CHICAGO — It was not a make or break situation, but when you walked into the gym for the NBA pre-draft camp on Chicago’s west side - filled with scouts, general managers, coaches, media and everyone in between – you could feel the intensity in the air.
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As the NBA regular season dies down, the playoff races continue to heat up, the injury totals continue to rise and those players in pursuit of an award continue to inch closer together. Well, unless you’re vying for the 2012-’13 MVP. That would be LeBron’s.
Lets take a look at the latest news, rumors and injuries from around the league. And then we’ll jump to twitter to take a look at who declared for the NBA draft this summer.
It’s Easter weekend, and the Jesuits still haven’t stopped partying. (Pope joke). A win today by Marquette might make ‘em party through the night and tell jokes in both Latin and Greek. It’s the second-most most important weekend in college sports, the weekend in which the Final Four is decided.
I’ve got Louisville, Michigan, Marquette, and Ohio State. Two of them were in my original Final Four. On the other hand, I picked three of the eight teams remaining to go out in the first round, so I guess that kind of mitigates the other thing.
We’ve got an interesting look at some past NCAA tournament stars, and Chris Sheridan’s take on Pat Riley blasting Danny Ainge. There’s a little more on that right below, so check that out and all the rest of the latest news from around the NBA. Also worth a read is this news item from guest columnist Rick Warner — there will not be a 20-10 player (points and rebounds) for the first time in NBA history.
The 12 games between now and Sunday will narrow down the field of 68 to the Final Four who will meet in Atlanta next weekend for a shot at the national title.