Saturday, June 28, 2008

Davidson solidifies his position on the Bobcats!

The Bobcats have exercised the team option on Jermareo Davidson's contract for next season, the Charlotte Observer reports.

At the same time, it still remains to be seen if Gerald Wallace gets traded. The Bobcats were talking to the Raptors, but things have dies down since the draft...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Hendrix selected #49 by Golden State

Good luck to him. I think he makes the team.

I noticed that Jamont Gordon went undrafted, Walter Sharpe (UAB and former UA player) went #32, Sonny Weems (Ark) went #39, Shan Foster (Vandy) went #51, and Joe Crawford (UK) went #58.

Anthony Randolph (14) and Marreese Speights (16) were the only SEC players drafted in the 1st round.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Our Q&A with and more

They asked some questions about Richard Hendrix... we answered them... to the best of our abilities. The blog covers the Washington Bull... uh Wizards of the NBA.

I'll be honest... I couldn't name a player on the Wizards besides Gibert Arenas. Wait... Caron Butler plays there too.

Link to bulletsforever.

- ESPN's mock draft #31-60. Hendrix could be a teammate of Jermareo Davidson.

Monday, June 23, 2008 preseason top 50

Whoo Hoo we're #37. Actually they're not excited about that... and neither am I.
They have UAB ahead of us. I don't know if that's scary or sad.

I'll touch on this more as the season draws closer, but I'm not all that optimistic about our current squad's chances next season.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

ESPN draft rater: Which big men will become the best pros?

According to this, Hendrix is a fringe 1st rounder. This is an interesting read as John Hollinger has an innovative way of predicting success in draft picks.

Fringe first-rounders
Kosta Koufos, Ohio State, 13.32; Darnell Jackson, Kansas 13.17; DeAndre Jordan, Texas A&M, 13.17; Richard Hendrix, Alabama, 12.95; Jason Thompson, Rider, 12.77; D.J. White, Indiana 12.63; Trent Plaisted, BYU 12.61

Now things start getting dicey. The teams who take the top six big men have a good chance of getting themselves a player, but the history of big men in the projected PER range of 12.5 to 13.5 is a decidedly mixed bag -- you can pretty much forget about stardom once you get this low. That's probably why all but two of these guys are between 20 and 41 on Chad Ford's board.

Of note here are Koufos and Jackson. Koufos could go in the lottery, but doesn't have the numbers to back up being selected that high. At the other end, Darnell Jackson appears to be a potential second-round steal.

Read the rest here (free insider preview)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

UA reportedly snags former DePaul hoops commit

I pass this along to you as truth be told I don't care about recruiting.

Cully Payne, a point guard from Schaumburg, Ill., has verbally committed to Alabama's 2009 signing class, per an online report today by the Chicago Sun-Times News Group.

Payne withdrew a longtime commitment to DePaul about two weeks ago, saying he and DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright "mutually agreed" to part ways, according to a statement Payne issued at the time.

Read the rest here.

I googled Cully out of curiousity and low and behold... he's a white guy. I thought that was against school policy to bring in a white guy for hoops (g).

Monday, June 16, 2008

Update on Hendrix and Steele

Hendrix is staying in the draft per the UA media relations office.

"After several months of thinking and getting all the information and consulting with my family I have come to the decision to keep my name in the 2008 NBA Draft. I feel strongly that this is an opportunity for me to reach my individual and personal goals as a basketball player. I feel that this decision is the right decision for me. I have no regrets with this decision. I feel like it's a career decision and the time to move on.


Good luck to RH... he represented the University well.

Update- Steele is returning to Alabama per ESPN. That probably makes us the team to beat in the West. We shall see.

The great Rico Pickett speaks on his future

As we wait to hear on the status of Steele and Hendrix, here's something to pass the time.

Q: Do you have any regrets about what happened last year?

RP: I could have taken some stuff a different way. I feel like I could have, but I feel like everything happens for a reason. So all this is me. A couple of things ... be a little more coachable, less attitude, I would say in some situations and outbursts. I could have kept a lot of stuff for off the court and just me and (coach Gottfried) one on one instead of saying it in front of the whole team. Coach would say “showing him up” but it was just like the way I am. I just don’t like to bite my tongue. If I want to say it in a smart way, I just say it. It wasn’t the right time, most times I said stuff.

Q: What kind of person was Gottfried like to you?

RP: He was a ... I guess it’s hard to explain. He was real laidback, don’t really get upset, not going to yell at you, talk to you calm, but like, it’s his way or no way, like a lot of coaches. It might seem like he is reasonable, but at the end of the day, whatever he says, that’s what goes. He is going to do whatever he feels like is best for his team. So, just the kind of person he is to me, I couldn’t trust him. That is what I feel like.

Read the rest here (got to subscribe).

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I dare you not to laugh at this photo

Alright, these photos of the great Oscar De La Hoya turned out to be fake, but that doesn't stop them from being funny.

His niece is also famous... for being runner up in Bret Michaels Rock of Love II.

I think I got crabs from watching the entire season.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Latest NBA Mock drafts and more... has Hendrix at #42 to the Sacramento Kings. It also has Jamont Gordon at #43 to the Kings.

Other SEC players drafted according to this mock draft:
- Anthony Randolph to the Knicks at #6
- Maureese Speights to Cleveland at #19
- Sonny Weems to Minnesota at #34
- Joe Crawford to Detroit at #59

1st Round only mock drafts
Yahoo's mock draft

A writeup on the state of NBA pre-draft camps. The NBA might want to rethink doing this as it seems mostly fringe players make the trip.

A seaofblue interviews Rick Pitino... or a reasonable facsimile. good stuff.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Buck Johnson just can't resist NBA life

Buck Johnson spent much of last week trying to impress the same suits in the stands as Alabama's Richard Hendrix and Ron Steele.

The Harvest resident, an ex-Crimson Tide star himself in the mid-1980s, worked four days as an assistant at the NBA pre-draft camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Read more.

He will probably make a decent coach. He is still very tight with Jack Doss at Butler High School here in Huntsville, so he has an excellent mentor available....

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Where Do We Go From Here?

Thanks to Bobby Jack for keeping the blog alive while our team has been on life support. My lone appearance since the SEC Tournament was when I was caught coming out of the Dope Testing Trailer at the Tour of Georgia. If you think I'm ashamed of that then ask yourselves how many of you could have ridden up Brasstown Bald mountain. Okay, so I rode up in a bus with all the other old and out of shape fans - at least I showed up. I make no apologies for the fact that I enjoy pro tour cycling. The bulk of my fan time between March and November are devoted to that sport.

Back to basketball for a few moments. Where does Bama Basketball go from here? There is only one person who can answer that question. That man is

Only a fool would deny that our players have failed the past two season to make the plays necessary to win their games. Only the coach is in control of doing everything he can to make sure that does not happen again next season. How does he do that? As I have heard many of the best football and basketball coaches of the past two generations say, "It's the coach's job to get the players to do what they would not do if the coach was not there."

Most Alabama football fans wear their feelings on their sleeves. I have been that way about Bama Basketball ever since I was a student - the Newton and Sanderson years. I was fortunate during the David Hobbs era. Both of my daughters were very young and I enjoyed being with them so much that I was able to forget about Bama Basketball until things came back around. Next year both of my daughters will be students at The University. I wish for them even a small part of the fun and excitement I experienced as a student attending Bama Basketball games.

I was among those who wanted to hire Mark Gottfried. My thoughts and feelings on his performance have been open and obvious to Bama Basketball fans since long before this blog was created.

The simple reality is that Mark Gottfried is our coach. What any of us thinks or feels about it (or says or prints about it for that matter) will have no impact on that simple fact. I am a Bama man and Gottfried is Bama's coach. I support our coach and our team and I hope that for the third season during his Alabama tenure Coach Gottfried performs up to his potential.

Mark Gottfried graduated from my high school and from my University. He embodied everything I ever wanted to see during his playing years at Alabama. He was like a coach on the court. He played both sides of the ball with a tenacious competitive spirit but understood that the guys wearing the other jerseys were his brothers when the last whistle blew. Anyone who followed that young man's college career knew he would be successful in some field. I hoped he would choose to return some day to lead our alma mater's basketball team.

During his earlier years at Alabama, Coach Gottfried did a good job of getting average players to perform up to their potential. He had his weaknesses as a coach. Every coach does. The good news was he was young, developing, and would only improve. In some ways he did.

Let us set aside for the moment all the arguments to the effect that the past two seaons have not been Mark's "fault." Many if not all of those arguments (or explanations) concerning the team's performance have merit. The repeated and consistent shortcomings of our teams over the past several seasons are obvious to any fan or student of the game. Coach Gottfried himself has identified those areas during his post game interviews. What is not obvious to a simple fan or student is, "How do I get the players I have to improve in the areas of those shortcomings so they perform better in the games next season?" Coach Gottfried is the only person who is in a position to answer that question. I hope he does.

So where do we go from here? I honestly do not know. Past performance always is the best indicator of future performance. Nothing in his performance over the past few seasons suggests to me that Coach Gottfried is up to the task. But while a man has breath in his lungs he has the capacity to change and to improve. I know a bit about Mark Gottfried's background. Everything in that background tells me he has all the tools and help he needs to make the necessary transitions.

Next season promises either to be the restart of an exciting and rewarding ride for Bama Basketball fans or to be the beginning of the end of the present regime. I for one am hoping for the former. I really do not care which coach leads our program to the Final Four, but I'm rooting for you, Coach. Good luck and God's speed.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Steele returning to Alabama

Steele played for the first time in five-on-five competition since March. He looked slow at times, especially defensively. His numbers were solid, though, with 12 assists, two turnovers and three steals in three games. But he didn't receive a ton of buzz.

"I did pretty well," Steele said on Friday. "I really don't know what I'm going to do. I'm not sure I'm leaning either way. I'll listen to the coaches and go from there. A couple of teams were interested but I'm not sure who."

That was Friday early afternoon. But by Saturday morning, Steele had made up his mind to return to school.


On paper we should be alright next year... of course if we projected teams by what they look like on paper the NY Yankees would've won at least 3 World Series since 2000.

The fact that Steele was not 100% gives me the feeling that we shouldn't expect him to be 100% next season. I hope I'm wrong about that.