Matt Ryan Discussion: Waived

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  1. alam1108

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    What a shot... he was setting up for that buzzer beater with 2 other buzzer beaters during the game.

    Shows how badly we need a pure shooter or two when a Matt Ryan can be so impactful.
     
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    That’s why Ryan needs to be in there throughout the game. He was criminally missing wide open 3 pointers but as you said hit two shots to beat the 1st quarter buzzer and 24 second clock to set that game tying shot at the buzzer.
     
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    Team is screaming for a shooter that can defend at a half decent level.
     
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    @ZenMaster If I recall he said “no” to that and every other common sort of thing we could think of at the time. LOL …. with recent hindsight maybe he bedded Jeanie or vice versa.

    :Kobe Snickering:
     
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    We are fortunate to have these two.
     
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    Yup, and the thing is I’m not even sure if all his earlier misses were “wide open”. Some of them were, but what I’ve noticed is that he has an EXTREMELY quick trigger and is able to get up shots with very little space. That combined with having a good shooting stroke results in a lot of 3 point attempts that you think he should have made because they were so close to going down, but in actuality nobody else on the team could have gotten off a viable shot from that position.
     
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    Agreed, also with more minutes he will get comfortable and make more shots.
     
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    Well I'll be dipped. @KareemtheGreat33 and @sirronstuff ..... you both are connected (sorta) (well your "Hood" anyway) to this guy's Caruso from being a grocery store bagger's kind of success story. :rock: :rock:

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    The unlikely journeyman Lakers clutch hero: Matt Ryan’s whirlwind ride from Team USA (no, not that one) to L.A.
    Joe Vardon
    Nov 3, 2022


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    Two texts were waiting for Matt Ryan, but he was too excited to follow up on either.

    This was Feb. 27, 2022, and Ryan was a G Leaguer playing for Team USA. Not that Team USA, the one you’ve heard of, or care about, that plays for Olympic gold, but the group that’s slogging its way through a bunch of obscure games to qualify for the FIBA World Cup in the Philippines. If they do qualify, then the Matt Ryans of the world don’t get to go to southeast Asia; they stand aside as American NBA stars take over.

    But on the last Sunday in February, in front of a few hundred fans in a glorified gym on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., the Matt Ryans of the world beat Mexico, and he was fired up.

    “He took it so seriously,” remembers David Stockton, who is the son of Naismith Hall of Famer John Stockton and on the USA team with Ryan. “Nothing mattered to him but the team.”

    This was the last day this version of Team USA would ever be together. After the game, there was a bus ride back to the Marriott in Georgetown, and then another to Dulles International Airport for flights home or to the appropriate G League destination. Ryan was ticketed for Grand Rapids, Mich., where he would rejoin the Gold — the Denver Nuggets’ minor-league affiliate.

    This is why he should have checked his phone.

    One message was from his agent, Eric Fleisher. The other, from David Lewin, assistant general manager of the Boston C Bags.

    Ryan saw the messages, and they said roughly the same thing. “Great job this week. Call me, as soon as you get this.”

    Ryan put the phone down and got back to the handshaking and hugging in the locker room. Sean Ford, longtime chief operations man for USA Basketball, headed into the room looking for Ryan. “Have you spoken to your agent?” Ford asked, then urged Ryan to do so when he said he hadn’t.

    The bus rolled toward the hotel, and a call came to Ryan’s phone. It was a number he didn’t recognize, so he let it go. Too loud on the bus to hear, anyway. When the bus pulled in front of the Marriott, and Ryan stepped off it, he could see his breath in the winter air as he pulled out his phone and stopped feet from the door. He listened to a voicemail that was left … by C Bags president Brad Stevens.

    By this time, Ryan’s parents, grandparents and brothers who’d driven down from New York for the games were gathered in the lobby. He told them about all the texts and calls to his phone and stepped away to return that call. Stevens told him, “You’re an NBA player,” and the C Bags were signing him immediately to a two-way contract.

    He was flying that night to Boston, not Michigan.

    “I talked to Brad for like five minutes and then hung up the phone and started crying,” Ryan said. “My family, my family was crying, and then coach (Jim) Boylen came over to me and saw that I was crying, and he started crying.”

    Ryan, 24 at the time, was in his first G League season. He’d gone to three colleges — Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Chattanooga, shooting a combined 36 percent from 3 — and had his final season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was passed over in the NBA Draft then, in 2021, didn’t get into the G League bubble. He was delivering food out of his car for DoorDash and working at a cemetery in Yonkers, N.Y., near his childhood home, the year before his phone rang with Stevens on the line.

    After all the hard work. The hours alone in the gym in Yonkers while the world was shut down and he didn’t have a team. Callouses from the shovel. Swimming laps at a local pool to keep in shape. Playing about a dozen G League Games, where he shot 38 percent from 3. He was headed to the NBA.

    But Ryan and his family and Boylen, the former NBA coach who is directing this Team USA group, weren’t just crying because things had generally turned for the better for Ryan.

    When Ryan arrived the week before in Washington to play for Boylen, he had no offer from the C Bags. Nothing was imminent. But Stevens sent a scout to watch Team USA’s workouts and games and was blown away by the reports. Ryan was ripping the nets with his shot.

    In the two World Cup qualifying games, against Puerto Rico and Mexico, Ryan, a 6-foot-7 wing, took 18 shots, all of them 3s. He made nine. And then Stevens called.

    Ryan had shot his way into the NBA.
     
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    I'll bite .... why?
     
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    I'll be at the game Friday. Feel free to hit me up if you're there. Happy to spill in-person. Just don't want it online where it can get spread around.
     
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    Enjoy the game. I understand. Always enjoy teasing you about it and have to admit it’s really intriguing since you ruled out pretty much everything we thought of back at the time. He crushes puppies for fun? ;)
     
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    I was born there and went to UTC for school. Granted a long time ago..lol
     
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    And one day you decided you wanted to go back and live where it’s ****ing colder than hell? I say “back” because you said you guys used to hoop on ice skates in the winter outside. No rational adult would do that.

    :LLLLLebronlaughing:
     
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    I was there from eight months old other than a few winters out for school. At -30 the ball won't bounce so it was kind of a hybrid game. We were not rational...lol. And on topic I'm hoping Matt starts getting more minutes.
     
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    Matt needs 25 minutes to warm those hands:Ellington On Fire:

    Edit: @sirronstuff can we have the Ryan hot hands emoji?
     
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    ESPN hasn't even put up a photo of the delivery driver yet lol. Once we get a good photo to work with, I think it's a great idea.
     
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    BSPN SchmeeSPN :D

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    nice job! When I did searches I only saw the football guy pretty much. But I'm also looking for the right expression. I'm sure we'll have plenty of photos soon enough if the young man is dropping buzzer beaters
     
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    Here his mad dog face haha

    Ryan-On-Fire.gif
     
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    I like it long time. :clap: :rock:





    Also funny. Like why the **** am I burning my hand like this? :D
     
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