The #1 overall pick in this year's draft is out with a fractured foot, leaving Philadelphia in disarray. This is always the worst possible way to start your NBA career, Ben Simmons is already facing big obstacles as he now has to rehab a foot injury. He fractured his foot today in training camp, the worst part of it being that is was the last training camp game before they started suiting up for preseason. Unfortunately, Simmons won't be in preseason, he rolled his ankle badly today, and the 5th metatarsal bone in his foot separated from the tendon causing it to fracture. This is the most common foot injury because it's the weakest bone in the foot due to a lack of blood flow. Hopefully for Simmons sake his will not need surgery, the 76ers haven't released much information so we don't know if the bone is misplaced or not, so as of right now nobody knows if he'll need surgery. Either way this injury usually keeps people out 6-8 weeks so I'd say Ben Simmons is most likely going to miss at least the first 2 or 3 weeks of the season. That's best case scenario. I feel bad for Simmons, he got drafted into this mess of an organization, now he's hurt just like every other top 5 pick they've had, so he probably just got hit with Sixers rookie injury bug. I'm not a very superstitious guy, but I mean if something happens over and over again it's a trend, not just a superstition, look at the Madden curse that shit was no joke for awhile. Every fan secretly was praying their teams star wouldn't make it onto the cover of that game because deep down they knew he was inevitably going to get injured. So my theory is the same thing is happening here in Philadelphia, if you're a top 5 pick on their team, you're going to get hurt at some point throughout your rookie season. Just hope you don't end up like Joel Embiid who is yet to play a game and every 5 months I am reminded that he's eventually going to come back at some point. Sounds a lot like somebody by the name of Greg Oden. Back to Simmons though, if he doesn't need surgery and can get back on the court after only missing two weeks of games, his rookie season really won't be altered that much whatsoever. The sad reality of the situation is that Ben Simmons is definitley going to miss some time, so Sixers I'd advise you to all go to church Sunday or just watch the Eagles instead because that might be the only Philadelphia team winning games over the next few months.
No surprise here, Brandon Ingram will start his NBA career coming off the bench for the Lakers. I mean this decision was basically made when the Lakers signed Luol Deng to a 4yr/$72 million contract this offseason, yeah, that's not a typo if you were wondering, the Lakers are just that stupid with money that they gave washed up Luol Deng 72 million. Do I like this decision by the Lakers to have Ingram come off the bench? Not really, this kid has probably started every game he's been in since he was six years old, so he probably does his best work in the starting lineup, but it'll be nice to ease him, and he won't have as much pressure on him since he won't be a starter. All that pressure will be on D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle who all have to start proving that they can win together and that last year was just ruined by the Kobe retirement tour. I'm not expecting to be even close to making the playoffs, that would just be a ridiculous expectation, but I do expect us to win 30+ games. Ingram will hopefully find his way into the starting role as the small forward at some point this season because that'll mean he's playing like they stud we all know he will be. Ingram has huge shoes to fill taking Kobe's locker and roster spot, I mean he's built just like KD, drafted the same pick as KD, and plays just like KD, so I'm pretty sure we just got the less cowardly version of KD. I'm fine with that, give these youngsters a few years and you're looking at the new and improved version of what Golden State has going on right now. The Showtime Lakers are making a comeback, this time they'll be know as the LakeShow 2.0. For all you fake ass Warriors fans, join the Laker bandwagon now because when we take back the state of California in a few years, we don't want you crawling back to us. Join now or forever regret missing one of the best experiences of your lifetime.
On Friday, we learned that Miami Heat PF/C Chris Bosh had failed the team's physical, and would be unable to start the season when training camp begins, however we didn't know what that meant for Chris long term and what it means for the Heat. This morning we have learned that Chris's time with the Miami Heat is likely over, as Pat Riley told reporters Monday that Bosh's Heat career is "likely over" and the team is no longer pursuing his return. As far as the rest of Bosh's career, Riley said, "that's up to him".
Bosh, 32, has missed the second half of the last two seasons with Blood Clots, and the Miami Heat have aired on the side of caution from the jump, and it looks that they have come to a tipping point with Chris' health, and are now completely leaving his future in his own hands.
Bosh was drafted in the '03 draft class that had the likes of Lebron, D-Wade, and Melo, and has consistently been a star since he arrived in the league. He played his first 7 NBA seasons in Toronto for the Raptors, before landing in Miami for the last 6, winning two titles and being a huge part of the Heat's "Big 3". Bosh has career number of 19.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, along with 2 assists and a block per game. He is an 11-time All-Star, and is a likely future Hall of Famer, even if his NBA journey does end here. Bosh has been at the center of media attention since he arrived in Miami as part of the Big 3, and was at times a very strange, weird individual on camera, but he was a great teammate, is a great person on and off the court doing tremendous work with the community, and above all a dominant basketball player who at times was taken for granted.
Bosh needs to get healthy and focus on his life outside of basketball for the time being, because if this is the end of his NBA road, I can guarantee there are plenty of doors opening up for Chris elsewhere.
Another basketball legend is set to retire. Paul Pierce aka "The Truth" announced via the Players Tribune that the 2016-2017 season will be his last. The forward stated regarding his 19th season being his final one writing "It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity." This man had had a storied and decorated career, and while most of his legend will always live on in Boston he has played pivotal role on several other teams including the Nets, Wizards and now the Clips. Even though he does not have a huge part in the Clippers now and will most likely ride the pine, he still can shoot the lights out like he has the past 18 seasons. Some accolades of Pieces' include being a ten time all-star, 2008 NBA champ and Finals MVP. Not to mention, Paul was the definition of clutch and was somebody everyone trusted taking the final shot of the game. Some of the best basketball I have ever watched came from the play of the Celtics Big 3, and I would always get so hyped for their rivalry against Kobe and the Lakers. Its hard to belive how fast time has gone with all these legends retiring but that is just a part of the game. The Truth has one last journey left to give, and it would be a great sight to see if the Clippers could get over the hump and finally hoist a championship for Los Angles. For old times sake, here are ten of his most clutch shots to get us ready for the NBA season, enjoy....
What a sad day it is for basketball, Kevin Garnett aka the Big Ticket is going to retire today. The best trash talker of all time will never step on the court, the worst part being we had no preparation for it. Don't get me wrong retirement tours are over the top and are just annoying to deal with, but at least give us a little heads up as to whether or not you think this might be your last game so we can come together to appreciate you one last time. I guess that's just KG way though, he didn't care for the glitz and glamour of stardom he was just himself, and he certainly didn't care what anyone else thought. I think that was the best quality of KG, he didn't give a single fuck, he just went out played basketball at 110%, and did whatever it took to win games. Some say his trash talk may have been over the top, well it was obviously in the other players heads if they felt the need to always talk about it after the game, advantage KG. KG was willing to do anything to get an edge and I respect that, I'm sure he ruined multiple players ego's with his exceptional ability to verbally abuse people. Let's not forget, he was also one of the best power forwards of all time. He came straight out of high school, he was 18 years old playing in the NBA, while the rest of could barely score 10 points in our local basketball leagues. He had silky smooth mid range J that gave every defender horrible nightmares because he could drain it on anybody no matter how smothering the defense was. His defensive ability was a scary presence on the court as well, he was able to switch onto to guards and stick with them, he would also welcome almost any big man to his block party multiple times a game. Kevin Garnett will be without a doubt a first ballot hall of famer. Here's just a few of the accomplishments he's earned over the course of his 22 seasons in the NBA.
When I saw the Lakers were bringing back my guy Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest, I was very happy with the move. Obviously he isn't going to do much for us on the court, I'll honestly be surprised if he gets to play more than 5 minutes a game, and even that won't be every night. I don't care about his play whatsoever, that's not why the Lakers signed him. The Lakers signed him to help mentor these young guys, he may have had his crazy moments in the past, but this dude used to ball the fuck out. He was defensive player of the year in 2004, he also was probably the best player on those Pacers teams that would give the Pistons a lot of trouble in the Eastern Conference, and oh yeah he won a title with the Lakers. Actually let me rephrase that, he actually won the Lakers the title in 2010. He dropped 25 points in game 7, grabbed a bunch of offensive boards, and hit a very clutch shot late in the game. Ron Artest is a true gamer, veteran leader, and champion that can definitley help elevate these guys to being better players and people. Ron Artest gets a bad wrap because everyone remembers his scuffle with some fans in the Palace. Artest was obviously in the wrong in that situation, but it doesn't mean he's a bad guy that you don't want around your young players. He was young and foolish when that happened, things change, and he proved that when he won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, this award is handed out to any player, coach, or staff member who shows outstanding support and assistance in their community. Out of all the people in the league, he won this award, he's the guy going into neighborhoods and making a difference, you don't hear about it on the news because he doesn't care for the recognition, he just wants to make a difference. You can't tell me this wasn't a good signing, you have a guy that the fans of LA absolutely love, a great teacher for these young players, and just a great mentor to have around the team because he is so involved in the community so he will bring out the best in others around him. Metta World Peace, Ron Artest, whatever you wanna call him is a great signing, his play won't help us on the court whatsoever, but what he will do for the team at practice, on road trips, and in the locker room will help translate to other players performances on the court. Thank you Metta, for another year. Of course I couldn't write about Ron Artest without posting this though...
The Milwaukee Bucks decided to shell out 100 Mil to the 'Greek Freak', this kid is the most athletically gifted human being on the planet. His versatility on the basketball court is unmatched, he can guard any position due to his size, length, and speed. His ball handling skills are as good as your favorite point guard, his ability to get to the rim is second only to Lebron, and his passing ability is Steve Nash-esque. He can literally go coast to coast in three dribbles... I don't even know how that's humanly possible but it's true, don't believe me see it for yourself...
Yeah, they don't call him the Greek Freak for nothing, his athleticism is out of this world. He averaged 16.9 ppg, 7.7 Rebs, and 4.3 assists as a 21 year old. He's been in the league for three years already, last year he showed what a superstar he can be, and this year will be the beginning of a very long prosperous prime. He's going to be part of a very good young core for this Bucks team that includes Thon Maker, Jabari Parker, and Khris Middleton. This team had high expectations last season and fell flat on their face so lets wait for them to make some noise before we take them all that seriously. The future is bright though no doubt about that, give these kids a few years of playing side by side and they'll be a very competitive, and fun group to watch.Anyone saying $100 million to a 21 year old player that hasn't proven he can win is a moron. The Bucks did not overpay whatsoever, this kid is on the cusp of superstardom, he's going to be the Magic Johnson of our generation. I'll let his play do the talking and prove that he is worth every single penny coming his way...
I would like to believe it, but i think this is too good to be true. After having multiple blood clots over the past couple seasons that have shut him down indefinitely, Chris Bosh thinks he will be ready to play for training camp. Bosh said in an interview regarding the topic saying "Absoultely, I mean, I'm ready to play. We've been talking about this for a long time." Bosh is coming back at a dark time for Miami. With his best pal D-Wade leaving town for Chicago and young gun Josh Richardson out with a partially torn MCL, it will be up to Bosh and Hassan Whiteside to pull the weight of the time. If there is one thing I've learned though it is that history usually repeats itself. Bosh obviously has a medical issue if constantly keeps getting blood clots, so hopefully the stress of being on a crappy team doesn't bring him personal turmoil. I've always been fond of Chris, ever since his Toronto he's been a solid big man who has even found his shooting stroke since moving down South. He should certainly be careful of his condition though, one more incident with those clots and I think that will mean the end of his career. It's better to be safe rather than sorry, and these complications could mean far more then his play on the court. I wish the best for this dinosaur looking mo-fucka, and it would be great to see him play elite basketball as the Heats number one option.
This month's Slam Magazine cover features last year's ROY, and future first ballot Hall of Famer, Karl-Anthony Towns, posing for the cover the same way his mentor KG did 17 short years ago in 1999. It is no secret or surprise that KG took KAT under his wing when the rookie arrived in Minnesota, and the two have been connected ever since, and the comparisons between the two are as real as it gets.
KG is one of the games greatest Power Forwards, and that is not even close for debate. The way he dominated the West as a young star in Minnesota, on a team with little to no help, and then how he anchored the Celtics big-three as a defensive hero, and leader, finally securing that elusive championship ring. KG is a 15-time All-Star, the 2003-2004 MVP, a 12-time All-Defensive player, who is top 20 all time in career Points and top 10 in career Rebounds. He is a sure fire Hall of Famer, and is coming up on what is most likely his last season in an NBA uniform, and I think he will leave off on a great foot, as he has helped mold and mentor all the young stars on this Timberwolves team, setting them up for what is hopefully years of success.
Karl-Anthony Towns is about as real of a deal as it gets, posting the best numbers a rookie ever has since The King himself, Lebron James. The young superstar played all 82 games last season for Minnesota, averaging 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks, in 32 minutes a game. This kid has it all. He has the size and athleticism to play the 4 or 5, and has the offensive and defensive skills to make plays on both ends of the court, just like KG. With Andrew Wiggins only getting better and looking like a future MVP himself, Karl-Anthony is poised for a huge season. The Wolves have spent the last 3 off-seasons, since Kevin Love's departure, on building a young, talent filled squad, and the cards are looking like they have finally fallen into place.
I hope the Wolves go out and win the damn championship and Minnesota can send their greatest player ever, KG, off the way he deserves.
Last night, 3 of the games most polarizing players ever, we're officially inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. It was an all around entertaining night, as AI, Shaq, Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoops, Tom Izzo, and Jerry Reinsdorf were all made official members of the NBA Hall of Fame, and received their orange jackets. Anytime you put Shaq and Iverson in the same room and roll the cameras, it's going to be a good night, but adding in the likes of Yao and just how big of a moment it was for them all, it was a very memorable night. We had AI getting "MVP" chants, Shaq making Kobe jokes, and Yao teasing AI over his "practice rant".
Looking at it more than just the night itself, and taking a look at these 3 legends, and just how much they did for the sport of basketball and the culture. Allen Iverson has always been credited as a hero to young kids who saw a 6 foot nothing, 180 pounds soaking wet, player who looked how he wanted to, and how they wanted to, all while doing things on the basketball court that were almost poetic. His cross over-pull up jumper was so smooth and fluid, and his heart and tenacity, leaving everything on the court. Then Shaq who is in my opinion the most dominant athlete in the history of sports on an individual level. What he did while playing for the Magic and Lakers, is the most dominant stretch in basketball history, just on a pure physical level, let alone how crazy his stats were. He should've won a minimum of 3 MVP's over those seasons, but I think he was robbed a few times. Comparing that with the way he branded himself, making his name itself something worth more than most players career salaries. And then Yao, who is probably the most famous international player in NBA history, who helped spread the NBA further throughout China, creating a huge fan base that was actually connected with the players.
These three players will forever be some of the greatest ever at what they did, and their legacies will never fade.