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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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With The Knicks Courting D’Angelo Russell, A Trade Still Remains Speculative

  

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While the Minnesota Timberwolves aggressively go after D’Angelo Russell, the New York Knicks are also reported to be pursuing the former All-Star point guard.

With the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of The Athletic (TheAthleticNBA) tweeted, “The New York Knicks continue to pursue Warriors’ star D’Angelo Russell, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. So far, Knicks haven’t offered packages that would close gap on Golden State’s price point.”

With their proposal at an unclear standpoint thus far, the New York Knicks’ offers appear to be quite far-flung from the Golden State Warriors’ asking price point.

The Knicks do have three topnotch assets in Mitchell Robinson, R.J. Barrett, and their 2020 first-round pick, which the Warriors are choosing from and vying for as the deal’s centerpiece. As premium team fortes, the Knicks are likely to turn to combinations of Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., and Kevin Knox with Julius Randle or Bobby Portis instead as primary salary fillers or possible returns in the deal.

Putting the Knicks at quite a risky stance is a missing top basketball executive as Steve Mills, the president of basketball operations, was fired on Tuesday, whose role and team control are now fulfilled by general manager Scott Perry.

Russell at 23 years still has a high chance of having several other offers in the NBA Draft in June whether or not the trade pushes through. Stephen Curry’s soon return will allow the Front Office to better evaluate their prospective long-term fit and their likely, eventual trade.

In these negotiations, the Warriors can go after one of the Knicks’ packages, if it ever turns out that any of the three assets come off as too rich for Russell on a max contract. With the deadline just around the corner, the Knicks and Timberwolves are heavily eyeing Russell above all else.


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Trash Thrown At Lebron James’ Son – Update… Child Owns Up and Says Sorry

  

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Last week during a Monday night game in Boston between the Los Angeles Lakers and Celtics, LeBron James was attending his son’s game in Springfield. Bronny was playing for Sierra Canyon but the game had an unexpected turn. 

 

During the second half of the game, the referee had to stop the play because one of the fans threw an item at Bronny. At that time, Lebron James’ son was waiting to inbound the ball and was standing on the sideline. 

 

The object that was thrown at Bronny hit him in the back. The referee had to stop the game immediately. A police officer was called so that the perpetrator could be identified. The fan wasn’t forced out of the game though but no other incidents happened after that. 

 

Lebron James tweeted as a response to the incident that hating doesn’t have an age limit. The throwing incident was also discussed with media members after the game between the Celtics to which the Lakers lost at 139-107. 

 

James said that he didn’t hear or see the actual incident happen. He was on the opposite side of the floor. However, he did see that the referee stopped the game and then the police officer went over there. 

 

He only saw what really happened when a video was shared with him. He said that it was disrespectful. Since the one who threw something at Bronny was a small child. James wonders if the kid learned the behavior on his own or if it was something that he learned at home. Whichever it may be, James remains firm that the act is disrespectful. 

 

The object that was thrown at Bronny was apparently an orange peel. The child who threw the item owned up and said sorry in a video that was then posted on YouTube. According to the description of the YouTube video, the kid was just trying to get Bronny’s attention. 

 

The description stated that the security didn’t force him out of the game because they didn’t know he was the one that did the throwing. However, the kid’s mom still took him home. The kid and his family admit that he was wrong for throwing trash at another person and that it wasn’t a good thing to do. 

Bronny wasn’t fazed about the incident according to the teammates. With all the things he has to go through being the child of a famous basketball player, Bronny knows, even at a young age, not to let anybody faze him. His teammates admire this kind of resilience. 

 

Being heckled and criticized often comes with success. It is simply inevitable. LeBron James knows this too well. He was learned this over the years. He clearly has passed the lesson onto his son Bronny. 

 

In this throwing incident though, it’s now clear from the kid’s apology that the trash wasn’t thrown for any malicious intent. It was also a good move that the child and his family decided that the kid had to own up and apologize for his actions. 


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Looking Back On Kobe Bryant’s NBA Highlights

  

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Unexpectedly ending his legendary 20-year NBA career, Kobe Bryant’s passing was undoubtedly a hard hit to the world. In honoring the “Black Mamba”, we look back on his greatest moments inside and outside the court.

 

 

Legendary 81-point outburst

Back on January 22, 2006, Kobe made history with his iconic 81-point game that rallied the Los Angeles Lakers against the Toronto Raptors, making it the second highest-scoring performance behind Wilt Chamberlain’s remarkable 100-point game in 1962.

Out of 46 shots in 42 minutes, Kobe made 28 with a dash of 18 free throws. He totaled 27 points in the third quarter, 28 points in the final period, and had two assists. Kobe averaged a league-best 35.4 points per game on that season, yet came through with an 81-point drop on the Toronto Raptors in a 122-104 win.

 

 

Three quarters, 62 points

In December 2005, Kobe’s 62-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks made a mark of its own even before his 81-point game.

32 minutes of gameplay later and Kobe scored 62 points on 31 shots. Leaving the Dallas far behind gave Kobe the entire fourth quarter for bench time.

To give more context, Kobe’s total points alone surpassed the whole Dallas Mavericks’ 61 at the end of the third quarter.

 

 

The Game 7 alley-oop and the Boston dunk

One of Kobe’s legendary court moments wasn’t a score but a pass.

With under a minute spared for the Lakers, then up by four and locked against the Portland Trailblazers during Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals, Kobe dribbled the ball and skied an alley-oop, which Shaquille O’Neal single-handedly grabbed and dunked into the ring. Yet another Lakers-triumph, Bryant and O’Neal went on winning three straight titles from 2000 to 2002.

Additionally, averaging 28.6 points per game during Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Kobe clawed his second straight NBA Finals MVP after scoring 23 points on 6 of 24 shooting, with 15 rebounds, sealing the Lakers’ championship against the Boston Celtics.

 

 

Kobe’s free throws while injured

At 34, Kobe was seen limping after falling to the ground during a tight battle against the Golden State Warriors in April 2013. With a devastatingly torn Achilles tendon in his left leg, Kobe still managed to stay in the game and score two free throws, drawing the game to a tie at 109.

The Achilles injury was a hard blow to the Lakers, for Kobe’s final seasons displayed a drastic drop in his performances, taking a toll on the team’s eligibility to finish the playoffs. His low seasons brought about his announcement of his retirement after the 2016 season.

When his final sold-out game at the Staples Center came, Kobe saved the best for his last as he scored 60 points – his highest total in 2016. Truly a defined NBA player, Kobe ended his performance with the legendary “Mamba out!” remark, trailed by a flying kiss.

 

 

The Unflinching Kobe

After a heated exchange with Orlando Magic’s Matt Barnes in 2010, Bryant stood on firm defense as Barnes bossed the ball from a referee and passed it inbounds. When Barnes fake-threw the ball into Bryant’s face, he was seen in the same position, no flinches recorded.

Just Kobe being Kobe, always putting his head in the game.

‘Dear Basketball’ Oscar

In winning his Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards in 2018, Kobe accepted the award with Glen Keane (director and animator) and claimed in his speech, “As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. But I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”

Based on his own poem for The Players’ Tribune in 2015, Kobe outpoured his passion for playing, expressed his genuine farewell, and swore by his eternal dedication to being a player in the film.


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