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Jason Kidd Named the Brooklyn Nets Head Coach

Posted: 06/14/2013 by phillyisforphanatics215 in Basketball

On Wednesday Night, the Nets announced that they filled their coaching vacancy with Jason Kidd. He signed a 3-year deal and will be formally introduced as head coach. The agreement came as a big surprise after the Nets administration met with Pacers Assistant Coach Brian Shaw for five hours on Wednesday. In addition, Kidd has no coaching experience having retired as a player only a little more than a week before he was hired.

With this move, Kidd returns to the Nets. A franchise that he led to back-to-back finals appearances with while they were in New Jersey. Stated well by Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, “Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York. He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.”

A source close to the situation has said that another reason why they chose Kidd over Shaw is Kidd’s close relationship with Nets starting Point Gaurd Deron Williams.


Notre Dame Considering Renovating Football Stadium

Posted: 05/07/2013 by phillyisforphanatics215 in Football, NCAA

On Thursday, Notre Dame introduced a new plan to renovate and improve the famed Notre Dame Stadium. The largest proposed renovation of the whole project is adding 3,000 premium seats. In addition, the proposal includes adding more buildings to the stadium to make the area on campus more of a campus hub.

The stadium since its opening in 1930 has already been updated in 1997. Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick notes, “We’ll take our most iconic athletic venue and reimagine it as the site of year-round university use, not five-day-a-year athletic use.”

The project would be focused around new buildings being brought up around the stadium. The 3,000 new seats would be made on top of these buildings. The buildings would include new classrooms, a student center, a community center and a media center.

Even with all of this being said, so far there is no definite indication that they are certain to improve the stadium.

Kobe Bryant Moves into 4th Place on All-Time Scoring List

Posted: 03/31/2013 by phillyisforphanatics215 in Basketball

On Saturday, Kobe Bryant moved into 4th place on the all-time scoring list of the NBA. With 7:55 left in the second quarter, Kobe hit a pull-up jumper to reach 31,421 career points which surpassed Wilt Chamberlain’s mark of 31,419 career points.

After the game, Bryant said of the accomplishment,”What a journey, it’s been a very, very long journey. I’m certainly extremely appreciative of all the support and the Laker faithful, the ‘Laker Nation,’ from being a 17-year-old kid to a 34-year-old man and all the support they’ve given me throughout my career.”

After moving up on the list, the only players still ahead of him on the list are Michael Jordan (32,292 points), Karl Malone (36,928 points), and the all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).

Bryant and Chamberlain have been compared many times in the past. Kobe passed Wilt’s record for most points scored by a Philadelphia area high school basketball player. Also, Kobe’s 81 point performance is the second most, only behind Wilt’s legendary 100 point performance.

NCAA Coach of the Year Candidates

Posted: 02/20/2013 by phillyisforphanatics215 in Basketball, NCAA

Overall, this NCAA Men’s Basketball Season has been crazy to say the least. There have numerous amounts of “upsets” and no team has pulled away from the pack and has been considered the top team.

There are 4 coaches in particular who have done tremendous jobs and who deserve the honor; Colorado State Coach Larry Eustachy, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett, Oregon Coach Dana Altman, and last but surely not least Miami Coach Jim Larranaga.

The case for Larry Eustachy is a pretty good one, at season’s start the Rams had a slim chance to enter March Madness and this would have probably come via winning the Mountain West’s conference tournament. There chances to win that event were minimal but somehow, Eustachy has gotten his Rams to break into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1954. In addition, their ranking may continue to rise as a result of a pretty easy schedule.

The case for Tony Bennett, is primarily  due to Virginia’s spectacular “in your face” defense. His team could shock the entire ACC if they could manage to get into the “Big Dance”. Especially, when one considers the strength of schedule they have including games against Miami and Duke, two top ten teams.

The Case for Dana Altman, in a conference full of disappointing surprises, it is good that there is at least one that is happy.  The Ducks were predicted in the preseason to be 7th in the Pac-12 and currently they are sitting close to the top. In addition, Altman is dealing with a very young backcourt and he has handled it very well.

Lastly, Jim Larranaga’s case, his team was predicted to finish outside of the top three in the ACC but currently they are arguably No. 1 in all of the land with a ton of quality wins. What is most surprising, is how they remain undefeated  in the ACC, which is a very competitive conference.

No matter, who ends up winning the award it will probably be a great choice.

Proposed Ejections for Hitting Illegally

Posted: 02/15/2013 by phillyisforphanatics215 in Football, NCAA
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Under an NCAA proposal, next year a player who delivers a hit to the head on a defenseless opponent would be ejected from the game.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee has already announced that they would like a bigger penalty than 15 yards for a hit on a defenseless player. Assuming that the Playing Rules Oversight Panel agrees with this proposition, the player who delivered the hit will be ejected in addition to a 15-yard penalty. However, the rules does allow video replay to determine if the athlete should indeed be ejected. To overturn an ejection, the replay official must have conclusive evidence that the hit was unintentional.

If the athlete is ejected in the first half, they will sit out for the remainder of that game but will be able to return for the beginning of their next game. However, if the player is ejected in the second half of the game, they will sit out the remander of that game and sit out the first half of their next game. They will be able to return for the second half of their next game.

This proposed change was not expected, but it makes that this would come out of the committee’s three-day meeting focused on  player safety.

Warriors Will Wear Sleeves

Posted: 02/12/2013 by phillyisforphanatics215 in Basketball

For their three remaining home games, the Golden State Warriors have unveiled jerseys that include short sleeves. These jerseys, will be the first to include any type of sleeve in the modern era of the NBA.

On Monday, the Warriors announced that the jerseys will make their debut on February 22, when the Warriors will take on the San Antonio Spurs. The uniforms will also be featured against Houston on March 8, and when the Warriors play against the Bulls on March 15.

Adidas, the NBA uniform provider, has said that the jerseys have, “the first-ever super lightweight stretch woven short with maximum ventilation for player comfort. The jersey includes armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric that facilitates free range of motion for the arms and shoulders.” According to Adidas, the new uniform is 26% lighter than a “traditional” uniform in the NBA. In addition to Golden State, Adidas has announced that they hope to expand these types of jerseys to other teams.

Harrison Barnes, a Golden State Rookie Forward, has said of the trendsetting jerseys, “I think it’s something it will take people a little bit of time to get used to, but once they do it’ll be good. As long as I’m able to shoot and move, that’s all that matters.”

Seth and Stephen Curry (Starting Point Guard for the Golden State Warriors) have always been immensely competitive with one another but currently they are on the same team trying to break the brother scoring record. The record is currently held by the Hansbrough brothers, Tyler (ACC all-time leading scorer) and Ben who are now teammates on the Indiana Pacers. They combined for an impressive total of 4,485 points.

When Duke visits Boston College, Seth must score at least 11 to surpass the record. This will probably happen because even with a shin injury Seth has managed to score 20 points in Duke’s  three most recent contests.

When discussing the topic, Seth stated, “It’s a weird little record, but it’s neat when you can do something that involves your family. It’s always good to pass a Carolina guy in anything. So it’s fun.”