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KU freshman Joel Embiid headed to NBA Draft

I was hoping he would stay longer...not just because i am a KU fan. I have been a Heat fan ever since Rio joined the team; his 4 years in college helped that allegiance quite a bit. Now that Greg Oden is a Heat, I am very familiar with his struggles establishing himself in the NBA as a top pick way back when. Above all, I was hoping Embiid would stay longer just to prove he is not "damaged goods". If I can see the comparison between Embiid and Oden, an NBA exec would have thought of this even sooner. Will he suit up, let alone play, 82 games next year, or will he be all dressed up in a suit and tie sitting on someone's bench for most of those games? Tough to predict. Bottom line, I do wish him all the best.

April 9, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Embiid's dad says son's injury 'not serious,' expects him to play at some point in NCAAs

I expect to see Joel back in a Jayhawk uniform again next year, if for no other reason than to prove to the NBA that he is not damaged goods and can withstand 82 games in an NBA season. I would hate to see him jump to the NBA to only become "Oden part II".

March 13, 2014 at 4:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Offensively challenged Jayhawks suffer rare home loss, 61-57 to San Diego State

No doubt at all now....after watching the Aztecs take down the Jayhawks at Rupp Arena...if there are current Jayhawks lucky enough to be drafted by an NBA club next year, they will see plenty of bench time. This is truly the most overhyped Jayhawk team I have ever witnessed. Next year, forget about the "toughest schedule" in the NCAA and bring on that parade of "cupcakes". Better to "under hype" than over hype.

January 6, 2014 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rio Adams a goner; Ben McLemore decides today

I fear he will follow the path of Josh Selby and Xavier Henry. Their careers went flat with a downward spiral from the beginning. Another year or two at KU would have helped their NBA fortunes.

April 9, 2013 at 2:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Jeff Withey, Trey Burke keys tonight

I believe the game will be decided by turnovers. The fact that Michigan leads the nation in the fewest turnovers per game scares me! The ESPN talking heads point to KU's turnovers when underlining their points about KU being vulnerable. KU cannot continue to turn the ball over in 20% of their possessions (1 out of 5) and expect to win in the NCAA tournament. With 4 seniors in the starting lineup, it would be logical to expect very few turnovers; hasn't been that way this year though.

March 29, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No. 2 recruit Julius Randle chooses Kentucky

Checking out the top 100 recruits on ESPN, it is difficult to imagine how so many Kentucky recruits plan on major minutes on the floor next year. Add the 6 appearing on that page to the freshmen currently on UK's roster, there will be a lot of highly recruited players riding on their bench next year. Calipari will have his hands full making a team out of this collection of high school stars. Looks good on paper; but, no doubt, a lot of egos to feed!

March 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Feeling free: Perry Ellis has career game as KU downs Iowa State

Now we know. Where is that book? A new way to be charged with a technical...."Look at your opponent's bench". Is the Big 12 the only league to have that as an example?

March 16, 2013 at 8:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU’s Elijah Johnson grows into Jayhawks’ clear leader

A great defense will win Super Bowls for NFL teams. Good consistent pitching will win a World Series for MLB teams. Guard play wins NCAA tournaments. Of course, each of these sports rely on teamwork. My point is to magnify the importance of key roles in each sport as they apply to championships. Every player can have a not so good game. When Elijah is hot, he is hot. When he does not have the mojo going for game, rather than continuing to shoot miss after miss, he would be better off finding a team mate who is hot. In those games, coach needs to help identify who has the hot hand and who does not. When Elijah is the target of negative criticism this year, it is usually in games where he has gone 3 for 13 or 6 for 24. Elijah and the coach need to put the ball in someone else's hands for that game; accept the guy is cold (that day) and move on. I get more frustrated with coach Self in these situations than I do with Elijah. I wish him all the best in the upcoming tournaments; cold or hot...if the fans can recognize it the coaching staff and player should be able to as well!

March 13, 2013 at 1:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rockets, Kings swap Aldrich, Robinson; Morris twins reunited in Phoenix

Happy for T-Rob. Tough to root for the Kings with Demarcus Cousins on the roster. He has to feel good about the move.

February 21, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notebook: Bill Self fired up during big win; Rio Adams 'frustrated'

As far as I know, coach Self tells all of his high school recruiting candidates that that should expect to work hard (for him) should they decide to attend KU. While the recruits hear it, they believe they can continue doing what made them a success in high school. When they arrive at KU, they find out coach was and is serious. All of a sudden he is evil for not giving them minutes, minutes they surely would have had going somewhere else. Even Mario Chalmers admitted he did not get along with coach his freshman year; no doubt for the same reasons mentioned above. When will Rio Adams decide he has had enough of "dream world" and get serious about working for his future? Very few people I know of have never had a decision point like this regardless of chosen profession.

February 21, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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