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It seemed like he was wearing 3/4 leggings under his shorts but I couldn't tell if he had a brace on or not.

I love the Web series, and love that Hampton was owning his mistakes after practice. Also loved that Pat gave him the chance to close out the post-practice huddle as a way to get him more comfortable and communicate with his teammates. Those are the kind of small things that could help Joe going forward.

The conditioning will come, and I assume that's why he got to campus so early. His progress throughout the series will be worth keeping an eye on   

Penn State Basketball / Re: Next year's roster
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:56 PM »
I am very pleased with Pat's success in recruiting. He's completed what may very well be the most difficult part of being a coach at a program like Penn State: i.e. getting players with good pedigrees in HS and AAU to want to be trailblazers at a bottom tier P5 school.

I can't wait for this season, even if I sit here today unsure of what is to come in the 16-17 season.

OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 25, 2016, 07:38 PM »
Again, not sure you've read the law or even understand it from what you say.

1. The law is the HB-2 law in North Carolina.

2. The law clearly is bigoted towards the LGBT community. Transgender people have to use a bathroom that they don't want to and identify with. The picture above is a good example of a man who would have to use the female dressing room and bathroom in North Carolina. As Larry put it, how does that even remotely make sense? Mind, the most devastating outcome of the law is that it overrode all local ordinances concerning wage, employment and public accommodation. This clearly is a law that will allow and outright validate discrimination of people based on their status in the LGBT community. So, say the city of Charlotte, NC wants to pass a bill saying that businesses in Charlotte offering a public accommodation cannot choose to refuse service upon someone based on their sexual orientation. They are now prevented from doing so because of HB-2.

So the answer to your question is YES, the law does promote discrimination against the LGBT community and local governments can't do anything about it. I'd love for you to explain why this law isn't bigoted.

OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 25, 2016, 04:38 PM »
Do you know what the law is Skeeza? It's a law that allows discrimination of the LGBT community because of their affiliation with that community. It isn't so out of line to call the law bigoted or the people that passed it bigoted either. It is a clearly pro-discrimination law based solely on sexual orientation and identification.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 23, 2016, 01:21 PM »
I think we will need more tangible on court success before Pat can get a 5 star or one and done caliber player. But the fact the kid is listening is huge. Let's not forget that Markelle Fultz, probable top 5 pick in the NBA Draft in 2017, took an OV to our campus. Wouldn't be surprised if Pat gets Jalen onto campus at some point.

Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:14 AM »
What kind of walk is it from Penn Station to the Palestra?  Safe?

I assume you mean Suburban Station? There isn't a Penn Station in Philadelphia, but Suburban Station is the most used station I'd imagine. But anyone training in from the suburbs of Philadelphia will want to get off at 30th Street Station. The walk is safe, it's just a walk down Market Street and I believe part of it is perpendicular to Penn's campus.

Also, there's a big plus for anyone out of the area who wants to bus in for the game. Out of town buses go to 30th Street Station as well, and it's a 10-15 minute walk to the arena. So you won't have to worry about taking more public transportation. I'm going to be desperately trying to go to this and if anyone wants to arrange a PSH meet up or something, I would have no problem working with them or putting it together.

OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 22, 2016, 06:59 PM »
I have no idea how the law passed

There's some pretty incredible gerrymandering going on in North Carolina. I'd highly recommend a Google search as there's not just one article that will give you the full run down.

OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 22, 2016, 12:55 PM »
North Carolina deserves very little sympathy. They've been gerrymandering the hell out of their districts to be able to pass this kind of legislation. NBA has the right to do with their game as they please, and bringing it to a location that is openly discriminating on the LGBT community doesn't look good for them either.

Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: July 22, 2016, 07:08 AM »
Really really sad, thoughts with his family, friends, and teammates.

OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 22, 2016, 12:07 AM »
And? I'm not sure what your point is Skeeza.

Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 21, 2016, 09:53 AM »
If Reaves has actually added 25 pounds of muscle, then I would imagine he's going to be incredibly dynamic next season. I would imagine he's gotten stronger, that's a serious amount of muscle though.

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2016-2017 OOC schedule discussion
« on: July 20, 2016, 03:10 PM »
Haha, that would be pretry interesting!

This was released within the last 2-3 weeks I believe and I think Eric and I both brought it up on Twitter when Morgan State released their schedule. I believe I also posted about it in 2-3 scheduling threads on BSD before they finally picked it up.

Main lesson - persistence pays off. :)

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2016-2017 OOC schedule discussion
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:20 AM »
It's 11 games. Morgan State is on the schedule, game to be played 12/21.

Well that's unfortunate, their rpi last year was 329...they're a big fat cupcake!

Having one of those is fine. It's avoiding the garbage scheduling that has gotten Northwestern and Nebraska in trouble in recent years.

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2016-2017 OOC schedule discussion
« on: July 20, 2016, 10:33 AM »
It's 11 games. Morgan State is on the schedule, game to be played 12/21.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:18 PM »
LeBron doesn't exclusively play SF.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 18, 2016, 05:44 PM »
I think it can work at the college level, the problem would be hard to nail down with so many more players of so much varying skill in D1.

But I don't think it would necessarily require serious 3 point production. For instance, I think you could definitely make the case that Brandon Taylor was better at the 4 than the 3 last season. Now, that's not perfect since he was a solid shooter for us, but the point remains. It is not just in 3 point shooting but overall contribution. I think some playing up players for us to watch would be Payton Banks, Mike Watkins, Lamar Stevens and Josh Reaves.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 18, 2016, 03:51 PM »
Players tend to play "up" in the league right now. That means players play their best at a position "bigger" than they typically play. For instance, Robert Covington played significantly better last season as a 4 instead of a 3, and Richaun Holmes played better as a 5 instead of a 4.

It would not surprise me to see Ben Simmons play his best at either the 4 or 5 (should he play the 5 this year at all).

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 18, 2016, 03:07 PM »
You ask some good but loaded questions, Jim. We tend to identify positions in basketball since it is easier to place players into identifiable roles that way (i.e. the PG runs the offense, the C gets rebounds and blocks shots). Yet, it is often never that easy. It also depends how you view positions too. I tend to look at positions based on who players are guarding, and that is why I don't call Ben Simmons a PG. He has the requisite skill to fill that role but he is also 6'10" 240 pounds. No one should want him chasing around Steph Curry or Russell Westbrook full time for instance.

But I think Simmons brings a lot of defensive versatility to go with his elite rebounding. I think that once he gets comfortable in defensive sets, that Simmons should be able to switch on a variety of guys in the league. This should make him a very valuable pick and roll defender since switching is such an important component of team defense in the NBA. But when it comes to where he fits best as a starting point, I think putting him on guys who are perimeter based players on a normal basis will stunt his defensive rebounding, and make it less likely he gets boards on that end. That would take away his effectiveness.

Mind, I wouldn't use PSU's Ed teams as something that can work in the league. The athletes are too good in the NBA to rely on guards pinching to help with rebounds all the time. There are far too many good shooters out there in the league to tell Simmons to go get the ball no matter who he is guarding.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 18, 2016, 01:06 PM »
It would be such a waste of Simmons' rebounding to play him at the 3.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 18, 2016, 07:14 AM »
I know there are some weird names out there but I'd be quite surprised if there was a person named Makhi and Makhel Mitchell.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 17, 2016, 09:39 PM »
I find it unsettling that you include Simmons with the post players.   Why don't you think that Simmons will play the 3 ?

It's unsettling? I'd say it's his most likely outcome given his size and rebounding.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:05 PM »
Embiid hasn't played. As excited as I am for him, I would hesitate to trade Nerlens, who can legit anchor the defense.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:46 PM »
I would trade Okafor because Noel is a better player and is easier to fit around. Okafor needs a team around him and he's such a bad defender in the most critical position on the floor.

But if you followed Summer League and the silence from Noel, it's pretty clear that he is the one being moved before the season.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:35 PM »
I would give up Okafor but I think the Sixers are going to give up Noel.

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