Where Is The (Kevin) Love?


The man that was traded for the NBA 2014 number one overall pick and the same man who was a double double machine in Minnesota, is now starting to be questioned if he can coexist with the other 2 of the big 3 in Cleveland with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Initially we all thought, including LeBron, that Kevin Love would be the missing piece for the city of Cleveland to end it’s drought of winning a championship. Kevin Love’s ability to rebound, stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting, and his fastbreak starting ability convinced LeBron and the Cavaliers to trade away Andrew Wiggins. What wasn’t taken into account was Love’s inability to defend, especially against the pick and roll and help side defense.

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Kevin Love signed a 5 hear, $110 million deal over the summer. While Irving was out at the beginning of the season, LeBron emphasized that Love would be the focal point of the offense. Last year, Kevin would look misplaced and lost within the system with James and Irving on the court. Once Kyrie returned in December, much of the same continued. When Cleveland initially made the trade, they promised Kevin that he would receive his (max) contract. I’m starting to think they just gave him his money based on that reason alone, and not because they wanted to use him long term (at this point). At times, the team would take him out during the 4th quarter of his defensive deficiencies. If you can’t play in the 4th because of that or the inability to hit free throws (other players qualify here), then you don’t deserve a max contact in my opinion (don’t you agree?). And if you don’t deserve a max contract but is currently under a max contract, then you’re overrated. Being teamed up with LeBron has exposed Kevin Love’s flaws on the national stage. When he was in Minnesota, Ricky Rubio was always hurt so Kevin did everything. Love has 11 20-point-20-rebound games in his career. None of them has happened since joining the Cavaliers. I’m convinced to say that he is the most overrated player in the NBA at the moment. Not taking away from what he’s excellent at but when you’re on the same team as LeBron and you’re outcasted and isolated by your own teammates and in the middle of trade rumors, then you wonder why Minnesota gave him a 4 year contract extension instead of a max contract the first time around. There’s no love in Minnesota. There’s starting to have no love in Cleveland. So my question is where is the love?

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JGOOD

The People’s Champ


Not to be confused with former WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (even though that was my favorite wrestler growing up)
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Who would’ve ever thought we would see a player like Stephen Curry in our generation? Think about it… the players in the NBA today compared to when I was a kid growing up are more athletic, but not as fundamentally sound, or have the overall IQ. Anthony Davis is a freak of nature but you don’t see the post game foot work like Kevin Garnett or banking in 15 footers like Tim Duncan (yet). James Harden took Manu Ginobili’s Euro Step to another level but the man can’t defend a parked car with a boot attached to the front left rim. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are once in a lifetime type of players. There’s no one with LeBron’s size and strength combination. There’s no one with Durant’s height, wingspan, and to be a pure shooter. Russell Westbrook’s athleticism attributes are not even comparable to any one (Derrick Rose before the injuries). Usually NBA Superstars have something or multiple abilities about them that you just can’t teach… that basically the average person doesn’t possess. Curry, on the other hand, is different.
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Steph Curry doesn’t have the power and speed combination of LeBron. He doesn’t have the athletic makeup of Westbrook. He doesn’t have the height and wingspan of Durant. He’s not the fastest or strongest player at his position and definitely not the most explosive. What separates him is the fact that he’s a perfectionist with a legendary work ethic. His ability to exceed expectations and raise his game to new heights are due to the long hours of commitment that he has produced. I watched him at Davidson and became a fan during his junior year when his school made some noise in the middle of March Madness. Davidson ousted Gonzaga, dropped Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, and the rest of Georgetown, stomped Wisconsin, and was 2 points shy of reaching the Final Four after a loss to a deep Kansas team featuring Mario Chalmers. The man used to be double and triple teamed on a regular and was still scoring at will. He’s been doing this at every level. Scouts were saying that his game wouldn’t translate to the next level. They also said he wasn’t a true point guard. The fact that he’s doing whatever he wants in the NBA is beyond remarkable.
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Another crucial point that needs to be made is that anybody can be just like him. The average person doesn’t have to jump the highest or run the fastest or become the strongest to have the same skill set of Stephen Curry. You’ve seen an abundance of kids practicing their ball handling or shooting all over social media because of what Curry can do. Mark Jackson said that Curry’s style of play is hurting the game… and I would have to disagree. Yes, Curry shoots a lot of 3’s in transitions but, those are good shots for him. And of course they teach you the opposite during basketball practice. The thing is when you’re that good of a shooter and you’re in rhythm, those are good shots. Also, the fact that he can freeze the defense and space the floor in transition is a bonus. Even with his high volume shots behind the arc, kids looking up to him are starting to become more fundamental, and watching the Golden State Warriors team in general are exposing them to selfless basketball (along with San Antonio).
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The scary thing that I didn’t even mention yet is that Steph is getting better. Initially, ankle injuries delayed his growth in his first couple of seasons. However, once he was finally healthy, you started to see the birth of a superstar. He shattered the record for most 3 pointers in a season 3 years ago and has beaten his own record every year (currently on pace to beat it again). The Carolina protégé is on pace to have a higher scoring efficiency than Wilt Chamberlain and is scoring more points in the paint than Blake Griffin and LeBron James… Let that sink in… ESPN has ranked him the 4th best point guard of all time behind Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, and John Stockton. Initially I thought it was too early to have him in the conversation but when you’re constantly watch him perform, it’s hard to overlook his greatness. I still don’t know how I feel about him ranked higher than Isaiah Thomas, Steve Nash, and Jason Kidd (all 3 of them are above extraordinary), but all I can do is sit back and appreciate the baby face assassin take over the league. LeBron used to lead the league in all star votes, effortlessly, for the past decade. Now, Stephen Curry is trumping him and the separation between LeBron and whoever’s next isn’t wide. Eventually, you would have seen the transition of dethroning the king because of father time… and if it was to be this soon, nobody expected it to be the current reigning MVP… except the MVP himself.
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Steph Curry is a special player and you shouldn’t take what we are witnessing for granted. A couple of years ago, he was just known for being a great shooter. Since then, he has won an MVP and a NBA Title, and is currently on pace to winning back to back MVPs (like Jordan 96,97) with the leagues best record. He has become a hero to the Bay Area and now is becoming a global icon. There’s not too many people who doesn’t discredits any of his accomplishments. The sky is truly the limit for him. Personally, I can’t wait to see what’s next from number 30… He still has a long career ahead of him, but in the present, he is the people’s champ.
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Top 10 Sports Moments Of 2015


We have finally arrived! 2015 went by with a blink of an eye, but so many moments have happened along the way. Several weeks ago, I let you all submit your nominees for your favorite sports moment of the year. Then, I let you all vote for your favorite moments from the final list. This past Sunday, I was on “The Come Up Podcast” for my monthly visit. I announced the order of the results (that you’ll see in a second). Below, are the results of your votes. Thanks for participating!!

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10) Michigan Fumble

9) Colts Epic Fail

8) Warriors Title

7) Serena Slam

6) Blackhawks Stanley Cup

5) Down Goes Rousey

4) The Interception

3) Leah Strong

 

 

2) Bat Flip

1) “You Know Why I’m Here”

NBA Top 10 All-Time List


When I was on “The Come Up Podcast” a couple of weeks ago for my monthly visit, we discussed Kobe Bryant’s retirement announcement and where he is ranked all time. Then I asked a few of my friends to make their own top 10 list and have people vote to see which list they like the most. Also, I will note if their list is in order or not. Check out the lists below and cast your vote! Place your vote in the comments (Note: I forgot about Larry Bird when I was naming my top 5 on the podcast so I inserted him in the list below)

JGood (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Kobe Bryant
  5. Hakeem Olajuwon
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Shaquille O’Neal
  8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  9. Bill Russell
  10. John Stockton

Reap (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. LeBron James
  5. Shaquille O’Neal
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Allen Iverson
  8. Larry Bird
  9. Tracy McGrady
  10. Kevin Garnett

D.Reed (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Shaquille O’Neal
  5. Larry Bird
  6. Kareem Abdul-Jabber
  7. Oscar Robertson
  8. Hakeem Olajuwon
  9. Bill Russell/Wilt Chamberland
  10. Tim Duncan

Victor (No Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Shaquille O’Neal
  5. Kareem Abdul-Jabber
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Kobe Bryant
  8. Hakeem Olajuwon
  9. LeBron James
  10. Allen Iverson

Armando (Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Shaquille O’Neal
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Magic Johnson
  5. Kobe Bryant
  6. Karl Malone
  7. Tim Duncan
  8. Allen iverson
  9. Kareem Abdul-Jabber
  10. Hakeem Olajuwon

Bork (No Order)

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Magic Johnson
  3. Larry Bird
  4. Julius Erving
  5. Kobe Bryant
  6. Dwyane Wade
  7. Shaquille O’Neal
  8. Clyde Drexler
  9. Dominique Wilkins
  10. Hakeem Olajuwon

The Come Up Podcast 3.0


Every last Sunday of the month, I have the privilege of joining The Come Up Podcast to talk about sports. This past Sunday was all about the upcoming NBA season. We talked about NBA stars such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, the 2015 free agency, our predictions of the season and more!

You can listen to the podcast below!

NBA EVERYTHING PODCAST

Also, check out their Youtube Channel and Twitter Page

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NBA Preview Part 3: Central Division


Central Division

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Chicago Bulls
Key Additions: Bobby Portis
Key Subtractions: N/A
Outlook: There have always been two things that really has kept Chicago from reaching their full potential in the past: Their lack of offense and staying healthy. Well the health is still out on trial but the offense has a chance to be resurrected with the uptempo system that new Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has installed. It’s going to be a work-in-progress, but it’s only a matter of time before the team starts rolling. Everybody returned with the addition of the rookie Bobby Portis. The championship window is shrinking. We’re going to see if they can get past their divisional rival to make it back to the big stage for the first time since 1998. “See Red”.

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Key Additions: Mo Williams
Key Subtractions: N/A
Outlook: Injuries, injuries, injuries… that was the story of last year’s Cleveland Cavaliers team. Anderson Varejao, Iman Shumpert, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving were the key players affected at some point during the season and playoffs. The championship window is closing and who knows how much longer LeBron James can play at this ridiculous level. They have the same roster with the addition of adding former Cavalier Mo Williams. This team is the cream of the crop in the Eastern Conference. The question remains will this team stay healthy or will the burden fall on LeBron’s shoulders again as he tries to make it to the NBA Finals for a 6th straight time?

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Detroit Pistons
Key Additions: Ersan Ilyasova, Marcus Morris, Stanley Johnson, Aron Baynes, Steve Blake, Danny Granger, Reggie Bullock
Key Subtractions: Greg Monroe, Tayshaun Prince
Outlook: I feel like Detroit needs to make a “power move”. What I mean by that is that they need to either make a blockbuster trade and get a franchise player OR just blow up the operation as it stands. Having Reggie Jackson and Brandon Jennings, who are both heavily paid to the play the same position, is a log jam. You could play Jennings at shooting guard, but the outcome wouldn’t suffice defensively. They brought in a few veterans, but losing Greg Monroe to Milwaukee was a huge blow. Now they are stuck with Andre Drummond, who’s another DeAndre Jordan in the making. The Pistons are not making the postseason so they should really think about that “power move”.

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Indiana Pacers
Key Additions: Monte Ellis, Myles Turner, Jordan Hill, Chase Budinger, Rakeem Christmas, Joseph Young
Key Subtractions: David West, Roy Hibbert, C.J. Waston, Luis Scola, Damjan Rudez
Outlook: Welcome back Paul George! The Indiana Pacers are a completely different team since the last time PG13 put on a Pacers jersey. The only returning start is George Hill. Forming chemistry with Monte Ellis may be challenging at first but that duo has the potential to get Indiana back into the playoffs. Their front court has become questionable these days so we’ll see how that pans out. I believe Paul George is good enough to get them into the postseason (BARELY!!), but the longer this cast can stay healthy and plays together in sync, they may give some team problems down the road.

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Milwaukee Bucks
Key Additions: Greg Monroe, Greivis Vasquez, Chris Copeland, Rashad Vaughn
Key Subtractions: Jared Dudley, Zaza Pachulia
Outlook: Jason Kidd has turned this team from a joke to mismatch nightmare for opponents. What 6-11 ft small forward you know that has skill set and IQ to run point guard if needed? Giannis Antetokounmpo is that person for the Milwaukee Bucks. When you place him with Michael Carter-Williams (former rookie of the year), young stud Jabari Parker, solid and young big man Greg Monroe, and a $70 million shooter Khris Middleton (I’m still scratching my head on that one), you have a dangerous nucleus with a crazy amount of potential. Defensively, they are legit. Once they establish some consistent offense and add more shooters, this team will have the ability to cause ANY team problems. “Fear The Dear”.

The Come Up Podcast 2.0


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The Come Up Podcast

I was able to make my second appearance on The Come Up Podcast this past weekend. The last weekend of the month, they allow me to come on a talk sports. This episode was about Allen Iverson, Vince Carter’s legendary dunk, the NFL season thus far and more! Check it out below!

Sports Show

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