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@Tarkus Only if the conversation included 20 players. Keon was an athletically talented kid but my recollection is that he relied too much on that athleticism and his basketball skills and IQ were pretty average. There are many former Rebels that have a bigger highlight reel than Keon. Sad to see his life spin out of control, but there is only so much a school can do to prepare someone for real life. If a University's mission is to prepare students to enter the work place at a higher level than they could have achieved on their own, then UNLV provided Keon with that opportunity to succeed in his chosen career.
2 days, 1 hour ago on Former UNLV, NBA player gets 8 years in Illinois prison
Sorry to hear that Tony Jackson is shutting down his Dodger blog "dodgerscribe", it was another valuable place for team news and opinions from someone that had team access.
2 days, 19 hours ago on Matt Kemp Still A Dodger, David Price Still Not
Nice to see a bigger than usual crowd at the stadium last night. You could really hear the Rebel pride from the end zone section. Did anyone hear or read why the Fremont cannon wasn't at the stadium last night?
1 week, 3 days ago on 'It's all been worth it': Rebels finish breakthrough regular season on a high
@KevinSiffermannDidn't realize a person's courage is based on their on line avatar, but I do know that my love and 30 year commitment to the program is backed by my money. Going to a couple of games and the conference tournament (which the school benefits very little from ticket sales) would pay for the sports drinks for the team at a single practice. If you were a RAF donor you might have a voice with the athletic department otherwise you're just a wiener on the web.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rebels stunned and dazed after late-game collapse in loss to Illinois
@KevinSiffermann As I thought, somebody shooting their mouth off that has no skin in the game.
2 weeks ago on Rebels stunned and dazed after late-game collapse in loss to Illinois
Kevin and Chris....Then quit watching and reading about the team. I'd be interested in how much you donate to the athletic program? Where are your seats at the T&M? I back my opinion with my cash so unless you are doing the same I don't think UNLV cares about what you think.
@chris124a Yep, mediocre! 50 wins in 2 seasons, 2 top 3 finishes in one of the top conferences in the country, pulling top recruits from all over the country, averaging about 12,000 fans per home game, getting quality games on TV, what are we thinking? Fire this guy before things get totally out of hand and maybe we reach the sweet 16 or something just as terrible.
@yourmomasofat I agree that experienced coaching is an issue and could help cover up some of the issues with player execution, but I also think that there have been real improvement in this team since the season began. Even though the last two games ended in losses the team played better than in the UCSB game. Still very inexperienced at PG and they have no reliable outside shooting. Experience will come with time on the court but poor shooting isn't going to be fixed by these players. KO is a sub 40% shooter and that isn't going to change.
@KevinSiffermann I understand completely but I also understand that player execution is as big an issue as anything Rice is doing or not doing.
@gumby2323 You bring up many good points but what you have failed to mention is that many of the issues with both the offense and defense starts with the point guard. The fact that we are breaking in a freshman point guard who has looked totally different since being inserted into the starting lineup is a big factor. It is no coincidence that the last two games we have been scorched by the opponent's lead guard for career highs. I'm not sure why D. Smith didn't play at all last night as K. Smith wasn't lighting the world on fire with his play.
Do I think that Dave Rice could out coach Bill Self? No, I don't but UNLV is not in line to hire Bill Self or anyone like that. Coach Rice is growing in his skills just like the players are and both will improve with a little time. I think that Dave Rice has made a big mistake in telling the fan base that he wants to bring back the style of play from the glory years. I just don't think that will ever be a reality in college basketball. Players don't stay long enough, practice time has been cut way back and kids are not as prepared to play team basketball when they enter college as they were before (not to be confused with that they are not skilled individual players). I would hope that if you're a long term supporter of this team and program that you can be critical of some of the coaching decisions but remain united in the push to improve (with who we have). For those that are calling for Rice to be fired are just not living in reality. Rice's record both on and off the court is one that would get a coach an extension not a pink slip.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rebels stunned and dazed after late-game collapse in loss to Illinois
@yourmomasofat You know that a high screen roll is what 50% of the NBA teams run, right? BDJ lost control of the ball, which is a mistake in execution not a failure to have a designed play. Illinois ran the same play to get the lead in the game so I don't think that their coach was some sort of offensive guru. The players failed to execute down the stretch, BDJ missed two makeable shots, Roscoe missed the front end of two free throws, our freshman guard turned the ball over by trying to split a double team, Birch missed his 1,000 attempt at the rim, and finally KO missed a good look at a game winner. How are these coaching errors?
@LVMIKEY I'm right here and will be here forever. I may be critical of some of the coaching decisions but this team and program will always have my support. Unlike the many frontrunners in this town my support is not tied to the won/loss record. Each of the last two games have been very exciting and leads were exchanged by both teams. Would I like to have won both or one of the games? Sure, but my support is not dictated by that. I've seen progress with this team, we are breaking in a new PG and wing player. Many of the subs are also pretty green as far as game experience so I'm willing to be frustrated but I want them to figure it out and not have to think that the fan base wants to burn it to the ground.
@gumby2323 @mj1 I'm not sure exactly what you want Coach Rice to say after these losses other than to be upbeat. I'm sure that he is feeling the same thing we all are and that is that for two consecutive games our freshman point guard has been torched for career highs by the opposing PG, or that Birch can't possibly be this bad all year long at finishing at the rim, or that KO (who everyone was so excited to get) is an under 40% shooter so if we are counting on him to make the game winner we should be prepared to be disappointed?
@Yellow_Evan13 CDR is rewarding (giving an opportunity) Lopez for showing loyalty to the program by coming back when others were fleeing. I'm sure that Lopez will either prove his worth or lose his time by conference season.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rice wants Rebels to emulate effort, if not production, of nation's top rebounder
@PaulSchmidtlein @Yellow_Evan13 Having his team better prepared to handle the high screen roll would have been nice. The Rebels looked as bad as the Lakers at defending that very basic play and we have much better athletic big men. To properly defend that play you have to have your big men step out further and force the ball handler to flatten out and delay his penetration of the lane until your guard can recover. ASU runs that play on almost every set just like Coach Kruger use to do. If you don't stop it and they have a good play maker, which they do, you get torched for 40 points. Steve Nash had two MVP seasons doing this same thing.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Live blog: Rebels need to rely on rebounding strength against Arizona State
@djonian81 Excellent analysis, what is evident is the head coaching experience between the UNLV staff and the staff of the two teams that defeated them. I understand the reasons to hire Rice and for the most part I agree with them, but if you support the positives on the Rice hire you have to require him to bring on a staff that has more head coaching experience. Schroyer was a failed head coach, Rice, Augmon and Hutson (last two years) had no head coaching experience.The addition of the Findley Prep head coach was a step in the right direction and I think Augmon's experience in player development with the Nuggets is valuable in our own player's development, so that leaves Schroyer as the odd man out. I think Schroyer is a solid assistant and will be successful on a more experienced head coach's staff, but Rice must have a previously successful head coach on his staff. There are many former head coaches that come from small or mid-level programs that could really help Rice mature as a head coach but someone at the University has to wear the big boy pants and force this move after the season.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on 'He killed us': Carson drives Arizona State past UNLV in battle at the Mack
We don't really know if the Rebels have improved over Tuesday's loss as Omaha played man defense almost all game. What we did see was no improvement in free throw shooting, continued issues of finishing at the rim after contact, and problems with turnovers. For a team that wants to run they have trouble with decision making on the break and every half court set was called by Coach Rice. I didn't notice if this was because Kendall was running the point last night or if he did that to DaVille on opening night.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on UNLV makes the decisive plays to fend off Omaha in 73-70 victory
@Yellow_Evan13 I don't know who you are referring to when you say UNLV but there is no excuse for booing college athletes. They are 18-20 year old kids, if you want to express you displeasure then call the AD's office and complain about the coaches but the kids don't deserve to be booed by a frustrated sports fan.
4 weeks ago on UNLV's Rice after 21-point loss: 'We’ll continue to see the zone until we play better against it'
@wyatt1952 I agree that Rice is not a finished product, but I also want to be careful in calling for his job. The school doesn't really have the money to go out and attract a hot proven product and I certainly don't want to just give it to a retread (failed head coach from somewhere else). I do think that Rice needs more of a mentor coach on his staff instead of Schroyer. Both the new guy from Findley Prep and Stacey bring value in the recruiting and development of players and I just don't think Schroyer is the right complement to Rice, if anything he is a mirror of Rice.
@chris124a @ELJeffe Have you looked at UNLV's roster? They have kids from all over the country so some lame shot at focusing in on local kids is off target. Just because a kid plays at Findley Prep or even BG doesn't make them local as both schools recruit kids to plays from a pretty wide area. They are more JC than HS.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Live blog: UNLV-UC Santa Barbara