Wild Idea

So people have started talking about where the Warriors stand as far as best teams in NBA history goes. I can tell you this. It’s impossible to compare teams or players from different eras of basketball. The game changes so much as far as rules and style of play that it’s impossible to know how a team or player would fair at different points in history. The Warriors are the best right now. Deal with that and enjoy watching their incredible run at the top. 

Next on the docket. Dear ucla basketball fans. Help is on the way. We know that. This year may be a little tough to stomach but we should have everyone returning next year and bring in a lot of talent next season.  I ask you one thing, please do one thing for me. Start showing up to games again. The home attendance is abysmal and I’m tired of ESPN commentators talking so much shit on us. Ugh. 

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Upsets Aplenty

I think the college basketball world is going to see tons of upsets this year. It happens every year, but I expect to see even more this year.

I look at the list of top teams and I don’t see how any of those teams doesn’t lose at least 3 or 4 games this year. Even the mighty Kentucky looks vulnerable and has to see wonder kid Ben Simmons twice this year

This season could be one of the best in terms of parity that we have seen in a long time.  There just isn’t a clear cut best team in the country. Plenty of really good teams but not one great one out there. 

That’s what’s bound to happen when you have so much turnover on the top teams every year. The one-n-done rule has made it possible for teams to hit rough patches due to lack of performance from all their freshman. 

I still think that rule should be amended, but hey that’s just me. In the meantime lets just enjoy what seems to be another amazing season of CBB and get ready for a tourney filled with potential. 


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Rough Start

So the Lakers have already been a huge disappointment for me this season.  They have played decently, but have folded in the 4th quarter as Byron Scott has tried just about anything to get production down the stretch.  That used to be Kobe time, but he looks about as fresh as 6 month old milk in the 4th.

What’s worse is UCLA basketball had their first game friday night and of course decided to not show up.  They lost in overtime to Monmouth.  UCLA had 23 turnovers against a team that most likely won’t even sniff tournament play come March.  That’s embarrassing for a team that should be pushing to be in the Top 25.  Especially when you consider that guard play should be there strong point.

ON top of that, UCLA football has a chance to keep pace in the PAC-12 south and try to sneak it’s way into a playoff position, ok well at least the Rose Bowl and they go out and lose to Washington State.  Not good folks.

It was a tough weekend for me and my sports teams.  Hopefully UCL A hoops can bounce back against Cal Poly tonight and restore some pride in the program.

Go Bruins!

Go Lakers!

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The First Two Weeks

We are roughly two weeks into the NBA season and what have we learned so far?

Steph Curry is building a strong early case for MVP… Again… And his Warriors look awfully tough to beat.  This might be the strongest chance to see a back to back winner since the last Lakers title teams.

Speaking of the Lakers, they are awful.  And I don’t mean bad, I mean awful.  They have looked like a completely overmatched team in every game this season and somehow they have one win.  The young guns look like they could be legit, but consistency will be key.  Also, they need to win some games just so the atmosphere changes a bit.

Andre Drummond is out of his mind.  Almost 20 boards a night… Incredible.  The Pistons actually look like a playoff team and Drummond should lead them there.

Russell Westbrook is a flat out angry basketball player.  Demarcus Cousins is just angry.  That’s the difference between being an All-Star and being a superstar like Westbrook.  Cousins has the talent, but his stupidity will keep him from every reaching that mammoth potential.

Free-Agency will be the talk of the season and it will definitely impact the trade deadline.  Expect one or two big names to be moved just so some of the smaller market teams don’t completely lose out on everything.

The East is bad… The West is brutal… Just ask the Memphis Grizzlies who have lost 6 games by a combined 127 points.  5 of those losses are to West teams.  They are 2-1 against the East.

The season is underway and it’s going to be a long one, but the main thing is that it will be very exciting and I can’t wait to see what happens with some of these young studs coming up… Looking at you Andrew Wiggins.

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Time To Make Your Bets

If you plan on making a bet right now on who will win the NBA title this year, you better get to it.  Vegas has the Lakers going off at 300-1.  Those are not great odds, but that doesn’t mean that you will be the only one betting on them.  Apparently they are currently the most popularly betted team.


I haven’t the slightest clue.

It makes absolutely no sense, but Laker fans know that no matter what this string of bad years is bound to end quickly.  The last time we were even half this bad there was a mid-season trade for Pau Gasol and we won two titles shortly after that.

The Lakers have assets and tons of creativity to make big trades happen.  So, who do we go after?

I won’t speculate on that right now, but I say go out there and make those bets now.

Go Lakers!

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Monday Morning Blues

It’s Monday morning and everybody is heading back to work and can’t wait for the weekend again.  But, This is the last Monday of the next 5 months or so that won’t have basketball playing.  The NBA season starts tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited.

Let’s do some quick power rankings of every team in the NBA.  Going to separate them into some categories here.

The Just plain bad… Knicks, Nets, Sixers, Nuggets, Trailblazers, Timberwolves

The maybe next years… Lakers, Magic, Hornets, Kings, Suns, Pistons, Mavericks

The cusp of a playoff win… Pelicans, Heat, Pacers, Raptors, Celtics, Bucks, Jazz, Raptors

The second tier… Bulls, Grizzlies, Hawks, Wizards, Rockets

The ACTUAL title contenders… Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Cavaliers, Thunder

If your team is to jump into the next category they will have to make one thing happen.  Have some consistency.  Too many of the teams that want to make a jump have young players or guys who haven’t been there before and aren’t consistent enough to win.

The Lakers are my team and I will be a fan no matter what, but they aren’t likely to make the playoffs this year unless Kobe and the young guns play out of their minds.

I think the West playoffs will be brutal.  There are at least 6 teams that could legitimately win the West.  That’s insane if you think about it.  The Warriors will still be tough, but they won’t have a cake walk to the finals.  Whereas the Cavaliers will have just that in the East.  I look for the Bulls or Wizards to be the only possible threats to the Cavs.

At the end of the year I think it will be the Spurs and Cavaliers in the finals.  Spurs winning in 7.  Anthony Davis wins MVP.  Quinn Snyder wins coach of the year.  Kobe Bryant wins comeback player of the year.  Jahlil Okafor wins rookie of the year.  There it is.  Mark it all down.

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I won’t be doing a lot of writing about the footballs, but I will try to keep myself up to date with what’s going on. 

College football Saturday sees absolutely no major games. Only one will feature ranked opponents and that’s in the SEC and I don’t care about that. 

As far as I’m concerned the best game will be USC v Utah. Utah is most likely the best team in the country at this point. That’s how good they have been. USC has 3 losses, but loads of talent. Utah 30-USC 27

The NFL plays in London again with two teams that are terrible. Should be a terrible watch. Don’t do it. 

Is there anything else really happening this week in the NFL?  Teams trying to stay undefeated?  That’s about it. I guarantee at least one maybe two of those teams lose this week. 

Well that’s all for now. Hello basketball season. 

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