After a calendar year of franchise-changing decisions and a regular season dominated by losses, the next stage of the Orlando Magic's rebuilding process will be determined by the random bounces of 14 pingpong balls Tuesday night.
The Magic will enter the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery with a 25.0 percent chance of winning the top overall pick and, maybe, a few doubts about the value of picking first in the June 27 draft.
Many talent evaluators throughout the league think this year's pool of draft prospects lacks a player who is a sure bet to become a perennial all-star.
Instead, the top talent might be University of Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, a shot-blocking and rebounding standout who suffered a serious knee injury almost two months ago. Or the best player might be University of Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore, who has been compared to longtime NBA sharpshooter Ray Allen but also is said to defer sometimes too much on the court.
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Greg Schiano has made it clear that Josh Freeman will be the starter for an upgraded Buccaneers squad going into the season. Question is, is it his job to lose? For the past couple years I've talked about how Freeman needs to prove that he can perform every game in order for the Bucs to make any noise in the NFC South and now he needs to more than ever. Now entering his 5th season as the team's play-caller, it's now or never, do or die. Adding Revis and Goldson to a bad secondary is obviously going to help the team as a whole but without a producing quarterback in this division, your team is going nowhere. After Tampa took Mike Glennon in the 3rd round of this past year's draft, does this light a fire behind Mr. Freeman to produce day in and day out like we know he can? This team needs a leader on a very young offense and that leader needs to be number 5. He's got the size, he can make every throw, but does he have the leadership? This question lies within the 2013 season. -Percey
THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES!
In what can only be described as the most success the Baltimore Orioles have achieved in some time, the team’s uniforms were named the league’s best in an ESPN.com bracket. The Orioles were a mere 13-seed — on the American League side. That means Jim Caple and company considered the Orioles uniforms the 25th or 26th best in the league when this tournament began.
As a 13-seed, the Orioles were the upset pick in every round. They beat out favorites like the Astros, Royals, Yankees and eventually the overall number one seed, the Cardinals.
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In a recent interview with ESPN.COM, former Baylor University basketball standout Brittney Griner alleged that Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey told players to not be open about their sexuality out of concern that it could hurt recruiting.
Ironic that this revelation occurred so close toJason Collins coming out. Whereas the Collins story and the largely positive reactions thereafter were perhaps a positive narrative regarding an increased degree of broader societal acceptance of the LGBTQ community, Griner’s allegations remind us that it is perhaps unrealistic to expect that the level of acceptance will be uniform across the spectrum.
In the afore-mentioned interview, Griner asserts:
It was a recruiting thing. The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn’t let their kids come play for Baylor.
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