Don’t let him pull that move, don’t let him pull that move! That’s the move! Oh that’s the move!
Welcome back to another edition of Full Court Pressed. Your one-stop shop for all things hoops related. All levels of the game are at full swing, so let’s talk a look around and see what’s going on.
- A coaching change hasn’t slowed down the Lakers circus one bit. Steve Nash is still hurt (crazy for someone his age, right?), Pau Gasol looks lost, and the team is battling extreme inconsistency. After losing to the Magic (!) at home, Kobe took the time to threaten all of his teammates while reminding everyone how much harder he works than them.
- David Stern hit the Spurs with a $250,000 fine after Greg Popovich sent his four best players home before a national televised matchup with the defending champions. This is a fairly complex issue to me, so it’s hard to do it justice in this space. Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a really in depth piece ripping Stern, while Mark Cuban (who’s not a fan of either side in this fight) defends the commissioner.
- Zach Randolph is one of my favorite players. If you’re not familiar with his story and where he came from, this article on Grantland.com does a great job documenting it.
- Lebron James is Sport Illustrated’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year. Lee Jenkins does an amazing job with this in-depth look into one of the all-time greatest basketball players we’ve ever seen. One major theme is how gifted Lebron is not only physically, but mentally. His mind and knowledge of the game is truly remarkable.
- The latest Coaches and AP Polls are out, and Indiana and Duke appear to be a notch above everyone else. I still think this is one of the weakest years we’ve seen in college basketball, and come March almost anyone has a shot to win it all.
- The University of Kentucky experienced two things this past week that have never happened under John Calipari: They lost at home and fell out of the AP poll. There’s still plenty of time for this talented group to put it together, but they have a lot to fix. Calipari has to adjust as well, as he doesn’t appear to have a player capable of playing point guard the way his system demands.
- Ben Howland is off to the worst start possible in what was supposed to be the year UCLA basketball returned to national prominence. It’s hard to imagine the embattled coach making it beyond this season unless something drastic happens.
- Last week, the ACC voted to add the University of Louisville. The move, along with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, likely puts the ACC back on top of the college world. At least until someone else defects and more realignment hell breaks loose.
High School Recruiting
- Karl Towns will announce his college choice tomorrow (December 4th). The 6’10” 2015 (possible 2014) prospect from the Dominican Republic is choosing between Kentucky, Duke and Florida. John Calipari (who coached Towns on the Dominican national team this past summer) and Kentucky are thought to be the leader. (Update: Towns announced this morning that he will be going to Kentucky and will reclassify to the 2014 class)
- The #1 player in next year’s recruiting class, Andrew Wiggins, played in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Kentucky over the weekend and put on a show. No new recruiting news though. UK and Florida State are still thought to lead, but Wiggins insists there are other schools he’s considering.
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