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2015 – 2016 NBA Preview – Eastern Conference

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Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors

In this ‘Jurassic World’ these dinosaurs are anything but prehistoric. They really are the north and adding some Canadians to their core of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan precisely points to this, compass or map. B.B. cover star Corey Joseph bolsters the bench, whilst former number one lottery pick or bust Anthony Bennett is the wildest of cards. There’s one Canadian we don’t want to see on the floor however and that’s top rapper and owner Drake. The one day Kentucky alumni is meek, not Steph Curry with the shot. Can we let this go? So long as Aubrey Graham does not let it fly in Air Canada!

Brooklyn Nets

D-Will has made his way. Now, Deron Williams is calling Dallas home once again it’s all on J.J., whether All-Star Joe Johnson or Sixth Man Jarrett Jack out the box. The B.K. is going to need more J’s to compete, even in a rotting apple before its no sleep in Brooklyn.

New York Knicks

Are the Knicks really mellowing on Carmelo? Sure Phil Jackson’s triangle plan may be a Bermuda right now and Derek Fisher could be clutching at a job, but that’s no reason to blame the one guy from Syracuse who gave it all to these orangemen. They owe him. Big man and pick Porzingis could be a start. At first they hated but this top ten chart climber could be the next Dirk…or irk. The Garden could still be Eden again, but right now there’s potholes in the Madison Square lawn.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Lakers passed on Okafor?! No worries, the Sixers will give him a cap, even if he disregards their sweet new jerseys. This teams new look is an instant classic and Jahil forms a formidable frontline alongside Nerlens Noel. Now if only Joel Embiid could stay healthy…then this frontcourt of centres could scale Brotherly Love sports to walk even taller than those Rocky steps.

Boston Celtics

The championship days of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce officially ended last year when Rajon Rondo passed on the shamrock. But still this is THE storied NBA franchise that gave you Bill Russell and Larry Bird. Plus Isaiah Thomas is more than just a guy that’s going to remind you of the good ole, golden era 80’s days. Bad Boy or not. Now what they gonna do?

Central Division

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs…or should we say the King were one stone step away from the throne in this game last year. If it wasn’t for the likes of Steph Curry, Andre Igudola and Steve Kerr, LeBron James would have won it all himself. With Kyrie and Kevin in good health and under contract the crown may just fit, Tristan extension or not. And you thought the new Big Game James wasn’t worthy? This God can turn wine to champagne.

Chicago Bulls

Losing Derrick Rose to injury is almost a thorn in the side given. Losing the services of Most Improved Jimmy Butler was never an issue. Matching the contract was easy, making these two who are both about to be on point a match made in heaven is a hell of a task…even for Thibs. New coach Fred Hoidberg knows Chicago and the Bulls, even those who lock horns. On paper this team is as deep as they come from defensive dominator Joakim Noah to bench veteran Mike Dunleavy Jnr. Still if these stampeding Chi’s want to stay out of the red they need to give the charge to their Spanish Bulls of rejuvenated, EuroBasket MVP Pau Gasol and last years runner up rookie and veteran ready Nikola Mirotic. Then to everyone else they’ll be matador.

Indiana Pacers

At least the Pacers will look good this year, honoring the Indiana Hoosiers with those red classic Hickory jerseys for some classic games with gold shorts shinier than George Hill’s dome. After Lance, losing the interior presence of Roy Hibbert and David West could leave this team watching the paint dry (respect to the late, great Oscar nominated Dennis Hopper) especially putting returning from almost career crippling injury Paul George stretched out, playing the four. This uses to be the Indy 5.00. Now it’s the Paul-George-Hill show. Time to run the picket fence!

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Detroit Pistons

Greg Monroe got Bucks in Milwaukee, but Motor City still has something big under the hood with Andre Drummond. These Pistons are still driven with him and Brandon Jennings. Even if it looks like the motor industry is sputtering in Detroit, like Ford you can always rely on a star-studded vehicle. Motown may have died with Marvin, but with some Motor Oil this town will thrive and throttle through once more. All you have to do is turn it over and give it a good kick…and then it’ll all start up again.

Milwaukee Bucks

The cream re-design is beautiful. Just check the Stag, this team is more mature. Get the point? Well perhaps the alphabet can spell it out for you? There’s O.J, the M.C.W. and now Greg Monroe…the most underrated free agent of this big class. Oh, and Jabari Parker is back and gets to be a rookie once again. This isn’t just his year. Best since Oscar and Kareem? These big Bucks where always meant to stay green. If money talks, then Milwaukee sings. Just ask Jadakiss.

Southeast

Washington Wizards

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it…even with a magicians wand. No hocus pocus, Harry Potter needed here, these Wizards have already pulled a rabbit out the hat. Paul Pierce may be gone but truthfully speaking this teams depth lies in Poland, with the great Gortat possibly the biggest and most underrated big-men in this league of post shadows. No wonder President Obama cares about this capital Washington D.C. side. But forget Kevin Spacey. This is all about the House Of Guards and Lincoln and M.L.K towns new monuments, Beal Street and the great Wall. On your left!

Miami Heat

The King era is dead. That’s last years news. Long live the Heat! Besides Flash never left and original superhero Dwyane Wade is back with a team that’s just added new franchise face Goran Dragic and former top, trading card All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire to last years free agent grab Luol Deng and the upside of Hassan Whiteside. Oh and lets not forget the valiant return of the underrated power of Bosh, defying death and bringing a new lease of life to a team that lost its crown. Now they have one Sinister Six for all the leagues heroes to marvel at. Is the Heat back on? Please…this team never left the kitchen! You can keep the sink.

Atlanta Hawks

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Part two…this time in neon letters. These Hawk eyes still glare like those gaudy new jerseys. Horford, Millsap, Korver and Teague…they’re all All-Stars literally. Now after coming so close its time for the Hawks to keep their talons in this tight competition if they finally want to be American Eagle. Welcome back to Atlanta, the Pac-Man returns like the Dominique dominant 80’s, but can the ATL eat its way to the end of the maze? Or is it all just pixels in this digital age?

Charlotte Hornets

The Lance Stephenson project didn’t really work out did it? Time to roll out the Tank. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky was a great draft, adding more artillery. But this team needs to be more than Kemba, Kidd-Gilchrist or the Michael of their big-time owner Jordan if these redesigned and rejuvenated Charlotte Hornets want to make a name for themselves beyond the nest of the honeycomb again.

Orlando Magic

The blue chips are down for Shaq’s former team. Even Nick Nolte would have a hard time in shouting this team into shape. Its been a roller-coaster couple of seasons in Mickey’s town but Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton are the future of this small ball revolution league. Give them more tricks via trade and they could bring the kingdom back to the Magic. Now you see them…now it’s time for the second act.

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A Rose For Kuz?

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Rose Reunion?

The Rose that grew from the career incasing concrete of a plaster cast, potential legacy ending injury is still in bloom.

Now that’s legendary.

That’s inspiration.

As a matter of fact with the trade deadline nearer than your office one, right now nothing smells better than Pooh.

Currently more than motoring on with the Detroit Pistons in Motown, the rejuvenation of Derrick Rose has already had his redemption season. Howling back with the Minnesota Timberwolves the last 82. But in this one mirroring his prime time stats as a Bull and the next era after M.J. for the Chicago way, it’s still a story as good as a Dwight Howard Hollywood reunion or blazing Carmelo comeback out in Oregon.

And now like the former D12, D. Rose could be heading to the wild west like the one Anthony the Lakers didn’t get in the end (but should of). But like the young core, Ingram, Ball and Hart trade for A.D. is the prize worth the price?

Although Derrick is linked with the 76ers like every superstar over the past few seasons and a reunion with Chicagoland (which Basketball God’s would be the perfect closing chapter to this story that is albeit still being wrote by his own penmanship), the Benjamin Franklin’s are on Rose reuniting with King James although he called his Cleveland time with the classic Cavalier “super awkward”.

Awks.

The former number one, that draft pick and NBA MVP is still most valuable and at 31 is almost a half decade younger than the King. Plus with awesome averages of 18.3 points on 50.3 percent from the field in 25.8 minutes and 5.9 assists per contest this campaign, the guy wants more time and to get out of the elimination standings.

Clockwork and contention could certainly be on the cards for Rose who let’s face it at his age and stage and with the numbers he’s putting up is still a superstar, hate it or love it. He’s been put through the ringer for his career like Bill Simmons or Shea Serrano, but now he’s being called on like Phil Collins to be one of the games greats like the genesis of his association with National Basketball.

So he may just be worth a package deal like your next vacation. Even if the Lakers are offering Kyle Kuzma and Quinn Cook for his services. Can I make a counter offer of Cook, Troy Daniels (great…but underused) and DeMarcus Cousins (although I do want to see how big he can literally get coming back and grunting with former post Pelican powerhouse Anthony Davis)? Throw in Drummond and it’s a go. Like Jerry Seinfeld superimposed into ‘Deal Or No Deal’ by NBC’s ’30 Rock’, “I gotta take that deal!”

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Pair Rose with LeBron and the frontcourt force of Howard and of course Davis then these London Olympic teammates would make for what a couple of five ring contests ago on dry erase would look like a dream team. And it still wakes up notions of one to this date in the 2020 year of Tokyo thanks to Vogels vision. But would the show be giving up too much this time?

“This time”…yeah right!

Quinn Cook has California championship pedigree, splashing with the brothers in Golden State like shopping on Rodeo Drive. And this Warrior has been integral this season. His number 2 from downtown reminding me of the should be retired clutch king Fisher (we can always raise 0.4 to the STAPLES rafters) and making me feel happier about buying a Lonzo Ball statement jersey last year…hey if I wear it under a jacket it looks like I’m cooking up love and representation for Quinn.

And then there’s Kuz.

If the Lakers trade away Kyle Kuzma then they will be giving up the last piece of their incredibly curated young core that is flying with the Pelicans right now. Although how could I forgot about the untouchable, All Star Alex Carushow and the fact that Anthony Davis isn’t calendar far from Larry Nance Jr. and new Jazz 6 man Jordan Clarkson?

Although Rose solves the Lakers perimeter problems and feels in the same prime time as what could be his All Star teammates (how legendary would a Rose/Rondo backcourt be although it’s hard not to know whether to deal him or Cook?), Kuz seems too good to let cruise like Tom. This top gun may have struggled early this season, but he was coming back from injury Lakers Twitter. And recently he’s been that Worthy third option behind the Big Game Magic of James and his Kareem or Shaq to his Kobe number 3 partner, waiting on those Jordan digits next season when the King carries the 6.

30 for 30 putting up “trade this” exclamatory numbers in the dynamic duos absence, even Batman and Robin needed a Nightwing. And as much as Rose could help the new Lake Showtime bloom and grow like fine wine for all of LeBron’s merlot men, you could imagine Kyle making the Lakers pay play after play like a D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle off the team that draft clever, but trade stupid.

Keep the player. Trade the barber.

Zero to 1. The legend or the future superstar? The choice for this deal is the Kings.

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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Fight and win like a girl...

Great expectations.

Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.

The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.

It tells us the CBA means…

When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.

Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.

Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?

This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.

It’s about time.

Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.

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Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.

And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.

But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.

Again and again until we don’t have to.

The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?

Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.

The game changed for real today.

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