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Duke Basketball Report Jun 16, 2019
Zion Williamson’s New Team May Not Be Done Wheeling And Dealing Just Yet

Zion Williamson’s New Team May Not Be Done Wheeling And Dealing Just Yet

What a dizzying few weeks for the Pelicans It’s beginning to look like Zion Williamson hit the Pelicans as a physical prodigy at the same time the team hired an executive prodigy. Just look what David Griffin has accomplished. First he got lucky enough to get the first pick which will bring the Pelicans Williamson. That was luck, but still a good start. But the Davis trade looks stunning. Not only did he manage to get the Lakers to go full George Allen and give up their immediate future in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, but also their not-too-distant future with, according to...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 16, 2019
More On The Anthony Davis Trade

More On The Anthony Davis Trade

It should put a smile on Zion Williamson’s face Assuming that nothing holds up the trade (like perhaps Brandon Ingram’s deep vein thrombosis), the Los Angeles Lakers will give up three players and three first round draft picks for New Orleans Pelican Anthony Davis. By the way, here’s how those picks will shake out. Pairing Davis with LeBron James has the potential for greatness even if James is on the backend of his career. They can let Davis do the heavy lifting while LeBron basically plays traffic cop, and the offense and defense run through him or maybe by him. There was a great...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 15, 2019
You Tube Gold: What Brandon Ingram Brings To The Pelicans

You Tube Gold: What Brandon Ingram Brings To The Pelicans

This is going to be fun With the Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers complete, that means that former Duke star Brandon Ingram is going to be a Pelican. Here’s a look at why people think his potential is through the roof - David Ingram is particularly taken - and how he’ll be able to help the Pelicans. It’s particularly fun to imagine him paired with Zion Williamson. It’s like having a bull and a deer on the same team and whatever you can criticize Lonzo Ball for, passing isn’t on the list. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 15, 2019
Report: Anthony Davis Trade Set

Report: Anthony Davis Trade Set

A deal that will shake things up considerably. According to reports, the Anthony Davis trade is set: the star Pelican will go to the LA Lakers. The Pelicans will get former Blue Devil Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first round draft picks including the #4 pick this year. That gives the Lakers a dominant star who will be there after James is gone in a few years and gives the Pelicans an impressive young core of Zion Williamson (after the draft), Ingram, Ball, Hart, Julius Randle and whoever they pick at #4 - assuming they don’t move that pick. Our money is on De’Andre...
Ball Durham Jun 14, 2019

Duke Basketball: Zion Williamson’s kryptonite coming to light

As generous as Zion Williamson proved to be on and off the court as a Duke basketball player, his personality may prove detrimental to at least the financial aspect of his professional career. Alas, beyond our love for the Duke basketball program, I see something I share in common with Zion Williamson. I see that […] Duke Basketball: Zion Williamson’s kryptonite coming to light - Ball Durham - Ball Durham - A Duke Blue Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Duke Basketball Report Jun 13, 2019
Zion Sues!

Zion Sues!

Didn’t see this coming Well this is interesting: Zion Williamson is suing a company he originally signed with for marketing. Williamson signed a deal with Gina Ford of Prime Sports Marketing of Florida in April but his court filing argues that PSM violated North Carolina state law and that the contract is therefore void. A native of Jamaica, Ford has also represented sprinter Usain Bolt among others. We’re guessing here but we’d assume that Williamson’s new agency, CAA, would like to have total rights and is ultimately behind the suit. Ford has described her business as a...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 12, 2019
Has The Zion Backlash Begun?

Has The Zion Backlash Begun?

A couple of rare negative takes Two stories in one day about how Zion Williamson is overrated: the first is from Rashad Phillips, who used to play for Detroit Mercy and has played overseas. He also has a basketball podcast. Phillips says this: “Zion Is not my number one prospect. Ja Morant from Murray State is my no. 1. He’s dynamic and fantastic. Let’s talk NFL terms: point guards are like superstar quarterbacks, the Trae Youngs the Ja Morants, those guys are like Patrick Mahomes. The bigs like Zion Williamson and DeAndre Ayton are like the defensive ends. Do you want the guy who...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 12, 2019
Wednesday Surprise: Mac McClung’s Vertical Is About The Same As Zion Williamson’s

Wednesday Surprise: Mac McClung’s Vertical Is About The Same As Zion Williamson’s

But no one is stepping out of McClung’s way when he heads to the basket Depending on who you ask, Zion Williamson’s vertical is somewhere between 45” and 50” (his high school coach says it’s about 50) which is extraordinary, not least of all given that he weighs 285 (one wonders what he could do if he lost 20-25 pounds, not that he needs to necessarily). That puts him at the level of truly elite leapers like Wilt Chamberlain and Darrell Griffith (48”), Michael Jordan (46”) and David Thompson (whatever he felt like). And also Mac McClung. Georgetown’s rising sophomore, a...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 11, 2019
Two New NBA Mock Drafts Agree On Where Duke Players Will Go

Two New NBA Mock Drafts Agree On Where Duke Players Will Go

Don’t count on anything past Zion #1 though. It doesn’t matter that much but with the draft drawing closer, the mock drafts all more or less agree on where Duke’s guys are expected to go: Zion Williamson - #1 New Orleans Pelicans RJ Barrett - #3, New York Knicks Cam Reddish - #8 Atlanta Hawks CBS and Sports Illustrated are the latest two to agree on the three destinations. Needless to say, other than Williams it may not happen. There are at least three major situations that could shake everything up: #1: the Anthony Davis trade. It hasn’t happened yet but it will. He’s...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 11, 2019
Jayson Tatum Invited To Team USA Training Camp

Jayson Tatum Invited To Team USA Training Camp

Duke product and Celtics forward could be a nice fit It’s entirely possible that Jayson Tatum may join Zion Williamson in New Orleans if Boston wins the Anthony Davis trade sweepstakes. However, it’s also possible that all three will be teammates on Team USA this summer: Tatum joins Davis for training camp where Williamson will be featured on the Select Team that works with and scrimmages against the national team. If he makes a big enough impression, he could make the main team too. They’ll probably never play together in the league but we’ll see them together this summer with at...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 10, 2019
Tales from the Raptors’ Bandwagon

Tales from the Raptors’ Bandwagon

Watching a city embrace basketball in real time has been a surreal experience I moved north of the border to Toronto just over a year ago. And as fortune would have it, my first year in the fourth largest city in North America has been easily the biggest in the history of Canadian basketball. Consider that mere days after I arrived in my new, overpriced apartment (thanks Toronto rent!), Duke announced its summer exhibition tour through Canada. National treasure RJ Barrett and soon-to-be No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson proceeded to put on a show in both Toronto and Montreal which,...
Duke’s Williamson, Barrett And Reddish Get Green Room Invitations For The NBA Draft

Duke’s Williamson, Barrett And Reddish Get Green Room Invitations For The NBA Draft

There probably wasn’t much question that Duke’s Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish would get Green Room invitations for the NBA Draft later this month and they have. Williamson and Barrett are seen as Top 3 picks and Reddish anywhere from 6-10 by most estimates. They’ll have some familiar company: Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and UNC’s Coby White also have invites, as do Murray State’s Ja Morant, Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Vandy’s Darius Garland and Longhorn Jaxson Hayes That’s not quite the full compliment for the lottery, so we’re sure there will be some...
Excitement Builds In New Orleans For The Age Of Zion

Excitement Builds In New Orleans For The Age Of Zion

A lot of good things are about to happen for the Pelicans Folks in New Orleans are naturally getting excited about Zion Williamson's imminent arrival and ticket sales have shot up by 4,000. Nola.com has a piece up on how things are coming together with David Griffith signing on and hiring Trajan Langdon as GM, then pairing Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday. Hey Pelicans, here’s a free slogan: “With Zion and Jrue, EVERY game is a Holiday.” The article alludes to something a lot of people miss: “Williamson doesn’t just excite fans. He excites fellow players, front office talent and...
More On Zion Williamson’s USA Basketball Invite

More On Zion Williamson’s USA Basketball Invite

Check out what Jerry Colangelo has to say Here’s a bit more on Zion Williamson’s invasion (that was a typo but a cool one), er, invitation to Team USA Training Camp, where he’ll start with the Select Team and, if he’s good enough, will have a chance to join the team heading to Beijing. USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo said this: “We want to indoctrinate him in terms of USA Basketball. We want to give him a platform to see how he can compete with some of the vets that are going to be there.” What they may not fully anticipate is the media crush that will accompany...
Report: Anthony Davis Trade May Send A Blue Devil To New Orleans

Report: Anthony Davis Trade May Send A Blue Devil To New Orleans

The odds of Boston winning the AD sweepstakes may be going up As we’ve said for some time, the Boston Celtics, by far, have the most to offer New Orleans for the disgruntled Anthony Davis: the rumored trade involves Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and Boston’s 14th pick in this year’s draft. That would likely mean Tatum, along with Zion Williamson, would start for New Orleans. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line

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