Caliendo is aces. Love his Madden and Barkley impersonations. And Aries Spears is good too. Does a really good Shaq.
Jay originally answered the question about the publications on June 27:
5-at-10: Friday Mailbag
by Jay Greeson
[This much is certain: Anything less than a playoff trip is a huge disappointment. Agreed?]
Absolutely. And I felt the same way last year too. I guess David Blackburn wasn't as disappointed though since he gave Russ a nice multiyear extension anyway.
Not sure that the Mocs will be better overall this year than last year. Any improvement on offense will be offset by a dropoff on the D. But that shouldn't affect our playoff hopes though. This conference is easier than ever to win. So even if we lose the 2 money games and the other out of conference games, we should still be good enough to get the autobid.
The game against Jax St. will be a good indicator of where our program is at. The Mocs would have been no better than 5th in the OVC last year, and Jax St. is projected to be the OVC's best team this year. Right now, I think it's silly seeing some of the preseason polls that have us near the top 10. I don't think we're anywhere close to that.
Hard to argue with MT's picks. The only other name I'd throw out there is Frank Reed. 13 seasons with the Mocs with 7 conference titles. Not bad at all.
[And with the changing dynamics of the college sports experience, if Mudiay succeeds the completely fractured college hoops/NBA draft process may have taken another massive body blow.]
I doubt he'll stay in China more than a year. Especially if he remains a projected lottery pick in next year's draft. I think situations like this will remain the exception and not the rule for the foreseeable future. Not everyone is willing to leave the USA to play overseas. They'd rather stay here and play for Coach Cal or Coach K for a year instead.
I like your first idea of not allowing back-to-back picks in the top 3 or 6. I am also liking the idea of drawing for the top 6 instead of the top 3 with the proposed new weighted odds from the NBA.
I think making a fair judgment with your 2nd tweak would be tougher than it looks more times than not. The Mark Madsen thing is easy to spot, but being certain that teams are intentionally losing instead of simply imploding or playing stupidly would be hard a lot of times. If the incentive to lose is taken away altogether, teams will have no good reason to tank, and there would be no reason to see if they really are or not.
Good ideas though. Not sure what the best solution is at this point. But glad the NBA is trying to find one.
MT, the concern with that idea is that bubble playoff teams would then be the ones tanking down the stretch. This past season, I bet that the Bobcats would have happily tanked their last few games to get the top pick in the draft instead of having to endure a sweep against the Heat in the first round.
And the tanking would not have to be obvious. But it could easily be done in the most subtle ways. Short and/or lazy practices, less accountability with players and their performance, lack of serious strategy, and taking "extra caution" with injuries to key players and hold them out longer than needed.
Jay, what are your thoughts on the NBA's latest proposal to modify the draft lottery to help discourage teams from tanking? What changes (if any) would you recommend if you don't agree with this proposal? See the link below for info on the proposal:
Chandler Parson's quotes:
["Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.
"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."]
The second paragraph was fine, but he should have kept the first paragraph to himself. I'm sure it's frustrating to see your team go after someone else to take your spot. But unfortunately, that's part of the BID-ness. And when another team comes calling and is willing to overpay for your services, well, here's some sympathy for ya as you cry your way to the bank.
Looking forward to the World Cup next month (no, no, no...not another soccer tourney; this is the basketball tourney formerly known as the World Championship). A possible starting lineup of Rose, Harden, Durant, Love, and Davis would be fun to watch. Then you have backups (backups!) of Irving, Curry, and Griffin among others. Rose is reportedly looking good as he continues to work his way back into playing again. Hope he stays healthy enough to make it through the tourney and also the entire NBA season.
Good stuff, Jay. Thanks for the info. And thanks for the great coverage on the Mocs. Well done all around in the Sports section. Keep up the good work.
So now it's official...LeBron back to the Cavs. I'll admit that I'm excited as an NBA fan to see him pair with Irving. And now he's back where he should have been this whole time. That said, I never thought LeBron would go back after all that's happened. Kudos to Gilbert and others for being able to somehow pull this off.
Lol, FEC. With a phone, pen, and $650 million, Obama could do quite a bit. But we all know that not a penny of that would go toward the securing the border. Maybe an increase in food stamps and other welfare would be Obama's preference. That and being able to fund Michelle's next overseas trip(s).
The LeBron to Cavs rumors are heating up fast. No commitment to the Heat after yesterday's meeting with ol' Pat can't be a good sign for South Beach. And someone saw moving trucks taking away some of LeBron's cars (for what that's worth). The Cavs are serious and are getting aggressive. If they can land Kevin Love in a deal and acquire a Mike Miller and/or Ray Allen, this might be too hard for LeBron to say no to.
Is Hargis going to be doing the Mocs' football beat throughout the season? If so, looking forward to it. Dude is aces.
MT, all the more reason for Bosh to wait and see (along with everyone else) what LeBron will do. If Bosh wants 4 or 5 years, but LeBron only signs for 1 or 2 years (or can simply opt out after that time period), then yes, Bosh should probably go somewhere else to get the max for the reason you stated. But if Bosh and LeBron are able to sign similar-length contracts (with similar opt-out provisions), I think staying in Miami would be worth it to him. But again, that's only if he places a higher value on the chance to win than taking more money.