Eisenberg: The Problem With Making Oladipo a Point Guard


Victor Oladipo, Gal MekelWhen Victor Oladipo was taken second overall in the 2013 draft by the Orlando Magic, everyone assumed he would play shooting guard in the NBA. His 6-4 frame and 214 pounds projected perfectly for the NBA’s new wave of shooting guards.

However, over the summer, the Magic made it clear they would experiment with Oladipo by slotting him into a dynamic combo guard role.

As a result, Oladipo has been featured more at the point than at any time in his basketball life. Perhaps unfairly, Oladipo’s difficult transition to become a facilitator has been largely understated – likely as a product of fans assuming any elite athleticism can just learn the position.

Tweet of the Night: Dwyane Wade and Tom Crean’s unbreakable bond

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If you needed a reminder why Dwyane Wade is one of the NBA’s classiest players, look no further than his last few tweets.

He has been very public about his relationship with Tom Crean, who coached Wade during his college days at Marquette. The three-time NBA champion often calls Crean to discuss personal matters.

Wade included a photo of him and Crean looking over plays for the camp he’s been running this week.

Tom Crean and Dwyane Wade review plays at Dwyane Wade's fantasy Camp

Tom Crean and Dwyane Wade review plays at the Dwyane Wade Fantasy Camp

With a price tag starting at $10,500, the camp is designed to attract all levels of basketball talent over the age of 35. The camp has definitely attracted some talented coaches, a group that includes: Erik Spoelstra, Stephen A. Smith, Kenny Smith and Rick Barry.

But, it appears Wade and Crean are running the show.

If one is questioning the bond between the pair, and simply believes it’s a “promotional stunt,” think again.

Crean and Wade

On May 17, 2012, the Miami Heat star had possibly the worst night of his NBA career. He shot 2-of-13 from the field, scoring only five points in a playoff loss at Indiana in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Tom Crean was watching the game in nearby Bloomington, Ind., and quickly called Wade to offer him a day with his former coach. He accepted the offer, and they spent time reminiscing of their days together at Marquette.

After clearing his head, Wade scored 30 points, collected nine rebounds and had six assists the next game.

One thing about them remains true, after ten years apart, the father/son like bond between them remains just as strong.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

March Madness: Sweet 16 Preview

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ncaaThe first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is pure mayhem; games begin and end simultaneously, buzzers sound from TV’s, iPads, iPhones, and computers, celebrations are loud … and defeat is inevitable for more than three-quarters of the field…

Which brings us to these next four days of college basketball: Games are fewer than the week before, but the stakes continue to rise as the Sweet Sixteen turns into the Elite Eight, and, eventually the Final Four.

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Big Game Preview: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana

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It is not often that we devote serious attention to regular season NCAA games, but this weekend is different. We’ve got Zeller 2.0 plus the sons of former NBA stars Glenn Robinson and Tim Hardaway all on the same court when the No. 1 Michigan Wolverines play the No. 3 Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Indiana.

If I predicted this would happen, say, three years ago, the only people who might have agreed that they could see this coming would have been John Beilein, Tom Crean and their respective coaching staffs.

My prediction for the game is below.

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SH Blog: Top10 prospects from the Legends Classic

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Shabazz Muhammad

BROOKLYN — Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA making his highly anticipated NCAA debut.

Cody Zeller of Indiana battling a breathing problem in front of 50+ NBA scouts.

Otto Porter of Georgetown proving his versatility at both ends is no fluke.

Jordan Hulls of Indiana stealing the show and taking home the Legends Classic MVP honor.

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