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Bradley Beal's agent calls out NBA coaches for All-Star snub

Bradley Beal's agent calls out NBA coaches for All-Star snub

Bradley Beal was clearly frustrated with not being named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team and he wasn't alone. 

His agent, Mark Bartelstein, released a statement ripping the NBA's coaches who did not vote for Beal to make the All-Star game as a reserve. 

"The coaches are sending a message: 'If you want to be an all-star in the NBA, don't stay the course on a team that's going to go through some trying times. You need to jump ship and go join a championship contender so you can be an All-Star,'" Bartelstein wrote. "And that to me, is a terrible message. Loyalty is something that should matter, if you're performing at a really high level. Which this guy is doing."

Beal was ninth in fan voting for the All-Star game among East guards, fifth in the media vote and did not get enough love from the league's head coaches to make it as a reserve. But in the player vote, he was second behind only Kemba Walker, which would have made him a starter if the players had all the say. 

“We know first hand who's good, we know first hand who's an all-star," Beal said after he found out about the player vote. "We know first hand whose a bitch to deal with night in and night out. For the fans it’s just a popularity contest."

Beal took a lot of frustration out on the Hornets, scoring 34 points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists, while letting everyone know he couldn't be stopped. Especially Miles Bridges. 

After hitting a three in Bridges' eye, Beal earned himself a technical foul for getting in the forward's face and taunting him.

Bridges didn't back down and the two had to be separated, but they eventually made amends. Beal had earned Bridges' respect. 

Bridges wasn't the only player to voice his displeasure. Beal's teammates were irate, and players around the league chimed in on Twitter as well. 

Beal is averaging 28.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds this season. Yes, the Wizards are 16-31, but it's incredibly short-sighted to think Beal has much of anything to do with the losses. 

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On this date in tournament history: Chris Webber calls timeout

On this date in tournament history: Chris Webber calls timeout

The Michigan Wolverines were down two points to the North Carolina Tar Heels with 19 seconds to play in regulation in the second half of the 1993 NCAA National Championship game.

After grabbing the rebound off the missed free throw attempt, Michigan star Chris Webber (23 points, 11 rebounds) established his pivot foot, re-angling his body towards the basket, locked in a one-possession game with the championship on the line. 

Webber attempted to dish the ball off to a teammate, but after seeing a lurking Tar Heel, the future No. 1 pick continued his dribble towards halfcourt. 

The travel call was missed by the officiating staff, but not by the broadcast crew.

"Oh, he walked," Bill Packer exclaimed on the broadcast. "He walked and the referee missed it!"

CBS announcer Jim Nance continued on with the gameplay, as only 12 seconds remained on the clock in regulation.

"Webber brings it into the frontcourt," Nantz said. "They have no timeouts remaining."

If only someone had told him.

Webber, trapped in the left corner by a UNC double-team, signaled for time, resulting in a technical foul shot for the Tar Heels as well as possession.

"He called a timeout," Nantz said. "Michigan doesn't have any!"

At the opposing foul line, UNC's Donald Williams (25 points) knocked down both free throws, increasing their lead to four points with 11 seconds remaining. 

From there it was all over.

North Carolina 77, Michigan 71.

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On this date in tournament history: Emeka Okafor leads UConn over Georgia Tech to win national championship

On this date in tournament history: Emeka Okafor leads UConn over Georgia Tech to win national championship

Before he departed on a very successful NBA career, former Wizards center Emeka Okafor was a standout member of the UConn Huskies.

In 2004 the Huskies went on to win their final nine games of the season before they captured the Big East championship.

After making their way through the NCAA Tournament bracket, the only team standing in coach Jim Calhoun's way were the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, lead by future Wizards guard Will Bynum (17 points, five assists).

Georgia Tech didn't back down early, taking a 12-11 lead over the Huskies with 13:41 to go in the first half. 

Okafor (24 points, 15 rebounds) scored to give UConn the lead right back, and they never trailed again.

At halftime, the Huskies lead the Yellow Jackets by a staggering 15 points and they kept their foot on the gas to start the second half.

The Huskies were able to extend their lead to 25 during the second half before Bynum at Georgia Tech came roaring back, but by then, the game was out of reach.

UConn emerged with an 82-73 victory over the Yellow Jackets, led by Okafor and future NBA journeyman Ben Gordon (21 points).

Okafor was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

UConn's women's basketball team would go on to win its national championship a day later against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Connecticut became the first school ever in Division I to win NCAA titles in men's and women's basketball in the same season. 

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