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Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Won’t Win MVP

Everyone is saying that Giannis is the favorite to win the MVP award but he’s not going to win the MVP and I’ll tell you why.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most exciting players in all of the NBA. The way he dunks with crazy authority then scowls on the way back down the floor to play defense is something that gets everyone hyped up. It’s impossible to not be swept up by his enthusiasm and if you’re trying to not fall in love with this basketball genius then good luck. He is making the young and fun Milwaukee Bucks amazing to watch so far and they have won a bunch of games, some that maybe they even weren’t supposed to. Giannis is the talk of the entire NBA and everyone is saying that he is the favorite to win the MVP award but he’s not going to win the MVP and I’ll tell you why.

 

The Milwaukee Bucks are a good team and they’re a lot of fun. They are also destined to make the NBA Finals because the Eastern Conference is incredibly weak. Sure the Bucks are performing and don’t look to be slowing down in any sense of the word and that is all mostly because of Giannis and his awesome play. However, if you think a team in the Eastern Conference is going to have the MVP you are out of your mind.

 

The Western Conference is loaded, the competition over there is incredibly tough and the talent is unparalleled. Sure Giannis is good, but Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double last season. He will undoubtedly have another amazing season, especially now that he has the help of Melo and Paul George. James Harden was the runner-up for the MVP last season and he looks just as good or even better than he did last year. Sure, James Harden might not be as exciting as Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he is an unstoppable basketball force the likes of which we have never seen before. The West also has a little team called the Golden State Warriors that already has two MVPs on the roster in Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. To think that they’re not favorites to add another MVP to their selection this season is just crazy.

 

 

Even in the East, there are incredible talents that will lead their teams to better records than Giannis. First off, obviously Lebron James is always a front-runner and should realistically win the MVP each and every year he plays in the league. We also have Kyrie playing without Gordon Hayward and leading the Celtics all by himself. Check out some of his highlights this season, he looks incredible. John Wall is always a force to be reckoned with too. Oh also, the Unicorn, Porzingis looks good so far as well.

 

The league is too stacked with great players and a lot of those great players will play for better teams and have bigger impacts than Giannis Antetokounmpo. I know it’s trendy to say that he will win the MVP and I would be super excited if somehow he managed to keep the momentum he’s already garnered this season to win the coveted award. If it were up to me, Giannis would lead the Bucks to a title this year and it would be amazing. However, I just don’t think that is going to happen.

 

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Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City Thunder To Part Ways

Carmello Anthony will not be playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.

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It was announced today that Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will eventually be parting ways this summer. The revelation comes after the Thunder resigned Paul George and were left with a serious financial problem to solve. The eventual departure of Anthony could save them up to $100 million.

Anthony will not be a free agent. The options for his departure include a trade, a buyout, and/or a stretch provision. Luckily for both sides, Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has a good relationship with Oklahoma City management and everyone seems confident that both parties will come out on the other side happy.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, either. Anthony seemed unhappy with his role multiple times during the season and saw many career lows as far as his stats are concerned, including only 16.2 points per game, despite hitting a career high in three-pointers (169). His points per game dropped all the way to 11.8 in their lone playoff series.

At the end of the season, Anthony was very clear about his frustration with his role on the team. “I don’t think I can be effective as that type of player. I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player.” He also made sure to point out that no matter where he played next season, he most certainly will not becoming off the bench.

Now comes the fun of where he might end up. Anthony is still a very dominant player and could easily be the number one option on many teams. He’s a 10-time All-Star and has also won three Olympic gold medals. And the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets are among the teams that have already expressed an interest in acquiring Anthony.  

“I think for me, my focus would be on kind of figuring out what I want out of the rest of my career, what I want in my future, what am I willing to accept, if I’m willing to accept that at all,” Anthony said recently about his future in the league. “I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damned near everything – family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game – for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out. 

So, it’s something I really have to think about – if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball.”

 

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Lebron James Signs With The Los Angeles Lakers

Lebron James has joined the Los Angeles Lakers on a four year, $153.3 million deal. 

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It happened. It actually happened. Lebron James, the greatest basketball player in the world, is now officially a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The four year, $153.3 million deal was officially announced on Sunday. It was a relatively quick and painless decision-making process this time around. Unlike the famous “Decision” the first time James left Cleveland. His now famous words, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” will live on forever and solidified his role as a villain in the NBA for at least the next two seasons in Miami.

But for the majority of NBA fans, Lebron’s status as a villain is long gone. He is a very well-liked and respected player. Even Cleveland fans aren’t mad at him for leaving again. he brought them a championship. Their first ever. And they will forever be grateful to him for that.

Lebron now joins the likes of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and the rest of the young, talented Lakers in the hopes of bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy back to L.A. Not to mention the other two free agents the Lakers signed on Sunday, Jevale McGee and Lance Stephenson. Yes, that Lance Stephenson. The man behind one of the craziest intimidation techniques we’ve ever seen when he blew in Lebron’s ear.

But despite all that, Lebron’s presence alone now makes the Lakers a serious threat to the reigned champs in Golden State. Sure, it will take some time for the players to gel. But Lebron is Lebron. He’s the best basketball player in the world and likely at least the second-best basketball player ever. And now that he’s joined one of the most talented young cores in the league it’s easy to see how this team could achieve great things.

And let’s not forget all the other benefits of coming to Los Angeles. There were definitely multiple non-basketball related reasons while Lebron wanted to join the Lakers. He already has had a home in Los Angeles for years and he has his own production company based in Los Angeles. Not to mention all the other financial opportunities that Los Angeles allows.

The only question left now is: will it work? Will he be able to take this team to the promised land? Will he earn a place among Laker greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant by winning at least one championship? Or will he simply add to his now unfortunately large list of playoff failures and disappointments? Only time will tell.

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James Harden Named 2018 NBA MVP

James Harden wins the 2018 NBA MVP, beating out Lebron James and Anthony Davis.

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It was another star-studded night at the 2018 NBA Awards and everyone was dressed for success. Especially James Harden. The Houston Rocket that is known for his wild style was awarded the 2018 NBA MVP, a year after he thought he should have won the award.

Harden admitted that because he didn’t win it last year after assuming he would, he did not prepare a speech this year in case the same thing happened. So by the time he finally did take the stage and had the trophy in his hand, he barely knew what to say. “Wow. All glory to God, man. All glory to God. Wow.” That was the first thing he said. And it’s easy to understand how it’s a moment that can really leave you speechless.

As far as almost everyone was concerned, the race came down to Harden and Lebron James. The majority were still leaning towards Harden at the end of the season, but it was hard to ignore the playoff heroics of Lebron James. But none of that matters now as Harden becomes the third member of the former Oklahoma City Thunder big 3 to win an MVP. Something that really has to sting Thunder fans and management. What could have been…

“The last four years have been like knocking on the door, knocking on the door,” Harden said later. “Now the moment is finally here. Just every single year, you try to come back and be better than you were the year before, and just to be holding that trophy finally, it means a lot. But it doesn’t stop here. We’ve got a long way to go. But it feels good to have it though.”

It’s hard to argue against the award going to Harden. He averaged 30.4 points this season, making him only the 4th player to ever average over 30 points a game for a team that also won at least 65 wins. The other three are Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan (did it twice), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. That’s pretty incredible company.

Now we can officially say that the 2017-2018 season is officially over. The champions have been crowned, the individual leaders have been recognized. And now the real circus can start: off-season free agency. So much could happen, so much is still in the air, but there’s no doubt it’s going to consume sports pundits for months to come!

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