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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Great, Just Great

So I anxiously awaited the Patrick Beverley announcement much like most other Michigan fans who had been told for a couple weeks that he was pretty much a done deal and would become a Wolverine. Lo and behold he decided to commit to Arkansas today, maybe he went to bed a Wolverine and woke up a Razorback. MGoBlog has more including the use of Amaker as a verb.

The only semi-positive that comes out of this is McDonald's All-American Scotty Reynolds has asked for his release from his Letter of Intent. Michigan was one of the finalists for Reynolds along with NC State, and Oklahoma who he initially signed with. If he gets the release that he is requesting I would have to think that the Maize and Blue would be out in front for his services. He plays a definite position of need and could contribute right away. In addition the other finalist NC State has lost their coaching staff as Herb Sendek took the job at Arizona State not too long ago which would have to bode well for us. But who knows as MGoBlog says it could be Amakered.

It has been an extremely frustrating time to be a Michigan basketball fan. This is the program that I grew up with and to see it still struggling hurts. I thought it was a great hire when it was made but now I am not so sure. All there is to show is a NIT Championship and an NIT Finals appearance. Considering the situation that he walked into I think Coach deserves another year but if nothing happens I would start to sway towards the other side that wants a change. Maybe DeShawn Sims can help turn it around with Scotty Reynolds, hopefully.

The Lakers close the regular season tonight with a game against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. They hold their own destiny as a win secures the 7th seed while a loss combined with a Sacramento win gets them the 8th seed and a date with the San Antonio Spurs. A few weeks ago if you asked me I would've thought there was no way the Lakers would make it past the first round of the playoffs. But you ask me now and I think the Lakers have a great chance to advance. The team is playing extremely well at this point and the other players are stepping up to support Kobe. This team can make some noise and advance, maybe to play the Clippers in the 2nd round? That'd be pretty crazy.


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