This summer was crazy around the NBA with so many faces changing teams and the division of power between the East and West only grew deeper. There are a few top-tier teams in the NBA this season and plenty of teams stuck in purgatory. So with so much drama in the LBC, we had to stick our noses in the fray and give our birdbrain predictions. Today we will look at the Eastern Conference, and tomorrow we will dive into the real dogfight in the WEST.
This team has had some serious turnover and lost one of its two biggest stars in Kyrie Irving. He was replaced by a whole cast off of old talent like Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose. Jae Crowder should improve the team D and LeBron will have to be himself as usual.
The Wizards come back almost entirely like they were last year and their top 3 is tough with Wall, Beal, and Porter. Expect this core to push the Cavs for the Finals. We really like the Wizards and hope they continue to stay healthy.
The Celtics series revamped their squad from last year with new arrivals Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Losing Isaiah Thomas hurts but they will get over it.
The Raptors play great in the regular season but always seem to fall apart in the postseason. Maybe this year Kyle Lowry can keep t together…. but that is yet to be seen.
Who doesn’t love Giannis Antetokounmpo, or the Greek Freak, as he is commonly known? He is only getting better and is a darkhorse MVP candidate. Let’s see how far they can ride him.
SOmehow Pat Riley has assembled a squad of castaways and medium talent players and turned it into an alright squad. Let’s be honest though, they will do no better than 5 or 6 in the East, which is not good.
Jordan has really gotten his team together and turned a down franchise into a young upstart that is exciting to watch. If the youngsters can get it together consistently, they can be good.
The Pistons rarely spend money on free agents and let all their best players leave, so how can they compete? Sure, Drummond is a nice piece but he will be gone soon anyway so who cares?
The 76ers could surprise some people but really who knows how Ben Simmons will be and if Embiid can stay healthy for more than 40 games. Simmons will be a candidate for rookie of the year, so that could be interesting to watch.
Rounding out the bottom of the conference are the Magic, Pacers, Hawks, Knicks, Nets, and Bulls all of who should be terrible this year so they don’t deserve more detail.
Tomorrow we delve deeper into the Western Conference.
Members Of The 2013 Louisville Men’s Basketball Team File Suit Against NCAA
On Wednesday, a group of former Louisville basketball players filed a suit against the NCAA in an attempt to regain their 2013 National Championship.
On Wednesday, a group of former Louisville basketball players filed a suit against the NCAA in an attempt to regain their 2013 National Championship. The championship, along with other accolades, was vacated by the NCAA after it was discovered that the program used an escort service to entice recruits to join their program.
The group of players is led by Luke Hancock. You may remember Hancock as the captain of that 2013 Louisville team, and also for winning the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Final Four. Joining him are former teammates Gorgui Deng, Tim Henderson, Mike Marra, and Stephan Van Treese.
The legal team is led by John Morgan and the suit claims that the NCAA is a “morally bankrupt organization” that wrongfully vacated the team’s championship and painted the members of the team in a negative and false light. And while there was no specific monetary amount mentioned in the claim, Morgan said that “if all we get is this championship back for Louisville, and the players, and the city, and Luke’s MVP back, that’s going to be plenty pay for us.
Hancock had plenty to say himself. “It’s been five years and I can’t tell you two days where I’ve gone without having someone come to me and ask me if I had strippers or prostitutes in the dorm. I’m excited that Morgan & Morgan has partnered with us and is going to represent us because enough is enough.”
“My ring’s not coming off,” he also added.
The allegations first arose when a former escort released a book in which she stated that Andrew McGee, and former member of the Louisville basketball staff, hired her and some of her dancer friends to provide entertainment at sex parties for prospects. The school appealed the ruling by the NCAA, but the appeal was denied in February and 123 wins were vacated. Including the 2013 championship.
“We are used to fighting giants,” Morgan said in his statement. “In the sports world, I don’t think any giant exists like the NCAA. The NCAA is a giant, but the NCAA is a morally bankrupt organization that has taken advantage of economically disadvantaged kids through the country. They answer to nobody but are bad for everybody.”
And let’s not forget, the investigation led to the eventual firing of long-time and Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino. Initially, he was suspended for five games by the school for failing to properly monitor McGee, but later, as they continued to appeal the ruling, he was eventually fired by the school. It is unclear at this time if he has even been asked to be a part of the lawsuit filed by the players.
Lebron Threatens Alabama Football With Legal Action
Lebron James goes after Alabama Football, claiming copyright infringement.
It may sound crazy, but it’s true. Lebron James recently threatened legal action against the University of Alabama. What on Earth could they have done to him?! I mean, sure, we all know he’s an Ohio State guy. But come on, you don’t just get to sue a college because their football program is always better than the one you’re a fan of!
But it turns out, James had good reason to send them a copyright infringement letter.
Over his career, Lebron has continued to grow and evolve as a player, and it has led to consistent success on the court. But he’s also evolved off the court. His basketball related brand alone is already earning him insane amounts of money. But he’s also reached out into other areas and has found similar degrees of success.
Most recently, he launched a video and social media platform called Uninterrupted. And he’s already started to create regular content, including a new series called The Shop, which centers around the real-life conversations that take place in a barbershop. The first episode was posted on the Uninterrupted twitter account on March 6th, 2018.
Then, on March 26th, the official Alabama Football twitter account posted a video with the caption “Shop Talk Episode 1 coming soon!” It was previewing a series in which Alabama football players, both past, and present, talk about life and football while at a barbershop. Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it? You can see why Lebron felt like they were biting his style.
Now, is the basic concept of capturing conversations had in a barber shop an especially original idea? No. Of course not. There’s been like three movies about it! But James’ Uninterrupted actually has various copyright and trademark rights that the Alabama show could easily be infringing upon. So it’s very possible he has a case.
Alabama has yet to publicly respond, but it’s clear that Lebron wants them the to alter their concept, if not scrap it entirely. But Alabama football is not exactly known for backing down from a challenge. This is shaping up to be quite a battle!
2018 NBA Hall Of Fame Class Announced
It’s that time of year again. The NBA Hall Of Fame just announced it’s 2018 class. It may be a small class, but boy oh boy is it a star-studded one. This year’s inductees are Maurice Cheeks, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash. All four had incredible careers as players and have gone on […]
It’s that time of year again. The NBA Hall Of Fame just announced it’s 2018 class. It may be a small class, but boy oh boy is it a star-studded one. This year’s inductees are Maurice Cheeks, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash. All four had incredible careers as players and have gone on to find success after their playing days were done. Cheeks and Kidd have specifically found success as coaches in the NBA.
In his playing days, Cheeks was one of the best players in the league. He was named to the All-Defensive First Team four times, he was an All-Star four times, and he was a member of the 1983 NBA Champions, the Philadelphia 76ers.
Grant Hill was hyped as the next great thing after a storied career at Duke. And he didn’t disappoint. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and immediately started contributing with the best of them, sharing Rookie of the Year award in the ’94-’95 season with his fellow Hall inductee Jason Kidd. He was also named to an impressive seven All-Star games.
Steve Nash is maybe the greatest player to ever come out of Canada. Known for his mystifying passes, Nash confused defenders for years. His best years were spent with the Phoenix Suns, where he led the team to the Western Conference finals in 2005, 2006, and 2010, and he also won back-to-back MVP Awards.
Jason Kidd is easily one of the most feared point guards in the history of the NBA. He could do just about everything and just about no one could stop him. He made 10 All-Star teams, led the league in assists five times, and made the All-Defensive First Team four times. He was also a member of the Dallas Mavericks when they won the NBA championship in 2011.
I think it’s safe to say that this is an excellent Hall of Fame class that no one could argue with. I for one can’t wait to hear their speeches!
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