Temple-La Salle Afternoon After Notes: Rollouts, Chants and Dunphy on Legalizing 'the Carry'

Temple-La Salle Afternoon After Notes: Rollouts, Chants and Dunphy on Legalizing 'the Carry'

In front of the most profane college crowd I've seen in the last five years, the Temple Owls and La Salle Explorers played a game simultaneously representative of Big 5 basketball and 17th century British philosophy -- one that was nasty, brutish and (not short, but) long.

Despite a career-high 33 points from senior Explorer Earl Pettis -- who pushed the game to overtime thanks to his own 11-1 run over the Owls in the final three minutes of regulation -- the Explorers would miss two three-point attempts in the last six seconds to lose 80-79.

Temple escaped the Gola with its 22nd win of the season to improve to 11-2 in the A-10. La Salle, meanwhile, falls to 18-10 and 7-6. They've lost four of their last five.

See here for the full recap. For Fran Dunphy's postgame tribute to the late Alonzo Lewis, click here.

Assorted notes, rollout recaps, and Dunphy on why college refs should stop calling the carry after the jump...

Temple Rollouts

1. "Boyz II Men topped the charts the last timeyou made the tourney."
2. "Hey, wait, are we on Cheltenham Ave.?" (followed by a chant of "High-School-Gym")
3. "Your time on the expressway > Your time at Boardwalk Hall"
4. "Lent go of your tournament hopes."
5. "Chanting Taco Bell at Juan won't get you a job there."
6. "This is our ciTy."

La Salle Signs/Chants/Stuff Thrown (allegedly)

Signs:
1. "Only an Explorer can lead the Owls."
2. "Where's your video boards?"

Chants (other than those typically positive variety):
1. F***-You-Tem-Ple (at least five times)
2. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A (at Temple's Argentine senior guard Juan Fernandez)

Stuff thrown (allegedly):
1. Cups
2. Water bottles

Highs and Lows
-- La Salle's Earl Pettis finished with a game-, season- and career-high 33 points. He went on an 11-1 run by himself in the final 2:47 of regulation. He scored 18 of La Salle's final 20 points.

-- Temple's Michael Eric tied his career-high of 18 points, but went the final 19:44 without a single point. He added 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year and a new career-high six blocks.

-- Temple's Ramone Moore also had 18 points and set a season-high in rebounds with 9.

-- Temple shot 72 percent in the second half, but La Salle coach John Giannini refused to place blame on his defense. "I, like any coach, don't really have a problem with honest criticism," he said. "I've been in here and talked about games where we played good defense and games where we played bad defense. I'm sitting here, and looking at them shooting 72 percent in the second half, and I'm telling you, we were playing good defense. We were playing hard. They (Temple) are amazing."

-- Both teams had exactly even assist-to-turnover ratios. Temple was at 9-9 and La Salle 6-6 after the first half. They finished 19-19 and 13-13, respectively.

-- Two technical fouls were issued in Wednesday night's game. La Salle's Devon White was T'd in the first half for what appeared to be hanging on the rim, though, in his defense, he may have been doing so in an attempt not to come crashing down on another player. Later, with just 1:33 remaining in regulation, Ramone Moore was  whistled for an offensive foul on a push off. The typically reserved Moore then said something for which one of the referees didn't care. Pettis hit two free throws and a three-pointer immediately after to tie the game at 71.

-- Speaking of the officials, there were at least four conferences in the first half to correct blatantly incorrect calls. One official was accused of allowing Temple's Juan Fernandez and Khalif Wyatt to call the game. He raised his eyebrows, cocked his head to the side and smirked. It was...interesting.

Should We Stop Calling the Carry?
After the game, Fran Dunphy detailed for the second time this season his belief that "the carry" should no longer be called in college basketball.

For reference, palming goes largely uncalled in the NBA, except for the very rare occasion and those two months the league tried to enforce a crackdown in 2010. In fact, Allen Iverson's trademark crossover was nearly always a violation, as were his stutter moves before changing gears to blow past defenders on dribble-drives. Then again, that isn't basketball -- it's the NBA.

Anyway, Fran Dunphy on the carry:

"I probably shouldn't say this, but I will. I think the carry is -- it's a bad call. It has no point in the game. It's how kids play the game today. You don't need to call it, because my carry is not your carry is not your carry. So, just leave it alone. That's how the game has evolved.

"When I was a kid playing the game, I wasn't good enough to do that. And, so, you know, learn how the game is played and kind of stay away from that. That would be my only complaint. The other (calls) are going to happen, but the carry -- I'd like to get rid of it, if we can."

Thoughts on the enforcement of the carry? Yea? Nay?

Phillies sign OF Daniel Nava, LHP Sean Burnett to minor-league contracts

Phillies sign OF Daniel Nava, LHP Sean Burnett to minor-league contracts

The Phillies made a couple quiet additions as the winter meetings ended, signing veteran outfielder Daniel Nava and lefty reliever Sean Burnett to minor-league contracts.

Nava, 34 in February, is a left-handed hitter who can play the outfield corners and first base. He came up with the Red Sox and became a fan favorite in Boston in 2010 as a 27-year-old rookie. Some Phillies fans will remember him for hitting a grand slam off Joe Blanton in his first major-league plate appearance.

Nava had a few decent years in Boston, the best of which was 2013, when he had 536 plate appearances and hit .303/.385/.445 with 29 doubles, 12 homers and 66 RBIs. 

Nava's numbers and opportunities have dropped every year since. He was designated for assignment by Boston in 2015, latched on with the Rays, signed the next year with the Angels and was traded late in the season to the Royals.

Over the last two seasons, Nava has hit just .208, albeit with an on-base percentage 99 points higher because of his 30 walks and 10 hit by pitches.

Burnett, 34, has spent five of the last seven seasons in the Nationals' bullpen. He had a 2.85 ERA in 283 appearances from 2009-12 and parlayed that success into a two-year, $7.25 million contract with the Angels. However, he barely pitched in 2013 and 2014 for the Halos because of an elbow tear. He returned to the Nats last season and allowed two runs in 5⅔ innings.

Burnett, perhaps more so than Nava, has a chance to fill a role with the Phillies if he can stay healthy. He's shown he can get outs at the highest level, posting a 2.38 ERA in 2012 with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2.14 ERA with 8.9 K/9 in 2010. That was a long time ago now, and Burnett's fastball has dipped from averaging 90-91 mph to 88.

According to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith, Burnett will receive a $1.25 million salary if he makes the team and can earn another $1.75 million in incentives based on his number of appearances.

Burnett has an opt-out date of March 26, meaning he can become a free agent a week before the regular season begins if it looks to him like he isn't in the Phils' plans.

Nava's chances at cracking the opening-day roster seem longer because the Phillies are expected to make more depth signings between now and the start of camp. They've prioritized finding some offense in the corner outfield and that could come in the form of more minor-league deals, a guaranteed contract or trade. One potential fit I examined last week was Mariners outfielder Seth Smith, a hitter more proven than Nava (see story).

These minor-league deals were commonplace for Phillies general manager Matt Klentak last offseason, when the only free agent he signed to a major-league deal was reliever David Hernandez. 

Last season, three players who were signed to minor-league deals with invites to spring training made the team on opening day: outfielder Cedric Hunter, utilityman Emmanuel Burriss and reliever James Russell.

Others, such as former closers Edward Mujica, Ernesto Frieri and Andrew Bailey, failed to make the team out of camp. Bailey eventually earned a call-up; the other two didn't.

Former Sixer Lou Williams lighting it up with Lakers off the bench

Former Sixer Lou Williams lighting it up with Lakers off the bench

Former Sixers point guard and Meek Mill collaborator Lou Williams is enjoying quite the run off the bench for the Lakers recently.

Over Los Angeles' last four games, Williams has posted totals of 40, 38, 24, and 35 points. 

The six-man is averaging 34.5 points per game over the stretch, and his 137 points are the most off the bench in a four-game span by any player since 1970-71, when stats were first recorded, per Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN. Williams is now averaging 19.3 points this season, which is 4.4 more than his highest average with the Sixers.

Williams isn’t the only player who used to play for the Sixers that is playing well for the Lakers this year. Nick “Swaggy P” Young, who also comes off the bench, is averaging 13.3 points per game. Just a few weeks ago, Swaggy P stole a pass intended for Lou Williams, and then proceeded to hit a game winner against the Thunder. Swaggy P, however, is currently sidelined with a right calf strain, but is getting closer to a return.

"Lou Will" was also talked about last April during Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game, when he was beefing on Twitter with another former Philadelphia athlete, LeSean McCoy.