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  Thursday, December 2, 2004

Thoughts on Michigan State vs. Duke
By Jonathan Givony

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It's href=/profile//> embarrassing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> I've href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> real href=/profile//> TV href=/profile//> screen href=/profile//> (Thank href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> Coco's href=/profile//> Outback href=/profile//> Australian href=/profile//> Pub, href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> lousy href=/profile//> food href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> warm href=/profile//> beer, href=/profile//> hands href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> watch href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Basketball href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe). href=/profile//>

Nevertheless, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> me. href=/profile//> Cameron href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> rocking href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> usual, href=/profile//> Dick href=/profile//> Vitale href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> sickening href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hilarious href=/profile//> self, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> super href=/profile//> overrated href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pint href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> cold href=/profile//> Heineken.

The href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> stood href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> terms href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> href=/profile//> http://draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=18 target="_blank"> href=/profile//> Shelden href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> href=/profile//> Shannon href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> .

Williams, href=/profile//> needless href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> freaking href=/profile//> beast. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> 6-9 href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> unbelievably href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> chiseled, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> giving href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> fits href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> night href=/profile//> long, href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> flat href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> defend. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stick href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he'll href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> pro href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> student href=/profile//> athlete. href=/profile//>

First href=/profile//> off, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> refs href=/profile//> routinely href=/profile//> kill href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> ticky href=/profile//> tack href=/profile//> stuff href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> foul href=/profile//> trouble href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> takes href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> flow href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> called href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> (where href=/profile//> he'll href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> extra href=/profile//> foul href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well). href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> worry href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> foul href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> puts href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> goes href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> rebound. href=/profile//> Charges href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> called href=/profile//> completely href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that'll href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> out. href=/profile//>

Second, href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> Coach href=/profile//> K's href=/profile//> system) href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> 59% href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> touches href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> goal href=/profile//> attempts href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//>

Third, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Power href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> display href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> Power href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> repertoire. href=/profile//> Does href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> game? href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point, href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> not, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> holding href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lottery href=/profile//> pick. href=/profile//>

Regardless, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> athletic, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> body, href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> footwork href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket. href=/profile//> Vitale href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> gush href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> JJ href=/profile//> Redick href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> wants, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Shelden href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> them, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> impressed href=/profile//> me, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> surprise href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> prior href=/profile//> opinion href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Shannon href=/profile//> Brown. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> dude href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> potential. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> class href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> terms href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> ability. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> incredibly href=/profile//> quick, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lightning href=/profile//> quick href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> step href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> kind href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> hops href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> "wow." href=/profile//>

We href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> knew href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> already, href=/profile//> though. href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> active href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is, href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Izzo href=/profile//> deserves href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> credit href=/profile//> for, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> imagine. href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> HAS href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> takes href=/profile//> pride href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//>

That href=/profile//> brings href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> problem href=/profile//> (that href=/profile//> I've href=/profile//> noticed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Spartan href=/profile//> players). href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> locked href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> box, href=/profile//> afraid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> mistakes, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> result, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> do. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> handle href=/profile//> already, href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> vision, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> selfish, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> shooter href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> sure, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> transition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Point href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> see. href=/profile//>

He's href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> benefit href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> full href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> mistakes href=/profile//> (gasp!) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> learn href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> them, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> turn href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> player. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> working href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is. href=/profile//>

Other href=/profile//> thoughts

Shavlik href=/profile//> Randolph href=/profile//> href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> exact href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> before, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> before); href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> soft href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> clueless href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> hell, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tools!) href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shoulder href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> load href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impact, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> interested href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> so. href=/profile//>

Paul href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> disappointment href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> me; href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> real href=/profile//> tease. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> slow, href=/profile//> skinny href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> soft href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> ever, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> fades href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> uncontrollably, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> anymore href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> already. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

href=/profile//> JJ href=/profile//> Redick href=/profile//> href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> absolutely href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> fire, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> flat href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> shoot, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stroke href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> beautiful href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> quick. href=/profile//> Amazing href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> player? href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> sure! href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> dimensions href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> hearing href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> long? href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> beyond href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> shooting, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> liability href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> at.

Overrated href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> overrated href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 5th href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> 6th href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACC, href=/profile//> mainly href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> resembles href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> (an href=/profile//> absolute href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> painfully href=/profile//> obvious href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> night href=/profile//> (night href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> guys). href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> bring href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> hurt href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACC href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> tournament.

 
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