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Old School Is New Again in the NBA

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The NBA is going Old School again. With the dawning era of the “Big 3”, both in Boston and Miami, the team concept was lost. Things are changing.

The Indiana Pacers are an old fashioned NBA team. There are no superstars. There are players that are becoming household names (Hibbert, George, Stevenson) mainly due to their performance in the postseason. While they are making a name for themselves, the true story is the old one. The team concept.

Across the floor is the vaunted Big 3 v 2.0. James, Wade, Bosh. While Bosh is definitely above average, he is no superstar. Wade once carries the Heat on his shoulders, but injuries seem to prevent him from optimal performance. James, and this is hard to say for a Cleveland Cavalier fan, is THE best player in the league. He is the Superman of the Justice League. He is the leader and clutch player that people expected him to be over a decade ago.

But the Big 3 is NOT the Justice League that it once was. They now depend on performances from the Birdman, Haslam, Chalmers.

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The 2013 WNBA Draft Selections

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Last night, while we all all sat stunned by the horrific events that took place during the Boston Marathon, our society showed how resilient it is by once again not letting an act of violence stop us from moving forward.

Like many of you, I was distracted last night and forgot to watch the 2013 WNBA Draft, but it went on, as we all do. As was predicted, the Phoenix Mercury selected the 6′ 8″ center out of Baylor, Brittney Griner. The rest of the draft went like this:

2013 WNBA DRAFT

ROUND 1
1 Phoenix Mercury (7-27), Brittney Griner
2 Chicago Sky (14-20), Elena Delle Donne
3 Tulsa Shock (9-25), Skylar Diggins
4 Washington Mystics (5-29), Tayler Hill
5 New York Liberty (15-19), Kelsey Bone
6 Seattle Storm (16-18), Tianna Hawkins
7 New York Liberty (15-19), Toni Young
8 San Antonio Silver Stars (21-13), Kayla Alexander
9 Indiana Fever (22-12), Layshia Clarendon
10 Los Angeles Sparks (24-10), A’dia Matthies
11 Connecticut Sun (25-9), Kelly Faris
12 Minnesota Lynx (27-7), Lindsey Moore

ROUND 2

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Brittney Griner Has a Real Shot at the NBA

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Soon Brittney Griner could be a Maverick in more than one sense of the word.

Dallas Maverick’s owner, Mark Cuban, has come out publicly and said that if Griner were the best player available on the board he would draft her. Griner has expressed interest.

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Ware’s Horrific Injury Extremely Rare

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It was one of those plays that, if you saw it live on television, you wished you hadn’t seen it.

Louisville guard Kevin Ware leapt up to defend a 3-point shot against Duke’s Tyler Thornton midway through the first half in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region final on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

He came down; his leg shattered in a way that is too horrific to describe.

Players on the Louisville bench screamed. There were reports some were physically ill. Several – including star Peyton Siva – were sobbing on the court. Read more…

Pat Summitt: A Champion of Courage

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Pat Summitt. Her name is synonomous with women’s college basketball. She is women’s college basketball. And she is suffering from early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

We tend to place our sports heroes up on a shelf. A really, really high one. And, though we expect some of them to do incredibly stupid things like beat up their girlfriends or drive drunk wearing a Telly Tubbies costume, one thing we don’t expect is for them to get sick. It’s just too human. And our sports heroes are, well, something other than human. Read more…