In his two seasons on the staff, Altman connected with Sean Ford, the men’s national team director for USA Basketball, who was a graduate of the UMass Sports Management program.
Ford got him involved as a manager on USAB’s U-19 2009 World Championship team, where his duties included, among other things, washing the laundry of a pair of future NBA All-Stars — Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward.
Lance can get this type of shot whenever he wants, so stalling the offense early should probably be avoided — especially given that he’s only connected on 20 percent of his pull-up twos over the last three games.
(As an aside, more of the prodigal point wing’s touches as a starter need to be purposed with the simple intention to move or advance the ball rather than to assist or score. Since he started filling-in for Oladipo, the first unit has averaged an anemic 91.9 points per 100 possessions in 41 minutes of action. By comparison, they’ve put up 111.1 in considerably smaller sample size with Cory Joseph playing alongside Darren Collison, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, and Myles Turner.)
While the Browns can now officially start preparing for April’s draft, other teams are looking forward to January.
All four AFC divisions have been clinched while the NFC South is the only division up for grabs entering the final week of the regular season.
The Jaguars had the AFC South clinched before their game in San Francisco began. Jacksonville’s first division title since 1999 was sealed thanks to Tennessee’s 27-23 loss to the Rams (11-4), who won the NFC West for the first time since 2003. The Jaguars (10-5) needed the Titans loss because they laid an egg at Levi’s Stadium with a 44-33 defeat to the 49ers. The Titans (8-7) will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive next week against the Jaguars.
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