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|1 day 6 hours ago||Heck of a run||
In their two years in Ann Arbor, Nik/GRIII started on a team that went 59-17 overall. They went 27-9 in B1G regular season play (best record in the conference during that span by two games) and won an outright B1G title this year. They also went 8-2 in the NCAA tournament (no team in the country has won more games in that span and only Louisville has a more impressive record at 8-1).
Not bad, guys. Good luck in the league.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Mitch is the key||
If McGary comes back, this team has an All-American big man, LeVert as arguably the best returning perimeter player in the B1G, and improving potential superstars in Walton and Irvin. If Donnal can provide better or comparable size/defense/rebounding than GRIII and still offer some threat outside (say shooting a similar 30% from behind the line), this team looks like a monsteragain.
And we'll have just potentially put 4 guys in the first round in the last two seasons. Two seasons where we had the best record in the league and no program in the country has won more NCAA tournament games. That ain't good news for the rest of the conference.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Not what I said||
People saying he should come back are assuming he will be featured more prominently in the offense and won't have to play the 4 defensively. Just pointing out that both of those assumptions could easily be false, and that is before you account for risk of injury, etc.
If Nik comes back, GRIII is playing the 4. Or he's coming off the bench at the 3 after Nik/Caris. And 6th men in college are rarely lottery picks.
If Irvin improves his overall game this summer and is still 10% points better from behind the line, GRIII isn't going to see his draft stock rise higher than it is now and will be forced to either play the 4 or play fewer minutes.
If Walton becomes Trey Burke 2.0, GRIII may not have the kind of opportunities in the offense he wants/needs to improve his draft stock.
Those are all things to consider when making this kind of decision.
|2 days 8 hours ago||4 or fewer minutes/touches||
First off, agree with you on the officialness. Talking about this because of one reporter's tweet citing "sources" still feels dumb.
That being said, GRIII could also find himself getting pushed for minutes, especially if he doesn't want to play the 4. Walton is probably going to see more of the offense go through him next year. LeVert has the 2 locked down (assuming Nik leaves, which isn't certain yet and would create even more of a logjam) and I don't see Robinson playing that spot effectively. Irvin and Donnal are both guys pushing for increased minutes. And then you throw in any freshmen/newcomers into that mix as well.
If Nik comes back, GRIII is looking at playing the 4 or coming off the bench. If Nik doesn't, he's still getting pushed by Irvin and would probably be at best the #2 option at the 4 (or you have Irvin playing those minutes at the 4, which makes for another potentially unhappy camper).
|5 days 7 hours ago||Type of opportunities||
I think even beyond the amount of touches and scoring chances the bigs get, Horford wants the chance to actually post-up and have an opportunity to hang on to the ball and make a play (or fail trying). That just wasn't/isn't going to happen here, because of both the system and the surrounding talent. Having Trey/THJ/Nik/GRIII/Walton/Irvin etc. stand around while Horford gains confidence and goes through his growing pains as a post player would have been bad for business.
He seems to think that is his ticket to an NBA shot. Hopefully he gets an opportunity to do that, though I don't know of many schools (especially not ones that are winning many games) that would take a one year guy without much prior pedigree and give him that shot. Maybe a rebuilding program like USC (who sees their top two C's graduate and has a very young team otherwise)?
|1 week 2 days ago||You're being silly||
There were 25 guys who made the All-Star game this year. 2 of those guys didn't have at least one black parent. One of those guys is from Germany. Not exactly a reflection of population statistics in this country (or for our neighbors to the north). And it isn't because GM's, coaches, and fans think someone's skin color makes them too dumb to handle the position.
If you don't think being called "snowflake" or far worse on every single possession and having guys gun for you because of how you look requires a slightly different kind/level of mental toughness than just being a regular anonymous NBA player then I don't know what to tell you. You seem to be unaware of the world we actually live in or totally immune to nuance.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's a thing||
Larry Bird has repeatedly talked about how he would get pissed/insulted if the other team had a white guy trying to guard him. I'm sure plenty of black players would have a similar attitude going up against Nik one on one. We all know exactly what the writer was talking about. Defending white NBA players from the horrors of racism seems like a waste of time and acting like stereotypes don't exist (and that, especially in this case, they are often grounded in fact/experience) is just childish.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||He recruited the whole team||
UCLA lost to Minnesota only after one of their best players, Jordan Adams, was injured in the title game of the Pac 12 tournament (a game they won thanks to 11 late points from Adams). Kyle Anderson was a Howland recruit. Both of those guys were 1st team all-conference this year as sophomores. Most fanbases would love that sort of "untenable situation". LaVine committted to Howland early and came close to going to UW after he got fired. The Wear twins were brought on board from UNC by Howland. The guy went to 3 Final Fours in 10 seasons and left behind a very good team. And that is without Shabazz Muhammad who left early for the draft after last season.
The fanbase threw a hissy fit because they weren't winning at a higher level than even the most elite programs in the country. Just like the poster above pointed out.
Steve Lavin went to the Elite Eight in his first season and the Sweet Sixteen in four of the next five seasons. He had one shitty year and got fired, yet you're acting like he pissed on somebody's rug. UCLA fans are batshit crazy.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||It's all degree||
Martin's reaction is the whole issue, because if he didn't have a problem with it there wouldn't be a story.
Unless the stance you're taking is that all derogatory ribbing is off limits even in an NFL locker room (something I don't think you're saying) then we're just talking about what the people in question are comfortable with. Martin, if he was particularly sensitive about his sister, might have gotten just as pissed if they had said they wanted to take her out for a romantic dinner, court her in a gentlemanly fashion for an extended period of time, and then make sweet, sweet love to her on their wedding night. If anything it sounds way more believable than the stuff they said, and if we don't think Martin believed they were serious about acting out the things they said, we're still just talking about a guy getting his feelings hurt by words. The only way for anyone to know it bothers him is if Martin says something.
Just recently a good friend of mine insulted my heritage by suggesting I might want to go eat haggis out of my mother's private parts. I know he's joking. He knows it doesn't bother me because we are trying to make each other laugh by busting balls. If I respond as I did by insulting the Queen of England's hygiene and questioning her suitableness as a haggis delivery system, he has no way of knowing that I (hypothetically) found it particularly hurtful. If it did bother me then it is my responsibility to say something, especially if the ribbing goes both ways, which it seems like it did in this Incognito/Martin case.
Taking any of this shit out of context is unfair, IMO, even if Incognito seems like a particularly unpleasant person whose crossing the line point seems to differ from most other people. Especially when the parties involved are both large adult males. That line is still subjective.
At the end of the day, I don't give a shit about grown men getting their feelings hurt by words, especially if they act like they don't have a problem with it at the time.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||OK isn't the question||
Martin isn't a woman. He's an enormous, powerful professional athlete. If he had a problem with what was being said by Incognito, he should have told him to shut his mouth. If Incognito refused, he should have kicked him in the dick every day first thing in the morning until he did.
Bitching about it after the fact because someone said something mean (no matter how gross it is) is pathetic. I learned the "sticks and stones" lesson when I was fucking three. A grown man, especially one who is literally twice as big as I am, should have no problem absorbing the same lesson.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Not just teammates||
I guess I have to go back and sue my dad for suggesting I might be gay because I wore cologne to a Jr. High dance. That was hate speech, not something that still makes me chuckle years later. Words hurt (oh wait, they fucking don't).
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Others||
For every guy like that, there is a hyped recruit who isn't that great. Those guys are going pro because they are playing very well. Every guy we have who plays that well either leaves ASAP or seriously considers it and only comes back to move up the draft board.
We aren't special in that regard. The idea that we would take McGary and Robinson but wouldn't be interested in those guys is kind of silly.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Just stop||
We just went to the national title game. 2 of the 5 starters left early for the NBA draft. The other three are almost certainly going to be gone before their senior year (two came very close to leaving after just one season). And Darius Morris left after his sophomore season before them.
The idea that we are or can be really good without these kinds of players making up the bulk of the team is flat out dumb.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||What guys are you talking about?||
McGary, Robinson, and Burke all came very close to leaving after just one year. Burke and Morris both left after just two. Manny and THJ left early as well. Stauskas, GRIII, and McGary will almost certainly do the same if the NBA is interested.
The idea that we somehow aren't interested in the very best basketball players in the country or that our guys aren't willing to bolt for the NBA as soon as they think they've hit their peak draft position, is just silly and a way to act like we're somehow better than other programs even if we don't beat them.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Give it a minute||
Last year was the first time in about 20 years that we made the 2nd weekend of the tournament. We also just got modern facilities.
To compare, Calipari had made at least the Sweet 16 seven seasons in a row before last year (between Memphis and UK). In six of those seasons he made the Elite Eight. They were also a #1 or a #2 seed in six of those seasons (we've yet to be higher than a #4 under Beilein). When kids have to remember back before they started junior high to find a time when you weren't being talked up as a top-notch team/coach, you are in great shape. Guys like Self, Williams, Boeheim, and Coach K have that already. Coach Beilein needs time to get there.
We're just now seen as a team that makes the tourney just about every year. We've also just started to have some big NBA draft successs. If we can make another deep run and guys like GRIII, McGary, Stauskas, etc. end up in the pros, we'll start to push teams like UK, Kansas, Duke, etc. for the top guys even more often.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Anything you want||
Cable channels can say/do anything. The FCC only deals with over-the-air broadcasts for both TV and radio. The only limitations are self-imposed in order to attract and maintain advertising revenue.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Not lucky to win the award||
But rather, Dickey was just lucky to have that good of a year out of the blue. A 37 year old knuckleballer riding the wind to that kind fo season isn't a particularly replicable event, as evidenced by the rest of the guy's career.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Of course they can||
But by that logic, you would never give anybody more than a year or two on his contract, at which point you have zero chance to getting/keeping guys like Kershaw. This particular deal is way more likely to work out than most.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Prediction based on what?||
Kershaw has 4 full seasons left before he turns 30. The last three years he's won the Cy Young, finished 2nd to lucky-ass knuckleballer RA Dickey, and won the Cy Young again. He's had an ERA under 3.00 the last five years in a row (basically every full season in the majors).
With no injuries and no lack of physical tools (this isn't a small guy overthrowing), there really isn't a safer bet to pay big bucks to.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Weird perceptions continue||
The guy we missed this year is not Pipkins (who has posted 1 TFL in roughly 15 appearances), but Washington. For whatever reason, probably injury, he pretty much didn't play this year. Losing Pipkins after that didn't help, but Washington is the guy we missed.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||QB rushing||
Locker put up a little under 400 yards on the ground both years Nussmeier was there (though I suppose it is unclear whether he or Sark was really the primary guy running the offense). He also worked with Stanton at MSU. Should be pretty familiar with getting some rushing yardage from the QB spot.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||A little misleading||
That 2008 Washington team opened at Oregon (who would finish 10-3), lost a very close game to 10-3 BYU (the one where Locker drew a celebration flag pushing back the game-tying extra point and the kicker missed it), then lost to an OU team that went to the national title game.
In the second quarter of game 4 Locker got hurt and missed the rest of the season. Willingham then got fired halfway through the season, but stayed on as a lame duck to finish out the year.
Nussmeier has done impressive things, including at Washington, but that "turnaround" was going to happen no matter who the coach was once Locker came back healthy and the rest of the talent pool improved slightly above horrendous.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Short memory||
If you think the 2007 defense was full of upperclassmen, you probably blocked out a few games from your memory. Which must be nice.
Even in 2006 we had a great first unit with almost nothing behind it.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Injuries||
I'm not somebody who buys into the Mattison mythology, but this year's results were dramatically impacted by the guys who weren't available. It seems Quinton Washington was hurt all year (or, I suppose it is possible the staff is insane, which seems a bit less likely). His backup tore his ACL fairly early in the year as well. Our best pass rusher also missed half the year due to an ACL tear and was never at full strength when he came back.
A team playing its 3rd choice NT and without (probably) its best player at 100% is going to have issues. Getting run on by Hyde/Miller seemed way more about that than about Mattison just getting fooled on the regular.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||"Complete and utter failure"||
Lane Kiffin had one 7-6 season at USC, one 8-5 season, and one 10-2 season. While dealing with the most crippling NCAA sanctions since SMU got the death penalty.
Brady Hoke has one 7-6 season at Michigan, one 8-5 season, and one 11-2 season.
Let's hope year 4 goes better for our guy.
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||It doesn't hurt any less...||
Just because someone else says it.
|14 weeks 4 hours ago||Would think you're right||
That just limits the candidate pool quite a bit, I would think. It also makes me wonder if Borges is more problem or scapegoat. And if he is/was the problem, why did it take three whole seasons to figure it out?
|14 weeks 4 hours ago||Seems unlikely||
Hundley and pretty much that whole offense are coming back (I think Evans is a senior and they may lose an OL early to the draft, but that is it). Unless we really dropped gobs of money on the guy, making that move to join a staff that is maybe gone in a year if he doesn't produce a big turnaround (and on a team that loses Lewan/Schofield/Gallon) seems unlikely.
|14 weeks 4 hours ago||What is the plan?||
We've been told that things had to go less than optimal the last few years because we were moving toward something that would be better, but that required dramatic changes. Is that just getting chucked out the window?
If we're running an up-tempo, spread-to-run next year with Gardner on his way out after forcing Denard to line up under center a good chunk of the time and run a west coast passing attack I'm going to be a little ill.
|14 weeks 4 hours ago||Frustrating||
He would have been a great guy to hire three years ago. Gotta love that lining up in the I and running ISO against Iowa was building to absolutely fucking nothing.