Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Audio
Posted on 11 July 2014 by Nick Dorsey
The longtime Texan star is entering the 12th season of his career and Andre Johnson wants out of Houston. Johnson is 33 years old and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting just a bit brighter. After going through a 2-14 season while hauling in passes from Case Keenum on a consistent basis, Johnson deserves an opportunity to be dealt to a contender.
Houston is not far out from contending for the AFC South division title and a shot back into the AFC playoff race, but they are missing the most crucial piece of a franchise. Johnson was patient enough to see if general manager Rick Smith would add a potential franchise quarterback through the draft, but Smith waited around to the fourth round to draft former Pitt QB Tom Savage.
With a quarterback battle ahead in training camp featuring Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage, Johnson has a right to be displeased with his situation. A player that has accounted for 221 receptions and 3,005 receiving yards the past two seasons deserves better than the weak QB depth he is presented with at this point in his career.
There are four teams rumored to be interested in the former Hurricane standouts services according to sources around the league. Two of the rumored teams standout as the perfect fit for the six-time pro-bowler.
After an off-season that featured an arms race between two AFC powerhouses, New England might not be done yet making big moves. Everyone saw the struggles Tom Brady had to endure last year with inconsistency at the wide receiver position. New England would be the number one ideal fit for Johnson at this time.
Tom Brady is desperate for a number one receiver and getting a dependable target like Johnson would certainly tickle his fancy. With the uncertainty of Amendola and Gronk’s health, bringing in Johnson would ease Brady’s comfort since Johnson hasn’t missed a game during the last two seasons.
This transaction is a possibility with the familiarity between new Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and Bill Belichick. The Patriots front office has pulled off trades for aging wide outs before such as Randy Moss and Chad Johnson, so this situation is not unrealistic.
There were all kinds of rumors during the off-season about O’Briens interest in acquiring Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. With New England selecting Jimmy Garoppolo early in the 2014 NFL draft, Mallett is an asset that could be dealt. The Texans need another potential starting quarterback to at least compete in training camp and O’Brien has coached the former Razorback.
With the potential interest in Mallett, the Patriots front office could make this trade a possibility. New England would most likely have to give up a draft pick or two to go along with Mallett to get Johnson in a Pats uniform. This trade would certainly be worth the price because it would make New England the front-runner to represent the AFC in next year’s Super Bowl.
The other destination that could be a reality is the Carolina Panthers. After losing Steve Smith and other parts of the wide receiver corps, Carolina is lacking a true number one target.
The Panthers selected former Seminole Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, but that is not enough for Cam Newton. In a division that features the Saints with the Falcons and Bucs back on the rise, Carolina needs to make this move.
Getting a reliable target like Johnson as Newton’s go-to wide out would keep Carolina in contention for the NFC South title. Adding Johnson to the mix to go along with Benjamin and Olsen would make for a good three-headed receiving corps for Newton to work with.
Benjamin is entering his rookie season and will have to adjust to the speed of the next level. With Johnson entering the mix, it would allow for Benjamin to excel in the red zone while learning to stretch the rest of the field. It would than be up to Johnson and Olsen to work the rest of the field.
NBA Free Agency Dominoes
The NBA free agency period is unlike any other professional sports free agency. The NHL and NFL free agent markets open and teams rush right away to sign the top tier prospects. The NBA period is just a waiting game to see where the first star chooses to go and then the dominoes fall at a fast rate.
The first domino is LeBron James and his decision has the biggest impact on the league. Everyone is awaiting the “Decision 2.0” on whether he goes back home to Cleveland or South Beach because it determines where the rest of the stars of the free agent market go.
Every fan of the sport is frustrated in playing this waiting game, but is there anyone who can be more disturbed than Chris Bosh? The former member of the Heat’s big three has a max deal offer from the Houston Rockets on the table. Bosh is waiting on LeBron because if the King heads back down south, he will follow.
Bosh is playing this waiting game with LeBron, but he should take the max deal offer and become a Houston Rocket. Although the Rockets are in the more difficult Western Conference, the Rockets would have a much better shot at winning than the Heat.
With Bosh entering the mix with James Harden and Dwight Howard, there would be a new big three in the NBA. Harden is a versatile player who can get the rest of his teammates involved regularly or take over a game himself. Howard would make for a dominant presence inside and Bosh would compliment that style the best.
Chris Bosh during his days with the Heat tended to favor shooting around the perimeter. With Howard running the show inside, it would allow for Bosh to do what he feels most comfortable doing at this point in his career.
The Rockets need to react fast with Chandler Parsons signing an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. If LeBron does not make a decision within the next few days, Houston will have to essentially make a salary cap decision to either match the Mavericks offer or hope that Bosh comes to Texas.
The Kings decision does more than just change up destinations for the free agent pool, it changes the landscape of the league. When the Akron native elected to go to south beach, the league went into a power team format. Franchises were signing several stars to one team in attempt to grab the Larry O’Brien trophy.
If the King elects to go back to Cleveland, the short era of superstar teams comes to an end. The Super team era showed its success during the four-season run as the Heat won two out of four championships. The other two losses were to teams that weren’t considered lineups with one or two superstars, but teams that played well together with several different complimentary pieces.
With the success that the Spurs have had in the past few years showing how they all work and play together as one unit, the landscape of the league could be swinging back to that style. When LeBron makes his decision final, that will be something to watch out for as the rest of the players find their homes.
Posted on 08 July 2014 by WNST Audio
Posted on 07 July 2014 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Chicago Sky (Wednesday 12:30pm from Chicago live on WNBA All-Access), Washington Mystics @ Tulsa Shock (Saturday 8pm from Tulsa live on WNBA All-Access); Auto Racing: NASCAR Camping World RV Sales 301 (Sunday 1pm from Loudon, NH live on TNT); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Ice Gardens Laurel)
10. John Witherspoon (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Sandra Bernhard (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jim Jeffries (Friday 7pm & 10pm Lincoln Theatre); “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” out in theaters (Friday); “Bad Words” and “Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & Vol. 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)
Jim Jeffries uses the F word a lot. So if you enjoy the F word and laughing, you’d probably enjoy him. (I’m looking at you, grandma.) (Not even remotely safe for work.)
Also, national Pecan Pie Day is coming up this Saturday. So here’s this. (Oddly enough, if you’re like me this isn’t safe for work either. I’ll be staying at this desk for a bit.)
9. Justin Timberlake (Monday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Bruno Mars (Friday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live); Jennifer Nettles (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Sara Bareilles (Monday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Neon Trees/Smallpools (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); All Time Low/Cinder Road (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Brand New (Sunday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); The Original Wailers (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 7pm Echostage); Peter Frampton (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Natalie Merchant (Saturday & Sunday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Dirty Heads “Sound of Change”, John Mellencamp “Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall” and Blackberry Smoke “Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina” available (Tuesday)
I’ll see you Monday night. Don’t even try to act like he’s not amazing.
Remember back when we could pretend like we didn’t know how good Bruno Mars was?
Smallpools is responsible for one of the more notable songs of the last couple years.
Support our boys from All Time Low. They’re good boys.
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Posted on 07 July 2014 by WNST Staff
WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER
WASHINGTON DC - The Washington Wizards announced the roster that will compete in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas beginning on July 12. Otto Porter and Glen Rice, both coming off of their rookie seasons with the Wizards in 2013-14, headline the team’s Summer League squad.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2014 SUMMER MINI-CAMP ROSTER
|NO.||PLAYER||POS||HT||WT||BORN||LAST PLAYED FOR||COLLEGE/FROM||NBA EXP.|
|44||Khem Birch||F||6-9||220 lbs||9/28/91||UNLV||UNLV/USA||R|
|27||Deonte Burton||G||6-1||190 lbs||6/26/91||Nevada||Nevada/USA||R|
|54||Ian Chiles||C||7-2||260 lbs||7/30/90||Morgan State||Morgan State/USA||R|
|21||Jarell Eddie||F||6-7||220 lbs||10/30/91||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech/USA||R|
|20||Kim English||G||6-6||200 lbs||9/24/88||Chorale Roanne (France)||Missouri/USA||1|
|40||Charles Garcia||F||6-10||229 lbs||10/13/88||Ali Muharraq (Bahrain)||Seattle/USA||R|
|15||Christian Kabongo||G||6-4||200 lbs||10/9/90||Idaho Stampede||New Mexico St/Canada||1|
|12||Frantz Massenat||G||6-4||190 lbs||1/17/92||Drexel||Drexel/USA||R|
|55||Daniel Miller||C||6-11||275 lbs||6/24/90||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech/USA||R|
|33||Daniel Orton||C||6-10||256 lbs||8/6/90||Maine Redclaws||Kentucky/USA||4|
|22||Otto Porter||F||6-9||205 lbs||6/3/93||Washington Wizards||Georgetown/USA||1|
|14||Glen Rice Jr.||G||6-6||252 lbs||1/1/91||Washington Wizards||Georgia Tech./USA||1|
|52||Daniel Theis||F||6-9||215 lbs||4/4/92||Brose Bask (Germany)||Germany||R|
|5||Kwame Vaughn||G||6-3||195 lbs||5/31/90||Agrigento (Italy)||Cal St. Fullerton/USA||R|
|6||Maalik Wayns||G||6-1||195 lbs||5/2/91||Rio Grande Valley||Villanova/USA||2|
|30||Jamil Wilson||F||6-7||230 lbs||11/20/90||Marquette||Marquette/USA||R|
Prior to beginning Summer League play, the Wizards will hold a mini-camp at Verizon Center. The mini-camp schedule is as follows:
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2014 SUMMER LEAGUE MINI-CAMP SCHEDULE
Monday, July 7 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 8 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, July 9 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, July 10 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Media is invited to attend and shoot the final 15 minutes of each practice. Players will be available to the media following each practice. Media members are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to the announced conclusion time of each practice.
The Wizards will play in three preliminary round games from July 12-15 before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game on July 21. Washington will play its first game on Saturday, July 12 vs. Atlanta at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Their next two games are scheduled for Sunday, July 13 vs. Minnesota at 10:30 p.m. EDT and Tuesday, July 15 vs. Miami at 6:30 p.m. EDT. All three of the Wizards’ preliminary games will take place at the Thomas and Mack Center and all will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2014 SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT TIME TV
Saturday, July 12 Atlanta Hawks 4:30 pm EDT Comcast SportsNet
Sunday, July 13 Minnesota Timberwolves 10:30 EDT Comcast SportsNet
Tuesday, July 15 Miami Heat 6:30 EDT Comcast SportsNet
The 67-game NBA Summer League schedule will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and will feature 22 NBA teams as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players competing for the inaugural NBA Summer League title. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.
Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff
After no local college or high school player was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, a few have received another opportunity to pursue a possible NBA future.
Former City College standout CJ Fair will get his chance with the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the former Syracuse star’s camp believed the Mavs would draft him in the second round but traded away their picks earlier in the week to re-acquire center Tyson Chandler.
Former Walbrook star Roscoe Smith has found a Summer League spot with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to SNY.tv. Smith finished his college career at UNLV after winning a national championship at UConn.
Davon Usher will get his opportunity with the Golden State Warriors in Summer League play according to the Bay Area News Group. Usher had a stellar career at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School before playing collegiately at Delaware.
The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets will both give former Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon a chance to participate in Summer League play. Benimon was a two-time CAA Player of the Year after transferring to Towson from Georgetown.
To this point, there is nothing known about the chances of former Aberdeen star Devon Saddler (Delaware) or former Patterson star Aquille Carr (NBA D-League Delaware 87′ers) getting an opportunity to play in Summer League.
Posted on 27 June 2014 by Brett Dickinson
2014 NBA DRAFT WINNERS: Barry Kamen
Los Angeles Lakers: The worst NBA team in Los Angeles stocked up on SEC talent, landing F Julius Randle with the 7th overall pick, and acquiring combo guard Jordan Clarkson from the Washington Wizards in round two. Prior to injury concerns, Randle was widely considered to be a top 5 talent. Randle is a polished lefty who has great passing abilities for his size, and should be on of the few players in the NBA Draft Lottery to make an immediate impact. In Clarkson, the Lakers get a productive player from Missouri that can guard both positions and could see significant minutes for the team if the Lakers decide to move forward without Steve Nash. The Lakers still have plenty of work to do, and the jury is still out on how Kobe Bryant will play in his return from injury, but acquiring a player of Randle’s caliber at number 7 is a great starting point for the offseason.
Milwaukee Bucks: The team with just 15 wins last year truly had nowhere to go but up. The Bucks used their four picks on NBA-ready players (trading their last selection, Lamar Patterson, to the Hawks), with the crown jewel being F Jabari Parker with the 2nd overall pick. I feel very strongly that Parker is the best player in this year’s class, and the opportunity for the Chicago native to become a star for a Midwest team that needs a star to build around. In the second round, the Bucks selected French wing player Damien Inglis, who is an above-average defender that will benefit from practicing against Parker. My favorite pick of the Bucks was was former LSU F Johnny O’Bryant. Another SEC talent, O’Bryant is an undersized power forward who is a great rebounder for his size. O’Bryant’s ceiling is probably Reggie Evans, but there’s a role for him behind Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson.
San Antonio Spurs: The rich just get richer. The Spurs traded both of their second round selections for cash, and used the final pick in the first round on UCLA G/F Kyle Anderson. Anderson is a carbon copy of Boris Diaw who fits the pass-first style of the Spurs. Anderson will likely come off of the bench to begin the season, but will certainly find a way to average 25 minutes per game.
2014 NBA DRAFT LOSERS: Brett Dickinson
Toronto Raptors: The most mind-boggling pick of the entire first round was Bruno Cabolco of Brazil; a small-forward that is three to four years away from even contributing. Maybe he pans out and becomes the hidden gem in this draft, but why not move down and acquire extra assets before selecting him? It seems Toronto was stuck on their man and did not play into his value at all when considering their 20th pick. Not to mention their best player, All-Star wing Demar Derozan, plays the same position! For a team that was making strides in the Eastern Conference playoffs, they did nothing to help develop their roster into a contender next season.
Phoenix Suns: For a team with three first round picks, none were used to address their biggest needs in the low post or at outside shooter. Instead, they added two small forwards (T.J. Warren, Bogdan Bogdanovic) and a point guard (Tyler Ennis) with those selections, which are the deepest positions on their roster. Passing on players like forward Adriean Payne and shooting guard Gary Harris will hurt the playoff chances next year and their long-term future as well. As a team that made major improvements in 2013-14, they may be doomed to take a step back, unless they overpay to resign key free agents guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Channing Frye.
Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trailblazers, Golden State Warriors: These are the teams that did not have any selections or trade into the deepest draft of possibly the past decade. It is just terrible team planning for not throwing your hat into a draft that saw tons of first round talent slip into the second round. Many of the players selected will make up the heart of the next generation for the NBA; and the Mavericks Trailblazers and Warriors didn’t select any of them.
Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
Odds to Win 2014-15 Rookie of the Year
Jabari Parker 5/1
Andrew Wiggins 11/2
Julius Randle 9/1
Nerlens Noel 9/1
Dante Exum 10/1
Doug McDermott 10/1
Elfrid Payton 10/1
Marcus Smart 12/1
Nik Stauskas 12/1
Shabazz Napier 12/1
Noah Vonleh 15/1
Aaron Gordon 20/1
Adreian Payne 20/1
Jordan Adams 25/1
Kyle Anderson 25/1
James Young 33/1
Joel Embiid 33/1
Mitch McGrary 33/1
Player Props (Note: The rest of the rookie numbers will come out before the regular season starts)
Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Andrew Wiggins
Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Jabari Parker
Average Rebounds per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Jabari Parker
Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Doug McDermott
Games played in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Joel Embiid
Where will Carmelo Anthony Play his first game of the 2014-2015 NBA Season?
Chicago Bulls 1/1
New York Knicks 2/1
Miami Heat 5/1
Houston Rockets 11/2
Dallas Mavericks 10/1
Los Angeles Lakers 15/1
Atlanta Hawks 30/1
Where will Lebron James Play his first game of the 2014-2015 NBA Season?
Miami Heat 1/6
Cleveland Cavaliers 5/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
Houston Rockets 12/1
Los Angeles Lakers 12/1
Chicago Bulls 20/1
Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff
TOWSON, Md. – Former Towson forward and two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will begin his professional basketball career on the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League teams.
Though not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Benimon will join the Heat, which will participate in the Summer League from July 5-11 in Orlando, and the Nuggets, which will compete in the Summer League from July 11-21 in Las Vegas.
“We are excited for Jerrelle as he gets ready to begin play in the NBA summer league for two very strong franchises,” said Tiger Head Coach Pat Skerry. “I know he will carry over his many talents as well as his strong work ethic and team-first attitude that he played with here at Towson as he continues to build his professional basketball resume.”
Benimon put together one of the most impressive two-year stints by a player in Towson basketball history. A two-time CAA Player of the Year and 2013 AP Honorable Mention All-American, Benimon ranked in the Top 5 nationally in both rebounding and double-doubles each year he was in a Tiger uniform.
A Mid-Major First Team All-American this past season, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 6-8 forward led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg) as a senior. His 404 total rebounds during the 2013-14 season set a new school record and his mark only trails NBA Hall of Famer and former Navy standout David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.
Benimon also impressed scouts after the season as he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four and posted impressive numbers at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Posted on 27 June 2014 by Nick Dorsey
Team USA is back in the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup after losing 1-0 to the final team in their group Germany. The Americans now give themselves a shot to advance another round next Tuesday when they face off against Belgium. They are a team that the United States should beat, especially since they were able to do the near impossible.
Before the World Cup began, it was a consensual non-possibility that the Americans would survive the “group of death” that featured heavy weights such as Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Survival is the best way to define what the Americans did through group play, which resulted in a big win over Ghana and a draw to Portugal.
This is one of the biggest accomplishments that USA soccer has had in the World Cup in quite some time, but the ride is not over yet. The Americans have shown they can play with the upper class of the soccer world, so they have a chance to make a splash in the round of 16.
Tim Howard has allowed a goal each match, but he has made quality saves to always give team USA a chance to win. Howard has been solid, especially since the possession time has been favoring the opponent every match. There is hope on the defensive end of the field and things should swing upward on the offensive side.
Clint Dempsey is the best player for the American squad and he has been consistent throughout group play. He has scored two goals in three games and he continues to get his opportunities. Dempsey nearly scored an equalizer using his head in the closing moments against Germany. With the best player continuing to produce scoring chances, it should open up opportunities for other players.
Jozy Altidore has missed every game ever since his injury early on against Ghana. With extended time until their next game, there is a chance that Altidore can get his second start. If Altidore can crack the lineup, the offense gets an immediate impact.
If there is one player that needs to step up it is Michael Bradley. He has not played well at all throughout group play so he cannot play any worse. Luckily for Bradley, he has a chance at redemption now that team USA has moved into the knockout round. If Bradley can take his game to another level, the Americans will definitely advance.
Any way that the Belgium game goes next Tuesday, it is a huge accomplishment for Jurgen Klinsmann, coaching his first World Cup with the Americans, to get out of the group of death. This is not where the road ends for Team USA, as they will win Tuesday against Belgium 1-0. With that win they will most likely have to face Argentina.
One of the most anticipated draft classes that has come in nearly a decade, the NBA draft featured a plethora of future potential stars. Once former Kansas standout Joel Embiid fractured his foot during a workout, there was uncertainty at the top of the draft board. Everyone waited to see what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the first selection in this year’s draft.
After selecting Anthony Bennett first overall in last year’s very weak draft, the Cavaliers selected Kansas Jayhawk freshman Andrew Wiggins. The Wiggins selection did not come as a big surprise because there is a lot of upside with the pick.
The former Jayhawk product has elite athleticism and is productive on both sides of the floor. Wiggins can match up with just about any player on the wing in the NBA defensively. His length gives him an advantage one on one and on the boards down low.
Jabari Parker is the safest player in this draft and is the most NBA ready right away. Parker is a much better offensive player than Wiggins is right now. Wiggins still needs to improve his jump shot and ability to finish consistently at the rim. The former Blue Devil has a better offensive game than Wiggins, but defensively is not as sharp. Parker was a great pick for the Bucks in their start to rebuild the franchise.
Joel Embiid most likely would have been the first selection if not for the foot fracture, but he found his way to becoming the third overall pick to the 76ers. It is a great decision for Philly to go with Embiid, who is clearly not in a hurry to win now, as they seem to be taking a patient approach. They still have Nerlens Noel and might be dealing away last year’s rookie of the year Michael Carter Williams.
If Philadelphia gives Embiid the proper time to recover, they could be getting one of the best players to come out in a very long time. Embiid has an extreme amount of potential and you cannot teach being over seven feet. Watching Embiid at Kansas, you could see drastic improvement from his first game to his last.
The other picks that stood out the most in the top ten and look to be great additions is what both Boston and Los Angeles did. Marcus Smart is arguably the best scorer in this years draft alongside Parker. Adding Smart to a backcourt with Rondo is potentially lethal. Rondo makes everyone around him better and if they can find a way to play together, it will make for one of the better young back courts in the league.
Julius Randle makes for a great addition to the Lakers starting five, as he will provide good offensive output. Any time you play with Kobe Bryant, your opportunities will open up. Randle has a good inside and outside game, so he is a versatile player on the floor. If the Lakers can add someone like Kevin Love via trade, Randle, Love and Bryant will make for a solid three-pair.
The NHL awards took place Tuesday in Las Vegas and most of the top tier awards were predictable. Sidney Crosby was the most obvious choice for the Hart Trophy, which is the NHL’s most valuable player award. There wasn’t really another candidate that gave Crosby a run for his money for the Hart, especially since the awards in the NHL are based on the regular season. If it were based on post-season, Getzlaf would have gotten it since Crosby had a 13-game scoring drought in the playoffs dating back to last post-season.
The most puzzling award winner seemed to be Bob Murray, who was awarded general manager of the year. Not to take anything away from Murray, the Ducks had a fantastic season and ultimately lost in the second round to the eventual Stanley Cup champion, but the GM of the year should have gone where the Cup resides.
Dean Lombardi made the best move during the trade deadline and it paid off in the biggest way possible. Marian Gaborik was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets and was one of the main difference makers for the Kings in the top six. Anze Kopitar and Gaborik had instant chemistry, which propelled them through the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In the twenty-six playoff games played, Marian Gaborik led everyone in scoring with 14 goals. The former Blue Jacket also cashed in eight assists that brought his points total to 22 in the 26 games played. Without Gaborik and his timely goals, the Kings do not win the Stanley Cup.
Patrice Bergeron won the Selke tropy, which goes to the best defensive forward in the NHL. The Boston Bruin won the Selke in 2012 and once again this year. Bergeron is definitely one of the best defensive forwards, but Anze Kopitar should have brought the hardware home. Kopitar was the best defensive forward in the league and it was on display during the playoffs. He has not won the award yet in his career and deserved to after this seasons performance.
NBA Free Agency:
After opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony heads to free agency with many options out there. There are all kinds of sources putting out possible destinations for Anthony, even the possibility of teaming up with his good friend LeBron James. All this sounds great and all, but there is one team that is a perfect match for Carmelo. There is no better place for Anthony to go than to the Windy city. The Chicago Bulls are a perfect destination for the former Knick for a number of reasons.
The Bulls are a defensive powerhouse, which could make up for the liability Anthony brings defensively. What the Bulls showed they did not have during their only playoff series against the Wizards is a closer.
The Bulls had difficulty scoring in the fourth quarter and never had a go to guy. With the uncertainty of Derrick Rose’s future, Anthony would provide the lineup with a consistent scoring threat.
Tom Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in the NBA and would find the best ways to utilize Anthony in the lineup. He could potentially make Anthony a better defender in the Bulls system. If Rose comes back healthy, Thibodeau could make the adjustments to fully maximize Anthony and Roses potential together.
It is time for the Decision 2.0 and there are plenty of rumors everywhere discussing the future of the 4-time MVP. Anywhere from Cleveland, LA or even Houston the possibilities seem endless. Everyone needs to relax because the King is not going anywhere. If you are LeBron James, why would you leave the Miami Heat?
From an organization standpoint, how much better does it get than Pat Riley? If James decides to give Miami his loyalty, Riley will find the pieces to put around James to bring the team back to championship caliber.
The Heat already drafted Shabazz Napier, the tremendous guard from the NCAA champion UCONN Huskies. In a few years everyone will be looking back at the 2014 draft and say why did we pass on Napier because he will be an impact starter from the beginning. If LeBron decides to stay, Napier will be one of the better rookies in the NBA.
Napier has the all around game as a point guard: he is a versatile scorer, underrated passer and is an absolute stud defensively. The most noteworthy ability seen in his time at UCONN is his killer instinct. Napier has the mindset and ability to take over a game and hit the big shot. With this much potential talent at point guard, LeBron will not leave Miami.