The Lakers' front office should be on the same hot seat as Frank Vogel

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I enjoy the Memphis Grizzlies. They’re presently 3rd in the Western Conference and 8-1 because the calendar turned to 2022 — connected with the Mavericks for finest in the NBA.

Memphis was among simply 3 groups to make an A+ in our NBA specialists’ midseason grades. Jack Maloney has the breakdown:

  • Maloney: “After sneaking into the playoffs via the play-in tournament last season, the Grizzlies have officially taken the leap. Ja Morant is playing at an All-NBA level, they have the deepest roster in the league (shout-out John Konchar) and are top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating.”

But that’s not why I enjoy the Grizzlies. Maloney covers it in the 2nd part of his grade:

  • Maloney: “They play extremely hard, will not back down to anyone and their 14-8 record against opponents that are .500 and above (second only to the Suns) makes it clear this is in no way a fluke. The Grizzlies are for real.”

That’s what I enjoy most about the Grizzlies.

It’s a characteristic exhibited in a two-game stretch when they beat the Suns on Dec. 27 and the Lakers on Dec. 29 — a characteristic they obtain from their super star, Ja Morant. He struck the game-winner versus Phoenix and after that published 41 points versus Los Angeles, the latter of which Memphis tracked by as much as 14 in. I strongly think groups’ mindsets are formed by their stars’ mindsets, and I enjoy Morant’s: filled with happiness and competitiveness.

There’s a lot more to Memphis, however. There’s Jaren Jackson Jr., a ridiculously athletic and proficient huge guy who’s even more youthful than Morant. There’s Desmond Bane, a two-way stud who gathered lots of “Most Improved Player” votes in our midseason awards. I might continue. Any gamer can have a big effect any night.

All I can state is that the Grizzlies are a lot enjoyable, breaking through the slog that the routine season frequently ends up being. They play hard. They play an amazing brand name of basketball. They’re legit. I’m thrilled to see what they do over the 2nd half. The A+ for the very first half is so well-deserved.

Honorable reference

  • Florida State and No. 6 Duke treated us to a game-of-the-year competitor with the Seminoles taking out a 79-78 overtime win. FSU has actually now won 13 straight overtime video games, the longest streak in Division I history.

And not such an excellent early morning for…

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Even when things need to be great in Laker Land, they’re not. Let me describe. On Monday night, the Lakers beat the Jazz 101-95, conquering a 10-point deficit and snapping a three-game losing streak.

Instead of getting up to headings about their finest win of the season, the Lakers got a much various story: According to a report from The Athletic, head coach Frank Vogel “narrowly avoided” being fired after a blowout loss Saturday to Denver, and he is being assessed on a game-by-game basis.

Listen, the Lakers have actually been bad this season, and Vogel belongs of that. But there’s a lot of injuries (consisting of to LeBron James and Anthony Davis), the ongoing battles of Russell Westbrook (who has actually never ever been an excellent fit) and a bad supporting cast to blame, too. Vogel isn’t to blame for any of those 3 locations. GM Rob Pelinka and senior basketball consultant Kurt Rambis are.

And if Vogel goes, they need to go, too, composes our NBA specialist Sam Quinn:

  • Quinn: “It’s not as though he traded for Westbrook. Blame for that falls on the executives who saw an opportunity to reshape a championship roster, but only ended up dismantling it. Shooters were replaced with redundant, high-usage ball-handlers. Defenders were swapped out for turnstiles. Even the personality fits were often disastrous. … It’s made the failings of this year’s roster feel a tad predictable.”

I quite concur with this, particularly the sensation of predictability. Westbrook has actually been dreadful: 31 gamers have actually taken a minimum of 600 shots this season and just one — Reggie Jackson — has an even worse real shooting portion than Westbrook. On the other end, the Lakers likewise lost essential protectors Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, to name a few. The Lakers completed initially in protective effectiveness in 2015. They’re 18th this year.

Basically, the Lakers front workplace took all the great parts of in 2015’s group and offered it away for Westbrook and gamers who aren’t as great as the men who filled their functions in 2015. That’s a dish for precisely where the Lakers are now: having a hard time regardless of another remarkable year from James, without lots of options, and not able to commemorate celebration-worthy wins.

Predicting who will fill the NFL’s head training openings 🔮

There are 8 head training jobs to fill this offseason: the Bears, Broncos, Dolphins, Giants, Jaguars, Raiders, Texans and Vikings.

Our NFL master Jeff Kerr played matchmaker and anticipated who would fill each of the 8 openings. One prospect to see is Brian Flores, the previous Dolphins coach who is drawing in a great deal of attention. Kerr has him heading to … the Giants.

  • Kerr: “Flores is arguably the biggest name on the market and Giants owner John Mara reportedly has ‘great respect’ for the former Dolphins coach. The Giants have yet to interview Flores (they’re still searching for a general manager), but New York needs a significant culture change in the locker room.”

As for Flores’ replacement in Miami, Kerr has the Dolphins turning their eye to the offending side of the ball with existing Chiefs offending organizer Eric Bieniemy:

  • Kerr: “Coming from the Andy Reid tree, Bieniemy knows how to build a staff and can work well with a front office. He appears to be the right fit for Miami, even though the Dolphins haven’t sought him out in the early stages of their head coaching search. If the Dolphins are committed to Tagovailoa, Bieniemy seems like the coach to get the most out of him.”

You can stay up to date with all the current training advancements here.

Big modifications concerning Big 12 quickly 😲

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The Big 12 as we understand it — or a minimum of have actually understood it just recently — will look extremely various in a number of years. The conference is preparing to divided into 2 departments in football beginning in 2023 as the league’s adjustment happens.

In July, Texas and Oklahoma were extended invites to sign up with the SEC in 2025, and both schools accepted. In September, the Big 12 included BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and BYU. They’re anticipated to take part the 2023-24 scholastic year.

That suggests the Big 12 will briefly broaden from 10 groups to 14 in 2023-24 and 2024-25 prior to diminishing to 12 beginning in 2025-26. That likewise suggests that 2 departments are coming, reports our college football expert Dennis Dodd.

  • Dodd: “NCAA rules state that any league with more than 12 teams must split into divisions for football according to Big 12 senior associate commissioner Ed Stewart. … Stewart said a decision has not been made whether to separate the divisions competitively or geographically. Big 12 North and South divisions existed from 1996 to 2010. In 2017, the Big 12 decided to match its two highest-ranked teams a league title game to create a greater chance of getting into the College Football Playoff.”

Dodd has actually currently proposed a possible service. I’ll leave you with it listed below:


  • BYU
  • Cincinnati
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • Kansas State
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State


  • Baylor
  • Houston
  • TCU
  • Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • UCF
  • West Virginia

Latest NHL Power Rankings has brand-new No. 1 🏒

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Strange as it might appear, the NHL presently goes through the state of Florida. Sure, the Lightning are back-to-back safeguarding Stanley Cup champs, however this season they have actually been signed up with by the other Sunshine State group.

The Florida Panthers are No. 1 in our NHL professional Austin Nivison’s most current Power Rankings:

  • Nivison: “Since Dec. 29, the Panthers are averaging six goals per game, and they have scored nine goals twice in that stretch. Some shooting luck has certainly contributed to that, but the Panthers are simply outplaying opposing teams. Their 55.91% expected goals share at five-on-five is evidence of that.”

What we’re seeing Wednesday 📺

🏀 No. 13 LSU at Alabama, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
🏀 Marquette at No. 11 Villanova, 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏀 Clippers at Nuggets, 10 p.m. on ESPN

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