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enough to play power forward and not fast enough to play small forward. Still, he could be a useful 11th or 12th man on the right team, a big who can stretch the floor for a team like the Houston Rockets, where spacing will play a big part in their success. The one thing Babbitt has lacks is confidence. If you put Armon Johnson's confidence in Luke Babbitt's body, you'd have a solid rotation player. The one year Babbitt had some success in the NBA was the second half of the 2011 12 season, which not coincidentally was a period when Kaleb Canales (a guy who always believed in Babbitt) was Portland's head coach. The 24 year old's NBA career looks like it is on life support, but he'll at least get a training camp invitation and one more chance to prove he can make it in the league.
6 foot 9 forward averaged just 3.8 points on 37.2 shooting. Those statistics would perhaps indicate Babbitt doesn't deserve a second contract in the NBA, but in a league in which Matt Bonner played meaningful minutes for a team that reached the NBA final and Steve Novak got a $15 million contract, I have to figure there's some spot for Babbitt.
Reno Gazette Journal columnist Chris Murray has been known to be a bit wordy, so we're giving him 1,000 words (no more than that) to share his thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO TIGER WOODS? He's still the best golfer in the world (by a fair margin), but something weird happens to him in the majors. Open, a streak of 18 straight misses on golf's biggest stages. Instead of thriving under the spotlight, Woods has melted under it in recent years. After a tying for 40th at the PGA Championship last weekend, Woods is now 28 over par on the weekend in his past eight majors. He hasn't shot in the 60s on the weekend at a major the past two years. With 14 major victories, Woods is still four behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. Woods is still No. 1 in the world rankings and has won five PGA Tour events this year (as many as John Daly had in his career), but you know he'd give up all five of those (and probably 15 more) for a major win.
THE WOLF PACK FOOTBALL team has 19 alums in NFL training camps, which is astonishing. It's crazy to think Chris Ault and his staff developed 16 recruiting afterthoughts into NFL talents. Not many coaches can take guys who have one or two FBS scholarship offers and turn them into professional players nearly 20 times over. That was always one of the most underrated aspects of Coach Ault. He also made guys better, thanks in part to his player friendly offensive schemes.
SPEAKING OF KAEPERNICK, the former Wolf Pack stud has a 20 4 record as a starting quarterback since 2010. The only losses in the stretch have come against Hawaii when he played for Nevada and against the Rams, Seahawks and Ravens in his 49ers' career. That's a 83.3 percent winning mark.
ON THE FLIPSIDE, it's hard to fathom that Nevada churned out this many talented players, including a star in Kaepernick, and have really had just one memorable season in the past decade, the 2010 campaign. Given the fact Nevada had a once in a lifetime quarterback and a bushel of other future pros, it should have been able to produce more than one double digit win season in the nine years of Ault's third term. That was always the puzzling part about Coach Ault. He could take raw products and turn them into all conference players, but struggled to turn those all conference players into championships.
I WONDER IF BABBITT regrets leaving Nevada after his sophomore season? This is a question I often ask players who leave the Wolf Pack early for the allure of the pros. The only player to admit he regretted his early entry was Kirk Snyder, who led Nevada to Sweet 16 in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. One on hand, Babbitt has raked in more than $5 million in his NBA career. Knowingly Luke, that will last him a lifetime. On the other hand, is that money worth the memories he could have created had he stayed at Nevada and played his final two seasons alongside Deonte Burton, Dario Hunt, Malik Story, Olek Czyz and Jerry Evans Jr.? That could have been a Sweet 16 team. The members of that 2004 Nevada Wolf Pack team would tell you that season was the highlight of their basketball lives, a moment they'll never forget. Money versus memories? It's not an easy call.
ACCORDING TO FORBES, the Reno Aces are the 18th most valuable minor league baseball franchise in the nation, with a valuation of $23 million, an annual revenue of $7.4 million and an operating income of $900,000. The most valuable minor league team is the Sacramento River Cats, valued at $38 million.
Colin Kaepernick is one of 19 former Nevada Wolf Pack football players in NFL training camps. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)
BABBITT HAS BEEN A PUNCH LINE for much of his NBA career, but the dude can shoot and if you can shoot you can play in the NBA. He's far from a perfect player. He struggles defensively and is a tweener, not big Converse Trainers Sale Online
LUKE BABBITT SITS AND WAITS. The NBA free agency period opened eight weeks ago and the ex Wolf Pack and Galena High star still hasn't signed with a team. I gave Babbitt a call this week to see how he's dealing with free agency, but didn't hear back. It has to be a frustrating or, at the very least, an anxious time for the former McDonald's All American. You can devour the Internet and still not find even one story about a team showing interest in Babbitt, the No. 16 pick in the 2010 NBA draft. During his three years with the Portland Trail Blazers, the Converse Shoes All Star
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