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Posted: April 23rd, 2012

D.J. Kennedy

Here’s an interview Erie BayHawks point guard D.J. Kennedy did the day he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.

The Cavaliers will play their final home game Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.

A 6-foot, 6-inch, 215-pound shooting guard out of St. John’s Kennedy joined BayHawks teammate Donald Sloan, who earlier this year signed with the Cavaliers for the rest of the season.

Cleveland also had BayHawks small forward Mychel Thompson at the start of this shortened 2011-12 season before waiving him in February.

Kennedy averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 44 regular-season games. In the playoffs, the Pittsburgh native averaged 14.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

The Cavaliers were once an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks before Erie became hybrid partners with the New York Knicks.

Posted: December 10th, 2011

Chaz McCrommon

On Nov. 30, Chaz McCrommon was in Pittsburgh for the birth of his third child, Ava Simone.

The next day, he was back in Erie for a D-League basketball game.

When you’re trying to make the NBA as McCrommon is, these things happen.

It’s not easy, though.

“The challenge is not knowing where you’re going to be year to year,” he said. “Not having a typical 9-to-5 job you know where the money is coming from. Kind of wait and see where you’re going year by year. So sometimes it puts your family life on hold. We try not to do that. That’s why we kept having children. We didn’t want to wait until I got done playing because who knows when that will happen.”

A small forward for the BayHawks, McCrommon, 29, and his wife Chelsea, 29, have three children. Two boys, Elijah, 7, Mykel, 3, and now a baby girl.

“Sometimes you’ve got to uproot your family from home and sometimes you’ve got to be away from your family when trying to be a professional athlete,” he continued. “So that’s the biggest challenge. Being away from your family and not being there and being a parent in your kids’ lives everyday or a husband to your wife everyday. Trying to do a lot of parenting and relationship-stuff over the phone.”

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Posted: February 26th, 2010

Memphis rookie center Hasheem Thabeet (smiling) is probably not too happy in the D-League right now.

I was watching ESPN’s Around The Horn and the panel debated the idea of the Memphis Grizzlies sending down their 7-foot-3 rookie center, Hasheem Thabeet, to the Dakota Wizards.

Pretty interesting stuff.

Denver Post columnist Woody Paige made the most open statement by saying, “Oh I’m gearing up to watch the Erie BayHawks and Dakota Wizards” in a very sarcastic manner. Remember Thabeet was the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, but has been a bust up to this point.

Then on PTI (Pardon The Interruption), Michael Wilbon and guest Dan Le Batard talked about it.

Even more interesting.

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Posted: June 2nd, 2009

“He’s extremely passionate. When I go to games, I just love to watch him and his intensity and that’s obviously one of the characteristics of his team.” – Pitt baseball coach Joe Jordano on Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon.

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Jamie Dixon won national coach of the year honors in leading Pitt to a school-record 31 wins.

Jamie Dixon can relax, too.

On Tuesday, I caught with the Pittsburgh head coach after he had played golf in Erie in conjunction with an Pittsburgh alumni banquet.

“It was good to be with (Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson) and (Pitt baseball coach and Erie native, Joe Jordano),” Dixon said Tuesday. “I’m not a big golfer. I do a few outings when I feel they’re necessary (smiling).”

In today’s Erie Times-News, I mainly wrote about what he had to said about college coaches having to pass a recruiting test before being allowed to recruit. Very interesting stuff, but Dixon and I also talked about DeJuan Blair leaving early for the NBA draft, coaching the 19-under national team and much more.

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Posted: March 29th, 2009

Villanova. Michigan State. North Carolina. Connecticut.

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo shared a magical moment with former Spartan All-American, Magic Johnson, following a 64-52 win against top-seeded Louisville in the Midwest Regional final to earn a spot in next week's Final Four in Detroit.

I didn’t pick any of those teams to make it to the Final Four.

Dang.

Oh well. Guess I can watch Saturday’s games without rooting for any one particular team and just enjoy the games.

Just for a quick recap, I picked Washington (What was I thinking?), Pittsburgh (Scottie Reynolds, why didn’t you give Pitt at least 1.5 seconds to win the game at the buzzer?), Louisville (What were the Cardinals thinking?) and Oklahoma (Ty Lawson, how did get so healthy so fast?).

Maybe I’ll have better luck next year.

Then again, maybe not.

Posted in: College hoops
Posted: March 28th, 2009
NCAA Villanova Pittsburgh Basketball

After hitting the game-winning shot to beat Pittsburgh, Scottie Reynolds (center with black glove) celebrated with his Villanova teammates as the third-seeded Wildcats are headed to the Final Four after upsetting the top-seeded Panthers, 78-76, Saturday night.

As Scottie Reynolds’ game-winning shot trickled down through the nets Saturday night, my NCAA Tournament bracket was set ablaze.

Not literally, of course, but Villanova knocked out the team I picked to win the national title – Pittsburgh.

The Wildcats won, 78-76, on a driving Reynolds’ layup with 0.5 seconds remaining. Levance Fields flung a near full-court heave that had a good chance to go in, but it banged off the backboard at the buzzer.

Got to feel for the Panthers. They get past the Sweet 16, finally, and then fall to Villanova, but their style of play leaves little margin for error.

So going 21-of-29 from the free-throw line cost them the game. Villanova was nearly perfect from the charity stripe: 22-of-23.

Only two of my Final Four predictions are alive: Louisville and Oklahoma.

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Posted in: College hoops
Posted: March 19th, 2009

Pittsburgh. Oklahoma. Louisville. Washington.

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Sam Young (23) and the Panthers will win it all (if DeJuan Blair can stay out of foul trouble).

Ya’ll know me.

I just go by gut feeling on these picks.

So as much as I think North Carolina has the most talent of any team in the country, just unsure about Ty Lawson’s injury. If he was healthy, I’d have the Tar Heels winning it all

As far as picking Pittsburgh to win it all, it’s just time for the Panthers to cash in on all the talent they have. It all hinges on their big man, DeJuan Blair. If he stays out of foul trouble, Pitt will cut down the nets at the Final Four in Detroit.

If not, the Panthers will fold, early.

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Posted in: College hoops
Posted: March 17th, 2009

Pittsburgh. Louisville. North Carolina. Memphis.obama-is-president-e_36561b

That’s President Barack Obama’s Final Four picks for this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Kind of a front runner, huh? Three No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 seed in Memphis, but ESPN is airing an interview today at noon with him discussing his Final Four picks with Andy Katz.

Think Obama is on the money or way off?

Posted in: College hoops

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