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|4 days 11 hours ago||This is exactly what's he's||
This is exactly what's he's talking about. I noticed MSU, in particular, bringing the ball up on a wing, looking for a secondary break, and then slowly resetting their offense with the ball up top such that they would be 15 - 20 seconds into a possession before they even started to run an offensive set. They were essentially starting their offense at the same time an NBA team would on the shot clock, only with unnecessarily consuming 10 seconds of game time, while they passed the ball on the top without running anything off the ball or running any on ball screening action.
If the 30 second clock gets teams to initiate offense 5 seconds sooner, it will greatly improve the flow of the game.
|1 week 3 days ago||And just to add to this||
And just to add to this point, that stat line reflected a style of play that was unique at the time. Webber was memorable in his ability to see the court as a passing big man, stretch the floor, rebound and play inside. Those Kings teams are so fondly remembered not only because of their success and the way they got screwed in the famous Lakers series, but because they played in a different way than almost any other team at the time. In what was probably the height of NBA iso/2-man ball, the ball moved on the Kings like with no other team at the time. This was largely due to Webber's unique skill set (and to a lesser degree, Vlade's).
In many ways, he was an early version of the skilled big men, who can play in or out of the post, that have reshaped the way that basketball is played.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here's a different||
Here's a different counter-point, then.
Jalen's one of the very, very few former athletes who is willing to share information about how these worlds that we're all very interested in (or we wouldn't be reading this blog) function from the athlete's perspective at the mundane, daily level. He'll share what it's like to be suddenly rich and living in a strange town. He'll share what it was like to be at an elite, wealthy university after growing up poor in Detroit (and both what he values about that university and how he felt exploited by it). He'll share how athletes manage night life and athletic careers. He'll share how he took care of his body.
That kind of inside information is what lots of people want to hear. I think he does it in a mostly fascinating way that at least approaches the truth as he understands it. It is, in its nature, going to be centered on Jalen, because it's his perspective, and it seems uncharitable to call him out for being self-centered when so much of his current career involves him telling stories about himself that people seemingly want to hear.
|1 week 4 days ago||What's the case, other than||
What's the case, other than the need to satisfy a bonded debt obligation on their stadium expansion, for Rutgers to continue to offer D-1 sports? It's bad at almost all of them, the AD serves as a financial burden, stripping money out of both the academic side of the university and out of students through required fees, and they have seemingly few fans. The fact that they have D-1 sports may actually hurt the school's academic reputation on the East Coast, given the association that many in the NY metro area make between big time sports and a lack of academic rigor.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Great defense. "Hey, he's not||
Great defense. "Hey, he's not even a real chief! He's just a stereotype!"
There were lots of native students at Illinois who were understandably offended by a white guy dressed up in a stereotypical costume doing a made up "Indian" dance. There were also some native students who weren't offended. But I find it strange that so many people need to cloak their defenses in a belief that no native people were offended when there have been both movements on campus to get rid of the mascots and while the most prominent American Indian political organization (the National Congress of American Indians) has called on colleges to get rid of mascots since the 1940s.
Here's the resolution from the Peoria Tribal Council, the most direct descendents of the Illini people, asking the University to stop using the mascot:
When this passed, the Peoria tribal chairman said, "I don't know what the origination was, or what the reason was for the university to create Chief Illiniwek. I don't think it was to honor us, because, hell, they ran our asses out of Illinois."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Your friends are pretty much||
Your friends are pretty much telling partially true stories that they want to hear. The Spirit Lake tribal council endorsed the name, the Standing Rock tribal council didn't.
There's certainly no consensus among Indian people about Indian mascots. For example, the Seminole Tribe of Florida endorsed FSU's nickname but the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma has denounced it. The NCAA has allowed FSU to maintain the name because of the "local support."
My sense from talking with folks reporting and writing about the UND issue is that the fairly overt racism and inequality experienced by many Indian people in the Dakotas, plus Engelstadt's in your face effort to plaster the logo everywhere, plus the fact that he was kind of a Nazi sympathizer*, has led to more opposition.
*On Engelstadt... http://deadspin.com/5256436/deadspin-classic-north-dakotas-nazi-loving-alumni-donor
|4 weeks 3 days ago||It's generally thought in NBA||
It's generally thought in NBA media circles that Thibs is gone no matter what happens to the Bulls this year, with most people pointing toward Orlando as the probable destination (Simmons and Zach Lowe, also the article below).
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Copa||
U.S. is playing in the centennial Copa in 2016, (which is out of the normal Copa cycle) since we're hosting it.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||NCAA officiating||
In the NCAA, #2 for the Lakers would, when he guessed wrong on the pick, reach out and hand check Wade on his hip, allowing him to recover back over the pick, prevent the drive, and therefore not force the set of defensive choices faced by everyone else on the Lakers. That kind of impeding of motion is rarely, or unpredictably, called in the NCAA (watch any Louisville or Duke game, where their defense is largely based on using their hands on the perimeter rather than moving their feet). It's called every time in the NBA and it makes offense much more free flowing.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||All this is exactly right on.||
All this is exactly right on. The Piston's are letting Monroe walk because it no longer makes sense to construct a team with two big guys on the floor because it kills spacing. As I say below, the only decent teams that have isos as a core part of their offense are OKC (out of necessity), and Cleveland and Houston because of the particular players they have.
Almost every other team is trying to score by getting into their offenses early enough to be able to run multiple sets and forcing the defense to constantly shift and move to defend the space created as players shift around the perimeter.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||NBA Offenses||
I took Cuban's point to be more about how officiating (college refs with the charge call fetish, as well as allowing far more perimeter hand checking than ever goes on in the NBA) doesn't prep college players for NBA defense, how the longer shot clock doesn't teach guys to get into the offense early (which is far more important with a 24 second clock) and how the staccato flow of the game, with all the stoppages and over coaching, doesn't teach players to manage energy and solve game problems for themselves in the way the NBA stresses. But understanding exactly what Cuban means is always a pretty futile exercise.
Your characterization of NBA offenses, at least now, is almost completely off base. Of the teams playing iso/hero ball right now that are even in playoff contention, it's pretty much
1. OKC with Westbrook, who both has a terrible coach and has been forced into it because every other offensive threat is hurt, and
2. Cleveland with Lebron and Kyrie, who are the two best offensive players in the East, and
3. Houston with Harden, which is both about his particular skill at getting to the hole, getting fouled or finding an open man, and the result of a pretty bad coach.
Almost every other playoff contender is playing some kind of variation on pace and space, with a ton of ball movement, multiple pick and rolls with off the ball action, and dedication to giving up decent shots for good and great ones (essentially trying to avoid mid-range jumpers for layups or open 3s. You can't seriously watch the best teams in the league (Spurs, Hawks, Warriors) and say that the NBA is the land of hero ball and isolations.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Presumably, the supposed||
Presumably, the supposed starting group played together for most of the spring practices. The spring game was a way to inject fun competition into the end of the process. It certainly was more interesting and seemingly fun than what we've seen in the immediate past.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Newsflash. Writing is hard||
Newsflash. Writing is hard
|6 weeks 1 day ago||They can keep the 5 time outs||
They can keep the 5 time outs if they allow a TO called before one of the media timeouts (which happen every 4 minutes) to substitute for the media timeout. That would stop the awful pattern of TO called at 16:10, 20 seconds of game action, dead ball, media timeout, that totally and unnecessarily kills the flow of the game.
Don't see it happening because it would hurt the ad revenue, but it would dramatically improve the flow of games and stop some of the overcoaching that plagues college bball.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The first part of this post||
The first part of this post is right on (won't comment on the last part b/c I'm not entirely sure what the reference is to). NBA ball right now, with some exceptions (OKC most prominently, but also Cleveland, both of which still rely to a significant extent on iso ball and 2-man games) is being played with incredible levels of offensive and defensive sophistication.
Watch the Spurs, Warriors, Hawks, any teams that have bought into post-Dantoni pace and space offenses, and you'll routinely see teams running 5-6 pick and rolls a possession at the same time there's a ton of off the ball movement to get shooters open and defenses unsettled. If you watch a significant amount of NBA, college is hard to watch just because the offenses are so static, with a lot of 3 out, 2 in sets and guys just rotating the ball around the perimeter before jacking up a shot. (Belein actually gets about as close as any college coach to running an NBA type offense).
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Khalid Hill||
Hill's been forgotten because of the ACL, but if he's reasonably healthy, he could fit in really well to the way Harbaugh has liked to have his H-back play. Delanie Walker was a really important and sneaky player in his first 49er team who could either come across the formation on a trap block, find soft spots in the short zone, or get down the sideline on wheel routes. We haven't seen enough from Hill to know about his blocking, but he did show a knack for getting open and actually catching the ball last year before he got injured.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Um, central defense seems||
Um, central defense seems like it continues to be a bit of a problem.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Rimando's got to come out for||
Rimando's got to come out for that ball. A high looping cross inside the 6 has to be his.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Bliss is without a doubt the||
Bliss is without a doubt the winner. Trying to frame a murdered player posthumously in an attempt to cover up illegal payments. I don't know how anyone could top that.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||You're not alone||
I agree entirely. He reads to me as a Hunter Thompson knock off (which is what he's really trying to be) but without Thompson's sense for language or interest in the humanity of his subjects. The people in his books feel like charactures rather than actual people.
Tom Sugrue's Origins of the Urban Crisis remains the indespensible book for understanding contemporary Detroit.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I'm pretty sure they'll find||
I'm pretty sure they'll find him a grad program who will take him, if there's mutual interest, since it would probably be a net revenue gain for the program, but I can imagine some fairly reasonable questions about his commitment to a program/the propriety of going outside normal admissions guidelines to admit someone who might not complete the program (assuming a 2 years MA) to help out the AD, etc.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Grad admissions occurs on a||
Grad admissions occurs on a departmental basis. Rackham and its equivalents in other schools are largely administrative (ie, they tell departments how many students they can admit but don't make any actual decisions). Cases like Rudock certainly lie outside the admissions numbers initially allowed by Rackham, et al, but I can imagine some departments might balk at admitting him for fear he wouldn't be committed to the program. I would think he'd have to have at least decent grades and make a compelling case to the faculty administering the program why he wanted to pursue that particular line of grad work.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The real problem is Nantz,||
The real problem is Nantz, who never seems like he actually enjoys the game. Hecomes across as biding time until he can announce the Masters, where his sanctimony is right at home.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Team play (Pop's ball||
Team play (Pop's ball movement sets oriented around multiple pick and rolls that have taken root in Atlanta, Portland, Golden State and elsewhere) and strong defense (Thib's help side shading and the Heat's insanely aggressive pick hedging) are basically the two trends that have defined the NBA over the past five years.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Admit it, you haven't watched||
Admit it, you haven't watched an NBA game in five years.
Or you're a Sixers fan.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||According to the deadspin||
According to the deadspin story, academic support staff would collect email addresses and passwords for bball players, and tutors were logging into email, corresponding directly with professors as if they were the athletes and submitting assignments. The metadata contained in the assignments indicates original authors other than the players.
On the one hand, that's pretty bad. On the other, very efficient!
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, it's hard to see him||
Yeah, it's hard to see him starting the rebuild job in Boston and leaving without seeing what he could do with a team that's actually trying to win.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I believe the correct term is||
I believe the correct term is Winkelvii
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I think he's still enrolled||
I think he's still enrolled at Stanford, on track to graduate this June (Stanford's on quarter system) and then will enroll as a graduate student at UM in the fall. So no weight because he's not officially a Michigan student yet.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Semis||
I'm all for changing the schedule for the semifinals so theyre always on New Years Day. A lot of folks with a normal work schedule on the west coast is going to miss the early game (NYE is not an official holiday) and the New Years Eve evening semi is idiotic.