Not sure if someone has posted this before, but Cavaliers coach Byron Scott had some words about Kyrie a few days ago (and as the article points out, Scott knows something about good point guards, having played with Magic Johnson and coached Jason Kidd and Chris Paul). Hope this isn't too long a quote:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports...Q7O_story.html“Every day I see glimpses of what this kid can do,” Scott said. “Then maybe 10 minutes later, he’ll show me he’s still a rookie. It brings a smile to my face, though, because we’ve got a good one.”
I too am pleased to see that he is recovering well from such a horrible injury, but he does not belong in the Duke Alum list.
One kid committed to Duke; wanted to come here; but was presented with an incredible opportunity to advance directly to the NBA (as a high lottery pick) with a massive guaranteed contract and took it.
The other kid committed to Duke; tried to get a playing time commitment out of Coach K; decided that if he was going to have to "earn" his playing time, he was going to play somewhere else; and then arranged to not say mean things about Duke in exchange for us helping him to get immediately eligible at Minnesota (where he barely unpacked his bags before heading directly to the NBA as a mid first-round pick).
I don't see them nearly the same. Livingston wanted to play at Duke. Humphries wanted to use Duke and, when we refused to be used, he went elsewhere.
-Jason "I've always rooted for SL in the pros... and felt like he was a Dukie at heart" Evans
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I didn't see the game, but I went through the play-by-play and attempted to track subs/lineups and it looks like he subbed in for Wade mostly and played the 2 more than the 3 (possibly b/c he needed to guard Ray Allen vs Paul Pierce who didn't play). Lebron and Wade played 36 mins each, Bosh 37 and Haslem 31, so even with those guys getting lots of minutes, he still managed 17 mins, which is about what I expected. Just one game, so we'll see where he averages out, but I think this is a good amount for him and he should be the first wing sub off the bench.
Bunch of Dukies played last night (with this crammed sked, seems like a bunch of guys will play every night) and I didn't see any really notable stat lines. McBob had 6 and 6 in 20mins, and Dunleavy had 8 assists, but shot 2-9. Glad to see Nolan played 7 mins last night, but its going to be tough for him to see a bunch of time with Jamal Crawford also coming off the bench.
I guess i'm kinda miffed at SL b/c he backed out after committing and cost us a chance to recruit someone for that spot and after Deng left we had no one in that class. That's not really his fault, but it hurt the Duke program for a while. Actually, with the way things shook out, even if KH and SL had come to Duke along with Deng, it's quite possible that all 3 would have been 1-and-done players, leaving Duke w/o a Sr. class anyway.
Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”
The 2007 situation was a direct result of the NCAA's short-lived, much-maligned and unmourned 5/8 rule, which limited a school to a maximum of five recruits in one season and eight over two consecutive seasons.Originally Posted by DukieInBrasil;5t38302
Duke brought in six players from the h.s. class of 2002. J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, Michael Thompson and Sean Dockery were the first four.
Duke was still recruiting Shavlik Randolph and Lee Melchionni. Mel wanted to take that fifth scholarship. Duke accepted with one proviso. Should Randolph also want to come to Duke, Melchionni's family would pay Lee's way for one and only one season.
That's what happened, of course. [Note than Lee's recruited status means he was never a walk-on.]
That left Duke with only two scholarships for the following class. Duke only recruited three players from that class, Deng, Humphries and Ebi. The idea was to get Deng and one of the other two.
That's also what happened. Until Duke pulled the plug on Humphries, too late to fill the class with a second player.
Now, none of Deng, Humphries or Ebi was going to be around in 2007. So, K warrants some blame for this. The best move would have been to redshirt Melchionni as a freshman. He played all of 71 minutes that season. Duke could have traded that 2003 season for a 2007 season, in which Melchionni would have been a fifth-year senior, ready to contribute on the court, while providing the veteran leadership that team so desperately needed.
There's an even more tantalizing possibilty. Shav went to the NBA following the 2005 season in part because he wasn't sure he would start the following season, with McRoberts joining Williams. Imagine Randolph coming back in 2006 but redshirting and playing in 2007 as a fifth-year senior.
I suspect Shav was ready to get out of Dodge after 2005, so this scenario likely is the product of a fevered imagination. But the Melchionni scenario seems plausible and possible to me.
But we all know what they say about hindsight.
Watched the first few minutes of Irving and four other guys wearing Cavs uniforms (including an ancient Jamison) against four guys wearing Pistons uniforms. Irving looked great: three quick assists and two buckets.
Can't say much about watching the NBA, however. I really wonder how the players feel in a game like this. Not much real excitement.
Gerald had a huge game for the Bobcats, scoring 21 points and hitting a super clutch three to put his team up one over the Heat with 12 seconds left...But ended up on the losing end after Wade hit the game winner with 2.9 seconds. Kyrie ended up having a solid game in a 16 point victory at Detroit, netting 14 points on 5-9 shooting and dishing out 7 assists. Brandon Knight tallied 23 points and 6 assists for the Pistons.
hey , does anyone have a new link that gives us the dukies in the nba totals each night...?
it used to be
that doesn't seem to work...
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
Dahntay Jones was 2-6 with 4 points in 16 minutes in an Indiana win.
Gerald Henderson had a big game -- 21 points 4ast and 3reb on 10-19 in a last second loss to Miami. He hit a go-ahead 3 with 12 seconds but Dwayne Wade hit a buzzer beater. Maggette had a rough game finishing with just 6-points but added 8rebs. Battier was 0-2 in 19 minutes but blocked 3 shots and grabbed 2 boards for the winning team.
Irving had a much better game tonight, 14points 7ast, and 4rebs as the Cavs beat the Pistons.
Grant Hill had 14points on 4-12 shooting in a PHX loss to PHI. Brand had 4points and 9rebs.
Think I caught all the Dukies in action, but...
He's starting to show why we knew he would eventually be a good NBA player. His shooting range wasn't
quite in the 2 guard range in college, but I think he's fixed that. Glad he's stepping up now.
Alternatively, you can go to to click on the players from this ESPN link:
Elton Brand's decline is apparent and sad. At 32, it looks like all the injuries may have finally caught up with him. The Sixers are paying him a boatload of money for those 7 points per game. Not sure if his salary makes him unmoveable or not.
I suspect his all-star days are behind him. Hopefully, he'll warm up as the season progresses and became a solid player.