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I've started a new blog ...
My new blog will retain many of the same features of the High School Sports blog, plus I'll have info on New Mexico college sports.
Have a look.
I worry about my wife being too stressed.
And then there is the prospect of paying bills.
But swirling in my mind, there is a secondary, yet equally unshakable concern.
Will I get to cover the state tournament?
Mike Brown finally got his milestone Friday night.
His Albuquerque Academy boys basketball team thumped Belen, 70-53, giving Brown his 400th career win.
After the game some of Brown's former and current players talked about his ever-present passion for coaching. That was certainly clear in the game. Late in the fourth quarter with the Chargers up by 16, Brown shouted at his team during a timeout. He wanted a strong finish.
Earlier during a stretch when the officials called several fouls, Brown shouted: "Are you trying to set a record for fouls?"
I wondered if expending all that energy gets tiring after 24 years. I asked Brown if he's ever considered retiring. Or if he ever ended a season wondering if he'd have the energy to come back for another year.
"No," he said. "If I do that I won't do it any more. It's a kick to come every day. And these kids are fantastic. It's fun. I have a chance to make an impact on them."
And he's made an impact on plenty so far.
Here are some of his former players or assistants now coaching ...
Greg Brown, Volcano Vista
Danny Brown, Highland
Joe Coleman, Valley
Travis Julian, Manzano
Dominick Romero, Socorro
James Borrego, San Antonio Spurs (head video coordinator)
Here are Friday's scores (courtesy of John Whitmore) ...
Well, this is it.
This is the final set of Power Rankings on the Trib's High School Sports blog. Even though I knew this day was coming, those are strange and sad words to write. For those who don't know, the Trib will print its final edition Saturday, after serving Albuquerque for 86 years.
I'll have at least one more entry on this site, for all four readers out there.
I had hoped we'd make it through the state basketball tournament (my favorite event to cover) but that didn't happen. Depending on what happens with my impending job search, I'm planning to cover the state tournament as a freelancer. As a result I'll probably have more about the state tournament on my new, to-be-created blog. I'll have a link to that soon.
Enough of the sappiness and self-promotion.
On with the Rankings ...
So, what do the Celtics, Tigers and Friars have in common?
Well, besides being arguably the best teams in their respective leagues -- Boston has the NBA's best record, Memphis is undefeated and ranked No. 1 and USA Today lists St. Anthony's as the country's top prep team -- all three teams run a hot new offense.
Something Tigers coach John Calipari dubbed the Dribble-Drive Motion, according to a fantastic article in the latest Sports Illustrated.
To fully get the offense, you've got to read Grant Wahl's piece (nobody does these like SI). But basically it's a motion offense that spaces the floor as much as possible for drives -- there are no screens and post players float to the weak side instead of the ball side. It requires a bevy of skilled wing players that can make quick decisions. It eliminates the need for big post players and even ultra-athletic wings aren't necessary.
It sounds like an offense that could catch on in New Mexico.
It might at St. Pius X ...