One of the biggest knocks against the NBA is that when the season starts, there are only five or six teams that can truly win the championship, making the regular season and the early playoff rounds interminably tedious. Not this season. As we reach the midway point – 18 teams have played at least 41 games, another nine have played 40 – there are no less than a dozen teams with legitimate title aspirations, including a handful that haven’t been in the
The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth title last year when they routed the Miami Heat in five games. It was the fifth time that Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan visited the President at the White House. The first time they did, Bill Clinton was in office. So overall, Duncan and Pop have met and have photographs with the last three Presidents of the United States. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me.
We all know that Stephen Curry is a wizard when it comes to doing things on offense. The gifted point guard, who puts fear into the opposition with his ability to pull up for a shot at any given moment – with pinpoint accuracy – can also pass with the best of them. Because his ability to handle the ball has gotten better just about every year since he entered the league, Curry is one of the most unique and challenging
While the NBA has dominated the headlines over the past few summer months, as tradition has it, things have gone stale in August while players take their vacations before training camp begins in the fall. Filling the void the NBA has left has been the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has swept the nation by storm over the past few weeks, raising an enormous amount of awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also — and more commonly known — as Lou Gehrig’s
While many around the league were either expressing sheer amazement for a Russell Westbrook dunk in Oklahoma City’s 117-89 loss to San Antonio. Others were expressing surprise over the obscene amount of money—$2 billion—that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay in order to become the new Los Angeles Clippers owner. While all of these things are both entertaining and informative, in the midst of it all was the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a yearly contest to determine the
The Wizards made us really, really upset on the final night of the regular season by moving up from sixth place to fifth place, denying us a rematch of last year’s Bulls-Nets series that went seven games and was won by Joakim Noah in his old home borough. Well, I guess it wasn’t the Wizards’ fault. All the Nets needed to do to lock up that matchup (and avoid the Heat in the second round) was beat Cleveland. Instead, they lost
Tragedy struck in Washington D.C. Monday morning where a gunman, identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, first opened fire at Building 197—the headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command—in the Washington Navy Yard. 12 victims (not including the gunman, Alexis) have been confirmed dead, several others are wounded.
After a long and eventful season of basketball filled with plenty of intrigue and drama, and one that saw a number of new stars being born before our eyes, it finally comes down to the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs – two of the very best teams in the league – to settle the score in the NBA Finals. The Spurs, much like they did last season, are the experienced executioners, who almost never play the game the wrong way. The