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Appearing Tuesday on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show, former NBA great and current TNT analyst Chris Webber went in on the Kentucky Wildcats and, specifically, junior big man Willie Cauley-Stein.
"Let me just say Kentucky's great," Webber said to Mike Greenberg and guest hosts Jemele Hill and Michael Smith. "But they have three big guys, guys that are 6-10 and taller. So when you have three 7-footers in college there's no way you shouldn't dominate the boards.
"[Notre Dame 6-foot-5 senior Pat] Connaughton ... beasted them inside."
Connaughton indeed pulled down nine rebounds against a front line of Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, while Cauley-Stein scored just six points and grabbed four rebounds in 33 minutes of Kentucky's 68-66 victory in regional final.
That, Webber said, is clear evidence Cauley-Stein -- who averages 9.1 points (on 57.8 percent shooting) and 6.5 rebounds in 25.8 minutes -- is not the future DeAndre Jordan many say he is.
"It's really tough because he's a college kid and I don't want him to be [subject] to the type of dogging of athletes that we're going to do at this level," Webber said. "But that's where we get in trouble. There's no way in the world that he is a DeAndre Jordan. That's one of the most ridiculous statements that I've ever heard. That's almost as ridiculous as coach Larry Brown saying they could win a division or a game in the Eastern Conference.
"These days in basketball, if you're a junior in basketball, and you're 7-feet and you don't average 10 points, you're telling me he could be a DeAndre Jordan? There's no way. ... There is no way in the world. He can't jump as high. DeAndre Jordan is like 7-15, he's big, he weighs like 1,000 pounds. This kid is like 7-foot, he weighs like 200.
"He will not start in the league. He's a great kid, and hopefully he will have an NBA career."
Now, in fairness we must point out that Jordan averaged only 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds on a much-less-stacked Texas A&M team, but that was as a freshman (and in 20.1 minutes per game). Also, Cauley-Stein is listed at 240, not the exaggerated 200 Webber said.
Kentucky Twitter, however, did not react with even-handedness. And Webber did not back down.
If you say any big on Kentucky's team is like Deandre Jordan on the Clipps, you don't know B-Ball. You are a ... http://t.co/2MmO4Xtght— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
The truth hurts.... I see!— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
I'm going to get a time machine for these grown men on my timeline -that left their life back on the highschool bleacher... #obviouslybitter— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
Hoop heads remember the theatrics Blake Griffin utilized during the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. There was former NBA player Kenny Smith playing hype man while a church choir bellowed out R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." And ex-point guard Baron Davis serving up a perfect lob. Oh, and then there was the Kia vehicle parked just below the free throw line that Griffin cleared en route to clinching the title.
It was a show-stopping viral moment that left everyone talking.
Which brings us to this recent dunk contest in Mexico and an attempt at re-creating Griffin's dunk that is sure to have people talking -- for completely different reasons. Enjoy!
Now stop laughing for a second. To his credit, he did nail the do-over. But let's be honest, it's going to be tough living down that ugly first try.
Last month, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine's out-of-this-world athleticism breathed some life back into the NBA dunk contest. Monday night in Chicago, a pair of McDonald's All-Americans did their best to keep pace, putting on a dunking clinic at the Powerade Jam Fest in Chicago.
Florida State-bound wing Dwayne Bacon (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and uncommitted big man Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas) took turns electrifying the crowd with an array of scintillating slams -- including the likely inception of the "selfie dunk" -- that would make some of the pros jealous.
Check out the highlights of their dunk-off below:
And here's the cameraman's view of that crazy selfie dunk:
While Zimmerman got props for his ingenuity, Bacon walked away with the hardware thanks to a celebrity cameo.
Ronda Rousey continues to conquer the world.
At WrestleMania 31, the UFC champion was sitting ringside when she was invited into the ring by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- and challenged Triple H and WWE chief brand officer/part owner Stephanie McMahon.
THE ROCK AND RONDA ROUSEY! WHAAAAAT!?! pic.twitter.com/caQw7gvkdf— SportsNation (@SportsNation) March 30, 2015
As basically nobody could take out Rousey at this point, the confrontation went as expected, with the MMA star doing this to McMahon:
All the while, the Internet lost its mind:
Even UFC president Dana White enjoyed it:
"SportsNation" host and wrestling superfan Michelle Beadle took a trip up the coast (well, to be technical, the 5 goes through the heart of California) to the Bay Area for WWE Wrestlemania 31 ... and chronicled her adventures on Twitter.
Here are some of Beadle's favorite moments and images inside and outside the ring, featuring wrestling personalities such as announcer Jim Ross, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ronda Rousey and more: