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David Lara

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wiseapple (David Lara) says...

There was another scholly because they gave it to Whitman. There would be no reason at all to boot Coleby for Whitman. Coleby showed he can contribute some positive minutes providing everything you want of your backup bigs. You never know what you will get out of a grad transfer. Too risky a swap. Don't think it was about getting rid of Coleby because that just makes no sense.

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

Had to be 'Dok. That guy could hurt someone just yawning.

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

My goodness. I know this is U20 and not kids from US, but the difference in skill level is crazy. I thought the gap had been closed considerably since the turn of the century, but I don't anymore. Fundamentals like dribbling, defense... wow. I certainly expect Svi to own this event. I even consider his numbers to be disappointing given what I saw here.

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

Come on, Joe. Let's not try and over analyze this. Were you the only one who wasn't laughing to hear Altman was representing Frank Mason in their preparation? Instead of noting how ridiculous it would be for a man who's athletic days have long been finished to try and recreate the capabilities of a NPOY, you arrive at a conclusion about how he prepares his kids with a "hands-on" approach instead of the "hands-off" approach of Self. Gonna give you some room to digest what you just did.

You use pretty obvious speculation to say that Self didn't prepare his kids and Altman did. There is nothing to support this. I didn't see any lack of intensity, desire, or effort in this game, which, by the way, have nothing to do with the "hands-on" approach that you somehow praised Altman for. Both teams were getting after it, one just began making shots they could only dream of, and the other could not find their stroke to save their life (or their season). This game came down to threes. It was the biggest single factor in disparity between the two and anything else is a distant 2nd. To try and create another narrative can only call upon non-empirical elements that have as much basis in emotion as anything else. Let's be realistic here. Not saying Self is above criticism, but it is sure difficult to make a case for it with anything other than speculation and a pretty shaky cause-effect leap with your Self vs Altman binary.

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

And where do you "see" that? You are absolutely wrong. This wasn't a game where you could see Kansas low energy at all. Effort, desire, preparation were all there. shots were not falling. 3 pointers are what decided this game. Plain and simple. Is there any logical and provable explanation for the fact that KU shot their worst game of the year and Oregon made shots they wouldn't be able to replicate again?

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

I don't think income taxes are in his list of worries. What the hell does this have to do with anything?? Did you know there are states where there are no income taxes?

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

Just goes to show that a top seed doesn't mean anything, and certainly less today than ever. If anything it simply makes you a bigger target. The article's example of Duke as first comparison says it all. Equal appearances as 1 or 2 seed (10), equal appearances in Final 4 (2), only one more championship, Kansas being denied only by one of the most talented ncaa teams in recent memory in a game that was as close as 6 pts within the last few minutes.

The field has achieved more parity than ever for the single most difficult athletic team championship event around: single elimination against the 68 best teams the nation has to offer. No best of # series, no 4 team playoff. 3 weekends of play where if you aren't firing on all cylinders you are going home. 6 matchups that can either make a team look legendary or expose them. There is nothing about that confluence of elements that can be faithfully represented in any statistical parsing of dates or figures. Or at least nothing that can be the basis of any argument. I have learned to enjoy every bit of it I can, because the chances are good, incredibly good actually, that it will end in disappointment at some point regardless of how good any team is. We KU fans are blessed with a beautiful program that enjoys the greatest successes, but we are cursed with a sport whose championship path has given luck, chance, and fortune a fundamental role.

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

It is the easiest thing to attack and many here believe she deserves a comeuppance. She is clearly a girl with some issues.

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

Udoka already looks much quicker and nimble than in his HS vids. Gonna call him Okie-doke cuz when he dunks on your head all you can say is "Okie-doke" and be on your way.

wiseapple (David Lara) says...

Disappointed that we won't get to benefit from having Cheick at KU a 2nd year, but I wish nothing but the best for him. Very glad his unfortunate experience with NCAA and unexpected results did not keep him from his dream. Godspeed Cheick.