SUNDAY’S SET PLAYS
I took my 12-year-old daughter Taylor to a college basketball game last night.
Thanks to some very good friends that are season ticket holders at Michigan State, we were able to take in the Spartans play the Falcons of Bowling Green.
We had a great time.
If you are a father, make sure you do everything you can for your child.
Pete Vecsey of the New York Post on the Golden State Warriors new head coach, Mark Jackson. I watched Jackson as a high school point guard at Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn, New York. The way he played the game, I knew some day he would be a coach.
Five minutes before Mark Jackson was to conduct his initial rehearsal as a head coach at any level — excepting, ahem, a brief AAU fling — he sat in the Golden State Warriors’ locker room by himself and let his wired emotions guide him.
Jackson reached for his cell phone and called Lou Carnesecca. He told his groom for four varsity years at St. John’s he was about to go on the court for his first practice and thanked him “for the seeds you sowed in my life.”
Jackson said he forever would be indebted to Carnesecca “for how much I learned from you as a person and a player,” and wanted him to know “a piece of you is going out there on the floor with me.”
The Jackson Sun on Louisville’s win over Memphis.
Will Barton set career highs with 28 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis, which rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to take the lead before the Cardinals overwhelmed the Tigers down the stretch in a game that featured 54 fouls.
“It was like a war we ended up winning,” Dieng said. “It was physical.”
Louisville is off to its best start since the 1996-97 season and on its longest winning streak at home in 22 years. It took almost everything the Cardinals had to extend it.
Jeff Washburn of the Journal-Courier on Butler’s win over Purdue.
Another high-profile, nationally televised game. Another late-game meltdown.
Pesky Butler, which has finished runner-up in each of the past two NCAA tournaments, held Purdue without a field goal during the final 8:47 Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse and rallied for a 67-65 Crossroads Classic victory.
The Boilermakers, who led by as many as 15 during the first half and still led 64-56 on a Robbie Hummel free throw with 6:40 to play, missed their final 11 field goal attempts and were outscored 11-1 during the final 6:27.
Butler (5-6), which has beaten Purdue three consecutive times, won it on center Andrew Smith’s offensive rebound basket of a Roosevelt Jones miss with one second to play.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe on the ‘new look’ LA Clippers.
Clippers jokes are no longer in vogue. The transformation of a once-laughingstock organization took a dramatic step toward completion when the Clippers acquired Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups in a matter of days, and now expectations are soaring for Los Angeles’s former stepchild team, while concerns abound at Lakers training camp.
This is a perfect Hollywood drama, filled with betrayal (Lamar Odom being traded, untraded, and then traded again), commitment (Paul promising to opt in to the final year of his contract, meaning he will be a Clipper for at least two years), and suspense as Los Angeles fans ponder the possibility that the Clippers are more talented than the Lakers.
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