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Rant Time

Ok it is time for a rant. The Golden State Warriors really do struggle without their star point guard Stephen Curry. The game against the Clippers really chapped me. First hats off to the LA Clippers they are currently leading the west. When was the last time that happened? Going back to the game, the Warriors have probably the best isiolation player in the game in Kevin Durant. All Draymond Green had to do was give Durant the ball and the game was a seal. Instead Green chose to dribble the ball up the court himself and make a complete fool of himself falling over as the buzzer sounded. The Warriors would go on to lose the game in overtime. It is what happened after Green did his little mistake where things got really interesting. He and Durant would go on to argue at the bench regarding the previous play. Green got really bold and decided to bring up Durants free agency exclaiming how the oraganiaztion didnt need him. This landed green a one game suspension. Now the rant begins. Draymond is probably the most valuable expendable player on that team. He is good yes but the Warriors could win just enough championships without him. For him to say they do not need Durant is the most absurd statement ever said. Durant brought two more championships to that organizations on his own. Yes I said that. The Warriors could not have won those last two titles without him. That was the Warriors answer to LeBron James. So I say get rid of him. He just brings trouble to that team. His comments kill that teams morale. During Paul Pierces final season Green yelled out at him saying “these fans dont really love you, you aren’t no Kobe.” First of all Pierce is a first ballot Hall of Famer any day of the week. Second I do not care how much work Draymond Green puts in, he will never work as hard as the truth. Finally Pierce will forver be a better person and a better player. I am tired of Draymind Green trying to act like the NBA bad boy. It is so easy to get underneath his skin. He has cost his team many opportunities due to his childish beavior. At first the idea of a player working to get under a players skin was cool since we have not seen it as much since the early 2000’s. This has just gotten plain annoying and I am tired of it. If the Warriors organization was smart they would get rid of him.

The Duke”Monstars”

Tell me a team who is going to stop the Blue Devils this seaon. That’s right no one. This is the most dominating basketball team I have ever seen. In their first home game against the Kentucky Wildcats they put up 118 points and won the game by 34. Who does that against John Calpari? The freshman record for most points in an opening home game was beaten by both R.J Barret and Zion Willaimson. Not only were these two dominate the whoel team played as one driving force that blew the wildcats out of the water. So I will go back to ” who is going to beat them”? In their second home game they played the Army cadets. The funny thing is Army put up the best fight so far. The reason for this is because of the Cadets play style. Army is one of the very few teams who still plays old school basketball. This is where see plays being run, all 5 guys touch the ball, and defense is first priority. This could hurt Duke in the playoffs becasue if you have a team better than Army with the same play style that could be the team to knock Duke off. An isolation team is exactly who Duke wants to play. They are too fast to go one-on-one with.  When you have a Euro-ball style team the devils become exposed. That game against Army the Blue Devils looked lost on a couple defensive possessions. The backdoor pass is what killed them the most.  I would also like to see sophomore guard Alex O’connell used more often. When he is in the game he provides a spark from 3 point range and he is the bruiser who will take one or two charges for you. This is also probably one of the first seasons where Coach K utilizes his bench the most. In the past 3 games we have everyone but 3 guys get into the game consistently. I like this a lot because the team looks more fluent and focused. When you stick to the same giys for two long morale can go down, which causes players to not trust their coach. One thing the team should have taken from the Cadet game should have been how Army played like a team. Luckily for fans the team wont likely see a team like Army untill March Madness. So until that time fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the thrilling show of the most dominating Duke basketball team to ever play.

Houston we have a problem

What in the world is going on with those Rockets. This team went from having the best record in the NBA last season to us just hoping they can make the playoffs for the 2018-2019 season. During the offseason the Rockets aquired Carmelo Anothony from the Oklahoma City Thunder. They also recieved Michael Carter Williams. Bringing in these guys would prove to be good for the team, but their is one trade that killed them. The team traded away Trevor Ariza to the Phoenix Suns for Marquese Chriss. This was a horrible trade, absolutely terrible. Trevor Ariza was the only glimmer of defense for that team. Now their best defender is Clint Capela who is one of the most unorthodox centers in the game. Capela does not have a post game. Most of his points come from cherry picking and fast break opportunities. The team is just dysfunctional. Who takes the last shot? You have CP3, Harden, and Anthony. All 3 have been known to choke in big situations. I do however like Carmelo coming off the bench. This provides a boost to the team when trailing. We also saw Melo drop 28 points in their win against the Brooklyn Nets. Harden did not play this game. What does this tell us? It seems Anthony plays better when Harden is off the floor. Now obviously you cannot get rid of Harden. However you can keep him off the floor when Anthony comes in. Same goes for Anthony when Harden is on the court. If you limit their times together both players can get more shots up. Another issue with Harden is how shot happy he can get. This is also because the team does not look like they have a set offense. It is just a whole lot Paul dribbling the clock out and finding an open guy for a three. The team needs more chemistry together, and they need “DEFENSE”. Im sorry I dont want to watch fast break after fast break because guys dont want to play defense. The Rockets are currently at a 4-5 record which is a little more convincing since they opened the season with loss after loss.

“Supreme Decision”

The NBA features the greatest basketball players in he world. These players come from different backgrounds and different personalities. Some of these players like to feature their personalities through tattoos. Tattoos in the NBA really did not become popular until the early 2000’s. In the 90’s we saw Dennis the worm Rodman feature some of the most bizarre tattoos and hairstyles. Today some players have most of their body tattooed. Players that come to mind can be Chris Anderson, J.R Smith, and Monta Ellis. Is there really anything wrong with this? According to the NBA tattoos that involve explicit terms and actions need to be covered up at game time. As a fan I agree with this. There is something I do have an issue with. Let us take a look at J.R Smith, one of my favorite players and a good all around role player in the NBA. Recently Smith got a tattoo with the brand name Supreme on the back of his leg. Most fans when they saw this thought nothing of it besides it being interesting. Supreme is a fashion brand based out of New York City. The flashy clothing is a favorite among athletes, rappers, and entertainers. The products are known for being over the top and expensive. The NBA has decided to fine Smith unless he covers the tattoo up. Upon the verdict being released fans were outraged with this. The NBA says you must cover up tattoos that involve explicit material. What in the world does the name Supreme do to offend anyone? The NBA does not have any affiliation with the brand. That can be one issue right there, but even if that’s the issue what harm does it do if it is just a couple players. The NFL has had a couple players where Supreme based cleats in games and they have not been fined. The NFL just like the NBA does not have any affiliation with the brand. So why is the NBA stressing this so much? If it is because of affiliation issues than this rule should have been in place a while ago. What if a player had Supreme tattoo for most of his career and all of sudden he was told he would be fined. Everyone knows that would not be fair. Something other than Smith having a Supreme tattoo had to of occurred. Hopefully this gets cleaned up so the NBA can just focus on basketball and not small things like this that hurt no one.

Is the Lake Show back?

It has been five years since the Los Angeles Lakers have made the NBA Playoffs back in 2013. This is a team that was once known as the greatest show on the court. They are also a team that has retired some of the greatest players to have ever stepped on an NBA court. If we go down the list of greats from the Lakers we have Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and of course, the most recent to retire, Kobe Bryant. The past four years have been a serious rebuilding project for this team and the retirement of Kobe Bryant did not help the process as well. A team that was dependent on a guy for twenty years now must now start all over. The Lakers scored big in the 2017 draft by acquiring Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Although the Lakers failed to make the playoffs, the 2017 season saw much better improvement than in previous years. Not only did the Lakers win the 2017 Summer League Championship, but the rookies had an all-around consistent season. However, the 2018 draft really did not favor the Lakers well according to various NBA analysts. In my opinion, I thought the acquisition of Moritz Wagner from the University of Michigan was a good pickup. Now for the first time in a couple years the Lakers have a big man that is an outside threat. The Lakers also acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, this was short lived. Thomas played a little over half of the 2017-18 season with the Lakers just to get traded to the Denver Nuggets in the 2018 Summer League. Probably the biggest news of the summer was Lebron James signing a four-year $154 million contract with the Lakers. Not only was this shocking, but the Lakers made some other trades to find players to build around James. At the point position trading Isaiah Thomas opened the door for Rajon Rondo. The Lakers also acquired JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson. With all the trades, the starting lineup is looking to be Rondo, Stephenson, Kuzma, James, and Ingram. This could be one of the deadliest line-ups in the league if used properly. Could this be the Laker team that we have been waiting to see since the retirement of Kobe Bryant? The League could be in for a spectacular surprise.

They are Humans too

The world of professional sports contains spectacular athletes. These athletes have been doing what they love since they were young children. Growing up, these athletes played kids in their communities as a way of having fun and learning the sport better. Some of those kids were able to develop better and play for travel teams. These teams still had the fun mentality, but the main focus was winning. Travel leagues got these athletes ready for college. After college only the best of the best go on to play professionally. Some athletes only play one year in college and go straight to the pros. This is something I don not agree with. These players get full ride scholarships for four years of school and only go for one. A lot of athletes that do this are not physically as well as mentally ready for the next level. This is very popular in basketball and football. Lets look at the NBA first. Your typical first round draft pics are one and done’s. These players were your typical stars in high school that went to a big name college that may have had a great season, but they were surrounded by players who possessed the skill level they had. A couple days after the draft the players typically sign a big contract. This is exciting for the players, but the NBA knows that they are gonna need a agent. Giving an 18 year old kid 5 million dollars can be damaging to that athletes well being. The NBA has to understand that money can change someone. for example lets look at Roy Tarpley. When drafted this guy was well on his way to becoming the leagues new best re-bounder. Unfortunately he did not use his money for the rig ht reasons. He became a coke addict, which caused him to miss games and blow his money on drugs. The NBA along with every other professional sport has to realize these young kids are still human. These players still wanna have fun, but by giving them all this money they can do the things they couldn’t do growing up. This could be getting drugs, buying expensive cars, and believe or not tattoos. Some professional athletes have actually lost a substantial amount of money due to all the ink they add to their bodies. I don not see professional sports looking into this more because its all about making money. If a player takes a turn for the worse, well another one bites the dust. It is tragic and it will be acknowledged, but in reality it is still just about making money.

Not even Home for Christmas

Being  a professional athlete can be very exciting and at the same time very stressful. These players are constantly traveling to different cities all across the united states and the rest of the globe at times. On television these players make it seem like they love doing it for their passion for the game, but deep down do they really like all the travel? Lets look at the NBA. There are 82 games in a regular season. You also have to factor in summer league and the playoffs. Some players are forced to go to off season games and just sit on the bench, sometimes not even in uniform. Now most will argue and say these guys are being paid. Should they really be complaining? If I was the player of course I would be complaining. I am being forced to go to games I am not even playing. I could be spending time with my family or doing something else to better myself for the regular season. I feel the only players that should be required to go to these games are players the organization wants to see play that summer.

Christmas is a time for being with family and celebrating the Holiday. The NBA has games scheduled on Christmas day. At first I did not see a problem with this. Every Christmas my father and I would watch the top teams go at it. The more I matured I realized that these games could impact the players families. This forces players to celebrate the holiday earlier than normal. This could be troublesome because your family members you typically see have jobs they have to be at. The players could take their wives and kids with them, but what if that is too much for the children? The NBA has to realize that these players have family that wants to be with them. As a young child it may be cool to see your dad on TV. As you age you start to realize your father may not be able to see you as often. I firmly believe that a Father Figure has to heavily be involved his family as much as possible. Now during the regular season it is understandable that players have to travel for away games, but on holidays those players should be spending time with their family. They should not always have to worry about work.