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Super Teams Don't Care About The Regular Season
The Cavs and Warriors are not atop their respective conferences (or non-respective in the East's situation), and it is making people crazy. After three straight years of a Cavs and Warriors Finals, people expect to see it again this season.
Conspiracy Theory: Phil Jackson Is Still Somehow Running (Ruining) The Knicks
The New York Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder for 30 cents on the dollar this summer, and ended up playing them in the first game of the season, ironically. Melo was looking to destroy the Knicks in the season opener, naturally, and ended up putting up a measly 22 points on a horrendous Knicks roster. Kristaps Porzingis, my large, beautiful dad, wowed everyone with an incredible 31 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Beasley injured his ankle a minute into the game, and my hopes and dreams of a Walking Bucket for this game were shattered. All around, it was basically everything I expected from the Knicks season opener, except I didn't think Phil Jackson was still running the Knicks.
The USMNT Won't Be in the 2018 World Cup
The USMNT was eliminated from making the 2018 World Cup after losing to Trinidad 2-1. The last time the U.S. Men’s soccer team didn’t make the World Cup was ten years before I was born in 1986. The 1990 World Cup ended a drought of 40 years, and if the U.S. is headed in that direction with soccer, Lord help us all.
Ball in the Family: The Making of a Leader
In episode five, "The Making of a Leader," of Ball in the Family, we get to see how LaMelo is still just a high school kid that loves to play NBA 2K. LiAngelo has been at UCLA for a period of time now and doesn't get to spend as much time with his family, and has no idea how to hold a conversation with his girlfriend. Lonzo doesn't have any air time this week, while LaVar and Tina get just the right amount of screenplay.
Hoodie Melo Gets His Wish and Moves to OKC
Today the Oklahoma City Thunder and Sam Presti steal away another superstar to add to the Triple-Double King's team. This summer, Presti was able to snag Paul George away from the for sure Boston Celtics trade for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. 30 cents on the dollar, sure, but he was also able to add Carmelo Anthony for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and the Bulls 2018 second-round pick.
The Best Show You're Probably Not Watching Right Now
All the talk from LaVar Ball over the past six or so months has turned a few people away from the Ball family and disregarding Lonzo Ball as a basketball player due to his father's extravagant personality. LaVar has said that Lonzo is better than two time NBA MVP Steph Curry; he's also said that he would beat Michael Jordan in a 1-on-1 game. "Never lost." LaVar has the biggest personality of a sports parent that I've ever seen and I can't keep my eyes off the Ball family as a whole.
There Are So Many Things Better Than Lamarcus Aldridge
The San Antonio Spurs took a 3–2 series lead after a 116–103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night. Kawhi Leonard of course led the way for the Spurs with 28 points and great defense as always, but what did LaMarcus Aldridge do? LA scored 12 points on 13 shots and had 9 rebounds. Aldridge just got a four year deal with San Antonio for $84 million… is $84 million worth 12 points on 13 shots? Nope. Is $84 million worth 12 points on like say two shots? Yup. Well, LA didn’t have 12 points on two shots now did he? There are so many things and people better than LaMarcus Aldridge because who would want a power forward that’s inefficient and looks like Baloo from The Jungle Book? Tell me LA doesn’t look like Baloo from The Jungle Book.
If Russel Westbrook Breaks the Season Triple-Double Record…
Sunday afternoon Russell Westbrook put up a stat line of 40 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets, but he also recorded his 40th triple double of the season. Oscar Robertson’s record of 41 triple doubles in a season still stands, but with six more games to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder the triple double season record looks to be in a bit of trouble.
What Can Giannis Antetokounmpo Do With His Hands?
I was watching the playoff games tonight and I randomly have random thoughts sometimes. Most of them are related to music or basketball, but for some reason I wondered what Giannis Antetokounmpo could do with his inhumanely large hands. Some people have random thoughts about if the U.S. government is going to be okay for the next four years. Or they think about if there’s going to be a nuclear war anytime soon. But me? Nope, it's usually weird things about basketball unicorns or how Kendrick Lamar is actually a goat, and if goats only have a lifespan of 15–18 years, then how is Kendrick still alive at 29? Anyways, I found five different professions that Giannis Antetokounmpo would be good at with his almighty hands.
The James Harden Bandwagon Grew After Game One
The Houston Rockets put an absolute ass-whooping on the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, and it was some of the most fun basketball to watch. The Rockets shot 22 of 50 from deep in a playoff game, and, for added fun, it was against the Spurs who had the most efficient defense this past regular season. Houston has a great team put together for the Mike D’Antoni run and gun show, and Harden has become the captain of the ship. Just like the Suns with Steve Nash, the Rockets have figured out how to make the most three pointers in a regular season ever and do it in a seven second shot system.
Beard Over Brodie For MVP
This season we have been blessed with Russell Westbrook’s pettiness and also the unleashing of his full fury after Kevin Durant bolted for the Golden State Warriors back in July. Now, Westbrook does what he wants, and is launching up triple doubles at an alarming rate. 18 triple doubles so far this season for the Brodie, and he isn’t going to be stopping anytime soon. Westbrook is more than likely favored to be the MVP at the end of the season, and he certainly has the numbers to become the league’s MVP, but he shouldn’t become the MVP unless his team starts winning a whole lot more.