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July 10, 2008 11:07 AM

Thursday notes, links

Posted by Bob Condotta

As the title says. ...

--- I talked to a spokesman with The Gazelle Group, the company that is sponsoring the CBE Classic, who confirmed that UW will automatically advance to the semi-finals in Kansas City. The Huskies are one of 16 teams in that tournament this November, hosting an opening round group of four. In previous years, teams needed to win their two opening round games to advance to the semi-finals. But that format is being changed this year with the four host teams automatically advancing to the semi-finals in Kansas City. That means UW is assured of playing Kansas in the semi-finals in Kansas City, then will play either Florida or Syracuse in the second game.

--- Former Husky Will Conroy got the start at point guard for the Nets in their summer league game Wednesday and helped lead the team to a 95-81 win over the Oklahoma City Lying Cheating Stealing Lying Fabricating Liars --- maybe the only time I've ever smiled at the result of a summer league game. Conroy had eight points and seven assists in just under 26 minutes.

--- Gonzaga's Austin Daye hurt his knee at the LeBron James camp earlier this week but it doesn't sound too serious.

--- Lots of stories out there today speculating on the potential long-term ramifications of Brandon Jennings' decision to ditch college for Europe, including this from the LA Times; these comments from John Wooden and Ben Howland from an LA Times blog; and this column from Tucson from Anthony Gimino who says if high school players want to play in the NBA, the NBA should let them. (Maybe those high school players should just say they are "men possessed'' to stay in college. Then the NBA will let them turn pro immediately).

--- Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports says on his blog not to expect a lot of defections. And while I really like Goodman's blog, I can't help but chuckle at times how the site's filter for "bad words'' works. Apparently, the first name of a certain religious figure who also founded his own college that lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to the Cougars two years ago is too much (it's a little further down).

--- Someone asked me to provide details on an AAU Tournament at Mt. Rainier High this weekend. But I can't find any, even looking at the organization's local web site. If anybody else has any to pass along, that would be great.

--- Finally, and speaking once more of the Sonics, the Times published a special section on the team's history today which included these memories from those of us who work or have worked at the paper, mine included.

All for now.

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Posted by kr

11:41 AM, Jul 10, 2008

Oklahoma City Lying Cheating Stealing Lying Fabricating Liars

Nice! I didn't know that the NBA had already approved the new franchise nickname.

Posted by Chanaenee

11:53 AM, Jul 10, 2008

Oklahoma City Lying Cheating Stealing Lying Fabricating Liars

BOB....I actually burst out loud in laughter at my desk! How funny! Actually...they're now called the "Thundercats" as in the kids cartoon of the early 80's. Poor players...if that's not an indication of where that team is headed I don't know.

Posted by MT Husky

11:59 AM, Jul 10, 2008

Agreed, that was hilarious Bob.

I hear they designated Tim Donaghy as their mascot to go with their team name Oklahoma City LCSLFLs.

Posted by Spanaway Dave

12:31 PM, Jul 10, 2008

So, Bob ... for some reason I'd thought you were upset by those OKC oilmen swiping our Sonics?

When I think about losing the Sonics I get upset, but it's salt in the wounds that the money to pull it off comes from $4+/gal gasoline ... Sometimes, I just feel the need to vent.

You should, too. It's not good to keep it all bottled up. You're amongst friends here, so let off the steam when you need to. You do a great job with the blog, and you've earned the right to open up now and again.

Spanaway Dave

Posted by G Udub

1:28 PM, Jul 10, 2008


What's the deal with that post about a week ago regarding rumor central and possibly adding someone to the roster?

Any updates yet? I've been itching to hear of new changes......

Posted by Bob Condotta

3:06 PM, Jul 10, 2008

G Udub --- Nothing new yet. But when there is, I'll pass it along.

Posted by Formerly Guest

3:26 PM, Jul 10, 2008

My vote for the new name for the new OKC NBA team would be The Noodlers. It is shorter than Bob's suggestion. See below...

Posted by aau

4:13 PM, Jul 10, 2008

There is an aau torny at bcc sat and sun

Posted by shane/olympia

4:31 PM, Jul 10, 2008

with all the bad news lately (sonics, mariners)

i am so pumped for the huskies and hawks!

Posted by Randy

4:39 PM, Jul 10, 2008

Bob, you forgot "scum bag owned".

That would make it "Scum Bag Owned Oklahoma City Lying Cheating Stealing Lying Fabricating Liars".

This could really get good.

Posted by huskiesjv

7:53 PM, Jul 10, 2008

Why is it that we automatically get to the semi-finals? What is then the incentive for mid major programs to join the Gazelle Groups tournament?

Posted by jaif31

9:10 AM, Jul 11, 2008

Love the comments, Bob. Keep em coming!

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