I like your first idea of not allowing back-to-back picks in the top 3 or 6. I am also liking the idea of drawing for the top 6 instead of the top 3 with the proposed new weighted odds from the NBA.
I think making a fair judgment with your 2nd tweak would be tougher than it looks more times than not. The Mark Madsen thing is easy to spot, but being certain that teams are intentionally losing instead of simply imploding or playing stupidly would be hard a lot of times. If the incentive to lose is taken away altogether, teams will have no good reason to tank, and there would be no reason to see if they really are or not.
Good ideas though. Not sure what the best solution is at this point. But glad the NBA is trying to find one.
MT, the concern with that idea is that bubble playoff teams would then be the ones tanking down the stretch. This past season, I bet that the Bobcats would have happily tanked their last few games to get the top pick in the draft instead of having to endure a sweep against the Heat in the first round.
And the tanking would not have to be obvious. But it could easily be done in the most subtle ways. Short and/or lazy practices, less accountability with players and their performance, lack of serious strategy, and taking "extra caution" with injuries to key players and hold them out longer than needed.
Jay, what are your thoughts on the NBA's latest proposal to modify the draft lottery to help discourage teams from tanking? What changes (if any) would you recommend if you don't agree with this proposal? See the link below for info on the proposal:
Chandler Parson's quotes:
["Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.
"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."]
The second paragraph was fine, but he should have kept the first paragraph to himself. I'm sure it's frustrating to see your team go after someone else to take your spot. But unfortunately, that's part of the BID-ness. And when another team comes calling and is willing to overpay for your services, well, here's some sympathy for ya as you cry your way to the bank.
Looking forward to the World Cup next month (no, no, no...not another soccer tourney; this is the basketball tourney formerly known as the World Championship). A possible starting lineup of Rose, Harden, Durant, Love, and Davis would be fun to watch. Then you have backups (backups!) of Irving, Curry, and Griffin among others. Rose is reportedly looking good as he continues to work his way back into playing again. Hope he stays healthy enough to make it through the tourney and also the entire NBA season.
Good stuff, Jay. Thanks for the info. And thanks for the great coverage on the Mocs. Well done all around in the Sports section. Keep up the good work.
So now it's official...LeBron back to the Cavs. I'll admit that I'm excited as an NBA fan to see him pair with Irving. And now he's back where he should have been this whole time. That said, I never thought LeBron would go back after all that's happened. Kudos to Gilbert and others for being able to somehow pull this off.
Lol, FEC. With a phone, pen, and $650 million, Obama could do quite a bit. But we all know that not a penny of that would go toward the securing the border. Maybe an increase in food stamps and other welfare would be Obama's preference. That and being able to fund Michelle's next overseas trip(s).
The LeBron to Cavs rumors are heating up fast. No commitment to the Heat after yesterday's meeting with ol' Pat can't be a good sign for South Beach. And someone saw moving trucks taking away some of LeBron's cars (for what that's worth). The Cavs are serious and are getting aggressive. If they can land Kevin Love in a deal and acquire a Mike Miller and/or Ray Allen, this might be too hard for LeBron to say no to.
Is Hargis going to be doing the Mocs' football beat throughout the season? If so, looking forward to it. Dude is aces.
MT, all the more reason for Bosh to wait and see (along with everyone else) what LeBron will do. If Bosh wants 4 or 5 years, but LeBron only signs for 1 or 2 years (or can simply opt out after that time period), then yes, Bosh should probably go somewhere else to get the max for the reason you stated. But if Bosh and LeBron are able to sign similar-length contracts (with similar opt-out provisions), I think staying in Miami would be worth it to him. But again, that's only if he places a higher value on the chance to win than taking more money.
[How could Bosh take $12-15 million a year from Miami and leave $7-10 million on the table from the Houston offer?]
It depends on how bad he wants to win. Miami clearly would give him a better chance at a title (assuming LeBron does come back). However, if he went to Houston, Bosh could help the Rockets get into the 2nd round in the competitive West, but that's about it. So he has to decide if competing for championships is worth $7-$10 million. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.
Four years ago tonight, 10 million people tuned in to hear LeBron announce that he was taking his talents to South Beach. Wonder how much longer it will take before he decides whether or not to stay in Miami.
I will miss the Dr. Pepper Classic because I've always seen it as the unofficial start to the Mocs' season. After pounding teams like Covenant and then getting pounded by teams like Kentucky, the Mocs are ready to settle in and play comparable foes by the end of December. I understand how/why it wasn't going to work out for this year, but I wish Wade would reconsider and try to make this happen next year. Go after some teams we've got some history against. Marshall. Now Davidson (since they're leaving the SoCon). College of Charleston. MTSU was a decent find last year too. I'd like to think that this tourney could still succeed if they really wanted it to.
Indeed that was a great final yesterday. There have been several great finals over the past few years in the slams, yet the sport still seems underrated. I became a big fan about 10 years ago when Roddick got to #1, then kept watching as Fed dominated. Now I'm still watching especially when any of the current Big 4 are facing each other because it's good quality tennis and doesn't lack for excitement.
Here in America, we're still waiting for our next contender. John Isner continues to hover around the top 10 in the rankings, but he has yet to become a serious contender at any of the slams. There are other young guys in the draws exiting early but that won't be enough to move the needle right now. Maybe the results from the juniors tourney at Wimbledon can give us some hope? 3 of the 4 semifinalists in boys singles were from the USA. Maybe we just need to wait another 5 or 10 years and we'll get our next Sampras and Agassi. Maybe.
If Chris Bosh is serious about wanting the max, the era of the Big 3 in Miami will be over.
Thomas Jefferson was not born on July 4. He died on a July 4 though (in 1826). John Adams also died that exact same day.
Last month, you said, "...we're not sold on whether Kaepernick will ever be a top-10 QB in this league." My response then to that is below. Can you answer this in the mailbag?
[Kaep is getting a deal much higher than what I think he's worth. But I do think he's a top 10 QB right now. Who are your top 10 and where does Kaep fall? Top 15 at least?
My top 10 (in no order) are Peyton, Eli, Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Kaep, Wilson, Big Ben, Luck, and Flacco. Next 5 are Newton, Stafford, Romo, Rivers, and Ryan.]
Thanks and have a great 4th.