When the team was in Indianapolis for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, Marshall hosted the next editon of “DBP Cribs,” giving a tour around his brother’s apartment. Miles, who graduated last year, was selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.
Marshall hitting a wall then joking, “I think I just broke something.”
Marshall holding Miles’ samurai sword.
Marshall making fun of Miles for framing a piece of art in duct tape.
Marshall point out Miles brought his unicycle with him.
Miles attempting to interview Miles’ dog, Chester. The dog runs away after the first question.
Are you in the camp that has stayed op(toe)mistic? Or are you doubtful that Kyrie Irving will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, much less Durham next year?
This is the video for you.
Yes, it does not conclusively say whether Irving will return. And, yes, most will likely find more interpretations in this Duke Blue Planet production than in a Thomas Pynchon novel. There does, however, seem to be no denying that Irving is nearing the end of his recovery. The few shots of Irving’s toe (near the beginning of the video) show it not to be bent and without really any external damage. Irving and Duke Assistant Director of Athletic Rehab Nick Potter also strike a hopeful note multiple times in the video’s three minutes and 43 seconds.
Alas, the video’s closing remarks from Irving are undoubtedly vague (emphasis ours):
“There is light at the end of the tunnel. Whether I come back this year or somewhere in the future, I’m going to be playing.
Some other highlights of ‘A Day of Rehab’:
Irving splashing Nolan Smith with hot water from the jacuzzi (0:31 mark)
The revelation that Duke actually has underwater cameras in the pool that film the athletes running (1:31 mark)
Potter saying Irving is “actually right where we expected to be at this time, if not maybe a step ahead” (2:10 mark)
Duke Blue Planet is known for its highlights, but this season it has begun going behind the scenes into the Duke locker room after games. The video for last night’s victory over UAB might be the crown jewel of that access.
Take a look at the highlights below, but for the good stuff skip to around the 2:00 mark of the video… after the highlights there is an interesting interview between Blue Devil captain Nolan Smith and, uh, Blue Devil captain Nolan Smith.
Walk-on Casey Peters (left) and junior Nolan Smith (right) are enjoying New York City's sites before getting ready to face Arizona State tonight at 9:30 p.m. (Photo Courtesy of Duke Blue Planet)
I will be at Madison Square Garden tonight along with The Chronicle’s Dan Ahrens as the No. 7 Blue Devils take on Arizona State University in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Be sure to keep an eye on our live blog and Twitter (@chroniclesports) throughout the game!
A few pregame notes:
1. Nolan Smith has personally dedicated tonight’s game to Abe Pollin, the longtime Washington Wizards owner who died at 85 yesterday. A few of the guard’s thoughts from his Twitter account (@ndotsmitty):
“RIP Mr. Pollin!! ýou will be missed by many!”
“Abe pollin was a great man!! I first met him when my dad was with the washington bullets! He was amazing then, and he has always been that!”
“Tommorows game at Madison Square Garden will be dedicated to #ABEPOLLIN by myself!”
As Duke Blue Planet noted, “This is 25th year of Preseason NIT. Do you know who won first tourney in 1985? DUKE BLUE DEVILS.”
The Blue Devils are on a mission to get a couple of quality wins early in the season. In the words of Duke Blue Planet: “The Times Square views and the Garden’s bright lights are nice but here’s what we’ve come for.. http://twitgoo.com/5a8u8“
4. It sounds like the Blue Devils have had their share of good food on the trip so far. According to walk-on Casey Peters’ Twitter (@Casey_Peters), the Blue Devils ate at Tavern on the Green on 67th Street and the juniors went on an excursion for some cheesesteaks. Duke Blue Planet also showed the team’s sundae bar after a team meeting. Duke fans better hope the team isn’t too stuffed to play!
From Duke Blue Planet: "Ice cream sundaes are always a favorite at evening team meetings." (Photo Courtesy of Duke Blue Planet)
As you know, we post these videos sporadically–they’re done for every Duke win–and only when we have some more commentary to add. So: The argument we would make is to move up Henderson’s block from No. 4 to No. 3, especially because the junior followed it up with a Kobe-like step-back jumper on the following possession. The block itself was worthy of distinction, but it was the silky-smooth jumper on the other end that finished the sequence. Granted, that’s a small objection, because Kyle Singler’s 3-pointer to put Duke up 6 helped set up the dagger, Jon Scheyer’s 3-pointer to give the Blue Devils a nine-point lead.
And although we’re not huge fans of Mike Patrick, here’s some worthy banter between Patrick and Jay Bilas after Henderson’s dunk du jour:
In the White House, though, Obama has engaged the press more than some thought he would, even while putting out his own message. Trying to rise above the fray of the media is nothing new, but Obama has unique tools–think YouTube, a functioning Web site, Twitter and a BlackBerry–to make it more effective. And just like Krzyzewski, Obama hasn’t defied the mainstream media (or even reporting bloggers) while offering his own message, The Washington Post’s media critic Howard Kurtz writes: