My guess is Utley will have a hard time getting elected by the BBWAA, which usually favors longevity and counting stats over peak dominance. He feels like one of those players who could get elected down the road by a Veterans Committee.
The New Castle, Indiana, native was 1983’s Mr. Basketball and helped capture the Hoosiers’ last championship in 1987. He boasted plenty of college coaching experience, at Iowa, then New Mexico and now UCLA — even if his record, on and off the court, was far from pristine.
The next two games are pivotal for what is the AFC’s most disappointing team. The Raiders need at least one win against either host Miami or New England in Mexico City to remain viable in the playoff race.
The Caris LeVert experience. LeVert is too erratic to be destined for any one fate, but he’s the rare net for whom great things seem possible.
Myles Turner, on an island. We’ve seen what the upstart 21-year-old forward can do while Paul George, Jeff Teague, and Monta Ellis control the ball. Now we see Turner left to his own devices.
The Great Dwight Howard versus Cody Zeller debate. Yes, this one is for the basketball nerds, but there’s good reason to track how this unfolds. On one hand, there’s the aging former Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star with an established relationship with his new coach and questions about his mobility, free-throw shooting, offensive effectiveness and personality.
He seeks out the greatest architects in the world, the greatest land planners in the world. He looks at a piece of property that’s sat there untouched for 50 years and sees a great new city.”