Bill Self: Andrew Wiggins wants to be traded

CLEVELAND, Oh. — Andrew Wiggins believes Minnesota is better for his long-term development, according to Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self. When trade talk involving Wiggins and Kevin Love began to heat up earlier this summer, the No. 1 overall pick decided to confide in his former coach, telling Self that he believes a trade to Minnesota is the best option for his future. Wiggins took part in Self’s annual summer basketball camp as a guest instructor in Kansas City on Sunday, and declined to speak to reporters. Self on the other hand, couldn’t hold back. “When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, “I hope I get traded,” Self said. “And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, “Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.” Earlier this week, several news outlets reporte

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Self: Wiggins glad about being traded

The No. 1 overall pick revealed his feelings to Kansas coach Bill Self.

      
 

 

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Self: Wiggins wants to be traded to Minnesota (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - AUGUST 7, 2014: According to reports, the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for first overall pick Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first-round pick. TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 03: Andrew Wiggins #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses for a portrait during the 2014 NBA rookie photo shoot at MSG Training Center on August 3, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Andrew Wiggins told Kansas coach Bill Self that he wants to be traded from Cleveland to Minnesota because the No. 1 overall pick believes it will be better for his long-term future. Wiggins joined his former coach as a guest instructor at Self’s basketball camp in suburban Kansas City on Sunday. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.” Earlier this week, The Associated Press and several other outlets reported a deal has been reached to send Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love, who will join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to form a new ”Big 3” in Cleveland.


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Report: Derrick Rose Looks Like Old Self, Has No Practice Limitations

Derrick Rose may finally be back to full strength again.
The Chicago Bulls point guard is playing 5-on-5 on a “daily basis” and no longer has any practice restrictions, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
In fact, the 25-year-old “looks like the old Derrick Rose,” according to a witness.
“The Bulls are emboldened by their options and flexibility heading into the draft and free agency, and the No. 1 reason just happens to be their most important piece of the puzzle: Derrick Rose,” Berger wrote.
“…So much of the Bulls’ future is tied to the former MVP regaining his form and health, but the team’s focus now is getting him some help.”
Rose, who missed all but 10 games last season with a knee injury, is currently in his third year of a five-year, $94.3 million deal. Rose is a three-time NBA All-Star, and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award back in 2011.
There might not be any fancy commercials for “The Return” this time, but people in the windy city would sure love to see Ro

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KU coach Bill Self thinks Wichita St is No. 1 seed (Yahoo Sports)

Kansas head coach Bill Self calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self believes that unbeaten Wichita State deserves a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament if it beats Missouri State on Saturday and then wins the Missouri Valley tournament.


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The Bill Self Effect: Kansas Coach Makes History with 10th Straight Big 12 Title

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Move over, John Wooden and Adolph Rupp. Kansas and Bill Self are rewriting the history of college basketball.

Here’s a trivia question for you: What coach in a major conference has won the most consecutive league titles in the history of college basketball?

On Monday night, the answer changed.

The fifth-ranked Jayhawks won at least a share of their 10th straight Big 12 title with a 83-75 win over Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse.

Self now has left Wooden and Rupp, who both won nine straight league titles, in his dust on a streak that has no end in sight.

This team, like almost every one Self has coached in Lawrence, was expected to win the title once Andrew Wiggins signed on. But there’s a difference between expectations and achievement most places. 

Just not at Kansas.

“It’s something you know coming in,” freshman Wayne Selden said. “That’s the standard here.”

Still, it shouldn’t have been this easy.

In the year that the Big 12 is considered the best league in the country—good enough to give Marcus Smart’s Oklahoma State Cowboys seven straight losses—the Jayhawks nearly pulled off the equivalent of lapping the field.

With three games left to play, Kansas (13-2 in league play) has a three-and-a-half game lead on second place.

“That’s just a phenomenal accomplishment,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “It’s not like you’re doing that in a bad league.”

No, this was supposed to be the year the league stood up to the Jayhawks.

When Smart decided to return to school, the idea was floated that finally there was a team in the conference that had the talent and the moxie to end this ridiculous run already.

The Cowboys had five starters back. The Jayhawks had zero. 

Sure, Self had the top-ranked freshmen in the country, but Kentucky’s John Calipari had what was thought to be the best recruiting class in the history of college basketball, and that group doesn’t have any rings in its foreseeable future. 

Self has enough to go around. One for every finger. 

“To me in a power conference, to do something where the whole key is consistency, we’ve been so blessed to have good players year in and year out, because we’ve had a lot of turnover,” Self said. “We’ve had guys we knew would leave and guys that left unexpectedly and those guys are hard to replace. “

Self doesn’t exactly start from scratch, because he always has enough veterans around to let the young guys know what’s expected, but this season was the third time during the streak he’s had to start five new players.

His challenge is not much different than what Calipari or Roy Williams face each year. Just his results are.

Since Self started his streak, no power-conference school has won more than six league titles.

*Both Florida and Kentucky are in contention for the 2013-14 SEC title. Here are the current standings.

“It’s a direct reflection of Coach,” former KU point guard Elijah Johnson said before last season’s title No. 9 and might as well have spoken for all 10. “The people who were doing it eight years ago are not doing it now. He’s still there. I feel like that has to mean something. He’s doing something right.

“I just appreciate the fact that he tries to shed the light on us and make it look like it’s us who’s doing it. When all of us know who it really is, the head honcho.”

True to form, Self praised Naadir Tharpe for bringing this one home on Monday night—Tharpe scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 3:15—and also gave his freshmen some credit for being so good so fast.

“Those are three special guys,” Self said of Wiggins, Selden and Joel Embiid. “It’d be crazy to think what these guys could do if you could keep them together for a while, but obviously that probably won’t happen.”

Wiggins had a grin from ear to ear on Monday night—”To win the Big 12 championship, it’s a great feeling,” he said—and Embiid skipped out of the Fieldhouse with his 10 fingers in the air.

Self’s right. It would be crazy to think what would happen if they stuck around for a while. But I bet I know what will happen when they leave. 

More Big 12 Championships. More history.

 

C.J. Moore covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @CJMooreBR. 

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Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins Redeems Self with Game-Winning Shot in Overtime

Notre Dame senior guard Eric Atkins helped lead the Fighting Irish to a big win in overtime against the Boston College Eagles, completely redeeming himself for what happened earlier.

With the game tied 66-66 with 0.7 seconds left in regulation, Atkins had just made a free throw and had a chance to give Notre Dame the win with the second shot. He missed the free throw and even got another chance to make a shot, but missed it as well.

Atkins didn’t let that get to him. In overtime tied 73-73, Atkins ran down the clock and drained a game-winning three-pointer to move Notre Dame to 12-10 and 3-6 in the ACC.

The senior captain finished with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting.

Hat-tip to Tyler Moorehead from CollegeSpun.com for the find.

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Kansas’ Tyler Self Hasn’t Played a Minute This Season, Still Gets Highlight Tape

Kansas guard Tyler Self has yet to play a minute in the 2013-14 season and played only 24 minutes as a freshman. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a legend at Allen Fieldhouse.

The son of coach Bill Self received minutes here and there last season, but he never played more than three minutes in any game. He scored only four points in his first season with the Jayhawks.

The lack of playing time may make it hard to find enough highlights to create a video reel, but one fan found a way to show off the younger Self’s best moment on campus.

Self’s highlight came on the first shot of his career, which came against Colorado.

[YouTube, h/t The Big Lead]

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Self, Kansas take challenging Big 12 route to happiness

The league is No. 1 in the RPI and looks like it will stay that way this season.

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Is Manu Ginobili Back to His Old Self for San Antonio Spurs?

Whenever Manu Ginobili touched the ball in last year’s NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs fans would immediately hold their breath. Turnover after turnover, Ginobili’s poor play left many wondering how this very same player was able to capture two All-Star bids at the height of his career. 

Against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, Ginobili erased all doubts—the perfect ending to a strong start to the season.

During his season-long slump in 2012-13, any strong outing was immediately dubbed a “vintage Manu” performance. But this year, such outings have become the norm; with a quarter of the season under his belt, Manu Ginobili is officially back.

Well, sort of.

At the apex of his illustrious career, the second-round afterthought-turned-star managed nearly 20 points per game in just over 30 minutes with a true shooting percentage of over 60 percent. 

By the time the season draws to a close, its unlikely that the 2013 version of the former All-Star will claim such an embellished stat line. That said, the true beauty of this revamped Manu lies deeper than what his statistics might suggest. 

At a quick glance, you would see that he’s managing just over 10 points per game on an adequate 46 percent shooting. In just 23 minutes, these statistics are respectable—but enough to consider this season a definitive comeback? Most signs point to no.

But his in-game play tells a different story—and his resurgence can be summed up in a simple statement:

When Manu Ginobili is on the court, fans cheer for him to get the ball.

Last season, that was not the case. Especially in the playoffs, it was expected that the struggling sixth man would cough up a turnover or chuck up a wild three-pointer whenever he touched the ball. It was painful to watch, to the point where fans deemed him the Miami Heat‘s 2013 Finals MVP.

Harsh, but not unwarranted; he was, after all, nothing short of a complete liability.

But life is full of second chances, and from what we’ve seen thus far in 2013-14, last year’s blunder-filled campaign was simply an extended slump, rather than an indication of a sharp decline.

When he took the floor to begin the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves on Friday, he had pitched in just four points. The Spurs trailed by nine.

When the final buzzer sounded, Ginobili had managed 20 total points and nine assists in just 25 minutes. 

His team-high plus-minus of plus-27 was a significant contributor to the team’s fourth-quarter turnaround, as they finished with a seven point victory.

It was a contest that showcased the very best of Manu Ginobili.

He made a pair of three-pointers—missing just two, although both were good looks—drove with a certain recklessness that has defined his career and orchestrated the kind of team effort that Gregg Popovich fantasizes about.

In one word, Ginobili’s play could be described as “smart.”

Unlike last year, where he was often criticized for trying to do too much, the veteran guard has recognized the limitations that come with age. Yet, he has found ways around them.

The entire season, he’s done what he does best: His 74.1 percent success rate on drives leads all players who have attempted at least 30. His 38 percent clip from downtown is his second-best percentage since 2008 and his per-36 minutes assist average of 7.2 is a career-best.

Even with teammates Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw contributing at such a high level off the bench, Ginobili has separated himself enough to draw praise from Sports Illustrated‘s Ben Golliver, who tabbed him as the second-best sixth man thus far into the season. 

Not bad for a guy who was called the opposition’s MVP just sixth months earlier.

In the end, Ginobili’s 20-point spectacles won’t be regular occurrences. His averages right now are on par with what he will finish with.

But even when he’s posting just 10 points, the Spurs will still be able to rely on their favorite Argentinian as a source of success.

As long as he is playing smart, it’s safe to say that he’s valuable to the squad.

And while that value may not be the exact same as it was five years ago, this season is resurgent when compared to last year’s laughingstock of a year.

There’s plenty of basketball to played, and a lot can change. But as for now, San Antonio can stop holding its collective breath; Manu Ginobili is back.

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