Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is OKC ripping you off?

Most fans have to drop more than just a dime nowadays to see their favorite teams.

According to Forbes, Oklahoma City Thunder tickets currently charge the highest median price in the NBA, at a whopping $185. Chesapeake Energy Arena has allegedly sold out every game about three years ago, and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Between anxiously waiting for their future championship and heart-aching desire to see their superstar in Kevin Durant, why wouldn't Thunder fans pack that house every night?

But is it really worth $185?

Not even stingy James Dolan charges that much to see the pitiful Knicks at Madison Square Garden of all places ($159 median, second in the league).

However, a successful team is typically worth paying for in the eyes of fans. If the average family of four wants to spend 1/56th of their annual salary on the Oklahoma City Thunder, that's their business.

Just seems like a ripoff to me.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What's the big deal about Jason Collins?

Photo Credit: Nadia Sikander/NBC News
Last Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets signed their former big man Jason Collins to a 10-day contract to aid their struggling post game.

Collins played 11 minutes for the Nets against the Lakers in Los Angeles, totaling no points, two rebounds, and a steal, committing five personal fouls in his short time on the floor. Despite the fouls and two turnovers, the Nets were +8 with Collins on the floor, while on their way to winning their 26th game of the season.

So why all the hype over a backup center? That night, Jason Collins would become the first active gay professional athlete in the four predominant sports leagues in the United States.

 Collins became the first athlete to come out in April of 2013, stating "No one wants to live in fear." And so Collins took up his new-found bravery and brought it to Los Angeles on Sunday, bringing the hope and understanding many discriminated individuals are in need of today.

Though he wore number 46 in his debut, Collins plans wear number 98 in honor of the Matthew Shepard tragedy which took place in 1998. Collins had worn 98 during his tenure with the Celtics and Wizards as well.

UPDATE: As of 2/27/14, it is rumored that the Brooklyn Nets are interested in resigning Jason Collins for the remainder of the '13-'14 season.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Durant's powerhouse performance leaves Thunder short

For exactly 13 days and 17 hours of time on the court in his six year career, Kevin Durant has been one of the most intimidating scoring threats in the NBA.

Unfortunately for Thunder fans, his 42-point/10-assist performance fell short in Oklahoma City's 125-117 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant led all scorers, followed by Clippers Jordan Crawford (36) and Matt Barnes (24).

The Thunder trailed for the majority of the high-scoring affair, despite coming roaring back several times in the second half, led by Durant's 18 second-half points and veteran 3-point specialist Derek Fisher's 12.

The largest Clipper lead of the second half was 12, capped off by a 3-point shot by PF Blake Griffin. The Thunder would come back to erase the deficit midway through the fourth quarter, but would not be able to keep up offensively.

The Clippers' 125 points are the most scored against Oklahoma City this season.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What to Expect at the Deadline

The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow, February 20th, at 3pm EST, and general managers are in their full-fledged scramble for last-minute deals.

So who are the key names up for grabs?

As per multiple reports, the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are involved in a potential deal that would send guards Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert to L.A., and shipping guards Darren Collison and Reggie Bullock to New York. No deal has been made official as of this post.

As per multiple reports, the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are in talks on possibly sending Minnesota guard Chase Budinger and forward J.J. Barea to Memphis in exchange for swingman Tony Allen and guard Tayshaun Prince. Again, no deal has yet been made official.

In Cleveland, the Cavaliers are reportedly interested in trading guard Luol Deng, whom Cleveland fears will not resign with the team this offseason. Deng, 28, was traded earlier this season from the Chicago Bulls for three draft picks and center Andrew Bynum, who the Cavaliers released shortly after. No official announcements have yet been made as the Cavaliers look to avoid a faulty investment.

The Charlotte Bobcats have reportedly expressed interest in Philadelphia guard Evan Turner, though a deal remains a long shot.

As per CBS, the Brooklyn Nets have traded guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton. Sacramento is also reportedly shopping guard Jimmer Fredette.

Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill is reportedly attracting interested from both the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers; one of those two teams are expected to pick up Hill by the deadline tomorrow.

Lastly, long-shot deals that have been circulating the NBA include Celtics guard Rajon Rondo to the Houston Rockets, and a possible reunion between current Houston guard Jeremy Lin and his former team in Madison Square Garden. Personally, I wouldn't get my hopes up.

(Sources via NBC Sports, USA Today Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports; Stats via Basketball Reference)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

What to expect from the '14 All-Star Game

With the 63rd edition of the NBA's mid-season classic approaching on Sunday, fans have begun to wonder what will headline the All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Typically a high-scoring, show-off type style of play is led by the league's top scorers, though every player is given a chance to contribute scoring.

This year, the main-ring events should include major points from scoring champions Carmelo Anthony (New York) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City). Also look forward to, as Walt Frazier would say, "dishing and swishing" from 2012 All-Star Game MVP Chris Paul (LA Clippers) to his teammate Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) and newcomers Stephen Curry (Golden State) and Damian Lillard (Portland).

And, of course, the King of Mount Swishmore himself;

Top Four or not, LeBron James (Miami) will put on a show for the masses Sunday night at Smoothie King Center in Louisiana. A dunk contest of his own perhaps? (Not that he'd participate.)

Hometown fans can look forward to the All-Star Game's youngest star and league-leading shot blocker, Anthony Davis (New Orleans).

Coverage of the game will begin at 8pE on TNT.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Celtic fans saying "Kiss me" on Valentine's Day

If love isn't in the air for any Boston Celtics fans out there, they can hope to get lucky with this year's Celtics Valentine's Day Ticket Package.

For just $100, fans can receive two tickets to select games of their choice, $40 Uber credit for rides to and from the game, and a complimentary cupcake from Sweet bakery.

For local fans, within 15 miles of Boston, the ticket package is even eligible to be hand-delivered by a Celtics dancer.

Eligible games include the following at TD Garden in Boston:

-February 26 vs. Atlanta
-March 5 vs. Golden State
-March 9 vs. Detroit
-March 26 vs. Toronto
-April 4 vs. Philadelphia
-April 11 vs. Charlotte
-April 16 vs. Washington

Information of purchasing tickets is available via the Celtics website.

 Looks like the luck of the Irish is here for NBA fans this season.