Sunday, March 30, 2014

Parker could opt out of '14 draft

According to SBNation, Duke G Jabari Parker may not opt to join the 2014 NBA Draft, but instead return to Durham for his sophomore season.

Parker's decision is worrying potential GM's of teams in potential teams he could be drafted by, such as the Lakers and Sixers.

NCAA players have until an April 27th deadline to decide whether to declare for draft, which will take place on June 26th.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

76ers Could Break Record

Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams
The Major League Baseball record 120-loss 1962 New York Mets were once thought as lovable losers by the hometown fans.

Philadelphia 76ers fans might not feel the same way about their team.

The Sixers are looking to avoid their 26th consecutive loss, which would be a new NBA record. Philadelphia tied the record (held by Cleveland) of 25 in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs yesterday.

They play the 48-22 Houston Rockets tomorrow night at 8pE.

Kevin Durant IS the MVP

In early February, the heat for the future 2013-2014 NBA MVP Award race was in full swing, with Heat forward LeBron James and Thunder forward Kevin Durant both producing at furious rates.

Now, James has cooled off and Durant only continues to soar at magnificent heights; nearing Michael Jordan's record 40-straight 25 or more-point games this month.

ESPN can say whatever they want, but there's only one clear MVP candidate this season.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Silver: 'Jersey logos inevitable'

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made a statement last Wednesday that corporate-sponsored jersey patches for NBA teams will happen within the next five years, according to ESPN.

ESPN conducted a poll on whether fans would mind having corporate-sponsored jerseys, and the large majority were against it.

While the NBA is third in the four major American sports leagues income-wise, allowing sponsors to put their name on the players takes some of the class the NBA developed in David Stern's years as commissioner.

Maybe those of us who are against it are a little old fashioned, but I suppose NBA fans will just have to get used to having their idols' uniforms intruded upon by that little two and a half by two and a half inch patch.

March Madness Weekend

With the NCAA Division I Men's Championship Tournament underway, top NBA hopefuls went head-to-head this weekend in their quest for collegiate glory; and to exhibit their draft appeal.

Highly touted forward Jabari Parker and his teammates from Duke were upset Friday afternoon in a loss to Mercer.

Kansas center Joel Embiid and forward Andrew Wiggins were eliminated by the Stanford Cardinal.

Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis and forward Jerami Grant were denied a Sweet Sixteen berth after a loss to the Dayton Flyers.

Guard Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State failed to survive the Round of 64 in a loss to Gonzaga.

Shooting guard Gary Harris and the Michigan State Spartans roared past Harvard to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Finally, guard James Young and forward Julius Randle helped Kentucky hand Wichita State their first loss of the season in the Round of 32.

Jason Collins being taunted

According to an article by the Huffington Post, Nets center Jason Collins, who recently became the first openly gay athlete in major American professional sports, is being taunted for his sexuality by at least one other player, or 'knucklehead.'

While an advocate for LGBT rights, I, personally, am becoming increasingly wary of how much reporting of this "non-issue" is taking place. If all Jason Collins is focusing on is basketball, why do we need to talk about it?

I suppose us media people can not help but gossip about whatever people might happen to click on.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Upcoming Feature

To my sparse yet loyal readership:

This is a little different than my usually NBA related activity, but I wanted to make you aware of an important issue I'm in the process of writing about.

Teenage depression is one of the most serious afflictions in adolescent Americans. Over eleven percent of people have been diagnosed with some form of major depressive disorder before the age of 18.

This issue affects more than just the victims. Depression victimizes everybody around somebody who has it, and is one of the leading causes of death in young people in our nation.

If any off-court issue this serious isn't worth writing, or reading about, I can not understand what would be.

Thank you to those supporting me in this endeavor and its future readers.