Posted tagged ‘NBA Draft’

One on One with Senior Forward Chris Gaston

January 9, 2013

The Sports Cycle and TV 6’s Donnie Dwyer has a one on one interview with Chris Gaston about the season so far, the injury, his leadership with the team, the NBA Draft in June, and his long legacy

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David Stern goes off on Jim Rome for no reason over draft pick question

June 13, 2012

I had to post this story to you fans because this story is hilarious but also goes beyond the game and into reporting. Take a look at what NBA commissioner David Stern said to Jim Rome on his show today.

Via ESPN:

“I know that you appreciate a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, was the fix in for the lottery?” asked Rome, who hosts a daily show on CBS Sports Network.

“I have two answers for that,” Stern said. “The simple easy one, no, the second, a statement, shame on you for asking.”

Rome went on to say that he thought it was his job to ask because people wonder.

“No, it’s ridiculous, but that’s OK,” Stern said.

Rome, who used to host the show “Jim Rome is Burning” on ESPN, said he didn’t think the question was ridiculous.

Stern responded: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

Since Rome has no history of spousal abuse, it appears that the commissioner was using a traditional loaded question as a tool to make his point: that the question itself, in this case about the lottery, presumes guilt.

Rome responded: “I don’t think that’s fair.”

After a little more back and forth, Rome said he hoped Stern wouldn’t hold the question against him.

“I wouldn’t hold it against you,” Stern said. “You and I have been in more contentious talks that that. But it’s good copy. You do these things for cheap thrills.”

Rome took offense to that statement, and Stern changed his characterization.

“Cheap trick,” he said. “You’ve been successful in making a career of it, and I keep coming on.”

That prompted a flurry of exchanges:

Rome: “Making a career of it? Making a career of what? What? Cheap thrills?”

Stern: “Now you’re getting mad. You’re taking on the world and now Jim Rome is pouting.”

Rome: “I’m not pouting, I’m taking offense.”

Stern: “You want to hang up on me?”

Rome: “No, I’m seriously running out of time.”

Stern: “Listen, I gotta go call somebody important like Stephen A. Smith back. He’s next.”

Rome: “OK, you go make that call and I’ll go talk to somebody else too I guess. Have a nice day. I did not hang up on him, we are officially out of time.”

This is a case of good reporting by Jim Rome and just utter foolishness by the commissioner David Stern. Honestly, I agree with Rome on his question and told my brothers the other week that the reason the New Orleans Hornets got the number one pick in the draft this season was because David Stern is part the owner and he thinks that the Hornets can be just as big as the Saints. He loved how the Final Four was a big thing in New Orleans and now he wants them to become a dynasty. I don’t blame him after the whole Chris Paul saga and the drop of the franchise the past few years but to lash out on Jim Rome was wrong. He didn’t mean to attack David Stern and also he wants the community to know the reason. It’s good reporting and Jim Rome did a good job. Shame on you David Stern, you should know better on how to deal with the media…

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..

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 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…

What the Cleveland Cavaliers should do with their #1 and #4 pick?

May 21, 2011

The Cleveland Cavaliers are making the big news! They are making it to the NBA Finals again against the San Antonio Spurs with Lebron James!!! Oh, that was 2007. Fast forward to 2011, the team had one of its worst seasons since 2003 and lost 26 games in a row. This is one season after making the NBA playoffs and losing it’s franchise player in Lebron James to the Miami Heat.

Now all the Cavalier fans in Cleveland are waiting for the NBA draft on June 23rd. That day will be the Super Bowl for the city of Cleveland because they have the first and fourth pick in this year’s draft. This is a big deal for this franchise because these two players that are coming in can change them from a 63 game loser to a 63 game winner. But the main question is who?

Let me start by saying they need to focus on shooting guards, centers, and small forwards. While there may not be players that fit that bill for this Cavaliers system, I say they choose Derrick Williams with #1 and then #4 Kyrie Irving.

The reason I say that they should do this is because as of right now, the best player in college basketball this season in the post was Arizona’s Derrick Williams. He brought the toughness and energy that this Cavaliers team is going to need. I think with him in the frontcourt next to a guy like J.J. Hickson could make for a dominant combo and can cause matchup problems in the future. Williams is the best athlete and overall player in this draft to go #1 and a city like Cleveland will embrace him and show him how to become a star like they saw Clippers Blake Griffin turn into this season.

Now if you have reached this point in the article you might have said, “How can they get Kyrie at #4? He is a projected #1 pick? The answer is Yes, he has been projected to be a number 1 pick. But here is my reasoning why they can get him 2 picks later.

The Timberwolves have probably the most point guards in the NBA with Jonny Flynn, Luke Ridnour, and Rubio coming to the NBA shortly. They don’t need another point guard on their roster. They were first in the league in rebounding next year and they are going to look for a scorer or a leader to change the dynamic of that team. They just let too many teams take advantage of them on defense and they didn’t really have an answer on the offensive end besides the double double machine Kevin Love.

Then you look at the Jazz. What are they lacking? They are lacking a guy who can shoot the ball and be a versatile forward/guard who can play multiple positions. They already have Devin Harris who is an All Star Point Guard and have Ronnie Price and Earl Watson to back him up. Why would they need another point guard in their system? Kyrie Irving wouldn’t even be able to play that much if he was selected by them and he wouldn’t be a fit. That is why I see him being a perfect fit at #4 for the Cavaliers.

Now a lot of people have been saying they will pick up the Lituanian center Jonas Valanciunas which is another good idea but if they grab Williams with the number one pick, they won’t need to address the center position so early. They also have the 32nd pick in the second round and there are plenty of centers in this draft and they can be picked up and make an NBA roster.

In the end, if the Cavaliers want to get back to greatness they need to make one of these choices. If they get both, then they are in shape to be REALLY good next year. I think they should be able to make those picks based on the situations they are presented with and they will turn from rags to riches in just one season. I really think Cleveland will be back next season. Hey, if the Indians are in first place in the American League Central throughout the month of May, anything can happen. You just have to get lucky.