The Warriors, The Schedule and The Marathon NBA Season

The Warriors, The Schedule and The Marathon NBA Season

73-9 in the regular season. Coming back from 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Losing in Game 7 after a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Adding one of the best players in the NBA via free agency and stealing him away from a rival in the process. A lot has happened since the the 2015-2016 regular season concluded back in April, a season in which the Warriors became the greatest regular season team of all-time with a 73-9 record. Before getting into the recent comments from Warriors General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers in regard to resting players, let’s take a look at the games that the Warriors lost last season: Any Common Threads To Their Losses? The Warriors were 2-5 in games in which they did not score at least 100 points. 7 of the 9 losses were on the road. 6 of the 9 losses were on the first or second night of a back-to-back. 6 of the 9 losses occurred on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Recap Saturday, December 12th at Milwaukee Bucks 108 – Warriors 95 The Warriors were pushed to the limit the previous night in a 124-119 win in double-overtime at Boston. The Warriors shot 22.2% from deep (6-27) and their bench shot 33.3% (10-30), while Greg Monroe (28 points, 11 rebounds), Giannis Antekokounmpo (11 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists) and Michael Carter-Williams (17 points, 7 assists, 5 steals) led the Bucks to victory. Wednesday, December 30th at Dallas Mavericks 114 – Warriors 91 Steph Curry sat this one out with a bruised left leg, the Mavericks shot 51.9%...
Kobe Bryant. Two Polarizing Words Of This Generation

Kobe Bryant. Two Polarizing Words Of This Generation

Kobe Bryant. Two of the most polarizing words of this generation in sports. Why do you ask? Here’s a list. It’s pretty well known, even still remarkable. 18 time All Star. 11 Time All NBA First Team. 9 All NBA defensive teams. Back to back NBA Finals MVP. 5 Time NBA champion. 2 time scoring champion. 3rd All Time in points scored. All during a 20 year reign with the same franchise… The Los Angeles Lakers. (Pause; Kobe wasn’t drafted by the Lakers. The Charlotte Hornets drafted Bryant with the 13th pick of the 1996 NBA Draft for Vlade Divac. He is currently the vice president of basketball operations for the Sacramento Kings.) The Black Mamba’s legacy is something talked over and over about. After Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant was the NBA’s poster boy. By playing for one of the NBA’s most popular franchises in the city of Los Angeles, Kobe was able to mold himself into not only a star on the basketball floor but off. Professional athletes don’t become household names overnight. Kobe Bryant’s stardom and fame has led his name to be synonymous with the game of basketball. From his deadly fade away to his reverse layups, children of the earlier 21st century have molded their entire games to Kobe Bryant. Anywhere in the United States, one can find a young man who owns a number 24 or even a number 8 Kobe Bryant jersey shooting around on their neighbors’ basketball hoop. The legend that is Kobe Bryant continues to live on. But, what if Kobe Bryant isn’t nearly the greatest shooting guard (behind Michael Jordan)...
Doug McDermott Is Set for a Breakout Campaign

Doug McDermott Is Set for a Breakout Campaign

By Nathan Beighle In this past offseason, the Chicago Bulls said goodbye to two long-standing Chi-towns players in Mike Dunleavy and Derrick Rose. They also said hello to a couple of aging stars in Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade. With these departures and additions, if Doug (McBuckets) McDermott stays consistent and constant, he may finally get a shot at the lime light. Doug McDermott has been subpar throughout his time in the NBA and with the absence of Mike Dunleavy, he may begin to unleash his full array of weapons. In limited minutes last season McDermott was able to scrap together 9.4 points per game in just 23.0 minutes of action. Add a 56.1 true shooting percentage to that list and McDermott may find himself as one of the most effective Bulls. Actually, for the 2015-2016 season, McDermott led the Bulls in games played by missing only one game; he played in 81. What is even more impressive than his durable and true shooting percentage is just how well he shot the deep three. From 25-29 feet, McDermott was able to make 46.4%. Let’s take a second and do a comparison; Steph shot 44.6% from that distance and Klay shot 43.0% from that distance. Let’s look a little further. KD shot 40.4% from that distance and Lillard a mere 38.8%. Even per 36 minutes, McDermott averages only 14.8 points per game, therefore McDermott has to be a more effective scorer in the time he is given. What does this prove? Not too much but the Bulls will be needing the spacing McDermott can provide to make room for Rondo’s drives,...
Kristen Ledlow’s Personality And Knowledge Grows With Turner Sports

Kristen Ledlow’s Personality And Knowledge Grows With Turner Sports

“But now, because of this digital age, everyone has a voice. I think a lot of people have misused that voice because they don’t think that they’re being heard or seen. I want to let people know that they’re being heard, they’re being seen, and one of the reasons why I interact with as many people as I do is because I know that my voice is one that is being heard. I want to be able to speak up for those who can’t.”