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NBA Draft 2011 First Round Results

The Cavaliers took the player most people expected them to pick, Kyrie Irving.  I actually thought that the Cavaliers would have been more well-suited by picking Derrick Williams, but they were able to land Irving and Tristan Thompson, who is also a great player.  Williams is more of a small forward in my opinion, so maybe they were looker for a better inside presence by picking Thompson.

I was surprised by the Jazz pick of Enes Kanter because he didn’t do that well in the leagues he was in outside of college.  I also didn’t think Jimmer Fredette would go as high as he did because he does not play good defense.  Although a scorer, you can’t put a player in the game who isn’t going to help out much on one side of the ball.

There were a lot of foreign players taken in the first round of this years draft this year.  Many teams have decided to take their chances that these foreign players will be better than the American players who attended college in the United States.

Nikola Vucevic, a USC player, was drafted as a lottery pick.  He has the size to help out his team right away.  I always knew he would be an NBA player after watching him play in his freshman year.  I’ve also seen Jordan Hamilton play in person in high school, and although he can be streaky player sometimes, he is very talented.

I like that Kenneth Faried and Norris Cole were drafted in the first round.  Faried (Morehead State) and Cole (Cleveland State) both go to small schools and played against less competitive teams in their time, but are still impressive players.  Faried led the NCAA in rebounding and averaged a double-double his last three years in college.  Cole is a great rebounding and assisting point guard, and should have an immediate impact on his team.

No. Team Player Pos.
1. Cavaliers Kyrie Irving PG
2. Timberwolves Derrick Williams PF
3. Jazz Enes Kanter C
4. Cavaliers Tristan Thompson PF
5. Raptors Jonas Valanciunas C
6. Wizards Jan Vesely SF
7. Kings Bismack Biyombo PF
8. Pistons Brandon Knight PG
9. Bobcats Kemba Walker PG
10. Bucks Jimmer Fredette PG
11. Warriors Klay Thompson SG
12. Jazz Alec Burks SG
13. Suns Markieff Morris PF
14. Rockets Marcus Morris PF
15. Pacers Kawhi Leonard SF
16. 76ers Nikola Vucevic C
17. Knicks Iman Shumpert PG
18. Wizards Chris Singleton SF
19. Bobcats Tobias Harris PF
20. Timberwolves Donatas Motiejunas PF
21. Trail Blazers Nolan Smith SG
22. Nuggets Kenneth Faried PF
23. Rockets Nikola Mirotic SF
24. Thunder Reggie Jackson PG
25. Celtics Marshon Brooks SG
26. Mavericks Jordan Hamilton SF
27. Nets JaJuan Johnson PF
28. Bulls Norris Cole PG
29. Spurs Cory Joseph PG
30. Bulls Jimmy Butler SF

June 26, 2011 Posted by | NBA, Sports | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mavericks Win the NBA Finals

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in six games in what many people didn’t think was possible (including myself).  The Mavericks were an older team with many veterans, and this allowed them to handle the pressure in the series.  Their players stepped up in game six and were able to defeat the three-star tandem that the Heat brought.

LeBron James received criticism from the press that he and the rest of his team choked during the series.  LeBron specifically didn’t do well in the fourth quarter, and also had a game in the series under ten points.  This is something that couldn’t happen from a star player in an attempt to win an NBA championship.  Michael Jordan was a clutch player when his team needed him, and LeBron was unable to show that during this series.

When the Heat’s three players came together, LeBron said that he believed the Heat would win not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, and not even 7 NBA championships (in the video below).  However, he is now an aging player, making eight NBA championships seem unlikely unless he is able to win the next eight in a row.  This has never happened before and I don’t think the Heat will be the first to do it.

I would like to congratulate Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks on winning the NBA championship.  They were able to defeat the team that beat them five years ago, redeeming themselves.  This was Nowitzki, Terry, and Kidd’s first NBA championship, and it was well deserved.

June 13, 2011 Posted by | NBA, Sports | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Two NBA Coaching Hires That Make No Sense to Me

I don’t understand the signings of Mike Brown (Los Angeles Lakers) and Mark Jackson (Golden State Warriors).  I think both teams should have taken more time to decide on the coach of their future.

Brown coached LeBron James when he was on the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the team to a sixty-six win season in 2009 and won coach of the year that year.  There were many talented players on the Cavaliers teams he coached, but they didn’t win a championship under his leadership.  The Cavaliers didn’t think he was good enough to bring back after 2009, and Brown wasn’t signed again after the 2009 season.  The Lakers are a storied franchise, and although Brown may have some experience coaching a big name player, I thought there were many better options out there.

Jackson has no coaching experience, but played 17 years as a point guard in the NBA, and has been an analyst for the NBA for the last few years.  The team must have liked his leadership ability shown through his in-game commentary in their decision to choose him as coach.  Jackson lured long-time assistant coach, Michael Malone, from the New Orleans Hornets, so he will at least have an experienced coach on his staff.  The Warriors have a young team so maybe the owner thought Jackson would be able to draw some fire into the team.

June 10, 2011 Posted by | NBA, Sports | , , | Leave a comment

Ohio State/USC Sanction Updates

USC

The NCAA has ruled even further on USC’s sanctions, stripping the team of its 2004 BCS National Championship, and also wiping out their appearance in a BCS bowl in 2005.  According to the N.Y. Times “this is the first time that a consensus major college football champion has been stripped of its title.”  The NCAA has decided that their will be no team that was the BCS national champion in 2004.  USC will still be the Associated Press national champion that year, but the BCS Championship is the game that you play to prove that you are the best team.

I think that this is a very harsh punishment for the NCAA to place on USC.  What about the other players who were part of the national championship winning team?  Is it fair that all of their hard work no longer makes them winners of the biggest bowl in college football?  I don’t think so.  One player receiving illegal benefits should not force all of the players on the team to suffer such a punishment.

Ohio State

While the school is still under investigation for NCAA violations, Terrelle Pryor has decided to leave Ohio State instead of returning for his senior season.  First the well-renowned coach leaves, and now the star player.

Pryor was already suspended for the first five games of the season, shocking many people when he first said he was going to come back.  Now he decided it is his time to leave.  I’m sure his reason was due to the fact that the NCAA has already been looking at the school and will probably find more information linking Pryor to more NCAA violations.  After his news broke about leaving, a former friend came forward with more news about how Pryor received thousands of dollars in return for signing memorabilia for Ohio State fans.  This violation is even more severe than the other violation where he received tattoos for signing memorabilia.

The team looks to be in shambles, and we’ll see if the rest of the NCAA probe can find more information about the violations the school’s players were involved in.

Overall Thoughts about Violations

One thing I’ve began to notice is that coaches seem to know of their team’s violations, and when finally found out, they leave the school.  In the case of USC, Tim Floyd resigned as coach of the men’s basketball team when information was brought to attention about O.J. Mayo.  Pete Carroll, the USC football coach, left for the NFL when Bush’s violations stemmed.  The coach of Ohio State, Jim Tressel, resigned after violations were found out about many of his current and former players.

I don’t think it’s right that these people are not given penalties along with their former school.  Does it really seem fair that they may have known of such violations-or were at least the person in charge when people under their watch were taking violations-but yet don’t receive any penalties?

June 7, 2011 Posted by | NCAA Football, Sports | , , , , , | Leave a comment