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I got a text message this morning from one of my contacts in Mississippi that Renardo Sidney had signed with the Bulldogs. All I could say was wow…he’s going back home. He’s 6’10” and 265lbs. He can post up down low, handle the ball and shoot the 3. A certified phenom that’s been at the top of his class from day one, he’s the best recruit to ever sign and actually play in Starkville (see Jonathan Bender, Travis Outlaw & Monta Ellis). I wonder how much that cost the “Friends of the Program” at Mississippi State. Hmmmm….
This is the first time that I’ve written about Steph Curry on the blog. But after the news of him turning pro broke, I figured this was as good a time as any. There’s no question this kid has arguably the sweetest shooting stroke in college basketball. He comes from good stock, we all know who his dad is. The nation’s leading scorer this past season averaging almost 29ppg made the right decision because his stock couldn’t be any higher right now than it was during his breakout, almost-made-it-to-the-Final-Four season he had a year ago.
I’ve watched quite a few of his games over the past 2 seasons and I like what I see so far. My only complaint is that he relies a little too much on his jumper and he isn’t as aggressive going to the basket. I’m sure that aggressiveness will come once cats start taking it to his head in the league. I’m also concerned about his position. He ran the point this year at Davidson obviously in preparation to play PG in the NBA, but he’s not a true PG. Sure you can learn to play the position, but PG’s are born…not taught. Lastly, he isn’ that athletic so guarding the elite PG’s is going to be an issue as well. Yeah you can play zone in the league, but it’s still 99% man-to-man defense and I’m not sure if he can stay in front of guys like Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose and Chris Paul. Ultimately, Steph Curry is a basketball player with a father who had a solid career in the league and he’s also good friends with LeBron James. Those things should bode well for him seeing success. I don’t see him being a star at the next level though, especially not playing the point. Derrick Rose he’s not. As I’m writing this, visions of JJ Redick are dancing in my head. You can find him on the end of the Orlando Magic bench. Sorry Steph, but this could be you. Good luck though; much success to you.
Basketball players come from all over the world. From major cities, to small towns that no one has ever heard of before. They come in different shapes and in different sizes and the skill and athleticism that they possess to compete on the basketball court is remarkable. But there is NO basketball player ANYWHERE as remarkable as Tiffara Steward of Farmingdale State College in Long Island, NY. She’s the starting PG for the Rams, is 20yrs old, stands 4’6″, wears a size 1 shoe and only weighs 90lbs (yes, you read that right). Not only that but she was born 3mos early, underwent 6 surgeries before she was 3yrs old, one of her legs is shorter than the other, she still battles severe scoliosis, AND she’s blind in her right eye and partially deaf! Still, in spite of all that she’s the team co-captain and was just named the 2009 Comeback Award recipient of the V Foundation. She is truly an inspiration and like the number on her jersey, she’s #1 in my book. Check it out…
In a couple of hours, Florida International University will hold a press conference introducing Isiah Thomas as its next head coach. He signed a 5 year deal yesterday and I followed this story the whole day on ESPN and the various other outlets talking about it. After giving it some thought, I think it’s a good move for Zeke and I’ll be glad to see him back on the sidelines. He’s really not a bad coach if you look at the success he had in Toronto and Indiana. The debacle in New York…well, that’s another story. I’m not quite sold on how good of a judge of talent he is though. Sure, he drafted Damon Stoudamire when he was in Toronto, but the team he put together in NY was awful. I was almost positive he was trying to sign every cat from Chicago that he could!
College basketball on the other hand will be a good fit for him and give him a chance to revive his career. I mean seriously, who can’t recruit a kid to come to Miami to play basketball?! Certainly Isiah Thomas could with his basketball pedigree and name alone. Plus, FIU has had a couple of players in the league that kids will recognize right away in Raja Bell and Carlos Arroyo. The Sun Belt Conference isn’t a powerhouse, but Zeke just made FIU the most high profile program in the whole league. I’m not sure how long it will take him to turn the program into a winner — if he can even do it all — but if he has even moderate success in south Florida maybe he can get himself back into the league.
OK, there are two teams in all of sports that I hate with a passion. The Duke Blue Devils and the Green Bay Packers! Yesterday it was reported that Duke’s PG Greg Paulus worked out for the Packers last week. He pretty much rewrote the New York HS football record books (11,763 passing yards & a 42-3 HS record) and was named the Gatorade Football POY, Parade All-American and started in the US Army All-American Game. He was offered football scholarships to Miami and Notre Dame but ultimately decided to play basketball at Duke. He also stopped by the University of Michigan yesterday to talk to head coach Rich Rodriguez about possibly playing football there since he has a year of college football eligibility to burn. I guess he’s trying to go the NFL route because there is no way he’s going to make it in the NBA. But unless this kid is the second coming of Doug Flutie, I don’t see him making it on the football field either. He’d better do what all the other Duke basketball alums that have no chance of going pro do…put on a suit and pull up a chair next to Coach K.
On second thought, I hope the Packers pick him up. Then I hope Aaron Rodgers and whoever the second string QB is goes down. And then his first start as an NFL QB will be against the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field and we “CUT HIS F’***ING HEAD OFF!!!”