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NBA Power Rankings: All Star Break Edition

February 14th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

All Star weekend starts this friday and it will also mark the halfway point of the 2019-2020 NBA season, so I thought that it would be fun to share my rankings of all 30 teams in the association. While some teams have already given up on their season and are looking forward to the off-season (nudge nudge to Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) , other teams are competing night in and night out for a chance to represent their organization in this year’s NBA playoffs. So let’s take a look at the NBA power rankings three days before All Star weekend begins.

 

  1. Golden State Warriors.

 

Oh how the mighty have fallen. After appearing in 5 straight NBA finals, the Warriors now boast the worst record in the NBA at 12-42. With major year long injuries to the splash brothers, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, Golden State has had to bring in players of all different kinds and have had a number of different lineups. After trading D’angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins during the trade deadline,the Warriors made it clear that they will forget about this season, look forward to the off-season, and prepare to be back next year with their elite backcourt healthy again.

 

  1. Charlotte Hornets

 

Life never seems to get better in Charlotte. They have not made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season and it does not seem like they will anytime soon. With a weak draft class and Charlotte not being a free agent destination, the Hornets have nothing to really be super excited for. They are a bottom 5 team in the league and yes the breakout of Devonte Graham is nice but its with every efficient scoring. Outside of Graham and an inconsistent Terry Rozier, the Hornets are not going to be good for a while unless they’re young players breakout

 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers

 

After fleecing the Detroit Pistons for Andre Drummond, the Cavaliers have shown progress and their young talent is slowly starting to come along.They are far from contending for a championship and sometimes their front office makes some very questionable moves but they did a good job of drafting this past year and they showed that they are willing to go out and make moves by heating of the best big men in the NBA in Andre Drummond.

 

  1. Detroit Pistons

 

Speaking of the foolish Pistons, it is now pretty obvious that they are going into full rebuild mode. They traded Drummond and after shutting down Blake Griffin for the season, it seems like he will be gone too. It is about time as Detroit has been stuck between competing and rebuilding for several years now. In my opinion they should have gotten rid of Griffin and Derrick Rose too but now it is left to be seen if they will in the off-season. The Pistons are now falling to the bottom of the east and it does not seem like that will change any time soon.

 

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves

 

This could be the last time you see the Timberwolves on here for a while. After acquiring 6 new players at the trade deadline, Minnesota looks very different. Minnesota swapped Andrew Wiggins and draft compensation for D’angelo Russell and it was the best move they have made since drafting Karl Anthony-Towns. Russell and Towns have been very close for a while and have made it publicly known that they would love to play together. Well it has finally happened and together the duo should be a force to reckon with for years to come. Along with the addition with sharpshooter Malik Beasly, the Timberwolves are looking young and exciting but still have loads of work to do.

 

  1. Chicago Bulls

 

The Bulls are oozing with potential with so many young and skilled players but for some reason they just can not put it together. Sharpshooting third year 7-footer Lauri Markkanen has not had the breakout everyone was hoping and expecting for. Aside from Zach Lavine’s stellar season, the Bulls are being hurt by injuries and inconsistent play. Along with that, Head coach Jim Boylen does not have the respect of his players like and NBA head coach is supposed to.

 

  1. Atlanta Hawks

 

The Atlanta Hawks are only out of the bottom 5 for two reasons. Trae Young is from another planet and they were able to get Clint Capela for barely anything. Trae Young is currently averaging 29.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 9 assists and was just named an All Star starter. John Collins is averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds and Clint Capela is on his way to join Collins in the front court. Besides those three players, the Hawks are god-awful but Young, Collins, and Capela pull them just out of the bottom 5.

 

  1. New York Knicks

 

Ahh the trainwreck that is the New York Knicks. Never have I ever seen the most mismanaged team in my life with this bad of ownership and yet I rank them as the 23rd best team in the league. Why is that? It’s because they finally fired their management!!! Knicks fans should be throwing a parade after former president Steve Mills was fired. And just like that the Knicks have been performing much better since the firing and finally showing development from their young guys. Maybe the Knicks aren’t doomed after all. Maybe firing Steve Mills will finally bring this team out of purgatory.

 

  1. Orlando Magic

 

Last year, the Orlando Magic surprised all when they made the playoffs and performed the way they did. Vucevic looked like a top 5 offensive center in the league, Aaron Gordon had shown star like defensive and athletic abilities and they even stole a game at home from the to be champions at the time, the Toronto Raptors. This year is a different story, everyone seems to have regressed a lot and collectively, Steve Clifford and his squad do not seem on the same page.

 

  1. Washington Wizards

 

Bradley Beal’s name has been thrown into trade discussions more than anyone else’s and how does that affect him? He is currently averaging 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. He along with the attitude of coach Scott Brooks are the lone reasons why the Wizards are only 3 games out of the playoffs while having one of the league’s worst rosters.

 

  1. San Antonio Spurs

 

The San Antonio Spurs have built their name off of always competing, playing hard, and having superb coaching in the best coach of all time Gregg Popovich. This year it seems like that strategy has reached its use limit. In a league now fueled by 3 point shooting, the Spurs top two offensive weapons are the most frequent mid range jump shot takers in the league. Both Aldridge and Derozan are awful beyond the perimeter and it has resulted in the Spurs being bottom 5 in both three point percentage and three pointers made per game, and they are well out of the playoffs because of it.

 

  1. Phoenix Suns

 

The Phoenix Suns have been relatively surprising after a somewhat confusing season. They brought in Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric, and Aaron Baynes to help the young trio of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Kelly Oubre. While that trio is very talented, the surrounding pieces are not good enough to make an impact and so while they have improved they still lack talent. The Suns even made a weird draft selection in Cameron Johnson who is already 23 and only provides shooting. The Suns did not draft for versatility and scoring like they should have.

 

  1. Sacramento Kings

 

The Sacramento Kings will put it all together and be formidable, I am confident of that. What I am not confident of is the bodies of the King’s players. Second overall pick from last year Marvin Bagley III has only played 13 games and star guard De’Aaron Fox has only played in 35. Both guys need to be on the floor for this team to maximize its potential. A lineup consisting of Fox, Bagley, Bogdan Bogdanovich, and Buddy Hield can be deadly in a few years and right now the Kings are in the middle of the league but it doesn’t matter too much because their young guys are developing very nicely and creating chemistry.

 

  1. Brooklyn Nets

 

The Brooklyn Nets are using this season as a chemistry building season for next year when Kevin Durant returns from injury. Arguably the best offensive player in the league and the most skilled offensive weapon of all time, KD brings any team to another level. Yes, right now the Nets are surviving as a 7th seed with Kyrie Irving playing but they are still under .500!! Kyrie has not been fully healthy and adding a fully healthy KD and Kyrie Irving would automatically put this team into contender status and it should not hurt that all the surrounding role players have already been playing together for a whole season.

 

  1. Portland Trailblazers

 

As much as I love Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, I can’t put a team that is not currently in the playoffs in my top 15. Trust me, what Damian Lillard has been doing over his past 10 games is godly. He is averaging 42 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists on 51.5% shooting from both the field and behind the arc. Along with McCollum’s 21 points per game and Hassan Whiteside’s glass cleaning and shot blocking ability, the Blazers can make a serious push for the playoffs after the all star break but as of now they do not deserve a spot in my top 15.

 

  1. Indiana Pacers

 

The Indiana Pacers are doing what they do every year. They are competing and playing hard with good not great players all over their roster. They will make the playoffs and be a very tough first round match for anyone but in the end, they do not have enough talent and more importantly, three point shooting, to get them over the hump no matter how good of a coach Nate McMillan is or how well rounded their roster is.

 

  1. New Orleans Pelicans

 

Up until 8 games ago when Zion Williamson returned, the Pelicans were seen as a non-playoff team that was host to the breakout of one Brandon Ingram. Now with Zion’s return, they have become a borderline playoff team that is host to the breakout of Brandon Ingram AND Zion Williamson. With Ingram averaging 25 this season and Williamson averaging 20 points through 8 games, this team should not be taking lightly because they are very dangerous and if Ingram resigns and Williamson turns out to be the player we think he will be, this team will have a baby Lebron and baby Kevin Durant teaming up.

 

  1. Memphis Grizzlies

 

Mike Conley who? Just kidding, Conley will always be a legend in Grind City but Ja Morant is something different. Not only does he play hard but he is flashy, athletic, and a team player and he will take this Grizzlies organization to a level Conley could only dream of. Memphis has a very strong young core. Dillon Brooks is a sharpshooter that seems to get better by game, Ja Morant looks like a bonafide stud, and Jaren Jackson could turn into the next dominant two way big man. This Grizzlies team is fun and exciting and I see only good things in their future.

 

  1. Philadelphia 76ers

 

The Sixers have been scrutinized by everyone in the media. Joel Embiid has been called soft by NBA legends and Ben Simmons has been made fun of constantly for his inability to stretch the floor. As a roster, the Sixers might be the most talented in the league but the fit is not there. Simmons and Embiid can not share the floor together, there is not enough shooting and they will never win a chip that way. Embiid needs to be traded and until those changes are made, Philadelphia will always be a contender but never taken seriously.

 

  1. Dallas Mavericks

 

Luka Doncic is the future. He is so unbelievably talented and dedicated to the sport and it really shows. In his second year, having just turned 20, he is averaging 29 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 9 assists. That feels like a character out of a video game. What’s more impressive is that he is doing it with his running mate, Kristaps Porzingis is playing at a below average level. The Mavericks have a fantastic bench and if Porzingis brings his play back to his level, a duo of Doncic and Porzingis with this bench can make it far in the playoffs.

 

  1. Utah Jazz

 

The Utah Jazz are very interesting and hard to assess. For starters, they have one of the best starting lineups in the NBA in Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovich, Joe Ingles, and Rudy Gobert. In that lineup alone, they have 3 guys who can go off for 30 any given night, one guy who is the definition of the ideal team player, and the best rim protector in the league. Then we look at their bench. The Jazz are struggling because of their bench. Aside from Jordan Clarkson, they have no one of great value and that will be the downfall in the playoffs. It is certainly the reason that they have been so inconsistent this year.

 

9.Oklahoma City Thunder

 

You would think that by replacing Russell Westbrook and Paul George with a 36 year old Chris Paul, a 21 year old Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and an unathletic Danilo Gallianri, that a team would regress. Well actually, it leads to a team getting better. Okay so they’re not better record wise (very close though) but they are better chemistry wise. While boasting a similar record as last year, this year’s Thunder team is playing much more together and with fun and it is showing because they have been impressive starting with head coach Billy Donovan all the way down to their last man on the bench and that earns them a top 10 spot.

 

  1. Miami Heat

 

Ahh South Beach. The Miami Heat, who happen to be my favorite team, have been the surprise of the year in the NBA. The Heat have taken a roster full of underappreciated talent, G-league players, and undrafted free agents and turned them into a real NBA championship contender. Everyone knew how perfect of a fit Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat were for each other but no one knew how much that relationship would blossom. Duncan Robinson, a former G-Leaguer and undrafted free agent is now one of the best shooters in the league, Kenrick Nunn, also a former undrafted free agent is now top 2 in Rookie of the Year conversation and Bam Adebayo has gone from very good role player to future perennial all star. All the credit goes to Pat Riley, who built this team and established a no nonsense culture, and Erik Spoelstra who has coached this team to play with discipline and heart. This Miami Heat team is not a joke and will be a very tough opponent in the playoffs.

 

  1. Houston Rockets

 

The Houston Rockets seem to be playing a game with the NBA and its fans. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are taking turns to see who will play well. While Harden was having a rough January and shot less than 40%, Westbrook was averaging 32 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists on 52% shooting and carried the Rockets to a winning month. This switch off seems to happen each month and in the playoffs will end the Rockets. The Rockets already have no big men and will struggle even more if one of their stars is on a cold streak. Yet, the potential returns on a Harden-Westbrook backcourt are too amazing to pass up.

 

  1. Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers are playing how we expected them too. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are great when they are on the court but that’s the problem. They are hardly on the court. Leonard does not play in back to backs and George is always dealing with minor injuries. I hope for their sake it’s more for preserving them in the playoffs. The Clippers with only one of either George or Leonard are still a very dangerous team but with both they reach the level of the top 3 teams in the league. Add in their elite bench and if the Clippers can stay healthy, we could very well see coach Doc Rivers hoist up Larry O’Brien this June.

 

  1. Boston Celtics

 

The Boston Celtics are finally reaching their potential and it’s very exciting to see. Jayson Tatum looks like the smoothest player in the NBA, Jaylen Brown has reached a new level of his development on both sides of the ball and Kemba Walker is playing like the killer he is. Together, with the defensive intensity of Marcus Smart and the brain of coach Brad Stevens, the Celtics are looking like a well oiled machine poised to make a deep run in the playoffs.

 

  1. Denver Nuggets

 

Coming into the season, the Nuggets were seen as a top 5 team in the league but they were also doubted due to the amount of team ups of superstars that occured in the off-season. But Mike Malone and his team of rough-riders have shut everyone up. The additions of Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. have really helped this team in the exact areas they needed it. Perimeter defense and scoring. The Nuggets have a rotation that is 11 deep and it’s part of the reason they are so good. Their bench is one of the best in the league and when the starters come out there is not a big downgrade in talent on the court which is crucial in the playoffs.

 

  1. Toronto Raptors

 

Kawhi brought Toronto a championship last season and left. But that wasn’t going to stop Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry from making a statement. Halfway through the season, the Raptors are better than the Clippers. Pascal is playing at a near MVP level and Kyle Lowry is running the offense better than anyone else in the league. The Raptors have playmakers, defenders, shooters, and most importantly heart and this is an underappreciated team that is going to make a lot of noise in the playoffs but in their own way. For example, they are on their second 10+ game win streak of the season and barely anyone is talking about it.

 

  1. Los Angeles Lakers

 

Lebron is 35 years old and is averaging a near triple-double. Anthony Davis is averaging 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and the Lakers have a slew of role players who are doing exactly what is asked of them. When you have Lebron and AD on your team all you’re really going to be asked to do is defend and make open shots. Lebron is still the King in his 17th season and Anhtony Davis is making his case for beating big men in the league. No one should be doubting this team and they are my current title favorites.

 

  1. Milwaulkee Bucks

 

I am very convinced that Giannis Antetokounmpo is the Hulk in a human suit. No one should be averaging 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while also being a defensive machine and leading his team to the best record in the NBA. No one has put up even close to those numbers since the most dominant player in NBA history, Shaquille O’Neal. Giannis really is the new face of the NBA and he deserves to be. His talent, heart, and dedication are off the charts and unmatched by anyone in the NBA. The reigning MVP deserves his second in a row by really staking his claim as the most dominant player in today’s NBA.

by Aman Jain

How About Those Chiefs!!

February 4th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Super Bowl 54 took place in beautiful Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. It was watched by 102 million people which made it the 10th most watched Super Bowl in NFL history. Those 102 million people were not disappointed. The Chiefs won 31-20 against the San Francisco 49ers and pulled off their 3rd comeback in this year’s playoffs alone. They came back down 10 going into the fourth quarter and ended up scoring 3 touchdowns in the quarter. The Chiefs had to come back down by 10 against the Tennessee Titans and more than 20 against the Houston Texans. The story of this postseason and more importantly this Super Bowl, is the resilient duo of head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Head coach Andy Reid deserves a lot of credit. Before the win on Sunday, Reid had the most wins in history without a Super Bowl victory. Finally, after 21 years of being a head coach in the NFL, Reid finally won the big one and he deserved it. Patrcik Mahomes on the other hand is only 24 and has already become the second youngest player to win a Super Bowl, the youngest player to win Super Bowl MVP, 2018 NFL MVP, 2018 First team all-pro, 2018 Offensive player of the year, and 2x pro bowler. In only his third season Mahomes already has an incredible resume and is one of the most talented quarterbacks we have ever seen. Together, Reid and Mahomes are going to make a deadly duo for years to come. The Chiefs offense overall answered very strongly to a 49ers defense that had been suffocating them all evening. The 49ers held the Chiefs to only 156 yards in the first half and only 104 of them were passing yards. Going into the fourth quarter, the Niners defense had forced Mahomes into no passing touchdowns and 2 interceptions. It was looking like San Francisco’s defense was just too much to handle for Mahomes but that is when Mahomes turned it on. A lot of people including me, thought the 49ers defense would bring them this victory but a lot of people, including me, underestimated how good 24-year-old Patrick Mahomes really is. And oh my, was I wrong. Patrick Mahomes is in another world in terms of talent and he is extremely clutch. The Chiefs have a rare talent at the most important position in sports, yes, but more importantly they have an ultimate winner at that position and that is very unparalleled.

Overall, this year’s Super Bowl did not disappoint (especially the halftime show, thank God) and the best team truly won. With no controversy and no bad sportsmanship, this was just a game of great football and the better team won and in my opinion that is the best kind of Super Bowl.

by Aman Jain

Dwight “Doc” Gooden: What Could Have Been

January 30th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Dwight “Doc” Gooden is one of the biggest what-if stories in all of MLB history. From 1984-1992, Gooden really flashed his dominance and insane talent. Exactly half of his career was phenomenal while the other half was clouded heavily by his drug and alcohol addiction.

When Doc Gooden was good, he was really, really good. In the 8 year span from 1984 to 1992, he won the Rookie of the Year award, the NL Cy Young award in 1985, the Triple Crown Winner in 1985, 4 time all-star, and he won the World Series 3 times – 1 with the Mets and 2 with the Yankees. The Triple Crown is perhaps the most impressive, as it is given to any pitcher that leads the league in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average. Since 1930, only 15 men have won a triple crown for pitching and the fact that Gooden is one of them speaks levels about his talent and what could have been. After his historic 1985 season, Gooden won a World Series with the Mets in 1986 and on the way, he became the youngest pitcher in MLB history to be the starting pitcher for the All-Star game. From August 11th, 1984 to May 6th, 1986, Doc had 50 starts and his stats for those 50 starts were a record of 37-5, an ERA of 1.38, and 412 strikeouts in 406 innings. Those statistics are simply phenomenal for any pitcher, let alone a 20-year-old in his second year!! Ever since the 1986 season, Gooden did not play well and even though he had decent seasons with the Yankees, his addictions are what people really remember about him. With multiple DUI’s and issues with cocaine and alcohol, Gooden was suspended and arrested multiple times. During the Mets championship parade in 1986, Gooden did not attend as he later admitted that he was doing drugs at his dealer’s house. Doc Gooden has been caught with cocaine as recently as 2019. What could have been will never be witnessed as a potential all-time great fell victim to drug abuse. The good thing is that Doc Gooden is not going to jail and instead is undergoing a drug rehabilitation program and is getting help. Hopefully this time is the final time because an unbelievably talented man like that should not be going through this.

by Aman Jain

Kobe “Bean” Bryant: A Legacy That Will Impact Forever

January 28th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

This past Sunday, the world lost a legend and an icon. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant were among seven killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. It took everyone by shock. Bryant was only 41 years old while his middle daughter Gianna or “Gigi” was only 13 years old. Kobe Bryant was not only a legendary basketball player but also a global icon. On the court, Bryant was a master of the game of basketball. Kobe ended his 20 year playing career being a 5x NBA champion, 2x Finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP, 18x all star, 4x all star game MVP, 11x All NBA first team selection, 2x all NBA second team selection, 2x all NBA third team selection, 12x All defensive team selection, 2x scoring champ, and has both of his jersey numbers (8, 24) retired by the Los Angeles Lakers whom he spent his entire playing career with. Kobe is unquestionably a top 10 player of all time and his Mamba Mentality will never be forgotten. Kobe was lauded for his work ethic and his mentality. Bryant was nicknamed the Black Mamba because of his ability and mindset when he stepped on the court. In a 2015 interview with Ahmad Rashad, Bryant said, “When I step on that court, I become that. I am that killer snake. I’m stone cold, man.” Kobe had no friends on the court and when he was playing, he was playing to destroy you and get in your head. Like the Mamba, Kobe could get you in a variety of ways and had a killer mindset where his only objective was to beat you and beat you bad.

The NBA and all its teams have been showing ultimate respect to Kobe as they have been taking 24 and 8 second violations at the start of the game to honor him. The Minnesota Timberwolves placed the ball at the free throw line on their first possession of their game Monday night as Kobe passed Michael Jordan to become third all-time in total points with a free throw against the Timberwolves. The Lakers set up a memorial immediately outside of the Staples Center to honor perhaps their greatest player of all time. Thousands of Lakers fans have surrounded Staples Center with flowers and tributes and have been chanting “KOBE!!”. It is very easy to see how much Bryant has impacted the game of basketball.

The more impressive thing is how much Kobe has impacted the world outside of basketball. Athletes and celebrities from all different sports and industries have been showing love for the Black Mamba. Tennis player Nick Kyrigos wore a Bryant Lakers jersey before and after his match with Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Kanye West and Chance the Rapper held a special Sunday Service and both performed and spoke in tribute to Kobe. Shaquille O’Neal was devastated by the deaths as he tweeted, “There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through with this tragedy of losing my niece Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences go out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. I’M SICK RIGHT NOW” Shaq and Kobe had a special relationship and were widely regarded as one of the best duos to ever play the game.

Players are really taken aback by this tragedy as multiple players that wear 8 or 24 as their number are changing it in honor of the Laker great. Teams are also retiring Kobe’s jersey. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on Sunday, “Kobe was an ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father. Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick.” It shows how much respect Kobe has garnered from not only players, but also coaches and owners around the league and world.

Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant was also killed in the helicopter crash. Nicknamed Gigi, she was an avid basketball fan and player and a huge lover of her father. Kobe famously had been coaching Gigi to be a great player at this age and, before her untimely death, was very supportive of her dream to be a WNBA player. Gigi’s dream school was UCONN and this past Monday, UCONN women’s basketball honored Gigi and Kobe with an honorary jersey. This tragedy has left the sports world heartbroken and a legendary player but more importantly a legendary man, was taken from us. Kobe will never be forgotten because of his storied career, once in a lifetime basketball skills, killer mentality, impact on his community and those around him, and his ability as a father and husband to always go above and beyond to do everything 100%. The Black Mamba’s legacy and impact will never die and his life will continue to inspire millions. Mamba Mentality Forever. #8 #24.

By Aman Jain

The WNBA Finally Getting The Change It Deserves

January 24th, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The new WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was approved and signed on January 16th, 2020,  has needed to happen for a while now. Up until this new deal, WNBA athletes and their talents had been overlooked for far too long. It is undeniable that they do not bring in the same amount of money as the NBA, but they are still world class athletes and they work just as hard. This new CBA rewards them of that and it is a big step for women’s basketball.

The new CBA has many different parts to it. Firstly, every single player got a raise. The top players in the league can make more than $500,000 based on base salary combined with, incentives, prizes for in season tournaments, and team and league endorsement deals. $500,000 is triple the previous maximum cash compensation for top players. The average league cash compensation is now $130,000. This is the first time it has been in triple digits which speaks volumes about the strides that the league is making. According to the CBA, maximum base salary is now $215,000 up from $117,500. The new CBA agreement is for eight years with an opt out clause after six years. One of the most important parts of the CBA are its new rules for maternity leave. Players will collect full salary, receive $5,000 annually for child care, and be guaranteed a two bedroom apartment by the league. In the old CBA, players would have to take economy seats on flights and share hotel rooms but under the new CBA, players will all get economy plus seats during the regular season and each player will have her own hotel room. Finally, a big step that was taken by the WNBA that brought them one step closer to reaching where they want to go was that there is potential for a 50-50 split on revenue shares depending on whether or not the league reaches its target revenue.

All in all, it was a major milestone and step for the WNBA. With a 53% total increase in cash compensation and much better treatment overall for the athletes, the world is finally starting to appreciate and reward these sensational athletes. The WNBA is getting the recognition it deserves and along with being put in the NBA 2k20 video game and finally getting a raise and better treatment, it seems as though the WNBA is finally reaching its potential and could be a very impactful league in a few years.

 

By: Aman Jain

Super Bowl 54 Preview and Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers

January 21st, 2020   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

It’s finally set. The conference championship games have been wrapped up and the matchup for Super Bowl 54 is set. But before we dive into this very exciting Super Bowl, let’s take a quick look at how both the Chiefs and 49ers fared in their respective championship games.

The Chiefs took on dark horse Super Bowl candidates, the Tennessee Titans, and showed up at home. They took care of business with a final score of 35-24. After being down early in the first quarter 10-0, social media had a slight panic attack. Then social media had another slight panic attack when Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill lead a NINE MINUTE touchdown drive to put the lead back up to 10. NINE MINUTES!!  But everything was restored once the Chiefs eventually scored two more touchdowns before half and took a 21-17 lead going into the second half. From then on, Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes took over and controlled the lead till the end, leading Kansas City to its first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl IV.

Run, Run, Run!! The 49ers learned that running was the way to win during their NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday. Quarterback Jimmy Garopolo threw the ball only 8 times the whole game and the Niners won by 17 points. Running back Raheem Mostert ran the ball 29 times and showed that he can solely carry an offensive game plan by himself. With a defense that ranked second in total yards allowed, first in passing yards allowed in the regular season, and a rushing attack that ranked second in total rushing yards, the Niners and head coach Kyle Shanahan showed that they can be the best team in football with elite defense and an unforgiving running game. This elite Niners defense led by defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is not one to be taken lightly and they showed that by making Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense extremely uncomfortable. Now the 49ers find themselves in their first Super Bowl since 2012 and their seventh appearance overall.

Patrick Mahomes is a flat-out star and can do some unheard of things as a quarterback.  The 49ers have a suffocating top ranked defense. With that being said, this should be looked at as a high-octane offense vs. an intense defense match-up right? Oh boy is it so much more than that. As amazing as Patrick Mahomes is and as great as wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce are, the Chiefs are going to need their defense to put their best foot forward against the 49ers. The Niners boast the league’s second-best rushing attack and a running back in Raheem Mostert that put up 220 yards and 4 touchdowns rushing on 29 carries

The 49ers have such diversity and can beat you in so many ways that it may be a little too much for the Chiefs too handle. Another unfortunate issue for the Chiefs is that this past season, they were the seventh best team in terms of passing yards allowed and the seventh worst team in terms of rushing yards allowed. A team that is terrible at defending the run doesn’t magically become amazing at it against a team that was second best in the league at running the ball. Especially because Jimmy Garopolo rarely throws the ball, but has shown that when he does, he can carve up defenses and be dominant.

For the Chiefs to win this game, they have 4 major keys to follow. Firstly, Patrick Mahomes needs to show up and show out. Constantly impressing everyone with spectacular arm talent and the ability to make players around him better, I along with everyone else in the United States of America will be watching closely to see how Mahomes fares on the grandest stage of them all. If Mahomes plays like the MVP candidate he is, the Chiefs are halfway there but if not, it will be a long, hard, and eventually disappointing uphill battle for this explosive Kansas City Chiefs team. Secondly, the Chiefs defense needs to step up big time. George Kittle has the most yards after catch of any skill player since 2017, Deebo Samuel has been a speedy rookie sensation, and journeyman Raheem Mostert has shown that he has a lot of talent and can take over when necessary. It is safe to say that the Chiefs in the middle of the pack defense has a lot on their plates in two weeks and is really going to need to play well if they have any hope of winning. Thirdly, drops and slow starts are going to be the story of the first half. In Kansas City’s divisional round playoff game against the Houston Texans, they had 4 drops in the first quarter, a muffed punt, and a blocked punt. This led to them going down 21 points in the first quarter. Again, in the AFC championship game against the Tennessee Titans, they were down by 10 for most of the first half. Those slow starts have been brutal for this team and the Niners defense is too good to let them climb out of that deficit. Finally, Andy Reid may be the most important factor for the Chiefs as his record in the past is not fantastic. He will need to put together an amazing game plan and coach the best game of his life if he plans to out-coach Kyle Shanahan who seems to call the perfect play whenever necessary.

This is a Super Bowl that will be decided on control of possession. If the 49ers can play dominant defense and run the ball like they have been all season. I see very little chance of them losing this game. However, if the Chiefs can play solid defense, stay explosive on offense, and have Andy Reid call smart plays, they can definitely steal this one from San Francisco. My final score prediction is 28-24 with the San Francisco 49ers ending up as your Super Bowl Champions.

by Aman Jain

Former New York Mets pitcher and current SNY Television broadcaster Ron Darling announced that he’s been diagnosed with thyroid cancer

May 7th, 2019   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Former New York Mets pitcher and current SNY Television broadcaster Ron Darling announced that he’s been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, according to several published reports, including USA Today.

A little less then a month ago, Darling announced he was taking a leave of absence for health reasons. He added that tests had revealed a large mass on his chest that would require surgery and he was hoping to return sometime this month.

That all changed with Monday’s announcement.

“After the removal of the mass on my chest along with further tests, I have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer,” said Darling, who pitched for the Mets for eight seasons. “My doctors have said they are optimistic that the cancer is treatable and that I would be back on air talking baseball in the next month or so.

‘I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their continued support.”

During his 13-year playing career, Darling finished with a record of 136-116 with 13 shutouts. The right-hander notched 1,590 strikeouts and had a 3.87 ERA.

 

Russell Craig

March Madness or the NBA? 

February 11th, 2019   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Year round, sports fans look forward to seeing new and fresh prospects take the court. NCAA March Madness has become more entertaining than the NBA. There are the schools that bring the madness to March, but, its the teeth-biting games where the underdogs swoop up from under and create chaos in the brackets, making it impossible to predict the outcome! As a sports fan, the atmosphere is everything, seeing an entire school back up their very own players, it is genuine support, whereas, the NBA has become jaded, predictable and truth be told, we are just tired of seeing the same two teams make it to the finals. Young athletes, looking to be the next Michael Jordan, Lebron James or Steph Curry, fighting or a spot in the NBA, thats what its all about. Young talent looking for their big break.

 

by Ashley Kate Martin

NBA Finals

June 1st, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

If you’re anything like me, basketball season feels like it goes on forever. We’re approaching the NBA finals, and the two teams who will be competing against each other have been announced: the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors! This will be the fourth consecutive year the Cavaliers and the Warriors have competed against each other for the 2018 NBA champion title. Game 1 starts on Thursday, May 31st, and Game 7 ends on Sunday, June 17th, if necessary. Both the Cavaliers and the Warriors played 7 games in their respective conferences, and getting to the finals hasn’t been easy. Last year, the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, but in 2016, the Cavaliers won the title. In 2015, The Golden State Warriors won. If this pattern continues, the Cleveland Cavaliers should win the title this year. We’ll have to wait and see!

 

By: Lauren Dinardo

Saquon Barkley to the Giants: and we couldn’t be happier

May 26th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Penn state’s very own Saquon Barkley has been recruited by the Giants, and fans couldn’t be happier. We have to admit we all had a feeling he would put on the Giants due to his multiple Instagram and Snapchat posts with the famous Odell Beckham Jr. but officially hearing it was music to our ears, and rest to our minds. Running back Saquon Barkley coming in at 6’0 and 234 lbs is going to be such a great asset to the team, and we’re all so excited to see him do his thing on the field this upcoming season.

By: Serena Vohra