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MB SHOW DAILY

March 24th, 2019

Welcome back! Enjoy a Sunday watching March Madness!

What’s New:

Debt the Seattle NHL expansion team and the renovations of the former KeyArena has totaled $825 million after a pair of loans led by SunTrust Bank recently closed. It is believed to be the most amount of debt however is connected to an NHL franchise.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft today made his first public comments since he was charged last month with two counts of solicitation in connection with a prostitution sting in Florida. What the textbook famous-person, non-apology statement did do was provide news organizations more headlines.

On This Day In Sports:

  • 1913 Netherlands soccer team’s 1st victory over England
  • 1922 81st Grand National: Lewis Rees aboard 100/9 chance Music Hall wins; only 5 out of 32 starters finish
  • 1927 Cuban chess champion Jose Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournie

 

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National Basketball Association

There have been rumors this season that Kevin Durant does have some interest in signing with the Knicks alongside Kyrie Irving this offseason. Those rumors have also been contradicted by other rumors that say he has no interest playing for the Knicks. Perhaps this is an internal struggle wagging between 28-year-old Kevin Durant and 30-year-old Kevin Durant? (Read) By

Lonzo Ball has severed all ties with Alan Foster, a business manager and co-founder of Big Baller Brand. The breakup is centered around $1.5 million in funds allegedly missing from the company account that Ball’s advisers have pinned on Alan Foster, who was a 16.3 percent owner of Big Baller Brand. Nike might be on deck for Ball. (Read) By Grey Papke

James Harden lit up the San Antonio Spurs for 61 points, matching his career high as well as the Houston Rockets‘ franchise record in a 111-105 victory. Harden also scored 61 on Jan. 23 against the New York Knicks. He joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as the only players with multiple 60-point games in a season in NBA history. (Read) By Michael C. Wright

The Papa John’s pizza chain said that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John’s in other ways. The company hopes O’Neal can repair its image and revive its sales after the company’s founder and namesake, John Schnatter, made racially insensitive remarks. (Read) By ESPN

After recording his 12th steal in just five games, Shaq Harrison has earned the affection of Chicago Bulls fans as a high-energy bench player. With the Bulls rich history of electric offensive-minded backup point guards, Harrison has served as the antithesis to the Nate Robinsons, C.J. Watsons, and D.J. Augustins of years past. Shaq instead plays with a level of defensive intensity that the rest of this Bulls roster severely lacks. (Read) By Austin Carroll

Former Missouri Tiger power forward Jontay Porter has torn his right ACL again while rehabbing in Denver. Porter, who is a projected first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, missed his entire sophomore campaign after tearing ligaments in the same knee early the preseason. (Read) By

When asked by reporters in Cleveland after Friday’s victory what the Clippers did to climb out of a 40-25 first-quarter hole, outscoring the Cavs 85-68 the rest of the way, the team’s leading scorer went with … defense. “Our defense was a little better,” said Danilo Gallinari, who led the Clippers with 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. “We knew that our defense had to be better … We were not very intense or aggressive on defense and we did a much better job in the second quarter.” (Read) By

After spending the last 3 years in China on the Shanghai Sharks, Jimmer Fredette is now a member of the Phoenix Suns. He was basically on the level of being a basketball god overseas so the fact that he chose the Suns over any other potential offers is something to smile about. His return comes just at the right time, for several reasons. (Read) By Khaleel Abdulla

T.J. McConnell sits at the root of both of those problems, but he also serves as a solution: he is the only traditional point guard on the 76ers ’ roster, and while his scrappiness and occasional good play endeared him to fans when the team won fewer than 20 games per year over three seasons, his lack of shooting ability, athleticism, and solidity in half-court defensive sets has made him into a liability on this competitive Sixers team. (Read) By Rusty Gorelick

 

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College Basketball

Big time match-up Sunday when Duke plays Central Florida. Tacko Fall is 7-6, 310 pounds and can dunk without jumping. Zion Williamson is 6-7, 285 pounds and can dunk without thinking. They will not necessarily be matched against one another, but each certainly will contend with the other. (Read) By Mike DeCourcy

Ja Morant finished with 28 points on 8-of-21 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from three, his teammates couldn’t help but watch. Murray State lost to FSU, 90-62, ending Morant’s magical sophomore season two games into the Tournament. But the exit shifts the focus to June, where this incredible talent will be a player who can help revitalize one of the NBA’s struggling franchises. (Read) By Kristian Winfield

After the past two full days of action in the NCAA tournament, Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will present their participants with the opportunity to advance to the Sweet 16. The selection committee acted admirably in seeding the 68 teams in the field on Selection Sunday. After the opening round, however, we’ve decided to do our own reseeding of the remaining teams. (Read) By Myron Medcalf

Tremont Waters created his own “one shining moment” Saturday, but he might not be able to fully recall it. The LSU sophomore guard’s bucket with 1.6 seconds remaining moved the Tigers past Maryland into the Sweet 16, and amid the celebration afterward, he said he just put his head down and went careening into Maryland’s 3-2 zone. (Read) By

The final 20 minutes of the season weren’t pretty for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, but they were informative. They showed the Badgers aren’t yet back to a level where they can go deep in the NCAA tournament. And they showed the Badgers exactly what the program needs to do to get back to the days where going to the Sweet 16 was a given. (Read) By TOM OATES

Vanderbilt athletics director Malcolm Turner is looking for a new men’s basketball coach after firing Bryce Drew on Friday. Vanderbilt will use Korn Ferry, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm, in the search. But Turner undoubtedly has a few names already in mind. The Commodores could go in numerous directions for this hire. To tip off the search, here are 15 names Vanderbilt should consider. (Read) By

Tyus Battle, Syracuse Orange junior, is entering the NBA draft.  Frank Howard, a senior, missed his final game after being declared ineligible for a violation of athletic department policy. That means Syracuse will have to deal with significant personnel changes. Freshmen Jalen Carey and Buddy Boeheim figured to play bigger roles for the Orange. Syracuse’s season ended with a 78-69 loss to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City.

The Avery Johnson era appears to be nearing an end at the University of Alabama. The school and Johnson are currently negotiating a buyout for what would be a mutually agreed upon parting of ways, AL.com learned Thursday night. The discussions remain active a day after the Crimson Tide season ended in the NIT.


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