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A Fan’s Perspective of the Tom Crean Era
After nine seasons, Indiana University has fired head men’s basketball coach Tom Crean. His tenure has been a roller coaster ride, to put it lightly. Many fans, myself included, thought Crean’s time in Bloomington was up. This leads to the question: What is Tom Crean’s lasting legacy at Indiana? This is a highly subjective question, as the answer you will get will depend on who you speak to. This is my two cents on his lasting legacy. For me to say how he will be remembered, it’s important to break down his tenure into three different periods.
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.
Deja Vu-ing as Only the Clippers Can
It was never supposed to happen at all. That is what’s important to remember. The Clippers were supposed to go on being the (blah) Clippers forever. Blake Griffin’s knee knew the formula and did its part. Vinny Del Negro obliged. Donald Sterling lorded slums and kept upping the racism ante.
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.
How John Wall’s Extension Could Make the Wizards a Contender in the Future
It’s easy to have major moves lost amongst the shuffle that has been the NBA offseason. If a superstar isn’t moved or bridges aren’t being set ablaze, it’s like a transaction isn’t even made. Wall’s extension to most meant he was one superstar who won’t be rumored to team up with anyone in the future.
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.
LaVar Ball Is My Favorite Dad
LaVar Ball has been all over the basketball world over the past few days. He’s said that Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry, he’s said that he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 in their primes, he’s said he could beat Charles Barkley 1-on-1, among other things. LaVar has been thrashed on Twitter and is absolutely not loved. I’m not sure if he’s hitting Grayson Allen’s level, but he sure as hell is starting to get on a lot of basketball fans’ nerves. I like LaVar Ball, and so should you.
Is a Banana Boat Team Possible?
With lots of commotion surrounding Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony Tuesday, half of the Banana Boat is very loud in the news currently. Anthony met with Phil Jackson to talk about his future with the New York Knicks, and of course stated that he wants to stay with the team. Chris Paul has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will be out 6–8 weeks. While both of those situations are unfortunate, much like the Baudelaires having to deal with Count Olaf in “The Series of Unfortunate Events”, it had me thinking about a future Banana Boat team, and how this could actually happen.
Would Lebron James Have Survived in the 80's-90's?
Co-Written by Kenneth Wilson The other day in our company group chat, TJ decided to be the devil’s advocate and post “LeBron James would have sucked in the 90's,” knowing he would get a response. That response came, and Kenneth brought the thunder. This exchange fostered (you guessed it,) A DEBATE.
How the 2017 NBA Dunk Contest Will Go
Tonight Aaron Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Jones Jr., and Glenn Robinson III will be competing in the NBA’s Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, and the field may be underwhelming to you by looking at those names, but I assure you this year’s dunk contest may go a little differently than you think (or a whole lot).
Kyrie Irving Has His Reasons for Wanting Out of Cleveland
Disclaimer: I am not an advocate of Kyrie Irving wanting to leave LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I am only a Cincinnatian going to Ohio University, surrounded by large patches of Clevelanders — it is my duty to lay out the plethora of reasons why Kyrie Irving wants to get out of the Mistake on the Lake.
Klay Thompson Is Expendable
A few things after watching game one of the NBA Finals: JaVale McGee, Deron Williams, and Matt Barnes are playing in the NBA Finals, Richard Jefferson is about 47 years old now and is still playing professional basketball, Kevin Durant had a sneaky explosion in the first half in which I didn’t notice him setting an atomic bomb off to start the game until he had 16 points, Stephen Curry can still ruin everyone’s lives and hit a three from anywhere on the court, LeBron James is still really great at playing basketball, and Klay Thompson forgot how to shoot a basketball.