Hoopaholics Gazette (12/01/15)

b-ballHello, my name is Seedy K, and I’m a hoopaholic.

While I love that college hoops now starts in November — earlier and earlier in November it seems — there’s a part of me who is a traditionalist. Who remembers when we had to wait for the first weekend in December for tipoff. Traditional Varsity vs. Frosh on Thanksgiving weekend. First real game — no exhis in between — following Saturday.

So, I figured I’d wait, for tradition’s sake understand, to start weighing in on the current campaign. Other than my CardFile reports on each U of L game, that is.

Since the calendar turned, and I’ve watched enough games to blather on, I figured it was time. Though this is going to be quick, I’ve got a meeting I’ve got to attend in fifteen minutes.

To start, a surprise. As I sit here in my new way cool jumping on the bandwagon Golden State The City logo hoodie, I’m going to riff on the pay for play boys.

Don’t expect it to keep up. But something’s happening and it’s literally and figuratively unprecedented.

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Before I commence to salivate over Golden State, still undefeated Golden State, a moment from the show that is like a bag of blow under the Christmas tree to us addicted hoopaholics. That would Ernie, Shaq, Kenny and Chuck Barkley doing their NBA in studio thang.

This moment’s a whole kilo of fun:

I do feel compelled to mention the Warriors, who, as of this writing, have, as I mentioned, yet to lose this season.

Remaining full with the belief that the ’14 San Antonio Spurs played the most immaculate basketball ever, I gots to admit this Golden State contingent is doing some pretty amazing stuff. Especially with their Super 5 lineup of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Igoudala and that skinny kid from Davidson, Whatisname??? Curry.

What’s fascinating about that killer lineup is that it’s only been on the floor all together for about 75 minutes all season. Out of 917 minutes.

If not as good as those Spurs, GS and MVP leader, who is jetting to the top of the hierarchy of best shooters of all time, are as much fun to watch.

Wonder what happens when they get coach Steve Kerr back on the sideline?1

As for Curry, how about these moves:

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Why isn’t Monmouth in the Top 25?

They’ve beaten UCLA (in Pauley Pavilion), Southern Cal and Notre Dame.

Plus the Hawks bench is already in March Madness form:

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I’ve seen Gonzaga several times, and believe this is the year the Zags finally make it to the last weekend of the season.

Purdue, Xavier, Syracuse and Miami, at least until the ‘Canes were upended by Northeastern, have all impressed me.

Georgetown is only 2-3, but I wouldn’t want my team facing them in the Dance.

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Officiating has been a little shaky.

So what’s new?

I’ve seen a couple of players get away with three steps to the hoop on fastbreaks. And one zebra called 5 seconds on one of IU’s foes in Maui. There is no five second call anymore.

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When the Cardinals tip against Sparty tonight, it will match #2 versus #3 from the Sagarin Ratings.

Sorry, time’s up. Mo’ soon.

— Seedy K

6 thoughts on “Hoopaholics Gazette (12/01/15)

  1. Hello, my name is Hoya Destroya and I’m a hoopaholic. Thanks for sharing, Seedy. Last night’s win over Maryland-Eastern Shore was Georgetown’s first game at full strength. Forward Paul White, who missed the team’s first four games, played his second straight, with limited minutes, while the Tre Campbell returned from a three-plus game absence. Both sophomores are keys in the Georgetown rotation, and Campbell in particular logged heavy minutes against UMES, scoring 7 points while playing much of the second half. Even if White and Campbell’s play didn’t lead to a blowout win, their return is crucial to the Hoyas’ long-term hopes. If Issac Copeland gets on the same page as DSR, Campbell and White, your point is extremely well made, Seedy.

  2. Hoya…….what happened to Akoy A?

    As for basketball season—it officially started last Saturday in Commonfilth Stadium as the victorious Louisville Cardinal’s hoisted the Governors Cup proudly overhead in front of 10,000 Cardinal fans, 25 ushers and the parents of 2 UK players…….

    1. Counselor, Akoy suffered a season ending knee injury (ACL) at the beginning of official practices. It’s a shame; in G’town’s Kenner (Summer) League, he looked like a solid 6-7th man off the bench for JTIII…

  3. Gentlemen, don’t delude yourselves about Akoy. Like Angel Nunez, who is now playing out his string at South Florida after being a non factor at U of L and Gonzaga, Agou was all promise no play.

  4. Cardizen — It’s a San Francisco thing. Counterpoint to NYC, maybe? I don’t know. But I’ve always loved the logo with “The City” and a silhouette of Golden Gate bridge.

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