NBA players around the league react to national title game between Kentucky and UConn

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Kevin OllieThe NBA took a day off as a courtesy to the national championship game between Kentucky Wildcats and UConn Huskies, and most around the league were glued to the television on Monday night.

The quest for the NCAA title always draws massive interest, but this one was particularly special for so many that are and have been in the NBA because of Kevin Ollie – the long-time, respected NBA veteran turned head coach of the Huskies. With his great leadership and the phenomenal play of Shabazz Napier – who had 22 points on eight-of-16 shooting to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals – UConn went on to beat John Calipari’s Wildcats 60-54.

Of course, there were plenty of reactions on twitter as the game came to a conclusion. Most were simply ecstatic for Ollie and his great success, some wished their former team could have won, a certain King thought no guard should be drafted ahead of Napier, and others were less than pleased with how the game concluded. See the thoughts of many around the league below:

Massive Twitter Reaction For Kentucky Final Four Victory

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Media pundits argue all of the time about which athletes contain the “clutch gene.”

Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Ray Allen, Tom Brady, John Elway rank among the greats in the respective sports. Even players like Tim Tebow have garnered acclaim for playing big in the clutch moments.

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison has proven himself to be a major “clutch” player with ice in his veins.

For three games in-a-row heading into the NCAA National Championship game, he has hit the go-ahead three-point shot to win. Three straight game winners. THREE. How clutch is that?

After having hit last-second shots to advance from the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 and again to the Final Four, Wildcats’ fans (and college basketball fans in general) were on the edge of their seats as the final seconds ticked off the clock as the game was the Wisconsin Badgers to lose—up 73-71. The ball made its way into Aaron Harrison’s hands, and the rest is history.

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DraftStreet Fantasy Spin: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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draftstreet Paul Pierce killed my fantasy team last night. Just when I thought I found someone special for cheap ($11,277) he turns his play around and stabbed me in the back. But I’m a sucker for punishment and I’m using PP again tonight.

Last night at DraftStreet I fared pretty well but didn’t make any money. I was in the top 20% in a few of my pools and if Pierce would’ve showed up I probably would have won some cash.

Anyways, on to the next one.

Tonight I’ll be playing with a bonafide fantasy machine, that is when he’s not suspended or rapping on the side. Guess who yet? That’s right, DeMarcus Cousins.

Boogie, as he’s known to many, is the perfect fantasy player because he can score, rebound and block shots. I paid $21,008 for him but I think it will be worth it if he can stay in the game. Side note: Cousins only plays about 32 minutes per game, yet he averages 22 points and 12 rebounds a night, crazy.

My DraftStreet Lineup Today
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Fresh off giving away $150,000, DraftStreet is running satellites for yet another $100,000 contest. Look for them in the NBA lobby for a chance to win a voucher to the NBA $100K Playoffs Big Score and a $20,000 first place prize. This one starts on April 19 and finishes on April 20, the two-day format being a wrinkle common to NBA playoff leagues. If you don’t have a DraftStreet account, you can sign up using this link.

Remember to register at least 10 minutes before the roster deadlines. Wednesday’s games begin at 7:00 PM EDT.

Wednesday’s NBA games

Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers
If Indiana lost would it really surprise anyone? They have been dreadful over the last three weeks. Sadly, I think they’re beginning to realize they can’t score and lost all confidence. If you want fantasy, you don’t want the Pacers.

Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
The Nets are a better team with equal talent. New York is so terribly coached they risk falling from the playoffs with the second best scorer in the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic
The Cavs have been without Kyrie Irving on and off for some time now. Folks in Cleveland, thank Luol Deng for his services and say your farewells because the door won’t hit him on the way out.

Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards:
Jared Sullinger at $11,069 is a great fantasy option. He’s proven a lot of people wrong this year overcoming a back injury and being able to stay healthy during the latter part of the season.

Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors
The Rockets are without Dwight Howard, look for Omer Asik ($8,262) to step up. Kyle Lowry isn’t playing, so keep him off your team.

Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks haven’t defeated the Bulls this season and that isn’t changing tonight. The Bulls have been on a tear since January and the Hawks have been slowly on the decline.

Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat
Does this game even need a preview? Miami can make Milwaukee its puppet if they want but chances are LeBron James will only play a few quarters because it’s a blowout. If you’re looking for fantasy on the Heat, look at the bench.

Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves
This is one game where Kevin Love isn’t a good fantasy option. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are a tough pair to score on and surely have plans to deny Love at the rim.

Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs.
This is fun. The most well-organized team against one of the most exciting teams. Golden State stole a game in Dallas last night (literally) and have momentum, but wait, so does San Antonio, the winners of 18-straight.

New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets
Anthony Davis can score 30 all day against Denver. They will try but will fail to keep one of the league’s best young big-men off the glass. The Nuggets have fallen off this year, maybe they shouldn’t have fired George Karl.

LA Clippers at Phoenix Suns
The Clippers are having another great season with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul leading the charge. Paul will play but Griffin is out. For Phoenix, Goran Dragic at $15,098 isn’t a bad purchase.

LA Lakers at Sacramento Kings
I hope Chris Kaman put Icy Hot on today. DeMarcus Cousins will be attacking him all night. An easy choice for fantasy is Cousins, as I mentioned above.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

Tweet of the Day: DeMarcus Cousins R&B CD Better Than Previous NBA Music?

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Sunday afternoon, Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins let the world know via Instagram that his new R&B album, entitled “Misunderstood,” is on the way.

“Emotional,” the first single from the album is due to be released soon—according to his website.

Cousins, whose R&B moniker is Boogie Smooth—a play on his NBA nickname Boogie Cousins, followed the news about his forthcoming album Monday by responding to early internet cynics with some humor.


Quite the quip.

Funny to see the current Kings center take shots at a former Sacramento great. Perhaps Chris Webber had that coming, though.

No one forced him to release 2 Much Drama in 1999.

At least Webber can claim to have worked with popular 90s rapper Redman on his album.

Better yet, he found some small success as a producer, having produced two tracks for Nas—one, “Blunt Ashes,” is featured on the album Hip Hop Is Dead. The other track, “Surviving the Times,” was featured on Nas’ Greatest Hits CD.

shaqCousins’ comment may seem even more humorous when contrasted against Kings minority owner, Shaquille O’Neal, who has released four studio albums; Shaq Diesel, Shaq-Fu da Return, You Can’t Stop the Reign and Respect.

Shaq has been much maligned over the years for having subpar rap albums, however, he sold more CDs than any other NBA athlete to have ever tried their hands at hip hop.

As of 2004, his debut album Shaq Diesel had sold over 860,000 units. It was certified platinum in 1994. His sophomore album, Shaq-Fu da Return, reached certified gold status.

So, for all the jokes, Shaq didn’t do terribly bad, at least not as far as sales are concerned with regards to his first two rap albums.

Cousins has a lot of work to do should he truly hope to surpass the musical exploits of the two men he called out by name in his tweet.

Time will tell if he does in fact have a successful album.


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Introducing…the All-Villain Team of 2015!

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We’re going to have a little fun with this column, which is our little antidote to the dog days of March in the NBA.

The quotes are entirely fictitious. Just wanted to make that perfectly clear.