Sitting Down With University of Buffalo’s, Javon McCrea

Sitting down with big man, Javon McCrea.

Mike Ortiz Jr.: When did you begin playing basketball?
Javon McCrea: I started playing basketball when I was 6 years old. Me and my uncle use to go out and play on the Fisher Price Hoops every day.

Ortiz Jr.: What was your best moment during high school?
McCrea: My best moment in High School had to be making it to the state championship finals. It was something me and my friends/teammates talked about doing our whole basketball careers.

Ortiz Jr.: How does it feel to be your High School’s most leading scorer of all time? Also when did you break that record?
McCrea: I broke the record my senior year. I believe mid way through. It felt good to accomplish something so big. My name will never be forgotten in Newark Basketball. It feels good to say that.

Ortiz Jr.: Take me through the game where you set the section V record for most blocks in a game?
McCrea: The previous two years we lost in the sectionals round. So I was determined to change that. I knew they would double team me a lot so my teammates would have to help me out. I wanted to focus on the defensive end of the floor rather than the offensive end. So I result I ended up with 18 blocks I believe.

Ortiz Jr.: Out of all your awards, honors, and accomplishments, which one stands out the most to you?
McCrea: The regional championship trophy my teammates and I received. We all just worked hard to get that.

Ortiz Jr.: Why did you choose the University of Buffalo to play basketball at?
McCrea: I enjoy my coach. And I knew they would push me. I also wanted to start a legacy. I was aware that Buffalo hasn’t done a few things other schools have.

Ortiz Jr.: What other schools were looking at you?
McCrea: Umass, Canisuis, Niagara and, Boston University.

Ortiz Jr.: Take me through your freshman year of College, how did it feel to not only be named Freshman Conference player of the year?
McCrea: It was a great honor to be named that. The conferences freshmen were really good last year. I just stayed determined.

Ortiz Jr.: Now you have yet to make it to an NCAA Tournament yet so I want to ask you when do you think that will be?
McCrea: Next Year we will be in the NCAA tournament.

Ortiz Jr.: Also many have said over the past couple of years and especially now that the lower conferences, like the Mid American Conference, should get more NCAA bids, do you agree?
McCrea: I definitely agree. The Mid American Conference is very under-rated. There are some really good schools in this conference.

Ortiz Jr.: So far, who’s been your toughest match-up as far a player that you’ve had to matchup with?
McCrea: I don’t really have a particular player I have struggled with. It’s been difficult this year to really name someone due to the double and triple teams they throw at me.

Ortiz Jr.: Do you plan on remaining at Buffalo for the rest of your college career? Or do you plan on transferring?
McCrea: I don’t Plan on transferring away from UB. We at least have to win a championship first.

Ortiz Jr.: What’s your main goal to get out of College?
McCrea: I definitely plan on getting my degree. Graduating is big in my family. I want to make my mother proud.

Ortiz Jr.: What are your plans after College, are they the NBA? If so what do you need to do to improve to be able to play in the NBA, or do you feel that you could right now?
McCrea: I see myself playing in the NBA. Anything under the NBA will be a disappointment for me. I need to improve ever aspect in my game before I think about it. There’s always room for improvement.

Ortiz Jr.: How did it feel to play on the Under 19 USA team? Do you think playing overseas helped you improve as a player?
McCrea: The USA basketball helped me out a lot. But it also help me realize that you can play against anyone. Just because the Media says the players are better than you doesn’t mean they actually are. If you believe the media then you are hurting yourself.

Ortiz Jr.: Now despite being a sophomore you’ve already made a great name for yourself at such a young age, but do you read the draft profiles and the rankings and the articles that are said about you? If so what’s the one that sticks out?
McCrea: I haven’t seen any of the draft articles yet but that stuff does attract my family members. They really enjoy to see things like that.

Ortiz Jr.: Also have any of those articles, negative or positive, motivated you?
McCrea: I’m not the person to get motivated off articles. My motivation is playing in the NBA. It motivates me everyday. Basketball has been great to me so far but im just getting started.

Ortiz Jr.: Last question, what’s the best advice that someone has told you?
McCrea: My mom told me never to quit. If you quit then you don’t have a chance. Nothing is impossible. And I have always remembered that.

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Did The Los Angeles Lakers Trade Forward Lamar Odom To The Dallas Mavericks As A Way Of Payback To Attempt To Ruin The Mavericks Season?

Did General Manager, Mitch Kupchak and Lamar Odom plan this?

Last year when the Dallas Mavericks swept the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-0 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals, as they defeated the Lakers at home 122-86, the Lakers didn’t go away quietly.

Two “cheap” shot fouls by Lakers Forward, Lamar Odom who went after Mavericks’ star Forward, Dirk Nowitzki and the other by Lakers Center, Andrew Bynum who delivered an elbow to Mavericks Guard, J.J. Barea.

Many called it “Unnecessary,” “Outrageous,” “Shocking,” and even “Bush League,” as ESPN analyst, Mike Tirico called it, “And that is one of the biggest bush league things I’ve ever seen! That is terrible!”

The Mavericks would go onto defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder and then the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, crowning themselves as the 2010-11 NBA Champions.

However, their meeting with Odom, one of the two Lakers’ players involved in the “Bush League” acts would become a lot closer; like every day closer.

After being involved in a trade that was going to send New Orleans Hornets Guard, Chris Paul to the Lakers and Odom to the Hornets, as well as many other players swapping teams, the trade however, would get vetoed. Due to the trade veto by NBA commissioner, David Stern, Odom would be sent back to Los Angeles where he then said he felt “disrespected.”

His reasoning for feeling “disrespected” by the Lakers organization was due to being traded. As a result to the trade that was eventually vetoed, Odom said that he couldn’t return to Los Angeles to play and as a result wanted to be traded.

So, the Lakers honored his wish and on December 11th they traded him to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for a first round draft pick and an $8.9 million trade exception.

When the trade became public, many were shocked that the Lakers, as well as the Mavericks made this deal. Bringing in a player (Odom) who shouldered your superstar (Nowitzki) intentionally? That seems to be a bit bizarre to add a player like that to your team. However, the Mavericks did it and they sure did pay the price.

Odom who played in all 82 games for the Lakers the season before and who averaged 14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 3.0 apg. as well as the NBA’s sixth man of the year, transitioned to Dallas as a player who didn’t deserve to even have a roster spot. And the worst part about the move too, was that you could just tell that Odom didn’t want to be there.

He drew the final straw, sources said during Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies where after only playing four minutes in the first half, owner; Mark Cuban went into the locker room at FedExFourm Arena where he confronted Odom asking him pretty much, are you in or are you out? Sources said that Odom then responded very angrily and as a result it showed as in the second half Odom remained on the bench as the Mavericks would go onto lose 89-94.

So, as a result to his poor play (6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.7 apg.) and lack of interest, Odom as of Monday was placed on the inactive list by the Mavericks ending his 2011-12 NBA season.

“We’re in our playoff time right here,” Donnie Nelson said. “We need to win games. We got to be able to look down that bench and count on folks to be consistent. Unfortunately with him in his state right now, he’s just not capable of doing that.”

Now seeing this whole thing unravel from the end of that game four game, in Dallas back in May of last year, all the way up until now, was this Odom trade to Dallas a set-up? Was it a way of “pay-back” by the Lakers?

Staples Center is only right down the road from Hollywood.

So is it really possible that General Manager, Mitch Kupchak and Lamar Odom, truly discussed this on that Friday, December 9th, two days before the trade that sent Odom to Dallas?

Did they honestly talk about ruining the Mavericks season, a team at the time who brought in new players and looked almost un-stoppable as they for sure looked like they were going to repeat?

No one knows as what went on in that meeting on that Friday, December day. As it remains private and most likely will remain private for the rest of their lives. However, is it a possibility that they discussed that? Yes.

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Things Are All Good In Orlando

Who will leave first? Or will both Howard and Van Gundy remain in Orlando together?

After last weeks, he said, he said fiasco when Orlando Magic head coach, Stan Van Gundy said that Center, Dwight Howard asked the Magic front office for him (Van Gundy) to be fired.

However, senior vice President, Pat Williams said Monday that he would like to see both Howard and Van Gundy to surpass this problem and remain with the Orlando Magic franchise for a very longtime.

As for how they could cure the problem? Williams said that they could simply do it by winning.

“Finish well and then have a wonderful run in the playoffs — that would probably cure most of the issues,” Williams told The Associated Press before a scheduled speaking appearance at Michigan State University. “I don’t know that you can find a better NBA coach than Stan Van Gundy out there.”

The Magic would capitalize on a 88-82 win on Saturday night in Philadelphia as they would defeat the Detroit Pistons at home Monday winning, 119-89 without Dwight Howard.

As for the reason why Howard didn’t play against the Pistons Monday night was not due to the off the court incident with Van Gundy and himself as it was due to back spasms, a problem that has caused Howard to miss time before.

As for the Magic, they’re currently in third in the South East division and are seven games back from the first place Miami Heat who are 40-15 on the season. As for how the Magic stand in the Eastern Conference as a whole, they’re sixth and nine games back out of first, which is owned by the Chicago Bulls, who are 43-14.

Williams added that Van Gundy admitted that he can be too negative sometimes. Though, he doesn’t put all the blame on Van Gundy as he said that while Howard has “grown up a lot” that there’s still room for him to mature.

“I think this shook them both up — that’s my opinion,” Williams said of the incident last week. “I think they’re going to be better for it.”

The Magic travel to Washington on Tuesday, where they will face the depleted 13-44, Washington Wizards.

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Does Fab Melo’s Decision To Go Pro Play A Role In Nerlens Noel’s Decision?

If Noel stays true to his word, then Fab Melo deciding to go to the NBA makes Noel's decision, Syracuse.

With less than a couple hours left until Kentucky and Kansas take the floor for the 2011-12 NCAA Championship game both, Kentucky fans and coaches will have another thing on their mind; Nerlens Noel. Where will he go?

Last week, Noel released a statement saying that he has cut his list down to three teams: Kentucky, Georgetown, and Syracuse.

Now the statement really hurt Syracuse fans as Noel, around December, said that if Center Fab Melo declared for the NBA draft, that he would sign with Syracuse. However, his statement of his three teams came to Orange fans as a shock as it was pretty much clear that Melo was headed to the NBA with all the off the court issues that he was dealing with. However, Melo didn’t technically declare yet, so for Orange fans to get question or get angry with Noel about cutting his list, were wrong.

Now late last night, Orange fans would get some bitter-sweet news as Center Fab Melo according to several sources, signed with an NBA agent, Arn Tellem.

“Fab Melo has signed with Arn Tellem, according to multiple sources, which means he obviously isn’t returning to Syracuse, as expected,” said Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.

This news now meant that Noel would choose Syracuse as his school to sign with (saying that what he said back in December was still true).

Well even if it wasn’t still true, Nerlens Noel still cared about Melo’s decision enough to post it on twitter, as he asked, “Did Fab Melo declare for the NBA Draft?”

Then a couple hours later, Noel’s best friend, Syracuse guard, Michael Carter-Williams, who has been said to be another reason why Noel would choose Syracuse, mentioned Noel in a tweet saying, “@NerlensNoel3 all I know is Cuse fans have shown you the most love by far!!!!!”

Now Noel has yet to decide where plans to go next fall or he has yet to update the status of his decision. However, if what he said back in December, about Fab Melo declaring was really true. Then expect Nerlens Noel to be suiting up in a Syracuse Orange jersey next season.

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Jacob Pullen Tweets About Bruce Weber’s Hiring: See What He Thinks

Jacob Pullen doesn't approve of the the Bruce Weber hiring.

Its official Bruce Weber is now the new head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats.

Weber, who coached at Illinois for nine seasons, brought the fighting Illini

to six NCAA tournaments, one NIT, and one Big Ten Championship. However, after going 17-15 this past season Weber, despite having an overall record of 210-101 since taking over for the Illini, was fired.

As for the details of the contract they have yet to have been released.

Kansas State has scheduled a press conference where they will comment about the hiring of Weber at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

However, the commenting has already begun as former player, guard, Jacob Pullen who graduated in 2011 from Kansas State had a lot to say about the hiring of Weber.

“I support kstate for life no matter what but I’m not a Bruce Webber fan and I think Kstate can do a lot better,” said Pullen on his twitter account. “Bruce Webber didn’t think I was good enough to play at Illinois and I don’t think he is good enough to coach at Kansas State.”

Pullen would go onto conclude.

“This is just my thoughts like I said I will support my school regardless and losing a staff as good as we had is tough to replace,” said Pullen.

Then after the replies and responses started to come out, Pullen said this.

“Now people in my mentions smh I’m not being disrespectful I’m not in college and I can say what’s on my mind that’s just how I feel,” said Pullen. “Lmao now people say I’m jealous he passed on me lol no I’m happy I went to kstate and wouldn’t change that for the world. And please don’t speak on his national championship run that he made with bill self players and the best backcourt in the big ten three pros.”

The team that Pullen was referring to was the Illinois team from 2004-05 as for the three professional players that he was referring to, were actually really five professional players that played on that team.

As for the players that went to the NBA were, Guard, Luther Head (Currently with the Sacramento Kings), guard, Dee Brown (2008-09, Washington Wizards), guard, Deron Williams (Currently with the New Jersey Nets, Roger Powell (2006-07, Utah Jazz), and forward, James Augustine (2006-08, Orlando Magic).

Pullen averaged 20.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists a game in his final season at Kansas State. As last known he currently plays professionally overseas.

After a couple more responses came in, Pullen posted on his twitter account, “Smh now I’m the bad guy again lol,” said Pullen.

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NBA Considering A New Way To Create Revenue

You see advertisements on jerseys in other sports but in the NBA?

You’ve seen them before on television, in commercials, on billboards, signs, street corners, and just about any place that life may take you, and that’s advertisements. They truly are everywhere, but what about in sports?

Well they’re in sports too as you see advertisements featured on scoreboards, on the field or the court, on the seats that the fans sit in, and even on t-shirts. But what if they took the placing of advertisements to a whole other level? A level such as, on the player’s jerseys?

As crazy as it seems, sporting leagues, such as the European leagues for basketball, the MLS, and the WNBA have already begun this advertisement transition and it doesn’t end with them as the NBA, who has been looking for more revenue has begun considering this option.

“I’ve been trying to tell [the NBA],” Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If someone wants to give us $10 million, I’ll make it happen.”

Now even if Cuban were to get the money that he wanted from advertisers to place advertisements on jerseys, he wouldn’t be able to do so. Not until, he received the approval from NBA commissioner, David Stern.

“If the amount’s enough, David will jump up and down,” Cuban told the Star-Telegram. “He’s not going to do it for $200,000 from Power Balance, but if somebody offers us $25 million, it’s done.”

Now if the NBA were to go through with the new advertisement scheme, according to a study performed by Horizon Media, estimates that companies would generate more than $31 billion worth from putting their company’s logo on an NBA jersey.

Now to most, this may seem like a terrible, greedy, unnecessary type deal. But, if the NBA were to do this, they could change the game of basketball in a very positive way.

Just imagine seeing Nabisco advertise their famous Oreo cookie or McDonalds advertising their famous golden arches on an NBA jersey? It would be great and quite frankly, not only would it create positive revenue for both the NBA and the companies advertising but, in my opinion I think it would grab more viewers.

I mean you’re telling me, that if tomorrow night the NBA allowed this to go through and for the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat game on TNT tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, they allowed both teams to have an advertisement on their jersey, that you wouldn’t tune in? Of course you would. Who wouldn’t want to see Dirk Nowitzki or LeBron James wearing a Burger King or a Coca Cola logo above their number?

Now, I’m not saying do it every night as like the old saying goes, too much of something isn’t good enough. But if the NBA allowed this every so often, it could really change the game in a positive way.

“I think we all understand the NBA, by now, is one of the biggest businesses in the world,” Nowitzki told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “And if that’s a business decision, I don’t think it’s a bad one.”

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Gilbert Arenas Signs With The Memphis Grizzlies

Gilbert Arenas is headed to Memphis.

After being out of the NBA for the first time since being drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2001, guard, Gilbert Arenas who has been searching for an NBA team this entire 2011-12 NBA season has found one, the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced Tuesday (today) that Gilbert Arenas was officially the newest member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Arenas played with three teams before joining the Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors (2001-2003), the Washington Wizards (2003-2010), and the Orlando Magic (2010-2011) before waived on December 9, 2011.

Arenas who was voted most improved player in 2003, has been to three all-star games, including a career average of 21.2 points per game, 5.4 assists a game, 4.0 rebounds a game, and 1.6 steals a game.

The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a 97-92 win over the Washington Wizards and are currently second in the southwest with a record of 25-18, behind the first place, San Antonio Spurs who have a record of 29-14.

Overall in the Western Conference the Memphis Grizzlies are in fifth behind the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-11), the San Antonio Spurs (29-14), the Los Angeles Lakers (28-17), and the Los Angeles Clippers (26-18).

There has been no official word yet on what position Arenas will play, rather it will be point guard or shooting guard. However, it is clear that Arenas will most likely; barring any injuries from starters Mike Conley and Tony Allen will most likely come off the bench.

Arenas or any other player of the Grizzlies team has yet to publicly comment on the Arenas’ signing.

As for the Grizzlies they will start their four game road trip in Sacramento tonight where they will take on the 16-29 Kings. As for when Arenas is expected to suit up, that has yet to have been announced and with the Grizzlies starting their four game road trip in Sacramento tonight and traveling to Portland on Thursday, then to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Clippers over the weekend, it would seem almost likely that Arenas would certainly join the team by then in Los Angeles at the latest.

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Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd Signs With The New England Patriots

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is heading to New England.

Months after losing to the New York Giants yet again in the Super Bowl where they lost 21-17, the New England Patriots who were criticized for not having a deep threat wide receiver in their system almost had to acquire one this off-season. However they had to be more careful this off-season as they didn’t want to make the same mistake they did last season when they acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who had his worst season of his career with the Patriots last season (15 receptions, 276 yards, and one touchdown).

So with not even a week into free agency the New England Patriots did what most were waiting for as they signed a deep threat wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd, who was traded from the Denver Broncos to the St. Louis Rams last season, caught 51 passes for 683 yards and five touchdowns in just the 11 games that he was with the Rams last year.

As for his overall career, Lloyd has played with five teams before currently joining the New England Patriots (San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and the St. Louis Rams) and besides the Washington Redskins he contributed very well to all of the teams that he was apart of, including in 2010 where he lead the league in receiving yards with 1,448 yards. Also in that career season that he had with the Denver Broncos Lloyd, also caught a career high 77 receptions and a career high 11 touchdowns.

Lloyd who’s played with several different quarterbacks throughout his career, Jeff Garcia (San Francisco), Tim Rattay (San Francisco), Ken Dorsey (San Francisco), Alex Smith (San Francisco), Mark Brunell (Washington), Jason Campbell (Washington), Todd Collins (Washington), Kyle Orton (Chicago), Rex Grossman (Chicago), Kyle Orton (Denver), Tim Tebow (Denver), Sam Bradford (St. Louis), A.J. Feely (St. Louis), and Kellen Clemens (St. Louis) will now have the opportunity to play with one of the best quarterbacks of all time and his best quarterback that he’s had in his career so far.

So with a deal that is still disclosed besides the fact that Lloyd is now a Patriot, the New England Patriots come this 2012-13 NFL season will have number unknown, Brand Lloyd suiting up for them.

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How Far Would The NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats Go If They Were In The NCAA Tournament?

The Charlotte Bobcats the joke of the NBA 2011-12 season, but would they crush the hopes of the cinderellas' and win a National Championship?

There are always a lot of jokes that are made when you’re the last in anything, especially when you’re the last place team in the NBA like the Charlotte Bobcats are. At 4-31 and not only last in the South Central division but dead last in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats are “joke” of the NBA.

Ranked dead last in points per game as a team with 86.7 points a game; the Bobcats have only topped 100 points just twice this season. It doesn’t stop there as not only can the Bobcats not put points up on the scoreboard but, they can’t keep their opponents from putting points up on the scoreboard either, as they are ranked third in the NBA for most points allowed. Trailing the Sacramento Kings (102.3) and the Washington Wizards (101.3) the Bobcats have allowed their opponents on average 101.2 points per game.

Which with the calendar now turning to March and the NCAA Tournament becoming closer brings us to the question, how far would the Charlotte Bobcats go? Would they win the NCAA Championship? Would they be a number one seed? If not a number one seed what seed would they be?

Now as we all know these questions would never be answered as an NBA team would never be allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament, though it would be very cool as the bottom teams of the NBA really have nothing to play for. Though theoretically speaking, let’s just take the time to pretend.

Okay so let’s start with what seed the Bobcats would be and so basing it off of ESPN’s project bracket provided by Joe Lunardi the number one seeds that he projected to be as of now are the Kentucky Wildcats (30-1), Syracuse Orange (30-1), North Carolina (27-4), and the Kansas Jayhawks (26-5).

So let’s start off with what seed would the Bobcats be? And the answer to that is for sure a number one seed, however are they the best number one seed of the four or what? Where do they rank? And the answer to that is they would be the third best number one seed in the NCAA Tournament behind Kentucky and Syracuse.

Now despite having the National Champion and Big East Champion player from last year in guard Kemba Walker the talent level of the Charlotte Bobcats just doesn’t match up with the talent level of Kentucky and Syracuse and especially it doesn’t match up at the big men level either.

With both Kentucky and Syracuse combined according to they projected that seven players from the two teams (5 from Kentucky and 2 From Syracuse) will be taken in the first round or higher.

Of those players projected to be taken they are from Kentucky, Power Forward, Anthony Davis (Projected 1), Small Forward, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Projected 9), Shooting Guard, Doron Lamb (Projected 17), Small Forward, Terrence Jones (Projected 18), and lastly Point Guard, Marquis Teague.

As for Syracuse the players projected are Center, Fab Melo (Projected 19), and Small Forward, Kris Joseph (Projected 23).

Could the Syracuse Orange knock off an NBA team?

Now don’t get me wrong the Bobcats do have some talented players on their team in guard Gerald Henderson (14.6 points per game), Corey Maggette (14.4 points per game), and as mentioned before Kemba Walker (12.9 points per game). But they don’t have a talented big man as their best big guy is Boris Diaw who at 6’8, 235 lbs. isn’t really even a true a “big guy” as he’s been a mix of small forward for some teams in the past as well. Though due to the teams’ lack of talent at that position Diaw despite being a little undersized is the teams’ leading rebounder with 5.6 rebounds a game.

So matching Diaw up against someone like Kentucky’s Davis (6’10, 220 lbs.), Jones (6’9, 252 lbs.), or even Gilchrist (6’7, 232 lbs.) Diaw would struggle against. As for Syracuse Melo (7’0, 255 lbs.), Fair (6’8, 212 lbs.), or Southerland, (6’8, 215 lbs.) would be a struggle as well though Syracuse plays the 2-3 zone so Diaw wouldn’t really see one-on-one match-ups against the Orange.

Continuing with that despite putting the Bobcats ahead of North Carolina and Kansas the Bobcats would have trouble with both teams’ big guys as well. As for North Carolina, Tyler Zeller (7’0, 255 lbs.) and John Henson (6’11, 220 lbs.) would create a long day for the weak rebounding Charlotte Bobcats. And as for Kansas Thomas Robinson (6’10, 237 lbs.) and Jeff Withey (7’0, 235 lbs.) would do the same as they would really test the Charlotte big men.

Now while draft projections, draft results, height, and weight don’t determine games as there have been several draft “busts” in the past and several “big looking guys” in the past however, these two teams, Kentucky and Syracuse are very talented, at all of the positions, even the bench.

Now I’m not saying that Kentucky and Syracuse would blow them out as it wouldn’t be a blowout instead, it would be a very good game. However these two teams, Kentucky and Syracuse have shown this NCAA season that despite the young experience that the two teams have (not as much with Syracuse) can blend together well and win close games and win it in the “crunch time.”

So with that being said, the answer as to how far the Bobcats would go is definitely the elite eight, most likely, 90 percent, the final four, and depending on how they played, possibly the National Championship, and depending on how they played in that game, possibly they would be the National Champions.

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New Orleans Saints Establish Bounty System: Players Paid To Injure

New Orleans Saints Johnathan Vilma wraps up Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

With the game of football or any sport comes injuries, however when those injuries are forced purposely by the opposing team or player then that’s when it becomes a problem. The NFL has been mostly known for this issue as it’s such a common occurrence that the NFL has addressed the issue with what’s known as the “bounty rule.”

Now while there have been many past cases or rumors of teams doing or putting out bounties, news today broke that not only the New Orleans Saints were doing it but between 22 out and 27 defensive players as well as at least one assistant coach was apart of the Saints bounty program.

Reports say that the program was maintained by an assistant coach that was in charge of a bounty pool that had up to $50,000 in it.

Knockouts were worth $1,500 and cart-offs were worth $1,000. Those payments were doubled, sometimes tripled for playoff games. Reports also say that some of the opposing players that were targeted were quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.

“In the week of the NFC Championship Game,” Adam Schefter said on NFL Live Friday, “Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma put $10,000 in cash on a table and said ‘this goes to the guy that knocks out Brett Favre.’” Those weren’t Vilma’s exact words, but they were similar to those, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said.

Vilma or any other player from the Saints Organization has yet to respond.

However NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did in a statement saying, “The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for ‘performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players,” Goodell said “The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football:  player safety and competitive integrity.”

“It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated. We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it.”

The Saints have yet to suffer any consequences or penalties as this is all just speculation and rumors at this point though it doesn’t look good as it seems true as there was a league release statement. However if this is true, the Saints could face some serious penalties such as, loss of draft picks, suspensions, and definitely huge money fines.

The league release also mentioned that Saints head coach, Sean Payton was not involved in the bounty program, though he was aware and as we know he didn’t do anything to try and stop it.

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