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Monday, August 27, 2007

USA Hoops: Dancing With The Devil

While the rest of Blogfrica, ESPN, SI and MNF beat the equine carcass that is the Michael Vick address, we at NOIS have far more varied interests and observations with which to enlighten you.


Specifically, we have just read a column on Yahoo Sports written by NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski about USA basketball leader Jerry Colangelo.


Colangelo was the insider's insider in the NBA, as powerful and connected of a figure as any that worked in the game. He could get people together and get things done in the league. With failure after failure for USA Basketball, it finally did away the cumbersome, politically driven selection committees. Less than a year after the bronze medal in Athens, Colangelo was hired to run everything. "Total autonomy" is how he describes it, and truth be told, that thrusts him onto the firing line like no one before him.

Wojnarowski goes on to detail Colangelo's motivation and influences in his new role. And some of the steps he has taken to try to engage success.

So now, a beleaguered basketball power has entrusted him with the biggest burden of all in America. However it goes, they'll know where to find Jerry Colangelo: Knee-deep in it all.

Entrusted.

That is a key word here.

Colangelo has been given the mandate to push USA hoops back to the top. There is no second place. There is only the gold medal in Beijing. Anything else equates to failure.

Sometimes, successful men are faced with reputation making and breaking situations. The opportunity to succeed requires courage. Courage is not fearlessness. Courage is the ability to - in spite of the presence of fear - effectively perform the task at hand.

Unfortunately, we believe that Colangelo's most important maneuver as the head of USA hoops showed a lack of courage.

Colangelo chose to dance with the devil. Entrusting the near future of USA basketball to the boney, dusty hands of satan on earth. Colangelo sold his soul and future success.

Great pressure can lead to great opportunity. It can also lead to great temptation, false promises and eventually wounds so deep that the bleeding does not stop for decades.

Right now, USA hoops has a paper cut.

But the flow of blood has begun.

Renowned for draining the drive, skill and desire from the hearts of his college players; Coach Kryshevskilewski has been given the keys to the Olympic squad. Now, he is given the opportunity to ravage the best the NBA has to offer.

In an effort to win gold, Colangelo and USA hoops may very well be signing away the soul of the NBA.

Of the hundreds of players that have been shanghaied into the Duke basketball program, we can count on one hand the number that have had meaningful and lasting success once released from their indentured servitude in Dukeatory.

We can count nearly endlessly the players that performed on a high level while there, and then were shown to be apparitions when they arrived to the bright lights, big cities of the NBA.

Exposing the top NBA players to satan on the court for such a lengthy period jeopardizes the future of the NBA. Will these players be able to regain their former athleticism and skill after spending significant time with Kryshevskadinski? Will they have the will to succeed upon their return to the NBA? Will they even want to play basketball again?

Jerry Colangelo is a man with a track record of success. He was the architect of a wonderful program in Phoenix. He did things the right way.

Unfortunately, it seems the pressure of holding the responsibility for USA Basketball in his hands overcame him. Putting the team under the 'tutelage' of Coach Kryshevskwizki can only have two outcomes. Neither is positive.

USA hoops continues it's streak of futility. Or, the USA wins the Gold and satan is hailed as the savior of basketball in America.

We should all be praying together. Praying for the re-emergence of a back injury.

Jerry Colangelo has signed away the soul of USA Basketball.






58 comments:

Maximum Overdouche said...

Nothing makes me laugh more than making fun of white people with hard-to-spell last names.

Take that, cracker!

Dave the Wave said...

"Nothing makes me laugh more than making fun of white people with hard-to-spell last names."

simple pleasure, eh, vato?

Mr.Poindexter said...

What about the pseudo-African first names some black people saddle their kids with,like Tangenyendanekwa Jones?

Oops Pow Surprise said...

The emotional strain will undoubtedly lead to most, if not all of Team USA buying barely-street-legal Kawasakis and plunging headlong into trees.

Jay Williams was a prophet, not a reckless driver.

Malcom Hex said...

"What about the pseudo-African first names some black people saddle their kids with,like Tangenyendanekwa Jones? "

that's a GREAT point!

you are deep, man.

NOI rules!!1 said...

If only the great Matt Doherty could come to the rescue

My Hero Zero said...

Is it not interesting that the mere mention of Coach K and the Duke basketball program immediately inspire comments of a racist nature?

If this is the type of teamwork and harmony the Durham Devil is expected to instill in the Bejing squad, bronze may be a reach.

Mr.Poindexter said...

malcolm hex and my hero zero,sirs,I meant no personal offense.Obviously you gentlemen have been saddled with unique first names that have forced you to repeatedly correct those of us who unintentionally mangle the pronunciation.Please,sirs,remember to do so with a smile-we mean you no harm.
my hero zero,sir,your dislikes do not automatically equate with racism.I simply attempted to add symmetry to maximum overdouche's insight.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"If only the great Matt Doherty could come to the rescue "

Sir, or perhaps Roy Williams?

Or maybe Stanford's coach?

BTW, who is their coach?

;)

Tripod said...

"I simply attempted to add symmetry to maximum overdouche's insight. "

really? by introducing something completely unrelated?

mr. douche was speaking about what HE found amusing...what does your input have to do with that? how is asking about african-american names adding symetry to mr. douche's description of HIS sense of humor? it doesn't and it isnt.

naw, you was a downlow racist.

at least stand up and say it.

Mr.Poindexter said...

tripod,sir,last names are related to first names,usually by a single space.Occasionally one or both are hard to spell.I was simply inquiring if maximum overdouche derived pleasure from both sides of the space.

My Hero Zero said...

Mr. Poindexter:

Sir, we have hd our differences, but rest assured it was not my intent to label you a racist. My comment was directed more at the Duke men's basketball program and how the mere mention of that particular team seems to generate conversation centered on race.

Besides, you words were not so much a racist comment as a leading question, and if I've learned nothing from countless hours of watching/mocking Fox News, it's that an inflammatory accusation, if phrased as a question, is harmless (i.e. "Do Democrats hate America?")

Tripod said...

"tripod,sir,last names are related to first names,usually by a single space.Occasionally one or both are hard to spell.I was simply inquiring if maximum overdouche derived pleasure from both sides of the space. "

then why didn't you ask that?

nope.

you are just a typical racist double talker.

Awful Chief said...

interesting...of course one could also claim with equal evidence (cannot assign the same 18 year old to more than one program at the same time) that most players who go to duke are selling their souls to appear to be a better player than they actually are for the fame during their college years and a draft selection by an NBA team.

NOI rules!!1 said...

"Sir, or perhaps Roy Williams?

Or maybe Stanford's coach?

BTW, who is their coach?"

Trent Johnson is the coach... and easy now, don't diss on the Cardinal, the Lopez twins could straight up manhandle Psycho-T.

Admittedly though, growing up on tobacco road, my royal blue blood runs deeper than my stanford basketball allegiance.

Although I do think Huckleberry "I could give a shit about Carolina" Hound would do a great job as well

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Admittedly though, growing up on tobacco road, my royal blue blood runs deeper than my stanford basketball allegiance."

Sir, if royal blue blood is the shade of blue running through your veins...then...you grew up in NJ...not tobacco road.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"interesting...of course one could also claim with equal evidence (cannot assign the same 18 year old to more than one program at the same time) that most players who go to duke are selling their souls to appear to be a better player than they actually are for the fame during their college years and a draft selection by an NBA team. "

Sir, we'd accept that claim.

However, we prefer to lay blame on satan.

Thank you.

Burnsy said...

Sir, even while these men are far away defending the honor of a country based on democracy, yet playing for a man who should change his name to Hitlerini-Jong-Laden, I pray for the safe return of Dwight Howard to his Mecca of Orlando.

TacoBellManager said...

Kay-ar-zee-why-zee-ee-double-u-ess-kay-eye. Every kid in North Carolina picks that up by the third grade.

Onamotopoeia, tintinnabulation, not so much.

NOI rules!!1 said...

"Sir, if royal blue blood is the shade of blue running through your veins...then...you grew up in NJ...not tobacco road."

That false claim insults me on more levels than you could even imagine.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" Every kid in North Carolina picks that up by the third grade."

Sir, you mean every kid in Durham and in NJ picks it up....the rest of us in NC root for baby blue, red or black and gold.

Duke draws more support at when they play in NCAA regionals in E. Rutherford NJ than when they play in the ACC tourney in G'boro or C'lotte.

Sir, you love for K shows that you are about as well versed in NC culture as the average NC'linian is versed in Byzantine Art.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"That false claim insults me on more levels than you could even imagine. "

Sir, and the fact that you 'grew up' on tobacco road and feel an allegiance to Duke is evenmoreso offensive.

For those that attended Duke, it's understandable.

For the rest....mmmmm....no excuse.

Dave the Wave said...

dilemma.

to hate nois more.

or hate coach k more.

today, i am truly being tested.

Sebastian said...

I've got an old friend, in terms of age not years acquainted, who says Duke's best days are behind them. I disagreed with him, and still have to. He may be at that point in his career when he needs to figure out how to remake himself in order to keep from becoming a has been; or in the case of Bobby Knight, a laughingstock. At least in Knight's case he eventually figured things out and is back to enjoying a successful program.

The Final Four appearances and national championships mean he's a good coach. Perhaps not the best when it comes to placing NBA talent. 48 first round or lottery picks apparently isn't a good measure of a coach. You may say they didn't do well in the NBA, I would counter with he's not running an NBA training camp, he's trying to win the NCAA tournament.

He seems to have done well with grooming coaching talent, see wikipedia link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Krzyzewski#Coaching_tree

As far as Colangelo goes, yes he's staking a claim to Olympic greatness. It's refreshing to see a public/sports figure want the responsibility as well as the accountability. It seems too early to tell whether he'll fail or not.

A more telling question is NOIS, do you wish either of them well?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"He may be at that point in his career when he needs to figure out how to remake himself"

Sir, too late.

NOIS has alerted the masses. And the recruits. Sure, he will still land some of the ne'er do well McDonalds kids, but Dukes reach has been shortened.

"You may say they didn't do well in the NBA, I would counter with he's not running an NBA training camp"

And the recruits that want big NBA careers are aware of this as well...we've made them aware.

"He seems to have done well with grooming coaching talent"

Agreed.

Quinn Snyder ran a model program at Mizzou.

Amaker has been nothing short of brilliant. His career path, enviable...Big East...down to Big 10...down to Ivy League. awesome.

"A more telling question is NOIS, do you wish either of them well? "

Telling?

How so?

We are good. K is evil.

That is all you need told.

Awful Chief said...

I personally believe that the U.S. Americans can coach South Africa and the Iraq and such as, educate basketball Olympic gold medals to build up the U.S. Americans coaches' gold medal NBA players future on tobacco road.

NOI rules!!1 said...

"Sir, and the fact that you 'grew up' on tobacco road and feel an allegiance to Duke is evenmoreso offensive."

I lived in Durham from 88-94 (Duke's glory years, during which my love for the blue devils initially blossomed), then moved to Greensboro where my family has resided ever since. So yes, I guess you could say I 'grew up' on tobacco road.

Anything else you feel the need to 'call me out' on?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Anything else you feel the need to 'call me out' on? "

Sir, admitting you are a Dook fan is calling yourself out.

You are a Garden Stater at heart and mind.

Malcom Hex said...

"I personally believe that the U.S. Americans can coach South Africa and the Iraq and such as, educate basketball Olympic gold medals to build up the U.S. Americans coaches' gold medal NBA players future on tobacco road. "

HAHAH!

NOI rules!!1 said...

"You are a Garden Stater at heart and mind."

I've never been to new jersey nor do i ever intend on going there.

I'm guessing you were one of Doh's Disciple's though, which is beyond embarassing to say the least.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I've never been to new jersey nor do i ever intend on going there.

I'm guessing you were one of Doh's Disciple's though, which is beyond embarassing to say the least. "


Sir, really?

Actually Bill was the coach when we were there. You know, the guy that coached only 3 years and went to 2 final fours.

And, DOH served his purpose. He brought in the talent to win a title and bridged the gap to Roy.

Cant wait to see what happens in Dukeatory when K retires.

What makes it even better is the program is on a down turn already.

Should be fun to watch

Five Pound Bag said...

When Coach K retires the program will be in the floor-slapping hands of Wojehowicz, who will continue the rat-faced master's ways, only in blond.

JC said...

"When Coach K retires the program will be in the floor-slapping hands of Wojehowicz, who will continue the rat-faced master's ways, only in blond. "

more likely, wojfag and crissy collins will have a slap fight to the death for the job.

and poor old johnny dawkins will be passed over...

TacoBellManager said...

NOIS: Sir, I went to NC State '95; born in North Carolina and lived there until I was 23. I loathe Duke and especially Krzyzewski's snarled-up ferret face; I just know how to spell it because I read it every day in the papers. I should have been more clear in my meaning.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" I just know how to spell it because I read it every day in the papers."

Sir, indeed.

The devil's rag, AKA the herald-sun, certainly does force the 'k' word on the population.

Dave the Wave said...

unc, nc state...holy christ, what is this...a freakin' hillbilly convention?

Sebastian said...

NOIS,

Dodging the question. Let's take "telling" out of the equation and make it easier.

Would you like to see USA Basketball Coach K and USA Basketball General Manager Jerry Colangelo as well as the rest of USA Basketball program succeed? Would you like them to win FIBA and then on to win Olympic gold?

ruffian96 said...

DaveWave, curious: If you hate NOISB so much, why do you post?

Dave the Wave said...

"DaveWave, curious: If you hate NOISB so much, why do you post? "

i'll ask the f'in questions around here, douchenozzle.

ruffian96 said...

thanx, about what I expected.

Dave the Wave said...

"thanx, about what I expected. "

then why did you ask?

knobbgobbler.

Sportsbruh said...

I USED to feel that way about coach K. Yet, I heard him on Foxsports, he seemed to be taking the lead from the players. He's merely managing. It's my understanding that the PLAYERS are giving all the input. he's not even making them train. These guys are skills-building on their own. One thing is certain with this team. Its devoid of the Negative behaviors/attitude of Starbury and Iverson. These players appear to be enjoying themselve and their comraderie. Give it a break already.

NOI rules!!1 said...

"What makes it even better is the program is on a down turn already. "

So one mediocre season qualifies as a down-turn?

Duke already had a 3-year down-turn much worse between 95-97, and bounced back to have the most successful decade of basketball of any program during that span.

I'm not too worried about it.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Give it a break already."

Sir...bruh.

K's bamboozled you, so we should fall for it, too?

Oh, ok.

We have it on good authority from a national NBA columnist that the team last year didn't respect him. He has had no choice but to sort of let the team do as they choose this year.

We never said that K wasn't smart and wouldn't do anything in his power to win.

And clearly, here, it means changing.

Jackin'4Beats said...

That was brilliant. And Coach KKK is satan incarnate.

Go Hoos!

uncommon sense said...

coach k is a great man and a great coach.

nois is just bitter because he has owned UNC.

lgf said...

"Its devoid of the Negative behaviors/attitude of Starbury and Iverson.

I am offended at your callous attack on Allen Iverson. Since when has a will to win been negative behavior?

madd hatter said...

"I am offended at your callous attack on Allen Iverson. Since when has a will to win been negative behavior? "

since he has tats and corn rows....

Lou said...

Fellas, Fellas, relax. NOISB is a UNC grad, so therefore we should be happy he has time to blog in between his pizza deliveries.

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Of course he's bitter about Duke, UNC has been getting their ass handed to them for the last 15 years. Save the last couple of seasons, and a spot here and there.

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I enjoy it when UNC fans bitch and moan, it makes me happy. I wonder why RW didn't get the call to coach USA Hoops. Maybe because his lone championship was won with another mans' team. May doesn't get hurt his (freshman?) year and cry baby Roy is still in Kansas.

Tripod said...

"NOISB is a UNC grad, so therefore we should be happy he has time to blog in between his pizza deliveries."

ahhhhh, snippty snap!!!

it's an "a graduate of - fill in blank - is delivering pizzas" joke!!

Lou, you win the award for lamest/most tired first post on NOIS.

congrats!!

uncommon sense said...

hey, lou.

did you actually attend Duke, or you just one of their front running fans that likes to pretend they did?

duke is a great school. unc is a real good school, too.

where did YOU go?

LOL.

Jeff Reed's blowdryer said...

check out Lou's 'blog'...LOL

nice, he is just a dook fan (not a dookie, dookie's actually went to school there) who trolls the net looking to drop his dook poop in corners.

i'm guess he went to UNC-Wilmington.

great school.

i think it's ranked number 7 in the unc system.

Lou said...

I doesn't matter what school you come from, it doesn't take much of an higher education to call out bullshit.

And try reading again num-nuts, I never said I was a Duke fan.

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But I did say it was fun listening to UNC boys bitch and moan, so I thank you guys for that.

uncommon sense said...

"And try reading again num-nuts, I never said I was a Duke fan."


ummm..then why did your blog have a big duke logo and say "go duke"....

holy shit you are a dumbass.

Jeff Reed's blowdryer said...

"I doesn't matter what school you come from, "

i think that is Lou's unique way of saying he didn't go to school.

and his "i never said i was a duke fan", when his profile/blog says otherwise certainly shows he doesn't know HOW TO bullshit well....even if he may occassionally stumble in some

Jeff Reed's blowdryer said...

HAHAH, hey uncommon sense, did you notice that he went back and edited out the "go duke" part!!!

hahahh...LOSER!

uncommon sense said...

yea, he left the duke logo in the blog but edited out the 'go duke' title....

wow, what a dork.

Dave the Wave said...

excellent.

we've established the fact that some dildo that seems to love duke is a shithead....stunning development and most shocking.