It’s fair to say the Charlotte Bobcats are a colossal mess, and that designation isn’t going to change any time soon. New broke on Tuesday that the franchise will part ways with head coach Mike Dunlap after just one season, throwing the team further into turmoil.
The Final Four is coming up on Saturday night and there appears to be a ton of NBA talent on the rosters involved. There are lots of names we’ll probably be hearing for years after this weekend’s games.
But last year’s Final Four was special because the teams that reached the national semifinals weren’t necessarily loaded with future NBA stars.
With that in mind we thought we would take a look at where the stars from last year’s Final Four teams are now.
Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers have only played twelve games this season, but he has cemented himself as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year.
He has helped turn around a Cavs team that only won 19 games a season ago, and he has done so in spectacular fashion.
The Butler Bulldogs have been known as the Cinderella story of the last two NCAA tournaments, finishing as the runner-up two years in a row.
It was fair to call them a Cinderella last season, but the label must be removed after another appearance in the championship game.
Update: Prediction posted.
Not a lot of people had Arizona facing off against Connecticut in the Elite 8 – heck, I had UCONN losing in the first round! (yes, I’m an idiot) – but that’s the matchup we’ve got. And you know what? It’s a fascinating one.
Other than Butler, nobody in America is hotter than the Huskies. After scuffling to a 9-seed in the Big East Tournament, Connecticut decided to turn it on and hasn’t lost since. The biggest reason, of course, is Kemba Walker, who is unquestionably the best guard in America right now.
Arizona is not far removed from the Lute Olson rubble, but Sean Miller has proven himself to be one of the best young coaches in America. The ‘Cats are both talented and athletic – just ask Duke – and have perhaps the nation’s best overall player in Derrick Williams.
This will be a fast, physical, athletic game between two well-coached team led by terrific stars. So while it may not have been the one anyone predicted, it’s quite possible that this is the most entertaining Elite 8 matchup we could have gotten in the West Region. Let’s look at it a closer.