published Friday, April 18th, 2014

5-at-10: Friday Mailbag

Gang, thanks for another great week. Good times indeed.

From the "Talks too much" studios, be the ball Danny.

From Stewwie (part I)

Jay, for the Friday bag, what are your round-by-round predictions for the playoffs? And who are your season-award winners? Didn't you pick Durant to win MVP? That is looking really good right now.

Stewwie —

Yes, we had KD from the start, and he will win the MVP. And he likely should win it, although LeBron is still the best player on the planet.

Here are our playoff picks:

East

Pacers over Hawks

Heat over Bobcats

Nets over Raptors

Bulls over Wizards

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Pacers over Bulls

Heat over Nets

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Heat over Pacers

West Division

Spurs over Mavericks

Thunder over Grizzlies

Clippers over Warriors

Rockets over Trail Blazers

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Rockets over Spurs

Thunder over Clippers

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Thunder over Rockets

And, Heat over Thunder. (You knew we were going there, right?)

As for the awards, well, Durant is the MVP.

We'll take Anthony Davis as most improved player. We'll go with Joakim Noah as defensive player of the year. We'll say Michael Carter Williams gets rookie of the year. And let's go with Gregg Poppovich as coach of the year.

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From Stewwie (part II)

Jay, I have a second request for the Friday bag. There's talk already that college basketball will discuss more changes for the coming years. What are your thoughts on the following ideas that they have put on the table:

Reducing team timeouts, widening the lane, restricting coaches from calling live-ball timeouts, implementing a hard 10-second rule for crossing half-court (no reset due to a timeout), allowing the NBA continuation on fouls, no scoring on a charge call, reducing the shot clock to 30 or 24.

Stewwie —

Hey man, been a long time. How's the family?

Anything that can improve the flow of college hoops would be a welcomed change.

We think they definitely should reduce the number of time outs. (Any rule that increases the pace of play in any sport is a good one by us).

That said, there are some rules the college game is not ready for. The shot clock going to 24 would lead to sloppy basketball. We're OK if it went to 30 (it's at 35 now, correct?) but 24 seems too few. Maybe the game would adjust, but in the short term it would be messy. We're against the NBA continuation because it is too much individual judgement, but we love the no score on the charge idea.

We know Will Wade would love the hard 10-second rule change.

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From Josh

Just wanted to email you and tell you and Paschall that the radio show has been awesome. Seriously, you guys are excellent.

And I guess my question for you is what is the most difficult part of doing radio?

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Josh —

The schedule has become the biggest thing to adjust to.

Getting ready for the show, on most days, is a combination of doing some 5-at-10 stuff and our day job, so that's doable.

It's the getting everything done before going over there at 2:30 — and more times than not, finishing stuff there.

That said, it's been a load of fun and the interaction with the callers is the best part.

We have spoken to Paschall multiple times about it, but the instant feedback has been great. So thanks for that.

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From Believer

Who won you Masters contest? You guys did great stuff from there over the weekend, thanks for that.

What is your favorite Masters of all time?

Thanks and thanks for the 5-at-10.

Believer —

Chris B. won the Masters contest. He had Bubba (a lot of people did) and Adam Scott (ditto) and nailed it with Jordan Spieth, who finished tied for second.

Thanks to everyone who played.

Our Rushmore of Masters is as follows:

2005 — Tiger's chip was amazing and remains the loudest moment we have experienced at Augusta National.

2004 — Mickelson's first major was excellent.

1986 — Watched on TV, but it's Jack for crying out loud.

1996 — Greg Norman's implosion and Faldo's charge— good stuff

This year's Masters was the least watched on the weekend since 1993. Crazy indeed.

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From TT

I'm sick of all the bellyaching from national writers about how UT ran Cuonzo off. He left. Period. Let's move on.

And like you said the other day, this probably a win-win for both sides. Let's go forward -- who is UT going to hire?

Thanks and thanks for the 5-at-10.

TT

There are the familiar big names floating around. And we're still not sure Gregg Marshall is not in play here — and at the very least he will get a nice raise because of this opening.

Before we get to the candidates — we're running a step late today — we must bring up the fact that if Cuonzo Martin has not signed the Cal deal, he'd be a great fit at Mizzouri, which is now looking for a coach since Frank Haith left for the Tulsa job.

We agree with Jomo that you have to be careful with the hot-name of the tournament crowd. Too many one-timers and clunkers in that mix, and let's be clear, Dave Hart needs to ace this hire for a lot of reasons.

So there's that. But we do like the fact that Hart is handling this himself by all accounts. We never really understood why athletic directors were not more directly involved in the hiring process and used the CYA blanket of search firms when in the end, if a hire turns out badly it's on the AD any way.

We'll be back with our candidates.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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chas9 said...

How about The Uniblocker for Rookie of the Year? He's a rookie, isn't he?

Hey Big Orange fan: Get onto Wikipedia and improve the UT basketball page. It sucks like an orange.

April 18, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Chas,

AD was on the all-rookie team last year.

Jay,

Hard to argue with your season award picks. MCW is only the 3rd rookie to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding, and assists.

For the playoffs, I think the East will finish exactly as you have it. For the West, I think the Blazers knock off the Rockets in the first round, but I think it will be Spurs-Thunder in the conference finals. I am torn on who to pick in that series. Let's roll with the Thunder though. And in the Finals, Heat over the Thunder.

Agreed that college b-ball shouldn't move the shot clock to 24. Too big of a change (at least for now). But a move to a 30-second clock needs to happen sooner than later. Reduced timeouts are a must as well. Not a huge fan of the continuation rule even in the NBA. So I think the college game should stay away from that one.

April 18, 2014 at 10:29 a.m.
fechancellor said...

"We agree with Jomo that you have to be careful with the hot-name of the tournament crowd. Too many one-timers and clunkers in that mix..."

10 Ring, you describe Cuonzo Martin's resume to a T.

April 18, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.
chas9 said...

Over at cbssports.com Gary Parrish has an eye-opening piece on just how rare it is for established coaches to leave top-50 programs. In other words, Johnnyvolsfan is dreaming.

But my wife's cousin sells real estate in K-town and she says Larry Brown is looking...

And Calhoun's on the River is good, but what else you got in the way of culture?

Stew--I know, but sometimes Kentucky players need two years.

April 18, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Only seven coaches of top-50 programs have voluntarily changed jobs in the past four years, and every one of them was either running from a person, from a situation, to home or to Westwood. There are no exceptions, which means ADs are almost certainly wasting their time each time they pursue a comfortable and well-compensated coach from a top-50 program unless said AD happens to work at North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida, UCLA or a similar elite program with inherent advantages. And, it should be noted, even UK and UCLA have been turned down in recent years.

So remember that going forward, please.

April 18, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.
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