From the Chicago Tribune:
“The Bulls have no picks in the June 28 NBA draft, but that didn’t stop them from bringing perimeter players Mike Bell, Drake Diener, Jackie Manuel and Rawle Marshall to the Berto Center on Wednesday.
“Management wants to get a handle on some players who may go undrafted and could fill the summer-league roster and/or be invited to October’s training camp.”
We were walking toward Ted’s Montana Grill in Durham to partake of some bison, and we see some tall fellows walking toward us. I think one of them looks like Marvin Williams, so I stare until I figure out that it is him. Nice guy that he is, he even moved out of the way as I wandered blankly by, gawking.
After we get into the restaurant, Lorrie points out that he was with Sean May and Wes Miller. (Who looked taller in person than he does with the rest of the team.) You know, it’s not like I really need more proof that my brain isn’t exactly agile when surprised. There go my dreams of being Sherlock Holmes. 🙂
Clarence “Big House” Gaines, who spent 47 seasons coaching men’s basketball at Winston-Salem State University, passed away yesterday. He was 81.
When he retired, he had won more men’s basketball games than anyone except Adolph Rupp. A few coaches passed him since then, including Dean Smith, but he was at WSSU long enough for 828 wins and entrance to the Hall of Fame.
I grew up in Winston, and Coach Gaines was the second great coach I had ever heard of. (My brother went to UNC, so by the time I knew there was such a thing as college basketball I knew about Dean Smith.) I was always amazed at the fact that, in a city where the school system had desegregated only a decade before, everyone talked about Coach Gaines as a legend. For a kid whose favorite shirt was a WSSU Rams shirt, that was pretty cool. 🙂
Addition: Here’s a better memory of Coach Gaines.
So Mitch Albom just made up significant portions of a column on Michigan State’s Final Four game, and now there’s a debate about whether he should be fired.
Personally, although I don’t want to, I can’t help but think sports journalists have to meet lower standards of reporting than someone who is reporting “hard news.” After all, sports reporting has had a long history of colorful characters and colorful writing that didn’t always come close to the facts.
However, if sports reporters want to be taken seriously, then Albom’s lapse needs to be taken seriously. In the end, he lied, in print, and for a newspaper that has to be a Very Bad Thing.
Should he be fired? I wouldn’t think so. He should have known better, which makes the offense worse, but after enough years of honest reporting you get the feeling he won’t do it again. (Assuming the paper finds he’s been doing honest reporting.) Should he be disciplined? Yep, probably more seriously than he has been. After all, the newspaper needs to give its readers some sense that they take it seriously.
I find it strange, though, that I hear very little mention of the editors involved. Do they just allow Albom to publish anything he writes, without reading it? That seems unlikely, and given the fact the print run of the paper began on the morning before the game, you’d think the lack of a future tense would set off a few alarm bells. It did at the Duluth News Tribune, when a new copy editor/sportwriter noticed the problem before their Saturday edition and corrected every verb tense.
Maybe this will encourage Mr. Albom to keep the fictional moments for his books.
We went to the UNC Men’s Basketball awards ceremony, along with a bunch of other fans. It was good.
Draftcity.com on Jackie Manuel at the Portsmouth Invitational:
Manuel really looked like a sore thumb on the roster sheet that was handed out where all the players stats are listed from this past season. The reason for that is obvious, as he played for the team that won the National Championship and let others focusing on scoring while he did all the little things to help his team out. That wasnt the case here at Portsmouth, where he showed off some offensive skills that no one (except maybe his teammates) knew he had in him beforehand. He was probably the most athletic player at this tournament, or at least the player that showed off the most athleticism in every thing he did. Manuel probably earned himself an invite to Chicago, but hell have to work on his stroke in the next two months to show that he can play in the NBA as a SG.
The same site on Jawad Williams in the last game of the tournament:
On the losing end was Jawad Williams, who started the game off miserably, went scoreless for the first 30 minutes, and then somehow managed to score 17 points in the last 10 minutes. Much like in the first game, Jawad went into his shell after things werent going for him early on. A couple of good shots rimmed out for him, the three ball wasnt falling, all of a sudden he had an airball, and then it was if he was absolutely invisible until the game was basically done. Then a strange thing happened, after sitting out the first 7 minutes of the first half he came back in and then after feeling things out a bit started looking for his shot again. His first field goal of the game came off a monster put-back dunk and that was the spark that got him going. He started scoring around the rim a couple of times with some aggressive moves, and then moved his game outside to show off his jumper and spin moves. A sweet alley-oop finish of a TJ Sorrentine pass completed 17 points for him on the game, and basically salvaged this camp as a wash as far as he should be concerned.
More from the Portsmouth Invitational:
Jackie Manuel: Continued his impressive week in Portsmouth with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Jawad Williams’ team. Manuel was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line and 3-of-7 from the field.
Jawad Williams: Totaled 20 points — the second highest scoring total in the game — and added 10 rebounds and two blocks. Williams shot 9-of-17 from the field and 2-of-3 at the line. He got a game-high 35 minutes of playing time.
Courtesy of Inside Carolina
Former star defender at UNC turns into offensive powerhouse for the night at the Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational:
Was the star of the early evening contest, with a game-high 22 points for Beach Barton Ford in an 86-81 losing effort. Manuel filled up the stat line shooting 10-of-12 from the field, 2-of-3 at the free throw line and posting 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Jawad Williams is playing as well, but it sounds like Wake Forest’s Taron Downey had the better night last night.
BTW, the end-of-season awards ceremony is being held at the Smith Center on April 12, and this year it’s open to the public and free of charge.
Courtesy of Inside Carolina