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December 18, 2005

Basketball blog follows unlikely odyssey of Shavlik Randolph

Stephen Baker

Ever heard of Shavlik Randolph? He was a disappointing basketball player at Duke, and when he dropped out of college last May to go pro, a blog called DaveSez posted the news, along with the comment: "Short of a miracle, he's never going to play a minute in the NBA."

In the following months, the comments traced Randolph's journey. I won't go through the ups and downs. The interesting point is that the comments provide a chorus of changing public opinion as Randolph transforms from joke to longshot, to winning a position on the Philadelphia 76ers, to getting playing time. Now that he's something of a sensation, the 76ers general manager Billy King (a Duke alum) shows up in the comments saying, in effect, I told you so. It might be someone claiming to be King. But another commenter, claiming to be a big Shav Randolph fan, hits up King for tickets. It's a Cinderella story, all of it told in comments to one obscure blog post.

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If you read the whole davesez blog I have been probably the biggest shav supporter on there the entire time. I am not "claiming" to be a big shav fan I always have been. Even when he wasnt putting up numbers at duke I always defended him. So I deserve those tickets gosh darn it!!! Hopefully if it really is Billy King he will see I basically started the turn around of all the negative posting. And I just like Billy King have always believed in Big ShavRan and hope he continues to have a roll on the sixers

Posted by: drinkin haterade??? at December 20, 2005 03:06 AM

The boy is for real. He's starting to get minutes because he can actually deal with the peel. He moves well away from the ball and gets himself in good postion in the post for offensive and defensive rebounds. One thing that would help solidify his post presence would be to add strength 'cause he definitely can handle the rock in an intelligent fashion, particularly in the post.

Posted by: Cardiac Kip at December 21, 2005 10:09 PM

Shav is easily one of the best players I've ever seen. He has had unlucky breaks with injurys but when healthy and put into an environment where he can play the finese style of ball, he can score at will and step up on the defensive end. He is still very young and is going to excell the next few years.

Posted by: James Hunt at September 21, 2006 11:58 AM

"The Phat 5" of College Basketball Kentucky, N. Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, and Duke are celebrating 500 years of combined play during the 2006-07 season. The 5 winningest college basketball programs of All-Time.

"The Phat 5" nickname come the P-H-A-T acronym that means "Producing History At the Tournament" for the 5 winningest colllege basketball programs.

"The Phat 5" started at different times from 1899-1920.

Kentucky 104 years, 1903-2006-07

N. Carolina 97 years, 1911-2006-07

UCLA 88 years, 1920-2006-07

Kansas 109 years, 1899-2006-07

Duke 102 years, 1906-2006-07

"The Phat 5" at 500.

They are the only 5 programs to reach 10 or more Final Fours (71 combined UCLA-16, UNC-16, Duke-14, Kentucky-13, and Kansas-12). They are the 5 winningest programs based on winning percentage with a mininum of 1500 games played (UNLV is 3rd All-Time with slightly under 1400 games played).

Posted by: Derrick E. Vaughan at January 5, 2007 04:34 AM


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