2024-25 UConn Men's Hoops: Defending the Throne Again

Ale Xander

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Tough day for the Lakers, their fans, and AleX. Tragic.
I don't mind the Lakers schadenfreude. At all.

I do love the Celtics more than BC (and NC). Plus CBB is changing too much (sorry, Cormac, it was fun for a bit)
 

j-man

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the lakers are not going to win for a long time unless the NBA pulls some funny buisness and helps with them with a young star in 3-5 years like SGA j grenn etc their ownship thinks too much like a fan does
 

j-man

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This may be my happiest post (of everyone) to read post-Covid! I hope you're right!
u have 2 top 7 nba players then atother 3 of 35 after that 4 top 30 players and 6 top 50 players only teams that have a shot as of now are all in the west OKC Minn denver dallas and SA in 3 years i wouild say NY but their coach runs his guys in to the ground philly lacks a 3rd guy ditto with milw mia is too in to their cutule and etc
 

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the lakers are not going to win for a long time unless the NBA pulls some funny buisness and helps with them with a young star in 3-5 years like SGA j grenn etc their ownship thinks too much like a fan does
NBA contracts don’t run more than 4-5 years, and unless the player is a total zero contracts are usually tradable in the final season. They might be in the wilderness for a season or two post-LeBron, but the Lakers still own all their post-2025 picks, and they’ll always be an attractive free agent destination. They’ll be fine in the long run.

Of course, the Lakers’ next head coach will be gone by the time that “long run” takes shape, and the likelihood of that next coach meeting the fan base’s unreasonable short-term expectations are practically nil. I’m sure it isn’t easy to turn down the most high-profile coaching gig on the planet, but unless Hurley wanted to be in LA (and all indications were that he didn’t), he made the right choice. I think coaching in college is a better gig than the NBA, but if Hurley wants to prove his mettle in the pros there will be better opportunities than this one.
 

j-man

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NBA contracts don’t run more than 4-5 years, and unless the player is a total zero contracts are usually tradable in the final season. They might be in the wilderness for a season or two post-LeBron, but the Lakers still own all their post-2025 picks, and they’ll always be an attractive free agent destination. They’ll be fine in the long run.

Of course, the Lakers’ next head coach will be gone by the time that “long run” takes shape, and the likelihood of that next coach meeting the fan base’s unreasonable short-term expectations are practically nil. I’m sure it isn’t easy to turn down the most high-profile coaching gig on the planet, but unless Hurley wanted to be in LA (and all indications were that he didn’t), he made the right choice. I think coaching in college is a better gig than the NBA, but if Hurley wants to prove his mettle in the pros there will be better opportunities than this one.
oh he made the right choice uconn will end up in the big 12 because of their hoops it wont be uiltl 2035 through

what is going to happan 10 years from now is 3 24 team super conf with everyone else g5 basiccy there is 8 seats left in SEC 6 in big ten and 8 in big 12 assuime the ACC dissoves and 17 of their members take up the last 22 spots ore st and wash st will lanch to the big 12 which leaves 3 spots for group of 5 teams all big 12 those 3 spots are u conn memphis tulune san diego st boise unlv and freno

1 u conn
2 san diego st
3 tulane memphis or boise
 

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NBA contracts don’t run more than 4-5 years, and unless the player is a total zero contracts are usually tradable in the final season. They might be in the wilderness for a season or two post-LeBron, but the Lakers still own all their post-2025 picks, and they’ll always be an attractive free agent destination. They’ll be fine in the long run.

Of course, the Lakers’ next head coach will be gone by the time that “long run” takes shape, and the likelihood of that next coach meeting the fan base’s unreasonable short-term expectations are practically nil. I’m sure it isn’t easy to turn down the most high-profile coaching gig on the planet, but unless Hurley wanted to be in LA (and all indications were that he didn’t), he made the right choice. I think coaching in college is a better gig than the NBA, but if Hurley wants to prove his mettle in the pros there will be better opportunities than this one.
I really thought the uncertain college landscape and portal and NIL would be the difference. But Hurley must be pretty confident that if college gets too weird, there will be other NBA jobs in the future.
 
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Glad he's staying! Hope our tax rates don't go up to pay him.
I don’t really care how they fund it. There’s 3.6 million people in CT. Maybe 2 million pay taxes. I don’t pay taxes to CT but if I did I would gladly kick over a couple bucks a year to make the numbers work. I’m aware this is probably not how tax increases work. The Hurley tax… I’d be down.
 

BaseballJones

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For the UConn/Celts fans that would be 117-24 and 2 championships this year.
This is my second son and second daughter (because they're Celtics fans and UConn alumni). The son especially is reveling in it right now. Hell of a back-to-back.
 

JOBU

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For the UConn/Celts fans that would be 117-24 and 2 championships this year.
It’s been a good year. I’m not the biggest NBA fan. I want to see the Celtics do well but it’s not a passion… I only really start watching them in the playoffs. The Huskies and Celtics to quote the great James A. Calhoun, “THEY’RE NOT BAD.”
 

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For the UConn/Celts fans that would be 117-24 and 2 championships this year.
It’a been a hell of a run since ‘99 for UConn/Boston fans.
My senior year at UConn, the Red Sox lost the World Series to the Mets in excruciating fashion. Then basketball season started, and the Huskies went 9-19.

Sometimes it's still hard to believe the seismic changes that happened in the sports world with my two favorite teams racking up titles.
 

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Every UConn championship is great in its own unique way but that Kemba year where he basically carried a bunch of freshman and sophomores to a championship was surreal. His performance in the 5 wins in 5 days at the BET was crazy. By the time they played Louisville on day 5 I figured OK. Finally he's gonna be out of gas and lay an egg and he was just as spectacular on that night as any of the others.
Great career at Charlotte and it's a damn shame his knee gave out in Boston where Celtics fans didn't get to experience the real Kemba
 

DennyDoyle'sBoil

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Easy to forget the mini-run that started that season, but that really announced that team. DDB Jr. and I went to Maui for that tournament, and it was awesome. It was three epic days, and Walker was so good. But it was also where you saw some of the skills that Napier and Giffey would show later, winning their own championship.

Kentucky fans were everywhere, and we clobbered them. At our hotel, they were bragging about buying tickets for the consolation game before the championship, so they could stay in the same seats for the championship (much of the Lahaina arena was general admission). It was actually pretty clever, but the arrogance was nuts.

Kemba was really cool to DDB Jr. — we got to get high fives after the Championship. Got to talk to Giffey too, about a questionable out of bounds call that impacted the Michigan State result. I will keep the conversation to myself!

Anyway, Maui was a little glimpse of what would come. Got a little rocky in season, but that was when you knew it could be a thing. I think they went 14-0 in neutral court tournament action.

It’s hard for me to imagine saying someone other than Rip was my favorite Husky. He exemplified everything I love about college basketball. But Kemba makes a compelling case.
 

JOBU

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Hurley now on contract through 2030. 6 years/50 million. Not bad. That’s a lot of money for a guy that can’t win a close game though.