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Updated Mar 25, 2013 - 11:13 am

Doug's Four-Point Stance: Giving some credit

Kansas guard Ben McLemore (23) drives on North Carolina guard/forward Reggie Bullock (35) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


I didn't think Tom Chambers could do anything to make this town love him more than they already do. He did on Friday night.

He challenged Lindsey Hunter to use the post-game press conferences as a message to the team. Chambers sounded tired of hearing the term "culture change" because there was nothing wrong with the Suns of the 90s, in the D'Antoni era, or through Gentry's run to the Western Conference Finals.

Chambers deserves a firm hand shake of respect from every Suns fan.


I know it's only one game out of 30, but how can you not read into it somewhat?

The NCAA tournament is the highest pressure any young player has every experienced on the basketball court. It is a window into their soul. How they handle the moment must go into your draft evaluation without allowing it to dominate your decisions on their future.

Three of the top 7 players in the upcoming draft completely laid an egg. Otto Porter Jr, Anthony Bennett and Ben McLemore were total no-shows in losses for Georgetown and UNLV. Kansas won two games and got little from McLemore over North Carolina. Those players must meet higher expectations during their draft workouts in order to erase the taste in the mouths of general managers


I've been talking about him all year. I'm not about to stop now.

Even more impressive than everything you're seeing now is watching his tape from last year. It's just not that impressive and that's the point. He improved so much in one offseason, every GM has to be drooling over the work ethic.


The story has two focus points. It's a wonderful story for FGCU to be the first 15 seed in the second round. Give them a ton of credit. Winning one game in the tournament is a wonderful moment but in actuality, it's not the most difficult mental test. It's much tougher to bring yourself down from the ultimate high and compete again without the feeling you've already accomplished something.

However, I'm much more focused on how overrated John Thompson III is as a head coach. Every coach suffers tough losses, but not like this. So far, here's the last six years of Georgetown in the tournament: a #2 seed losing to a 10, a #3 seed losing to a #14 (Go Bobcats), a #6 seed losing to an #11, a #6 seed losing to an #11 and this year a #2 losing to a #15. This is not a small sample. This is an epidemic. This man continually takes stronger teams to the tournament and can't win with them.

There are quite a few factors that keep him employed. I'm confident none of those factors are his ability to coach a major conference program.

About the Author

School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.


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