The 2016-17 NBA season opens next week, and it will be the first for Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine. After wrapping up a memorable career with the Michigan State Spartans, Valentine was drafted by Chicago with the 14th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He’s now part of a Bulls team expected to contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
By universal decree, the 2016-17 Warriors are a juggernaut. And if this juggernaut has a foundation, Green is it. Steph Curry is the reigning MVP; new acquisition Kevin Durant is one of the NBA's greatest scorers. But multiple Warriors staffers share the opinion that Green is their most important player. Nobody replicates his set of contributions. As one team official puts it: "The guys might be frustrated by his antics, but they had an opportunity to prove themselves without him in Game 5 and they played like a bunch of [cowards]."
"When I was at the University of Cincinnati, in 2005, we lost to Penn State, I was talking to (Pat) Narduzzi, and I said, 'we have seven true freshman playing right now on defense, out of eleven players, we're going to be just fine. Inevitably those seven players played in the Orange Bowl," Dantonio recalled.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio held his weekly press conference Tuesday inside the Izzo Family Media Center at the Spartan Stadium North End Zone Complex to recap the Spartans’ loss to Northwestern and preview Saturday night’s game at Maryland.