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Responses To Joe Alleva’s Departure At LSU

Responses To Joe Alleva’s Departure At LSU

Former Duke AD was not widely respected in the Bayou state The reactions to the resignation of LSU AD Joe Alleva, who left Duke to take that position, rolled in Wednesday and were not pretty. Here are a few, starting with Paul Finebaum. “A lot of people think it’s long overdue. This is a guy that’s personally bungled more events than I can even put into words, starting with the Les Miles firing then bringing him back. He flat-out blew the Jimbo Fisher negotiation. He blew the Tom Herman negotiation. He embarrassed the commissioner of the SEC in the tete-a-tete with Florida a couple of...
6 hours ago
Baby Fun With Zion Williamson

Baby Fun With Zion Williamson

If he’s not who he seems like, he’s doing as brilliant a job building his brand as anyone ever has. Most people understand now that Zion Williamson is a good guy, but he’s going to get tons of requests for personal stuff after this. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
10 hours ago
Duke Recruiting: Hurt, Stanley Set To Announce Friday And Monday

Duke Recruiting: Hurt, Stanley Set To Announce Friday And Monday

Everyone seems convinced Hurt will pick Duke. Matthew Hurt, one of Duke’s big remaining targets, is going to announce at his high school on Friday afternoon. We’ve seen differing times but it’s either going to be at 3:15 or 3:30. Another target, Cassius Stanley, a 6-5 shooting guard, will announce Monday. As we all know, three point shooting was a major weakness for this Duke team. If Hurt and Stanley both choose the Brotherhood, next year it will be anything but. Listen: Friday’s the day to learn national recruit Matthew Hurt’s college basketball future If you're going to...
11 hours ago
Virginia In The Draft: Diakite Makes It Four

Virginia In The Draft: Diakite Makes It Four

And five gone if you count senior Jack Salt While it’s not clear that Ty Jerome, De’Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy and now Mamade Diakite will stay in the draft - Guy and Diakite, who announced Wednesday, both are leaving the possibility of a return open - who would have thought that Virginia would have more guys in the draft this year than Duke? Diakite’s profile went up sharply by the end of the season but he may not be a first round pick. We’re not saying he’s not, but this year look how many guys think they can get an NBA job. A lot of them - most, maybe - are just trying to gauge...
13 hours ago
The 2020 Outlook For Duke Basketball, Part 1

The 2020 Outlook For Duke Basketball, Part 1

Buoyed by the return of Tre Jones, Duke should remain a contender next season The offseason dominos have finally fallen, and it’s business as usual for Duke. With Zion Williamson’s declaration for the NBA Draft last week, the Blue Devils now know for certain that they’ll lose their top three scorers from this year’s team in Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish. Those losses have been expected long before the trio ever step foot onto campus. But with Tre Jones’ decision to return to Durham for a second year, there’s enough reason to be optimistic that Duke’s sixth National...
Apr 17, 2019
Joe Alleva Steps Down At LSU

Joe Alleva Steps Down At LSU

Former Duke A.D. will leave after Wade fiasco Former Duke A.D. Joe Alleva has never been popular at LSU and never less so than after the Will Wade allegations. He was booed harshly at an LSU game after suspending Wade following the wiretap allegations and now, just a few days after reinstating Wade, will resign. We’ll have more on this when it becomes available. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
Apr 17, 2019
The Brotherhood Carries Duke Basketball Into The NBA Playoffs

The Brotherhood Carries Duke Basketball Into The NBA Playoffs

And the beat goes on At least one former Duke player has been in the NBA since 1963-’64, when Art Heyman entered the league. Heyman lasted three years in the NBA, then two in the ABA. But lengthy NBA careers by Jeff Mullins (1965-1976) and Jack Marin (1967-1977) kept Duke well-represented in the league deep into the 1970s. But those mediocre 1970s year caught up. By 1979 Tate Armstrong was Duke’s only NBA representative and he only played 26 games, for the Chicago Bulls. That all changed in the 1980s, when Mike Gminski (14 seasons), Gene Banks (six), Johnny Dawkins (nine) and Danny...
Apr 17, 2019
When The Three Shot Flees

When The Three Shot Flees

Duke had considerable success this season despite its poor three point shooting. We all saw it, knew it. Looking back, given the emphasis increasingly placed on the 3-point shot in both the college and pro games, it was a remarkable weakness to contend with and to overcome. If indeed Duke did overcome it. Given the fact the Blue Devils made a shade under 30.8 percent of their threes -- easily the worst at the school since the shot was officially introduced in 1987 -- it was all the more remarkable the Devils won 32 games, captured the ACC Tournament title, and reached the Elite Eight...
Apr 17, 2019
A Nice Photo Essay From The Duke Chronicle

A Nice Photo Essay From The Duke Chronicle

That shows the bond between RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson. The Chronicle has a really nice photo page up documenting the friendship between Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. We’re sure there are plenty of great friendships in the history of Duke basketball but the one this one reminds us of is the one between Gene Banks and Kenny Dennard. The two were freshmen stars in 1978 and like those two, Williamson and Barrett had an electric friendship that radiated through their team. It’s been fun to watch. It reminds us of one of the cooler/smarter things Williamson did this year. At a...
Apr 17, 2019
Good News For Marvin Bagley?

Good News For Marvin Bagley?

A coaching change may alter the arc of Marvin Bagley’s career Like most rookies, former Duke star Marvin Bagley had an up-and-down season. He came out well in the end, averaging 14.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.0 apg. He shot 50.4 percent overall, 31.3 percent from three point range and 69.1 percent from the stripe. Apparently though former coach Dave Joerger didn't really connect with him and Bagley was left not even sure if his coach liked him or not. That’s a quite a shift from Duke where he was respected and appreciated. It looks as if the Sacramento culture is about to change and new...
Apr 16, 2019
Duke Recruiting: More On Matthew Hurt Possibly Joining The Brotherhood

Duke Recruiting: More On Matthew Hurt Possibly Joining The Brotherhood

D-Day is Friday There’s still no official word from Minnesota’s Matthew Hurt - a five star prospect who will announce Friday - but like some other folks, TheSpun.com thinks that the return of Tre Jones is the final thing to clinch a decision for Duke. It’s all opinion until he announces Friday but the general sentiment is that he’ll pick Duke. Check back Friday. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
Apr 16, 2019
Kyle Guy’s Departure For The NBA Means That Virginia’s Reign Will Likely Be Brief

Kyle Guy’s Departure For The NBA Means That Virginia’s Reign Will Likely Be Brief

As in twelve months brief We know at this point that as long as Tony Bennett is at Virginia the Cavaliers are going to be a tough out. He’s a brilliant coach and he’s built a program that can last for a long time. That said, now that Kyle Guy has declared for the NBA Draft, he’s lost the three best players on a national championship team (Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter have also announced their departure). Virginia will be difficult to deal with as always, but the chances of a repeat championship, tough for any team in any season, just took a major hit. As John Wooden famously...
Apr 16, 2019
A Smarter Arizona Columnist Looks At What Zion Williamson Would Mean For The Phoenix Suns

A Smarter Arizona Columnist Looks At What Zion Williamson Would Mean For The Phoenix Suns

The last one we saw couldn’t have watched much college basketball this season. Last time we looked at an Arizona columnist he was basically dismissive of Zion Williamson. We’re glad to see that Kellan Olson of Arizona Sports has a much better idea of the implications of a player like Williamson. This is much more like the guy that we watched this year, down to the positive locker room influence. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
Apr 16, 2019
Did Michael Avenatti Get Pranked?

Did Michael Avenatti Get Pranked?

And did believing a prank put his liberty at risk? Is it possible that Michael Avenatti fell for a hoax that ended up with him getting federal charges for extorting Nike? Deadspin seems to think it is. Most interesting. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
Apr 16, 2019
Phoenix Columnist: Zion Williamson A Bad Fit For The Suns

Phoenix Columnist: Zion Williamson A Bad Fit For The Suns

We’re guessing he doesn’t watch much more than highlights. One of the amusing things about the NBA Draft is the way that people start gaming it and the draft candidates as soon as they’re known. So it goes with Zion Williamson. The first doubter? Greg Moore of the Arizona Republic, who thinks that Williamson is a bad fit for Phoenix. He says this: “He was the unquestioned star of college basketball, and his play and potential drew comparisons to LeBronJames — which is exactly why newly minted Suns General Manager James Jones should pass...Josh Jackson, TJ Warren, Mikal Bridges...