Out with the Bad, In with the Good

The LA Daily Breeze is reporting that Alex Stepheson, who announced after the season that he was transferring to be closer to his family due to his father’s ill health, will be matriculating at Southern Cal. Southern Cal loses OJ Mayo and picks up a fantastic person and player in Alex Stepheson. They definitely traded up in my mind. After sitting out the mandatory transfer year, I expect Alex will quickly become a fan favorite out in LA-LA land. Continue reading


God’s Megaphone

C.S. Lewis wrote in The Problem of Pain: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” In reading that Danny Green is trying to make it through the Orlando NBA Draft Camp on a sprained ankle, I can’t help but think that maybe Someone is trying to tell Danny something.   [UPDATE:  Add hip and elbow injuries to the tally.] Continue reading

God Save the NBA

If you’re like me, you love NCAA men’s basketball. If you read this blog, you’re probably a Carolina fan, which means you also value the inside shot, team defense, class, character and unselfish play. In short, you probably have little use for the NBA, except to follow the careers of the numerous Carolina Alumni in the Association.

I had a moment of clarity the other day, though, driving home and listening to David Glenn and Hayes Permar on WRBZ’s 3-6 show, when a caller said that he didn’t care if the NBA shrivelled up and died. For a split second, I thought, “Right on, man.” But then I thought, “Whoa, buster. Let’s think this through.”

You see, we here at BBE are macroeconimic junkies. We like to think in the aggregrate — see the big picture, as it were — and it occurs to me that the failure of the NBA as a viable and lucrative career for prospective professional athletes would be the death of college basketball as we know it.

Think about it. With no NBA cash to look forward to, thousands of talented athletes might choose football, baseball (baseball? really? … Yes. Really.) and — gasp — even lesser sports like hockey, soccer, or track and field in which to make their living. This flight of talent from college basketball would set it back 40 years… permanently. Now, certainly there are always going to be athletic guys that love basketball and just want that free college ride, but that is a different caliber athlete than that to which we have become accustomed at CAROLINA.

So I say: hooray NBA! May you continue to attract the attention and dollars of thousands of big-city socialites and deep-pockets. Please continue to line the pockets of the dozens of Carolina alumni on your rosters, benches and front offices. Sell ad revenue for NBC and it’s related cable networks (or whoever has the rights these days). Of course, I won’t be watching. But maybe someone else will.

Long live Carolina. God Save the NBA.

We’ll miss you, Alex.

Picture from Pictopia.com

Alex Stepheson has announced that he is transferring from UNC to be closer to his family.  Alex will be sorely missed.  (As if we needed another reason to be happy about PsychoT coming back…)  Alex was really starting to come into his own as a defender, shot blocker, and emerging offensive threat.  He is going to be a really good player.  BBE wishes Alex and his family all the best.



When Teddy Bears go Wild

What the HECK is going on in the NBA Playoffs?! Marvin Williams and Brendan Haywood are two of the most friendly, docile players to come out of UNC. So what in the name of Rasheed Wallace is going on when Ra is the laid back one this post-season? Continue reading

The Tyler Tracker rides again

Photo by Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina

Thanks to some fine folks over on the Inside Carolina message boards, I thoroughly enjoyed checking in after each game this year to see who Tyler had passed in the Carolina and ACC record books. By the end of the season, Tyler was in some rarified air. Tyler is #2 in Carolina history in points, #7 in rebounds, and #1 in free throws made and attempted. There is a legitimate chance that Tyler could become the #1 all-time scorer in ACC history next year. It will certainly be very exciting to watch. Continue reading

Crossing the Streams

Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?
Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

I may have hit upon a theory that explains Carolina’s catastrophic first half meltdown against Kansas in the Final Four. Bamagrad‘s post in an earlier column of mine got me thinking. We must have crossed the streams. Continue reading