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@HighEliteMajor On the other hand, Mickelson has impressed me. He is no Aldrich or Withey or Embiid by any means but last night he had 8 boards, a couple good put backs, soft touch around the rim, a couple blocks too if im not mistaken.
Read on the WUG site that the game Tuesday @ 12:30 am won’t be televised because it is in a smaller arena It is at Muan Indoor Gymnasium.
Here is how they have “points” for bball with no explanation on how points are awarded:
Team Men Women Total
Germany 12 0 12
Australia 12 12 24
Brazil 13 12 25
Canada 12 12 24
Chile 12 0 12
China 12 12 24
Korea 12 12 24
Estonia 11 0 11
USA 12 12 24
Ruskies 12 12 24
Finland 12 0 12
France 12 0 12
Hungary 0 12 12
Italy 0 12 12
Japan 12 12 24
Lithuania 12 0 12
Mexico 12 12 24
Mongolia 12 0 12
Montenegro 12 0 12
Mozambique 11 10 21
Uganda 0 11 11
Serbia 12 0 12
Sweden 12 12 24
Switzerland 12 0 12
Chinese Taipei 12 12 24
Czech Republic 0 12 12
Turkey 12 0 12
Totals 275 189 464
L: Games Lost
P: Games Played
PA: Points Against
PD: Points Difference
PF: Points For
Points: Class. Points
W: Games Won
Rank Team P W L Points PF PA PD
1 SERBIA 2 2 0 4 127 84 +43
2 USA 2 2 0 4 147 129 +18
3 BRAZIL 2 1 1 3 150 114 +36
4 TURKEY 2 1 1 3 125 127 -2
5 SWITZERLAND 2 0 2 2 102 126 -24
6 CHILE 2 0 2 2 76 147 -71
@jaybate-1.0 This is perhaps where I need some help. The game today gave Hunter Mickelson his biggest opportunity in a Kansas (now USA) uniform. And Mickelson delivered.
Mickelson was extremely active, he changed shots, he rebounded the basketball, and he was able to defend the post. What am I missing?
Mickelson seems to offer a type of game that neither Lucas or Traylor offer. It makes one wonder why Mickelson languished behind those two last season. But this is not a situation where we are overreacting on one game. We have seen Mickelson’s positives. And we have seen Lucas and Traylor (and their below average-ness) in a much larger sampling.
Mickelson clearly rebounds the basketball better than Traylor. He’s longer and he is more of the rim protector that we regularly discuss, than either Traylor or Lucas. And he appears to be a better scorer than either of the two, showing not only some dexterity around the rim but also a decent 15 footer. His stats from last season really offer us no valid guidance because his limited minutes included lots of scrub … er, bench player time.
Supporting Mickelson is a “relative” undertaking. Supporting Mickelson is related to the nature of his post competition. I’m not a fan of any of the three – Lucas, Traylor, or Mickelson. And I don’t think any of the three is very good – meaning good enough for meaningful time at Kansas. This is just a matter of getting the most we can out of this group.
But Mickelson’s package of positives just seems to outweigh the other two’s positives. It seems to me that when Mickelson is in, we would get consistent rim protection and consistent rebounding. I think Lucas offers decent rebounding – I think with regular time, Mickelson would exceed Lucas in that category. I think Mickelson would outscore, outrebound, and out rim-protect both Lucas and Traylor,
But what nags me is why Self didn’t play him last season? Mickelson was completely out of the mix. This was odd, particularly when we needed at least a quasi-rim protector last season. It was also odd when we saw how Lucas and Traylor were regularly abused down low.
It would seem to make great sense for Mickelson to back up Diallo down low, and Bragg to spell Ellis as we get deeper into the season (displacing Traylor). But I doubt it will be that simple.
Jayhawk Sports News Feeds
Good fit for Paul, particularly withe Coach Rivers, knowing what he can do and actively wanting him in San Diego. Interesting that a player that played the majority of his career with one team will likely end up playing the last 3 with 3 different teams…which goes to show that the NBA is first and most of all a business.
On a related note, Love signed a 5 year deal with the Cavaliers, instead of signing a 1 year deal and waiting for thr new cap that will raise the cap considerably. Now, what happens if LeBron decides to jump ship? I don’t think he will and if he re-ups with a long term contract, the Cavs will be a better version of Miami with big 3 and the team to beat for the foreseeable future.
On the Heard on ESPN they had a couple of interesting discussions about the Knicks and the Lakers. Apparently players do not want to go to New York and learn the Triangle since that system is no longer used by any other team and it is an anachronism in this day and age. The Knicks re now considered the worst franchise in the NBA and they could not even get Greg Monroe that signed with the Bucks. their top trade so far has been Aflalo…Aflalo? Are you kidding me?
LaMarcus Aldridge not impressed with the Lakers, particularly the analytic they use; I guess players are becoming more savvy about technology. The general opinion seems to be that the Lakers are no longer a prime destination and players like Durant can and do get as much exposure and endorsements from small markets such as OKC.
Salvy needs some days off from the beatin’ he gets, but not when hittin’ as hot as lil’ sister’s rear. He’s just really blistering the ball right now. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Dyson in the 9 spot for Rios either. Like @brooksmd says “Speed do alot…” & Alex is hittin like “Mendoza” since his DL stint. He’s pressing too hard & needs more time to get up to full throttle…JMO
@VailHawk I’ve never seen the Sopranos, but hopefully I’ll DVR The Voice or anything else all season long from now on. It’s kind of lame on my part and I should stick with it and watch the whole game, no matter how it’s going.
3 of 4 games sold out at Kauffman Stadium vs Detroit. Cain will get 3 days off by dropping his suspension before Sun game-time to heal. Vargas vs Salad Jar (Salazar) Tues nite at 7:10 p. Haven’t lost more than 2 straight so far & don’t expect it now. On to Detroit next weekend for another showdown. Pet detective should be available by then. Maybe Holland also. Tigers are real tuff on southpaws.
KU Football News / Other Sports
Jake Heaps: Broke a LOT of frosh records at BYU, but then the offense gets changed, so he sits…and thus the transfer.
Comes to KU for Weis’ pro-style offense, but as Dayne Crist found out the hard way: KU’s O-line and WR’s are simply unable to execute ANY type of effin’ offense. The same o-line and WR issues felled BOTH of KU’s former 5star overall #1 ranked QBs. Wrong place, wrong time.
A very sad chapter in KU football, with simply not enough talent around Dayne and Jake to allow them to shine. Our football program FAILED them in their final shot. Thanks, Lew!
@DanR Glad to see these are still available. I want one but I have to wait a bit longer.
The biggest reason why Cal isn’t going to NOLA is they won’t give him full control of the personnel on the team. Cleveland was interested in Cal last year, but Cal knew he had a special group coming back and wanted a shot at going undefeated. This year, Cal was legitimately interested in the NOLA job, but Benson wasn’t going to give Cal everything he wanted ($10 mil/year and control of roster) so Cal passed on the job. Someone will give Cal what he wants in the next couple of years and Cal will go back to the NBA within the next couple of years.
I added a News Feeds category and I pulled feeds from cjonline, kusports and wichita eagle, but only the cjonline one worked correctly. I’m reaching out to Gary Bedore about the kusports feed as I believe it should work with a small change on their end, and I’ll see what I can do about wichita eagle one. This should be a really nice way of pulling our news from other sites in real time without having to manually do it.
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Looks like it can stay on its spots so far.