Gee, for a guy with so much talent, it’s strange how questions continually swirl in his presence.
Even as he played for Kansas, where was he going to wind up in the NBA? Was he going all out in the games? Was he too passive on the court?
Yeah, Andrew Wiggins needs an answer man. Cleveland drafted him No. 1 and as soon as the Cavaliers did the questions popped up. What position would he play? Did he have the fire in his belly? And the big one — would the Cavs trade him in order to get Minnesota’s Kevin Love?
Thomas McKenna, writing in the Huffington Post, speculated that the Cavs would want Love to pair with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. McKenna asked another question: Is attaining Love worth losing Wiggins?
“The discourse surrounding the Wiggins-for-Love debate is, too often, simplistically framed as ‘Winning Now’ vs. ‘Winning Later,’ and that’s misleading,” McKenna wrote recently.
There’s so much more to the scenario. McKenna noted that Wiggins would blossom running the floor with James, Irving and Dion Waiters.
“For his many offensive talents (and they are certainly manifold), Kevin Love is not a perfect player,” McKenna said. “Wiggins is an underrated rebounder (he once pulled down 19 of them against Iowa State), while Love might just be an overrated one.
“In fact, the Cavs wouldn’t just be trading for a historically poor defender — they’d be relinquishing a potentially marvelous one. Wiggins’ 7-foot wingspan and other-worldly quickness positions him as a solid perimeter defender from day one, and the thought of him becoming a lockdown, All-NBA defender is not out of the question.”
Keeping Wiggins also would give Cleveland financial flexibility in the trade market. Foregoing the transaction allows Cleveland to pencil in more than $19 million in cap space to go out and land a veteran free agent during the 2015 summer, McKenna said.
“Any smart NBA team knows to draft Andrew Wiggins,” McKenna wrote. “It’s the smartest teams that know to keep him.”
At another website came this quote from an Eastern Conference head coach: “I wouldn’t hesitate to trade Wiggins. He could be a great player, sure. But Kevin Love is 25 and a top-10 player right now. I don’t know what there is to think about.”
The recent news coming out of Austin reflects just how tough new Coach Charlie Strong can be. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were suspended after being charged with sexual assault. Running backs Jalen Overstreet and Joe Bergeron and defensive back Chevoski Collins were dismissed from the program — Overstreet and Collins for repeated violations of team rules. The reason behind Bergeron’s dismissal is currently unclear.
Strong tried to temper expectations when he took the Texas job, saying that his team wasn’t going to win the national title in year one. Strong wants to clean up the Longhorn situation.
When Strong was at Louisville, he had a list of rules posted:
2. Treat Women With Respect
3. No Drugs
4. No Stealing
5. No Guns
Texas is one of the most prestigious jobs in the country, and Mack Brown had a big hand in that in his 16 years as coach of the Longhorns. But things were trending down for a few seasons. Whether it was a matter of recruiting or a culture shift, Brown’s final years were marked by teams that weren’t playing the type of football that led the Longhorns to 10 or more wins for nine straight seasons in the 2000s. And it wasn’t just people outside the program who noticed.
Earlier this week at Big 12 media days, senior cornerback Quandre Diggs held nothing back in discussing what he felt was wrong with the Longhorns.
“I told Coach Strong that I just feel like we had guys on the team that just didn’t love football the way they should,” Diggs told Max Olson of ESPN. “That’s something that I’ve always sensed since I’ve been here: We had guys that just didn’t love football. If you don’t love football, you don’t need to be a part of this university or a part of this team. That’s just something I feel greatly and strong about.
“I want to weed guys out. That’s just me. I’m an up-front person. All my teammates know me. I’m going to tell you how I feel. I’m not going to jab at anything. I’m going to take an uppercut, take the hardest swing I can take, and I’ll try to knock you out.”
Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg had successful heart surgery Tuesday morning to replace the batteries in his pacemaker. The surgery took place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Hoiberg’s wife Carol Tweeted: “Surgery went well and @ISUMayor32 is RECHARGED” along with a picture of the Cyclones coach in a hospital bed giving a thumbs up. The procedure went so well that he was expected to return to Ames quickly.
“The surgery performed this morning at the Mayo Clinic to replace my pacemaker was successful,” Hoiberg said in a statement released by the school. “The plan is for me to be discharged and allowed to return to Ames this afternoon. I want to thank my doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, as well as everyone that has extended their well-wishes to me. Our family truly appreciates your support.”
Hoiberg’s NBA career was ended in 2005 when a routine physical showed he needed surgery to remove an enlargement on his aortic root. During that surgery, doctors installed a pacemaker that helps maintain a regular heart beat.
“It’s very routine for people with pacemakers,” Hoiberg said before the surgery. “It was going to happen eventually.”
While working out Monday morning at home, Hoiberg could tell something wasn’t right.
“My (heart rate) isn’t supposed to go below 70, but I could feel it was lower,” he said. “I could just feel it. I’d do a workout, and when I got done, I could tell my heart rate wasn’t elevating. It wasn’t going past 65.”