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@Southpaw Joe @moneynow27 @jamesbradleyjb89 @Mike Petriello It's not that long ago that we would have taken two bats and three new game balls for him. Let's be happy he turned in two productive years but I'm certainly not married to any idea that Uribear is anymore deserving of a starting spot than anyone that is 36 and starting slowly.
2 days, 4 hours ago on The Alex Guerrero Problem Is A Great Problem To Have
@Mike Petriello @jamesbradleyjb89 If scouting mattered then they wouldn't have signed him in the first place. He was playing in Cuba not the moon.
@DodgerDodger No they must play Uribe because Alex is a bench player as deemed by this site.
3 days, 5 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants April 23, 2015: Mike Bolsinger, To Avoid Being Swept
@RebelDad2014 @KellyMcKenzie ...and if the kid's dream is to play in the NBA then he has made the right decision to go. That is the difference between some players, do you think MJ, Kobe, Labron, KD, Timmy, Magic, or Larry just wanted to play in the NBA? No, they wanted to be the best player in the world and did everything possible to obtain that goal. Most of these guys don't have that drive and sell themselves short for immediate monetary gain.
3 days, 8 hours ago on UNLV sophomore Wood declaring for NBA Draft
@patrick2278 I think you are missing my point and that is that the NBA is really about 25 great players, 50 very good players, and 100 good players. The remaining 200 guys could be swapped out with players ranked 400-600 and you would see much of a difference. There are guys that make the NBA every year that make you scratch your head and there are guys that are playing in the D-League that given the same opportunity could make a roster. It is all about finding the right fit.
@comboburrito I like that but would go with Carter over Zim to start the season.
3 days, 10 hours ago on UNLV sophomore Wood declaring for NBA Draft
@patrick2278 I wouldn't say that the 400 players in the NBA are the 400 best players in the world. The NBA is a star/talent driven league so you might be right to say that of the 400 player in the NBA are the 200 or 250 best players in the world. The other players on active rosters are guys there because they have potential, they were cheaper than the veteran with the same skill set, or they are just like 20 other college players but got with the right organization coming out of college.
@KellyMcKenzie Well, at least two years in the NBA for sure if he makes the first round.
@RC_LV that is a little harsh since he may not have even been alive when the Rebels played at the Convention Center. You can certainly bleed scarlet and grey by your passion regardless of when you obtained it.
3 days, 11 hours ago on UNLV sophomore Wood declaring for NBA Draft
@Steuby828 Maybe, but the advantage of going late in the first round is you will be going to a playoff team (unless the Lakers take him in the late 20's) so he will have plenty of time to learn the game while riding most of the minutes on the bench. It may take 3 years to get to the level that he will be a regular rotational player and by then his first contract will be up and he might cash in again on potential over production.
@stewart007 With that kind of attitude he will be featured on 60 Minutes as another athlete that thought the money train would never stop and be broke by the time he is 35 years old. By then I'm sure that all his "hanger-ons" will be able to support him.
I do hope that he has a successful NBA career, I think his decision is short sighted by it is his to make.
How could Smith be a third team all rookie team member when I saw that he was also selected as the D-League rookie of the year? It's either my reading comprehension stinks this morning or a little proof reading by the author would be helpful.
Enjoy the great white north as this will be his last year in sunny So. Cal, not because the drug charge but because his has become unproductive at his contract price.
1 week, 1 day ago on LA Kings' Stoll arrested on drug charge at MGM club
@Steuby828 they have said from the outset that he would not sign a letter of intent with any school. It wasn't something limited to UNLV.
1 week, 2 days ago on Zimm City: Bishop Gorman big man picks UNLV
@BuskinTederodemowitz @RodneyTamanWallsJr and what makes you think that Zimmerman is not?
@brianunlunlv Why are people that state Rice's overall and top 25 record living in the past but not those that think somehow we are "deserving" of a return to the Tark era success? How about everyone just think about what is possible in the present without using any historical measuring stick.
@ELJeffe Someone must have hijacked his handle as there is nothing about these lastest posts that resemble anything that has been posted previously. I kind of like the unwavering support of program, players and coach.
1 week, 3 days ago on Transfer senior guard from Mercer visiting UNLV this weekend
Couldn't see the game last night so I just stopped by to see how the part time demigod did last night.
1 week, 4 days ago on Dodgers 6, Mariners 5: Thank you, Howie Kendrick
@ELJeffe Your comments about Moser are unfair. There were numerous national sources that indicated Mike would have been a late first round pick but more likely an early second round pick had he entered the draft after his sophomore season. In staying the next year he was trying to push into a guaranteed first round selection to get a guaranteed contract. As they were trying to figure out how to best use MM with AB, it was Mike's elbow injury that derailed his junior season. It didn't help that BDJ was also a ball dominate player trying to prove his worth. To say that Mike bought into his own hype is just not an accurate description of how that season unfolded. At the end of the year I didn't blame MM for going to Oregon as it was closer to home, it got him into the Pac12 where the TV exposure would be better than MW and he was a Kruger recruit that may not have felt he would be showcased by DR. During his senior season with Oregon some of the limitations in his game that were not so evident as a sophomore were exposed. It is no one's fault that he wasn't drafted after his senior season it was just a matter that the "reality" of his game was not as enticing as his "potential" was two years earlier.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on UNLV's offseason kicks into gear following Vaughn's departure
@I wear shoes in HentuckyI'm certainly not going to come on here and say that AB is producing like a high draft pick, but it is certainly not his fault that an NBA team valued him that high in a VERY weak draft. The main reason he went that high was the overall weakness in the draft class.
I don't know if one player makes or breaks a schools reputation on producing NBA players. If that was the case guys like Amundson and Anthony would put feathers in UNLV's cap as players that didn't get drafted but had long NBA careers. I think players carry their own baggage in the NBA which is not associated with the school. Now maybe certain coaches sway some NBA scouts in believing that they will take a chance on a kid that is borderline.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on UNLV's offseason kicks into gear following Vaughn's departure
@mj2001 The fact that he had three OCs in his first three years, the fact that the OL was one of the worst in football, no #1 receiver to throw to, two knee injuries..... when would you like me to stop?
@mj2001 While I was disappointed that he wasn't a more successful in the wins and losses I certainly don't think of him as a "bust". There are a thousand factors that play into a persons success and individual talent is only one of them.
@mj2001 whether he earns a second contract or not he will make more in his career than most people will in theirs. To say he isn't worth what he is paid is also ridiculous as there are no athletes that are worth their professional contracts.
@mj2001 I'm wishing all the UNLV graduates this year the opportunity to "bust" in your chosen profession and make $11M in your career. Of course you will have to "bust" out with a good paying job as you will need to average $275,000 per year for 40 years to possibly be considered a success.
@Iwalkthevalleyalone I'm not saying that there are no JC players capable of playing in D-1, all I was saying is that you don't see the real talent that used to pulse through the JC system because a kid that might have gone that route before will go to a 4 year school now and opt out after a year. There are always kids that use the JC system to bridge the gap year if they are changing schools. Carter could have easily done that this past year. Go to a JC and play during your sophomore season, and move to UNLV as a JR.
@I wear shoes in Hentucky Anthony Bennett: $11M on W2Gs for the last two years. I'd say pretty successful.
@Iwalkthevalleyalone the whole juco pipeline has dried up with the one and done rule. What the NBA needs to do is pattern the system after the MLB draft which allows players to go right out of HS, after either year of JC, or after the 3rd year in a 4 year institution. The best part of all is that a player doesn't have to make a do or die decision until they sign a contract with the drafting team. If RV could put his name in the draft and he goes undrafted he should be able to return to school as long as he doesn't sign with an agent. That option would benefit both the player and the NBA. The schools (NCAA) would have to make some adjustments in the recruiting process and maybe allow teams to carry more scholarship players to make the timing work but if the draft is in June that is still sixty days until the start of the new school year.
@Shadyunlv Boy, do I really like #6. I can't tell you how many times we are sitting watching the game and there are consecutive time-outs with only a single play run in between. I wish I could say it was at the end of the half or game, but this is right in the middle of a half. I too understand the need to have TV timeouts, but in that case each team only receives one team time out per half and they can't be carried over to the second half. The stoppage in play in basketball at all levels is killing the flow of the game.
@TABLVNV So if they win and it is a revolving door you don't mind? As a RAF and season ticket holder for more than 25 years I would love to see the kids stay and compete for four years like the old days, but I know that is not the environment that the NBA and AAU basketball has forced upon us.
There were plenty of people on these same pages that were critical of Lon because he couldn't recruit at the All American level. Fisher is recruiting some good players to their program and as a 20 year head coach he is clearly a better leader of a program at this point than Rice, but we are not getting Fisher or Lon to coach our team. While Vaughn is leaving, it appears that McCaw, Morgan, OK, and Cornish are staying and isn't that the type of player you just said you would rather have?
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Freshman Vaughn announces he's leaving UNLV to enter NBA Draft
@RC_LV They are coming to UNLV to enhance their ability to play professional basketball. Whether that profession takes them to the NBA, oversees or the D-League the end game is to be paid to play. If Vaughn feels like he will always be a Rebel, who are you to say he should be or that he can only make that claim with a donation to the school. Vaughn brought more money to the University in renewed season ticket sales than what they paid out for his one year of school.
If staying only one year was the central point to your conversation then why are you talking about money in other posts. If you think that money isn't the driving factor for any of these kids that are McDonald's All Americans you're living in a dream world.
@RC_LV As I thought, you are more than willing to criticize someone for making a choice on their profession because it doesn't meet your lofty standard. You take a shot at Anthony when I'm sure he will make more before he is 30 years old than you will make in a lifetime. Why can't you just wish them luck in their chosen profession without making it so personal, like they turned their back on you?
@drrose1414 @Shadyunlv Agree that JR was a great physical talent but I think you guys are remembering him as a UNLV and NBA player and not as the kid that was at Antelope Valley JC. Remember, Vaughn is a freshman. We don't know if Vaughn will develop like JR did but he has some of that skill set. Sadly not the hops, but he may never of had those.
@RC_LV Can you please share with the class your current occupation? If it is something that will not pay you $11M over two years, then maybe Anthony is doing slightly better then you.
@Shadyunlv Shady, I'm not sure you remember JR as a freshman as much as you are remembering him as a junior. They were very similar, not the greatest when it comes to usage rate but someone that you always had your eyes on.
@drrose1414 @TABLVNV It is still a revolving door of players, it doesn't matter if they make it or not they are no longer part of the college program where they played.
He was a joy to watch, I wish we could see a few more years as I really think he has a lot of talent. Hope he has success in the Association and continues to develop. Reminds me a little of JR Rider in the way that he could always create his own shot and had the ability to make his own space. Of course JR didn't it by having great elevation on his jump shot but Rashad uses the dribble drive to create that space.
@TABLVNV Would you say the same about Kentucky? The fact that the NBA is forcing the players into a season of basketball that many of them don't want is what is causing the problem. Dave Rice is your convenient excuse. These are not the late '80's.
@gumby2323 yes to all of that, and sometimes you strike while the iron is hot. Had Moser left after his sophomore season he would have been drafted. He waited and although he proved he was over his injury he was never seen as a NBA prospect again.
The refs hanging a BS 4th foul on GA early in the second half didn't help the situation. Just like in '77 when they couldn't let UNLV win against UNC and we saw some of the strangest officiating.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Column: The night the Runnin’ Rebels were taken down
@ph90702 Every player should know their role to a team. If the other players are more talented but he has a desire to be at UNLV then I wouldn't say he would be blowing away his college basketball career. There are guys all over the country that are bench players that play less than 5 minutes a game but want to be on that particular team. If he wants more playing time then he needs to find a program in which his size and limited athleticism will not compromise the rest of the team. When Lon offered Walker the contract we don't know if he saw him in the same roll as Rice currently views him. Great practice player, crowd favorite, and someone that can fill in during a blowout or foul trouble. I have no hard feeling toward Walker's decision, but I also don't blame Rice for the playing time allotment.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Walker will transfer while UNLV awaits official decisions from Vaughn, Wood
It is disappointing for sure, but the talent and progrsm is miles ahead of the Rollie or Bayno years. I didn't like the Rice hire but now that he has been extended I'm willing to ride out one more year.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Vaughn, father deny that UNLV freshman has decided to enter NBA Draft
Are you a booster? I am a booster and while I don't like the record this year I was not going to pony up more funds to pay him not to coach. He will either improve or be gone along with the AD next year.
@jad9988 Did you see what Howland's contract value was when he signed? Where do you think UNLV obtains the money to buyout Rice's contract and then affords to pay Howland? As for Archie Miller, explain to me why he would leave Dayton when he has taken that program to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in the last two season and just received a contract extension? Critics of Lavin have the same complaints as those of Rice, which is that he is a good recruiter and poor game coach. In replacing Rice you should keep reasonable expectations.
I don't disagree with that sentiment a wish more kids would stay in college so they can be impact players once they get to the NBA instead of just being on a roster.
I do take offense to your RAF dig. I recently moved out of town half way through the season but I will renew my RAF and give most of my tickets to family just because I support the program. Most of the RAF donors in my section are frustrated but understand the growth in this group of players.
1 month, 1 week ago on Dave Rice to stay on as UNLV basketball coach
Why would you think Wood is a late second rounder? Everything that has been out there on pre draft boards have him as a late first rounder. Mid 20's is what I've seen.
You are correct. Any person reading the original article can see that it is SDSU that is so lowly rated.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Instant Analysis: UNLV-UNR
Wow, 292 offensively in the nation. Those have to be some painful wins to watch.
I agree with a lot of what you said but there are two things that are undisputed:
1) UNLV was very quick to hire Rice even when there were others interested in the job at the offered price. This was done even though earlier it was quoted that the next coach would have HC experience.
2) Fans hold Rice accountable for style of play because he was the one that said he was bring that style back. You can't sell it and then not deliver on it and expect not to be questioned about it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Kendrick has career night in Rebels' 13-point victory at San Jose State
Unfortunately not the same as the numbskulls indicating he will be a first round draft pick. It's funny that in some athletes you see that they want to be the best, not on their team, but on the field of play every day. In others you can see that they just want to be paid. Wood falls into the later group. He is good enough for some GM, who won't have a job in 5 years, to draft his potential but I fear it will never match his production.
Certainly not the only reason but having a short bench could be a contributing factor.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on McCaw finds his happy place while leading UNLV to win against Wyoming