AD was on the all-rookie team last year.
Hard to argue with your season award picks. MCW is only the 3rd rookie to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding, and assists.
For the playoffs, I think the East will finish exactly as you have it. For the West, I think the Blazers knock off the Rockets in the first round, but I think it will be Spurs-Thunder in the conference finals. I am torn on who to pick in that series. Let's roll with the Thunder though. And in the Finals, Heat over the Thunder.
Agreed that college b-ball shouldn't move the shot clock to 24. Too big of a change (at least for now). But a move to a 30-second clock needs to happen sooner than later. Reduced timeouts are a must as well. Not a huge fan of the continuation rule even in the NBA. So I think the college game should stay away from that one.
I think Marshall and Smart will stay put for reasons you guys already mentioned. A guy with the wins and experience like Ben Howland seem like what Hart is looking for, but the baggage may be too much for him to make the offer. The rest of the candidates look like a crapshoot, but in the end, I predict that it will be Donnie Tyndall who will take the reins in Knoxville.
As Moc fans, let's hope Smart doesn't go anywhere. Wouldn't Wade be first in line for that job if Smart left? And let's keep an eye out for any "recruiting" visits from Wade in Knoxville. (Just in case Hart becomes interested.)
I think the criticism on Dave Hart is a bit unfair. Hindsight is 20/20 and I don't think that anyone anticipated the Vols finishing their season as well as they did. So when the b-ball team was underachieving and the fans were complaining and signing petitions, what was Hart supposed to do? Give a strong vote of confidence to a guy that he was probably going to fire at the end of the season? Then Hart would look like slime later on. Seems like Hart was in a darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don't situation. Again, if the Vols didn't unexpectedly finish strong, we wouldn't be having this discussion right now.
Hank Aaron made ignorant, racist statements to USA Today last week and showed that he is still bitter and full of hate and yet there is no outcry in the liberal media about that (of course there isn't). I have sympathy for the way he was unfairly treated in the 60s and 70s, but I have no sympathy for the criticism he's getting from the fans for his most recent comments.
Our 1st Amendment gives limitations to the types of laws that our federal Congress can pass. But over the years, that same amendment has been used by groups such as the FFRF to say that individual taxpaying citizens who happen to work for the government can't freely exercise their religion. And that's sad. And something doesn't seem right that a little group in Wisconsin can sit back and send letters to bully institutions in other states. Let each city and state take care of their own institutions.
Clay, enlighten yourself:
Maybe Will Wade to UT? Chaos becomes Turbulence?
Is Brad Stevens still happy in Boston? If not, maybe lure him back into coaching college again? He may not be as fiery as what Orange Nation may be looking for in a new coach, but I think his record speaks for itself.
Jay, I have a second request for the Friday bag. There's talk already that college basketball will discuss more changes for the coming years. What are your thoughts on the following ideas that they have put on the table:
Reducing team timeouts, widening the lane, restricting coaches from calling live-ball timeouts, implementing a hard 10-second rule for crossing half-court (no reset due to a timeout), allowing the NBA continuation on fouls, no scoring on a charge call, reducing the shot clock to 30 or 24.
Just a few more days until the playoffs begin and LeBron will begin his quest for a third (out of a predicted 8) championship with the Heat. Will D-Wade get back to full strength for the entire playoffs? Will the Pacers snap back into their winning ways? Will the Spurs take advantage of total home court and get revenge for what happened last year? Will the Thunder ride on the back of this year's presumed MVP and get back to the Finals?
Lots of questions to be answered as the fun begins this weekend. And be prepared to hear about the "principle of verticality" on more than one occasion when watching the Pacers. Mr. Hibbert is the best in the BID-ness at taking advantage of the rule that allows him to legally make contact with drivers so long as he goes straight up on the play.
Jay, for the Friday bag, what are your round-by-round predictions for the playoffs? And who are your season-award winners? Didn't you pick Durant to win MVP? That is looking really good right now.
And I thought we were finished with referring to those opposed to Obama as racists. Seriously, Hank? Don't you realize that such ignorant comments do more harm than help to race relations?
Hank still has the death threat letters that he got 40 years ago and still reads them from time to time. But why? No doubt that he experienced some bad stuff back then, but at some point he needs to move on from it and stop dwelling in the bad memories of the past.
The reason the press continues to push stories like this is because homosexuality is not fully accepted in our society (and it will never be). So the media takes advantage of every opportunity that it can to try to convince every last person that homosexual behavior is normal. Otherwise, why does the press even bother especially when it's about an athlete that most people don't know or care about?
Dirk has been a great player for a long time, but he's flown under the radar quite a bit. No question that he is on the starting five of all-time white NBAers. Let's put Stockton at the 1, West at the 2, Bird at the 3, Dirk at the 4, and maybe Bob Cousy at the 5. Thoughts?
Jay, any thoughts on the final play of the Heat/Nets last night? Bron got rejected at the rim, but wanted a foul call. On the replay in slo-mo, Plumlee gets the ball with his fingers before getting LeBron's hand. Played live, it seems like a 50/50 call, and to be honest, I'm surprised LeBron didn't get the benefit of the doubt at home. Now the Nets have swept Miami 4-0 for the year.
I read that Daly will be at his usual spot at Augusta again this year. He smokes 40 cigs a day and is down to 10-12 Diet Cokes (used to be 26-28). It's safe to say that he's still got a ways to go to getting to a healthy lifestyle. Not sure how much more his body can take of crap like this.