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2013-02-19 04:13:14 PM
I thought that was a joke of a headline, but, it really comes off as if that was about 50% of the reason he tried out.

But, from what I saw, he looks like he can play fairly well, at least has a decent shot.   As they say, you can't teach height... might as well make good use of the fact you are 7' 3".
 
2013-02-19 04:14:31 PM
rdemotivational.com
 
2013-02-19 04:25:23 PM
Sousaphone.

/Carry on.
 
2013-02-19 04:41:42 PM

This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.


I like you already.
 
2013-02-19 04:46:03 PM
If there is one thing in my life that has always bothered me since I was a child its "Why dont you play basketball?" It didnt matter that I was a standout wrestler starting in 2nd grade, a very good baseball player from little league through high school, and an awesome defensive player in football. Every time we would go visit relatives thats the only question I would get. "Why dont you play basketball?"
 
2013-02-19 04:51:28 PM

Sapper_Topo: If there is one thing in my life that has always bothered me since I was a child its "Why dont you play basketball?" It didnt matter that I was a standout wrestler starting in 2nd grade, a very good baseball player from little league through high school, and an awesome defensive player in football. Every time we would go visit relatives thats the only question I would get. "Why dont you play basketball?"


I had a similar situation growing up, except I did actually play basketball.

My coaches kept asking me why I didn't play the tuba.
 
2013-02-19 05:03:42 PM
How's his defense? Seriously, there's such a dearth of big guys in the NBA now that some guy who went to Illinois whose name I can't bother to remember or look up even though Illinois is my favorite team was a lottery pick last year by virtue of being a 7-footer who wasn't a beanpole.

His offense looks like Omer "6-and-in" Asik and the Rockets backed up the Brinks truck from him over the offseason.

Still, the guy sounds extremely annoyed that he's playing basketball--even now that he's good at it. Hope he's able to do something after college he enjoys and not something a bunch of idiots who don't know how to make small talk goaded him into.
 
2013-02-19 05:07:27 PM
www.oddmusic.com
What a 7'3" tuba may look like.
 
2013-02-19 05:11:14 PM
This sort of makes me think of Luther Wright, the former Seton Hall basketball player and NBA washout.  He had mental health and substance abuse issues; but on top of that, speaking to someone in the Seton Hall administration who knows him well, I got the sense that Wright just plain didn't like basketball, and he came to grips with that only after leaving college.  But when you're 7'2", you're going to get the questions, and he did what he was expected to do.  Probably more so if, as in Wright's case, you're African American and from an urban environment.

Anyway, I had a chance to watch Del Piero play against SHU earlier this year.  (I have a relative on the SHU team.)  He didn't put up big stats or anything but he definitely looked like he was pretty agile, could run the floor and had good timing.  And, yeah, you can't teach height.  I hadn't heard this backstory and am genuinely surprised.
 
2013-02-19 05:15:14 PM

RangerTaylor: This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.

I like you already.


I mean, it's not like clarinet/soprano sax, alto sax/tenor sax, or even trumpet/cornet. The two look nothing alike. It's just laziness by the article writer. "Bigger than a trombone? It's a tuba."
 
2013-02-19 05:18:39 PM

This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.


Tuba or not tuba, doesn't matter
 
2013-02-19 05:19:02 PM

Sapper_Topo: If there is one thing in my life that has always bothered me since I was a child its "Why dont you play basketball?" It didnt matter that I was a standout wrestler starting in 2nd grade, a very good baseball player from little league through high school, and an awesome defensive player in football. Every time we would go visit relatives thats the only question I would get. "Why dont you play basketball?"


Me too. So I did.

4 years of farked up knees later, I decided never to play again.

// baseball 4 eva
 
2013-02-19 05:19:56 PM

This Looks Fun: RangerTaylor: This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.

I like you already.

I mean, it's not like clarinet/soprano sax, alto sax/tenor sax, or even trumpet/cornet. The two look nothing alike. It's just laziness by the article writer. "Bigger than a trombone? It's a tuba."


Sousaphones are rarely used beyond marching, and assuming he does more than marching, he's playing plenty of normal tuba too.
 
2013-02-19 05:22:39 PM
I dunno Tuba or somethin'.
 
2013-02-19 05:28:55 PM

12349876: This Looks Fun: RangerTaylor: This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.

I like you already.

I mean, it's not like clarinet/soprano sax, alto sax/tenor sax, or even trumpet/cornet. The two look nothing alike. It's just laziness by the article writer. "Bigger than a trombone? It's a tuba."

Sousaphones are rarely used beyond marching, and assuming he does more than marching, he's playing plenty of normal tuba too.


This.

If he got a music scholarship, it ain't just for marching band. Any other music groups (orchestra, wind ensemble, brass quintet, etc.) will use a tuba, not a sousaphone.
 
2013-02-19 05:32:32 PM

12349876: This Looks Fun: RangerTaylor: This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.

I like you already.

I mean, it's not like clarinet/soprano sax, alto sax/tenor sax, or even trumpet/cornet. The two look nothing alike. It's just laziness by the article writer. "Bigger than a trombone? It's a tuba."

Sousaphones are rarely used beyond marching, and assuming he does more than marching, he's playing plenty of normal tuba too.


No, not THIS.

Contrary to popular belief, the sousaphone was not initially developed as a marching instrument, as the professional band Sousa started after leaving the Marines (for which he wanted this new instrument) marched only once in its existence. Rather, Sousa wanted a concert instrument which would be easier to hold and play, while retaining a full, rich sound.

THIS
 
2013-02-19 05:35:30 PM

This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.


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2013-02-19 05:37:23 PM
puckrock2000:

If he got a music scholarship, it ain't just for marching band. Any other music groups (orchestra, wind ensemble, brass quintet, etc.) will use a tuba, not a sousaphone.

Also from Wiki:  In schools that cannot afford two kinds of tuba for each player, having only the sousaphone type is common.
 
2013-02-19 05:39:12 PM
As a former tuba player (HS and college) who is 6'5", I definitely got asked my fair share of times why I wasn't playing basketball.
 
2013-02-19 05:40:29 PM

This Looks Fun: puckrock2000:

If he got a music scholarship, it ain't just for marching band. Any other music groups (orchestra, wind ensemble, brass quintet, etc.) will use a tuba, not a sousaphone.

Also from Wiki:  In schools that cannot afford two kinds of tuba for each player, having only the sousaphone type is common.


He's at LSU. They can afford concert horns.
 
2013-02-19 05:44:30 PM
The word "tuba" is simply Latin for "tube".

It's not incorrect to refer to all bass brasswinds as "tubas" irregardless of their configuration.  Players can be found at many cities' Tuba Christmas concerts playing concert and recording tubas in half a dozen keys, sousaphones, helicons, contrabass bugles, euphoniums, baritone horns, occasionally even an ophecleide or serpent.
 
2013-02-19 05:45:28 PM
bugmn99

Is that Shawn Bradley?
 
2013-02-19 05:46:37 PM

This Looks Fun: Rather, Sousa wanted a concert instrument which would be easier to hold and play


He failed.
 
2013-02-19 05:47:28 PM

This Looks Fun: 12349876: This Looks Fun: RangerTaylor: This Looks Fun: Sousaphone.

/Carry on.

I like you already.

I mean, it's not like clarinet/soprano sax, alto sax/tenor sax, or even trumpet/cornet. The two look nothing alike. It's just laziness by the article writer. "Bigger than a trombone? It's a tuba."

Sousaphones are rarely used beyond marching, and assuming he does more than marching, he's playing plenty of normal tuba too.

No, not THIS.

Contrary to popular belief, the sousaphone was not initially developed as a marching instrument, as the professional band Sousa started after leaving the Marines (for which he wanted this new instrument) marched only once in its existence. Rather, Sousa wanted a concert instrument which would be easier to hold and play, while retaining a full, rich sound.

THIS


It has the same range (okay, slightly less), same embouchure, and same fingerings (snerk).  To use them interchangeably or as a type-variety is a smaller offense even than the baritone/euphonium mix-up.
 
2013-02-19 05:48:05 PM

poot_rootbeer: The word "tuba" is simply Latin for "tube".

It's not incorrect to refer to all bass brasswinds as "tubas" irregardless of their configuration.  Players can be found at many cities' Tuba Christmas concerts playing concert and recording tubas in half a dozen keys, sousaphones, helicons, contrabass bugles, euphoniums, baritone horns, occasionally even an ophecleide or serpent.


It's a little known fact, but this is also why they refer to data communication resources as "bandwidth."  The Internet, you see, is a series of tubes, and so is the brass section of a band.  The more you know!
 
2013-02-19 05:48:42 PM

WTFdoesitmatter: This Looks Fun: puckrock2000:

If he got a music scholarship, it ain't just for marching band. Any other music groups (orchestra, wind ensemble, brass quintet, etc.) will use a tuba, not a sousaphone.

Also from Wiki:  In schools that cannot afford two kinds of tuba for each player, having only the sousaphone type is common.

He's at LSU. They can afford concert horns.


My response was specifically directed to "Any other music group," but you already knew that.
 
2013-02-19 05:52:55 PM
Tiberius Gracchus:
It has the same range (okay, slightly less), same embouchure, and same fingerings (snerk).  To use them interchangeably or as a type-variety is a smaller offense even than the baritone/euphonium mix-up.

LOL. That's ridiculous. There is no lesser instrument transgression than Baritone/Euphonium. You're joking.

/In all seriousness, this might be the most amicable argument I've ever seen play out anonymously.
 
2013-02-19 05:58:05 PM

Super Chronic: poot_rootbeer:  The Internet, you see, is a series of tubes, and so is the brass section of a band.  The more you know!


The very fortunate difference being that the tubes in a brass section aren't all connected.

/barf
 
2013-02-19 06:00:04 PM
Ya, I can relate to this guy.  For example, I'm constantly being asked why I'm not a male model.
 
2013-02-19 06:10:00 PM
If you're over 7 feet tall you play basketball until people stop giving you money and free stuff to play basketball - I don't care if you don't like it or it's not what you really want to be doing - - - you are a 1%'er in height - ride that gravy train as long as you can.

/5'10" white guy
 
2013-02-19 06:17:09 PM

This Looks Fun: LOL. That's ridiculous. There is no lesser instrument transgression than Baritone/Euphonium. You're joking.


Slightly, but that's how petty I think the Tuba/Sousaphone distinction is.

 At least Baritone/Euphonium have different bore sizes (necessitating slightly different embouchure) and different valve configurations (with some euphoniums offering the 4th but no baritones doing so).

Besides the whole issue is moot as the guy says he plays the tuba - so the article isn't being stupid - those are the kid's words.  Probably just uses the sousaphone for marching but doesn't consider it his real instrument (or like many tuba players considers the sousa the "toy" version of the tuba - something you play with while marching, not for "real" concerts).
 
2013-02-19 06:27:24 PM
Tiberius Gracchus:Besides the whole issue is moot as the guy says he plays the tuba - so the article isn't being stupid - those are the kid's words.  Probably just uses the sousaphone for marching but doesn't consider it his real instrument (or like many tuba players considers the sousa the "toy" version of the tuba - something you play with while marching, not for "real" concerts).

Yeah, I can dig that; even though I played a dozen or so instruments, I always called myself a trumpet player.
 
2013-02-19 07:24:53 PM
1:) There was at least one photo of him with a tuba in the montage bit, a tuba in his hands looks like a baritone in mine.

2:)  That sports guy was just about the single most irritating person I've ever heard on TV news.  It was like watching a third grader read in front of class.

Apairofbasketballshoesthatis.
 
2013-02-19 07:25:27 PM

This Looks Fun: even though I played a dozen or so instruments, I always called myself a trumpet player.


Well, yeah, but it's easy to make that call. Those that only played the lesser instruments have it rough.
 
2013-02-19 07:43:01 PM

Fizpez: If you're over 7 feet tall you play basketball until people stop giving you money and free stuff to play basketball - I don't care if you don't like it or it's not what you really want to be doing - - - you are a 1%'er in height - ride that gravy train as long as you can.

/5'10" white guy


I did some "research" (that has disappeared from Facebook) a month-ish ago, and based on  http://investing.calsci.com/statistics.html
7 footers (really, 7'1") are 5 standard deviations from the mean (5'10" - 6'1") which *math* means about 30 7-footers between the ages of 20 and 40 (numbers extrapolated from US census data).

So, much, much more rare than 1%.

Also, a couple years back one of the guys from www.basketbawful.com wrote (at length) about his roommate in college, who was 7-1 and was on the Purdue basketball team.  And wasn't good, nor did he particularly enjoy basketball, but he was 7-1.
http://basketbawful.blogspot.ca/2009/06/livin-large-part-1.html
 
2013-02-19 07:50:40 PM
Fizpez: If you're over 7 feet tall you play basketball until people stop giving you money and free stuff to play basketball - I don't care if you don't like it or it's not what you really want to be doing - - - you are a 1%'er in height - ride that gravy train as long as you can.

/5'10" white guy


7' isn't just the 1%, its like 1% of the 1%. The 1% is like 6'4" or so.
 
2013-02-19 08:09:21 PM
Fun Fact: About 1 in 5 men who are 7' tall or more between the ages of 20 and 40 play in the NBA.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1187806/i nd ex.htm
 
2013-02-19 08:29:24 PM
As someone who was hounded constantly about "WHY DON'T YOU PLAY BASKETBALL/FOOTBALL, YOU'RE SO BIG!", I can sympathize with this poor lad.
 
2013-02-19 08:35:20 PM
Looks like he has to do the same layup shot over and over.. has to get tiring after awhile. I doubt he tries many 3 pointers..
 
2013-02-19 08:42:09 PM

dookdookdook: Fun Fact: About 1 in 5 men who are 7' tall or more between the ages of 20 and 40 play in the NBA.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1187806/i nd ex.htm


That is nuts.. well, clearly this guy has a bright future ahead of him then.. he's pretty much guaranteed a spot in the NBA after college.
 
2013-02-19 09:24:51 PM
This Looks Fun * * Smartest * Funniest [ ] Smartest [ ] Funniest 2013-02-19 05:15:14 PM RangerTaylor: This Looks Fun: Sousaphone. /Carry on. I like you already. I mean, it's not like clarinet/soprano sax, alto sax/tenor sax, or even trumpet/cornet. The two look nothing alike. It's just laziness by the article writer. "Bigger than a trombone? It's a tuba."
=======================================================

To be fair, almost everyone calls them tubas. They're played the same and produce pretty much the same sound... one's simply designed for marching bands.

But yes, you're correct.
 
2013-02-19 09:27:11 PM

Oldiron_79: Fizpez: If you're over 7 feet tall you play basketball until people stop giving you money and free stuff to play basketball - I don't care if you don't like it or it's not what you really want to be doing - - - you are a 1%'er in height - ride that gravy train as long as you can.

/5'10" white guy

7' isn't just the 1%, its like 1% of the 1%. The 1% is like 6'4" or so.


So he is like the Mitt Romney of height.
 
2013-02-19 10:21:34 PM

ModernLuddite: As someone who was hounded constantly about "WHY DON'T YOU PLAY BASKETBALL/FOOTBALL, YOU'RE SO BIG!", I can sympathize with this poor lad.


Same here.  Luckily, I was so obviously untalented (no depth perception + moderately clumsy as a direct result), that it basically stopped after 5th grade.

/And then I got fat, but not quite fat enough for football.
 
2013-02-19 10:54:50 PM

meyerkev: ModernLuddite: As someone who was hounded constantly about "WHY DON'T YOU PLAY BASKETBALL/FOOTBALL, YOU'RE SO BIG!", I can sympathize with this poor lad.

Same here.  Luckily, I was so obviously untalented (no depth perception + moderately clumsy as a direct result), that it basically stopped after 5th grade.

/And then I got fat, but not quite fat enough for football.


The weird part is that I actually did go in for wrestling, and I was actually forbidden from it because EVERYONE was like 5' tall and weighed 90 pounds soaking wet. To practice with the team would end up with me killing the team.

CSB.
 
2013-02-19 11:23:48 PM

dletter: I thought that was a joke of a headline, but, it really comes off as if that was about 50% of the reason he tried out.

But, from what I saw, he looks like he can play fairly well, at least has a decent shot.   As they say, you can't teach height... might as well make good use of the fact you are 7' 3".


Fizpez: If you're over 7 feet tall you play basketball until people stop giving you money and free stuff to play basketball - I don't care if you don't like it or it's not what you really want to be doing - - - you are a 1%'er in height - ride that gravy train as long as you can.

/5'10" white guy



So much of what these two said^^^^^^^^^^

If you're saddled with such an odd height you are an absolute moron to give up making as much money as possible using it to your advantage.  This guy will always struggle to literally fit into the world, and the money thrown at him to play basketball would pay for a lifetime of large cars, massive clothing, and a custom-built giant house with 9-foot doorways.

CSB:
People ask my uncoordinated 6'4" high school sophomore son if he plays basketball.  He has to explain he would be the shortest guy on the team, which is the reigning state champ, expected to win again this year, and is ranked in the top 10 in the country.  Every player has scholarship offers.  The center is 7'2"--I mean we live in a freak zone of giant people around here.

But he also said if were 7'+ he would learn to like the game a lot more than he does now.
 
2013-02-20 12:47:02 AM
Wow... I gave at least 3 of you nerds a swirly in high school.
 
2013-02-20 02:08:16 AM
I have a similar problem. Girls keep asking me why I'm not a porn star.

I have to explain that "it's not the size of the wave it's the motion of the ocean. And my ocean motion sucks!"
 
2013-02-20 04:04:25 AM

The Great EZE: How's his defense? Seriously, there's such a dearth of big guys in the NBA now


When I went to college, there was a guy over 7 feet tall and not skinny, but he didn't play basketball.  I asked someone on the team why the tall guy didn't even though he was taller than anyone else on the team by about a foot, and the answer I got was real simple:

"All the really tall guys fall a lot."
 
2013-02-20 07:43:43 AM
A good friend of mine from high school was 6'6" or 6'7" and probably about 300lbs. He eventually became the editor of Purdue's student paper, which meant that he wound up having quite a bit of contact with the athletic department. Every time he talked to the football people they tried to offer him scholarships.
 
2013-02-20 08:18:37 AM

dletter: Oldiron_79: Fizpez: If you're over 7 feet tall you play basketball until people stop giving you money and free stuff to play basketball - I don't care if you don't like it or it's not what you really want to be doing - - - you are a 1%'er in height - ride that gravy train as long as you can.

/5'10" white guy

7' isn't just the 1%, its like 1% of the 1%. The 1% is like 6'4" or so.

So he is like the Mitt Romney of height.


Indeed, his vulture captial firm stole a good foot from shorter people.
 
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