There is just over a week left until conference tournament play begins. One of the most riveting conference tournaments this year is in the Big 12. They are loaded from top to bottom so lets take a closer look at the contenders for their tournament.
Bill Self’s squad is playing great basketball at the moment and is looking to carry that momentum into the conference tournament. After winning their 14th straight Big 12 regular season title the Jayhawks are the team to beat this year. Senior guard Devonte’ Graham is averaging about 18 PPG and has been playing great ball down the stretch of games. This team will be hard to beat, and with a one seed in sight for the NCAA Tournament, look for these guys to pull out all the stops to run through the Big 12. Read Full Article Here!
The NBA playoffs are always full of surprises, but within the past few years, it was definite that the Warriors and Cavs ruled supreme over the NBA. This season the Cavs have been shaken up in a restructure, and Chris Paul has joined with James Harden to form a lethal duo in Houston. We may see new teams in the finals this year or tradition may dictate that the Warriors and Cavs will be in attendance again.
The West is the better of the two conferences, and it contains the best players in the league, apart from the King. Currently, I believe the best teams in the West are the Rockets, Warriors, Thunder, and Timberwolves. The Rockets and Warriors are the obvious favorites in the West for the one and two seed, respectively, and the rest of the seeding is almost a toss-up. Read Full Article Here!
Even since his high school days, Damian Lillard has often been overlooked. He was rated a mere 2-star prospect out of high school, and eventually accepted a scholarship to play for Weber State of the Big Sky Conference. Now, as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard is still often overlooked in the discussion regarding the top point guards in the league. Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Russell Westbrook receive plenty of attention for their play, and rightfully so. Curry has won a pair of MVPs and championships, Irving has a championship under his belt, and Westbrook is the league’s reigning MVP. Damian Lillard doesn’t have an MVP or any NBA Finals victories on his resume, yet he deserves to be held on the same pedestal as the formerly mentioned.
Johnny Football has been on “break” from the NFL. Since his last game with the Browns, he made himself into not only a better athlete but also better person. It’s #ComebackSZN as Manziel affectionately refers to as his attempt to rejoin the NFL. As a fan of Manziel at A&M and a Ohio native, Manziel seemed liked the savior Cleveland needed. In the Super Bowl Era, the Browns have never been a good team, but they came closest to their best during Manziel’s reign. Johnny Football was given a talent from above that has yet to be matched by any college player. Johnny is the only player to receive the Heisman Trophy as a Freshman and his impressive ability to make plays out of thin-air is unreal. Also his physical speed, strength, and decision-making were amazing to watch. After the Browns drafted the best quarterback to come out of college, everything fell apart in the life of Manziel. Read Full Article Here!
Air Jordan or The King? Although hundreds of millions debate on whether or not LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan within the confines of a 94 by 50-foot wood floor, most people often overlook the competition between the two in respect to their cultural and economic impact.
Now I know it may seem like Jordan is far ahead of LeBron in these aspects if you make this argument based on the present. But keep in mind MJ is 22 years older and therefor has had more time to accumulate money and build up his Jordan Brand empire, while LeBron is still playing in the latter part of his prime. After all, it wouldn’t be fair to solve the debate of MJ vs. LeBron on the court by facing a 55-year-old Jordan against a 33-year-old James. Read Full Article Here!