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Draymond Green, Le’Veon Bell discuss Michigan State scandal aftermath

Mar
08

Draymond Green has a message for his alma mater.

The Warriors forward opened his postgame press conference on Saturday by discussing the recent scandals at Michigan State, where he played under coach Tom Izzo from 2008-12.

Fellow alumni and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell also shared his thoughts at Pro Bowl practice on Saturday, saying he “felt bad for everything that happened to all the women” and insisted that Dantonio “do everything the right way.”

“I’m obviously hoping for a turnaround. I mean, it’s kind of a big target on our back right now. I just kinda wanna be a supporter, the best that I can,” Bell said. “And I want Michigan State to be the top of the class — basketball, football, all that, all athletics — make things go the right way. This can kinda go down the line, and people kinda forget about it because we did a lot of positive things more so than negative things coming out of the university.”

Michigan State, which has already seen the resignations of university president Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis, is facing multiple Title IX lawsuits and is under federal investigation.

The comment came after Oliver Maroney of Dime and Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported that Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo, Larry Nance Jr. and Dennis Smith Jr. had accepted invitations to participate in this year’s edition of the high-flying competition. However, both Smith and Nance took to Twitter to refute the initial reports.

The odds of Adebayo ever becoming the type of big man who can average between 15-20 points per game are slim, and yet he doesn’t have to improve much offensively to become a starter for a team like the Heat because of how well he complements playmakers. He can generate enough scoring for himself off rolls, cuts and putbacks — three plays that don’t require him to dominate the ball in any fashion — and he has the skill set to develop into a threat from midrange and on face-ups.

One of the ways Adebayo can make up for his limitations as a scorer is with his passing. He currently leads all rookie centers with 49 assists, and he’s averaging 3.6 assists per 100 possessions on the season. The latter puts him ahead of a number of All-Star-caliber centers, including Karl-Anthony Towns (3.1), Anthony Davis (3.0) and Kevin Love (2.9).
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