Stephen Simmons

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NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

Ok, so if I'm trying to get something out of KU and call Townsend and say, "my guy will come to KU if you give me a 747 with Smoky and the Bandit paint job, change the name of Topeka to "Bootyliciousville", and give me 5 million quarters and a vintage Asteroids arcade game," and Coach T says, "I'll get right on that," before he slams the phone down in a fit of laughter, that's a violation?

How about this, LJW: perhaps you should check into Zion's dad's employment history over the past few years. Do a linkedin search. Who knows, if Zion's dad went from working at the local Piggy Wiggly and suddenly and coincidentally changed jobs to become the Assistant to the City Manager in charge of Special Projects at the Durham NC city hall, maybe it's a clue worth looking into.

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

Hey TCU: Here's some raw meat for your bulletin board. Coach thinks Baylor in Manhattan is tougher than the easy trip to Fort Worth. Yep, beat Baylor and it's all in the bag, I guess. Hearing that Horned Frogs?

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

...and remember that $125k is just the tip of the iceberg. If Nike/Addidas/UA wants to throw another six figures at a kid to secure their position hoping to have the next Lebron in their shoes, that's fine too. Then cue the agents who might be willing to throw other incentives a kid for their representation, and now you're talking about some real money.

Imagine a Billy Preston situation, but completely above board. Go play in Souix Falls for a year (in front of 500 fans, but plenty of NBA scouts), earn $125k in salary, keep that car that got you in trouble, let Mom keep the shoe money, and probably bank even more on top of it...totally legal and above board.

I still think the G-league will have plenty players on their way out of the league trying to hang on, and Euros but it's a finite pool of opportunity, and tossing a dozen OADs into the mix will increase the overall level of play.

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

How sad is it that we're now longing for the days of Mangino? With the exception of 2007, he was at best a mediocre coach on the field, and a total dumpster fire off it.

Playing roughly .500 ball when you pad your preseason with cupcakes isn't success. Looking wistfully back at the Mangino era is like a battered spouse looking back at the good times between beatings. Selective memory at its best.

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

Please let Devonte be Devonte. Frank swept all of the POY awards and was one of the best players in the history of the program. Devonte is amazing in his own right but plays with his own style and unique strengths. The comparisons, while mildly interesting, aren't really fair and set false expectations. Enjoy him for who and what he is, and let him enjoy the spotlight without having to contend with Frank's shadow.

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

Missouri hasn't been a relevant hoops program since they left the Big 12. Frankly I think Washburn will give us a better game. I love the charity aspect, but why do WE need to help breathe life into Mizzou's otherwise dead program.

On Is the Border War back?

Posted 13 October 2017, 6:59 a.m. Suggest removal

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

So when we need a timeout late in the game and Self is out or close to out of timeouts, can we just ave Dok destroy the basket and provide us with an automatic 10 minute break?

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

Feel like I just got click-baited into one of those "see what this child star looks like today" scams.

Non story positioned as something it isn't. Headline implies that there is some kind of REAL effort to bring back the KU/MU rivalry games. Except there isn't. Duping your readers doesn't build trust, Tom.

Of course there is ALWAYS a chance that we'd end up facing each other in the NCAA tourney (ask Roy Williams about having to face Kansas there). Mizzou hasn't been much to talk about in recent years, but turning it around enough to "make" the tourney isn't a major feat for a team in a power conference who has a reasonable basketball history. And if/when KU and MU both make the tourney, it's entirely possible they could run into each other. Throw in the NCAA likely wanting it to happen, and it's not a stretch to put us both in the same bracket.

This is a far cry from implying that they'll somehow appear on the 2018 schedule.

Here's another hot lead for you: a giant meteor could hit Columbia from outer space and end their entire sports program, leaving only a giant smoking crater. Here's a headline you can use: "Is MU Athletics in Danger of Continuing?" Go for it.

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

I guess I'm confused....I thought last night was all about Allen Fieldhouse, not any particular former coach. :) In all seriousness, I look at Roy kind of like a divorced relative who you only see at the occasional wedding. I don't begrudge Roy leaving, but I'll never "get over" the way it went down. Bottom line, he was complicit in actions that not only turned into a major distraction as we were contending for a National Championship, but also showed utter disregard for the university that put him on the map. The fact that we lucked out and got a great coach in Bill Self is a lucky happenstance that worked out in our favor. At the time, had KU not lucked out, it could have been the beginning of a long skid for the program since Roy clearly saw KU as 2nd tier to his alma mater. Don't confuse these feelings as anger or hatred, they're not. At one time the anger was certainly present, but KU's increased success combined with RW's up-and-down tenure (and possible ultimate demise with UNC's academic scandal looming) has evolved those feelings into a little pity directed toward him. The fact is, he'll never be as welcome in Lawrence as he would have been if he had stayed, but he brought this on himself. Now that the "KU family" is healthy as ever and is stronger than it was even when he was at the helm, when the guy who "divorced himself" from it shows up it's ok to remember the good times you had, but the actions surrounding the way he left will always be there. The pity comes in because he'll always take a tinge of regret with him based on the KU experience, while meanwhile KU fans can move on knowing that his replacement has eclipsed him in every way.

NotOstertag (Stephen Simmons) says...

Somebody else mentioned it, but Perry's biggest problem is that he's small for a 4 and we've had too much depth at the 3 to put him there (and I'm not sure how well he'd play there). There was no way he was going to take Wiggins' roster spot last year, so he stayed at the 4. Against smaller teams, he'd usually do very well. If, however, the opposition had big, wide-body, physical players playing in the paint, he had trouble competing as well. That leaves us with 2 options: 1.) Work with Hudy to bulk him up so he CAN be more physical down low (if it's possible) or 2.) Play him at small forward and allow him to use his agility rather than muscle along with his shooting ability to get points.