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06/03/2018 - 7:53pm Except they don't

Except they don't. Of the 4 major professional sports leagues, NBA franchises are the hardest to turn around. It is much easier to turnover a roster in the NFL with nonguaranteed contracts, a hard salary cap, and a bigger emphasis on team building vs individual stars.

The NBA has guaranteed contracts and heavier emphasis on star players. And a small market team like the Pistons is not going to be able to sign a star free agent without the pieces in place to win. You can't win big in the NBA today without an All-NBA player which the Pistons don't have. The Pistons are several years from even starting a rebuild with Blake Griffin under contract until 2022, Reggie Jackson until 2020, no draft pick in 2018, and recent draft picks that show little promise to become playoff caliber NBA starters. They need to trade Griffin (and possibly Drummond) to bottom out and win some lottery top-5 picks.

I doubt Beilein would be around to see the fruits of his labors if he left, but the challenge may interest him. I have my doubts a veteran roster like the Pistons is going to be very open to Beilein-style coaching, and it will take Beilein until his 70s to see his own roster.

06/03/2018 - 7:48pm It is much harder to move bad contracts now in the NBA

It is much harder to move bad contracts now in the NBA. Teams are no longer as willing to take them on. Ryan Anderson has been stuck in Houston because of his anchor of a contract, and Daryl Morey is one of the most creative GMs in terms of crafting trades to make the money work.

The problems is the NBA is all about your best 2-3 players. No one cares that Van Gundy turned over the roster from players 7-13. This team was being built around Andre Drummond when he got here, and that is still the case now. Only the situation is even worse now with the Blake Griffin contract, and no promising young players under 25 on the roster. The Pistons actually have one of the oldest teams in the league and didn't even make the playoffs.

05/31/2018 - 7:11pm Happened one other time that I can recall

Happened one other time that I can recall. Played Duke twice in 2008-09 with the 2K Sports Classic. Lost the first game at MSG and then beat them at Crisler 2 weeks later.

Usually has to involve an early season tournament where the school doesn't control the schedule or other invited schools.

05/31/2018 - 7:10pm Missed your comment

Missed your comment & posted the same thing.

05/30/2018 - 3:11pm NBA Draft Deadline summary (3PM ET)

Returning to School:
Carsen Edwards (Purdue)
Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)
James Palmer Jr. (Nebraska)
Bruno Fernando (Maryland)
Juwan Morgan (Indiana)
Isaac Copeland (Nebraska)
Nick Ward (MSU)
Isaiah Moss (Iowa)
Nojel Eastern (Purdue)
Chris Silva (South Carolina)
Reid Travis (Grad Transfer rumored to either Kentucky or Villanova)
Udoka Azubuike (Kansas)

Staying in NBA Draft:
Kevin Huerter (Maryland)
Donte Divincenzo (Villanova)
Omari Spellman (Villanova)

Waiting on:
Charles Matthews
Tyler Cook (Iowa)
Tyus Battle (Syracuse)
Brian Bowen (South Carolina)
Half of Kentucky's roster

05/29/2018 - 2:47pm It might be

It might be. A lot of fans might stick around with Chaos to continue attacking their rival, but it's possible that appeal could wear out with time.

I'm not sure its a massive assumption because if you are one of the few who are invested in this game, you might be invested to continue playing after your school is eliminated (the appeal is not just in your school but in the game itself). I doubt you would continue to have a 100% participation rate, but even if you kept 50% of the players, Chaos players could outnumber a single school's fans pretty quickly.

05/29/2018 - 1:56pm I was wondering this as well

I was wondering this as well. I posted this question probably too late in the previous thread today and will repost it here:

Question from an observer: doesn't this game end with Chaos winning?  Assuming users stay engaged in the game after their school is eliminated, won't Chaos run rampant over the game as their user numbers grow if they are not eliminated soon?

I would think it would make more sense to ally with Nebraska, Florida & Texas, consolidate respective positions in the West, South, Texas & Midwest, and eliminate Chaos as soon as possible. Battling Nebraska right now seems kind of futile. Just a thought from a random observer.

05/29/2018 - 11:38am Question from an observer

Question from an observer: doesn't this game end with Chaos winning?  Assuming users stay engaged in the game after their school is eliminated, won't Chaos run rampant over the game as their user numbers grow if they are not eliminated soon?

I would think it would make more sense to ally with Nebraska, Florida & Texas, consolidate respective positions in the West, South, Texas & Midwest, and eliminate Chaos as soon as possible. Battling Nebraska right now seems kind of futile. Just a thought from a random observer.
 

05/16/2018 - 5:29pm NBA Draft Combine last minute invitations

Looks like some last minute invitations to the NBA Combine went out. Theo Pinson (UNC), Ray Spalding (Louisville), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), and Isaac Haas (Purdue) have been added from several different reports. I haven't seen Charles Matthews though.

05/16/2018 - 12:40pm Surprising

Surprising. I am guessing most of the victims probably wanted a quick resolution, but I am surprised that they settled this quickly and for that amount. They are getting about half the amount the Sandusky victims received on a per victim basis. There has not been any information about any institutional changes that may be required at MSU along with this settlement.

05/14/2018 - 11:29am Yeah this is a sea change

It is out in the open now. Not just the gambling. Prepare for it to flood sports advertising like daily fantasy sports did with DraftKings. Will there be live gambling in stadium? Where will the boundaries be?

05/10/2018 - 11:17am Agreed

The bump we got from recruiting was from bump most coaches get from glow of their initial hire. Harbaugh probabaly had more of one because of his unusual NFL success as it is rare to get a successful NFL coach to come back to college. Most coaches who make that transition are ones who flame out like Petrino or Saban.

I personally think the satellite camps did little to advance our recruiting.

05/10/2018 - 11:05am Agree 100%

Win games and put players in the draft. Recruiting gets a lot easier with that.

Look at James Franklin and PSU. He beats OSU once and wins the B1G, and everything changed for him.

05/07/2018 - 11:24pm Early Signing Period

If he doesn't sign during Early Signing Period, he is probably not going to be in the class. Early Signing Period is several weeks before Stanford admissions is finalized for some, so I think that will be the day to look at.

Early Signing Period has taken some of the gamesmanship of recruiting out of the process. Much harder to string a school or prospect along to February Signing Day now.

05/07/2018 - 9:28pm Most of the lottery picks don't have to fully participate

Most of the lottery picks don't have to fully participate. Some invites gives top prospects the option to choose to skip the live scrimmages and only take part in measurements, medical tests, & interviews.

05/07/2018 - 9:25pm I think that ship has sailed

I think that ship has sailed. I think this list is for players who were invited and accepted. DeAndre Ayton and Robert Williams declined their invite and are not included on this official list. So I think the NBA may have already completed their RSVP process, and the Combine is about a week away.

And I am not even sure Matthews is in the top 5-10 players who were snubbed.

05/04/2018 - 11:18pm Misinterpretation possible

Misinterpretation is possible. I was surprised when I saw the report of Matthews being invited to the Combine because he was not on most top 100 prospect lists, and only about 70 prospects get invited each year.

What was lost in that report is that there are three different communications from the league after the initial questionnaire. The initial questionnaire from the NBA asks if they will participate in the Combine if invited, but it is NOT an invitation.

The NBA will send three types of email communications:

(1) a Draft Combine invitation without a requirement to participate in on-court basketball activities,

(2) a conditional Draft Combine invitation with a requirement to fully participate, including all on-court basketball activities, and

(3) a letter of consideration and request for information stating that you will be contacted again once a determination regarding your invitation status has been made.

It's possible someone on Matthews' team or Woo misinterpreted the letter of consideration as an actual invite.

http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2018DIEnf_orcement_NBAEducationalMemo_20180313.pdf

05/02/2018 - 12:28pm Ranking too though

Ranking is different too. Wagner was pretty solidly on most top 100 lists last year. Matthews is not. He may want it based on his age, but if he can't show it on the floor it won't matter what the clock says. He's going to have to prove it just like Wagner last year.

05/02/2018 - 12:08pm OP missed some more withdrawals

Other withdrawals after participating in Combine:

Rawle Alkins (Arizona)

Andrew Jones (Texas)

Omer Yurtseven (NC State)

That makes about 12% of participants who withdrew after the Combine last year. Only one year so hard to draw too much from that sample size. It also could be skewed because some players pass on participating and that number could have a big effect on withdrawals. 8 of last year's top 10 picks did not participate last year, and I think that number may be higher this year because the draft is deeper.

Last year's Combine list: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/05/05/sixty-seven-players-attend-draft-combine

05/02/2018 - 11:51am I think Wagner was told to come back to school

Wagner got exposed during scrimmages and was advised to come back to school if I remember correctly. I am not sure he was guaranteed or given a 2nd round grade. I think it was more than just a love for Michigan.

05/02/2018 - 11:49am Similar to Wagner last year

I think this situation is similar to Wagner last year. Getting a Combine invite is a huge step toward being drafted, but how Matthews performs at the Combine and scrimmages is going to determine if it will happen. Wagner got exposed during the scrimmages, and his decision became clearer after that.

Personally, I hope he comes back because next year's draft is weaker which will increase his chance of going in the 1st round. But I can't be down on him if he goes if he gets a 2nd round guarantee as the early 2nd round works out for a lot of players.. One thing that has been a constant so far during most of Beilein's time at Michigan is that almost all of his players have made good decisions on early entry to the NBA Draft.

04/25/2018 - 1:02pm Kind of disagree

Holtmann worked some magic this year, but no one could forecast Keita Bates-Diop because he was out for almost all of 2016-17. If you take Bates-Diop off of this year's OSU team, I think they still look a lot like last year's team. The cupboard wasn't completely bare: Bates-Diop and Jaesean Tate were both highly recruited seniors that were prioritized by Beilein & Michigan during their recruitment.

I think Woods is going to start for them BTW unless one of their freshmen kill it in the fall. He replaces Kam Williams more than Dakich. I still think their team will take a small step back unless one of their freshmen can become a high usage player. They will benefit by the fact that it should be another down year in the B1G.

04/24/2018 - 6:06pm I think there are other solutions

I think there are other solutions. Don't recruit and visit his personal gym. Recruit them at their high school and home. Let the players and parents know that the trainer/coach is not welcome at their school because of the allegations, but they are.

It will probaby make recruiting his players much tougher, but I think it is a better solution than not recruiting his players. I think there are a lot of other reasons besides the trainer/coach that parents' might be sending their kids to work out at his facility, and those systemic issues have to be approched in several ways outside of just recruiting. He probably needs licenses and permits to run his gym, be a trainer, or coach in leagues--those are other avenues to attack as well.

04/24/2018 - 5:44pm I don't have a problem with recruiting his players

I don't have a problem with recruiting his players. I am not sure why the kids should be the ones to suffer here.

I think the bigger issue is the fact that the head volleyball coach and athletic department were contacted regarding him and decided not to do anything. And if the school did anything else to support his program like running exhibitions there. That combined with everything else going on makes it more troubling.

But I kind of agree with you that this on its own probably wouldn't be as big an issue to me. Seems like the bigger issue in this story is the actual alleged perpetrator and how he has used the system to protect himself.

04/19/2018 - 4:46pm Best schedule for what?

Best schedule for winning the B1G is best teams as single plays (preferably home) and worst teams as Home/Away. That may not be the best schedule for making and seeding the NCAA Tournament though (as Nebraska and MSU experienced this year).

04/19/2018 - 4:34pm They return a lot of veteran players

They return 3 junior players who have been 2-year starters from a top-10 team (statistically) with a top-25 recruiting class. These projections are based off analytics from returning players and projections of recruits. Not a perfect science, but I will take it over most of the early top 25 lists being put out there by writers.

I am not a KenPom subscriber, but I think he has MSU a little lower. I think KenPom had Maryland as the highest rated team in the B1G at #11 after the NCAA Tournament ended, but that may have assumed Justin Jackson was returning (he is not).

04/19/2018 - 4:02pm Torvik T-Rank Projections

Number is national ranking projection. I think Indiana could be a contender if they land Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan withdraws from the Draft.

6     Michigan St.
19     Wisconsin
20     Michigan
21     Maryland
29     Iowa
31     Indiana
33     Nebraska
36     Northwestern
38     Purdue
45     Penn St.
50     Ohio St.
53     Illinois
68     Minnesota
115     Rutgers

04/19/2018 - 3:53pm I don't know if I would go that far

I don't know if I would go that far. I don't think that schedule gives us any advantage to winning the Big Ten. Rutgers and Illinois are going to be two of the worst teams in the B1G, and those are both single plays. OSU may not be very good either--another single play. I think the only favorable single-plays we get are Nebraska and Purdue at home, and that is assuming their key players don't stay in the Draft. Most of our Home/Away matchups are teams that should be in the top 10 of the B1G.

The new 20-game schedule helps even out the competition so it is not as big a deal.

04/19/2018 - 3:26pm Similar to Castleton

Wagner was a 4-star #119 nationally in 247 Composite. 247Sports had him much higher though at #46 nationally.

https://247sports.com/Player/Moritz-Wagner-81211/high-school-140563

I always wonder if some of these sites alter their rankings after the fact years later like Chad Ford at ESPN with the NBA Draft.

04/18/2018 - 1:45pm I don't understand that part either

Besides the locker room fit after getting kicked off the team, how does he have any eligibility left? He had a redshirt year already. And I don't see any way you could appeal 2017-18 as any kind or injury or hardship year.

04/16/2018 - 12:36pm This is why I come to mgoblog

"He spent large amounts of his time dunking on the best future accountants and deeply incompetent prosecutors that Ingham County could provide."

Gold.

04/12/2018 - 1:37pm You can't release student records like that

You can't release student counseling and medical records for public relations even if you don't individually name the student. It can be used in court of law for defense where appropriate, but that isn't what this is. This was not a legal response and served no purpose outside of public relations. And just because you don't use the student's name doesn't mean that information is not personally identifiable information or should be available for public consumption outside a court of law. There is so much detail in there that you could make a case that someone would be able to ascertain her identity.

Besides even if somehow you were able to fit this under the letter of the law (which I don't think you can), it is in extremely poor taste especially considering what MSU is dealing with right now. MSU could have made a statement that the lawsuit was without merit and that they will show in time that the student was offered and given the proper counseling. There was no need to go the lengths they went to publicly try to assail her in the way they did.

And when you add in how shamelessly MSU (and many other institutions) hide behind FERPA when it comes to athlete arrests and assualts, it makes it look even worse. This tweet pretty much summed it up better than I could:

 

04/12/2018 - 11:21am That statement by MSU was so out of line

That statement by MSU was so out of line. I was thinking what exactly got wrote today. MSU violated FERPA and privacy laws at the minimum. But beyond that, they hide behind FERPA every time their athletes get in trouble for years, but now it is convenient that they can release almost every single detail about this woman's counseling WITHIN 24 HOURS. Unbelievable.

04/12/2018 - 11:14am No.

No.

I am more interested in the actual reporting. Couch's hot takes add nothing to the discussion.

04/10/2018 - 4:57pm "tentatively"

Not going to put much stock into this report at this time. The fact the author had to use "tentatively" in quotations about a possible meeting with Beilein adds a lot of uncertainty about Michigan's actual interest.

Considering the report is coming from the transfer prospect, it may be a case where he may want to be recruited by Michigan.

04/09/2018 - 9:02am Duke is going to be hard to beat

Duke is going to be hard to beat especially if they get Joe Cremo to grad transfer there.

Are all basketball players named Joe in Albany?

04/05/2018 - 7:32pm One minor quibble

One minor quibble:

The Big Ten Tournament did not exist before 1998. Raising multiple banners before 1998 was much harder to do without the Big Ten Tournament.

I am still stunned how far this program has come in 10 years.

04/03/2018 - 6:28pm Timing probably helped in negotiations

OSU fired Matta at a really awkward time to go looking for a head coach.

Chris Mack got paid by Louisville though and looks smart now for passing on OSU last year. Not sure if Louisville is the better job with the cloud of the NCAA, but the money sure is better.

03/30/2018 - 5:52pm I think he is going to have to win a National Championship

Are we talking Naismith Basketball HOF?  If so, I think he is going to have to win a National Championship to get into that HOF. There are plenty of deserving coaches who haven't made the Naismith Basketball HOF because of that glaring hole in their resume, and some who may be less deserving who made it in only because of a National Championship. It covers all of basketball (NBA, NCAA, and International), and the voters are quirky and many foreign. Almost every coach I can recall getting in recently had one National Championship.

Bob Huggins, Bo Ryan, Gene Keady, & Eddie Sutton haven't really sniffed it yet. But Gary Williams is in. Nolan Richardson is in. Jerry Tarkanian is in so NCAA sanctions can't be the reason for keeping Sutton out. John Calipari is in despite leaving the rubble of two programs in his wake.

Steve Fisher, Rollie Massimino, Tubby Smith, and Jim Harrick are the only coaches in the last 30 years or so with championships that I can think of that are not in. Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie are a little young, but I suspect Donovan will get in eventually.

He is a lock for the College Basketball HOF though.

EDIT: Lefty Driesell finally made it this year. So maybe there is hope for coaches without a National Championship. But it was a long wait for him.

03/30/2018 - 12:20pm Everyone in the G-League is being showcased

Everyone in the G-League is being showcased. I don't get this logic. 75% of the players on a team's G-League roster are free agents. Most teams have two 2-way contracts and maybe a draft pick. The rest of the roster are free agents. The Knicks were forced to sign Trey Burke to their roster because they were afraid someone else might sign him if he played at the G-League Showcase. And even most of the 2-way contracts will be free agents at the end of the season. So exactly who are you developing? This isn't set up like minor league baseball or hockey where the pro team owns most of their minor league players' rights for years.

And my point was there are a lot of things you can't learn about a prospect from just watching a game. Getting to know a potential All-Star or starter and see him in practice every day is a different animal and may have more value than playing a bunch of guys who are most likely never going to sniff any real playing time in the NBA.

03/29/2018 - 4:42pm On the other hand

On the other hand, how many opportunities do teams have to get this close to a lottery prospect before a draft? It may be worth it if you are an NBA team that is probably going to be in the lottery just to be able to evaluate that player in-house.

Also, can't any G-League player be claimed by a team if they are not on your 17-man NBA roster? I get that you want to develop your own players on two-way contracts and draft picks, but there should be more than enough playing time to fit him with the rest of the roster. Just being able to evaluate him in practice would make it worth it.

03/29/2018 - 1:37pm Kind of a strange post

Kind of a strange post. Usually the dudes who are testing the waters without hiring an agent to leave the door open to return don't post stuff like this. Farewell....but maybe not!

03/29/2018 - 1:06pm Gupta works for Turner's CNN

Gupta works for Turner's CNN so I think that was going to be hard to compete with. Jay Feely though makes no sense.

03/29/2018 - 1:01pm Wolfson is working the main broadcast

Wolfson is working the main broadcast.

My choice for the sideline would have been David Alan Grier.

03/29/2018 - 12:50pm Don't have a huge problem with Gupta. Feely is the issue.

Don't have a huge problem with Gupta. Feely is the issue. How can your color person not have any connection to basketball? All the other teams have a color analyst who is a former player. Especially considering there are plenty of former Michigan basketball players in the media right now. My guess is that Webber was too controversial to put on the Michigan game, and Turner did him a favor by not bringing in any other former player.

Would have preferred a comedian for the sideline reporter.  Kansas got Rob Riggle which should be fun to watch.

03/29/2018 - 12:43pm Yes & he is already guaranteed one

Michigan received rings for making the Final Four in 2013. Hopefully, Duncan can earn a different one.

03/20/2018 - 3:06pm It might

Michigan being the highest remaining seed will be the home team in Los Angeles. I believe they also get the best locker room (most likely Lakers) and hotel as well as the highest remaining seed.

03/19/2018 - 11:48am I think he is borderline top 10. Definitely Top 15.

This was the names I thought of.

Coaches I would put in my top 10:

Mike Krzyzewski
Roy Williams
Bill Self
Tom Izzo
John Calipari
Jay Wright
Mark Few
Tony Bennett
Gregg Marshall

Coaches in the conversation with Beilein for the top 10:
Bob Huggins
Jamie Dixon
Chris Mack
Mick Cronin
Mike Brey

Guys who may have been there a year or two ago:
Jim Boeheim
Sean Miller
Rick Pitino
Thad Matta
Bo Ryan

 

02/24/2018 - 5:18pm The paper trail is not established or public yet

The paper trail is not established or public yet. A runner having a player or number in his ledger doesn't make it a fact. Especially when the NCAA and compliance don't have access to the full set of information and the source's integrity is questionable (he was alleged to have run up over $40,000 on an NBA player's credit card). He could be making up false receipts and payments to steal money.

My guess is until more of the FBI investigation is made public in court, there isn't much else the NCAA or these schools will do. I think the wiretaps are where the real sh*t will hit the fan. And the schools have little to lose at this point. I think Andy Staples put my thoughts best in this tweet: