Gonzaga continued to make the tournament every year, but most of the time they were seeded somewhere between 7-11. Sometimes they won a game or two, sometimes they didn’t. Like a middle-of-the-road Eastern Conference team in an era of NBA superpowers, the Bulldogs were just sort of there.
Then, the 2012-13 season happened. Gonzaga navigated through a strong non-conference schedule with just two losses, rolled to a perfect record in the West Coast Conference’s regular season, and claimed the conference’s tournament title. On Selection Sunday, the Bulldogs were given a No. 1 seed in a West Region that the public agreed appeared to be the worst of the four the Selection Committee had put together. It was time for Mark Few’s team to finally cash in and make the world a believer again.
The Zags were stunned by ninth-seeded Wichita State in the second round.
Trying to build the next superteam hasn’t ever seemed to work for any NFL franchise —remember the 2011 Eagles? Free agency’s biggest spenders almost always seem to be the teams that are perennial losers.
One Madden-like move teams often make is taking a chance on that injury-prone player who would be awesome if he could just stay healthy. This year, guys like Danny Woodhead (Ravens), Menelik Watson (Broncos) and JC Tretter (Browns) look like early candidates to become last year’s Matt Forte and Ladarius Green. While all three can play, their age and past durability issues should immediately raise red flags.
Ball made controversial comments about James’ sons, LeBron James Jr. and Bryce Maximus James, on March 10 as a guest on the In the Zone with Chris Broussard podcast when he predicted a tougher road to NBA stardom beneath their father’s shadow. Those remarks prompted a response from James, who sent a message through ESPN’s Dave McMenamin to “keep my kids’ name out of your mouth.”