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After the Lakers got bounced from the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, some fans are left wondering what has happened to their team. One musically-inclined fan seems to lay the blame at the feet of none other thanÂ Kobe Bean Bryant.
You can debate whether or not Joe Paterno “did enough” by passing reports of child abuse up the chain of command, and you can debate whether or not going after him is worthwhile because of his age. But what is not up for debate is that this is just the most recentÂ occurrenceÂ of a long string of avoidable mis-steps by major collegiate athletic programs. Almost all of which have been attempted to be covered up. I hate to think about how many others are stillÂ successfullyÂ being covered up.
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21. Portland Trail Blazers
Jeremy Tyler (PF) – Tokyo Apache (Japan)
If Portland could trade the 21st pick in the draft for new knees for Brandon Roy they would, but they canâ€™t. Â Given that Andre Miller is the starting point guard and that his back-up is Patty Mills (really?), Portland decides that it needs to select size and goes with Jeremy Tyler who averaged 9.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game while playing for Tokyo Apache in Japan. Â This pick should work out for Portland about as well as Greg Oden, but at least they didnâ€™t pass on Durant to draft Tyler. Â This seems to bring us back to the Jailblazers days as write-ups on Tyler say that he needs to work on â€œmaturity.â€ Â Iâ€™d also guess that he needs to work on rebounding since he couldnâ€™t average six and a half in the Japanese league.
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Our 2011 NBA Mock Draft continues with picks 11 through 20. If you missed it make sure to check out the first 10 picks in Part 1.
11. Golden State Warriors
Tristan Thompson (PF) – Texas
Mark Jacksonâ€™s first draft should be interesting. He brings a lot to the table. Jackson has zero years of experience as a coach, but he is a grown man. With that said, mama there goes that man, Tristan Thompson. Think of Thompson as a Taj Gibson like player, adding depth and rebounding to the Warriorsâ€™ front court. The Warriors need help with their depth everywhere and Thompson is the best player left on the board of a woefully weak draft. Jackson himself could re-enter his name in this draft and get picked in the 1st round.
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The order is set, the players have done their workouts, the teams have had their meetings. The only thing left for us to do is have a mock draft. With the help of Ryan and Rodney we’ve tried to get into the head of NBA GM’s to predict their moves and lay out a roadmap for what they should do. We’ll post the full round one mock draft over the next few days, but here are the first 10 picks.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
With the first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Kasich, the State of Ohio, Joshua Cribbs, Joe Haden, Bernie Kosar Â and Vincent Connare select… Derrick Williams (PF) – Arizona.
While this pick does nothing to settle Clevelandâ€™s point guard battle between the ghost of Baron Davis and Under-Performing 1st Team selection Ramon Sessions, Williams is the safest pick in this weak and PG heavy draft. Heâ€™ll immediately compete with the aging Antawn Jamison for minutes and will surely shoot a higher field goal percentage. Williamsâ€™ biggest plus will be providing the easy buckets that the Cavs have so dearly missed since a certain someone took his â€œtalentsâ€ to South Beach.
Added bonus, everyone knows Khan canâ€™t resist drafting point guards so heâ€™ll have no choice but to field a roster with Johny Flynn, Luke Ridnour, Ricky Rubio and Kyrie Irving.
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Illinois College senior Jacob Tucker has some serious hops. But he’s not getting any looks from the college dunk contest. That should change pretty quickly.
In case you’re not a football fan, you may have missed it yesterday when Pittsburgh Steelers DE James Harrison single-handedly concussed two Cleveland Browns. On a day filled with objectionable hits, Harrison’s hit on Joshua Cribbs was arguably the worst.
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Dan Gilbert got to write his letter to LeBron. Now it’s my turn. But this one isn’t just for LeBron. I’ve got something for everyone involved.
To Cleveland Fans
I’m sorry. You didn’t deserve this. Your city has endured enough. While LeBron was in Cleveland you were nothing but supportive and loyal. There’s nothing that can be said that will take away the sting of this, but let me offer you a few pieces of advice. Don’t follow Dan Gilbert’s lead. You’re better than that. Try not to blame LeBron for leaving. The Cavs management had plenty of chances to do what was necessary to keep him around but they didn’t. That’s not LeBron’s fault.
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The Adidas ball used in the 2010 World Cup was not without detractors, some of them more noteworthy than others. One of the more notable critics was nice enough to share his thoughts with us on Amazon.com.
While The Drubbing was conspicuously silent over “The Decision” and has been so far during The Summer of LeBron, one individual has not been so quiet. Here’s what “Multiple Sources” had to say during a recent sit-down with TBJ.
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