The Celtics have a big time decision to make before June 22nd, what to do with the #1 overall pick. There's several options with what they could do with the pick, well technically there's only really two, trade it or use it to pick a player. Within those 2 options there's a multitude of options, so really there's a lot that goes into this decision. The consensus choice of who to draft if they are to keep the pick is Markelle Fultz and the desired star they'd trade the pick for is Paul George or Jimmy Butler. What should the Celtics do?
The Celtics should trade the pick, it's really not even a question. That was my initial reaction, until I thought of something even better. Most want the Celtics to call up Chicago and Indiana and try to get Paul George or Jimmy Butler, but that's not the answer. Even with the addition of either of those guys the Celtics still won't be able to take down the Cavaliers. Yeah, maybe the series will go 6 or even 7 games, but I promise you the Celtics would never be in the drivers seat of the series. One guy just isn't enough when you're trying to take down the greatest player of all time and his two fellow superstar teammates. The Celtics will need at least two more players to get close to taking the Cavs out and there's a way they can do that this offseason.
The Celtics should draft Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the NBA draft. The kid can do it all, he's the best scorer in the draft, he passes well, and they could put him at the two while keeping Isaiah at the point. Fultz's size allows him to defend most shooting guards in the league. Maybe the Celtics back court would then become a defensive liability, however offensively they'd be a juggernaut. Brad Stevens is a smart enough guy, I'm sure he'd be able to figure it out. After they draft Fultz they sign Gordon Hayward in free agency to add the already solidified superstar that they so desperately need. Hayward already has a relationship with Brad Stevens since he coached him in college at Butler, so I can definitley see this plan coming to fruition. Fultz, Thomas, Hayward, and Hortford would be a nightmare for teams to defend. Hayward is great on both ends of the floor giving them someone who might be able to slow down Lebron a little bit.
This is the Celtics best course of action because they get the solidified star they need all the while adding another young piece that can grow with this team. If they trade the pick they ensure themselves one great player, but that's all they'll be able to add, not enough to get by the Cavs, so why bother. Now, they still might not have enough year one with Hayward and Fultz, but they'll get another great pick next year since they have the Nets picks again, so they can continue to build this young core of talent while being highly competitive in the East. Hopefully, Danny Ainge doesn't completely butcher this, what a shame it'd be if all this picks went to waste, and the Celtics end up with nothing after all the lucky breaks they've got in terms of acquiring picks. June 22nd can't come soon enough.
Oh boy, these Chris Paul to San Antonio rumors are getting me way too excited. The 2016-17 season hasn't even ended and I'm already looking forward to free agency because that's what we do as sports fans. Now, the odds of San Antonio landing Chris Paul seem to be really slim, however it makes for a very interesting conversation. If he were to leave his current situation in LA and go to SA, would the Spurs be able to take down the Golden State Warriors? I believe they'd be able to and here's why.
Chris Paul is exactly what the Spurs need and the Spurs are exactly what Chris Paul needs, them uniting could create a transcendent bond. Chris Paul wouldn't be able to dominate the ball as much in the Spurs system, although I believe Popovich would be able to get the most out of Paul's ability. Paul would be able to orchestrate the Spurs offense to a whole other level, they've never had a floor general quite like him. Tony Parker was a great player 5 years ago, but even back then he wasn't close to as good as CP3. Chris Paul would also really elevate LaMarcus Aldridge, a guy they've had nothing but trouble with getting involved offensively since they signed him. Aldridge and Paul would be great with the pick n roll combo and then they'd have Kawhi to lean on for his prolific scoring in isolation. Spurs would reach new heights offensively behind the leadership of Paul running the offense. Chris Paul would reach new heights in terms of his legacy with the Spurs because they know how to win. Paul has all the stats and highlights to be an all time great, problem is he lacks the playoff luster that'll cement his legacy as one of the best pure point guards ever. Finally he'd be able to reach the conference finals and maybe even win a ring while he's at it.
The Spurs were already the second best team in the West without Chris Paul, so adding him would not only secure that position, but it would also start threatening the best team in the West, the Golden State Warriors. All the facts are there that it'd be a great series and the Spurs could ultimately prevail. Paul is better than Steph, a lot of you won't agree since Steph is flashy, but anyone with any basketball IQ knows Chris Paul is the better pure PG. Kawhi and Durant essentially cancel each other out, both are great on both sides of the floor, so they'd completely just cancel each other out. Assuming LaMarcus Aldridge returns to his Portland days with the addition of Chris Paul helping him out offensively, I believe he's just as much of an offensive threat as Klay Thompson or Draymond Green. The Warriors do have the extra star, that's what separates them from everyone else, however the Spurs have Popovich, and he makes up for the lack of a 4th star. Throw in the fact the Spurs will have Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons, and Tony Parker as well, I think the Spurs will takeout the Warriors if they can add Chris Paul. The Spurs were up 20 before Kawhi went down in the Western Conference Finals, so if anything that shows the Spurs were able to compete with the Warriors even without Chris Paul. Adding a superstar of his caliber that makes every player on the court that much better is the key ingredient in getting this Spurs team over the hump.
Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat have reached a mutual agreement to part ways after 6 seasons together. This will conclude the era of the big 3 in Miami, Lebron, Dwade, and now Chris Bosh will all be gone from the organization that they helped bring to the forefront of the league. The situation that has played out between Bosh and the Heat organization since he was diagnosed with blood clots has been a little shakey. Bosh wants to play, but team doctors won't clear him, and now he's just eating up cap space by not being able to play while still being a member of the team. This is where the issue needed to be resolved.
Bosh will now become a free agent and still get a majority of the money he is owed through the Heats insurance. The Heat will get to take Bosh of their books in return. The thing is, if Bosh gets cleared to play and plays more than 25 games for another organization he'll be put back on the Miami Heats books and they'll probably be faced with having to pay a luxury tax on top of that. Therefore, the Heat kinda have to hope Bosh can never play, well, at least next season. The condition Bosh has might not allow him to play ever again, so the Heat probably have nothing to worry about. In order for Bosh to play he must be cleared by a panel of the leagues doctors. There's no way around this for Bosh, which is good because it's a life threatening injury, so every precaution is necessary. I know he wants to play basketball more than anything, however the NBA wants to ensure a player isn't going to die because he's playing a game with a life threatening illness.
This potentially could be a win, win for both sides. If Bosh comes back once he's officially off the books for the Heat in 2019, then the Heat won't face him coming back on the books if he plays more than 25 games. Now, the Heat just became a big player in free agency with all the cap space they're about to free up. Look for them to add another big piece like Paul Millsap, maybe they'll go after Gordon Hayward, and if all else fails maybe even bring back DWade. The Heat have options now, so this move really benefits them. Bosh still has to work through some issues, although I believe he'll eventually find his way back into the court. All in all, this was the right move for both sides.
ESPN- "The Golden State Warriors have suddenly found a way to win in San Antonio.
The Warriors have won three of their last four games at the AT&T Center and have a chance to clinch their trip to the NBA Finals there on Monday night.
Prior to that stretch, the Warriors were 3-38 over their previous 41 road meetings with the San Antonio Spurs. In fact, the Spurs are still 27-4 against the Warriors at home since moving to the AT&T Center in 2002.
The Warriors have won five straight road games in the playoffs. It’s their longest road winning streak in franchise postseason history.
Overall, the Warriors are 26-1 in their last 27 games dating back to the regular season. Golden State’s lone loss over the last two months was at home on April 10 to the Jazz, whom the Warriors swept a few weeks later in the conference semifinals."
When I read this farce of an article, I remembered why I started this blog in the first place, to tell the good people of the sports world what idiots they're listening to. Here at highly controversial, we aren't going to sugar coat shit, whoever wrote this article is a bafoon, and shouldn't be writing about sports for the worldwide leader. Calling the Golden State Warriors "Road Warriors" because they beat the Spurs for the third time at home in 3 of the last 4 meeting is asinine and lazy.
The Warriors beat the Spurs without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker twice at home this postseason. If they didn't that would've been embarrassing if anything since any team that made the playoffs could've beaten the Spurs at this point. Not impressive in the slightest that they beat a broken down Spurs team. The other two times the above writer referenced was the two meetings in San Antonio that were on March 29th, 2017 and the other was April 10th, 2016, two games at a point in the season where Popovich wouldn't dare show his best stuff that close to the postseason against a potential competitor, so another 2 losses that aren't impressive. They're 6-0 this postseason on the road was apart of this guys argument, so are the Cavs, but I don't see a "Road Warriors" article for them.
Fact of the matter is the writers at ESPN look for anything positive to say about Golden State and look for anything negative to say about the Cavs. Golden State is an amazing team that's why they win a lot of road games, not because they suddenly are better on the road. Maybe if this dimwit gave some facts behind the statistical play of the Warriors on the road increasing, then I'd be impressed. Unfortunately, he just went on about how the Warriors win a lot of games, which is true, but has nothing to do with them earning the title of road warriors. Thanks ESPN for once again putting out a meaningless article just to build up the hype around Golden State as if they need it.
Paul Millsap, the undersized big man for the Atlanta Hawks, has decided to opt out of his contract with the Hawks. Millsap is turning down $21 million in order to test free agency. Granted, Millsap will end up earning a lot more than $21 million by the time he signs his new contract this offseason. The only question there is now, where will he go?
I believe Atlanta is going to do everything they can do to keep him, although they still have to wait to hire a new GM before any decision on Millsap is made. That'll be the biggest factor in Millsap returning to the Hawks or not.
My question for Hawk fans... Is Paul Millsap really worth it? I understand he's a solid player, but he's not really a superstar, and he's only getting older. He's not a great scorer, him never averaging over 20 ppg in his career proves that. He also isn't a great rebounder averaging just over 8 rpg in his career in Atlanta. He shoots under 35% from 3 point land and in the last 2 seasons he's been closer to 30%, so he isn't that much of a threat where he really stretches the defense. There's nothing about this guy that makes you believe he's worth $25 million plus, even though I'm sure he'll end up getting it. That's today's NBA for ya, overpay for players that aren't going to get you over the top, but hey, they'll help sell tickets.
If Millsap was willing to take less money and join a team that already had superstars then he'd be able to make a real impact on a team and maybe actually compete for a championship. We all know that ain't going to happen, Millsap is looking for one last fat payday, and that's exactly what he's going to get. Kudos to him, although he'll never leave behind a legacy in this league. I'm sure his enormous bank account will help get past that, though.
As if it really even matters, Kawhi Leonard, will likely not play in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. He hasn't played in the series since the 3rd quarter of game 1. Funny how in the 3 quarters he did play the Spurs were absolutely decimating the Warriors. Not saying they would've won the series if Kawhi didn't get hurt, but they definitley would've won game 1, and the series would've been a lot more competitive. Instead Zaza Pachulia, the real MVP of this series, stuck his foot under Kawhi after his shot, causing Kawhi to get hurt and miss basically the entire series. Once Kawhi went down the Warriors took over and haven't looked back jumping out to a 3-0 series lead.
The Spurs aren't coming back from 3-0 with or without Kawhi. They probably wouldn't even win game 4. Playing Kawhi would just be a risk with no reward. Obviously, anyone with a competitive bone in their body knows Kawhi gives the Spurs the best shot to win and would want him on the floor to give the Spurs their best shot to win, however it's not worth it at this point. If Kawhi isn't 100% don't risk the injury getting worse and effecting his next season just to try to avoid the sweep. I'm sure Popovich already knows this though, and won't be playing Kawhi in game 4 for that reason.
Spurs had a great year, they have one of the best players in the NBA, but this wasn't their year, and we all knew that since KD signed with Golden State. This team needs to adjust and turn into something new. Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, and Danny Green are not the answer to beating Golden State. I know Parker has been unbelievable for the Spurs throughout his career, but you can't keep putting him out there based on his past production. He's just not an elite point guard anymore. This is a super team driven league, if you don't have a group of superstars surrounded by a bench of three point shooters you're just not going to win in this league. That's the sad reality of the NBA, if the Spurs can't adjust they'll continue to find themselves in this position.
Spurs can either try a new formula since the NBA has evolved greatly since the last time the Spurs won a championship or keep trying the same thing. I mean Popovich will coach them to a 60 win season regardless, but they'll ultimately be sent packing before the NBA Finals. Time for some change for the greatest franchise of the last 20 years in basketball, if not, they'll return to the pre-Popovich days, which weren't pretty.
The last piece to puzzle in this Lakers rebuilding process is a solidified superstars and Paul George is just that. Today, we discovered that Paul George will not be getting a super max contract offer from the Pacers since he didn't make the all NBA team. If you don't make the all NBA team I guess that makes you ineligible for the super max, which ultimately fucks over the Pacers in this scenario. Money was their last bit of leverage over the Lakers, and now that's gone. Since he won't have a $200 million deal incentivizing him to stay in Indiana the odds of him leaving just went up that much more. That's only the tip of the iceberg however, Paul George seems to be making it quite clear what his intent is come the offseason of 2018.
The Pacers may try to deal Paul George, this way they can get something in return, instead of allowing him to walk away leaving them with nothing after 2018. If I'm the Lakers I'm not offering the Pacers shit for him, keep all our young studs, and keep our future draft picks, just wait for him to hit the open market. If the Lakers can pull that off Magic Johnson is going to look like a genius in 2-3 years when we're stock piling more championships.
Paul George went on the late night show with Jimmy Kimmel literally discussing the Lakers and LA more than talking about the Pacers. The fact he was openly talking about it and answering questions is a horrible sign for Pacers fans. It seems like all the puzzle pieces are falling perfectly ever since Magic Johnson took over as President of basketball operations for the Lakers. Guess that's just Magic working his Magic, though. Sorry that was corny, I'm done here. Lakers are landing Paul George a year from now, it was confirmed here first.
Not really sure why the Sonics left to begin with, although I'm sure it was for good reason. Seattle lost their beloved team in 2008 when they became the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ray Allen seems pretty fixated on the idea that everyone loved going to Seattle and playing there, yet I really don't think anyone did. It's completely out of the way for most teams, making plane rides longer, making road trips more of a hassle, so I completely disagree with that point.
The other big hurdle would be if you add Seattle back into the mix of teams, then the western conference will have more teams than the eastern conference, leading to the NBA having to add another whole franchise into the equation. I doubt Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, would want to begin that process. Sounds like a whole bunch of more problems when he's already got enough on his plate to begin with.
Seattle does have great fans, the 12th man for Seahawk games definitely proves that. I'm sure they'd love to have the Sonics back to give them something to cheer about in the spring months, but I don't think it's a realistic option at this point. Sorry Sonic fans, it might be awhile until your city gets its team back, that's IF your city ever gets its team back.
How bad is the NBA. The regular usually sucks, but it especially sucked this year because a majority of the teams were trash, a ton of players rested in big prime time games, and as long as your team isn't a dumpster fire you'll make the playoffs. The playoffs were supposed to be interesting at least, we knew the Cavs and Warriors would end up in the Finals, but we'd finally get to see some competitive basketball games after a boring regular season. That's where we all were wrong, there's been almost no competitive games, and the ones that were generally came in the first round. The second round was garbage and now the Conference Finals might be even worse. The Warriors blew the Spurs out by 36 points tonight, if that's the two best teams in the west going at it, then this league is a joke.
I understand the Kawhi injury is a huge difference maker, just look at the point differential from when he was playing, and then after he got injured. Regardless, even without Kawhi the second best team in the west shouldn't be losing by 36 points in the Conference Finals. The Warriors won this game in the first quarter, it was never close, and I barely watched any of that shit show. I won't be watching the rest of the series either, why would I when I know the result of the game already. The Warriors have officially ruined the NBA. Yeah it sucked when we knew that Lebron ran the East and he was essentially a shoe-in for the Finals, but it was accepted because he's the best player on the planet. The west was always super competitive and had a ton of awesome teams and the Warriors managed to ruin that by adding a superstar player that they didn't need.
I'd give an arm to watch the Warriors lose to the Cavs again in the Finals because if they do it'll be the biggest embarrassment in sports history. Anytime your team has 4 all pro players, which this is probably the first time that's ever happened, you're expected to kill the competition. How could you not. If the Cavaliers win I'll shit on every Warriors supporter like there's no tomorrow and I'll dance on KD's grave. It might be the best moment in my history of basketball fandom. At this point I actually think I hate the Warriors more than I like the Lakers. Don't know how healthy that is, I mean the Lakers haven't give me much to root about lately, so I've had to channel my anger through praying on the Warriors downfall. It's worked pretty well thus far, so I'm going to keep it up. Fuck KD for ruining basketball.
Warriors had the better team and still felt the need to cheat once they went down big in game 1. Bunch of pansies. Zaza Pachulia will get his for being a dirty ass player too, I don't care what anyone says, that was clearly dirty. Even if he wasn't looking he knows what he was doing, these guys do this for a living, they're much smarter than we give them credit for when it comes to the little things in the sport. They added Durant, started cheating by injuring other teams players, and they still won't be able to take the King's throne. Bunch of coward losers.
A lot was at stake tonight, Lakers losing a potential top 4 pick, the Sixers having a pair of top 4 picks, and the Celtics getting the #1 overall pick while playing in the Eastern Conference Finals. That was all decided in the most dramatic, yet most unnecessary way, with the draft lottery process that took place tonight. Let me start off by saying stop with this lottery nonsense, I know it stops teams from tanking apparently, but obviously it doesn't since the Sixers did it, and it has worked out well for them. There's no point and all does is add unnecessary drama to a part of the team building process that doesn't need to be there. Anyways, we're stuck with it, so I guess we just have to live with it.
The Celtics did end up getting the #1 overall pick, something that surprised absolutely no one since they had the best odds to do so. The past three years the team with the best odds of getting the #1 overall pick has now gotten it. The Lakers were in jeopardy of losing their first round pick if they dropped below #3 overall in the lottery. Thankfully, they didn't, we got the #2 overall pick and it looks like Lonzo Ball will be a Laker. Bless up Laker fans this was a huge win for the future of our franchise tonight. Sixers didn't get their two picks like they had hoped, although they did land the #3 overall pick. Here's how the first 14 picks of the draft will look for 2017:
1. Boston Celtics
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Orlando Magic
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
8. New York Knicks
9. Dallas Mavericks
10. Sacramento Kings
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Detroit Pistons
13. Denver Nuggets
14. Miami Heat