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Basketball: The NCAA Backpedals From Earlier Rule Change Requirement of an Agent Having to Have a Bachelors Degree.

Basketball:  The NCAA Backpedals From Earlier Rule Change Requirement of an Agent Having to Have a Bachelors Degree.

In a shocking turn of events, the NCAA has decided to amend one of their recent rule changes govern agents. A bachelor’s degree will no longer be a requirement for an agent to represent underclassmen testing the draft process. As long as the agent is certified by the NBPA. 

Basketball: NCAA Rich Paul Rule?

Basketball: NCAA Rich Paul Rule?

The NCAA announced for no foreseen reason that it will be changing the criteria that an agent must possess to represent an underclassman who wants to test the draft waters. 

In 2018 the NCAA already changed the rule allowing for underclassmen to hire an agent and test the waters without ruining their eligibility. 

Basketball: Opening Night Season 3 for the Big 3

Basketball: Opening Night Season 3 for the Big 3

Little Caesars Arena in Detroit was the site for the opening night of the Ice Cube’s Big 3 three on three basketball league. The league is starting to really gain momentum, and Season 3 is touted to be the best so far. Several big-name former NBA players will be joining the league this year. Gilbert Arenas,  Jason Terry, Lamar Odom, Josh Smith, Will Bynum, Anthony Morrow, and Mario Chalmers just to name a few. 

NBA Basketball: Five Star Recruit R.J. Hampton Bypasses the Sham NCAA

NBA Basketball: Five Star Recruit R.J. Hampton Bypasses the Sham NCAA

Five Star recruit R.J. Hampton appeared on the ESPN morning show “Get Up” to discuss his basketball future, but what came next shocked the basketball world. Hampton announced that he would bypass college and would be signing a professional contract with the New Zealand Breakers, of the NBL. The Australian league has become a well respected league in recent years with players like Andrew Bogut of the Warriors, Terrance Ferguson of the Oklahoma City Thunder both playing in the league. Ferguson passed on college as well and elected to play in the league.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Another First Round Exit for the Thunder, so now what?

Oklahoma City Thunder: Another First Round Exit for the Thunder, so now what?

On Tuesday night the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their third straight first round playoff series loss. Damian Lillard was able to knock down a contested 37 foot shot, sidestepping past Paul George and Russell Westbrook into the second round. As soon as the buzzer sounded the questions immediately started swirl around the Thunder locker room. Is Russell Westbrook at the end of his prime, and on the decline? Does Westbrook have the worst contract in the NBA? Can you win a championship with Russell Westbrook? Is it time that the Thunder turn the page and move on from Billy Donovan?

NBA Draft 2019: Ja Morant should be the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft

NBA Draft 2019: Ja Morant should be the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft

When the NBA Draft takes place this coming join Ja Morant name should be called first as the number one pick in this year’s draft. Morant just finished an impressive sophomore campaign averaging 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 10 assists which led the nation. He won the Bob Cousy award, which recognizes college basketball’s best point guard. He also was named a consensus first All-American, and the Ohio Valley Player of the Year.

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Why Giannis is the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Why Giannis is the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year

The 2018-2019 has been a season to remember for Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks have finished with the NBA’s best record and he is a part of the most closely contested MVP race in recent memory. Giannis has a legit chance to also win Defensive Player of the Year as well something that has not been done since 1987-1988 season when Michael Jordan achieved this great feat.

Los Angles Lakers: The Rest of This Season Ultimately Will Define LeBron James's Legacy as a Member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angles Lakers: The Rest of This Season Ultimately Will Define LeBron James's Legacy as a Member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The All-Star break is now in the books and the second half of the season is set to resume Thursday. If the playoffs started today the Lakers who are currently 10th in the western conference would find them out of the playoff picture. The final 25 games of the season will ultimately define LeBron’s Legacy as a Laker. 

 

New York Knicks: Knicks For Sale and How this Affects Free Agency.

New York Knicks: Knicks For Sale and How this Affects Free Agency.

The New York Knicks one of the original iconic organizations in the NBA maybe for sale. On the ”Bill Simmons Podcast,” Bill Simmons stated to his co-host Ryen Russillo that he had heard that the Knicks owner James Dolan is finally willing to sale the New York Knicks. According to Simmons, he wants to keep the iconic Madison Square Garden and continue to renovate and improve the facility for concerts and other events. 

Philadelphia 76ers: Harris Trade shows ”Elton Brand is the *Right Brand for the Sixers”

Philadelphia 76ers: Harris Trade shows ”Elton Brand is the *Right Brand for the Sixers”

After the dust settled from the weird Bryan Colangelo social media scandal there Elton Brand stood as the new General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brand had no front office experience and was brought into the organization as a player/consultant. Now he would be entrusted to run an organization post-Sam Heinke's “The Process “. 

Sacramento Kings: ”The “Fox” *Dominates The “Ball”

Sacramento Kings: ”The “Fox” *Dominates The “Ball”

Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox’s careers will forever be linked together. Both are apart of the 2017 draft class. Ball was drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers and Fox was taken fifth by the Sacramento Kings. Fox has flourished in is the second year with the Kings averaging 17.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 7.2 assists. He is shooting 46% from the field, 36% from three, and 72% from the free throw line. Ball has been up and down with his play. Averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. He’s shooting 40% from the field, 32% From three, and 41% from the free throw line. No that is not a typo Ball has one of the worst free throw percentages in league history. 


James Harden: The New Age Samson

James Harden: The New Age Samson

I know all my millennials are reading the title of the article and asking themselves who is Samson? Samson was one of the strongest men in the Bible. He could not be defeated and he drew his strength from his long uncut hair. In the biblical story, Samson was seduced by a beautiful woman named Delilah. She was able to cut Samson hair off while he was sleeping. Samson lost all his strength as a result of the deception. James Harden's high level of play this season reminds me of Samson. Up to this point, very few defenders and defenses have been able to slow Harden's onslaught down. That’s why I’m convinced the only way to stop Harden is to cut off his beard.

Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic “The Joker” The Best Center in the NBA is No Laughing Matter

Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic “The Joker” The Best Center in the NBA is No Laughing Matter

If I told you to guess the player was averaging 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 7.7 assists who would your guess be? You would probably guess Russell Westbrook or Ben Simmons and your guess would be wrong. Those stats belong to none other than Nikola Jokic the starting center for the Denver Nuggets. The big man from Serbia is having an MVP caliber season. His outstanding play has him in line to make his first All-Star team, and the Nuggets currently sit second in the tough western conference. 

New Orleans Pelicans: Jahlil Okafor Making it Look Easy ReBorn in the “Big Easy”

New Orleans Pelicans: Jahlil Okafor  Making it Look Easy ReBorn in the “Big Easy”

Jahlil Okafor has been reborn in the “Big Easy”. The former number three pick of the 2015 draft and castoff of Philadelphia’s process has been a breath of fresh air for the Pelicans. In his last five games, he is averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds per game while shooting 74% from the field.