Archive for June 2011

If I created a new team of 2011 undrafted players, they would be a solid team

June 23, 2011

The NBA Draft is over and I can’t take how teams pick Europeans from the draft who will not come and play in the United States for four years. Why not pick an American born ready senior who is ready to contribute and make a name for himself? This is why I feel like if I created a team of all the undrafted players from this years draft, they would be a great team and win a lot of games. Here would be the roster if that could happen and I would probably call them “The Outlaws” since NBA teams didn’t feel like they were necessary.

PG’s

1. Chris Wright – Georgetown

2. Jacob Pullen – Kansas State

3. Kevin Anderson – Richmond

SG’s

1. Lacedarius Dunn – Baylor

2. Ben Hansbrough – Notre Dame

3. Jeremy Hazell – Seton Hall

4. John Holland – Boston University

SF’s

1. Gilbert Brown – Pitt

2. David Lighty – Ohio St.

3. Austin Freeman – Georgetown

PF’s

1. Matt Howard – Butler

2. Rick Jackson – Syracuse

3. Chris Wright – Dayton

C’s

1. Greg Smith – Fresno St.

2. Jarrid Famous – South Florida

Starting 5

1. Jacob Pullen PG

2. Lacedarius Dunn SG

3. Austin Freeman SF

4. Matt Howard PF

5. Greg Smith C

Key Roles

1. Defensive Specialist – David Lighty SF

2. Three point shooter from bench – Jeremy Hazell SG and Ben Hansbrough PG

3. Defensive Center – Jarrid Famous C

4. Shot block threat – Rick Jackson PF

5. Sixth man – Kevin Anderson PG

I’m not gonna lie, I really like this team and think they are a huge threat if this team could ever been made. I think the talent on this team could beat a few NBA teams and I think scouts need to really change their minds about what their team needs. I think experience is more valuable than athleticism any day of the week. How did the Mavericks win a title this season? They won it on strategy and I think this team could develop into a super team if it were real. Unfortunately, it’s not. It is very sad to see this and I will have to keep dreaming about coaching this team in my sleep. It would make other teams have nightmares..

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Video: The Sports Cycle: 5 players to keep an eye on in the NBA Draft

June 22, 2011

This NBA Draft has been called “weak”, “one of the worst”, and “not very talented”. However, I disagree and think that it will be a great draft with some players you may have never heard about. Here is the video of the top 5 players!

 

Marquette’s Jimmy Butler talks to ESPN’s Andy Katz

June 20, 2011

This is a great story from a great kid. This is a kid you want to get drafted into the NBA because he does everything right as a player, he is humbled, and all he wants to do be a team player on a winning team. I think his story is great for any young athlete wanting to become a future pro or star in sports. If you work hard and you do everything to succeed, a guardian angel will help you and give you chances to be great. I think Jimmy Butler can be a great role player like Wes Matthews was on the Portland Trailblazers. We’ll see what happens on Thursday…

Former New York Giant David Tyree would give up Super Bowl catch to halt gay marriage

June 20, 2011

Via New York Daily News:

David Tyree was in Albany today, voicing his opinion once again regarding New York’s proposed legislation legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Tyree, known for his amazing reception in Super Bowl XLII that led to Plaxico Burress’ game-winning hookup with Eli Manning, first publicly offered up his thoughts last week, when he said allowing gay marriage would lead to “anarchy.”

Today, he said he trade that catch if it meant halting gay marriage in New York.

“The catch was a gift, it’s not like I’d try to do it. I couldn’t do it again so that was a miracle,” he told the Daily News. “There’s nothing worth more than [maintaining heterosexual marriage] right here for me.”

Would Tyree truly give up his famous grab to stop gay marriage?

“Honestly,” he said. “I probably would.”

“Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored,” he added. “Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that’s something that should be fought for at all costs.”

“So I’ll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve.”

Tyree also expanded on last week’s remarks, attempting to explain what he meant by his “anarchy” statement. 

“Once you allow something like same-sex marriage,” he said, “it opens up the door for a continual softening to the backbone of our society, which will eventually, for generations to come, open up the door for who knows, polygamy, and all other [things].”

…This is a post I thought people would like to read because players would give up their achievements for what they think is best for the world. I know David Tyree is very religious and it helped him get in football and make that amazing catch in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. He did a lot of problems when he first got in the league and he found God in his life after that season and that is the reason why he made this comment.  Honestly, this is a controversial topic but because he is so passionate about this topic it makes a fan or a reader tune their ears to this story immediately. I think David wants to do what is best for the world and he feels that the catch is not as important as stopping gay marriage in New York. That is intense and we shall see what happens to this issue in the future…

Marquette’s Jimmy Butler on the front of ESPN website

June 18, 2011

Here is a picture of Marquette NBA prospect Jimmy Butler on the cover of ESPN.com:

 

This is a great pic and exposure for the young man from Marquette. His story is interesting and inspiring for any young athlete. He also is a great player and he will get a chance to play in the NBA. I have to say that I had an honor interviewing him and being able to watch him play. He is a class act, a quiet leader, and he learns from example. That is why he is a Golden Eagle for life…

A look back at this year: My NBA Preseason Picks

June 16, 2011

This summer I will be introducing a new feature called, “A look back at this year.” What I will be looking into this summer is sharing the experiences I had working with my blog for the first year and my internship at CBS 58 in Milwaukee over the past semester. What I am going to look at first is my NBA picks this year since the NBA Finals are done. Here is what my observations are:

EAST  
REAL PREDICTION
1. Chicago 1. Orlando -3
2. Miami 2. Miami EVEN
3. Boston 3. Boston EVEN
4. Orlando 4. Atlanta +1
5. Atlanta 5. Milwaukee -4
6. New York 6. New York EVEN
7. Philadelphia 7. Chicago +6
8. Indiana 8. Detroit -3
9. Milwaukee 9. Washington -4
10. Charlotte 10. Cleveland -5
11. Detroit 11. Charlotte +1
12. New Jersey 12. New Jersey EVEN
13. Washington 13. Toronto -1
14. Toronto 14. Indiana +6
15. Cleveland 15. Philadelphia +8

 Donnie Dwyer’s thoughts: These predictions are actually pretty accurate except for the Pacers and the 76ers. I have 4 predicted right, 6 that dropped a few places, 5 that rose to the occasion and over exceeded, and 6 out of the 8 made the playoffs. I never thought the Bulls would have been this good and that the young Sixers or Pacers would even have enough in them. Overall, I thought I did very good predictions here and I am happy with them going into next season.

WEST  
REAL PREDICTION
1. San Antonio 1. Los Angeles -1
2. Los Angeles 2. Phoneix -8
3. Dallas 3. Denver -2
4. Oklahoma City 4. Memphis -4
5. Denver 5. Portland -1
6. Portland 6. Oklahoma City +2
7. New Orleans 7. San Antonio +6
8. Memphis 8. Dallas +5
9. Houston 9. Utah -2
10. Phoneix 10. Houston +1
11. Utah 11. LA Clippers -2
12. Golden State 12. Sacramento -2
13. LA Clippers 13. New Orleans +6
14. Sacramento 14. Golden State +2
15. Minnesota 15. Minnesota EVEN

Donnie Dwyer’s thoughts: The West was a different story for me than the East. I did get 7 out of the 8 playoff teams in the West but I only got one team that was correct and that was the Timberwolves.  Also, 7 of the teams didn’t live up to the expectation, and 5 did better than I expected. I made two big mistakes however. I said that the Suns would be good this year and they didn’t live up to the run they had two years ago with Amare Stoudemire. They certainly missed him in the middle of the court. I also said the Mavericks would finish 8th and they finished 3rd and went on to win the whole thing. I really thought this team was old and they couldn’t beat teams like the Lakers or the Thunder. They exceeded all expectations and they played team ball even though they were not the most athletic. Credit the World Champs on a great year. Overall, I am still pleased with my picks and think next years will be a lot better.

Video: The Sports Cycle Update Wednesday

June 8, 2011
Donnie Dwyer covers the updates in Wednesday sports from MLB, NBA, Soccer, and college football. There are a ton of video highlights and interviews from players and coaches! Enjoy…