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Rondo Out For Season

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Looks like the Boston Celtics season just got harder as their point-guard Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL. Rondo’s absence will definitely make an impact on how much productivity the Celtics have. Right now, he was the NBA’s leading player for assists per game as well as most triple-doubles this year. Boston coach Doc Rivers mentioned Rajon Rondothat the rest of team needs to show up to make up for Rondo which is needed if the Celts want any chance at making the playoffs. Right now, they stand at 21-23 and in 8th in the Eastern conference. It is time for them to step up and play some ball. As for Rondo , he has not yet scheduled a date for the surgery, but on average, a torn ACL takes up to a full year to recover from.Only time will tell as the future of the Celtics is in jeopardy.

Rockets Get Linsanity

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Just a short time ago, the New York Knicks reportedly declined their chance to match the Houston Rockets offer of 3 years, 25 million dollar deal for the Harvard grad. The Knicks decided to let Lin go and take their money somewhere else which shows that they believe the roster they have is good enough without him. As Lin rose to fame last season, his stock went up as teams from across the league were stunned to see a one time D-League player rise to the top news of ESPN. Houston obviously needs some upgrades as they try to court Dwight Howard among other stars. Linsanity should make some impact on the little known team if he can produce solid performences. New York might as well pursue better offers as they need to get good players to make it past the first round unlike last year. With the distraction behind them, the Knicks in my opinion should be contenders and the Rockets will have a slight chance of beating the western conference. Overall, the whole ordeal will blow over soon and the spotlight will be back to Howard which might involve the sneaky Lakers. Thank you very much for checking out this story please read some more.

Brayden West

Heat Take It All!

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Well, the NBA season is finally over after a star-studded NBA Finals that the Miami Heat came out victorious. The big 3 won their first championship after last years heartbreak and Lebron finally got a ring. 2012 is definitely a year to remember in basketball as the season was in jeopardy before the bargaining agreement was passed. The shortened 63 game season was a short one leaving Lebron the MVP once again and I guess he deserves it as he takes his team all the way. Of course the rest of team is not to be  under looked. Characters like game 5 superstar Mike Miller and game 4’s Mario Chalmers both chipped in to get the W. The series was one-sided as the Heat took 4 straight after game 1 to get the title. Well, game 5 was no different then the others as the Heat used the whole team to get the job done as Mike Miller hit 7 threes and the supporting cast got their share of points as well. On the other end, the defense was spectacular as blocks and steals racked up. For the Thunder and Kevin Durant, they watched the game drift away in the 3rd quarter to an astonishing 25 points. Lebron was actually clutch for once and had a triple double to back it up! The whole team seemed to mesh this time around and the Miami Heat win their 2nd championship in game 5 by a score of 121-106. I am sad to see the Thunder lose but Lebron finally did it . Until next NBA season..the Heat are champs. Thank you for reading and have a great night.

                   Brayden West

Brandon Roy: Working to Comeback

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After former NBA all-star Brandon Roy decided to thrown in the towel on his injury ridden career, the league definitely missed his presence. Roy was a big part of the Trailblazers organization and carried the team on his astonishing performances.I was pretty sad to see such a great player have to leave because of his very bad knee condition and constant rehab stints. But recent news from twitter has Roy saying he is training every day and will try to make a comeback in the near future! Here are the exact words after a twitter user asked Roy a question everyone wants to know, “yes I’m preparing for a comeback. I’m training daily.” This provides a great story for an unbelievable comeback for the star out of the University of Washington. Roy was only partially into his career which leaves him young enough to make a try at coming back to the NBA. Roy is ineligible to return to the Trailblazers until 2015 but he can rejoin a different club I believe. I will report back whenever  news on this story developes. Until then, thank you for reading my article and have a great night!

Brayden West

Kevin Durant: Mic Check

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Late thursday night, after the Thunder lost 100- 96 to the Miami Heat in game two of the NBA Finals, star forward Kevin Durant was a little stubborn at the podium. As the press conference started, Durant seemed fine despite losing a close contested game. Yet the same question kept being asked about the questionable no call on the foul by Lebron on Durant which might have caused the Thunder to win. Nobody knows what would have happened but if the foul was called, Durant probably would sink the free throws to tie the game with 9 seconds to go. When KD drove to the lane after the quick inbound pass, Lebron tagged him not once but 3 times before and during his shot which he missed. The foul is very controversial because it is clearly shown in the replay. When asked, Durant simply said, “I missed the shot.” He was very direct with that statement and it seemed to me he was getting irritated very quickly. He kept repeating what he had said as kind of a form answer in a way. After all the media frenzy, I am pretty sure Durant was annoyed and now he has to face the Miami crowd in game 3. Until then, his head will surely be in the game and his mind in his own zone. Thank you for reading my article and please recommend it to others!

 Brayden West

Dealing Picks

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So recently the Charlotte Bobcats have been looking at trading their second overall pick for some decent to good players considering their terrible record last year. I believe that they would be better off using the pick to get a young player such as Michael Kidd- Gilchrist in the draft. Charlotte has certainly had some very bad luck with their horrid record and not getting the number 1 pick. Some say that Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden may be in question as trade bait. What could come out of that trade..we might never know but the Bobcats have nothing to lose and should take a risk. Trade possibilities are endless and who knows what Michael Jordan will pull out of his magic hat. Personally, I think this could get very interesting as the draft is coming up quick so I will definitely give a report once I hear one. Until then, thank you for reading my post and check out others. Have a great day.

Brayden West

 

Get Like Kobe?

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Recently, when asked “Who do you compare scoring champion Kevin Durant to?”, Kobe Bryant said he compares Durant to himself. Kobe’s direct comments were, ” A 6’11 me” which is kind of radical but is an ok observation. Most fans look at Kevin Durant as a scoring machine but the size of a center. He can drain 35 foot 3’s but also play a low post and back you down. Durant is very hard to stop which is also an asset of Kobe. But really, think about a comparison of Kobe and Durant. Both are incredible shooters with unlimited scoring possibilities. Yet, only one thing separates them as of now. Championship rings. Now most comparisons of Lebron and Kobe or Kobe and Jordan all come down to rings. As of today Jordan has 6, Kobe has 5, and Lebron has 0. Add in KD to that mix and you have a story. If Durant keeps up his scoring and team play, he can potentially catch up to Kobe pretty quick considering this is his first trip to the finals and he is very young. He has a 4 year advantage compared to Lebron who was drafted in 2003. So the question is, can Kevin Durant “Get like Kobe?” We will have to tune in and watch closely as he goes for his first ring this year and maybe more in the near future. Thank you for reading this article and please check out my others. Have an awesome day!

Brayden West

NBA Draft Day Decisions

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Now i know the 2012 NBA Draft is in two and a half weeks but I thought I should voice my opinion on picks 1 -10 and who those teams should pick. As we all know the main story of the draft is projected #1 pick Anthony Davis out of Kentucky. Well why isn’t there talk about the other great prospects in the draft? That is what I am going to discuss as I go through the first 10 picks and how those teams can benefit from each valuable pick. There may be some surprises but here is my projected top 10 picks!

  1. Anthony Davis -PF- New Orleans Hornets
  2. Thomas Robinson -PF- Charlotte Bobcats
  3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -SF- Washington Wizards
  4. Jared Sullinger – PF- Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Harrison Barnes -SF- Sacramento Kings
  6. Bradley Beal -SG- Portland Trail Blazers
  7. Perry Jones III -SF- Golden State Warriors
  8. Jeremy Lamb -SG-  Toronto Raptors
  9. Andre Drummond -C- Detroit Pistons
  10. Austin Rivers -PG- New Orleans Hornets

Here we go! At number 1 , I went with the crowd for once and said New Orleans would draft Anthony Davis because of his all around ability and the Hornets need for a play maker. Then at number 2, I have the Bobcats taking Thomas Robinson simply because they need some toughness on their team. Next at the number 3 spot, I have Gilchrist going to the Wizards on account of they need some average shooters. After that at number 4, the Cavs will pick big man Jared Sullinger because on their absence of an all around big man down low. At number 5, the Kings will definitely take Harrison Barnes out of North Carolina to fill in for a shooting based small forward. Number 6 belongs to the Trail Blazers will need to take Bradley Beal for scoring purposes. Next at umber 7, Perry Jones III will be taken by Golden State to get rebounds while maintaining a decent scoring average.  After number 7 is of course number 8 and with that pick the Raptors will take Jeremy Lamb to have a productive scoring point guard. Right after at number 9, the Pistons need a center and Andre Drummond is a perfect fit. Rounding out the tp 10 at position 10 is the Hornets again, taking Austin Rivers to make a big difference on their team and a good pairing with Anthony Davis. Well that is my take on the top ten picks of this years’ NBA draft so tune in on June 28 and watch the outcome. Thank you for reading and please take a look at the rest of my posts. Have a great day!

Brayden West 

Playing with Fire

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      As the Miami Heat entered game six of the Eastern Conference Finals, Lebron James had his mind set that he needed to perform against the tough Boston Celtics. Lebron and the Heat did just that. They came out of the tunnel ready to rumble and started out good taking the first quarter 26-16. Lebron needed to have a huge game and he performed well. He was driving to the basket and scoring with fire. Dwayne Wade chimed in with 17 points and as the two teams battled the game out the Heat simply hustled more and played with confidence. After the game five loss, I’m sure that that had a chip on their shoulders’ which made it even sweeter as time slowly ticked away. Lebron and Wade had the win in their sites and kept fighting, needing to score and push their team to the limit. When the buzzer sounded, Lebron had ended up with an astonishing 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists to make sure that they would have their chance in game 7. Now the question is, is Lebron good enough to close out one more game to go to the finals to redeem what he lost last year. The public will certainly be watching Saturday at 9:30 when the Celtics and Heat go all out for another chance at getting a title.

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