Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Unathlete of the Week Candidates

Another week, another slate of candidates:

(1) Josh McRoberts: The lottery pick entering the year has seemingly played himself not just out of the lottery, but back to Duke for his junior year. McRoberts's week began with a sloppy game against Maryland in Cameron that included one memorable low post feed to Brian Zoubek that had two DudeSpin contributors jumping out of their seats, and not in a good way. But McRoberts saved his best unathlete performance for last, commiting 6 turnovers (including one on another *cough* feed inside to Zoubek) in the Vision's loss to UNC, which brings us to our second candidate.

(2) Tyler Hansbrough: Apparently not satisfied with just humiliating Duke with his play, UNC's Tyler Hansbrough took it a step further Sunday afternoon. Some of you may have heard/seen about this already, but it's worth repeating no less. Watch as Hansbrough wrestles the offensive board away from McRoberts, then goes up HARD (and I'm quite sure that he had malicious intent at this point), and (here's where the unathlete move comes in) commits a VICIOUS FOUL against Duke's Gerald Henderson. Watch as Hansbrough brings his nose HARD across Henderson's elbow/forearm area, OUCH, and commits the unnecessary foul.


Needless to say, Hansbrough's cheap shot foul, which knocked Henderson to the sidelines for Duke's next game, was completely unnecessary, and earned him consideration for unathlete of the week honors.

(3) Doc Rivers: Old Doc has apparently lost his focus on the prize: Kevreg Duroden. Doc led his Celtics to four straight wins in the past week!! Doc, where's the tanking?!?!

My vote goes to Hansbrough

8 comments:

Grizzly said...

A little clarification... Hansborough (UNC's best player) did not wrestle the ball away from McRoberts with 14 seconds left and his team up 12. He wrestled the rebound away from Steve Johnson and Martynas Pocius.

Really classy. Really.

The Franchise said...

It was crap, but as usual Coach K provided plenty of ammo for the Duke haters out there with his post-game comments. Why won't he ever man up about anything? Instead of his normal M.O., maybe he can try this next time:

"OK, maybe I shouldn't have had any of my regular guys out there either, but you know what? Duke and Nike have given me enough money to buy each and every one of you, so I don't care! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!"

Or maybe not...

Head Dude said...

Yeah, but here's the thing, as Kane pointed it out, Henderson isn't a starter, and Johnson and Pocius are scrubs. If Hansborough's in the game, that's bad enough, but he certainly shouldn't be fighting for offensive rebounds against a walk-on with 12 seconds left. He got what was his.

Grizzly said...

Not to mention that Hansborough went back up with the rebound in an effort to score yet again. If he passed the ball back out in order to run out the remaining 12 seconds (as I assume Duke would do in a similar situation), then none of this would have happened.

The Franchise said...

Maybe K and Williams are savvier than we think and set the whole thing up on purpose! The whole incident got people talking about Duke and UNC again, which is good because let's face it, both teams are pretty mediocre compared to teams from the not too distant past. In fact, I think one of the reasons the Big Dance will be so wide open is because there is a giant cloud of mediocrity hovering over so many schools this season.

Head Dude said...

Tylwalk's right, as Florida/UNC/UCLA/Ohio State have done nothing to distinguish themselves. All of which is why I fear Texas could be primed to make a Syracuse-like run depending on their draw.

Frankly, if we get the right draw, there's no reason we can't make a run like UNC had in 2000. But if we get the wrong draw, there's no reason why we won't be knocked out in the first round.

The Franchise said...

K better call in all his markers to make sure we do get the right draw... BTW, if we end up playing Texas what do you think Durant's line will be? 35 and 12... 40 and 18?

Grizzly said...

It's not Durant's line you should be afraid of, it's Augustin's. Duke has trouble stopping opposing point guards. And by trouble, I mean a total inability to do so.