Love the Cavs picks. Got two big men with non guaranteed money. Championships are like chess. Got to stay a few moves ahead. This year was sort of a fluke that the Cavs made it all the way to the finals and had Kryie or Love been healthy probably could have played the whole thing without a center. Noah? Bogut? Horford shooting 3s. Could be the exact opposite next year with healthy Rockets and OKC teams, Aldridge maybe heading to the Spurs and the Bulls moving out a defense first coach and trying to move Noah to upgrade the center position. Even the Clippers would be tough for the current version of the Cavs. Most likely going to need bigs next year. You stash Osman and Christmas is ready day one as a versatile big.
If you get an 8 on the ACT you don't get in anywhere. If you retake the test and get a 20 you can get in. Don't think it's about us vs ND. It's about his current vs old score.
I don't know when we entered into this sort of NBA but have heard at least three different analysts say a lot of teams like Russell's charisma much more than they do a guy like Okafor. I know you have to sell tickets but man just about every sport you can trace bad draft picks back to the teams who didn't just pick best available player. If you are putting charisma into who you pick you are doing it wrong. Tim Duncan would get drafted outside the lottery if charisma mattered. I'm knocking the teams/analysts here and not Russell, of course.
Love that Russ is representing THE Ohio State University with those colors. Wish him nothing but the best tonight.
Update : ESPN reporting Lakers are REALLY trying to move out of the two spot and calling teams below them. Not in love with anyone other than Towns and hoping to move the pick for a proven player.
I like Frank ( not at 4) but think it's more of a reaction to a really week draft. But he's the guy that seems to have the late buzz. Suns want him at 13 and seems like they are hearing he won't be available then. They don't think he will available at 9 ( tried to trade with Charlotte) and seem to be calling teams below 9 about a trade.
Just a really week draft. Freaking Myles Turner is going to be a lottery pick and that dude didn't look like he was going to be able to run the court a lot of games last year and dominated no one
I'm expecting a LOT of trades and stashing of Euro players tonight.
Going to be interesting. ESPN now reporting Knicks guy might be Kaminsky and that at least two teams in the top 5 looking to trade back. Towns is going 1 to Minny. I'd imagine the Lakers have to be one of the teams looking to trade back. They love the idea of Clarkson and Kobe so not sure Russ fits there and everyone seems to be worrying about Okafor's upsisde/defense. If Philly knows Embiid is more injured than they are letting on they might go with a big and the Knicks go Kaminsky not sure when Russ ends up being picked. Although if Kaminsky is the Knicks guy they could trade back several spots and still get him.
I'm going to go against the grain and say either via trade or dropping a bit Russ lands with the Sacramento Kings.
I'd like to see one of those teams in the 10-15 range like the Heat, OKC or Pacers trade up and grab him. I agree though. Farther he falls the better for him imo.
Still feels like a draft where a bunch of teams might try and trade back. You have Towns and then a drop-off to a lot of guys with question marks. Still don't think Russell is an NBA point guard. He can pass for sure but turned it over 3 times a game and those numbers will only go up if some team like Philly tries to force him into being the primary ball handler. I think he'll shine at 2 guard who can handle the ball and run the offense for limited stretches as a hybrid pg/2 guard. Here's hoping he lands with the Knicks or Lakers. Both of those teams were a mess last year but at least they have people in place to help a kid like Russell. Going to Minny or the Sixers not so much. If Russ lands with the Sixers they will do the same thing they did with Michael Carter Williams. Let him jack up a bunch of shots and then complain he didn't develop into a PG.
Bunch of dudes in the top 20 who look good on paper but will probably bust out a la Anthony Bennett. Got a bunch of guys in the lottery for large chunks of last season couldn't even take over college games. Horrible draft.
Crazy but what's probably best for him would be to fall in the draft. He'll get more money the higher he's picked but there's a lot of bad teams near the top with bad gm/owner/coaching structures that keep taking guys like Russell and never developing them. Not a Kobe fan but Lakers would seem like the best fit because of Kobe. Russell has all the talent in the world but still has some bad habits that on a team like Philly would never get worked on. A guy like Kobe would tell him "look you can't do this or that".. Probably not going to happen but would love to see him fall towards the end of the lottery to a team like the Pacers, Heat or Thunder who could develop every ounce of his game.
If buts, candy, nuts but the dropped ball in all of this was not waiting a year or two to build the new arena. Waiting a couple of years would have meant they could have used Nationwide for games and knocked down St Johns and rebuilt on the same site. They got too caught up in catering to alumni and psl's even though they were told time and time again that building across the river would impact the number of students attending games. They built in and tucked the students behind the baskets and the place was like a tomb most games. Then they moved the students. Then alumni complained and they had to "remove" almost 250 seats so that the people behind the students could see without standing up. And then guess what they did? The seats they "removed" were subtracted from the student allotment and alumni ticket prices went up to make up for the lost revenue. Giant cluster.....
Should have played a couple of seasons at Nationwide and then opened a 14K'ish seats state of the art "throw-back" facility on top of old St John Area.
Surprised to see so many 8-10 win guesses. They don't have a QB and lost EASILY their best five players to draft/graduation/expelled. I think shaking up the coaching/culture will pay dividends down the road ( IF Harbaugh stays) but hard to imagine it translates to wins this coming season. That squad is losing at Utah and I'd guess they find a way to lose to one of Oregon St. BYU and UNLV. That's a shaky 2-2 going to Maryland. Lose at Maryland and that's a 5-6 win team. You win at the college level with QB play and this season they don't have a QB. Mark it down. This is going to be an UGLY year for the team up North. UGLY! All those *ichigan fans who didn't like the Harbaugh hire and kept their mouths shut will be banging the "we hired the wrong guy drum" all season long.
Urban Meyer again says there hasn’t been any discussion yet about Braxton changing positions.
I assume this means a discussion with Braxton, right? because otherwise I don't buy it for a second. This coaching staff is always game planning. ZERO chance the coaches haven't discussed the "what ifs" of him not being able to throw to start the season.
Still have mixed feelings on this. Rooting for Braxton 100% but sure would like to see them protect the downside a little bit here and there. To this point Urban has basically said QB 100%. Could it really hurt to get him involved with the running backs and wrs even on a VERY limited basis? If for any number of reasons he can't throw next season sure would be a shame to see #5 on the sidelines because they didn't have a package of plays ready to begin the season.
I agree to an extent but it's still a numbers game. Total house-cleaning? no, but turnover is going to happen. It has to. We dumped two big contracts with Horton and Wiz and had to bring on two guys who aren't going anywhere because of their salaries. Clarkson and Bourque. Both those guys were injured as we were playing our better hockey at the end of the year and both have roster spots next year. We have like 18 forwards and 8 defensivemen without options and a bunch of kids in the minors chomping at the bit to play on the big club. They have to bring in at least one offensive/dman and are looking for a top 6 guy as well. Just inevitable that some of these dudes are going to be traded. The "room" has 19 starters each night. Not going to be shocked if 3-6 of them are new faces.
But that's my point. This "current" group. The Brass at the CBJ all the way down to the Dispatch keep telling us the group isn't going to be there this fall. They HAVE to get better on the blueline so a guy or two is going to be moved. They have to get better in the top 6 and bottom six and have too many kids and too many forwards so there's going to be movement there. Letestu is most likely gone and so are a handful of guys that sort of filled in for all the injuries. When you line-up this year with next year might have a third of the team being guys who aren't in that locker room right now. Again, not knocking picking Nick just the timing. CBJ have now issued a comment saying "they didn't want it to be a distraction at training camp"... that's in October. Just would prefer they let the roster/draft sort itself out before doing this.
With regards to Chicago and Reilly. We aren't Chicago for starters and two Chicago couldn't sign Hayes a C/Winger guy which they have a crazy amount of depth at the position. Hayes wanted to play and that Chicago depth wasn't helping. We lost an offensive minded puck moving/scoring blueliner that would have played ASAP this year down the stretch. We don't have another kid like that in the pipeline. It was a business decision for playing time in Chicago. We lost a kid we guaranteed playing time because he didn't like our club/franchise.
And you really think those guys and that locker room would get ticked off if we signed a guy like Martin St Louis to a 1 year deal to come in here to show this group of kids how you play hard in November and even harder in March? A guy with respect around the league who you could stick the C on for the season. A guy who could show all our undersized guys the right way to play small hockey the same way he did for Tyler Johnson. A guy who's hoisted the cup?
Just not a fan of limiting roster decisions. What if we get into talks with a team at the draft and the stars align for a perfect deal and they want Nick thrown in... you can't do that then. You can't trade the guy you just put the C on.
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I'd take a look at the trade market and the farm system and keep two of these guys and move the other two. Keep two of Cozart, Frazier, Bruce, Mesoraco. You just aren't going to win anything in the division/league or postseason with those four guys as your core group. As a group they all struggle to make big league swings. Reds are dead last with runners in scoring position. An embarrassing .196. Scoring position with two outs even worse .175. You just make it too easy on the other team when every other guy in your lineup struggles to just ground out to the right side, bunt or even put the ball in play to just get the guy from third home.
HATE the Cardinals but they always have guys who can hit the ball to the right side of the infield with a guy on third and less than two outs. When you have four guys who struggle to put the ball in play the right way it just makes putting together a lineup so difficult and puts even more pressure on guys like Votto and Phillips and Hamilton.
Don't get the timing of it. I suppose after the embarrassment of losing Mike Reilly they needed some good pr???? Why on earth announce a captain before your roster is set? Team has the draft and a glut of players at certain positions they are going to have to move plus free agency coming up. They could easily move pieces around where we bring back a guy who deserves the C. That's not a knock on Nick but not buying he wasn't C material this past season and then suddenly is prior to the draft and about two seconds after the learned Mike Reilly wasn't going to sign. Would rather wait and see and if he's the best guy when the roster is set give him the C. We had so many problems at home and starting games thought for sure they'd make a move outside the room for an older guy to come in that would instantly be respected with the C on his shirt then one or two seasons from now you slap the C on Boone...
That's what I thought.. Secondary violation imo... You can say Boom.. Great Day etc... but he is tweeting about a specific high school which implies a specific kid.... dumb rule for sure but seems like he did something he shouldn't be doing.
Never been convinced we have S&C in bball. Conditioning sure.. but strength? You can make a lengthy list of kids like Thompson who came in skinny/not rock solid and left the same way. People laugh at me when I suggest this but would love to see a guy like Tate spend a month or so this offseason with Mickey Marotti. Tate isn't going to get any taller... time to bulk up....
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Thad Matta is still the coach, right? Loving starts. I have a decade of starting lineups that tells me Thad doesn't sit upperclassmen. Especially with a guy like Loving who can handle the ball if needed with a young inexperienced back court. I don't think Loving being in the lineup makes for the best lineup just don't see Thad bringing him off the bench.
Blame the coach. Butler got in early foul trouble and Thibs somehow kept asking him to chase LeBron around and not foul. Good luck...
Gibson should have just owned up to it. Looks bad saying " he didn't kick him". Check the video. You kicked him. Should have just said "he legged locked me and I lost my cool"... Lying about it sets up a greater possibility of a suspension. Not that it matters. Bulls bench is garbage. If the Cavs hadn't yo-yo'd around at the end of the half and beginning of the second half wouldn't have been close. They had a double digit lead and like 8 straight positions they tried to roll through Perkins, Moz and Thompson. LeBron should have just closed the door. Could have been a 20 pt lead early 3rd quarter easy.
Don't think he's going anywhere but if he was questions 1 and 2 are pretty obvious to me. World class hospital and training facility. He wouldn't get that at most schools he might be considering. It would make the leaving 1000x worse if he used OSU to heal up and then skip town but if you remove all the emotional aspects of it from a health standpoint you'd heal up first then transfer imo that's the "smart" move.
Since he went down have been saying the dude comes back and as the season winds on and he grasps his new position and package of plays and hes going to be dynamite at something other than QB. Still think he's a QB until some point close to the season or even after it starts and Urban does a presser saying "it's just not an injury he could come back from.... but boy do we have a package of plays for him... you don't keep a guy like Braxton Miller off the field"
Does he dunk his pancakes :) Welcome aboard big fella!