Photo courtesy of USAToday.com. Kenneth Faried (pictured above) led the country in rebounds this past season. Our very own Nick Craddock thinks that Faried can one of the major steals of this year's lackluster draft class.
By Nick Craddock
As you’ve probably heard, the 2011 NBA draft is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years.
Rumor has it that one of the possible taglines the NBA league office considered to promote the event was: NBA draft 2011…where underwhelming talent happens.
In fact, if we likened all the hopeful hoopers waiting to hear their name called at the Prudential Center in friendly Newark, N.J. — Madison Square Garden is unavailable to serve as the venue this year because of scheduled renovations — to popsicles, then all the NBA teams have a disappointing box full of grape-flavored popsicles to select from (maybe there’s an orange or raspberry hidden somewhere in the box).
Just as any sane person should consciously avoid grape popsicles (I don’t care how hot it gets, I won’t settle for grape), if I’m an NBA GM, I’m avoiding taking these prospects: Continue reading
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Duke has been pronounced as the favorite with the return of super freshman Kyrie Irving (pictured above). Irving is an outstanding player but I am still not entirely sold on the Blue Devils.
The 2nd and 3rd rounds sure have lived up to the hype this year. MoreheadState, Richmond, Butler and more. The upsets have been galore, and many games have come down to the final seconds. What more could you really ask for? Since my last update, here are my thoughts for the Saturday and Sunday games thus far. Continue reading
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UConn star Kemba Walker made a name for himself in Maui. He continued his great play throughout the regular season and wowed New York in the Big East Tournament. Now he looks to take his team to the Final Four.
As if there is anything else going on in the wide world of sports that is on the same wave length as the NCAA Tournament right now. Sure there is the Roger Goodell versus Kevin Burnett bickering, Spring Training, and NBA Action. But none of these things compare to the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament. And yes I said the first Thursday, because it is no longer the first round technically. It is the start of Round 2. Whatever it is the start of, you got to love it.
No predictions today. I will let my bracket play out a little. But I wanted to check in and let you know my initial thoughts of this year’s edition of March Madness. Continue reading
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