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Quick Hits: 11/20/09

New Look Twins

The Minnesota Twins are heading to a new Stadium in the 2010 season.  And what do you do when you make a  majorchange?  You make another change, but not-so major.

The Twins showcased their new uniforms for the first season in the new pad.  Here is a gallery of photos from the Star Tribune.

At first look, I didn’t really see any major differences to the home jerseys, but I like the road jerseys.  Both are semi-retro jerseys that are a tribute to the 1961 uniforms.

That is outfielder Denard Span in the home white and pitcher Scott Baker in the road uniform.

I love the colors of the Twins.  Dark blue and red with white or gray.  My favorite colors of any Minnesota team.

College Basketball

I am watching an ESPN Classic game from Nov. 9th, 2000.  Kansas vs. UCLA played at MSG with lineups filled with future NBA players.

  • For Kansas: Kirk Hinrich, Nick Collison,  and Drew Gooden,
  • For UCLA:  Earl Watson, Jason Kapoano, Matt Barnes, and Dan Gadzuric.

Watching just a part of that game got me thinking about the depth of the those teams and of the top teams of this season.  Look at the top eight teams in this seasons ESPN/USA Today poll.  What do you see?  Teams that can easily go eight or nine deep.

  1. Kansas – We all know about Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry.  But in the Morris twins, Brady Morningstar and Tyshawn Taylor ( and others), this team has a lot of players who played meaning minutes.
  2. Michigan State – This years Spartans exemplify the saying: “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”   But they still have a go-to guy in Kalin Lucas – the Big Ten player of the year.
  3. Texas – The Longhorns not only have depth, but they have senior leadership.  In Justin Mason, Damion James, and Dexter Pittman – who is set for a breakout season.  Plus they have a killer freshmen class highlighted by Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton.
  4. UNC – The Champs have six players 6’8″ or taller and all of them should see playing time.  Plus they have Will Graves, Larry Drew, and Marcus Ginyard.
  5. Kentucky – Some guy named John Wall.
  6. Villanova – They are guard heavy led by Scottie Reynolds, and the Corey’s – stoke and Fischer.  Plus Duke transfer Taylor King adds fire power.
  7. Purdue – Do not forget about the Boilermakers.  Robbie Hummel, E’Twuan Moore , Chris Kramer, JuJuan Jackson, Keaton Grant, Lewis Jackson, plus a talented freshmen class.  PS – Out of all the players on the Purdue roster, only 3 are not from Indiana.
  8. Duke – Lead by Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith.  This years Blue Devils has more height in the Plumlee brothers, both are 6’10”, Brian Zoubek at 7’1″, and Ryan Kelly at 6’10” and they have freshmen Andre Dawkins.

Most every team would survive an injury to a major player (minus the backcourts of UNC and Duke and the frontcourt with Villanova), and that is what has separated the good teams from the great teams.

My early season Final Four: Texas, MSU, Kansas and Purdue.

NBA Loser Wish List

As 94% or so of the NBA teams are at home, or the beach, and not playing in the NBA Finals.  So the teams that we close, but yet so far away – everyone sing it –  must start to think about what the playoff loser needs to make the leap to the Finals.

Cleveland Cavs

  • Scottie Pippen – or someone to take that role.
  • A mid range jumper and a post game for LeBron James.
  • Someone over 6’5″ who can play perimeter defense.
  • Charles Oakley – see Scottie Pippen.

Denver Nuggets

  • JR Smith to pull his head from his butt.
  • Chauney Billups to stop jacking ill-advised three and get the ball to Carmelo.
  • To stop making stupid plays and fouls.

Boston Celtics

  • Two new knees for KG.
  • Brain Scalabrine in street clothes.
  • For everyone named KG, Paul Pierce and Jesus Shuttlesworth to become younger.
  • Doc Rivers to learn how to coach.

Houston Rockets

  • A really talent doctor.
  • Trade Tracy McGrady.
  • Ron Artest to stop jacking ill-advised three and get the ball to Yao.
  • Good medical insurance.

Atlanta Hawks

  • Decide what kind of team they want to be.
  • A trade for a real post player – get rid of Marvin Williams.
  • Mike Bibby to take less money.
  • Another All-Star level player.

Dallas Mavericks

  • Depth in the post with better rebounding – there is another German in Chris Kaman who is pretty good and may need a new home.
  • Jason Kidd to continue shooting well.
  • Josh Howard to play like Jason Terry.

Miami Heat

  • Say good-bye to Jermaine O’Neal.
  • Find experienced player through in free agency or the draft.
  • Another Dwayne Wade – just 6’11”.

Portland Trailblazers

  • A better point guard or Jerryd Bayless to get sometime.
  • Travis Outlaw to continue evolving.
  • Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!
  • To go back a couple years a pick Kevin Durant instead of Greg Oden.

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Sign Andre Iquodala!  SERIOUSLY!
  • Elton to play some basketball!
  • A consistent shooting guard.

San Antonio Spurs

  • Tim Duncan to reverse his aging.
  • Manu.  More Manu!
  • Another scoring option as unless Duncan can take care of his issue.
  • Gregg Papovich to shave that damned beard!

Chicago Bulls

  • Make a decision on Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordan.  Please!
  • A shooter guard over 6’4″.

New Orleans Hornets

  • Bring back Jeremy Pargo!
  • Some other than Chris Paul to score 20 points a game.
  • Low post toughness.

Detroit Pistons

  • Get younger, quick.
  • Let Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace go.  It’s time boys.
  • Athletic, slashing shooter guard who can get to the rim.

Utah Jazz

  • Sign Carlos Boozer for less money.
  • See last point for the Pistons!
  • A legit 6’11” low post player who only blocks and grab rebounds – Dwight Howard?