@Kcmatt7 is right on the money here. The Chiefs turned Alex Smith into $17M of cap space, a third round pick, and a very good third corner. So immediately they have improved their defense (they now have one of the best, if not the best slot corners in the league).
They have a way to improve even more with both proven players (cap space) and unproven guys (draft pick). They also have flexibility with trade options. They will probably not re-sign Spencer Ware, which frees up more cap space. Their RB situation is set, and its low cost. They can sign a solid backup QB without breaking the bank. They can add more help on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Simply put, the Chiefs put themselves in the best position to strengthen their roster in 2018 and 2019 by moving Smith, which means they can maybe make a run if not this year, then in 2019.
I think a KU, WSU match up would be a good game this year. I’d take any of our starting guards over CF and Morris is solid but hasn’t really had to face a guy like Doke to this point. I gotta lotta hate on here for saying WSU would beat us in 2015, so much that I started a new account a few months later lol. But shouldn’t they have beaten us? They had all Juniors and Seniors that not only had tons more tournament experience but arguably 2 of the best players in WSU history. Now WSU is finding out even in a conference that’s probably the 5th-7th ranked it isn’t easy winning everynight. All the WSU fans were talking about how they got SMUs best shot what not and I was like try being KU, you don’t think every coach and player in the B12 is tired of hearing about 13 straight and wants to beat KU?
There have been a lot of highs and lows this season. To me, the highs outweigh the lows by a considerable margin. BUT - I desperately want Frank to cut down the nets this year. A lot of people probably know that I (and many others) had a man crush on Perry Ellis last year, but (sorry Perry) Frank takes that to a whole nuther level. He works so dang hard, he never loses his cool, he almost never makes stupid mistakes - he is the embodiment of what I want every Kansas player to be.
Green would seem the obvious choice since at 6’-7" can match up better with our wings. Poyser would be the other player with the potential to have a career game; he is 6’-4" so one would think that KU should be able to defend him well, but then, we have had short players like Phil Forte and Keiton Paige go nuts on KU before.
There’s a lot of mouths to feed on these team and its clear its going to be impossible to give them all the right balance. Self cares about playing the guys he trusts and right now that number is 7 or 8 depending on if you count Greene.
You could argue that when Self has too much depth, what us fans see as the better player(s) and what he sees as the better player(s) are completely different. Maybe having depth isn’t good for him?
I believe he knows Bragg & Diallo are better players than Lucas or Jamari but until they show it he’s going to let them learn the Self way. Other than missed layups I couldn’t see why either of them didn’t get to play more. They played hard on defense and when they were in, the pace was great and they contributed to the lead on the court.
Where’s the ± for this game?
Besides the minutes fiasco, this team didn’t play that well. It was basically a continuation of the Loyola 1st half where we were content to let an over-matched team stay in it for a while. This team has a lot of growing to do still and most of it is still predicated on being a better defensive team. We’ve seen when they really want to guard that they can, but there’s too much of a slip in the consistency. We’ve seen offensively that when perimeter shots are made, the ball gets up and down the court and guys are unselfish that this team can beat anyone. But we’ve also seen at team that is struggling at the FT line, struggling to make the simplest shot- a layup and at times just runs offense with no purpose. Exactly how games like Saturday stay close…
It is amazing listening to broadcasters talk about stuff like the Diallo situation. They could have read a newspaper or listened to a Self press conference. Their information was so random and all over the place.
They kept talking about the core work was not approved by the NCAA, except others from the same school were cleared. They never mentioned Kansas having 2 independent curriculum experts refute the NCAA’s conclusions.
They also kept talking how Self did not say much about it until very recently. Self told us he did not have to, heck Vitale was chanting Free Diallo on one of our first games. Self said this, he would not have to lobby, everyone else would…Broadcasters are so terrible.
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