After spending 8 years with the Celtics, Rondo has since been with a new team in each offseason. He has been with the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans last season and now with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, $9 million contract.
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This year’s NBA offseason was definitely one for the ages. With a number of blockbuster trades, free agency signings, and a promising draft class, the NBA will look drastically different this upcoming season. As the offseason comes to a close, let’s take a look at a few of this summer’s winners and losers.
We’re down to the final two. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Can anyone really say that they're surprised though? It’s still quite apparent that no one can pose even a minute threat to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference, and in the Western Conference the Warriors trounced all their opponents and managed to go undefeated in the playoffs on their way to the Finals. For both teams now, this makes three straight finals appearances. As much as each side tries to downplay it, this matchup has become the NBA’s most significant rivalry since the short lived Celtics-Heat rivalry - and it may even be approaching the level the old school Lakers-Celtics rivalry.
By what metrics should we determine who should win the NBA MVP? By definition, MVP stands for Most Valuable Player, however, everyone seems to have their own subjective criteria as to who best fits that title. Is the MVP the leading scorer in the league? The most clutch player in the final minutes of the game? The best player on the best team? Or simply the player who has the best overall statistics?
Remember the old adage, “you can’t coach height?” Well, for the past few decades in the NBA the old saying has definitely rang true. After painfully watching the likes of All-Star Centers like Dwight Howard, Shaquille O’Neal, and DeAndre Jordan struggle to hit a free-throw - not to mention those grueling periods when teams employ the “hack-a-Shaq” method - or even attempt a post move other than a drop step to a dunk, it seems like it has been a forgone conclusion that NBA Center’s have lacked skill.
The Los Angeles Clippers introduced Chuck the Condor two weeks ago as their new mascot, and let’s say whoever came up with that idea probably won’t a job for very much longer. After receiving mainly negative reviews from their fans and others around the league, one hip-hop star has said he’s willing to help the Clippers out...
The explosion of these daily fantasy leagues came after Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of 2006 to clamp down on online poker. At the same time the lawmakers carved out specific exemptions for fantasy sports leagues and horse racing. Given the tremendous growth of the industry and some recently revealed practices, this exemption is now being questioned.
To the credit of the NCAA, the quality of competition in college sports has been improving. Not only have there been perennial Cinderella teams in the March madness basketball tournament, but there has also been a significant decrease in the competition gap between larger and smaller schools. The NCAA, however, has opposed changes that would benefit and more fairly compensate student athletes. While many receive athletic scholarships that provide a free education, not all are blessed with this opportunity.
We all do it. Come on, be honest. Wait, let me take that back. At least the majority of my friends and I do, and it’s far from just a mere guilty pleasure. Fantasy sports (and especially fantasy football) is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. The television station FX even created an extremely popular show, “The League”, centered around a group of friends and the insane lengths to which they go, despite their real life jobs and family commitments, in order to win the fantasy football league championship. So how does fantasy football work?