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Why The Joel Embiid Deal Might Be A Huge Mistake

Joel Embiid has shown unbelievable promise when he’s on the floor but has had a lot of trouble with injuries in his career.

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The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a five year deal with Joel Embiid worth $148M. He has signed the max contract of the rookie scale extension which has some people delighted and some people furious. This may seem like an odd time to give Joel Embiid an extension, considering that they could have easily tried to give him a new contract after this season, but the 76ers were dead set on getting the contract done. Joel Embiid has shown unbelievable promise when he’s on the floor but has had a lot of trouble with injuries in his career.

 

The good thing about the contract is that there is not as much guaranteed money as maybe there would be if this deal was done at the end of the season, but the bad thing is that it could also be guaranteeing him way too much if he gets injured again.
I would love to see Joel Embiid thrive and have this deal be great for the 76ers, I think anyone would. Joel is the type of guy you want to build a franchise around. He’s an electrifying player with a magnetic personality that is smart, funny, and extremely nice. When he’s on the court he’s been fantastic, I mean, he averages 20.2 points as well as 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks all while only averaging 25.4 minutes per game. That’s a little over one half of basketball. If you average playing in one half of basketball for 31 games in 3 years, that means you’re averaging playing 5 entire games a year. Giving a guy $25.3M next season when he only averages playing 5 games overall a year is kinda crazy. He’s averaged playing one-half of 10 games in an 82-game season. Does that seem worth $25.3M to you?

 


What the 76ers are hoping for is Joel Embiid to have a monster year completely devoid of injury. If he can stay on the court there is little doubt that he will be a problem for any opposing team. He just needs to stay healthy and then this deal makes a lot of sense. In fact, it’s smart of the 76ers to lock him up early if they really see him being healthy for the next five years.
However, it’s incredibly hard to see him being healthy for five years straight when he hasn’t been healthy at all during his entire NBA career.

 


When you’re a basketball team and you have a star player, I get doing whatever you can to lock them down. In today’s league, it has become very difficult to keep a star happy and to stop him from joining a super team at the first opportunity he gets. So locking down Embiid before he can even have the chance to run to another city makes a little sense, but it’s hard to say that when he hasn’t been worth keeping on the bench as an injured man for the past three season. I love Joel Embiid and I love the 76ers exciting young core, I just hope they don’t blow it like they have so many times before.

 

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What Is Happening With The New Nike Jerseys In The NBA?

Maybe Nike ran out of money after paying nearly $1 billion for the right to make all NBA teams’ jerseys, because something is seriously wrong.

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Maybe Nike ran out of money after paying nearly $1 billion for the right to make all NBA teams’ jerseys, because something is seriously wrong. Nike unveiled their “groundbreaking advanced uniforms,” this offseason and so far they have not lived up to the hype. After just a few weeks into the new season, an outbreak of ripped and torn jerseys have overtaken the league.

If you aren’t aware, numerous players have had to change jerseys mid-game because these new uniforms made by Nike are just being torn to shreds… so how is this “advanced technology?”

On opening night, with the new jerseys on full display in a closely contested game between the Cavaliers and the Celtics, LeBron James’ jersey ripped right down the middle of his back. Seriously Nike? Did you not do any testing on this “new technology?”

Previously, Adidas had the contract for official NBA team jerseys and there was never anything like this. Sure there may have been a few wardrobe malfunctions, but nothing like this rash of total wardrobe destruction.

Nike just signed an eight-year $1 billion contract so don’t expect NBA teams to be wearing Adidas jerseys anytime soon. Now it is up to Nike to fix these horrible uniforms and so far they haven’t sent any new uniforms to teams.

Nike released a statement per Darren Rovell of ESPN: “We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working to implement a solution that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”

Sounds like damage control more than anything else. My question is, are the player’s jerseys the only ones affected? Are kids buying $150 jerseys only to have them fall apart?

So far, five NBA players have had their jerseys rip in a game and some have almost completely been torn to shreds. How is this acceptable? How is Nike going to rectify this situation, not just for the NBA teams, but for all the fans who have already purchased these disastrous jerseys?

 

Step it up Nike, or maybe make some quality products. Honestly, I don’t expect much from this soulless corporation, except more of the same.

Let’s just hope the player’s shorts are made of different material, or we could have some serious wardrobe malfunctions…

 

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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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Kyrie Just Keeps Digging Himself a Deeper Hole into His Flat Earth

Kyrie has now left the realm of reality and the idea that he was doing this as a publicity stunt is finally out of the window. 

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Kyrie Irving, the outspoken Boston Celtic guard, just keeps jamming his feet directly into his own mouth. This week while a guest on UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s radio show, Irving again reiterated his ridiculous stance on Earth being flat. He went further than just stating that the Earth is flat, he insisted that there is “no real picture of Earth, not one real picture of Earth.”

 

Kyrie has now left the realm of reality and the idea that he was doing this as a publicity stunt is finally out of the window. He actually believes that the Earth is flat, there are no real pictures of Earth from space, I’m assuming and he doesn’t believe science.

One must start to wonder where he is getting these ridiculous ideas and who is filling him with such false narratives? Kyrie has been linked to celebrity pastor Carl Lentz of the Hillside Church and that organization has been under fire lately for controversial moves of its constituents.

 

 

Has Kyrie been brainwashed by the same church that apparently has Justin Bieber acting odd and out of character? The church caters to a celebrity clientele but so far Irving is the only one who is spouting falsities about a flat Earth. There have been rumors that pastor Lentz and the Hillside Church are behind Irving’s startling request to be traded.

The plot only gets deeper as we dive into this church and their strange tactics, but that is for another article and another time.

 

This isn’t the first time Irving has spouted on about a flat Earth conspiracy, on the podcast “Road Trippin’” Irving went on to say, “The Earth is flat… I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”

When Kyrie was on “Holding Court” with Coach Geno Auriemma, he said, “When I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, not one real picture of Earth—and we haven’t been back to the moon since 1961 or 1969—it becomes like conspiracy, too.”

Ok Kyrie, the entire planet has been lying to us to keep the flat Earth people at bay.. ok.

 

I’ll let Kyrie continue to dig himself a bigger and bigger hole that one day he will have to get out of. Maybe he is just doing this to get a free trip to space on Elon Musk’s Space X rocket.

But until then, Kyrie, the Earth is round… that is all.

 

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