Living in Los Angeles, I saw Schea Cotton play in high school, then at Long Beach City College. The title of a new documentary about him — “manchild” — says it all. The only guy I can sort of compare it to is LeBron James, because Cotton was a high school player with an NBA body and athleticism already. He was one of the top prep players in the nation, a guy battling Baron Davis as the best high school player in Los Angeles at the time.
And Cotton never played a second in the NBA.
There’s a great story about Cotton now the Long Beach Press Telegram (by Frank Burleson, one of the smartest hoops writers around, period). About how the fact he was so much more athletic than everyone around him meant he never had to develop a steady jumper or the ball handling skills he would eventually need. In the NBA, everyone was a manchild in high school, to one degree or another. You have to have more, you have to develop skills.
Here is the trailer, featuring Davis, Paul Pierce, Ron Artest, Tyson Chandler and other NBA players of that era who remember what a beast Cotton was. This has the potential to be fascinating. (Hat tip to SLAM for finding this.)
“The thing with Luka,” Young says, “he’s a great player. I don’t understand why it can’t work out for both situations. I hear [Atlanta made a mistake] all the time. Luka’s a great dude, and I think he’s going to be a really good player. But at the same time, I’m going to be a better player. Just because of my ability to stretch the floor, get others involved, I think I’ll be better.”
Of course, Young was never going to say Doncic would be better than him. But Young didn’t have to address this so directly at all. By going out of his way to make such a bold statement, Young puts more pressure on himself.
So far, both Doncic and Young have impressed. I’ll still stick with Doncic, though. Enough to justify Dallas surrendering that extra first-round pick? That’s a far tougher call and the one the Hawks will be judged by.
Young doesn’t want that leniency, though. He’s aiming to be better than Doncic straight up and unafraid to say so publicly.
Markelle Fultz’s new free throw stroke is… different.
Philadelphia’s Markelle Fultz is in his own head with his free throw stroke now. (And, likely much more than that, but we’ll stick with the free throws for now.)
Earlier this week Fultz double-clutched a free throw attempt and his stroke was a mess.
Each game that stroke seems to change and the latest one is… different. Very different.
I share these Fultz free throws not because they look awful (honestly, I think he got a cleaner release than he has been getting recently), but just because I've honestly never seen someone toss the ball back and forth in his hands prior to shooting before. pic.twitter.com/f4vtOtgJq7
“Markelle and the motorcycle, I saw the article that was sent, 100 percent not true,” said Brothers. “Quote me on that.”
The Collective Bargaining Agreement prohibits players from riding on motorcycles, though this theoretically could have been before Fultz signed his contract with Philadelphia. So, if this is true, there could be even more complications.
But Robinson’s report is too far-fetched to believe. Without more evidence, I’m not buying it.
Judge sounds skeptical of accuser’s arguments in appeal of Derrick Rose case
“The main issue in this case is what happened that night between Doe and the three defendants,” Parker told Anand. “And you did a good job of presenting your case that what happened on that evening was nonconsensual, that she was raped.
“The defendants, as I look at the record, had powerful defenses to that presentation, which at the end of the day, the jury bought. You had a nine-day trial and this jury was out in what, 15 minutes? And you lose on every single claim. The jury just didn’t buy your case. No trial is perfect, but your evidence concerning the night in question came in and the jury had an opportunity to hear that.”
Following the trial as it unfolded, it seems the jury made the correct decision. Doe’s case was presented and considered. There wasn’t nearly enough evidence against Rose to find him liable.
That doesn’t mean he didn’t rape Doe. Her accusation counts for something. But at a certain point, if her claims can’t be credibly substantiated, Rose deserves a chance to move on. Police also investigated Rose and didn’t charge him.
The Court of Appeals has not yet ruled on Doe’s appeal, but it sounds like Rose is one step closer to putting this behind him legally.