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George McGinnis

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first_imgGeorge McGinnis attended Indianapolis Washington High School from 1966-69.  His Washington High School team was the 1969 state champions in basketball.  His coach at Washington was Bill Springer who I knew personally because he was a coach at Jennings County before he went to Washinton.  From there he attended one year at Indiana University where he averaged 29.9 points per game and was named an All-American.  George then went pro with the Indiana Pacers.  He led them to back-to-back ABA championships and was the league’s MVP in 1973.Why am I giving you all of these statistics?  It is because it took almost 50 years after his time at Washington High School in Indianapolis and all of these accolades before he was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.  Why is this significant?  Four other members of the Indiana Pacers are already members of this Hall of Fame and most of them played after McGinnis.  Bobby Leonard, who was George’s coach while he played for the Pacers thinks it was politics.  Leonard did not divulge what he meant by this.  I saw McGinnis play basketball, and few (if any) Indiana players were better than he was at any level.  (Information for this article came from article that appeared in the Indianapolis Star.last_img read more

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ITTF World Cup: Nigeria, Egypt bow out in Tokyo

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first_imgRelatedPosts ITTF ranking: Aruna Quadri moves up Quadri, Assar advance at ITTF World Cup 2017 ITTF World Cup: Quadri hires German tactician Nigeria and Egypt played their last match at the ongoing 2019 ITTF Team World Cup after failing to secure their places in the next round.The 12-team competition involved the continental champions as well as the top ranked teams in the world while it also serves as a test event for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Despite the spirited efforts by Nigeria, it was world number 10, Yun-Ju Lin, that thwarted the African champion resurgence.The heroic of Aruna Quadri could not save Nigeria from losing 3-1 to Chinese Taipei, with Yun-Ju Lin single-handedly taking charge in their triumph.Like Nigeria, Egypt made frantic efforts to overcome Ukraine.But ven with the fire-power of Dina Meshref, they were taken to cleaners by the defensive style of the European team.However, Meshref has described the performance of African teams has commendable considering the quality of opposition they battled in Tokyo.“I think Africa has come of age and now we can compete with the best in the world. Nigeria was not beaten without a fight and we also gave the Chinese a run for their money. It is also good that we have come to test the same venue that will Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. It is a good experience for all the participating teams and a good test for team event,” she said.In the quarterfinal matches already decided, China was without mercy against United States as they walloped the American boys 3-0 to seal their place in the semifinal.It was a refreshed Japanese side against Germany as the youthful Japanese side put their shock loss to England in the group behind them to school the Germans with a 3-1 win in the men’s event.The remaining quarterfinal matches will be concluded on Friday November 8 while the tournament ends on Sunday November 10. Tags: ITTF World Cuplast_img read more

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Big East : After slow start, Notre Dame fights way to top of conference

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite Notre Dame’s success this season, Mike Brey isn’t ready to throw his name in for Big East Coach of the Year. Instead, he’s considering three other coaches for the honor.‘Jim Boeheim has done a fabulous job, and he was picked to do it and he’s delivering it,’ Brey said on the Big East coaches’ teleconference. ‘John Thompson (III) has done a fabulous job because he was picked 10th, and he’s doing a great job and he should be a candidate. And Buzz Williams has done a heck of a job. Those are the three guys in my mind.’But Brey fits his own criteria for coach of the year more than he lets on. Like Georgetown, Notre Dame wasn’t picked to finish at the top of the Big East in the 2011-12 preseason coaches’ poll. The No. 20 Fighting Irish (19-8, 11-3) were picked to finish ninth.Brey also has his team near the top of the Big East, as ND is tied for second in the conference with No. 10 Marquette (22-5, 11-3) heading into the Irish’s Wednesday night game against West Virginia.After losing fifth-year senior and co-captain Tim Abromaitis to a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee early in the season, the Fighting Irish struggled to an 11-8 overall record and 3-3 in the Big East. During a five-game stretch in late November and early December, Notre Dame lost four of five, including blowout losses to Missouri by 29 points and Gonzaga by 20 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut on Jan. 21, Notre Dame started to turn its season around. The Fighting Irish defeated then-No. 1 Syracuse by nine points. After ND’s 74-70 overtime win at Villanova on Saturday, it’s on an eight-game winning streak with only four games remaining before the Big East tournament, in which the Fighting Irish are hoping to earn a double-bye.Notre Dame is winning with defense this year, a sharp contrast from last year when the team relied more on an explosive offensive. With solid guard play, the Fighting Irish are controlling the tempo of the game, helping them limit opponents’ possessions. In Notre Dame’s 14 conference games, opponents have only scored more than 60 points six times. Two of those games went into at least one overtime.Notre Dame defeated West Virginia 55-51 in Morgantown, W.Va., on Feb. 8, the team’s fifth straight win. It was a game in which the Fighting Irish were able to make three consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the game.‘Notre Dame made big shots,’ West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said in the Big East men’s basketball coaches’ teleconference a day after the four-point loss. ‘… Mike’s done an incredible job with them. They’ve got great spacing, and I think they’re guarding better than they’ve guarded since at least I’ve been in the league.’DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell said Notre Dame’s 2-3 zone and control man-to-man defense has been working well.Notre Dame would go on to win the game against DePaul (11-16, 2-13) for its sixth straight win.‘I’ve been very impressed with their improvement as the season has gone on,’ Purnell said on the Big East coaches’ teleconference Feb. 9. ‘… Obviously, they’ve done a great job of beating some awfully good teams, including Syracuse, Marquette.’Before defeating Marquette 76-59 on Feb. 4, Brey spoke about his team’s improvement in the Feb. 2 Big East men’s basketball coaches’ teleconference.‘I’m really proud of our group to put us — put themselves — in a position they’re in now,’ Brey said. ‘Thinking back to where we were in November and December, we’ve come a long way.’Notre Dame went on to defeat Marquette Feb. 4 and dethroned it as the hottest team in the Big East with a fourth straight win.With the loss of Abromaitis and three other starters from last year’s team, Brey’s team this year has a completely different feel to it.‘(Last year) we could put 80, 85 points on the board in a blink of an eye, and this group is not as explosive offensively,’ Brey said. ‘Obviously, controlling tempo has helped us.‘And everybody says, ‘Your scores are down because you’re controlling tempo.’ And that is true. But the possessions that we have to defend — and they’re fewer offensively — we’re really defending.’Brey said sophomore guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant have also given the Fighting Irish a backcourt with more speed than he has ever had in his 12 years at the school.Fifth-year senior guard Scott Martin is a great anchor and team defender, Brey said. Also standing out this year is 6-foot-9 junior forward Jack Cooley, who is averaging more than 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.Cooley has given the Fighting Irish a presence in the frontcourt and grabs ‘just about every rebound,’ Brey said.And although Brey doesn’t count himself among the top choices for Big East Coach of the Year, he’s making a strong campaign, as his team is on an eight-game winning streak and has overcome its early season struggles and a key injury to its experienced co-captain.Maybe at the end of the year Brey will have his own streak of two consecutive Big East Coach of the Year awards with two Fighting Irish teams that have completely different identities.‘I think the defensive identity has kind of been lost in the tempo we’re playing offensively, but it’s been very solid,’ he said.Big East game of the weekNo. 10 Marquette (22-5, 11-3) at West Virginia (17-10, 7-7)Friday, 9 p.m., ESPNIt’s no secret that West Virginia has been struggling lately. The Mountaineers have lost five of its last seven games. And the path doesn’t get any easier, as West Virginia gets No. 20 Notre Dame on Wednesday and No. 10 Marquette on Friday.Senior forward Kevin Jones and senior guard Darryl Bryant need help from their teammates to keep WVU’s postseason hopes alive. Jones is averaging 20.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, while Bryant is scoring 16.7 points per game. They average about 37 points per game, more than half of the team’s total points each game.Marquette is 10-1 in its last 11 games, with the lone blemish coming in the form of a 17-point loss to Notre Dame Feb. 4. Darius Johnson-Odom is averaging 18.6 points per game, whileforward Jae Crowder is averaging 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The two seniors are the only two Golden Eagles scoring in double figures.jdharr04@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: jdharr04@syr.edulast_img read more

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Men’s Basketball: Don’t attack Kobe King for his decision to leave UW

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first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball fans, before you read this, I need you to understand — I get it. It sucks when you truly believe someone can come in and help a program, and they decide the team you love just isn’t for them.But slandering teenagers for making a decision they believe will better their chances at multi-million dollar contracts is not a good look for Wisconsin sports. Ultimately, it only hurts our chances at getting top-tier recruits down the road.This is not to say the way former Badger and current transfer-portal-player Kobe King went about leaving the program was perfect. He was arguably the team’s best player and left midway through an up-and-down season to pursue other options for personal reasons.Men’s Basketball: Making case for increasing Micah Potter’s playing timeSince being deemed eligible by the NCAA, Wisconsin forward Micah Potter has been extremely efficient for the Badgers. The junior Read…Yes, it left a gaping hole in the program — but at the same time, kids don’t grow up dreaming of missing the tournament two of their first three years in college.Simply put, if a program isn’t making runs deep into March, top-tier talent just sees their NCAA days as a stepping stone to the NBA. The Kaminsky-Dekker days gave King reason to believe in that success, but he clearly felt the standards of that era weren’t being lived up to anymore.King is as naturally gifted as any recruit to come out of Wisconsin in the last decade, aside from maybe a few guys in high school right now. He was, and may still be, a player with a legitimate shot at the NBA.With that in mind, let’s try to understand what King has seen growing up from fellow Wisconsin natives with that same potential pro status.Men’s Basketball: Look at Wisconsin’s 2020 recruiting classThe University of Wisconsin basketball program has much to be optimistic about for the 2020-21 season with a very impressive Read…Back in 2011, Sam Dekker was the No. 12 recruit in the country, according to 247 Sports. He came to Wisconsin, spent three years here and was selected as the No. 18 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.Not bad by any stretch of the imagination. But just four years later, Dekker is suiting up for Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia — hoping to earn a shot at the big leagues again.Just a year after the recruitment of Dekker, Wisconsin landed 4-star guard Bronson Koenig, who had amazing success here at UW, but has yet to get the chance to play in the NBA.That same year, Matt Thomas of Onalaska, Wisconsin headed off to Iowa State en route to becoming a 3-point specialist for the Toronto Raptors.Men’s Basketball: Badgers continue to roll at home, beat The Ohio StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (14-10, 7-6 Big Ten) took control early and never let go en route Read…In 2013, King watched as Milwaukee native Kevon Looney headed to California to play for blue-blood University of California, Los Angeles. Looney has now won two championships with the Golden State Warriors and recently signed a $15 million contract extension.2015 comes along and both Diamond Stone and Henry Ellenson go alternative routes and become first-rounders after one year in college. Meanwhile, Brevin Pritzl is finally seeing real playing time in his fifth year at Wisconsin in 2020.So King commits in 2017, holding onto the belief that the program he grew up loving can do at least one of two things — give him the time of his life playing college basketball, or help him make millions of dollars in the NBA.Men’s Basketball: Kobe King announces departure from UW basketball programRedshirt sophomore guard Kobe King has announced his intentions to depart the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program in a Read…But neither happens. Even worse, King has to sit back and watch while guys younger than him make major moves.He sees five-star Milwaukee guard Tyler Herro decommit from Wisconsin to hone his skills for the next level with Head Coach John Calipari at Kentucky. Now after being selected with the No. 13 pick in last year’s draft, Herro is already a key player in the running for NBA Rookie of the Year with the Miami Heat at just 20 years old.Tyrese Haliburton of Oshkosh has blossomed into a projected top ten pick in his time at Iowa State, and he was considered to be such a long-term project coming out of high school that UW didn’t even offer him.So don’t take to Twitter and say stuff like, “Quitter. Even worse is the Twitter people who support him leaving. You’re not real Badger fans,” as one fan, who I’ll keep anonymous, did.Don’t support former Badger Zak Showalter for coming at King, saying, “Some play for the name on the back, some play for the name on the front.”An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…No one knows the true facts of King’s transfer, and he’s had no history of any sort of poor character. So don’t drag him for doing what he believes is best for his future.If someone studying business at Madison College transferred to UW because they felt it better equipped them with the skill for life after school, you wouldn’t call them a “quitter,” so why say it to Kobe King?Doing so will just hurt our chances at landing homegrown top-tier talent. We’ve already seen two elite in-state recruits, the No. 11 ranked recruit in 2020, Jalen Johnson, and the No. 3 ranked recruit in 2021, Patrick Baldwin Jr., shy away from the Badgers.There will be plenty more recruits like King, Herro, Johnson and Baldwin. And if nothing changes, they’ll leave too.last_img read more

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Kemba Walker talks leaving Hornets in free agency: ‘Tough days, f—ing tough days’

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first_img Kemba Walker will ‘forever love’ Michael Jordan Walker made it known that his “first priority” was re-signing with the Hornets and he was willing to signing a deal less than the supermax amount. But the Hornets’ offer was just under $160 million over five years, according to The Athletic, which cited unidentified sources.He ended up signing a four-year, $140.8 million contract with the Celtics as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Hornets. Related News “Tough days, f—ing tough days, I can’t even lie,” Walker told The Athletic. “Excuse my language. It was difficult. I couldn’t see myself just being on another team. It was just hard. That’s all I’ve known was Charlotte. Definitely some tough times. I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to get the offer that I wanted, and maybe not close to it, because of cap space.“I had to get my head wrapped around the feeling and picking another team.”Walker said he wasn’t disappointed in the Hornets’ offer because he understands it’s just part of the business. “I’m not mad at MJ [Hornets owner Michael Jordan] or the organization for anything. I understand it,” Walker said. “You have to look at both sides at the end of the day. Could MJ have went over the luxury tax? Yeah, he could have. But why?“At the end of the day, you have to see both sides of it. That’s what helped me wrap my head around not being around Charlotte anymore. I loved Charlotte. I had to shift my mindset more as free agency got close. I had some priorities and places I wanted to go and didn’t want to go if I didn’t stay in Charlotte, and that’s when Boston even came on the scene.” Enes Kanter reveals why he chose to sign with Celtics Jayson Tatum on Celtics signing Kemba Walker: ‘I think I had a big part with him coming here’ Walker knows the Celtics will look different without veteran guard Kyrie Irving, but he said that doesn’t add any pressure to his first season with Boston. “I’m not trying to go in and think that I have to be better than Kyrie last year,” Walker said. “It happens. Great players go to teams all the time and it just doesn’t work. It just didn’t work for him. Kyrie is one of the best players we have in this world. It was just unfortunate, an unfortunate season.“I’m not coming in thinking I’m going to be better. I’m coming in to do my job, play my part and do what I can to elevate these guys as much as possible. Do what I can to help the team, to contribute to winning. These guys, they’ve been winning for years. I want to be part of that.” Kemba Walker opened up about his decision to sign with the Celtics in free agency after spending his entire eight-season NBA career with Charlotte. During his time with the Hornets, he led his team to two playoff appearances and made three All-Star teams. He also earned third-team All-NBA honors, making him eligible to receive a $221 million supermax extension over five seasons.last_img read more

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