Draymond Green and Bradley Beal ejected after altercation


In what turned out to be a very exciting game, the Golden State Warriors faced off against the Washington Wizards Friday night. The Wizards were in control for the majority of the game beating the Warriors at their own game, hitting three after three after three while the Warriors just kept throwing up bricks.

Throughout the first half, Draymond was being Draymond. You know, that emotional rock that has helped lift the Warriors to two NBA Championships. He was doing a lot of talking, flailing, and just being that guy you hate if you’re on the opposing team. With less than 30 seconds to go in the 1st half, Bradley Beal had the ball at the top of the 3-point line with Draymond Green guarding him. Beal drove to the lane, then WAP! Green swatted the ball, which landed into the hands of Kelly Oubre Jr. Green immediately yelled and glared in Beal’s direction. However, the play continued on as Oubre put up a 3-pointer. The shot missed as Beal and Green were tenaciously battling inside for position. As Green boxed out the Wizards guard, Beal grabbed Draymond’s face and forced him into a headlock leading both guys to clinch one another causing them to subsequently fall down and nearly into the crowd.

Soon after, Warriors and Wizards players rushed to the action to try to separate Draymond Green and Bradley Beal. Kelly Oubre, who is quickly becoming the highly emotional piece for the Wizards, came fist flying accidentally braising John Wall over the head as well as hitting Klay Thompson. As the players were finally separated, Green raised from the floor with part of his jersey ripped off. An aftermath of what looked to be a major brawl, but actually a minor scuffle.

The NBA is reviewing the fight and will have to make decision regarding possible suspensions, and this brings us to Predictions and Realizations.

Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: Draymond Green has a history with playing dirty, getting tossed out of games, and suspended so the NBA definitely has a target on his back. However, he did not a throw a punch so the punishment should not be too severe. Result: 1-game suspension. 

Prediction: Bradley Beal, no matter how you look at it, started this fight. He grabbed Draymond, causing them to clinch and then fall to the ground. And with the ripped shirt, Green came out looking like the victim. But just like Green, Beal did not throw a punch. Result: 1-game suspension.

Prediction: Oh, Kelly Oubre, you still have lots to learn. He is starting to becoming one of my favorite players but threw a punch, not only accidentally towards his teammate, but also at Klay Thompson. With his actions against the Celtics last post-season, Kelly is quickly building a rap sheet which may force the NBA keep a keen eye on his actions in these type of matters. Result: 2-game suspension.

Realization: Kelly Oubre Jr. will either have to tone down his actions a bit or accept the fate as that “Draymond” type player for the Wizards, which at times will hurt or benefit his team.

Let me know your thoughts. Should these players be suspended? If so, for how long?

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Lebron James: The Best Point Guard in the NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game One

Lebron James. What else is there to say about the 3x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA Most Valuable Player, and former Rookie of the Year? Let’s also throw in 13x NBA Allstar, 2x AP Athlete of the Year, and 2x Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. Lebron said it best, “There isn’t anything I have left to prove.” As we witness this living legend continue to dominate basketball for fourteen-plus years, it’s hard to disagree with his statement.

James is not only the most gifted athlete of our generation but arguably in the history of sports. Now, at age 32 and with nothing left to prove, the small forward as taken on the role as point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his two games as point guard, James is averaging 31.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists a game. It is one thing to play small forward and distribute the ball, but an entirely different thing to be the point guard and it officially be your job to make sure the other four guys on the court with you are involved.

You can name drop any point guard in the league, from Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook (my favorite player), to even John Wall. James is simply better at that position because of his size, basketball IQ, and court vision. He may not have Curry’s range, Westbrook’s intensity, or Wall’s quickness, but James’ ability to see the floor puts him one step ahead of everyone.

Lebron James can play and guard all five positions. The last player to prove such a task was former Lakers point guard, Magic Johnson, in the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers when he made the switch from point guard to center. As a rookie, Magic played every position in Game 6 scoring 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assist to help the Lakers win the NBA Championship. Lebron James is no different and the older he becomes, the more he continues to impress the world.

Predications and Realizations

Predication: Lebron James will win one more title before his retires.

Realization: Because Jordan changed the game so much, James will not be recognized as the NBA GOAT. However,  he will be crowned as the greatest athlete to grace the sport and that itself is an outstanding accomplishment.

It’s weird to think at one point I disliked Lebron James, but now he’s one of the very few athletes I follow on social media. His dedication to his craft and consistent #striveforgreatness is the reason he’ll go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game. It will be a sad day for the NBA, and sports overall, when Lebron decides to hang up his Nikes. Until that day comes, Lebron please continue to inspire us with your greatness.



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The Top 5 NBA GMs I Want To Be


Right now would be a fun time to be a General Manager in the NBA. Higher salary cap, talented rookie class, and even more established players around the league. When thinking about running a team from just a pure fan perspective, this sounds like the best job ever. You know, not the sleepless nights, time away from family, and constant criticism, but the chance to make a blockbuster trade or huge pick-up in free agency to form a dynasty like no other. With these things in mind, let me tell you the top 5 GMs I would want to be.

5. Boston Celtics

Danny Ainge made arguably the best trade in history by sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. While Pierce and Garnett’s skill-set immediately declined and the Nets became one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Celtics were reaping the benefits of obtaining their lottery picks in the draft. It was highway robbery. The Celtics is currently one of the deepest teams in the NBA in a sports city that isn’t too hard to attract free agents. With Kyrie Irving at the top of the pecking order, they are a contender in the East for the foreseeable future even with the injury to Gordon Hayward.

However, no matter how good this team is, this roster may never get you to the finals. The Celtics need to cope with the fact that Al Horford is no longer in his prime and need to start window shopping for some big men. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will need to far exceed expectations or make good trade bait for a superstar.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

Any team Lebron James plays for is guaranteed success. Though being the 4x MVP’s GM may come with several headaches and less room for failure, he does the work for you. He gets you to the NBA Finals, players want to come to Cleveland to play with him, and he is the best player on the planet. The Owner may fire you or Lebron may leave regardless of how well you do your job, but that is the risk you take for the easy road to the NBA Finals. Also, the window is closing in Cleveland so failure is definitely not an option these days.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

Though they are not built to win right now, the Lakers are looking like they are close to returning to top tier form. Lonzo Ball will play an essential role in this franchise becoming dominate once again. As Brandon Ingram develops into the player we expect him to be and Kyle Kuzma continues to surprise us all, the Lakers now need to dominate in free agency.

Here are the essentials:

  • Get rid of Loul Deng at all cost. He is expected to make more than $50 million over a 3-year span and far from the talent he used to be.
  • Acquire Demarcus Cousins via free agency. With Brook Lopez contract expiring at the end of the season, and Cousin’s impending free agency, it is a no-brainer for the Lakers to acquire arguably the best center in basketball.  Side note: the best Lakers teams had dominant centers such as, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,  and Wilt Chamberlain.
  • Finally, and this might be the toughest, the Lakers will need to acquire Paul George or Lebron James. Nabbing Cousins may be a good start, but it takes a savvy GM to lure a top player in the league away from a contending team.

Which brings us to #2 on my list…

2. Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors may be the easiest team to manage in the NBA. It’s like once you walk through that door, the selfishness gets ripped off of you and you will want to share the ball with everyone at all cost. Hence, just keep the core four (Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) together and you’ll keep winning. Nowadays, top players are willing to take a pay cut in order keep their team together, which makes the GM’s job even easier. Additionally, veteran players (i.e. Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose) are willing to take massive pay cuts to join a contending team.

The good thing about sports, no team stays on top forever. Kobe and Shaq couldn’t get more than three championships together, even with the likes of Gary Payton and Karl Malone joining their team. Remember Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were supposed to win not four, not five, not six…

Nothing last forever. The Warriors have had a great run building from the bottom and, look, now they’re here: 2x NBA Champions along two former MVPs and a defensive player of the year on their team.

With all this being said, if I was a GM of a team beginning this season, I would choose…



1. Philadelphia 76ers

That’s right, I trusted the process. With Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz, the Sixers are destined for great things. As the GM, I would build entirely around these three, surrounding them with shooters as well as defensive minded players. Sooner or later, this team will become an attractive destination for free agents as the West gets stacked and Lebron see’s his last days as the best player in the NBA. I can think of a particular shooting guard who may be interested in going East when he becomes a free agent, cough* cough* Klay Thompson. There is no other guard that would benefit from playing next to such a dynamic playmaker like Ben Simmons.

Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: If the Philadelphia 76ers keep their big three in tact and all remain healthy, they will reach the Eastern Conference Finals within five years.

Realization: “Trust the Process” will be more than just a plea guys use to convince their girl to give them a second chance. NBA teams will look back and wonder, were the Sixers cheating? Or did they actually just get it right?

That’s all for now. What are your top 5  NBA teams you would like to be the General Manager of?



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My Money’s On Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

It feels like yesterday he was the 4th pick of the Seattle Supersonics. Almost like yesterday he played in the NBA Finals alongside the likes of James Harden, Serge Ibaka, and Kevin Durant. Like yesterday, he hoisted up the All-Star Game MVP Trophy, twice. Today, Russell Westbrook is the reigning NBA regular season MVP, the owner of the NBA regular season triple-double record, and the leader of an Oklahoma City Thunder team who poses a legitimate threat to take home the 2017-2018 NBA Championship. Oh, and let’s not forget he is a modern-day fashion icon.

Westbrook is certainly an All-Star but not a superstar. Words echoed by Owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban in regards to Russell Westbrook. And then March 27th, 2017 happened. The Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder were facing Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks. Down as many as 15 points in the game, the Thunder were down 11 with 2:40 left to go in the fourth quarter on the Mavs home court. Then, as Cuban labeled him, the “All-Star” took over. An offensive rebound and pass from Taj Gibson led to a Westbrook 3-point shot in Harrison Barnes’ face, BANG, 8-point game with 2:34 to go. After a Harrison Barnes missed layup on the other end, Westbrook raced down the court and backed down Yogi Ferrell from the 3-point line all the way into the paint, then hits a turnaround jump shot – AND 1. “He’s outta his mind!” The announcer said in excitement. Next up, was Wesley Matthew’s turn to face Westbrook’s wrath. He and Matthews met at the 3-point line. Westbrook crossed him over then raced to the paint, brushed off some contact, then hit the fade away with less than one minute to go. With 13.6 seconds left, the Mavs were inbounding the ball up by 1. Then the “All-Star” happened, again. Westbrook interfered with the pass, causing the ball to go out of bounds off the J.J. Barea. Thunder ball. 13.1 seconds left in the game. The ball was inbounded to Russell Westbrook. In full Westbrook demeanor, he raced up the court. In fear of Westbrook heading to paint, Matthews retreats too much allowing Westbrook to pull up for the jump shot. You guessed it, BANG, ball game.


That pull up over a defender at the top of the key is a very familiar sight. Reminds me of the 1998 NBA Finals where a certain Chicago Bulls player hit a game winner on the road from that spot. There is no coincidence Westbrook is on the Jordan Brand. His determination to win resembles that same drive Michael Jordan had when on court. And Jordan is only the man considered to be the greatest of all-time. “I got my first MVP award before my first ring, too.” Words by Jordan on Westbrook. It’s only a matter of time before these words become true for Westbrook.


The stars have, literally and figuratively, aligned for Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder with the arrival of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to go along with Steven Adams and the supporting cast. This has the making to be a very special year for the Thunder. We know it won’t be easy and nothing is ever certain in the NBA, or sports for that matter. But there is one thing we can be certain about, and that is when Westbrook steps on that court he is going to give 100% to his team, his city, and his fans.

Career Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: Russell Westbrook will win an NBA Championship before all is said and done.

Realization: Once he captures that title, many will realize and consider him as a top 5 point guard to ever play this game. Considering where he’ll end up statistically, compared to his peers, he just needs that championship to solidify his greatness.

Prediction: He will retire a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and have a statue created in his honor.

Realization: Westbrook will be up there with the Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and the Kobe Bryant’s of the world.  Guys who embraced the great moments that happened in the city they played for and never quit when things got tough. Instead, they endured. When you think about, that just makes winning so much sweeter.

They said he doesn’t pass the ball. He averaged 10 assist. They said he’s not a superstar. He won MVP. They said no big name stars will want to play with him. He now plays with two, one of which waived his no-trade clause to make it happen. Now, go on, say he won’t win a championship. I dare you. He will prove you wrong, again. My money is on Westbrook. Because, WHY NOT?



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Fantasy Blues


Last night, around 8:15pm I was on the toilet. I’m scrolling through my twitter newsfeed because what else are you going to do on the toilet, right? I quickly see that Gordon Hayward is trending. I’m thinking, why is Gordon Hayward trending? He’s a good player, but last night was Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland and Dwayne Wade’s reunion with Lebron James.  My thinking was that Gordon Hayward’s first game with the Boston Celtics should take a step back to Kyrie and Lebron. But then, thirty seconds later, “OH!” My scream is so loud my girlfriend texts me,  “You taking an insane poopy, boo?” A couple minutes later, I show her the video of Gordon Hayward destroying his ankle and she screams just as loudly as I did. Apparently, Gordon Hayward has suffered an ankle injury that will sideline him the rest of the season. And just like that the NBA season makes you want to chuck your remote at your television. Let’s pour one out for Gordon Hayward and his fantasy owners. Oh yeah, you too Celtics fans.

Like many, I participate in fantasy leagues. I’m no guru, but I’m usually in decent position to make a run for number one in the playoffs. This year I am in an auction draft/ keeper league with Kawhi Leonard as my best player. Leonard is still nursing a right quadricep injury, which will keep him out of tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. For us NBA fans, we are pretty much in the same boat regarding his status – WE JUST DON’T KNOW. The Spurs are tight-lipped regarding how long he will be out so we will just have to wait and see. So we have no idea if he will be out a couple games, a couple months, or the rest of the season. The safe choice would be for me to trade him now for a couple players than to lose him for the majority of the season, but if he comes back next week, and I’ve already traded him, it would make me want to quit fantasy forever. And such is the life of one who plays fantasy sports.

For those of you who drafted Isaiah Thomas (knowing he has a hip injury) high or chose him as your keeper, you shouldn’t have. That’s too much risk to assume he will come back in January and immediately return to MVP candidate form. But it’s the NBA. Anything is possible, right Kevin Garnett? Additionally, he is on a stacked team so his PPG will be down and Lebron James is the facilitator so don’t expect Thomas to be racking up many assist.

Unfortunately, Draymond Green has been added to this list of Fantasy Blues by injuring his knee last night against the Houston Rockets. However, he is a player that is not injury prone so if his luck holds up, he may not be out for an extended period of time. He piles up the stat sheet in fantasy and is a player I’m sure anyone would love to have on his or her team. The Warriors are one of those teams that seem to have everything go their way so it would not surprise me if Green recovers quickly.

Recap from last night’s Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: The Cavs will stomp the Celtics.

Realization: Kyrie Irving will realize he is the leader of a team that will never reach the NBA Finals as long as Lebron James remains in the East. Lebron will realize he wants to stay in Cleveland to maintain that easy road to the Finals and make sure “the kid” does not return for the foreseeable future.

Okay, so the Cleveland Cavaliers did not stomp the Boston Celtics. However, it was headed in that direction once Gordon Hayward went down as Cleveland was up by more than fifteen points for roughly two and a half quarters. Boston, like always, played with heart and powered back like a team possessed. To me, it looked like a Jaylen Brown coming out party. Way to go, Danny Ainge. This man can do no wrong. In the end, Kyrie Irving left that game the undisputed leader of the Boston Celtics with Gordon Hayward now sidelined while Lebron James maintains Cleveland’s status as the team to beat in the East.

Prediction: It will be close for the first two and a half quarters, but the Warriors will show they are still miles ahead of the Rockets.

Realization: CP3 and The Beard will realize they cannot reach the Finals with the Rockets’ current roster. How long before we are wondering, will this marriage actually last?

This was about to be a runaway game in the Golden State Warriors favor, but Fantasy Blues happened and Draymond Green was sidelined. The Warriors were looking like the dominant team we expect them to be. That might be their only weakness. They have four great players. If any of them goes down, their team is truly compromised. Regarding the Houston Rockets, I still think there will be rough patches to deal with this season, but only time will tell. Until then, keep jacking up those 3s and take a breather on defense.

New Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: Kawhi Leonard will be back before Christmas Day. With virtually no news out there regarding his injury, there is no way to predict this other than the sole state of my fantasy team. I am hoping he comes back sooner than later. The thought is that he has been out for so long, he should be just about ready to make his comeback.

Realization: When Leonard gets back, he will quickly resume to MVP candidate form. I highly doubt the Spurs would rush him back until they are 100% sure he is “The Claw” we expect him to be.

Prediction: Draymond Green will not miss more than a month. As I said earlier, based on the luck of the Warriors and his injury history, he should make it out of this one without too much panic to his team and fantasy owners.

Realization: Draymond Green’s presence distributing the ball and, obviously, on defense will be missed.

That’s all for me for now. Let me know your Fantasy Blues.

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A Day of Firsts


Today is the day. My first day as a blogger. The first day of the NBA 2017-2018 regular season.  The first day of NBA Fantasy. Kyrie Irving’s first regular season game as point guard for the Boston Celtics. The first regular season game that will feature James Harden and Chris Paul in the Houston Rocket’s backcourt.

I can’t remember the last time I heard so much hype surrounding so many teams at the beginning of the regular season. From the Avengers being formed in Oklahoma City to the Suicide Squad they have going on in Cleveland. In a matter of a couple months the T’Wolves, even with addition of Jimmy Butler, became an afterthought.

However, you know who hasn’t become an afterthought? Mr. Lonzo Ball. It is a day of firsts for him and the “new look” Lakers well. The weight of arguably the most prominent franchise in the NBA will rest on his shoulders as he is expected to bring the Lakers back into the championship conversation. Sorry, Laker fans, don’t hold your breath on this one.

Out in Philly are a bunch of young guys looking to make their mark on the league as well. We have “Trust the Process” for a long time now and this is the year we see results. Coming off of last year’s injury, Ben Simmons will look to have a monster season stealing Rookie of the Year from this highly talented incoming class.

Notable games tonight:

Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers – 8:00pm on TNT

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors – 10:30pm on TNT

All times are in Eastern time.


Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: The Cavs will stomp the Celtics.

Realization: Kyrie Irving will realize he is the leader of a team that will never reach the NBA Finals as long as Lebron James remains in the East. Lebron will realize he wants to stay in Cleveland to maintain that easy road to the Finals and make sure “the kid” does not return for the foreseeable future.

Prediction: It will be close for the first two and a half quarters, but the Warriors will show they are still miles ahead of the Rockets.

Realization: CP3 and The Beard will realize they cannot reach the Finals with the Rockets’ current roster. How long before we are wondering, will this marriage actually last?

With that being said, and if all goes as planned, this NBA season will live up to all of the hype that set in this summer. Do I dare say, Cavs-Warriors round 4? You let me know.

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