Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Curious Case of Abdul Gaddy

It is clear that Abdul Gaddy was severely overrated by the so called "experts" coming out of high school as the nations #2 ranked point guard behind current NBA star John Wall. However, the young Gaddy was still a solid player who could have had a better college career. He arrived at Washington as a 17 year old freshman who clearly was not ready to be a big-time college point guard, he needed to develop both mentally and physically. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar, along with many in the media, was blinded by Gaddy's high school  accolades and Romar handed him the keys as a starting point guard from day one. It's understandable for Romar to make the mistake of throwing him into the fire from the start based on his high school reputation, but not to keep him in the fire for the long run and let him flame out. 

Gaddy averaged 18 minutes, 4 points and 2 assists as a freshman starter while shooting just 56% from the free-throw line and 15% from 3 point range. Stats that a decent college walk-on might be able to put up in the same amount of minutes if given the chance. A couple college coaches at other schools said privately that Gaddy bought into his own high school hype and stopped working as hard as he should have been. Whatever the reason, he did not live up to expectations and understandably lost confidence as a freshman.  He needed to toughen up, and handing him a starting spot for his entire career was not the way to do it. Coach Romar has been great at developing future pro players but should have made Gaddy fight for his playing time and prove himself, which would have forced him to become tougher or sit on the bench behind the usual strong crop of Husky guards. Gaddy did show improvement early in his sophomore season before tearing his ACL, which was a big setback for a guy who wasn't a super-explosive athlete in the first place. After the injury, Isaiah Thomas took over as point guard and led the Pac-12 in assists and the Huskies to the NCAA tournament, proving further that Gaddy should not have simply been given the starting job. Coming off the knee injury as a junior, instead of having to prove his recovery was complete and his game improved, he was given 34 minutes per game, the most on the team despite shooting just 40% from the field; the worst on the team of those receiving significant minutes. He averaged 8 points and 5 assists a game. His senior season production was not any better, although he showed a flash of greatness here and there, and he finished up his career in disappointing fashion. 

It was easy to see from the start that Gaddy lacked the mental toughness and assertiveness to become a great college player on his own, what most don't realize is that he also could have used better guidance along the way by coaches that would make him fight and earn everything he was given, forcing him to toughen up in the process. Abdul Gaddy is a good guy, and he took a lot of heat from fans for not living up to expectations set by others, and handled it very well. A combination of his own doing, coaching, unreasonable expectations, and injury led to an unspectacular college career, but don't be surprised if you hear his name in the future as he puts those things well behind him. He is just 21 years old and the pro basketball world will force you to toughen up or go home. A few recent Husky guards have been successful at working their way up through the professional ranks and there is at least a chance Gaddy could be next. He will to have to find the fire within himself, and find a coach that will light it.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Andrew Moritz: Gone But Not Forgotten

One year ago today Andrew Moritz was taken from us, yet a big part of him is still here. As a former Husky walk-on and Franklin High standout, Andrew had the support of the entire Seattle basketball community during his long battle with cancer, bringing many  of us together. He is still  thought of often and continues to inspire the many lucky enough to have known him or just follow his story. Being such a positive person and showing so much care for others made him the type of guy people don't easily forget. The fact that he was the same amazing person while under the toughest of personal circumstances; fighting for his life, is something that left a lasting impression on people and inspires them a little bit every day. Andrew Moritz was known for brightening people's days and although he's no longer with us, his impact was so great that he is still doing just that.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sonicsgate On National TV: The Top 20 Tweets

Sonicsgate recently hit national TV with a re-cut, shortened version thanks to CNBC, and there was plenty of social media buzz from people around the country. Many new people learned the ugly truth of how the Sonics were stolen away from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Here are 20 of the best tweets from people who tuned in:
20. @USAcracker: @Sonicsgate @CNBC THANK YOU…for opening the eyes of the rest of the country!

19. @Mitch_Doty: I watched @Sonicsgate tonight.. Everytime i heard the name Clay Bennet or saw his face it made me want to punch a wall. #bringthemback

18. @TheRealCodyP: #NW #SonicsGate. This guy Clay Bennent is a villain.

17. @Will_98225: #Sonicsgate does a great job of showing how sleazy, dishonest businessmen (Clay Bennet) can rip the heart out of a city #BringBackTheSonics

16. @solepack_mike: Dope movie about a city robbed of their NBA team. Great job @Sonicsgate! We got ur back in NYC!

15. @BeesonZJ: Clay Bennett is a f**king dirtbag. #SonicsGate

14. @JJCustomInt: The combo of the nba playoffs and @Sonicsgate in one is almost too much for me to take. To this day I wont buy anything related 2 starbucks.

13. @206Hoops: Happy that OKC fans are getting to see what a lying crook their owner is. #Sonicsgate #BringBackTheSonics

12. @markbell360: Dear David Stern and Clay Bennett, you are pieces of sh*t. #Sonicsgate #okc #thunder #seattle #sonics

11. @edwinb206: You know what's funny, #OKC fans get real butt hurt. We don't hate YOU personally... It's your ownership we have beef with.@Sonicsgate

10. @WFNYTD: Just watched @SonicsGate on DVR. I despised David Stern before I watched it. Now I think he is the absolute scum of the earth.

9. @rnavarro5150: Watching sonicsgate is making my stomach hurt! What a bunch of bullshit!!! F**K U Clay Bennett, Howard Shultz and Stern!!

8. @RaijaPapaya: I hope people in OKC watched @Sonicsgate if only to realize what a lying piece of sh*t Clay Bennett is

7. @Sinbad_23: @Sonicsgate Anyone who says they are a true Sonics fan would not ever root for the Thunder #SONICSGATE

6. @James_Ham Watching: @Sonicsgate now on CNBC. Incredible film. Sacramento is not ready to allow this to be our ending yet. We are not done fighting.

5. @brickwade: Watching Sonicsgate. Remember how cool basketball in Seattle was? Remember Kemp, Payton and the Super Sonics?

4. @jghlaw1: My god, this is so sickening @Sonicsgate Stern is so transparent, as is Bennett. Classic rape. Blame the victim. Gross.#bringbackourSonics

3. @ERICDCLARK Just watched the Sonicsgate documentary. I feel horrible for Sonic fans. Clay Bennett is an awful human. David stern is a dick.#eyeopening

2. @GreenDiggidy: Love Harden.. Love Durant.. Love Ibaka & Westbrook.. But after watching Sonicsgate I am officially rooting against Clay Bennett & the Thunder.

1. @GregRajan: Watching the film Sonicsgate makes me root against the OKC Thunder with the fire of 10,000 suns. That should still be Seattle's team.

Washington's Wild Wride With Wroten

One of Wroten's many highlight plays.

Tony Wroten Jr. took his hometown Washington Huskies on a wild ride for one season. During his quick pit-stop on the way to the NBA he was the center of attention, just how he seems to like it. Most fans loved him, some hated him, and sometimes their feelings would change from game to game. Because he was a highly-touted,  hometown guy who never shied away from the spotlight, Wroten became one of the most over scrutinized players the Huskies have ever had. Fans were taken on a roller-coaster ride, watching his every move, from his exhilarating dunks, to his frustrating lack of effort on the defensive end. Before arriving at UW, Wroten had always relied on being bigger and more athletic than his opponents, which led to more of a streetball style of play rather than a disciplined, highly-skilled style. His dominance and corresponding status in high school allowed him to get away with many things most players wouldn't have. Therefore despite his great talent, he was never all that well-coached, or highly skilled, missing out on many tough lessons lesser players receive. He was thrown into the fire right away as a Husky while finally really being coached for the first time. It is tough for any player to quickly erase years of bad habits, and this learning on the fly combined with the talent he arrived with, is what caused all the drastic highs and lows. He has excellent court vision, but had the habit of always looking for the home-run, flashy pass, leading to too many turnovers. His strong-willed rim attacking was very valuable to the team, but his poor free-throw shooting was not. His highlight play ability was exciting to watch, but his low-light off-the-ball defense was not. The hype he came in with and his ball-dominating style brought out the "hater" in some fans who were not willing to live with his mistakes, expecting him to immediately play like somebody he had never been coached to be. A few people even questioned whether the Huskies would be better off without him. Many seemed to forget he was just a young freshman needing time to adjust to college level competition and coaching. He did improve many of his weaknesses slowly throughout the season, cutting back on turnovers, and slowly becoming a better free-throw shooter. The truth is, the Huskies would have been much worse-off without Wroten, as other than him, the team lacked inside scoring either through post play or slashing from the perimeter. He was the most assertive offensive player on a team of mostly passive jump-shooters. He provided some of the best highlight plays of the season, sparking the team, and never backing down from an opponent. When things got physical he was often the first one to have his teammates back. He made both game losing plays, and game winning plays. The Huskies looked like a great team at times and a terrible team at times. With all the ups and downs, it was an unpredictable season and fans that were too busy focusing on the negatives missed out on an entertaining roller-coaster ride. The man in the driver's seat of that roller-coaster never intended to drive it a second time and is now moving on to be yet another player representing the 206 in the NBA. The Huskies season was wild. It was entertaining. It was frustrating. It was Exciting. It was Wroten.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

206 Hoops Bracket Madness Contest

Seattle basketball fans, get in on the fun by filling out your March Madness bracket and win!

1st place gets $75 worth of free gear (a credit) from the 206 Hoops Shop at http://www.seattlehoops.net
2nd place gets $25 worth of free gear (a credit).
3rd place gets a random prize.
Free to enter!
We will send updates throughout the tournament on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to join: 206 Hoops Bracket Madness Contest
Group name: 206 Hoops
Password: bringbackthesonics

Update:
Winner: Steven Truong,  Zach Zeutenhorst  (tie)
Third Place: Kyle Miller

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Seattle Hoop Fans!

Cheers to getting a new arena under construction in 2012 so we can bring back the Sonics.
Cheers to Sonics fans continuing to represent their basketball team, and cheer against OKC.
Cheers to Seattle still being the city where basketball talent reigns in 2012.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hometown (Seattle Anthem) by Scarfoe - 206 Hoops Pride.

A dope Seattle anthem by Scarfoe that we threw some pictures together for to create an unofficial 206 basketball themed slide show/video:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Brandon Roy - The 206 B.I.G.

"Excellence is my presence. Never tense, never hesitant." -Notorious B.I.G.

Brandon Roy is the Notorous B.I.G. of Seattle basketball. An all-time great who's career came to an end well before it's time. He had a smooth and steady flow on the court, like Biggie on a track, somehow always appearing calm and under control while still attacking ferociously. B-Roy could seemingly put his team on his back whenever he wanted to. Not just a scorer, he was a clutch play-maker, whether it be scoring, making a pass, or grabbing a big rebound. That is the definition of a winner in basketball; someone who does whatever it takes to help his team win. Not only was he excellent in the clutch, he played through pain often, starting from his days as a Washington Husky. After his knees took a turn for the worse in the NBA, he fought through the pain and still had one of the greatest 4th quarter playoff performances in league history, leading his Blazers  to a dramatic comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Never tense, never hesitant when the game is on the line, even while injured. B-Roy always put his team over himself.

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"I'm blowin' up like you thought I would, call the crib, same number same hood. It's all good." -Notorious B.I.G.

B-Roy definitely blew-up on the national basketball scene starting his rookie year. He dropped 20 points in his first NBA game against his hometown team the Seattle Supersonics (before they were stolen away to OKC). He then went on to live up to his name and win the ROY (Rookie of the Year) award. In just his 3rd pro season, he averaged 22.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game, all while playing unselfishly. These days it is rare to find greatness in truly humble form, but B-Roy remained the same person he's always been as he became an NBA star. He's always been involved in the Seattle community, doing what he can to help people in the inner-city. Despite the fame, B-Roy never became a stranger in the hood he grew up in and stayed as down-to-earth as he was when his job was cleaning the shipping crates at the docks.

"If the game shakes me or breaks me, I hope it makes me a better man. Take a better stand. Put money in my mom's hand. Get my daughter this college plan, so she don't need no man. Stay far from timid. Only make moves when ya heart's in it, and live the phrase: sky's the limit." -Notorious B.I.G.

Although it's sad to see Brandon Roy have to retire from the NBA far too early, he has given a lot to the game and it's fans in his short time, and the game has given him a lot in return. He graduated from UW, is  well-off financially, and will always be a Seattle basketball legend; currently the greatest player ever out of the 206. He would be the first to tell you the game has helped make him the great person he is today. He is a family man, and now can spend more valuable time with his kids. It's pretty obvious that B-Roy will be quite alright and with the type of person he is, the sky is still the limit.