New Year’s Resolutions: Eastern Conference

New Year’s Resolutions: Eastern Conference

The holidays are just passed us as we look towards a new year. This time of year people get really excited for a new beginning or maybe just their next chapter. Well, NBA teams also get excited for the New Year. A new year brings the trade deadline closer, the NFL ending it’s season, the NBA All Star weekend, and the time we all look forward to, the playoffs. Below we will run through new years resolutions for all 30 NBA teams. Eastern Conference Philadelphia 76ers This was the perfect team to lead off because they have to just keep taking it a day at a time. Many didn’t like the Hinkie process but Joel Embiid has been showing fans and media all season long to Trust the Process. We haven’t even seen Ben Simmons on the court yet. The most impressive aspect of this rebuild for the 76ers is their assets (Philly owns the Kings 2019 first round pick and right to swap in 2017). They will most likely move one of their big men (Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor) for so much needed guard help. Ben Simmons will be an excellent guard in the league but they will need some help. Their resolution is to get good value in Noel/Okafor and acquire a young guard who has potential. Brooklyn Nets Trade. They have to move Brook Lopez for a package of picks and prospects. He’s averaging more points per 36 minutes than he ever has. On top of this, he established a three-point game. The Nets are an older team and they only have eight wins. It’s...
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

To help get you guys in the holiday spirit, I decided to take a look back at some of the more “interesting” parts of this young NBA season, Christmas style. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, ranked 15th in the league, It appeared quite obvious that the Hawks missed Jeff Teague Oh, losing Horford is not a big blow! Let’s settle for a crybaby who can’t hit a free throw Memphis signed Parsons to dig them out of a trench, Now he gets paid to watch games from the bench “Please be worth it,” Chris Wallace prayed But Chandler has worn more V-Necks than games he has played Cuban thought his team would come ready to play, But they might fare better in the NCAA Cuban thinks he is known for his craft, But he’ll forever be known as the Grinch who can’t draft Two successful draft picks in 22 years You wonder why Dallas fans are always in tears Being worse than the Pelicans is probably a sign That something is wrong on the Mav’s sideline Matt Barnes, still pissed D-Fish got the dub Took it out on a woman at an NYC club Boogie Cousins said to Matt, as he’s his biggest supporter “Next time just take it out on a reporter” “Now, on Lebron! On, Love! On, Kyrie! Lue continued to scream LeBron then poilitely asked, “Sir, who runs this team?” James then explained to the man called Coach Lue, Kevin and I are going to take the day off, and Kyrie will too As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, Phil’s choice of words...
New Season, New Trends: What Have We Learned?

New Season, New Trends: What Have We Learned?

We are now over 1.5 months into the NBA season, and it has been an incredible one  Each team in the league is between 24 and 29 games into their season.  Now, 29 games do not allow for definitive conclusions.  Some teams take longer to come together, others fizzle, and a few more make roster changes that affect performance.  Nevertheless, we have seen enough of the NBA this year to make some observations that will likely hold.  Here are three observations in the earlygoing   Kevin Durant made the right decision We seem to go through this every time a superstar makes a big free agency decision to leave the team that drafted him.  The player is judged, lambasted, and accused of making a bad decision for his legacy.  Nevertheless, LeBron James’ career outcome should be reinforcement that when push comes to shove, players will be judged not for unpopular free agency choices, but by a combination of hardware and stellar individual play: the more of each, the merrier. With an stellar 113.5 offensive rating, and a top seven defense, the Warriors start has been excellent; the adjustment period to integrate Durant was short.  The new death lineup has an unconscious 123.2 offensive rating and 96.3 defensive rating, and is just crushing opposing teams. To anyone who understands how and why the Warriors rose before Durant, his successful integration is no surprise.  After surging to become a mid tier playoff team in 2013 at 47 wins and a second round exit, the Warriors, stifled by Mark Jackson’s limited ceiling isolation offense, plateaud in 2014 at 51 wins and a...
Craig Graham Sager: Icon, Legend, Inspiration

Craig Graham Sager: Icon, Legend, Inspiration

Thursday afternoon, we lost more than a broadcaster who wowed us all with his perseverance, love for the game, and sideline attire. We lost a true legend, one that will never be replaced. There could be another star who plays like Michael Jordan. One day, there could be another guy who shoots the ball like Steph Curry. We could even have another person who flails his legs in the air when he gets touched in a certain spot like Draymond Green, but there will never, never, be another Craig Sager, someone who touched the lives of everyone he encountered. Craig Graham Sager always knew how to leave a mark wherever he went. From his time as the Northwestern Wildcat’s mascot, to interviewing Hank Aaron after homerun 715, to the guy court side flaunting one of the most illustrious outfits you could imagine, Craig always knew how to stand out. As he continued to build his legacy, he became much more than another sportscaster and sideline reporter to players and coaches in the NBA. He became a friend and more importantly, he became an icon. He was nothing less than loved by everyone who crossed his path. I’ve always wanted to be like Craig. Reporters can be known for how they interact with guys, their humor, their love for the game, or even what they wear. Craig was known for all of that. As much as it hurts to be writing this tribute to Craig a little over 65 years after the day he was born, what Sager did in that amount of time is what most of us would...