April 13, 2008 |
This is the point in the NBA's draft process where the decision-makers -- the general managers -- come out to see what they think of all their scouts' reports. Here's a post-tournament update: Derrick Rose, Memphis -- Unassertive early this season but closed fast. Physical prodigy whose combination of size and athleticism is compared to the young Baron Davis. Now rated even with Michael Beasley with less risk maturity-wise.
February 6, 2006 |
Georgetown allowed Aaron Gray to look like the next coming of Patrick Ewing in the first half. In the second half, Pittsburgh's 7-foot center didn't even score. Hoya Coach John Thompson III went to a matchup zone to stop him and he pulled Gray away from the basket on defense by using Jeff Green as a point forward. Those moves allowed the 17th-ranked Hoyas to overcome a 15-point first-half deficit and survive a late rally for a 61-58 victory over No. 9 Pittsburgh on Sunday at Washington.
March 13, 2006 |
The Kansas Jayhawks considered their only loss over the last two months a bit of a fluke because they did so many things wrong. Given another chance against the Texas Longhorns, the Jayhawks showed why they think they're the best team in the Big 12. Handling with ease the big-game pressure that rattled them in Austin two weeks ago, No. 17 Kansas was terrific outside and played great defense to beat the eighth-ranked Longhorns, 80-68, Sunday at Dallas in the final of the conference tournament.
March 22, 2007 |
The key for the Southern Illinois Salukis will be to resist the lure. Kansas basketball plays full speed ahead, the way every kid who ever picked up a Nerf ball and began running toward the little basket on his closet door wants to play. Run, then dunk, then run some more. Kansas, the top-seeded team in the NCAA West Regional, will play No. 4 Southern Illinois today at HP Pavilion and the Salukis (29-6) spent Wednesday explaining that they will not end up the way Kentucky did.
March 4, 2007 |
No. 3 Kansas fought back from a 16-point deficit and defeated No. 15 Texas, 90-86, Saturday at Lawrence, Kan., clinching its fifth Big 12 Conference championship. Texas' freshman sensation Kevin Durant made all but four of his first 14 shots and scored 25 points in the first half and the Longhorns took a 54-42 halftime lead.
March 12, 2007 |
As Coach Bill Self cut down the nets to commemorate Kansas' second consecutive Big 12 tournament title, a shout came from the crowd: "And now a national championship!" After surviving another stellar effort by Texas' Kevin Durant, the second-ranked Jayhawks appear primed to make a run at another set of nets. "Our confidence level is pretty high right now," Kansas guard Brandon Rush said. "Just making big plays at the right time."
June 26, 2008 |
There's a word in military slang, SNAFU, which stands roughly for Situation Normal, All Fouled Up. It also applies to the day before the NBA draft when it could be Situation Normal, All Fluid and Unpredictable. As usual, everyone has spent weeks lowballing everyone else, like Chicago offering Kirk Hinrich and one or two of the usual suspects (Ben Gordon, Tyrus Thomas) for Miami's No. 2 pick. Indiana and Toronto reportedly agreed to a deal but didn't announce it: Jermaine O'Neal for T.J.
June 3, 2012 |
BOSTON - The series is tied 2-2, and who has the advantage now becomes the question: The Miami Heat with two of the final three games in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals at home? Or the Boston Celtics, who now have the momentum and seemingly rejuvenation after Sunday night's 93-91 overtime victory at TD Garden? Back even in the series with a sweep of the two games on their court, the Celtics blew an early 18-point lead before coming together in overtime on a night that showed there is still plenty of fight left in the legs of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.