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The Blue & Gray Press | November 18, 2017

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Big Baller Behind Bars: LiAngelo Ball gets arrested for shoplifting

November 9, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

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.Read More

The NBA season tips off with a thrilling first week

October 26, 2017 |

By: ZACH WOHLEKING

Staff Writer

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.Read More

The Washington Wizards look to start this season off right

October 19, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff Writer

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.Read More

ESPN power ranking cause more melodrama in New York

September 20, 2017 |

By SHACOBE JOHNSON

Staff writer

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.Read More

LeBron James focused on winning in 2017 NBA Playoffs

April 27, 2017 |

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.Read More

Winners and losers of the NBA trade deadline

March 2, 2017 |

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.Read More

Early NBA MVP candidates: Warrior-less top five candidates

November 3, 2016 |

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:Read More

NBA season preview: MVP, ROY, Finals picks

October 27, 2016 |

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.Read More

Wizards ride historic start to silence doubters

December 3, 2014 |

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.Read More

Wes' Side of the Story: The Irony of Metta World Peace

April 25, 2012 |

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 … Read More

Linsane in the Membrane

February 15, 2012 |

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 … Read More

NBA Award Show

April 13, 2011 |

The NBA regular season commences Wednesday, and naturally with the season coming to an end the NBA awards debate thickens. So here are my picks for each of the six major awards, with a brief explanation of each selection.

Rookie … Read More

NBA Playoff Contenders & Pretenders

April 14, 2010 |

The NBA regular season ended yesterday and the playoffs are set to begin this Sunday. All of the matchups had yet to be confirmed before this issue went to print, but that won’t stop us from taking a look at … Read More

NBA Midseason Bullet Awards

February 10, 2010 |

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 … Read More

NBA Preview – Eastern Conference

October 28, 2009 |

Atlantic Division:

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 … Read More

NBA Preview – Western Conference

October 28, 2009 |

To see the Eastern Conference Preview, click here. And look for NBA playoff predictions at the bottom of this section. Now let’s get to it.

Southwest Division:

1) San Antonio Spurs– In my opinion, the Spurs have the … Read More

Jamison Injured

October 21, 2009 |

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 … Read More

The Change of Athletes

September 23, 2009 |

By NICK NELSON

What exactly happened to the days when athletes were role models? When, and more importantly, why did parents have to start being concerned when the items topping their children’s Christmas lists were Plaxico … Read More

Dream Title Match Up

April 22, 2009 |

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.

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NBA Finals: CP3 Or The King?

October 30, 2008 |

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 … Read More