This morning, while getting my ‘sports news’ on, I heard former Archbishop Molloy High School boys freshman basketball coach Norm Roberts on SNY use the word ‘swagger’ when describing his former St. John’s team.
What exactly does this mean?
When did this word come into play when describing athletes?
Who started it?
Does Tim Duncan play with a swagger?
Just asking but do pre-season college basketball rankings mean anything? Looking at the Sporting News this morning, they had Michigan State ranked 1st. The Spartans are out of the top 25 for the first time in a long time. The fine magazine also had Kansas State at number 6 but K-State is 11-9 on the year. BYU, San Diego State and UConn who are all in the top 12, were nowhere to be found in the pre-season top 25 picks.
Why are people who talk about basketball on television and radio called, ‘experts’? Which brings me to the infamous sideline reporter. Are they really necessary? I take that back, I enjoy TNT’s Craig Saeger. As for the others, they have never brought anything to the table. Heather Cox of ESPN is always good for a, “what changed?” question when talking to a coach. Actually, I would love to be a sideline reporter. Here’s my question to Phil Jackson after last night’s first quarter; “Phil, your team gave up 29 points in the first quarter, who’s your defensive coach and how would Red Holzman address the team in the huddle?”
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the defending NBA champions last night. Dan Gilbert, Cavs owner said his comments about the Cavs winning a championship before LeBron was taken out of context. I’ve been saying for weeks that Melo should go to Cleveland.
Speaking of on-air experts, as of late I have seen more and more ex-players and ex-coaches doing color work for different networks. Some are good, some bad, some awful.
How good would Purdue be if they had Robbie Hummel? The 6-foot-8 guard-forward has been out all season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Last season he scored 15.7 points per game before tearing his ACL in his right knee in February. He had surgery and recovered only to reinjure the knee in October. At the time of his injury last season, the Boilmakers were ranked 3rd in the country. This season without Hummel Purdue is ranked 11th in the nation (21-5, 11-3) and are in second place in the Big Ten. Last night they beat Wisconsin 70-62.
Detroit Pistons coach and former George Washington University head coach John Kuester said, “Tracy McGrady has set aside his ego.” I’ve been hard on T-Mac over the years but I must admit, he has been everything the Pistons have wanted this season. Good for him.
Whatever happened to Paul Mokeski?
NBA Super 7 Power Rankings
1-San Antonio Spurs: 46-9…(Next: THURSDAY at Chicago)
2-Boston Celtics: 40-14…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
3-Miami Heat: 41-15…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
4-Dallas Mavericks: 39-16…(Next: THURSDAY at PHX.)
5-Chicago Bulls: 37-16…(Next: THURSDAY home vs Spurs)
6-Los Angeles Lakers: 38-19…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
7-Oklahoma City Thunder: 35-19…(Next: ALL-STAR BREAK)
Who Got Next? Orlando Magic (36-21), Atlanta Hawks (34-21)
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