Hosted by Seffner Christian Academy in Seffner, Fla., the third annual Brazz Sports Elite Preseason Classic was filled with great individual performances and memorable high school basketball battles.
The 2019 NBA draft happened hours ago. The top player that everyone was paying attention to the 6'7, 285-pound freshman and all-American forward from Duke University: Zion Williamson. Williamson was the first round and first pick, who was selected by The New Orleans Pelicans. We have seen phenoms in basketball in frequency over the last 20 years, and the number of phenoms get even smaller if you go back 30 to 50 years. Zion Williamson is in a class by himself, solely based on his statuesque 6'7 and 285-pound frame, along with his freakish strength and damn near superhuman leaping ability as part of his athletic pedigree. For those basketball fans who have been paying attention to the league since the 2003 draft, the way Zion Williamson's ability is being described is similar to, if not the same as, the 2003 first round, first draft pick LeBron James, who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron is now regarded as the best basketball player on the planet, and now, young Zion has even been called by some as the second coming of LeBron James. I can agree with that, on the physical prowess alone. Both Zion and LeBron both play high about the rim, and are great rebounds and shot blockers (LeBron in his prime and middle years of his career). Young Zion Williamson has parts of his game that need work, but there's no doubt that he can play at a high level.
I’ve been a high school basketball coach for three years now, and I’ve learned a thing or two about working with the team. While it’s been a number of years since our last big championship, the team has been in the upper ranks in our region and has been steadily rising. Our core principles of teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect have brought us far, and there’s a good camaraderie among the boys. I had been feeling great about my role as head coach and confident in my ability to lead the team deep into the playoffs and, potentially, a championship trophy.
The team may have won the Summer League and had a good performance in the preseason, but this is where the wins and losses count. On October 22, the NBA season starts and everything is on the line.
Who to Start—Kennard or Brown?
Being able to have fun in the comfort of their own home is a goal for everyone. It's hard finding things to do at home. This leads to you leaving your home and spending money to have somewhere else to go. All you have to do is buy the necessary things to make your home a fun house. You can fill your house with toys, and things like a basketball court or a swimming pool. This way the fun is there as soon as you walk in the door.
On Monday, June 17, an estimated 1.5 million Raptor die-hards packed into the streets of “the 6” to celebrate the city’s first ever NBA championship. Toronto fans were not only there to celebrate their first ever NBA Championship, but the city’s first title in over 25 years. Many laughed at the idea of Toronto dethroning Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the other great players that made up the Golden State Warriors; but, as we now know, Kawhi and Toronto got the last laugh. For his contribution, it's shocking to hear many people questioning others, "What kind of player do you think Kawhi Leonard is?" Still, this is an important question, and one that should be addressed before considering his impact on NBA Finals, as well as his future in the NBA as a whole.