By ZACHARY WOHLEKING
As the NBA playoffs are underway, we as NBA fans have been gifted with exciting series after exciting series in the first round. Basically, every series to this point has been competitive with multiple stories coinciding with each matchup. There is something to say about every team this year, and for the first time in a while, there’s no teams that are assumed to make it all the way.
By BRIAN SWEENEY
During this year’s NBA playoffs, sixteen teams are currently in the first rounds of the playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76er’s took the lead during their first game of the opening round.
By ZACH WOHLEKING
The NBA All-Star break always brings entertainment for hardcore and casual fans alike. This year in Los Angeles, All-Star weekend did not fail to disappoint us, as the NBA continues to find new ways to make the same events exciting.
By RYAN BRAUCH
On Tuesday, three basketball players for the University of California Los Angeles were arrested for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai, China, one of which being LiAngelo Ball. LiAngelo, younger brother of standout Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, could now be facing time in prison along with his two teammates.
By: ZACH WOHLEKING
It’s that time again already, the NBA season is underway and there are already so many headlines and things to talk about. This season is sure to be an exciting one, as there are so many new faces on many different teams. The opening week of the season definitely did not disappoint, as it left fans with so much to talk about. So, let’s jump right in.
By DUSTIN THOMAS
This NBA season brings a lot of optimism for the Washington Wizards led by nine year head coach, Scott Brooks. As the Wizards start the season Wednesday, versus the Philadelphia 76ers, fans can expect to see the same starting lineup at the beginning of this season. Besides power forward, Markieff Morris who will be sitting out due to injury, this roster has so much more potential.
By SHACOBE JOHNSON
Carmelo Anthony has had a rollercoaster of a summer. On April 17 of this year, it was reported that Melo and his wife of seven years, LaLa, would be separating. Twitter proceeded to rip into Anthony, calling him a cheater and a terrible father. The Melo hate doesn’t start or end here. In fact, Anthony has been talked down by fans since he was put on the trading block in January.
By MARK NOEL AND MIKEY BARNES
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are arguably the best two teams in the league. These two teams have met in the finals the last two years, and are expected to meet again this year. The Cavaliers faced the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, however, they were no match for King James and the Cavaliers. The Indiana Pacers lost in game four of this series with a score of 106-102.
By RYAN BRAUCH
Every year, all 30 NBA teams scramble to make last minute trades as the annual trade deadline approaches. For many teams, any trade will impact the outcome of their season and determine whether or not they will find themselves in the playoffs or not. There are numerous reasons in which a team makes a trade around the deadline.
By DUSTIN THOMAS
The season may have only started nine days ago but it is shaping up to be full of twists, turns and excitement. Besides hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy and getting covered in confetti, the most coveted award in pro-basketball is the Most Valuable Player award. It is never too early to speculate on early MVP candidates and take a look at five players who have really stood out so far this season:
By RYAN BRAUCH
After an eventful offseason, the NBA is ready to tip off its season as 30 teams begin their race for a playoff berth. Kevin Durant was the highlight of this year’s free agency, as he had the entire league’s attention when he announced he was leaving Oklahoma City to join Steph Curry in Oakland.
By SEAN KINSLOW
The Washington Wizards are off to a hot start, to say the least. Their 11-5 record so far this season is good enough for second place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. A team who made the playoffs last year with a 44-38 record look as if they will have a chance to exceed those high marks this season.
Despite a name change, Metta World Peace, is a clear example that actions speak louder than words. The former Ron Artest was ejected from a game last weekend for elbowing James Harden in the face. In a matchup between rivals …
The Linsaninty phenomenon has swept the nation in a way that hasn’t been seen since…well since Tebowmania. Regardless of the short span in time between the two ESPN crazes, the meteoric rise of the undrafted Asian-American point guard from Harvard …
With the NBA All-Star game festivities slated for this weekend, let’s take a look at how the individual awards would fall should the season end today.
Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans (Sacramento) The first year player out of Memphis …
1) Boston Celtics– The Celtics are a very talented team with the likes of SF Paul Pierce, SG Ray Allen, and PG Rajon Rondo. But the biggest question in Boston will be the healthy PF Kevin Garnett. Garnett …
By ZACH MORETTI
Washington Wizards’ Forward Antawn Jamison suffered a shoulder injury in the team’s preseason game on Oct. 15 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Wizards are hoping that Jamison will not need surgery on the shoulder, but he has …
BY ZACH MORETTI
The NBA playoffs are under way and the championship match up seems as though it has already been determined. The top-seeded Lakers in the western conference and the top-seeded Cavaliers of the eastern conference seem to be on a collision course for the finals and if those two don’t meet to battle for the NBA crown it would be not only surprising, but extremely disappointing.
Many believed that the Lakers main competition in the West would come via the San Antonio Spurs. However, the Spurs took a big hit when they lost star guard Manu Ginobli for the entire playoffs due to an ankle injury. The Denver Nuggets are the second-seed in the West, but very few people are buying in to their legitimacy as a true title-contender.
By JOEY MERKEL and NICK NELSON
Even if most of the autumn sports-commotion descends upon the National Football League, it’s hard to ignore that the National Basketball Association was live and in full effect Tuesday night.
Some teams stayed the same, some …