We all know he has a long history of media moments, and Sunday is just another one on the list. Early on Sunday, before the Knicks 1:00 PM game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, World Peace spoke to the media about Saturday night’s incident involving Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart.
Things were understandably heated last night between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Raiders. In what was supposed to be a simple NCAA game between the two programs, now has a controversial moment from it. Oklahoma State’s sophomore guard and projected lottery pick Marcus Smart came into conflict with a fan named Jeff Orr during tonights collegiate matchup.
In a game where Oklahoma State was trailing before ultimately losing 65-61 to Texas Tech, it was understandable why Smart would be frustrated to say the least. Unfortunately in an act of bad judgement, Smart engaged a fan that had been heckling him, resulting in Smart shoving the fan back away from him. Smart was given a technical foul for his actions, but was able to remain in the game.
Player safety is always a concern, but so is it a concern for fans as well. Officials from the NCAA and Oklahoma State University will undoubtedly review the situation to determine if any further action is necessary. Marcus Smart probably won’t be looking at any possible suspensions, but it will be interesting to see what action if any would be taking place.
As the All-Star break and Feb. 20 trade deadline draw near, it’s becoming increasingly clear to the neutral observer which teams are going to compete for the remainder of the regular season, and which teams are content on limping to the finish line.
Their hopes will then rest on securing a high lottery pick in this, the much hyped 2014 NBA draft. It’s been a while between mock drafts here at SheridanHoops since Joe Kotoch’s ‘Very Early Mock Lottery‘ was published, and we thought it was about time we revisit this freshmen- dominant cluster of NBA prospects.
As it stands now, in early February, here is how I see things panning out on the 26th of June.
Mid-October is not synonymous with the NBA draft. Basketball fans are usually starting to notice the NBA preseason and getting ready for the start of college ball.
But unlike past years, there has been a greater focus on the 2014 NBA draft and the overwhelming star power it has. That is why “Tankapalooza” is already part of basketball lexicon.
For a long time, this next draft has been called the Andrew Wiggins Lottery, and one year prior to the 2014 draft, the tanking began when the Philadelphia 76ers unloaded Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for the draft rights to Nerlens Noel and the Pelicans’ first-round pick, which is top-five protected.
While the Sixers were the first team to be accused of tanking this season, they will not be the last.
For anyone in denial about NBA teams tanking, just think back to the 2002-2003 season, when the Cleveland Cavaliers were doing everything they could to land LeBron James. Coincidentally, some compare Wiggins to James in his ability and potential franchise-altering impact.
Ultimately, there will be 14 teams whose fate will be decided by ping-pong balls. Here, as we sit in late October, is how I see the lottery going:
But because Noel is not considered a dominant player or a presumptive top pick, there remains speculation that the Cavs might take Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. or Maryland center Alex Len – or consider trading the rights to Noel to Minnesota for Kevin Love. Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore is also considered by some to be worthy of the top pick.
“When was the last time we left the lottery going, ‘I don’t know who they should pick,’” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas told SheridanHoops.com. “Somebody had mentioned when Andrew Bogut got drafted (in 2005), do you take Bogut or Marvin Williams?