March Madness 2012: NCAA College Basketball Championships

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Are you ready?

March Madness 2012 is almost here!!!  The Big Dance!

The NCAA College Basketball Championships  give every team the opportunity to be an upset star even if they are not perceived to be among the top teams in the country.  It is so much different from the college Football championships where the sports writers still basically “pick” the champion each year.

In NCAA college basketball teams pick themselves.  Usually the top teams make it to the Sweet 16 round where the last 16 teams standing vie for the Final Four spot from which a champion will be crowned.

When is the 2012 March Madness?

 From 3/13/12 to 3/23/12

So who will be in the mix this year?  Will your favorite team be there?  Will the nation’s Top teams still be there when we get down to 16 teams?  Will you win your Final Four pool at work or at school?  Or online?

Heck even the President loves March Madness.  so get your “Brackets” ready.

Are you a Comcast/Xfinity customer?  Go here to sign up and win great prizes in their tournament.  Their March to Glory has $1,000 daily prizes and a $10,000 Grand Prize!

Sign in with your Comcast ID before the games begin on March 13th and you’ll be ready to catch the college basketball action online with XFINITY from 3/13/12 to 3/23/12

Check your cable provider and your cellular service provider to find out about their tournament.

And players?  Players often cement their Draft placement or move up or down based on their performance especially in the Final Four teams.

The NCAA even has their own Bracket Challenge .  Throw your bracket at the basket!!!

Build your own tournament and host it on paper or online yourself.

Here’s a March Madness flow chart to help you balance career, school, family and yes……..Basketball!

You don’t want to track the teams as they win, lose and move along or fly out?

ESPN will update this actual bracket starting Sunday March 11th.

Check out the Brackets Everywhere ad!!  Excellent.

The Men’s Final Four will be in New Orleans this year.  The women’s Final Four is hosted in Denver.

March 11th:

The Dr is in (the Brackets!!)

Print the pic below and fill it in before the games start March 13th!!!  The teams are set and you can check the NCAA interactive bracket here  for the 1st round of games.  It will be updated game by game until the 2012 championship so save the link.

The Dr has…Notre Dame beating Syracuse in the championship game.

Go Irish!!!

  • Kentucky
  • Syracuse
  • North Carolina
  • Michigan State

And although I just put Notre Dame in my “wild seed” racket as the eventual Champion…that was indeed my Wild Child Seed….

 I expect North Carolina to be the eventual 2012 NCAA Champions crowned in New Orleans.

And my $$$ Bracket has NC over Syracuse for all the Benjamins!!!

Kentucky has a very good team with just two losses this year.  But loss #2 happened just this past weekend…to lowly (but bracketed) Vanderbilt.  That ended Kentucky’s 24 game winning streak.

And watch out for one of the Final Four teams from last year…little known VCU.

Michigan State was the only one of these top 4 teams that actually won their conference tournament as they defeated another big time team, Ohio State.

Bubble teams such as Drexel, Seton Hall, Mississippi State and Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington curse what might have been as they did not make it into this years tourney, and will be wondering how Iona, California, North Carolina State and South Florida made it in.

The Big East led all conferences with nine teams, including defending national champion Connecticut, a dangerous No. 9 seed, conference tournament winner Louisville and, of course, Syracuse,which cruised through most of the season with only one loss.”

Bracket Smack-it

One more day and they are OFF!!!

Are you a gambler??  Vegas picks their winners here.  Check the link.  I don’t want to spoil it for you.
And what about the Glass Slipper this year?  Well, it won’t be the perpetual Cinderella team Butler.  They did not maker it into the 60 team grouping this time .  The bulldogs were not selected for the first time since 2006.
So without Butler are these the four teams that may wear that sweet Glass Slipper and be called the 2012 Cinderella team???

Long Beach State: The 49ers played a tough nonconference schedule before beating up the likes of UC Davis en route to the Big West Conference title. Games against Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina prepared The Beach for mid-March games.

Saint Mary’s: His teammates in Moraga call him “Delly.” Outside the Bay Area, junior Matthew Dellavedova is unknown. The dynamic point guard who led the Gaels to the Sweet 16 as a freshman is ready for another run.

Harvard: If you think the basketball world went “Lin-sane” when the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin took New York and the NBA by surprise, imagine the chaos his Ivy League alma mater could cause with an early win.

Detroit: The Titans are the first Horizon League representative other than Butler since 2006 and long shots considering they tied for third in league. But Clint Eastwood says we should rally behind Detroit, and we don’t want to make Dirty Harry’s day.

Read more at the link above.

Good stories & good NCAA teams!!

KENTUCKY – The Wildcats are so loaded that John Calipari’s biggest worry heading into the postseason was that his players would be so busy worrying about the NBA draftthat they would forget to take care of business. That might well have been the case last year when Kentucky was beaten in the national semifinals by Connecticut

MISSOURI – There is no quieter top-five team in the country than the Tigers. That’s probably fine with first-year coach Frank Haith, who made the wrong kind of headlines before the season when questions were raised about his ties with a booster at the University of Miamiwho liked to show players a good time.

LAMAR – No, the Cardinals won’t make a run deep into the NCAA tournament, though that doesn’t make them any less fascinating. Lamar hasn’t lost since coach Pat Knight ripped into them for being, among other things, quitters and drug users.Psychologists can debate the method, but no one can debate Lamar’s place in the tournament

SYRACUSE – Bernie Fine won’t be on the bench for this Final Four run, and for a while it looked like Jim Boeheim might not be either. But Boeheim survived the child sex-abuse scandal surrounding his longtime assistant and his team won 31 games to get the No. 1 seed in the East. Assuming yet another scandal – players on previous teams not being suspended for positive drug tests- doesn’t derail the Orangemen, they have a legitimate shot of making the title game for the fourth time in Boeheim’s 36 years in charge.

MICHIGAN STATE – My personal favorite (the Sacramento Bee writer of the article covering the above teams) in the tournament, if only because I love the way Tom Izzo coaches. He schedules tough teams and isn’t afraid to take a few hits doing it, something that happened this year in opening losses to Duke and North Carolina.

So many good stories. Almost as many good teams.
March 13th:I hadda call in sick!
I got that old Bracketitisachoo ya’ll!   Because today is the day, tourney time starts NOW!!!
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Thru March 12th my Wild Child Voodoo Bracket status is:
                       Place            Percentile
voodooDr      0 190,963            55
Not too bad actually.  Like a trillion-gazillion peeps have entered the official Bfracket Challenge at www.NCAA.com
I won’t stay in the top 55% long unless a few long-shots win.  Well, a lot of long-shots.
March 15th:
I dropped a little.  Not too bad, but it means some of my long shot teams imploded and failed me…miserably.
                           Place           Percentile
voodooDr       0 214,825               49
March 16th:
Only a slight drop again.  I’m hanging in there, need a ouple of good wins to get back to .500!  Anybody in the official NCAA Challenge?  Post your status in the comment setion below or (like some have) on Twitter.  I won’t put them here unless ou ask me too.
But James…damn!  How you keep going up when I keep going down man??  Great work and good luck.
                           Place           Percentile
voodooDr   13    224,537            47
Have a good St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow with all that green (or red) beer, corned beef & cabbage you an stand.  I’m hoping it will be a good day for Notre Dame tomorrow.
On Thursday Vandy got some!  Nice game.  After falling asleep they sent Linsanity’s Harvard group home early in the “brain bowl”.
And Murray State made it thru their game??  Really??  It meant a loss for me ad I had Colorado St in that game.
Wins were Marquette, Louiseville, Baylor, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Kansas state.
Losses were U Conn in the upset of the tourney so far…Long Beah State (in kinda my long-shot for the day I guess)
Top Seeds were 109-0 in their opening games.  Zero.  Z-E-R-O!!
March 17th:
I kept the losing streak away…until yesterday when my bracket fell in the toilet!
Entry            Points        Rank      Percentile
voodooDr     18                273,528         35
Losses included longshot St Marys & San Diego State.  Duke, although I really like Lehigh’s team and attitude.  And the big one?Mizzou…I feel for you.  I cannot believe Misssouri lost.  I went out and did not watch the game expecting they had no problem with lowly Norfolk State,  I gotta watch that game now.   How could they win?
 Props to the Spartans.  Are they the 2012 Cinderella team???
March 18th:
Climbed UP a few percentile points….oh yeh!  From 35th to 39th.  Overall Rank went up like 40,000.
     Entry       Overall Points     Overall Rank      Overall Percentile
voodooDr          28                         257,445                39
Indiana moves on…nice.
Wins came from Marquette, Ohio St, Louiseville, Kentucky and Syracuse.
Sweet 16 here we are.
Losses included VCU, Coorado and Vandy.
March 19th:
Dropped a few more percentile points.  Once my longshots dropped off the board the teams that are left go up against Top Seeds.  That’s my excuse.
My  good wins were NC State and Cincinnatti.  Cinncinnatti???
My losses?  Lehigh,  Purdue and Saint Louis.
    Entry              Overall Points          Overall Rank        Overall Percentile
voodooDr              28                              280,897                         34
March 23rd:
Same Percentile, climbed up 20k in Rank and good bump in points:
Entry          Overall Points                 Overall Rank         Overall Percentile
voodooDr      32                                    277,801                           34
Wow!  Louiseville was all over the Michigan State Spartans.  Having Magic Johnson courtside for his Alma Mater did no good as the Cardinals smashed them 57-44.  Louiseville’s big center Gorgui Dieng slapped away 7 shots with his shot blocking prowress.
Syracuse seems to be on their way to a Final Four spot surviving y one point against Wisconsin while Ohio State cruised past Cincinnatti.
Syracuse & Ohio State meet up on March 244th for that Final Four berth while Louisevile will meet Florida who made it by Marquette.
On March 25th, North Carolina meets NC State.  Maybe.
If we get this game, this shoud be the best matchup in this entire series.  Inter-state rivalry, two top teams…man…AFTER they both make it past their opponents today.  NC meets Ohio while NC State takes on Kansas.
March 24th:
My Percentile remains the same while my Total Points go up by 2 and my Rank drops by 2,000.
Entry                    Overall Points                  Overall Rank                     Overall Percentile
voodooDr                 36                                     279,619                                        34
North Carolina wins a squeaker with their injured star Guard, Kendall Marshall, while the Kansas Jayhawks had their star Guard Taylor, but may have wished they didn’t he played so poorly.  Kansas slipped past NC State anyway.
So no interstate NC vs NC State this year!
Baylor made it past Xavier, only to have to face the Kentucky powerhouse now.
March 25th:
With some of my primary teams gone I stick pretty much in the same spot each da,  Mizzou, Michigan St, Notre Dame (ha ha) all gone…
Entry              Overall Points          Overall Rank                Overall Percentile
voodooDr           36                              280,192 34
Even if my primary pick, Syracuse, stayed around and went on to win it all I won’t jump up much if an ecause my other teams are mostly gone from the race.
Good job Ohio State….and my friend Isaac who picked them….beating Syracuse.  It’s what is so exciting about the one-and-out tournament.
And Louiseville goes to the Final Four after beating Florida.
My picks based on the actual Sweet 16 are going well other than the early ouster for Michigan St.  And the ouster of Syracuse.  And who else?  Dang…
March 26th:
The only teams I expected to make it to the Championships that actually made it??  Kentucky.  Ohio State.
                                                                         Congratulation to Louisville & Kansas.
Dropped one percentile point.  One thousand in Rank.
Entry           Overall Points                  Overall Rank                 Overall Percentile
voodooDr            36                                  281,518 33
And so we have:
Saturday March 31st—
Kentucky vs Louisville
Ohio State vs Kansas
My pick?  Maybe one out of four is easier??  Kentucky over Kansas on Monday, April 2nd.
April 1st:
Entry          Overall Points           Overall Rank          Overall Percentile
voodooDr         36                              281,739                       33
Kentucky yeh!
Kansas yeh!
April 3rd:
A bit lower in rank, same pointss and same Percentile.
 
Entry           Overall Points             Overall Rank                Overall Percentile
voodooDr           36                              281,754                               33
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March 15th:

Before today’s games the SB Nation has NCAA Bracket Predictions: Breaking Down Each Region And Looking For A Winner.

We’ll start with the Final Four.

South – Kentucky

West — Mizzou

East — Ohio St.

Midwest – North Carolina

My Champion pick out of those four?  Gotta be Missouri.  Excellent guard heavy team should sign in the NCAA for sure.  Kentucky would have a great chance.  Ohio State is everyone’s pick, but not mine this year.  But definitely Final Four material.  NC State scares me.  Excellent excellent team.
Great article as he weaves thru every team to get to his very good Final Four selections:
 Final Four Semifinals 1 Kentucky over 2 Missouri 2 Ohio State over 2 KansasFinal 1 Kentucky over 2 Ohio State
March 21st:
The Sweet Sixteen!!!  Image gallery of the teams still in the quest for the 2012 NCAA title.
*****My Sweet 16 Picks*****
NOTE:  I have to re-work this and post again with the same picks.  WordPress just doesn’t like my formatting.  This will be attempt #4 (and the last

First team is MY pick…..BOLD is actual winner.  I added the team moving on in parenthesis ( ),  below my choice if it is different.

                                                            

                                                               Championship Game

                                                             Syracuse/North Carolina
And that’s your winner.
The Orangemen of Syracuse beating the 2012 version of the Tar Heels from North Carolina!!
Unless I’m wrong…
March 26th:
Yes, I was wrong wasn’t I???  That’s why I am in the 33rd percentille and dropping…
And so we have:
Saturday March 31st—
Ohio State vs Kansas
My pick?  Maybe one out of four is easier??  Kentucky over Kansas on Monday, April 2nd.
March 31st:
1/2 of my game picks get there for Monday.
Kentucky beats Louisville 69-61.  Louisville was a scary team in this game even though Kentucky had the superior group.  You just never know.
Anthony Davis and top-seeded Kentucky will play for the national title Monday night after finally putting away pesky Louisville 69-61 in the Final Four on Saturday night. It will be Kentucky’s first appearance in the title game since winning a seventh NCAA crown back in 1998. The Wildcats (37-2) will face the winner of Kansas-Ohio State.”
Good job Wildcats!
Good job Jayhwks!
Now on Monday we will have Kentucky over Kansas.  Shouldn’t be close.  This is a great matchup for Kentucky, they will punish Kansas inside.
April 2nd:
Who did not expect Kentucky to win tonight?  And who did expect Kansas to come back so well against this Kentucky team.
It kept looking like a blowout and Kansas just kept fighting.  Kentucky was obviously the better team but Kansas refused to quit, refused to concede, refused to give up.  This team has guts.
For the record: Kentucky wins 67-59 over Kansas for the 2012 title.

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This post will cover individual  college players who may be drafted by the NBA.  As we move closer to Draft Day in June, I will probably include draft sites and Mock Drafts.

Every player has fans, friends and family—and some folks get upset if they think something “negative” has been written.  I try not to be negative when it comes to writing about high school or college age athletes.

They are very young and at a critical point as far as physical and emotional maturity.  More important, what is written could mean money.  Cash.  So I will try not to affect their pocketbooks negatively

I will write what I see and say what I think.  Sometimes that may not go over well with some readers, but if you remember the focus of this post–I am writing what I see and hear about a college player as it projects to possibly playing in the NBA.

For some of these kids that is a few years off.

Most of these young men would be better served to finish college.  I know the pressures they must feel to go pro as soon as they can, especially if they get projected as a lottery player.  But even Round 1 non-lottery players often make the jump because they worry about injuries, a coaching change that may affect their minutes etc.  So many things.

But, they need to finish school.  Just my thought.

I may even talk about the Final Four as we get closer, because how can you not??

If you are looking for College Basketball Polls—

go here  ESPN keeps their poll up-to-date.

I will break players down in broad categories, mostly by their college position, and not trying to predict what teams may do after the draft.  It is so tough trying to figure out where a player will succeed as a pro.  College and the NBA are just so different.

Guard

ESPN tells us that over the last 4 years the draft has produced 17 starting Point Guards including some of the best in the league.  17 starters. This year there may be none.  And his list covers true PGs, not converted SGs (like Sacramento‘s Tyreke Evans) or Point Fowards.

Read the article at the link above as you prepare for the draft.  ESPN is calling it a Point Guard drought.  You need to be an ESPN “Insider” to get the full article but you get the ESPN Magazine with it.  Or the other way around.

Damien Lillard, Weber State.  Lillard is predicted to be a Point Guard, but teams must be cautious.  Lillard is an aggressive player with a “score first” mentality and while he will probably succeed as an eventual pro, Lillard is not a pure point guard by any means.

Lillard hits 90% of his Free Throws, can move right or left, is an effective ball handler and can pull up and hit the jumper nearly anywhere on the floor.  Which can cause problems for pro PGs when they fall in love with their jump shot.

Lillard’s playmaking abilities often seem to escape him as his focus is so often on his shot.  Weber State describes Lillard as their primary scoring threat.  Nice, but not want their NBA wants from PGs.

Lillard is over 25 PPG with about 3.5 assists.  He also rebounds well for a Guard.

Although Sac State‘s chances are more than slim vs Weber State, I look foward to seeing Lillard play here in a few weeks.

Weber State vs Sac State January 25, 2012:  Short story, Weber State manhandled Sac State.  Although Lillard was held to 7-17 shooting he managed to score 21 points and it seemed that every player on his team popped for double figures.  Everyone was scoring.

Sac State kept the last game between these two closer back on New Yeares Eve.  This time the Wildcats won by 15.

Lillard brought a lot of folks with him.  NBA scouts, players and even our local GM.  People wanted to catch the opportunity to see him play.  The fans were happy with Lillard,  even on an off-shooting night. The paper today points out his ability to get his players involved, and you could certainly see that.

I don’t know all of the scouts but I think each was introduced, plus Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins and Geoff Petrie all from the Sacramento Kings, even Stevie Johnson ,WR with the Buffalo Bills, and a lot of local High School players hoping to catch some magic.

January 8th:  Great game gainst Portlnd State University last night, scoring 38 points and leading all plyers, including making like 8 3 pointers..

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Craft takes the Point Guard position for a very talented team.  Craft is tough defensively and spreads over 5 APG and grabs nearly 3 steals.  Scoring is not his primary talent, Craft is an unselfish player functioning as a floor-General for his team.

Craft is a sophomore for the Buckeyes with fistfuls of national awards plus school records last season.  Plus he is apparently a smart, well-liked kid.  Important for NBA PGs.

I have only seen TV games for O-State and remember more about the team (they have Final Four chances this year, definitely) than Craft.  That only means I need to pay more attention!

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Napier took the Point for Connecticut after Kemba Walker left for the pros.  In his first season leading the team, Napier is averaging more than 15 PPG to go with his 6.7 APG, 4.5 RB and over 2 steals in each game.  That is a sweet combination of stats and reveals why Connecticut continues to win after Walker left.

Scott Machado, Iona

I have yet to see Machado play even on TV.  I’m sure we will see Iona at some time this season.  So far I have just seen some highlights on ESPN and a few youtube compilations.

Machado is listed at 6’1″.

Kendall Marshall, North Carolina

So, the team that may wind up #1 this year also has the PG who may be the best college PG.   That won’t make him the top NBA pick.  But as a ball distributor he is the best, and fortunately for Marshall, he is surrounded by talented players who can score and rebound.  Marshall’s job is to put the ball in their hands and he does it well, but only scores some 6 PPG early in the season.

His numbers show a passing Guard with over 10 assists per game to go with 14 PPG, 4+ REBs and almost 2 steals.

Forwards:

Cody Zeller, Indiana

For a young man who just graduated from High School, Zeller has exploded on the college basketball scene.  he has only played eight games, but Zeller scores and rebounds plus his defense results in blocks and steals.

He may fall apart at the college level, as he has a skinny frame and short arms.  But he’s also just 19 years old and has time to grow.  Zeller is a 6’11” Center is college, but how do you predict a spot in the pros today?  Give him time to play, grow and learn.  Then we will see if he plays out as a SF, PF or C.

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Barnes is a sophomore and plays Small Forward for the Tar Heels.

Barnes will probably declare himself eligible for this years draft because he could well be the #1 pick and at least in the Top 3 barring any major problem.

Barnes can score, including 3 pointers and do some rebounding.  Currently he averages 17 PPG in 25 minutes, with just under 50% on his 3’s.

Some NBA team will be glad to have him next season.

Mike Scott, Virginia

Scott is a Senior SF for the Cavaliers scoring nearly 17 PPG and very efficient.  He has been ACC Player of the Week 3 times with team highs in scoring and rebounds.  Scott rebounds well for a SF and is averaging almost 9 per game.

The Draft:     An Early Look-See:

CBS has notes on each player teams are probably considering, including:

Anthony Davis, F-C   Kentucky

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, G-F   Kentucky

Harrison Barnes, SF   North Carolina

Jared Sullinger, SF       Ohio State

Thomas Robinson, Kansas C

Austin Rivers, Duke   G

Terence Jones, Kentucky   F

And many more.  A total of three pages of players.  Yes, it is early.  Nice!!!

Hoops Analyst has Ed Weiland’s early look at the 2012 Draft.

Ed Weiland is the FedEx driver/math whiz who was the only guy in the country to predict Linsanity.

Maybe we should pay attention to Ed’s analysis.  They cover 60 players with notes on 40 or so.

This Weiland article follow up on his first cut at this draft back in January.  If you read both you can see how much homework he does.

As the season approached many analysts were expecting a strong draft.  Maybe just because the last two have not been strong.  Ed sees it as a mediocre draft at best.

I think he may be right.  I hate to say that because Sacramento will be in the lottery again and it would be nice to have more than a handful of top-tier players.

PF Anthony Davis is still the clear #1 here and probably a future All-Star.

February 9th:

Wow!! Duke surprises #5 UNC at the buzzer!  Austin Rivers, son of the legendary Doc Rivers, dribbled the clock down as the crowd got louder and louder.  And then he shot over 7 foot UNC Center Tyler Zeller as the clock showed just one second left in a great game.  the ball slipped thru the net.

Duke wins 85-84.

It was Rivers 6th 3 in the game.  Rivers scored 29 points in the most exciting game of a night filled with college basketball.

I’m not sure how many games were played last night, but there were a ton.

None was more exciting. The link takes you to the scores of all of the February 8th games.

Rivers has been criticized a lot in his Freshman year, as has his coach.  But his confidence has apparently not left him and he now has a game Duke fans will talk about for years.  And,  love em or hate em.Duke has a lot of history to talk about.

April 2nd:

Great March Madness has come down to the April final tonight.  Let’s see Kentucky over Kansas.

We got to see a lot of players we had only heard about as the tournament moved on.  And we got to see some of the really good college players a number of times as their teams went deep.

Who surprised you?  Kansas has continued to surprise me without any real stars but a very solid team.  And Thomas Robinson is very tough in the middle.

NC and NC State both surprised me by not making it to the Final Four.  Thought one would be there.

Chad Ford has his take on the underclassmen who have declared themselves eligible for the 2012 Draft in his Who’s In/Who’s Out?  here.  20 players up to today!  Should be a much deeper draft than we have had for the last couple of years.  If you are one of those ESPN Insiders you can read Chad’s full article.

Hoops Analyst gives us excellent College Draft predictions with their prospect update.

“As this draft comes into better focus it is shaping up as a draft heavy on forwards and backup centers. Anthony Davis remains the top pick. He’s the only player who looks like he has a good shot at becoming an all-star. After Davis it is something of a mixed bag. Overall the quality is weak compared to drafts of the previous decade, but still an upgrade on 2011. What could hurt this draft is most of the best prospects are underclassmen and a lot of them seem destined to be headed back to college for 2013. Right now there are enough intriguing players and role players to make this draft interesting for at least the first round.”

Forwards and Backup Centers.  Who doesn’t need those??

May 17th:

Who’s NBA Draft Day stock is dropping??

“The impact of the NCAA tournament usually affects the stock of several players, though that impact is often oversold”

That’s the unfortunate truth.  Often we wind up scratching our heads half-way thru the next season or a few years down the road, wondering “How could (fill in the blank) have chosen (fill it in again)?”

And we can sometimes find the truth of that question living in the March Madness ups & downs leading up to Draft Day.

July 1st:

Big crowd at Arden Fair to see Robinson yesterday.  And he was all of 6’9″, 244 pounds, 7’1″ wingspan and hands so big…just huge hands.

Robinson was quiet, respectful and looked ready to go to work with the Kings Las Vegas Summer League team in 2 weeks.

Today the question is, beyond Jason Thompson what Free Agent(s) can the Kings hope to attract.  You have to figure someone is more willing to join a team that has the guts of a front court with Cousins and Robinson than they were a few days ago.

This year though there are not a lot of stars on the FA list.  There are a lot of players though…more than 170 Free Agents.  That is more than 10 teams worth of men.

The stars on the list are mostly ageing, the young ones are mostly Restricted.  One you are less likely to want, the other less likely to get.

Nicolas Batum is Restricted.  The rest are Unrestricted here including  Marcus Camby, Andrei Kirelinko (still and the Kings were in hot pursuit last year.  Instead they signed Travis Outlaw), Ersan Ilyasova an improved F, Terrance Williams (I would want him back but do the Kings?), some veteran PGs…..we shall see what the rumor mill produces over the next few days.

August 29th:

No mention of the Kings or any other pro sports tem t Tuesday’s Virginia Beach Cit Council meeting where one agenda topic was  new sports  ren in town.  A 18,000 seat pro-sized arena for a team that many are calling the “Beach-Ballers”. 

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