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    Dean Smith reacted to jayschool in Kavas/Cheatham appreciation thread   
    Here are two guys who sacrificed a comfortable senior season in a backwater Division I league to take a chance on Hoiball. They've been rewarded with humiliation on the court, and in Matej Kavas' case, a season-ending injury. This could be the least emotional Senior Day in a long time, but it doesn't mean we don't appreciate what these men gave up to become Huskers.
     
    A Toast!

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    Dean Smith got a reaction from busticket in 2020 PF Juco Lat Mayen - Signed   
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from Vinny in 2020 PF Juco Lat Mayen - Signed   
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from Swan88 in 2020 PF Juco Lat Mayen - Signed   
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    Dean Smith reacted to hhcmatt in Will they or won't they: A poll   
    If Mike Flood can get the B1G football vote information can he also get us the 2019 NIT committee seeding tallies?
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from LNKtrnsplnt in Message from the Nebraska Basketball Team   
    I note a touch of sarcasm. You said people should actually be taught history and my response was that many times what is taught as history is truncated and therefore misleading. MLK, like all of us was a complicated person. Though never forsaking non-violence, he became much more radical, marginalized by the mainstream civil rights movement, and hated by white America by the time of his death.  When we leave out inconvenient truths and teach only great man history the common person feels there is nothing they can do to affect change because they aren’t “great.”  We can all be great, we are all flawed, we can all be part of affecting the change that we as individuals want in the world.
     
    I have a gut feeling we probably have different views of what we want the future world to look like, but we should both be provided the opportunity and allowed the use of the tools that our system is supposed to guarantee all of us, to try to create the future we want.
     
    I admit that’s a very hopeful, optimistic view of what we can be as human beings and a nation. It should be an easy target for your sarcasm. 
     
    The cartoon is from 1967. 
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from 49r in Message from the Nebraska Basketball Team   
    I note a touch of sarcasm. You said people should actually be taught history and my response was that many times what is taught as history is truncated and therefore misleading. MLK, like all of us was a complicated person. Though never forsaking non-violence, he became much more radical, marginalized by the mainstream civil rights movement, and hated by white America by the time of his death.  When we leave out inconvenient truths and teach only great man history the common person feels there is nothing they can do to affect change because they aren’t “great.”  We can all be great, we are all flawed, we can all be part of affecting the change that we as individuals want in the world.
     
    I have a gut feeling we probably have different views of what we want the future world to look like, but we should both be provided the opportunity and allowed the use of the tools that our system is supposed to guarantee all of us, to try to create the future we want.
     
    I admit that’s a very hopeful, optimistic view of what we can be as human beings and a nation. It should be an easy target for your sarcasm. 
     
    The cartoon is from 1967. 
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from 49r in Message from the Nebraska Basketball Team   
    The proper way to celebrate the legacy of a man is to truly know it. MLK was far from the Hallmark greeting card he has been turned into.  He also said “the riot is the language of the unheard,” was a social-democrat long before Bernie, felt we should have a universal basic income, called for the end of the Vietnam war and condemned the American government, calling it “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today,” decried the “two America’s” and was voted the most hated man in America all while sleeping with a lot a Black women who were not his wife. He was human like the rest of us. Great and flawed. People don’t need to agree with everything he believes but if we study “real” history we should know who the real man was. 
     
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/time.com/5197679/10-historians-martin-luther-king-jr/%3famp=true
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    Dean Smith reacted to LK1 in Message from the Nebraska Basketball Team   
    I'm an academic as the brunt of my living.  There are three things from my research I would propose to empower our Black American families:
     
    1.  Universal Pre-K.  There should be no political argument here.  It is not a child's fault what situation he is born into.  80% of the brain is developed by roughly age 6.  We need compulsory education starting at age 2.  This isn't my opinion.  The literature is conclusive.  The age 5 compulsory start for children is completely arbitrary.  
     
    2.  A 60-year housing discount for Black families to reverse the FDR (and beyond) redlining over a 60 year period in the 20th century.   Here's a fairly entertaining video of how the American hood was invented.  While I do think there are massive cultural problems in places like inner city Chicago, it is important to note that the slums of our country are artificial in nature.  When artificial things are created and there is a constant critical mass, unnatural chaotic things tend to happen.  This was a state-sponsored and state-designed implementation, and it is up to the state to do what they can to reverse it.
     
     
    3.  Legalize marijuana.  Our prison system is completely insane and loaded with non-violent criminals.  Increase freedom and get the government out of the personal choices of adults.  This would also greatly hurt Mexican cartels and decrease illegal immigration.  We tried prohibition once.  It's a colossal waste of time and tax dollars.
     
    I'm happy to entertain cordial discussions on the topics I've listed above from any viewpoint anyone wants to put forward.  I've always been impressed with the civility and intellect of this board.  Intellectual diversity is a good thing.  Communication is a good thing.  I don't find it particularly profound to point out that oppression exists.  That's kind of an undergraduate thing, but it's a good place to start for critical thinking.  I'm more interested in solutions, and I don't think anyone on the known political spectrum is attempting to do this right now.  
     
    Otherwise, I'm happy to leave this here as a (hopefully perceived) relevant contribution to the original post.  
     
     
     
     
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    Dean Smith reacted to hhcmatt in Message from the Nebraska Basketball Team   
    Yesterday, the team came out and one by one named someone they were standing for.
     
     
    At the end Kobe Webster and Teddy Allen read from notes they had brought with them.
     
    Webster: "We stand together as one to find ways to educate people to hopefully stop this terrible trend of lives being lost for no reason. This is not a political fight. This is about being a decent human being. Hate is such a strong word that is unfortunately used and acted on too much in today's world. We know we are not going to change everything that is going on by standing here today. The goal for us is simply to make our community and our state stand behind us and in not accepting these injustices as ok and turning a blind eye. We cannot allow this great country to be filled with so much hatred and anger towards one another. It is not a place that we want to live in when knowing that when we leave the house we might not return because someone views us as a threat. A threat being our skin color or wearing a hoodie, or by simply looking different than someone else, or sadly by sitting in our own living room."
     
    Allen: "There is no denying that we have different stories and backgrounds. We all have moments in our life where we've had to overcome something, but the color of my skin is different, putting me at a higher risk. We are tired about talking about the same things over and over while losing precious lives along the way. Are we fighting a pointless fight? How many more hashtags need to be created by the police for people to start caring? We cannot only care when it is convenient; we cannot only care when it impacts us directly. Caring about someone else's life should fall within basic human ideals. We are standing here together as black and white people making it clear that we are sickened by the events in our country involving police brutality and systematic injustices towards our black people. We want to play a roll in change and we want you all to join us. No more hashtags, only change."
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    Dean Smith reacted to hhcmatt in OT: Live Sports Are Back!   
    If Blake had lived the exact same life but looked like me, he most likely would not have been shot.
    This is about wanting the amount of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness to not be dependent on the color of your skin.
     
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    Dean Smith reacted to Handy Johnson in OT: Interesting Video on AAU Hoops   
    If you haven’t seen the Documentary “Hoop Dreams” I highly recommend it. Speaks to a LOT of these same issues & is fascinating story as well. Deals with Chicago’s Catholic/Public leagues & two young men’s rise & fall...
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    Dean Smith reacted to HuskerFever in OT: Live Sports Are Back!   
    Union Omaha gets its first goal and first ever win for the history books. And against the reigning champion of 2019.
     
    FWIW, Union Omaha is in League One (below USL Championship and MLS in the US soccer league system).
     
     
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from kleitus in Trevor Lakes is N   
    I know they’re called highlights for a reason but what is the most impressive to me is he can be 24 feet out, catch the ball at chin level and immediately release it  with no dip at all. I could do that too but his splashed and mine would land just the other side of the free throw line. 
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    Dean Smith reacted to hhcmatt in Big Ten Conference-Only Season   
    Our world filled with anti and pseudo science also confounds me.
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    Dean Smith reacted to Dead Dog Alley in Will they or won't they: A poll   
    Rick Pitino: The health of my players and staff is what's really important.  And lining up some hookers.  The health of my players and staff and lining up some hookers is what's really important.  And paying off the equipment manager's wife after I knocked her up.  The health of my players and staff and lining up some hookers and paying off the equipment manager's wife after I knocked her up is what's really important.
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    Dean Smith reacted to Norm Peterson in The View from out here on My Limb   
    You may be right. And I considered that. Maybe if I'd seen more of Walker, I'd think differently. But I look at his numbers from Tennessee (very small sample size) and, unless he's really REALLY improved, he probably isn't going to see a lot of time on the floor. (I get that he was buried on the depth chart on a very good Tennessee team, but while it's true there were a lot of good players in front of him, it's also true that his numbers would have kept him off the floor even on a bad team -- 29% from the foul line? Yikes.)
     
    Yvan has a lot to offer in terms of strength and heft and holding his position defensively on the inside. But he also  has a lot of work to do on skill development. And I'd like to see him look a little more explosive. He was tentative taking it to the basket when he was in scoring position and, as a result, wasn't very effective scoring inside. I think the game was still going a little too fast for him at the end of the season. He could make huge strides this off-season. But it'd be helpful if he was here.
     
    Meanwhile, we have this kid who is as long as anyone on the roster, put up good rebounding numbers in juco, and is a solid shooter, including over 80% from the stripe. And I think it's more likely that Lat can put on weight and build strength between now and November than it is that Yvan suddenly develops soft hands. And Derrick Walker is still too much of an unknown commodity for me to assume that he's transformed his game since his days in Tennessee. Maybe he has. But he'd have to in order to get the starting nod here.
     
    I'm fairly comfortable that starters will include Banton, Allen, and Webster. I took Thor over Shamiel. But that could be a foot race, honestly.
     
    And then I looked at all the possibilities to fill the big man role. And I decided they all have their strengths and they all have some glaring weaknesses (absent updated info on Walker). So, whose balance of strengths and weaknesses will benefit the team the most? I went with the springy, long kid who shoots the ball well and rebounds.
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    Dean Smith reacted to HuskerFever in Hate Will Never Win   
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from Red Rum in Think Yvan as slimmed   
    I don’t know if anyone ever mentioned it but he was only 17 when he played this season so it is very possible he did grow. 
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from dustystehl in Cam Mack   
    No lie - truth - believe it  - something along those lines and saying you will be able to count on Cam next season wherever he ends up would be cap.
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from Norm Peterson in Cam Mack   
    No lie - truth - believe it  - something along those lines and saying you will be able to count on Cam next season wherever he ends up would be cap.
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from Bugeaters1 in Cam Mack   
    After reading that tweet  I stopped following him. If you go around burning bridges you're bound to get burned yourself one day.  Kid needs to grow up.  No cap
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from BLB115 in Cam Mack   
    After reading that tweet  I stopped following him. If you go around burning bridges you're bound to get burned yourself one day.  Kid needs to grow up.  No cap
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    Dean Smith got a reaction from thrasher31 in Cam Mack   
    After reading that tweet  I stopped following him. If you go around burning bridges you're bound to get burned yourself one day.  Kid needs to grow up.  No cap
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    Dean Smith reacted to BCRed in 2020 C Eduardo Andre - Signed   
    Stevenson has much better than average explosiveness. 
     
     
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