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Golden: Brown's missed showtime moment a lesson in chemistry, maturity

Months-long study led by President Jay Hartzell will be released Tuesday.

Cedric Golden
Austin American-Statesman
Texas forward Greg Brown had his ups and downs in Texas' win over TCU on Sunday, missing a dunk attempt rather than going for an easy layup that drew the ire of head coach Shaka Smart.
  • Study expected to address narrative of the school song and what is believed by some to be a racist history.
  • Texas freshman Greg Brown learned another valuable lesson.
  • NBA All-star game was entertaining but should it have even been played?

In Sunday’s successful regular-season finale at TCU, the Texas Longhorns gave us an indication that they’re doing quite well in the chemistry department.

And freshmen Greg Brown learned another valuable lesson in the process. The Longhorns were up 67-53 with 5:26 left over the outmanned Horned Frogs and Brown, a 6-foot-9 jumping jack who's projected to go in the first round of this summer’s NBA draft, decided he would bring a bit of showtime into the proceedings.

About an hour before the NBA slam dunk contest was to start in Atlanta, Brown unofficially put his name in the hat for the 2022 competition when he attempted a between-the-legs stuff on a breakaway.

The Horns were up comfortably and the game was well in hand given the time remaining, but on a night when the Horns threw down seven slams — four of them from big man Jericho Sims — Smart was anything but happy when Brown’s attempt noisily clanked off the rim.

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Smart signaled for a substitute to replace Brown, but junior guard Courtney Ramey convinced him to change his mind.

“Courtney was adamant that he stay in,” Smart said after the game. “It’s important to listen to your leaders. I thought Courtney did a great job leading all day, so we went with that. But at the end of the day, we need two points in that situation. So hopefully we can learn from that.”

For what it’s worth — two points in this instance — Brown successfully threw down a dunk off an Andrew Jones feed three minutes later.

The Horns won their third straight road game and just put themselves in serious contention for a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, that is, if they can get by Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 tourney on Thursday.

The play was a great illustration of what Brown is athletically and how far he still has to go in the area of on-court maturity. It’s also a sure sign the Horns are growing in confidence, not only between the lines but in the area of chemistry in the locker room.

They will be an interesting watch over these next couple of weeks.

Exclusive:‘The Eyes of Texas’ committee report, all 95 pages, expected to challenge narrative

Texas players sing "The Eyes of Texas' after beating Baylor 26-16 at Royal-Memorial Stadium last October. The university has conducted a study of the school song with the findings to be released early Tuesday.

'Eyes' report coming: The eagerly awaited “Eyes of Texas” study tasked by UT President Jay Hartzell and his 24-person committee is finished and will be made public Tuesday.

When the university releases its findings from the months-long study of the school song, more dialogue will hopefully come to bear, the kind of dialogue that will signal progress is being made on campus and in the fan and alumni bases.

The school says what starts at Texas changes the world, and the world could really use a bit of changes in many areas, including race relations.

Texas, particularly its football program, has been at the epicenter of a hot debate since its players basically demanded the school drop its longstanding school song. Hartzell announced months ago that the song would remain, which did not really change the perceptions of either side of the issue.

Minds were made up and stances remained hardened last fall even after the American-Statesman published many emails that fans and alumni had sent to UT on the subject, followed by the Texas Tribune recently releasing more.

Hartzell will meet with the team and other Longhorns athletes on Tuesday after the findings are made public. Hopefully the results will push the need for even more dialogue.

Silver, the real all-star: NBA commissioner Adam Silver is the best at what he does, but I wasn’t originally on board with him playing an unnecessary all-star game in the middle of a pandemic despite the great gesture to donate to HBCU's.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended the league's decision to have an All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday in the midst of a pandemic. The league reported there were zero positive tests over the weekend.

But after watching a spectacular evening of hoops — albeit with little to no defense — I can understand his desire to showcase the sport’s best product.

Stephen Curry reminded us as to why he's the greatest shooter to ever play after winning the long-distance shootout on his last attempt. As if that wasn’t enough, he made eight 3-pointers in Team LeBron’s 170-150 win, including three from near midcourt.

“It isn’t fair,” said game analyst Reggie Miller, also one of the game’s greatest marksmen.

The league announced there were zero positive tests from all-star weekend, adding to Silver’s well-earned reputation as the best commish in all of sports. The league will have its hands full in trying to keep him once his contract runs out in 2024. Silver is smart enough to do most any job. I could see him being great in politics.

We could use some help in Texas, that’s for sure.

Fight of the Century: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the epic heavyweight title showdown between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, ESPN replayed the fight with digitally enhanced video and sound that brought the greatest title fight ever to life once again.

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In this March 8, 1971 file photo, boxer Joe Frazier, left, hits Muhammad Ali during the 15th round of their heavyweight title fight at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Frazier’s unanimous 15-round decision in the battle of unbeatens concluded that rare sporting event that actually met the hype. Many of us were either not born or much too young to realize the significance of this clash of the titans at the time, but it’s part of a short list of events where the competition itself went far beyond a simple athletic contest to something that took on added cultural significance in the coming decades.

I put it up there with Jesse Owens winning four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin in front of Germany's Adolph Hitler, and Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier one decade later.

Ali wasn’t always the greatest sport and Frazier — a good man who was just interested in doing his job — famously said Ali's insults hurt him much more than his punches did.

Five decades later, their story underscores the belief that the areas of sports and politics are forever linked. The fight and its message resonate today.

Ali set the bar and today’s athletes have bravely followed his lead, even if their actions don’t always play well with the majority.