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The Slippery Slope That Is the Start of Lonzo Ball’s Career
There are some years where the first few picks of the NBA Draft are already a foregone conclusion. Whether we see a three person, two person, or even one person draft where only the top pick is the real crown jewel of the draft, we often know how the draft will start. This year, Markelle Fultz is pretty much already buying season tickets at Fenway and bringing up the score “28–3” once a day, as he’s destined to go to Boston. At one point it looked like Lakers’ pick at No. 2 was already written in stone, but Lonzo Ball has been going downhill ever since he lost in the Sweet 16.
Which NBA Finals Stars Deserve Their Own Team?
It’s hard to figure out what’s more disheartening at this point in the common NBA fan’s life- the fact that there’s no meaningful basketball on until the end of October, or that we just finished a relatively unentertaining NBA Finals that will likely feature the same matchup for the next few years. While you dive into NBA Classics or binge on 30 for 30s, you could console yourself with the thought that these teams might not actually feature the same rosters as early as next year.
Sorting Out the Possible Eastern Conference All Star Team
It has been extremely apparent over the last few months how much better the Western Conference is than its Eastern counterpart. To say talent was evenly spread across the two conferences would be a bigger lie than Steph Curry claiming his infamous dance at Harrison Barnes’ wedding wasn’t meant to make fun of LeBron James.
The Cavaliers’ Bench Mob is Better than Your Starting Lineup
This week, the Cleveland Cavaliers made their acquisitions of Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams official. Williams even made his debut with the Cavaliers, in a heartbreaking, riveting, and overall entertaining playoff-level intensity game against the Celtics. With these two acquisitions (both former Dallas Mavericks), the reigning NBA Champions have put in a serious bid for a repeat. With the recent news of a Kevin Durant knee injury, the Cavaliers’ title chances may have increased even more. Rival NBA GM’s could be a little disappointed for standing pat at the trade deadline with Durant out.
Rationalizing the “Steph” Comparisons
The NBA started to ramp up this past weekend, as this is when many say the NBA season actually “starts”, but it wasn’t necessarily due to the action on the court. As the trade deadline approaches, Sunday night saw what could be one of the most influential trades of the modern day, but definitely one of the more odd ones.
Don’t Look Now, But Russell Westbrook Could Actually Head To LA
Ever since Westbrook became a one man show in OKC, we’ve seen him become a one man wrecking crew. We haven’t had a player give us so many highlights that make us actually question his human DNA since Kobe was in his prime. Watching his revenge tour has been fun, but no matter how many triple doubles he racks up, you have to wonder if he’ll stay with the Thunder for the remainder of his days.
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.
Should LeBron James Remain Loyal to Cleveland?
We’re still more than a year away, with 82 regular season games to get through and one champion to crown, and we’re already wondering where LeBron James is going to end up when he becomes a free agent next summer. That’s what happens when you’re the greatest player of a generation and a proven flight risk.
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.
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.