In fact, with Portland firing on all cylinders at just the right time, they may quietly be one of the most dangerous teams as the playoffs approach. Projected Playoff Seed: 3 New Orleans Pelicans (39-28) Current Seed: 6 As a franchise that’s no stranger to mascot changes, management should probably just go ahead and rebrand themselves as the New Orleans Anthony Davis’. When frontcourt running mate DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending Achilles injury, many (including myself) counted the Pelicans out. Instead, Davis has gone on an absolute tear that has his team winning seven out of their last 10 and firmly entrenched in the battle for a top 4 seed in the ever-competitive Western Conference.
Kobe Bryant once scored 81 points in the modern era. Even Curry 's teammate, Klay Thompson, set a record last season for most points in a quarter with 37. The list of great players who did great things on the court also includes Oscar Robertson (averaged a triple-double over an entire season), Michael Jordon, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and Jerry
What was a key issue for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year? Either Russell Westbrook or Kevin a Durant would hold the ball for the entire shot clock, basically taking turns playing iso ball. When on the court at the same time, in certain moments it looked liked they were confused as to whose turn it was to score. As we saw from Harden in his previous seasons in Houston, he 's a player that needs to have the ball in his hands. To have three elite scorers who at their best each need the ball in their hands, it simply wouldn 't have worked.
Michael has played on 2 NBA teams which include the Chicago bulls and the Washington Wizards while Wilt has played on 4 which include LosAngelas Lakers, Sanfranciso Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the SanDiego Conquistadors. Michael played in the MLB for some of his life but decided to go to NBA because that was his favorite sport. Wilt has good handling so he decided to join the Harlem Globetrotters for some of his carrer until he retired in 1973. The last difference between these two players are the family these two have. Michael has 4 siblings which include two brothers and two sisters.
Even worked while he was injury shows how much further he was determined to be than others. His attitude remained positive where most would take on a negative thought about the situation. Then, he returned to lead in scoring for seven consecutive seasons, averaging nearly 33 points a night. Arguably the best all-around player on both sides of the court. Won the MVP five times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1998) and Defensive Player of the Year (1988).
Both of them ended up becoming Hall of Famers, so the Celtics gave up quite a bit to get Bill Russell (Shoals). Bill Russell made an immediate impact on the Celtics, leading them to the Championship in his rookie season (Shoals). Unfortunately, Bill Russell played in a time where whites and African Americans were still separated. Granted, the racism aspect was slowly dwindling it was still present. Bill Russell wasn’t the first African American player in the NBA, but he became the first African American superstar
This business purchase would prove to be his most challenging. The Mavericks had gone more than a decade of not making it to the playoffs and he was forced to revamp not only the team culture, but also a new stadium. Cuban was already known for his enthusiasm and over the top attitude and he showed this by sitting among the fans, egging on opponents, and throwing shame to the referees. He was fined $100,00 for confronting referees and using inappropriate language towards them and an additional $100,00 for comments he had made while trying to sign LeBron James during an interview. In the first year owned by Cuban, the Mavericks qualified for the playoffs.
Something funny that came out of that was when Darrall was deep in foul trouble, 4 fouls on only Chamberlain, he shouted at one of the referees “ Well, why don’t you just give the guy [one] hundred and we’ll all go home!” Sure enough he did just that. After Wilt had heard that he was going hard for the triple digits. Because of this very game the NBA had changed the lane (paint) from twelve feet wide to sixteen feet wide. With the third quarter coming to an end, Wilt racked twenty-eight, adding on to his 41 is 69 points from just the three quarters he’s been in.
Well, with Fowler out for the year, Williams will cruise to the defensive rookie of the year award. With the loss of Sheldon Richardson (Suspension), the Jets will need Williams to step up in a big way, and I think he will. He’s going to see a lot of one on one matchups from opposing offensive lines, something that will result in a lot of sacks and tackles for loss. Comeback Player Of The Year: Sam Bradford: QB Philadelphia Eagles: 16 Games Played, 4562 Passing Yards, 37 Touchdowns
After playing in the NBA for 20 years and earning himself a title as one of the most legendary basketball players, Kobe Bryant explains why he decided that now is the right time to retire. Offering an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America," the 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard tells Robin Roberts that it was his 2013 injury that made him start thinking about retirement: "It was something that kind of evolved over the last three years, you know, with the Achilles injury, that really frightened me. [...] Because you know, it was like, 'My career could be over now.' It scared me. ' What am I going to do next?'
The Blue Jays, in the first year of a new draft philosophy under then new GM Alex Anthopoulos, selected several players considered tough signs early in the draft, and spent a club record $11.6 million in signing them. Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Nicolino, Asher Wojciechowski, Sam Dyson, Sean Nolin and Dalton Pompey, along with failed first-rounder Deck McGuire, were among the bounty. There was no more money for Bryant. “No meaningful talks at all,” is how Bryant describes the negotiations with the Blue Jays. “Just being a really good student in high school and the way the draft works, it’s kind of hard for teams to draft a guy when you don’t know if he’s going to sign or not, which I understood completely.
In 2001, Michael Jordan came back from retirement to finish two more seasons, which were subpar to his standards, only averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Kobe Bryant, going into his 20th year in the NBA for the 2015-2016 season, is listed in the top 20 for all time games played, and will be in the top 5 for most seasons played after this season. Although he has faced many injuries throughout his career, like having achilles surgery in 2014, and tearing his rotator cuff in his shoulder in 2015, he still remains a threat in the NBA at age 37. Kobe is well known for playing through injuries, and has suffered a total of 23 of them in his whole career, while Jordan was healthy almost his entire career, only breaking his foot in 1985-86 and played 18 games that season. Playing over 35 minutes per game while being injured is not only risky, but also requires a lot of resilience to do.
Six weeks later after my broken leg I was finally ready to play again. But it’s already the championship game. My team, The Cobras have not made it to the championship until this year. To bad I didn’t help them get here. The Smoove twins Chris and Jrue have played outstanding Trevon and Andre were playing good as well but Robert and Tyron weren 't playing that good so we needed one more good guy to make this team great...
“If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here,” Vince Lombardi. To me, this is the definition of the NFL playoffs. This is why I think 8 teams from each conference should be in the playoffs. I know some people like the playoffs the way they are, and others don’t really care, but I think the playoffs should expand. Expansion would mean more games in a season, allow more money for some teams and the league, and it wouldn’t be the same teams in the playoffs.
Jordan has another amazing record when he scored 63 points against the Boston Celtics in 1986. Jordan’s success in the finals and post-season was an amazing feat that’ll probably never come close to being accomplished ever again (Zachmo Marsupalami.) When focusing on the post season performances between the two