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College Basketball: Sweet and disappointing

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Fuck.  Probably ESPN's best announcer, Miles Simon, has joined the Lakers' coaching staff.  

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Kentucky might have lucked out by missing on Bamba.

His older brother has a very detailed video online describing improper benefits that Bamba received from a booster who reportedly wanted to be in his inner circle when he made the NBA.

Texas is very clearly not implicated, but there's a very real chance that he never plays a mjnute of college ball.

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3 hours ago, Rhom said:

Kentucky might have lucked out by missing on Bamba.

His older brother has a very detailed video online describing improper benefits that Bamba received from a booster who reportedly wanted to be in his inner circle when he made the NBA.

Texas is very clearly not implicated, but there's a very real chance that he never plays a mjnute of college ball.

Sounds like older brother is a bit disgruntled

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If I was a top prospect, there is zero chance I'd go play for free and enrich the NCAA. I'd sign a shoe deal and go workout for 9 months with trainers dedicated to teaching me how to play in the league.

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1 hour ago, sperry said:

If I was a top prospect, there is zero chance I'd go play for free and enrich the NCAA. I'd sign a shoe deal and go workout for 9 months with trainers dedicated to teaching me how to play in the league.

Yeah.  I'm with you there.

I think a Dante Exum is the poster child for this.  Be a mystery candidate.  Wow them with some athletic highlights but nothing to pick apart.

Skal Labissiere is the flip side of that argument.  Had he sat out a year, he would have likely gone top ten.  Instead, he played and looked lost and only the ineptitude of the Kings kept him in the first round.

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Interesting:

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Update: Andrew Slater from 247 Sports reports that the NCAA is already aware of the relationship between Mohamed Bamba and Greer Love. The bond between the two goes back further than Bamba’s brother led on, which would make gifts acceptable under the condition of Love being a longstanding relationship before Bamba was an elite prospect. Love founded a program, “Locke’s Lions,” to support the students of an elementary after-school program that he worked with in 2008. Johnson, who made the allegations, faces various criminal charges in multiple states. Love is not a booster of a university, despite the allegation from Johnson.

 

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Heard Coach Cal was interested in the Knicks.  Musta seen the Mountaineers on the schedule and got scared.  :smoking:

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1 hour ago, S John said:

Heard Coach Cal was interested in the Knicks.  Musta seen the Mountaineers on the schedule and got scared.  :smoking:

Naw, he's just angling for his annual off-season raise.

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"The issues at the heart of this case are clearly the NCAA's business."

Oh snap!

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Duke is cancelling their overseas trip so that K can have knee surgery.  Surprised they are letting them go with an assistant coaching, just to let the team get all of that extra time in before the season starts.  But of course the last time an assistant took over it didn't really turn out that well.  How long before he hangs it up?  That's his second surgery this year.

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Bagley is picking his school tomorrow night at 11 on ESPN.  The timing suggests that he may be deciding to reclassify and get on campus soon.

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10 hours ago, RedEyedGhost said:

Sounds like USC.

I think that's likely, but part of me will still be shocked if he doesn't pick Duke.

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On ‎08‎/‎14‎/‎2017 at 9:42 AM, Rhom said:

I think that's likely, but part of me will still be shocked if he doesn't pick Duke.

No need to be shocked - he went the wise decision to partner for 35 weeks to be with the best coach in all of coaching history.  Obviously very happy that he has selected Duke, but it's still tempered with they can have all the talent in the world, can they put it together one year at a time since the team will be different in 2018.

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1 hour ago, Greywolf2375 said:

No need to be shocked - he went the wise decision to partner for 35 weeks to be with the best coach in all of coaching history.  Obviously very happy that he has selected Duke, but it's still tempered with they can have all the talent in the world, can they put it together one year at a time since the team will be different in 2018.

Okay... question for you... Some in UK circles have been saying this, but Duke fans online are getting their panties in a wad over it.

Do you think that K cancelled the Dominican Republic trip to have knee surgery?  Or do you think he cancelled it because he was trying to close the Bagley recruitment?

I think it makes too much sense not to be true.

 

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55 minutes ago, Rhom said:

Okay... question for you... Some in UK circles have been saying this, but Duke fans online are getting their panties in a wad over it.

Do you think that K cancelled the Dominican Republic trip to have knee surgery?  Or do you think he cancelled it because he was trying to close the Bagley recruitment?

I think it makes too much sense not to be true.

 

I think he used the reason of a knee surgery to stay at this time so that he could try to get Bagley.  The surgery was needed, but the timing of the entire process - this is just plausible deniability of putting that one recruit/potential for next year above the current roster.

Where this really gets good for me is if he is eligible to be there in the fall then he is eligible for the '18 draft and may be something the Celtics need to look at.

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Too much sense?  No freaking way K sacrifices in game experience for his extremely young team (isn't Trip the only returning player of any experience?).  

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I never understood why he cancelled the trip for the entire team due to his surgery in the first place.  Couldn't an assistant coach them in the DR for the exhibitions?

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1 hour ago, Ded As Ned said:

I never understood why he cancelled the trip for the entire team due to his surgery in the first place.  Couldn't an assistant coach them in the DR for the exhibitions?

Look at how terribly his assistants did when he took time off in the middle of last season, and there's your answer.  He's likely worried about bad habits getting ingrained because the team is so young.  I don't know why he couldn't suck it up and do the knee surgery after the trip, which would still be well before the season starts.  ETA: because cancelling that trip on those kids was such a dick move.

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Posted (edited)

4 hours ago, RedEyedGhost said:

Look at how terribly his assistants did when he took time off in the middle of last season, and there's your answer.  He's likely worried about bad habits getting ingrained because the team is so young.  I don't know why he couldn't suck it up and do the knee surgery after the trip, which would still be well before the season starts.  ETA: because cancelling that trip on those kids was such a dick move.

But he's the Greatest Coach Ever!  Surely his assistants are the Great Coaches of the Future!

I'll leave the snark at that...(sorry Greywolf, no offense).  Still the whole thing seems odd and strange to me, but unlike my counterpart UK fan, my focus is entirely on football until New Years... so eh, whatever. :P

ETA:  Well New Years-ish... depending on how the football season goes.

 

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