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  1. LK1

    Bigger impact in 18-19?

    Harris should be that dude because of what he can do for Allen at the 2. If Allen allowed to do nothing but shoot long-range daggers at the 2, he's going to be an enormous weapon. Anton Gill was our X-factor in several wins last year due to his outside shooting and ability to space the floor. I think TA takes that role to another level this year as an elite B1G shooter. This team should have unbelievable offensive spacing with Watson, Allen, Palmer, Copeland, and Roby out there. Good grief. We can basically take the Golden State (quick ball movement, p&r, transition 3s) OR the Houston (isolation mismatches) approach on any possession. What's crazy is there are going to be games where 4/5 of those guys (and Amir might be in this camp with his athleticism) can be the initiator of the offense with dribble penetration. There's almost no doubt that Roby will be our leading rebounder, which also means we're going to be able to run like all hell if he initiates the offense. It also might be a combo of newcomers that has a big impact defensively. I love what I'm seeing from Amir's defense on film. He's more than willing. We could role out a rangy/handsy defensive lineup with: Amir 6'5" Thor/Nana/KD 6'5" - 6'6" James 6'6" Cope 6'9" Roby 6'8" That could be a very pesky zone and switch every single screen against man. Or you could role out a brutally big lineup and just murder people on the boards with: Amir 6'5" James 6'6" Roby 6'8" Cope 6'9" Jordy 6'11" So many options...
  2. For Nebraska football, I think this rule will be remarkably good for us. We're a big brand, but we probably won't bring in Top 10 recruiting classes every year (though I wouldn't put it entirely past Frost and co.). This means we'll occasionally have room for the 4* and 5* guys riding the bench at, say, Ohio State to be able to transfer in-conference. In other words, no one is going to have to leave Nebraska football for "better exposure" somewhere else, and we'll almost always have room for those players--particularly on defense--here. For basketball, I think Miles might be preparing our program to be in a similar position. We aren't a big brand, but if we are a perennial top 40 team, we might be able to lure that sort of talent here as well. The fact we were able to hang on to Copeland when he probably could've transferred to a contender tells me a lot about how things have changed (and Copeland's character, obviously). Ultimately, I think this will be a way bigger deal for football as an unfathomable number of players are already transferring yearly in basketball. I'm actually hoping the redshirt playing time leniency will result in less transfers happening and more security/depth for teams who experience injuries.
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    Most Under-rated Recruit

    I'm going to pick two players that haven't gotten here yet: Heiman and Davis. I think Heiman ends up Frank Kaminsky-lite (which is really, really good) by his senior year. I think Davis legitimately steps into James Palmer's role by the time he is a junior. He has a very similar skillset, and is more athletic. Every time I watch his film, I'm more impressed by what he's doing at 6'5". Hopefully he heals up well. I think he'll get minutes this year if he does--probably over Thor and Nana.
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    Rivalry

    Yeah... I *actually* hate Creighton. McDermott had a chance to win me over before he endorsed his own dirty players (which would indicate starting a fight with TP was following orders). I'm fine with Iowa being a conference rival. I hate their football program. They annoy me in a similar way that Creighton basketball always has--by reveling in their mediocrity just because Nebraska happens to suck more. Football will start destroying Iowa every season, probably starting next year. As for basketball, this isn't 14-15. We were better than CU last year, outplayed them, and got jobbed by the officials. We're going to kick their ass this year. I've never made that claim before. It's going to be a big deal for the program and Miles. For TM especially, talk about a benchmark. I think we'll trade wins with them for years to come after this season, and NU will evolve into a perennial top 40 program similar to CU. As much as I loathe the B1G conference for football, I absolutely love the conference in basketball. There are so many good coaches in this league, and all the teams improve throughout the year, so it's hard for me to hate anyone. I probably dislike Fran the most, though, so that works out well.
  5. Recruiting is 90% of what makes a good college basketball coach. Collier's writing was on the wall when our most valuable coach on the staff, Scott Spinelli, left. Collier had all of the charisma and charm of a loaf of bread. His ceiling was NIT forever.
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    NBA Playoffs

    I think your point is a fair one. I don't dislike Kevin Durant personally (I don't know any athlete well enough to make that claim either way), but when one changes jobs, there are monetary and opportunity costs. KD's move meant 1.) less money 2.) less respect and 3.) more rings. He personally found 3 more important than 1 and 2 combined, and that's totally his prerogative. It was a gamble that really only resulted in a lateral move for his legacy, no matter how many rings he gets with that squad. He never did enough in the playoffs with OKC to garner Lebron-level respect. What's interesting now is that, by going back to Cleveland and beating what was statistically the greatest team ever at the time completely vaulted Lebron into GOAT conversations--something Durant basically gave up by joining the team that beat him/was already on the verge of a dynasty. However, now that Lebron has vaulted himself into legit GOAT talk, he has also shown on the court that he has done everything a human could possibly do in Cleveland's awful organization. To get to the point that most fans would point to him as the GOAT, he needs to finish with at least three more rings. The best thing that could've possibly happened to Lebron this season was for the Rockets to lose to GS in 7. Joining them isn't joining the bad guys, but actually joining the underdog in the west in attempt to slay the Warriors, and I think KD and co's dynasty is about to be over quickly. The Rockets would be Lebron's best team ever--certainly offensively--and they have the blueprint to beat GS every year with him on the roster. This is only going to separate Bron from KD even more. Everyone knows if Lebron gets a supporting cast that equals anything close GSW it's over with.
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    NBA Playoffs

    Decision 1 was bad PR with good intentions. LBJ raised $1.5 million for poor kids that night soley because he chose to broadcast. I doubt he regrets doing it as much as some might think. Decision 2 will probably be done quietly. Rockets.
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    NBA Playoffs

    1. MJ didn't get six consecutive championships. He was a gambling addict and took two years off. 2. Agree he was a great defender, but he had the best defender(s) in the game with Pippen and Rodman. 3. Lebron didn't want Kyrie gone. He was openly against it and called the front office to voice his opposition. That's why he's leaving next season. His orchestrated roster/coach is one of the only reasons the Cavs got a ring. He was one of the best GMs in the league that year in acquiring Love and the Knicks' best players. 4. I hear you, but I'm noticing that they are all on playoff teams (Giannis, KD, Lebron, Simmons, Anthony Davis), and two of them are in the finals now. Out of this group, the ones with the best shooters (Lebron, KD) got there. MJ created the SG prototype. Lebron has done the same thing with point-forwards. They, of course, don't grow on trees, but way more bigs are developing a perimeter game at a young age because the writing is on the wall for the league. I agree with you about Simmons' game. He's always going to be limited (just like Magic was) due to no jump shot.
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    NBA Playoffs

    Zone happened ENTIRELY because of Shaq, which is another reason why I think he was the best player ever at his peak. Absolutely unstoppable. How could anyone possibly be better than or stop this?
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    Hmmmm.

    Amen to that. It's a truly perfect storm. I think the season ends with clarity one way or the other, and TM deserves a shot to coach a bunch this talented. What more could anyone--TM, Moos, fans--ask for as a judgement call on whether TM is the man moving forward? This season is justice either way.
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    NBA Playoffs

    I grew up watching Jordan and I'm Lebron's age, so I can't speak much on the greats of the past, but Lebron has another 5-7 years left to go down as the all-time assists and possibly scoring leader in addition to grabbing another 2-3 rings if he plays his cards right. I'm not sure there will be much of a discussion left after that. GOAT has to include longevity of dominance and I just can't give that to guys like MJ (gambling) and Magic (we all know what he did) who took years off their prime careers by not putting the game first off the court. Lebron has been the model of success on and off the court, and it's extended his career. That will count for a lot when it is all said and done. Lebron at 33 is quite a bit more accomplished than MJ at 33. He has time. If we're talking peak dominance rather than longevity, I'm not sure how anyone could be better than 2000-2001 Shaq. We'll never see a 330lb player move like that again. As far as style, two things about today's game to note: more quickness/strength and better shooting. Lebron is carrying freakshow weight (265lbs) in today's league at his position, just like Shaq did. Additionally, today's perimeter shooting has forced every defender on the court to have way more lateral quickness in addition to being able to shoot the ball. We already know that the 3pt shot is more effective statistically in today's game than the midrange shot, so it's only going to be more imperative moving forward that 1-5 can shoot a decent three point percentage. Bigs will have taken over 7500 threes this season at a 35% clip. They shot 95 threes in 1980 at 11%, 667 in 1990 at 29%, 382 in 2000 at 26% (Shaq years). When I look at the skill and athleticism of positions 3-5 in earlier eras, I'm just not sure how some of those players' midrange and post games could outscore/out-value today's shooting bigs. Just the height of the giant guys in the playoffs who essentially play point guard/shooting guard on offense--Lebron (6'9" 265) Ben Simmons (6'11" 240), Giannis (6'11" 225), KD (6'10" 240)--is completely changing the future of the game. The need to switch defenders on the perimeter is next (which is exactly why Roby will be drafted--he can guard 1-5). Soon enough, positions won't be a thing anymore because everyone on the court is going to be 6'7"+, mobile, with range, and guard skills. It may look like small ball, but players are slightly taller now than ever across the board. It's going to look insane down the road.
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    Roby (is Good)

    If that happens, we are Michigan last season. We weren't far off from being as good as them last year. They had a slightly more talented roster and more experienced coach, but there weren't big differences between our programs. I felt the same way about Purdue. It should come as no surprise that we'll be ranked to start the season, and I believe it will remain that way.
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    Mixed Blessing? Lunchtime musing

    Totally agree. The way Jordy finished the season was quite a bit better than what Smith brought to the table. I'm expecting Jordy to make a solid contribution to a very good team this year. He's more than capable.
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    NBA Playoffs

    Pop all the way.
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    NBA Playoffs

    I don't think so with Lebron. He's too unselfish for that to be an issue. Same with CP3. I think those two dudes just want to win as many chips as possible. Lebron will likely go down as the all time assist leader, and Houston would get him there quickly. Any team with better players is going to mean his scoring might drop a tad. I don't think he'd care. At this point, he'll go down as the statistical greatest player ever. He needs 2-3 more rings to surpass MJ from a legacy standpoint though, imo.
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    Roby (is Good)

    If I had my way, we'd run the half court offense through him the majority of the time. Because he's so naturally gifted as a passer, I think he needs to have a scorer's mentality first and create open shots for himself/others by being decisive and aggressive. I trust him to make the right play. Guys like that need to be aggressive. I literally saw zero players that could guard Roby last season. He's too quick for opposing 5s and too tall for opposing guards. Our top 4 guys need to average double figures this year. I think Allen might sneak into that conversation as the fifth due to the minutes and open looks he'll get. But Roby needs to be someone who can not only bring the ball up off his own rebound, but actually run the point when he does bring it up.
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    Mixed Blessing? Lunchtime musing

    And Gallegos was an EXCELLENT perimeter defender his senior year. He neutralized most teams with quick guards.
  18. LK1

    NBA Playoffs

    Or the Warriors. That would be the end of the NBA. Lol. But Houston seems like the best realistic fit to me. CP3 is his son's godfather.
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    NBA Playoffs

    I don't think he's a good fit in Philly--not enough shooters and Simmons clogs the lane for their offense with his complete inability to shoot. Not enough basketballs for he and Lebron. I don't think the Bucks have enough overall talent to lure him. I think he wants to play with proven vets like Harden and CP3.
  20. LK1

    NBA Playoffs

    I feel like Lebron is going to the Rockets. By not winning Game 7, the Rockets left the door open for him to sign for a team that is actually better than the Cavs (and may be better than the Warriors right now) but has yet to prove it. If they add Lebron, the Warriors dynasty is over. OR the Cavs will get Kawhi in the offseason. OR LBJ signs with the Spurs to play with Kawhi and Pop (and whoever else would make that their destination). I don't see any other scenario that gets Bron past KD and co.
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    Mixed Blessing? Lunchtime musing

    1. 100% agree on Gallegos. He was the x-factor of that team's success because all he did was run around and shoot threes. That helped a ton for creating space, and we didn't replace him with anyone. Thomas Allen easily steps in as the Gallegos of this squad, in my opinion. I think that kid breaks out. He's too good of a shooter not to. 2. Agree again. Jordy is a better version of Leslee, and not having Leslee took away good picks and good enough interior defense/toughness. 3. Agree on Gill, and I think Thomas Allen steps right in. The person who allowed that to happen is Amir Harris, who basically looks like Evan Taylor 2.0. So Thomas Allen never has to play point guard again (I hope) because that's not what he's here to do. He's here to shoot the ball from beyond the arc. A lot. One other thing that might be obvious: this team's returning players are simply better. GWIII (senior) >> Tai (soph) Palmer (senior) >> Petteway (junior) Copeland (senior) >> Pitchford (junior) Roby (junior) >> Shavon (junior) Jordy (junior) >> Leslee Allen . (soph) >> Parker (junior) Reserves/walkons: (not sure who the back up pf is) << Rivers Costello >> Menke Harris >> Tarin Smith Borchardt >> Hammond, Ayegba Thor >> Fuller Heiman >> Kurkowski Davis >> ?? Nana >> ?? Also: TM (2018) >>>>>>> TM (2014)
  22. LK1

    No Huerter no more

    Definitely a good NBA prospect with the height/shooting combo. Thrilled to see him go.
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    Costello Redshirt

    That's definitely fair. Seemed like he had a knack for steals/blocks/was around the ball often but you're definitely right in that this doesn't mean lateral quickness.
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    Costello Redshirt

    Definitely a dark horse to contribute. He was dunking in games at 6'2" in high school. I think he has D1 skills and enough lateral quickness, and definitely an excellent shooter. His straight line speed may be his biggest issue, but he's a gamer. It'd be interesting to see what he could do with some real minutes.
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    Morrow leaving

    Fair enough on OR%, but that's not accounting for IC shooting/making midrange jumpers and threes. MJ's only offense was the prayer of an offensive putback. That doesn't make him a better rebounder. The defensive rebounding stats are way more accurate as their roles on that end are much more similar.
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