Don't mind me. I'm just here for the freak show. And the dots. Which reminds me...what the hell was Dennis Rodman doing in North Korea to begin with?
- Carrying on the fine tradition of Seattle drivers acting like morons when confronted with a slight snow fall is Raptors rookie SF Terrence Ross. Apparently, TRoss wasn't aware that it snowed ... in Toronto ... in the winter.
- Speaking of UW alum, Jon Brockman is a legend in Seattle, in the gym and, now, in Lyon, France. Great update on the now-bearded Brockness Monster from the Seattle Times.
- While Bruins Fans have repeatedly called Lorenzo Romar a "clown", several other media outlets have speculated that he would be a solid hire for the Bruins in the search to replace the fired Ben Howland. Although this CBS piece came out before word leaked that UCLA may be in contract negotiations with Brad Stevens (since refuted by Seth Davis), several CBS analysts chimed in on various fits for both the USC and UCLA jobs noting that Romar would be the kind of coach that would nab just about any recruit he wanted if paired with the UCLA brand. Also noted in this post is the potential for Josh Pastner to surface as a viable candidate at USC which, if it materialized, would create a new problem for UW and other P12 programs.
- Speaking of Romar, he held his last presser of the season earlier in the week and addressed a number of topics. He was pressed about as hard as I've ever seen local beat writers push (which is to say "not very hard") on what went wrong in 2012-13 and how the team will be better next season. I was encouraged by a couple of things in Romar's dialogue. First, he committed to a return to full court defensive pressure noting that depth of bodies will not be a problem next year. Second, he commented extensively on what Perris Blackwell ought to be able to provide to the offense next year.
- Aziz N'Diaye and Abdul Gaddy both received invites to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The PIT is an all star tournament put together to allow invited seniors to showcase their skills in front of NBA scouts in advance of the NBA draft. While the invite for Aziz was somewhat predictable - athletic 7 footers who can defend tend to draw interest - the invite for Abdul Gaddy is a bit of a surprise. The PIT may turn out to be a great opportunity for Gaddy to show that his size, his ball handling and his decision making could be a fit for a more traditional pick and roll style pro offense as opposed to the various sets that Romar ran over the past four seasons.
- The rebirth of the Huskies Women Basketball team has led to the Huskies deciding to give Kevin McGuff a new bright and shiny seven year contract extension. Talk about job security.
- The Huskies Football team is on spring break right now, but the coverage never stops. Sarkisian was recently on the radio in Portland being interviewed by Justin Wilcox's brother. He had many interesting things to say as summarized by Bob Condotta.
- Ted Miller, who I've begrudgingly removed from the banned list in part due to his overall cool snarkiness (I think he may post here under the moniker of "Crazidawg"), posted the one-hundred-thirty-first version of "The Huskies Look to Take the Next Step" story that I've seen so far this spring. His focus, not surprisingly, is Keith Price.
- Mason Kelley thinks that Marcus Peters is ready to shine as he emerges out of the shadow of Desmond Trufant.
- Also from Condotta, a look at UW's 2013 schedule with a note about how reasonable the difficulty ranking of it is compared to years past.
Question of the Day
The CBS sports guys were pretty clear in their assessment that LoRo is both a good pick and a gettable pick for the Bruins should they look in his direction. Despite the fans negative reaction in UCLA - and really, this was the same fan base that lacked the foresight to see what a good pick Jim Mora was for their football team - should we be concerned about Romar becoming a serious contender for the Bruins job?