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20 years ago yesterday. Nice story from our friends at DTTWBL: “Whenever a loved one is lost, the memory of that moment seems endless. It’s hard to believe that it was 20 years ago that the Olin, Crews and Cleveland Indians families all lost people that they loved.” [Steve Eby/Did The Tribe Win Last Night?]
In case you missed it Friday, this story on draft prospect Shabbaz Muhammad was all over Twitter: “The father decided long ago that he would make the system work for him. For years, Holmes has tirelessly promoted the Shabazz Muhammad brand to scouts, journalists, money managers and others. Holmes navigated every difficulty, including a potentially devastating NCAA sanction that ultimately sidelined his son for only a few games. With Muhammad now projected as a top-five pick in June’s NBA draft, Holmes’ investment is about to pay off.” [Ken Bensinger/Los Angeles Times]
As Jon said to us yesterday, how often do we get to cite The New Yorker in WWW? More perspective on the fan sprint at the Q: “We mostly think of these episodes as spontaneous acts of misbehavior, fueled by some combination of alcohol and the pull of fandom and fame. In Blair’s case, however, his rush onto the court seems instead like the calculated extension of an obsession. His timeline on Twitter gives a full narrative of his night, including a post teasing that the cops had seen his tweets and were onto his plan.” [Ian Crouch/The New Yorker]
This NCAA tournament Day 3 prospect viewing guide should be a helpful resource for your Saturday TV-watching. Guys I potentially and theoretically like as a Cav: Glenn Robinson, Gorgui Dieng, Kelly Olynyk and Allen Crabbe.[Draft Express]
An intriguing review of Tyler Zeller’s rookie season at this point in time: “So far, rookie Tyler Zeller underwhelms. This somewhat surprises me, as leading up to the 2012 draft, I ranked him eighth in a strong class. He scored everywhere, with deft touch near the basket, running in transition, and showing a solid stroke from catch & shoot situations and the free throw line. … Now, three-quarters through his age-23 season, many of those skills have not yet translated.” [Kevin Hetrick/Cavs: The Blog]
A quick lottery update on Friday, which obviously got a little better for the Cavs after their big loss: “The top two spots, as far as the odds go, are in all likelihood wrapped up for the Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic. … After that, though, there are nine (!) teams with between 22 and 26 wins on the season.” [David Zavac/Fear The Sword]
Why the Indians system is so intriguing, and the Lindor/Paulino debate: “In Arizona, the Cleveland Indians were a “must see” franchise for me. … Current buzz surrounding the Indians organization is centered around a pair of young shortstop prospects in Dorssys Paulino and Francisco Lindor. Lindor, a 2011 first rounder posted a .257/.352/.355 triple slash line in Single-A. Paulino combined for a .333/.380/.558 triple slash line across two levels of short season baseball as a 17-year old.” [Mike Newman/FanGraphs]
Finally, a Scott suggestion, as we re-live Clinton Ransey’s March moments of fame back in 1986 for CSU: “Clinton Ransey sealed the win with a brick. With 10 seconds remaining on the game clock, a Ramsey free throw clanged off the rim, made a thud against the backboard and fell into the hands of Indiana’s Winston Morgan. Morgan turned, streaked down the court and sailed a pass to the right wing, where teammate Steven Alford caught it on the run and finished with a layup. Missed free throws late in a game can kill a team, but in this case, Ransey’s mishap didn’t matter.” [Jordan Zirm/Stack]
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.