OT: Gores Wants SVG to Return

OT: Gores Wants SVG to Return

Submitted by uncle leo on May 2nd, 2018 at 9:54 AM

And... JEFF BOWER is the scapegoat, the guy who literally does nothing for the organization.

Gores and SVG have been meeting for two unecessarily long weeks, for no apparent reason, other than to find anyone except SVG to move.


As a lifelong Piston fan, I am terrified what this means for the future. Gores does not look like he has a single idea what is happening with this organization, and neither does Stan. They are treading on some dangerous territory unelss this guy is not canned. The Pistons are tied to horrible contracts and do not have any form of plan in place other than remaining wildly medicore, and never picking in the lottery because they are not willing to embrace the proper way of rebuilding.

I am gutted about this. At least the Tigers are TRYING something, whether or not it works is another discussion. They have not won a single playoff game in a decade, which completely took me off my chair after I heard that.

Charles Matthews gets combine invite

Charles Matthews gets combine invite

Submitted by bluesalt on May 2nd, 2018 at 8:59 AM
Monday night it was revealed that Charles Matthews received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine. This is a big deal in terms of the odds of him leaving and getting drafted. Unlike the NFL combine, where scores of players who aren’t invited get drafted, virtually all Americans who are drafted have been invited to the combine. Around 70 players will participate. Last year, of the 67 invited, I could find only three who returned to school:

Hamidou Diallo
Justin Jackson
Moritz Wagner

EDIT: User Streetchemist below pointed out that I missed Svi Mykhailiuk from Kansas and Thomas Welsh from UCLA on this list. Go give him an upvote please.

Obviously most of us hope that Charles follows in Mo’s footsteps and pulls out of the draft despite his combine invite, but the odds of him leaving this year just significantly increased.


Knicks to interview Juwan Howard for HC

Knicks to interview Juwan Howard for HC

Submitted by Blue_sophie on April 29th, 2018 at 12:08 PM
Per Zach Lowe: https://mobile.twitter.com/ZachLowe_NBA/status/990304498244603904 Wolverines in NYC FTW!!! Whether he gets the gig or not, glad to see head coaching buzz around Howard. Being an assistant for Sporlstra is a pretty solid way to learn high-level NBA coaching.

Rice Commission recommendations to be released today

Rice Commission recommendations to be released today

Submitted by canzior on April 25th, 2018 at 9:22 AM

For those who aren't aware (like I wasn't until recently) Condoleeza Rice has been hired by the NCAA and Mark Emmert to provide long term "fixes" to college basketball. Their findings are supposed to be released today. Some of the expected changes include: 

Ending One and done (although this is an NBA rule, not NCAA)

Changing summer league basketball by either disallowing coaches to attend shoe-sponsored camps, or the NCAA starting their own league.

Liberalizing agent rules: allowing players to have earlier contact with agents without having to declare for the draft. 

Transparent apparel deals, mostly with coaches compensation. 

Changing/removing "self-enforcement" of violations. 

5 year post-season ban on violators for the 1st offense, as well as loss of all postseason revenue during the ban. 


Baseball model is almost certanly not going to happen. 


Emmert would like to begin implementing the recommended changes this year and has said that he intends to follow through with everything they suggest, so there could be really big changes to basketball soon. 


Semi-relate article on the history of "student athletes" and where everything sits today. Really good article detailing the major legal cases that have brought us to where we are today.  Of note, The UNC issue, and how the NCAA couldn't go after UNC because fewer than half the students who took the fake classes weren't athletes, so it was a school issue, not an athletics issue. 

Talks about the supreme court cases that have shaped college sports, including the coinage of the term student athlete, and another SC Justice who mandated that college athletes not be paid.  Good read if you haev the time or inclination. 







Coach B w Andy Katz podcast

Coach B w Andy Katz podcast

Submitted by pryoo on April 24th, 2018 at 11:44 PM
Stumbled across this podcast today, Coach Beilein comes in after the 18 min mark. The man hasn't taken a break, hitting the recruiting trail right after the championship game. Also brings up the point that we won about 60 games the last 2 years and we're losing the top 6 players that helped us do so, 7 if Matthews leaves. Future is very bright, I hope we give the freshman time to adjust and learn the offense (and defense!) as they will certainly improve come March next year. Can't wait to see what our coach is able to do with all this young talent! https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2018-04-24/march-madne…

OT: Rick Pitino Rumored to be Candidate for Detroit Mercy Job

OT: Rick Pitino Rumored to be Candidate for Detroit Mercy Job

Submitted by MGoBlue7523 on April 23rd, 2018 at 11:45 PM
The Detroit Mercy coaching search continues to wind all over the map...Would fit the "small, Catholic" school profile that Pitino is said to be looking for. However, UDM is an Adidas school so that would seem to create some conflicts.