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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 10:23 AM »
What bothers me the most is that these players will only go to one semester of classes.  If they declare they will have the tournament in march then start pre-draft workouts.  That is what makes the one and done a sham, take a cupcake and light first semester, work for max 5 weeks in the spring and fail out.  That is not collegiate sports.  I wish the NBA would do what football did and make it 3 years.  If a player want to go pro and not go to college there is always overseas.

You're right, collegiate sports is making millions and even up to billions of dollars in major collegiate athletics and making sure none of it trickles down to the students who made them money. Hell, they used to sell the rights of student athletes to EA Sports and 2K Sports to create video games based on the likenesses of student athletes.

They are being exploited, and these athletes (albeit an incredibly small number) are exploiting the system. Shoe works both way. I'd say the student athletes who are engaging in what you are talking about is such a small number that it has no effect on the system. Further, you mention Calipari and Kentucky, but neglect to mention that their graduation rate for their players that stay was 89%, Wisconsin's (who doesn't have one and dones) was 40%.

Don't give me this sanctimonious approach that Calipari, Kentucky and all the other one and dones are ruining collegiate athletics. It's silly.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: May 25, 2015, 09:10 PM »
Is Calipari teaching his players economics, finance, public relations, public speaking and many other things that an NBA player needs to know to survive in the high dollar, high scrutiny NBA at  age 19 or 20?

No, he's a basketball coach, not a life coach or econ professor.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Chambers seeking assistant coach?
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:13 PM »
Fundamentals in the post have been a huge problem

Like? Would like some specific instances. There's been issues like fouling and some footwork, not necessarily sure those are fundamentals to you though. 

Penn State Basketball / Re: Chambers seeking assistant coach?
« on: May 22, 2015, 07:07 PM »
I'm confident in most experienced college coaches' ability to coach fundamentals. This is a recruiting job.

What experienced coach is going to be teaching this team fundamentals?

Why does it need an experienced coach to teach? Fundamentals haven't been the biggest problem, it's been making winning plays in crunch time.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Chambers seeking assistant coach?
« on: May 22, 2015, 06:41 PM »
I don't know why this has to be a bad thing. Unless you were in the camp that this coaching staff can't coach despite ample evidence otherwise.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 22, 2015, 11:42 AM »
But the Sixers ended up with Saric, ORL 2nd rounder this year and their 2018 first rounder back. They are still gaining assets from the trade with the Pellies.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:46 AM »
If I were Henke, I would try to trade some of the second round picks for higher picks.  In the end, there are only about 9 roster spots on an NBA team that play.  And picking six or seven 2nd round picks over a short period means that if you pick well, they might not get to play as there is no room.  Henke would be better off trying to have two second round picks per year and trade the other 2nd round picks to move up.  The NBA is not the NFL with very large rosters.

I disagree. It's about taking as many shots as they can at getting productive NBA players like Chandler Parsons. Plus 2nd round picks are very much team friendly contracts for the most part (KJ being one of the exceptions) because they can be given non-guaranteed money. It's also an easy way to get an international player under team control like we have in the past, see Vasilije Micic.

2nd Rounders are undervalued in the NBA because they are very team friendly deals and can allow a team to find diamonds in the rough. Trading them to get back into the first round for possible rotational guys is actually not the greatest thing to do unless there's someone they really value. First round picks are all on guaranteed contracts and have to go through team options and RFA.

Keep the 2nd rounders, do the best they can with them.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:10 AM »
Don't forget that McDaniel did not want to play in Philadelphia, and him Mom was publicly slamming the Sixer organization before the trade happened.

I didn't, though I could've made it clearer I guess.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 21, 2015, 08:43 PM »
Philadelphia 76ers acquired draft rights to 12th pick Dario Šarić, a 2015 second-round pick and a future first-round pick

Jordan McRae is the guy in Australia I think.  Not sure who you are talking about in Turkey.  We drafted two Serbian players and traded one to San Antonio.  Perhaps the other guy (Vasilije Micić) is who you mean?? 

The future first round pick was actually the pick they gave up to get Andrew Bynum in that 4 team trade that NO ONE won. Even Orlando, who got a starting center in Nikola Vucevic won nothing, they haven't won more than 25 games in any season I believe since they traded Dwight. And this is a team that's going to be labeled as up and coming next year. I can't wait to slam their under again.

Vasilije Micic plays for Bayern Munich and to my recollection doesn't have a buyout in his contract, his deal expires in 2016-17. He looks decent on the tape I've seen of him, hope he makes it over here and we can get a look at him. Playmaker and a tall PG, think he's like 6'5'' or 6'6''.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 21, 2015, 08:39 PM »
They did a lot more than just get Grant with 9 picks. Some were traded for future picks.  We have a player in Australia stashed.

I believe the power forward from Turkey, not Saric, who played with the team this year was either our 2nd rounder or part of a deal with one.

Jordan McRae was the player in Australia and did really well there. He ended the season with the Sixers' D-League affiliate the Delaware 87ers and played well. He's expected to be on the Summer League team in Vegas this summer.

The PF from Turkey is Furkan Aldemir, if I'm not mistaken, I believe they acquired his rights in the Royce White trade in 2013. EDIT - Just saw Skeeza's post, my own memory comes through for once!

Just to clarify, Dario Saric is not Turkish, he's Croatian and plays on Efes in Turkey. His national teammate, Mario Hezonja, is expected to be a high pick this draft. I actually hope the Sixers find some way to get him in the draft without compromising 3. That's a big ask though. I'd love the look of a Russell/Hezonja/Covington/Noel/Embiid squad.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 21, 2015, 08:37 PM »
They HAD to trade him.  Is it a good pick if you pick a player that is a good player but will not play for your team?

Do you know the back story on McDaniels?  He didn't want to play for the Sixers, and was NOT going to resign with them.  The Sixers HAD TO trade him for nothing.

This is pretty much how it happened. They could've kept McDaniels since he was an RFA I believe but the fact that he only signed a 1 year deal and pretty much lost all of his early season momentum made him more tradeable. Even with his early promise, I never felt that he had a handle or shot at the NBA level, at least not yet. Hopefully for him he gets it, though being the 12th man on Houston has done diddly for his development.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: May 21, 2015, 08:32 PM »
Does anyone know how much Hunter has been on our radar? I haven't heard us mentioned with him much lately, maybe his recruitment is being kept quiet.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 21, 2015, 08:28 AM »
For me, 3 was a win, we were more likely to get 4 than 3. I wanted the Lakers pick and hope the Wolves don't let Towns go to the Lakers, but I'm happy with the part.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: May 20, 2015, 08:12 AM »
I'm not sure it tells us anything. We are continuously looking at players, wouldn't change if we got Reyes.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Re: Welcome to campus Josh Reaves
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:20 PM »
So ... Foster, Shep, Brandon, Julian and JD to start, a lot of firepower in the rotation, a lot of options for lineups. Will be very hard to keep Geno (obviously) and Reaves and Watkins off the floor so they will see a ton of minutes regardless of who starts, but I like Shep at 2 with him and Brandon getting enough space to shoot to start to make up for loss of DJ's efficiency and production. DZ a wild card (possible redshirt with a log jam at 2/3).

I just don't know how Geno doesn't start over Devin at this point given how much Geno was relied upon by the end of the year. Perhaps Devin will make a jump in the offseason though.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Re: Welcome to campus Josh Reaves
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:16 PM »
I think Donovon Jack, in his senior year, is the most likely candidate for a starting position.  The kid started a dozen games last year

Maybe my memory is off but I don't remember him starting a game in February-March and remember his minutes decreasing. I don't know why that would mean he gets a starting nod now.

Perhaps BT3 starts at the 3 but I'm just guessing. I'm not sure how we operate as an offense with Moore/Dickerson at the 4 and 5.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:14 PM »
Very happy with the Lottery results.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Re: Welcome to campus Josh Reaves
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:48 PM »
While he may not be the starter for the first game, I think Watkins will be our team's best player next season.

Personally speaking, I'm not expecting much from Watkins even though he's obviously talented and promising. Freshman bigs have a tough time adjusting often times, so I'm keeping my expectations for him tempered for now. Granted, it won't take much to get me completely on board.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Re: Welcome to campus Josh Reaves
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:19 PM »
No Isaiah Washington, Banks, or Moore?

Moore would be the only of those guys I think has a legitimate claim to start just based off of last season's performance. Washington redshirted, so we have little idea as to what he can do. Banks shows some things but needs to show more to be a starter.

I'm just making a guess. If we are doing 4 out and 1 in, it makes more sense to have Taylor at the 4. It's not so much him playing Power Forward, he's playing on the perimeter and stretching the defense. Position names are just lame labels for players anyway. It's not like Taylor is going to start posting up 35% of his possessions as a traditional PF.

Basically my logic is this:

Shep - started last year, no reason he won't this season after a great freshman campaign
Geno - didn't start originally last year but improved so much and was a starter by the end, keeps his place
Reaves - best prospect we've recruited and gotten on campus in a while, expecting him to start
Taylor - think he's going to have a breakout season and will start for sure, like he's done the last 2 years
Dickerson - started every game I think last season, so he'll start again

So, do we expect him to come in and start immediately, to the point where he will hit the freshman wall?

Is there a freshman wall if a kid is playing 15 minutes a game?

I think he's going to start personally. I'm guessing our lineup will be Shep-Geno-Reaves-BT3-Dickerson.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome to campus Josh Reaves
« on: May 19, 2015, 12:38 PM »
It's great to see him here on campus early and showing the desire to make himself a better player quickly

Yeah, but he just played 50 games on a high school team that does a lot of travelling.  I hope he doesn't burn out.  He needs to get proper rest too.

He's what, 18 years old?  I think he'll be fine.

It has nothing to do with youthful exuberance. Playing a more physically demanding game causes different physical challenges. It's great that Reaves has played a lot of basketball, he just hasn't played it against D1 bodies exclusively. He even acknowledges that he has to get his body right for the college game, which is great that he recognizes this and wants to improve it.

We can't just sit here and say, oh he played nearly 50 games in high school his senior season, he can't experience the freshman wall!

Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome to campus Josh Reaves
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:04 AM »
Well, college game is more physical and more physically demanding. Just because he played so many games doesn't mean he won't hit a wall.

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2015-16 OOC opponents thread
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:38 AM »
What does the sample size need to be to judge how OOC schedules affect Big 10 play? What others factors need to be accounted for?

I don't have time to do this because of work and I'm working on spreadsheets that are detailing the rosters, salary cap and future draft considerations of every NBA franchise and I'll eventually throw in some analytical stats in there that I like to project future performance and possible franchise direction.

But I would imagine everything would need to be pace adjusted, and the goal would be to look for specific trends. Like does a defense improve the more they face better offenses. Does an offense improve the more they face better defenses.

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2015-16 OOC opponents thread
« on: May 19, 2015, 07:44 AM »
Anyone who thinks you don't get better by playing better competition has never played.

That's not the concern though, the concern though is how much it prepares us for B1G play given that we've had harder schedules and still not started out well in B1G.

OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 18, 2015, 02:19 PM »
Bought them for under $300m

That's all they paid?  Wow, they did get a bargain.  Did the Hawks get sold yet?  I would think that sale would be a decent indication of what Philly is worth.  The Clippers selling for north of $2 billion didn't hurt franchise values at all either.

The Hawks and Sixer deals are quite different.

Comcast sold the Sixers reportedly for around $300M BUT Comcast kept the cable rights to the team until 2030.  A good portion of the value of any basketball team is those rights.  That said, I'm not sure who owns the internet streaming rights to the Sixers and if cable cutting happens quickly the internet streaming rights could become more valuable than the cable rights.

Also, the sale of the Hawks includes the sale of the operating rights to the arena.  In the case of the Sixers, Comcast retained ownership of the Wells Fargo Center.  The Sixers now not only pay rent for the arena but they no longer share in the revenue from sales of Flyers merchandise like they used to in the past (they do get the revenue for the sale of NBA items). 

Ah okay, I wasn't fully aware. They will own the practice facilities however and that will raise the price, as will the new TV deal. Maybe not worth $1 billion though. 

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