Late last week, I posted my thoughts on the NBA season thus far. And then, the Lakers played San Antonio and Golden State. Kobe Bryant scored a total of 53 points–and 44 of them came at the hands of the Warriors. The other nine came during a “historically bad” day for Bryant against the Spurs, where he shot 1-for-14. All in all, the Lakers now own a record of three wins versus nine losses. No one knows when the other shoe will fall, but it’s going to be soon. And it’s going to be ugly.
Speed on the Beat here with a few thoughts on the NBA season thus far. I know, we’re only a few weeks into the season, but so far, it’s been pretty topsy-turvy. For starters, it looks like my predictions of the Wizards, Raptors, and Warriors surprising people are coming to fruition. I won’t take the price home just yet, since we’ve got a long season ahead of us. But, let’s bring up a few talking points to take home for the past few weeks.
Sorry for the wait (thank you Tunechi), but your (hopefully) favorite sports/video game nerd has returned with his thoughts on the upcoming NBA season. If you remember back to the beginning of the year, my first post highlighted some of the most surprising teams of the 13-14 NBA season (including my home-region Wizards, who did pretty well for themselves), and I predicted the Spurs to win last season. So, I’m not just talking for the sake of padding my post stats.
But, enough of that foolishness, let’s get into some predictions!
Stick with me here, since I know this is a bit off-the-wall. For those unaware, Johnny Manziel is a rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL. He started his career with Texas A&M, amassing a slew of records and awards. He is also affiliated with OVO and TOPSZN. Drake’s even immortalized the guy in the cover art for “Draft Day” (along with his custom-made sweatshirt). But, is greatness destined for the man they call “Johnny Football?” I’ve gone back and reevaluated his play and have come up with the following:
Manziel is a smaller-than-average quarterback (about six-feet-tall and about 210 pounds) who’s quick on his feet. He’s playing on a team that has a set starter in Brian Hoyer at the moment. However, as we saw last week against Baltimore, Cleveland’s not afraid to showcase Manziel in other ways. Yes, the play was illegal, but it was still awesome–even for a Ravens fan like myself. (more…)
After my last post on the Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier fight’s postponement, I’ve been asked by a couple of people (artists, friends, and so on) my thoughts on Floyd Mayweather. And now that he’s defeated Marcos Maidana for a second time and is now undefeated in 47 fights, I’ve got to ask “what now?” This is strictly from a sports-centric standpoint with a bit of hip-hop interspersed, so views on Mr. Mayweather’s personal life aren’t going to be discussed here (that’s for my personal blog and such forth).
People are starting to lose interest in him, bettors more so because it’s almost a foregone conclusion he’s going to win. Fans are still plentiful and powerful, with Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Justin Bieber standing with Floyd. (more…)
In what may be the biggest news out of the UFC since Chael Sonnen’s, the fight between Jon “Bones” Jones and Daniel Cormier has been moved from the upcoming UFC 178 PPV due to a leg injury Jones sustained recently. This move has shaken up the MMA world as Jones vs. Cormier was slated to be one of the biggest fights in recent memory. Between their SportsCenter arguments and their skirmish at a media day event, Jones vs. Cormier has all but dominated the MMA headlines.
It seems like LeBron James gets all the luck these days when it comes to teammates. First, he took his talents to South Beach and teamed up with the equivalent of an 82-game-a-year Dream Team. Today, there are reports indicating that LeBron’s new (read: original, but revamped) team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have (all but) completed a deal to bring in center/power forward Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Love, one of the most statistically-sound centers in basketball, is coming off a career year. He averaged a double-double, but the ‘Wolves ended last season with a 40-42 record. When this trade is finalized, the Cavs become the de facto team to beat this upcoming season (not named San Antonio). To make this happen, the Cavs are reported to trade two Torontonian basketball sensations (Last year’s number-one-pick Anthony Bennett and this year’s number-one Andrew Wiggins). There’s a moratorium in the NBA which prevents Wiggins from being traded right now; players can’t be traded within the first thirty days of signing a new contract (unless we’re talking sign-and-trades, but that’s something different). However, since no one really knew of Love’s love of Cleveland until recently…well, you see where I’m going.
With Drake set to host the ESPY Awards July 17th (9PM EST), the official promo video for the night has been released. Take a sneak peek at what’s happened in the past year in the world of sports, and get ready for the excitement to pour over into the night. (more…)