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NBA Draft Review

In one of the craziest drafts I’ve ever seen, the craziest move of the night belonged to – who else? – Isiah Thomas. I’ve given the numbers before to demonstrate Thomas’ world class incompetence as an executive, but let’s recap: 3 years ago he took over a 35 win team that was $40 million over…

The NBA Draft

In a half hour, the NBA draft will begin on ESPN. As a certified basketball nut, let me make a few predictions here. 1. The team that decides to draft Rudy Gay instead of Adam Morrison will regret that choice very much in a couple years. Rudy Gay is an athletic marvel, with enormous natural…

Isiah Replaces Larry Brown

As predicted, the Knicks have fired Larry Brown and team President Isiah Thomas has replaced him as head coach, prompting the obvious question: does Thomas have pictures of Knicks owner James Dolan in bed with an underage sheep? It’s the only explanation, really. Of course, one could say the same thing about the fact that…

Eating Crow on the Miami Heat

At the beginning of the NBA season, I made some predictions. At the halfway point of the season, I was looking like a genius. I predicted that the Pistons would be better under Flip Saunders than under Larry Brown. I predicted that the Heat would start out as underachievers, that they’d force out Stan Van…

Jail Isiah!

Someone sent this link to me and it’s pretty funny – JailIsiah.com. Apparently some Knicks fans are getting might upset. But they’ve got the facts absolutely correct. When Thomas took over the Knicks in December 2003, they were a mediocre team with an $83 million payroll and were locked into several huge contracts with underachieving…

Isiah Thomas to Coach Knicks?

ESPN is reporting that New York Knicks owner James Dolan is going to buy out the last 4 years of Larry Brown’s contract ($40 million left on it, so you gotta figure it’s gonna cost half that to buy it out) and that he is then going to name Isiah Thomas as coach. I’m almost…

Two sports posts in one day? They’re going to revoke my membership in the Association of Intellectuals. But hey, college basketball is one of my great passions. ESPN has been discussing and debating who would go on the Mt. Rushmore of college basketball for both coaches and players during the ESPN era (which began with…

Good News For Duke

And with the mess surrounding their lacrosse program, they could use some. Josh McRoberts, their only returning big man, has just announced that he will return for his sophomore season rather than enter the NBA draft. He was expected to be a lottery pick if he had gone pro, based purely on potential, but decided…

Duke Has Big Problems

And I don’t mean the rape controversy on campus, I mean the basketball team for next year. They’re already losing JJ Redick, Shelden Williams, Lee Melchionni and Sean Dockery to graduation, but now they’re likely going to lose the only two big men they had returning next year. Eric Boateng, a freshman big man who…

Florida’s Championship

As the resident college basketball nut, I suppose I should comment on Florida’s national championship victory. This was only the second time ever that a team had gone from unranked to start the season to a national championship (Villanova in 1985 was the other). No one expected this team to be this good. They only…