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In partly NBA but definitely basketball related news, Austin Rivers hits the game-winning buzzer-beater three for Duke, beating their long-time rivals on their home court in Chapel Hill. Needless to say, his dad was pretty happy.

(Source: dukebasketballnews)

If you’re relying on this guy to make the biggest shot of the game, then you probably don’t deserve to get out of the first round anyway.
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If you’re relying on this guy to make the biggest shot of the game, then you probably don’t deserve to get out of the first round anyway.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan turned down Duke and Coach K.
This is really interesting stuff to me. A lot more interesting than perhaps the average person thinks of the situation. I think it’s because if MJ had picked Duke over their rival and his alma mater, it would have changed the world. Sounds like I’m reaching a bit, but let me explain.
If Jordan goes to Duke, do they win the title in 1983/84? I don’t know, but let us pretend they do because, after all, we are making stuff up here. That Duke squad featured Johnny Dawkins and a young Jay Bilas. They went 24-10 and won two games in the NCAA Tournament, so to say they win it all with MJ isn’t a stretch. 
Coach K would now have 5 NCAA titles instead of four and that number might be the conservative number. Who knows how many more recruits Coach K lands by winning his first title in 1984 as opposed to 1991. How much closer would Krzyzewski be to Wooden’s 10 titles?
Or does success that early at Duke land him a job in the NBA where he ultimately fails like some many others who have made the jump. Does Coach K become another recyclable head coach jumping between low-profile NCAA gigs and NBA rebuilding projects for the next ten years until he settles down as a broadcaster? 
I’m guessing if Jordan did end up playing in Durham, the corse of the entire NCAA world changes. Jordan has more swagger than anyone and he just so happens to be the greatest player to ever lace ‘em up. Him picking North Carolina influenced millions of teenagers to wear the ugly Carolina blue as a fashion statement for the entire span of the 1990’s. Kids aspired to grow up and attend North Carolina just to follow in his footsteps. And those shorts. Who didn’t buy a pair of XXL Tar Heel shorts just to wear them under our jeans. Don’t lie, you know you you’re guilty. I’m guilty, too. 
How many of us would have rocked a pair of blue & black Blue Devil shorts instead? I’d wager that number is somewhere between all of us and definitely all of us. That’s the power of Jordan’s legacy. 
And it doesn’t end there. 
Would Coach K change his recruiting habits? Not that Duke discriminates. Well perhaps they do, but not on race but on wealth. Duke has always aimed their recruiting gun at those supreme athletes who have well off parents. This guarantees that Coach K doesn’t have to slip anyone a C-note come Friday and no player on his roster would go out looking for ways to make some cash on the side. 
Landing Jordan changes all of that. It opens the door for all the future poor athletes who might not have been recruited by Duke. Maybe the Fab Five land in North Carolina instead of Ann Arbor and none of us have to suffer through this ridiculously annoying “he said, he said” “Uncle Tom” dialog between Duke and Michigan alums. 
Or perhaps, Jordan could have landed in Georgetown.
@Suga_Shane

Michael Jordan turned down Duke and Coach K.

This is really interesting stuff to me. A lot more interesting than perhaps the average person thinks of the situation. I think it’s because if MJ had picked Duke over their rival and his alma mater, it would have changed the world. Sounds like I’m reaching a bit, but let me explain.

If Jordan goes to Duke, do they win the title in 1983/84? I don’t know, but let us pretend they do because, after all, we are making stuff up here. That Duke squad featured Johnny Dawkins and a young Jay Bilas. They went 24-10 and won two games in the NCAA Tournament, so to say they win it all with MJ isn’t a stretch. 

Coach K would now have 5 NCAA titles instead of four and that number might be the conservative number. Who knows how many more recruits Coach K lands by winning his first title in 1984 as opposed to 1991. How much closer would Krzyzewski be to Wooden’s 10 titles?

Or does success that early at Duke land him a job in the NBA where he ultimately fails like some many others who have made the jump. Does Coach K become another recyclable head coach jumping between low-profile NCAA gigs and NBA rebuilding projects for the next ten years until he settles down as a broadcaster? 

I’m guessing if Jordan did end up playing in Durham, the corse of the entire NCAA world changes. Jordan has more swagger than anyone and he just so happens to be the greatest player to ever lace ‘em up. Him picking North Carolina influenced millions of teenagers to wear the ugly Carolina blue as a fashion statement for the entire span of the 1990’s. Kids aspired to grow up and attend North Carolina just to follow in his footsteps. And those shorts. Who didn’t buy a pair of XXL Tar Heel shorts just to wear them under our jeans. Don’t lie, you know you you’re guilty. I’m guilty, too. 

How many of us would have rocked a pair of blue & black Blue Devil shorts instead? I’d wager that number is somewhere between all of us and definitely all of us. That’s the power of Jordan’s legacy. 

And it doesn’t end there. 

Would Coach K change his recruiting habits? Not that Duke discriminates. Well perhaps they do, but not on race but on wealth. Duke has always aimed their recruiting gun at those supreme athletes who have well off parents. This guarantees that Coach K doesn’t have to slip anyone a C-note come Friday and no player on his roster would go out looking for ways to make some cash on the side. 

Landing Jordan changes all of that. It opens the door for all the future poor athletes who might not have been recruited by Duke. Maybe the Fab Five land in North Carolina instead of Ann Arbor and none of us have to suffer through this ridiculously annoying “he said, he said” “Uncle Tom” dialog between Duke and Michigan alums. 

Or perhaps, Jordan could have landed in Georgetown.

@Suga_Shane

Shavlik Randolph’s Real Reason For Joining the Heat

While most players joined the Heat in order to chase a championship, Shavlik Randolph may be chasing a more elusive goal: meeting Justin Timberlake.  Here’s what happened in 2007:

76ers forward Shavlik Randolph was in D.C. for the game against the Wizards, so he left behind a No. 42 jersey, autographed: “Justin - I am a big fan - Shavlik Randolph 42.” An aide gave it to Timberlake. Randolph, who’s 23, says his uncle took him to his first show when he was a Duke freshman: “This summer, I got to know some people in the music industry who work with him, and they’ve tried to get us to hang out a few times, but so far our schedules haven’t permitted.”

Shavlik’s been pretty busy, too, so it’s understandable that he and JT haven’t met up yet. But I bet that Shavlik Randolph 76ers jersey has a place of honor in Timberlake’s house, right next to his game-worn Trajan Langdon Duke shorts and JT’s autographed Greg Paulus Syracuse jersey.

(Sean Keane)

Your 2010 NCAA Basketball Champions: The Duke Blue Devils
Having said that, what is it with Duke alum and not being able to transition well when joining the NBA? With a few exceptions (Grant Hill, Carlos Boozer, Dahntay Jones, and Shane Battier) the rest never really lived up to their expectations.
What happened with Cherokee Parks, Bobby Hurley, Jay Williams (unfortunate, but still), Luol Deng, Corey Maggette and Elton Brand (Dunleavy + Clipper curse), Christian Laettner (ugh, should’ve been Shaq in the Dream Team NOT YOU), Mike Dunleavy Jr., Danny Ferry, and JJ Redick (granted he’s improved but not quite 40 pts. a game hitting threes with swagger improved)?
Will Kyle “Shampoo” Singler be an exception or will he become the next Christian Laettner? Or will that be Zoubek? At least Singler’s got street cred for playing in Rucker Park though.
via huhwhatandwhere

Your 2010 NCAA Basketball Champions: The Duke Blue Devils

Having said that, what is it with Duke alum and not being able to transition well when joining the NBA? With a few exceptions (Grant Hill, Carlos Boozer, Dahntay Jones, and Shane Battier) the rest never really lived up to their expectations.

What happened with Cherokee Parks, Bobby Hurley, Jay Williams (unfortunate, but still), Luol Deng, Corey Maggette and Elton Brand (Dunleavy + Clipper curse), Christian Laettner (ugh, should’ve been Shaq in the Dream Team NOT YOU), Mike Dunleavy Jr., Danny Ferry, and JJ Redick (granted he’s improved but not quite 40 pts. a game hitting threes with swagger improved)?

Will Kyle “Shampoo” Singler be an exception or will he become the next Christian Laettner? Or will that be Zoubek? At least Singler’s got street cred for playing in Rucker Park though.

via huhwhatandwhere

The Ghost of JJ Redick’s Swagger haunted West Virginia tonight. Sidenote: I’m glad JJ stopped throwing up “shockers” after he made threes.

The Ghost of JJ Redick’s Swagger haunted West Virginia tonight. Sidenote: I’m glad JJ stopped throwing up “shockers” after he made threes.

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