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THREE FOR BART: Mike, Millennials, Pace

  1. Everybody Loves Mike – There are lessons to be learned from Mike Miller. Not necessarily basketball ones but lessons about how to be successful. Miller has made himself a success the good old fashioned way: by helping people out. Sure he’s busted his butt and has god given skills that have made him – say – an NBA lottery pick and champion. But no one makes it alone. Miller helped everyone else. It’s helped him. In some regard it’s business 101: Listen. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
  2. A Day in the Life of an Uber/Lyft Driver in San Francisco – I’ve thought about becoming a driver and was intrigued by this article. But then I read it and got to thinking about something else. Is this the Millennial tone? Are we cynics? Unending critics of a presumably unsupportive  capitalist society geared towards selfish ends? Do we hide entitlement behind feigned self-deprecation? It’s disheartening to find the bad in everything, particularly one’s everyday life.
  3. This Will Probably Be the Slowest College Basketball Season Ever Played Thought I’d revisit this one after attending my first game of the season! It was Arizona against Utah Valley and did not project to be much of a contest. It was not. Furthermore, I was bringing eight co-workers who knew little to nothing about college basketball. I took it upon myself to educated them. Whether or not they learned anything or even appreciated it is unknown. I kept telling my co-workers what a slow game this would be. Here’s how I explained it: This game was going to be slow but not necessarily by possessions but rather by actual game time. UVU plays an offense designed to take its time. That was then coupled with Arizona’s defense which is designed to make an offense take it’s time (20.2 seconds per possession vs. 19.5, respectively). UVU wanted to take their time and was then going to be allowed to. And then, what happened, was the Wolverines (UVU) went ahead and fouled Arizona at the highest rate they’ve fouled anyone all season. It was the only green spot (defensive FTrate) on their KenPom page. Long possessions and lots of fouls made for a lot of “action” with an unmoving clock. KenPom – in the above article – notes further reasons why this could be the slowest season ever, but on Tuesday night, it was the confluence of offensive strategy, defensive strategy, and the referee’s whistle that made this thing s-l-o-w. Of Note: 1) My co-workers loved McKale, 2) This game was actually well ahead of the average pace (71 AdjT vs. about 67). This was instigated by the fouls and the 25% TOrate from UVU.

THREE FOR BART: Scott, Rose, Parenthood

  1. Great Scott! – I could tell you a lot about this article…but I wrote it. So if you want my thoughts on what I wrote you should just read it (of note – I contribute weekly over at All Buffs, a high quality forum for all things CU)
  2. Derrick Rose Does Not Belong to You – First of all, I love this title. Secondly, I love this column. Thirdly, is it just me or has The Cauldron been pretty hit-or-miss? Let’s revisit these thoughts sequentially now that they’re out there. (1) It’s just a really good, and true title. (2) We do revere our athletes and our heroes for overcoming personal strife to win. In Rose’s case it’s repeated injury and it now seems he’s being turned on for looking out for number one. The author hits on a terrific and NBA-centric parallel (Sterling) but doesn’t bother to go down the hypocrisy of criticizing Rose and simultaneously criticizing the NFL for not caring for its players enough. (3) I just don’t regularly find myself enjoying what I find or read on there. It just seems to be lacking a je no sais quois which is exactly what good content tends to have.
  3. Things I’ll Teach My First Kid – I’m not remotely close to this. I mean, one time I dated a girl for 3.5 years and then another time I thought really hard about the L-word and on a daily basis I market to expecting families but this. Like what fuckups are we that we then get to teach another person how not to be one, only to know that they’re going to be one, and then hold them when they cry about it? Maybe that’s parenthood? I don’t know. But someday I’m excited to find out. In the meantime, please excuse my empty fridge and the weekend.

THREE FOR BART: Reform, Rankings, Real

  1. Pac-12 passes reforms for athletes – I’m on the fence with this stuff. On the one hand it feels like this is a good thing. Change from the norm – which doesn’t seem to be serving athletes well – should be a good thing. They’ll be granted things well beyond unlimited snacks as these Autonomous Five begin to reform for the self-proclaimed better. But at the same time, I don’t necessarily see the athletes being directly involved in these improvements. This remains a top down implementation and seems to be a means for the powers that be to maintain power. It’s a smart move. I’m just not entirely sure it’s going to be in the best interest long (long, long term I’m talking) term.
  2. The best 100 players in college basketball – This is 100 players ranked out of the more than 4800ish scholarship D-1 players. OF COURSE YOU’RE GOING TO DISAGREE WITH IT! Embrace that and appreciate the comprehensiveness of the list as well as the design. We live in an evolving world of web design and when something can be put together functionally and aesthetically, it should be celebrated.
  3. “If we run and they kill us, so be it. But we have to run now.” – This is a heavy read. The story of the Nigerian girls kidnapped six-months ago, this is powerfully written. It’s tone is simple which is fitting its subjects: these are just girls. And they were exposed to such horrors. If you have the time, read.

THREE FOR BART: Fear, Feet, Votes

  1. Scared Sh*tless – Think about the last thing you did that really scared you. And I’m sorry to sound like a LuLu Lemon ad or a No Fear poster, but in all reality, what spooked you. I sat through Media Day and listened to Cuonzo Martin adulate on the necessity of being outside of one’s comfort zone. His presumed star, Jabari Bird, a player perhaps ideally shaped for his system, is being pushed, on the daily, to be outside of his comfort zone. Inside his comfort zone he’s safe. What’s outside that zone is unknown. It might be unsafe. I bet it scares Jabari to death. Cuonzo think that’ll make Jabari a better basketball player and I do, too. So what’s pushing you out of your comfort zone? I know I need to step out of mine. Let’s.
  2. Putting His Foot Down, Brandon Ashley’s Road to Recovery – I contributed to this story as I had the chance to sit with Brandon for a few moments on the Pac-12’s rooftop. Yes, the rooftop with views of all of San Francisco, AT&T Stadium included.
  3. Arizona picked to defend Pac-12 crown – The media submitted their votes and noted where they think everyone will finish. I’m submitting my votes to Rush the Court later next week and will post my entire ballot here. I might’ve said it last year but I want to ensure some semblance of accountability. As in, I’d like to revisit my preseason thoughts and how they measure up to the actual results in April. Shit, does this mean I’m now accountable?