Strength and health: Syracuse’s returning forwards to begin offseason regimen

first_img Published on March 29, 2019 at 4:45 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 SALT LAKE CITY — Before they packed their bags and walked out of the locker room for the final time this season, Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj gave a peek into their offseason plans. Each completed the first two years, or half, of their respective college careers. Following Syracuse’s season-ending loss to Baylor, they reflected on what has been, as they characterized it, an underwhelming first two seasons at Syracuse.Starting this week, they’ll launch offseason training regimens. They understand senior center Paschal Chukwu, who averaged 20.1 minutes per game, will graduate. Both Sidibe and Dolezaj want to start. They realize Oshae Brissett and Elijah Hughes may return as starting forwards, leaving one open starting position in the frontcourt. Regardless, they acknowledged after the Orange’s first-round NCAA Tournament loss on March 21 that the frontcourt was SU’s most glaring weakness over the past two seasons — and it’ll again be the most unproven unit this fall. “We’re going to be juniors now,” Sidibe said. “We’re going to need to be better, and we’re going to need to help the younger guys. For us, this can’t continue to be a once-per-week thing. We need to go hard every game.”For Sidibe, the past two years were masked by injuries. Specifically, a nagging tendinitis in his knee that didn’t seem to go away. Tendonitis is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed, according to WebMD. It set him back last season, and he underwent knee surgery after his freshman campaign. He played sparingly this season, averaging 10.1 minutes and 1.9 points per game. When he arrived in the fall of 2017, SU head coach Jim Boeheim predicted Sidibe would split the minutes at center with Chukwu. Instead, Sidibe said, he didn’t feel near full-strength at any point this season. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSidibe, who is 6-foot-10, said he will continue to work with Brad Pike, the team trainer, and Ryan Cabiles, the director of strength and conditioning. His goal is to get fully healthy. He said he’s “still hurting,” with aches in his knees. He needs time. He’ll play basketball a few times a week in the next couple of months, but his primary focus is rest and recovery. “I really don’t see a lot of progress in myself,” Sidibe said last week. “It is what it is. I have to keep my head up, keep working every day. Sometimes, it’s frustrating when you’re not playing, but you can’t argue with coach’s decisions. I have to focus on any opportunity I go in and try my best. I’m not satisfied, but I have to move on. I can’t go back.”Another tall, lean forward who plans to return next season is Dolezaj. He averaged 27.9 minutes per game as a starter for SU’s Sweet 16 team. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-10 Dolezaj averaged 21.7 minutes per game. His scoring dipped from 5.8 in 2017-18 to 4.1 points per game a year later. This summer, Dolezaj said he plans to get stronger and refine his shot. He weighs 180 pounds and wants to add a few pounds, with some lean muscle. An Eastern Conference scout said he could play professionally overseas somewhere, but his build may give him trouble inside the paint. “He’s skinny, and he can’t put on too much more weight,” the scout said. “He is active on the glass, but I don’t see him as a pro (NBA).”But Dolezaj has shown he can be an impact player at the college level. He knows it, too. He said he feels most comfortable in the high-post area, where he can shoot or pass. Hesitancy made him easier to guard, and he said the coaching staff urged him throughout the season to take more shots. “I was pretty good last year,” Dolezaj said. “This year, I struggled most of the season. I need to be more confident, shoot the ball more … If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self to be more confident, do more of my part. Take my shot. Be strong. I feel like when I shoot, guys are driving more, and I can drive more.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Patrick Mahomes makes history, becomes fastest player to 9,000 passing yards in NFL

first_imgLast Updated: 23rd December, 2019 16:43 IST Patrick Mahomes Makes History, Becomes Fastest Player To 9,000 Passing Yards In NFL Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes becomes the fastest player to 9,000 passing yards in NFL history. He registered two touchdowns against the Bears. Patrick Mahomes continues to rack up the numbersPatrick Mahomes won the NFL MVP award last season after completing over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. While only in his second full season in the NFL, Mahomes continues to rack up the numbers. Against the Chicago Bears, Patrick Mahomes completed 251 passing yards and registered 2 touchdowns. This season, Mahomes notched 3857 yards and 23 touchdowns in only 12 stars. Also Read | Lamar Jackson Leads Pro Bowl Voting By HUGE Margin; Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes FollowPatrick Mahomes: Fighting for the MVP In October, Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player in the league to complete 7500 passing yards. He continued the same trend to become the fastest player to complete 9000 passing yards. Mahomes has repeatedly been praised for his incredible arm in the league. This coupled with his stellar vision makes him a contender for the NFL MVP award again this season. Although Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is the overwhelming favourite to scoop the award, if Mahomes continues his stellar showing, he might just make it two MVP wins in a row. Kansas City Chiefs strolled past the Chicago Bears 26-3 on Sunday night (Monday morning IST) to go 11-4 (win-loss) in the NFL. Meanwhile, Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to rack up accolades in the NFL. With another stellar showing against the Bears, Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player in the NFL to complete 9000 passing yards.Also Read | Antonio Brown Throws Shade At Tom Brady With A WILD Proclamation On Twitter SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Sujay Chakraborty Written By Show off those wheels, @PatrickMahomes 🏃‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/H6sWGw1NYl— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 23, 2019 With that completion, QB Patrick Mahomes is over 9,000 passing yards for his career. He becomes the fastest player in NFL history to 9,000 passing yards (30 games).— Chiefs Communications (@ChiefsPR) December 23, 2019 WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Watch: Chiefs vs Bears highlights Also Read | Patrick Mahomes’s Girlfriend Brittany Matthews Harassed During Chiefs’ Win Over PatriotsThe Kansas City Chiefs comfortably sit on top of the American Football Conference – North Division (AFC North) and will be one of the teams contending for the AFC title. The Chiefs will finish the regular season against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday IST.Also Read | Patrick Mahomes Story, Net Worth, Salary With Kansas City Chiefs, MVP 2019 First Published: 23rd December, 2019 16:43 IST COMMENTlast_img read more