Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|22 hours 2 min ago||Sterling's a better owner,||
Sterling's a better owner, but a worse human being...
|1 day 1 hour ago||Disagree about the Knicks||
Disagree about the Knicks talent.
Once you get beyond Carmelo, who can opt out after this year (and this move is all about convincing him to stay) the Knicks are remarkably talent poor for the amount of salary they have committed. They have $50 million committed next year to three frontcourt players that are breaking down and that no other team has remote interest in ($23 million to Amare and his uninsurable knees, $14.5 million to Chandler, who's breaking down, and $12 million to Bargnani). Add in $12 million committed to JR Smith and the $9 million committed to Ray Felton over the following two years (ie 2015-16 season) and you have a team with very little flexibility in the short term.
They've also shipped away all but one of of their draft picks in the next three drafts. They retain only their 2015 first round pick.
About their only decent assets beyond Carmelo are THJ and Shumpert, who are also the guys they should keep as they're on inexpensive rookie deals.
I guess Jackson can try to sell Carmelo on one more tough year and then the opportunity to build around him once they clear the terrible frontcourt contracts, (plus the additional money the Knicks can offer), but Carmelo should really think hard about Houston, with no state taxes and the chance to play with Howard and Harden.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Stauskas||
Given the rookie salary structure in the NBA, there's not a vast difference, finanicially, from being a late lottery pick and a guy in the early 20s, roughly $1 to $1.5 million over the five year life of a contract (15% total). That difference is mitigated by the ability to get to a second contract (where the real salary escalators take effect) one year earlier.
Here's the rookie scale:
Now, it if was a matter of him pushing himself into the top 5-6 picks, then it would probably be financially worthwhile to do so (though the extra year of salary might still weigh against it) but if it's just a matter of 5 spots or so, it doesn't make sense, financially, to return.
Also, the place that Stauskas is going to learn what skills he needs to develop to play in the NBA at this point is the NBA. He's not going to learn how to play NBA defense (laugh all you want, teams are paying a huge amount of attention to complex defensive philosophies in the post-Thibs era) at the college level. It's going to take him a year playing in the NBA at least to understand how to play NBA help defense (watch how lost THJ and Burke are defensively sometime). He's also going to learn a lot more about how to run wing pick and rolls and occupy floor spacing positions (the two things he'll be called on to do a lot in the NBA) playing in the league than in his role in college.
I'd love for him to come back, because he's really fun to watch for M, but financially and basketball-wise, he should probably move on.
|1 week 5 days ago||Read Zach Lowe on grantland.||
Read Zach Lowe on grantland. You'll learn an incredible amount about how defense in the NBA works and how much attention coaching staffs pay to defensive design and coordination.
|1 week 5 days ago||Stauskas is listed as the #17||
Stauskas is listed as the #17 prospect by Chris Mannix at SI. If he's got that kind of grade, he should probably go. Getting picked in the first round gets him 3 years of guaranteed money, plus two more team option years. He could come back and get into the back end of the lottery, but waiting a year for a jump of 5-6 places may not make sense financially.
He's not NBA ready defensively, but almost no college players are (NBA defensive systems are just much more complex).
|1 week 5 days ago||No, I'm just refuting the||
No, I'm just refuting the "now, everyone is boring" argument.
I actually find, apart from Shaq, that late 1990s, early 2000s moment the historical low point of the league in terms of being interesting, both on and off the court.
|1 week 5 days ago||Really?||
|1 week 5 days ago||Irvin||
Quietly, Irvin had a vital role in the run that closed the gap in the second half with a quick 5 points (3 and 2/3 foul shots). If nothing else, he's a great option to further space the floor.
I would like to know what the thinking was in putting Irvin on Ronnie Johnson during Purdue's last offensive possession in OT. I guess it was to try to defend him with height since Spike couldn't stay in front of him at all, but it was not surprising that Johnson crossed Irvin over almost immediately and got fouled. I would think Caris would be well suited if that was the intent, rather than Irvin, who doesn't strike me as someone particularly suited to defending Johnson's quickness. At any rate, it was an interesting approach that didn't really work.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think he got the charge as||
I think he got the charge as a help defender, not as the primary defender, but I could be wrong.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||On the Valentine play, they||
On the Valentine play, they were talking about cupping the ball, not the defender.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||GSI's at UM receive tuition||
GSI's at UM receive tuition waivers (essentially scholarships, as the department that employs them pays their tuition to the university) as well as monthly wages. They are taxed only on their wages. I would expect stipends for athletes to fall into the same area of tax law.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||That's also the move Jalen||
That's also the move Jalen pulled on Kobe in the finals.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I want him to have said it right before he took||
I want him to have said it right before he took the shit, too. So I'm going to assume he did.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||It's certainly not Henne's||
It's certainly not Henne's entire career, as he had 37 INTs and some number of fumbles that I can't readily find online.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Key term there is "pre season||
Key term there is "pre season hype." It's why the Grady Brooks Memorial King of Spring Hype exists.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Refereeing is also below||
Refereeing is also below varying the snap count timing and being prepared for the double A-gap blitz.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, no kidding. You're at a huge stadium with||
Yeah, no kidding. You're at a huge stadium with lots of stuff going on. Chances are, they're not going to even notice. If they do, either deflect, distract, it tell them you can't tell if you're uncomfortable telling them it's a naughty chant. This is hardly the most difficult parenting dilemma most parents will face at the game. That will likely come from drunks or someone asking for money.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Honestly, if your grandkids are in first grade,||
Honestly, if your grandkids are in first grade, they know those words. They may not know what they mean, but they hear them everyday at recess.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I think the question embedded||
I think the question embedded in your last sentence is fair and well put. Its worth asking how much nostalgia for an idealized past shapes Brian's (or anyone's) present day experiences, particularly in something that he (and many others) have participated in across the arc of their lifetimes.
I dont think it's fair to suggest those emotions are wrong (not saying this is what you were doing) but it is fair to ask why they exist/what contributes to them/how well they represent the actual past.
Edit: I don't have a firm opinion on how much of a qualitative change there has been to the gameday experience, beyond the obvious changes to the built environment of the stadium. I've only been to one home game in the Hoke era (the "Fill Me Up, Buttercup" OSU game, which was jarring). More importantly, I don't have the long span of attending from childhood/teenage years to the present that many of the strongest critics of the gameday atmosphere seem to have.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Apologist.||
|22 weeks 2 days ago||The game columns, though,||
The game columns, though, have always been Brian's account of how he experienced the game and the gameday experience as a whole. The picture pages, UFRs, etc., are more focused on breaking down what happened and attempting to assign some type of quantitative evaluation to the action on the field. The game columns don't try to portray the ideal or only way to have experienced the game, they're not an attempt to understand the team as a coach would, they're just his own attempts to make sense of his experiences with the game writ large. They're essays, not studies.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||It's always productive to||
It's always productive to argue that someone else's experiences and emotions are invalid.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||That was an impressively||
That was an impressively terrible snap. Usually you see the punter jump. On that one, he just turned and started to run backwards.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Another passing spread, what||
Another passing spread, what is that, 5 in 6 games? (I honestly can't remember what CMU ran).
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Eh, of the throws they kept||
Eh, of the throws they kept reshowing, the throw to Gallon on the post was inaccurate, the cross field throw to Chesson was fine, a ball that gave only him a chance to catch it, and the throw to Funchess was a dead on back shoulder throw. Funchess made it look difficult by slipping in his cut, but the ball was right where it should be.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Sad Tennessee fans.||
Sad Tennessee fans.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||This is not a gimme FG.||
This is not a gimme FG.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||You don't remember bad Stevie||
You don't remember bad Stevie Brown very well.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||There is no reason not to||
There is no reason not to commit pass interference on this next play.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||UGA wasting lots of time||
UGA wasting lots of time