The professional basketball league has literally become a 12-month a year sport. The only time off is for the stars who get July and part of August. If you have not made it big, you will find yourself playing in the developmental league during that time. If you then make the big league, you will be spending the next 10-months playing NBA games. This means you have played 12 straight months of basketball.Right now, the NBA is reaping some of the benefits of the NFL ‘s problems from protests against race equality. Some people are upset with the NFL and they are turning off the NFL and watching the NBA. One thing I would like to see done is an agreement between the NCAA and the NBA on what to do about the “one and done” we now have in college. Either let high school graduates go directly to the NBA or make them play 3 years like other sports have to do.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 12, 2015 at 12:16 am Contact Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @connorgrossman Kevin Rice said he hadn’t been face guarded since he played high school basketball. Siena defenders were swarming him the entire game Saturday, looking to contain Syracuse’s most lethal scoring option and his fellow attack, Randy Staats.But that opened up other spots for the Orange’s offense to exploit Siena’s plan. It was junior Dylan Donahue who did it best, connecting on four goals.“(Donahue’s) a very cerebral player,” Rice said. “So I’m sure within the first possession he knew exactly what Siena was doing and the best way to exploit it.“He puts himself in spots where he’s going to succeed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 8 Cornell may very well apply similar defensive pressure to Rice and Staats in its game on Sunday at No. 4 SU (1-0) in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m. It was that duo that had big games against the Big Red last year, and the attention they draw could again set up Donahue for a big performance.At Cornell last year, Staats tied his season-high for goals in a game with five and Rice scored on three of his shots, while Donahue only tallied one goal.Syracuse head coach John Desko wouldn’t go as far to assume there would be the same extra pressure on Rice and Staats, but he praised Donahue as perhaps SU’s most versatile scoring threat.“I think of all the attackmen, he’s as good with both hands as any,” Desko said. “He can come up the left side, he can come up the right side and he’s really good off the ball.”It was Donahue that kicked off the 21-goal dismantling of the Saints on Saturday. He scored from about a foot outside the center of the crease to handle a pass from Hakeem Lecky running full speed down the right side.With a nine-goal lead in the middle of the third quarter, Donahue again found the perfect placement on a scoring opportunity. He cut across the middle of the field to the center of the crease right in sync with a pass from Staats to convert on the quick-stick score.Donahue’s made a habit out of knowing where to trail plays and his timeliness hasn’t gone unnoticed by his fellow attack.“He finds the right spot almost every time he’s on the field,” Staats said. “If me or Kevin or the middies are dodging, he’ll just follow the slide and be wide-open right in the middle for an easy shot.“His lacrosse IQ is through the roof.”The Saints’ strategy to pressure Staats and Rice was a peculiar one considering Donahue spearheaded the Orange’s win last year against Siena with an eight-goal performance.Rice and Staats both said they don’t expect Cornell — which allowed 9.5 goals per game last season, third best in the Ivy League — to take the same approach and press the majority of its defense on them.“If they do, then we’ll have four other guys out on the field that could be wide-open,” Staats said. “… At the same time I think they’ll be cautious with us.”Despite the attention to Rice and Staats, it was Donahue that led Syracuse in scoring last season with 37 goals. In the first game of the season, he proved elusive to the Siena defense and had a productive start to defend his scoring crown.SU’s trio of attack is a lethal force as an entire unit, and it only works to the Orange’s benefit when defenses decide to heavily cover two-thirds of the scoring leaders.Said Rice of Donahue: “It still sort of blows my mind when people leave him open because he doesn’t really miss much.” Comments
If you tried wrapping your head around USC’s football team this season, chances are you’d find yourself wanting to know more.Because of the ever-vigilant eye of the sports media and its constant barrage of prediction and analysis, it’s become a real challenge for a program of USC’s stature to sneak up on anyone. Still, this year’s squad possesses an enigmatic quality that’s hard to place.It’s not that the coverage isn’t there, for plenty of outlets continue to scrutinize the Trojan program on a daily basis. It’s not that coaches and players are being exceptionally cryptic or reserved or coy in their interviews. It seems more that there’s just less to know right now.Here’s what we do know: USC is irrelevantly ranked No. 25 in the preseason Associated Press poll. Junior quarterback Matt Barkley will return and will play well, likely making a splash in the Heisman race. And Tom Brady is jealous of this season’s receiving corps. That’s about it.If you read the preliminary depth chart aloud, the number of times you heard “or” might lead you to believe you were glancing over the crew team’s inventory.We don’t know which tailback is going to find a way to distinguish himself from the rest. Will it be sophomore Dillon Baxter? Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan? Junior Curtis McNeal? Freshman Amir Carlisle? USC coach Lane Kiffin probably couldn’t even guess.Will redshirt freshman Xavier Grimble or another tight end develop a connection as Barkley’s comfort target, a role Anthony McCoy shaped so well in 2009?What constitutes Monte Kiffin’s simplified defense? Will USC be able to apply it to any level of success on that side of the ball?Then, of course, there are the motivation questions. Can USC figure out how to cope in its second year of bowl ineligibility? Can Kiffin start to carve a legacy like his predecessor?The sheer number of questions left unanswered to this point can be troubling with the opener against Minnesota just two short days away. This obscurity suggests a level of unpreparedness that could render the Trojans sorely regretful Saturday night. A loss to Minnesota seems implausible, but if USC isn’t ready, a 0-1 start is far from out of the question.“I would be blown away if this team is overconfident: number one, because we’re not very good, and number two, because [Minnesota] is very, very well-coached and has a dynamic playmaker touching the ball every snap,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said after Wednesday’s practice.That said, it’s premature to necessarily associate indecision with disarray.With little at stake this season, it’s understandable for Kiffin to wait as long as he can before playing his hand, giving everyone on the depth chart a shot to blow him away. And the last thing he needs is the intricacies of his pop’s defensive modifications getting out to opponents.Really, staying off the radar and providing critics with so little fodder to craft narratives and sketch out the season is an advantage. Expectations can be a healthy burden on a team. Eschewing them as much as possible allows these guys to go out and play and not concern themselves with how they stack up.Then there’s the strategic leg up.You can place your bets now that Minnesota coach Jerry Kill lacks even the faintest idea of who will be lining up at the bottom of USC’s I-formation Saturday afternoon, or at receiver, guard, tackle, center or a handful of other positions.Minnesota’s already an enormous underdog coming into the Coliseum this weekend, and now it has to gameplan for about seven billion lineups? There’s no relief in facing an opponent that has so many options and so much left to reveal.One of the great aspects of Oregon’s stellar season last year was that the team crept up on everyone, both on and off the field. The Duck’s 72-0 shellacking of New Mexico in the opener last season was an eye-opening statement of authority that the Ducks were going to, well, make a splash. Yes, they were already ranked No. 11 at the time, but few saw that uptempo game rushing them all the way into the national championship game.USC’s team this year is no 2010 Oregon — in part because its offense isn’t so hectic but also because the Trojans have no championship to play for. Still, that model of taking teams by surprise is worth emulating. USC has a rare chance this year to evade the microscope that comes as a packaged deal with the program’s prestige, and the team would do right to take advantage of it.The lack of information about this team is puzzling, especially to fans.But that indefinable quality? That’s not going to hurt the team one bit. “Suicide Blitz” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at email@example.com.
NORTHWOOD — A Minnesota man charged with assaulting a woman in a Worth County hotel room has pleaded not guilty.Late on the night of December 1st, the Worth County Sheriff’s Department says a woman from Minneapolis who was staying at the Holiday Inn near the Diamond Jo Casino near Northwood told law enforcement that a man and another female asked to stay in her room because they were too drunk to drive. The victim says the two started to destroy the room she was staying in, and when she told them to stop, the male suspect punched her in the face and started to strangle her.40-year-old Abdirizak Mohammed of Columbia Heights and 32-year-old Kadra Bashir of Minneapolis were both arrested and charged with willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.Mohammed was scheduled to be in Worth County District Court on Tuesday for his arraignment hearing, but he recently filed a written plea of not guilty to the charge. His trial is scheduled to start on February 20th.Bashir was also scheduled to appear in court for her arraignment hearing on Tuesday, but a continuance has been granted until February 4th.