With the imminent departure of LeBron James from the Cavaliers this NBA offseason, it’s time for the Boston Celtics to truly rise in power in the Eastern Conference. After all, their two injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward should be back and ready to play when the 2019 season commences.
The Celtics already outdid themselves this year, managing to take LeBron and the Cavs to a Game 7 battle in the second round of the playoffs before bowing out. The team did it with a ragtag bunch of defense-oriented young players sans a solid superstar. Sure, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier provided some degree of offense, but it’s mostly the teamwork, the brilliant coaching, and the gritty defense that got them that far.
But next season’s sun should shine bright on Boston. Whether James eventually decides to stay in Cleveland or move to another team in the East like Philadelphia, he will have a hard time coming back to the biggest stage of professional basketball without a solid supporting cast. Boston’s cast is already complete, and what was lacking in offensive firepower should be quickly remedied by the return of Irving and Hayward. The Celtics are fast looking to be the team with the deepest bench next season.
Of course, the supporting cast’s experience in the recent playoffs will greatly figure as well in the Celtics’ 2019 campaign. The team will have a solid group of young playoffs veterans plus one with a championship ring in Kyrie Irving. Indeed, the decline in dominance of the Cavs, coupled with a complete Boston roster, should make the Celtics a dominant NBA franchise in the coming years.
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When the Milwaukee Bucks first entered the NBA as an expansion team back in 1968, they only won 26 of their 82 regular season games and were last place overall. This was a blessing since they won a coin toss against the Phoenix Suns and acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) in the draft.
The acquisition of the for UCLA Bruins star instantly transformed the franchise, making them a powerhouse team. That following season, the Bucks lost just 26 games and reached the second round of the playoffs. They would fall to the New York Knicks, the team that went on to win the title that year.
The Bucks’ next acquisition was the Big O, Oscar Robertson, who simply put, did everything on the basketball court and did everything well. He was the prototype of players like Magic Johnson and Lebron James. The acquisition proved to be another great decision for the franchise as the duo led the team to the Bucks’ only championship.
The year after, Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after his conversion to Islam. Robertson, on the other hand, felt the aging process creeping up on him. Father time coupled with the injury bug kept the Bucks from winning another title.
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This has been a heated debate for the longest time among athletes and critics alike. What is the hardest thing to do in sports? Is it a slam dunk from the free throw line? A hole-in-one? A goal from a corner kick? According to physics experts, it’s hitting a baseball.
According to Ted Williams, hitting the ball is the single most difficult thing to do in sports. In fact, if a player can hit three times out of ten, he’s considered a good performer, according to Williams. So what makes this feat so hard to accomplish?
Let’s first look at the situation. A baseball is almost three inches in diameter and can reach speeds up to 100mph. The area where the ball hits the bat has less than the diameter of the ball. And a trip from the pitcher’s hand to the home plate leaves the hitter less than half a second to decide whether to swing or not.
The hitter also has to identify what kind of pitch was thrown. Is it a fastball? A curve ball? Keeping an eye on the ball is not an easy feat. The angular velocity of the ball gives it the appearance of suddenly speeding up as it approaches the batter.
And hitting the ball isn’t just about whacking it. Players have to hit it where fielders are not present or out of the park.
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Formula One racing is the pinnacle of motorsports. The best drivers in the world drive the fastest cars on the most alluring race tracks all for a spot at the top of the podium. Add a great rivalry to the mix and the level of excitement and controversy of the sport goes up 100 percent.
Let’s take a look at two of the greatest rivalries in F1 history.
Lauda vs. Hunt
In the late ‘60s to early ‘70s, two F1 drivers emerged at the top of the mountain who were the exact opposites of each other. Niki Lauda was a calm, cold, calculating driver who was as efficient as any driver before or since. James Hunt was volatile, entertaining, and outspoken. They were the best at their time, and Lauda had the upper hand until he was scarred for life in a horrific in-race accident. Hunt won the championship that season. Lauda would win championships later on.
Senna vs. Prost
The joining of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the same team could have been the greatest pairing if only it didn’t turn out to be (fortunately) the most bitter rivalry in F1 history. Prost was the veteran and Senna, the hot new sensation. Prost knew how to handle league politics, while Senna simply wanted to win. This clash of characters let to several incidents on the tracks. And while both had won championships, they only fostered a mutual dislike. However, when Senna died in one of the most high-profile tragedies in motorsports, Prost paid his respects at the funeral.
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Before the 2017 season began, only a few picked the Houston Astros to reach the World Series, let alone win the Major League Baseball title. Plenty did see the team clinching the American League West division, only to fall short in the playoffs.
The Astros, on the other hand, believed they could take on any team in a seven-game series, especially after acquiring several key players, including Brian McCann and Justin Verlander in the offseason. They also banked on the development of homegrown players, 2015 Cy Young awardee Dallas Keuchel, eventual 2017 American League MVP José Altuve, and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer.
With plenty of talent on the roster, some argued in the preseason that this was the strongest team Houston has ever fielded – even better than the 2005 team that reached the World Series.
Houston proved those claims right after recording 101 wins – the first time it topped the century mark and the third-best record in MLB, just behind Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians.
In the playoffs, the Astros showed that they were as talented as they were gritty and determined. After defeating Boston Red Sox with relative ease in the American League Division Series, Houston had to grind it out in the American League Championship Series and the World Series, against New York Yankees and the Dodgers, respectively.
Both series went the full seven games and pushed the Astros to dig deep and grind it out to win the first World Series in the franchise’s 55-year history.
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Just two games into the 2017-18 season, the affectionately dubbed “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo has given the NBA a bunch of highlights, on his way to 37 and 34 points in Milwaukee games versus Boston and Cleveland.
In his third game of the season, Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 44, beating Portland with a steal and a dunk in the final minute, complemented by a last-second block. The internet was expectedly sent buzzing. Is the Greek Freak making a solid run for MVP? Through the Bucks’ first five games, Giannis has already posted a franchise-best total of 175 points, and is already an early candidate for the post-season award.
Giannis drastically improved his numbers in all major stat categories last year, earning him the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. He was also named a starter in the All-Star Game, Milwaukee’s first representative since Michael Redd from over a decade before.
At just 22 years old, Antetokounmpo is already posting record-breaking numbers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is now the first player in NBA history to average 35 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists through the first five games of a season.
It’s clearly too early to tell for sure, as there are many solid candidates for MVP this year: from Harden and James to Durant, Leonard, and possibly Westbrook anew. But if Giannis continues his dominance on both the offensive and defensive end, then that MVP award is, so to speak, truly all Greek to me.
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The NBA off-season is about to end and we’ve seen a lot of interesting things happen since the opening week of the draft. Every GM, coach, and fan’s biggest fear is for a high draft pick that the management will lay an egg for and doom their franchise for years to come.
Of course, every team is dreaming of drafting their own Michael Jordan, but a lot of them end up being a bust. Here 3 of the greatest NBA busts of all-time.
Greg Oden: Portland Trail Blazers (No. 1, 2007)
In 2007, Portland had the first draft pick. They picked Greg Oden. Nobody blamed Portland for that decision during that time. Scouts had been raving about him since his early days in high school. But one injury after another resulted in Oden being out of the league.
Why was Oden a bust then? Because Kevin Durant was in the same draft.
Darko Milicic: Detroit Pistons (No. 2, 2003)
For this one, I blame the scouts and general managers. Every 7-foot European prospect is expected to be the next Dirk Nowitzki, and one has yet to come close to Dirk’s status. Milicic should’ve never been selected this high. Even at the time it was blasphemous. He ended his 10-year career with 6PPG.
Sam Bowie: Portland Trail Blazers (No. 2, 1984)
I guess you can say that the Portland Trail Blazers has a knack for drafting busts and missing out on some of the GOATs. The problem with them is they just choose centers over people with raw talent. Bowie managed to play 139 games in five years for the Blazers. Oh, yeah and some guy named Michael Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls right after him.
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