Nik is just puffing.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agreed. He wouldn't start on||
Agreed. He wouldn't start on most B10 teams. He's got some agility and finesse. But he's also a "big" who can't cover or score against other bigs. He'll thrive in a smaller league.
|1 week 6 days ago||No. This is being downplayed||
No. This is being downplayed because it's really NOT a big deal. We're talking about an average bench player who stood to play maybe ten minutes a game. And now his place will be taken by players with greater talent. This really isn't a big deal.
|1 week 6 days ago||Shawn Windsor reports,||
Shawn Windsor reports, accurately: "Horford wasn’t likely to get as much time next season with the ascension of freshman forward Mark Donnal. If Mitch McGary returns, then playing time would have been even scarcer."
|1 week 6 days ago||Whine on, sis. Doesn't make||
Whine on, sis. Doesn't make her brother look so great.
|1 week 6 days ago||Just highly unlikely and||
Just highly unlikely and fairly illogical.
|1 week 6 days ago||He contributed plenty. Truth||
He contributed plenty. Truth is, though, he wasn't a great fit for the system.
|1 week 6 days ago||For all those who argued that||
For all those who argued that this was a non-basketball decision. Puh-leeze.
|1 week 6 days ago||Hatch is a likely medical||
Hatch is a likely medical hardship case.
|1 week 6 days ago||Because as of two weeks ago||
Because as of two weeks ago he had no such academic concerns. Also Michigan has a ton of world-class grad programs. This was a basketball decision, obviously.
|1 week 6 days ago||You mean besides our||
You mean besides our All-American rebounding-machine center Mitch McGary? See the entire chess-board, please. N
|1 week 6 days ago||Dude, think about it. Brian||
Dude, think about it. Brian should, too. This is better news that you think. Granted, we could use Horford. But a guy who was looking at starting for a Top 20 team doesn't suddenly transfer to another program for one final year. He does so after determining that he's now stuck behind not one player (Morgan), but two (McGary, Donnal) and maybe even three (the other young bigs). Michigan's front-court will actually be stronger next season. That's good. And that's why Horford left.
|1 week 6 days ago||No, he was looking at no more||
No, he was looking at no more than his standard 12 minutes per game. Think of it this way. You're subtracting Jordan Morgan but adding both McGary and Donnal. This spells fewer minutes for Horford -- especially so if you consider that a couple other young bigs might also chip away at Horford's time. Horford was okay, and he definitely contributed. But he's also quite replacable.