Mon. Dec 17th, 2018

NBA

Zaza Pachulia: The Dirtiest of Players

By Griffin Hill

When 250+ pound professional athletes are running full speed, and using their muscle to launch themselves at every loose ball, injuries are bound to happen. But injuries are accidents, and should never be caused by an individuals intentional desire to hurt someone else.

Zaza Pachulia in numerous situations has been accused of crossing the line, and trying to hurt other stars. An incident with Kawhi Leonard last season, was perhaps the most infamous, and caught the attention of players around the league. The debate of whether the warriors big man intentionally stepped on the ankle of Leonard is in fact no debate at all. People around the league like to convince themselves that no player at this level would dare to do such a thing. While this would be a wonderful truth, it is not the case. Zaza Pachulia is out to injure other players, and revolves his game around cheap shots, and “dirty” plays. Read Full Article Here!

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The Rise and “Fall” of Derrick Rose

By Dastan Haghnazari

“With the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select Derrick Rose from the University of Memphis.”

Derrick Rose was the youngest player to ever receive the MVP award.  Derrick Rose was also one-of-twenty first round picks to receive the Rookie of the Year award. Rose competed in the playoffs five times during his tenure with the Bulls (two after his injury) and signed a 185-million-dollar shoe deal with Adidas in 2012. However, when Rose returned from injury, he was never the same. He was traded to the Knicks, Cavs, and finally to the Jazz who waived him from their roster earlier this month.  Rose is considered to be washed-up, broken, and unproductive nowadays, which is hard to comprehend, considering he used to be the top point guard in the NBA.  Read Full Article Here!

Why the NBA Will Rule the Sports World

By Charlie Hackett

The National Basketball Association has constantly grown in revenue since its birth in 1946.  It is now at an all-time popularity peak, and not just in the U.S.  The NBA is increasingly growing in international coverage and attention partly due to the increase in number of international players entering the league.  In the season of 91-92, the NBA featured only 23 international players from 18 countries.  Now, recorded on opening day of this season, the international player numbers have skyrocketed to 108 players across 42 different countries.

So what?   Well, due to this growth in international numbers, the television ratings for the NBA have stretched all across the world.  The NBA finals have turned into a global event, which featured 265 journalists from 35 different countries during the 2017 year according to Kevin Wang, ESPN.  As a matter of fact, I found my own self watching game 4 of the most recent finals in a hotel lobby in London, England, at 3:00 A.M. accompanied by a crowd of other tourists, most of which were European.  That was the first time that I truly understood the global stretch of influence that the sport had. Read Full Article Here!

2018 NBA Trade Deadline: New-Look Cavs

By Oliver Mauntel

Transaction Overview

Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Los Angeles Lakers receive:
Jordan Clarkson G Isaiah Thomas PG
Larry Nance Jr. PF Channing Frye PF
2018 1st round Pick (protected)

CLEVELAND-Although he had only played in 15 games, the Isaiah Thomas experiment clearly didn’t work out in Cleveland. The Cavs looked to improve their team chemistry by dumping off Thomas, while getting younger and more athletic in the process. Clarkson will serve as a much better defender than Thomas and will provide more length in the backcourt as well. Larry Nance Jr., returning to the organization in which his father’s #22 hangs in the rafters, will provide rim protection that the Cavs have so desperately needed. On the other end of the floor he is a highlight waiting to happen, as he will appear in the slam dunk contest over All-Star weekend. Read Full Article Here!