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““I’m coming,” Waiters told HOOPSWORLD in a phone interview. “I just feel as though I’m next up as far as shooting guards. If you look around, you know, Kobe [Bryant] and [Dwyane] Wade and those guys, they paved the way for a player like me and they’re almost done. It’s not like that, but I’m just saying, I’m coming. I just want everybody to know that.
“Without a doubt, I really believe that [I’ll eventually be the best shooting guard in the NBA]. This year, I’m going to show a lot of people who doubted me and still doubt me. I’m going to show them. And I don’t need praise and all of that. I just want to be respected. I’m coming. That’s all I have to say. I’ve taken my work ethic to another level and I feel as though I still have something to prove. So, watch out.” [Kennedy/HoopsWorld]
“Shazier is a big Ali fan. He has posters of him on his walls at home. Shazier is much more soft-spoken than Ali was in his boxing days — who isn’t? — but it’s easy to see why the Ohio State linebacker identifies with him.
“Because he wanted to be great and I want this team to be great and I want to be great,” Shazier said as the Buckeyes began preparations for their opener on Saturday against Buffalo.
Shazier has had the stings-like-a-bee part down cold since he arrived at Ohio State two years ago. Even as a freshman weighing barely 200 pounds, Shazier exploded through his tackles with a ferocity belying his frame. Now he has bulked up to almost 230 pounds while retaining unusual speed. He was timed at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash last year.
After an inconsistent first half of the 2012 season, Shazier blossomed late in the year after he became more disciplined. Now he’s regarded as a top contender for Big Ten defensive player of the year.
But during much of training camp, Shazier might have felt more like Liston than Ali. As the only returning starter among the front seven in Ohio State’s defense, Shazier put immense pressure on himself — and it showed.” [Rabinowitz/Columbus Dispatch]
“Physically, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound David Nelson looks like an NFL wide receiver and he makes an excellent target. In 2011, he caught 61 passes for Buffalo, so he has talent. But the major knee surgery of a year ago wiped out 2012, and he didn’t appear ready (or healthy). Ten passes were thrown his way, he caught four. He had at least one drop, and he fell down a few times running patterns. He was limping at times. The Browns can’t count on him and may have to cut him.
Somewhere, the Browns must find another receiver. They have veteran Davone Bess for the slot. They have Greg Little and Josh Gordon (when not suspended) on the outside. They have Travis Benjamin as a wide receiver. I have a hard time generating any enthusiasm for Josh Cooper, who caught three passes for a grand total of 11 yards. Maybe there will be help from another team when final cuts are made this weekend.” [Pluto/Cleveland.com]
“The way things are looking, that “weak” schedule starting a week from tonight isn’t going to matter much.
Let’s be honest. The division race for all practical purposes is over. This weekend series in Detroit is important to the Indians because they have an opportunity to gain ground in the Wild Card race. With Tampa Bay playing Oakland and Baltimore playing New York, the Indians would be guaranteed to gain a game on two competitors. Well, the flip side is that with each loss this weekend they will lose a game against two of their Wild Card competitors. And that’s what will happen today, as the Indians once again lost to the Tigers.
Zach McAllister went the mound the Indians’ hottest pitcher, but after an easy first inning he just couldn’t find the plate. This start was reminiscent of his last start against the Tigers, also a short outing. Tonight he walked four batters, all of them coming after that first inning. And unfortunately giving up 5 early runs just about guarantees a loss these days, for the Indians just aren’t scoring runs.”
[Ryan/Let's Go Tribe]