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  • Duke 2017 National Champs? December 12, 2016

    The college basketball season is still very early and I haven’t seen all the Top 20 Teams play, but Duke is as experienced and talented as any team I have seen in years.  Grayson AllenNo other college team has the 1-2 scoring punch of Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard!  Those guys can rain 3’s, get to the rim and shoot free throws.  Allen is a little more athletic and plays with a chip on his shoulder, but man I like Kennard’s game.  Rounding out Coach K’s current “Big 3″ is Amile Jefferson.  The 6’9” Jefferson is a double double machine and seems to make all the right decisions of when to score and when to pass that many big guys struggle with.  He is playing his way into an NBA opportunity as a role player.  He was trending in this direction last season, averaging a double-double in Duke’s first nine games before suffering a right foot fracture on Dec. 12.  His absence decimated an already thin frontcourt, and while he may have been able to come back for the NCAA tournament, Duke not going that route made him eligible for a medical redshirt so he could come back for 2016-17. In turn, his play has prevented coach Mike Krzyzewski from having to rush his freshmen onto the court. Continue reading →

  • NBA MVP Race is Over! November 1, 2016

    Usually it takes at least 40 basketball games to decide who is in position to win the NBA’s MVP.  This year it has taken 3 games and really the writing was on the wall all off-season.  Russell Westbrook is your 2016-17 Most Valuable Player.  He has the talent, motivation and team makeup to make it happen.   His stats thus far (not maintainable) are 38.7 ppg, 12.3 rpg and 11.7 apg — WOW!!!  He is the best athlete in the league and has been for a number of years.  With all this being said, please understand – I am really not a Westbrook fan!  I just want to share some knowledge on how many things go into basketball results!

    westbrookWestbrook’s motivation is a big part of this and that is all generated by his want to show the world that he is a better player than Kevin Durant, who left to join the Warriors.  The truth is that Westbrook isn’t as good as KD and never will be.  A true measure of a player is how much positive effect he has on his team winning games and eventually winning championships.  Westbrook is capable of doing anything he puts his mind to, but his selfish streaks and zero “point guard mindset” is what has prevented OKC from taking the next step to make it to the finals or win it the 1 year they did make it.  Durant is taking alot of flack for joining the already established Warriors and he deserves it.  However, it is his disdain for Westbrook’s selfish play that made him fantasize about being a part of a team that shares the ball freely and the open man takes the shot – everytime! Continue reading →

  • So you THINK you KNOW SPORTS? September 7, 2016

    You’ve played sports at a high level, you research the stats daily and you watch ESPN every-time you get the chance!  Anytime you get in a discussion about last weekends games you give a clinic to your peers on why it happened and what will happen next!!  Now you have an opportunity to show off that incredible amount of Sports Knowledge!  There is a FREE APP United-Games-Independent-Affiliatecoming that will be the biggest and best of all time and it is perfect for you!  You will be able to compete against your friends on a play by play basis to see who knows the game.  Points will be tallied live based on your predictions and prizes will be awarded!  Most importantly you will be able to spank your friends and talk mad trash about it!!!

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  • GAME 7 NBA FINALS – What to expect! June 19, 2016

    game 7This is it!  All the marbles are on the line tonight.  Tip Off is in just 30 minutes.  Either the Warriors or Cavs will be WORLD CHAMPS and the other will forever feel like they absolutely gave it away.  Career legacies will be defined by what happens tonight.  All of us “Basketball Lifers” will be hanging on every call.  So what should we expect?  Here are a few things that you shouldn’t be surprised by. Continue reading →

  • How much did GS miss Draymond? June 14, 2016

    1st off – full disclosure – I am pulling for Lebron and the Cavs in the Finals.  However, I will tell you the truth that neither basketball team was willing to say post draymondgame last night.  The GSW missed Draymond Green a ton in every phase of the game.  They might be swept if they were to play this series without him.  He is GS’s most valuable player!!!  Don’t get confused.  I am not saying that he is a better player than Steph and Klay.  Especially not on offense.  However, in the literal meaning of the phrase MVP – Green is exactly that for the Warriors.  Let’s break down some of those phases and why he is so important to their success in each: Continue reading →

  • NBA Finals – What’s Next? June 7, 2016

    cavs struggleAnyone who watched the 1st 2 games of the 2016 Finals has the feeling that this thing is done!  GS showed much more skill combined with much more fight and “want to”!  It was an embarrassing performance by the Cavs to include Lebron James and the other 2 parts of the “Big Three”.  Let’s add Head Coach Tyronn Lue in that group as well.  This 33 point loss was 2 days after losing Game 1 of the World Championship series.

     

    If the Cavs are under the mindset that they will just win the next 2 at home and reset the series with 3 games to thompsongo — they are done.  That would work against many teams and has been the theme so far in this year’s playoffs.  The error in that thinking is that this is against the SPLASH BROTHERS.  They will steal a game when you least expect it.  Not to mention they are almost unbeatable at home.  See best regular season record in NBA history.  To win a World Championship, you need to fight to win every possession like it is the last 24 seconds of Game 7.  In the game of basketball, you not only win a game to win a game — you win every possession to take away any chance of hope from your opponent.  You impose your will on them until they are ready to “go fishing”!

     

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  • NBA FINALS POLL – HOOPS KNOWLEDGE KING OF JUNE! June 1, 2016

    finals logoWe all claim to have Hoops Knowledge.  Well now let’s see who really does.  The HoopsKnowledge.com NBA FINALS POLL is here.  Share this with your friends and social media peeps!  See rules of this poll and what the winner or winners will enjoy below.

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    Bragging rights – Earn a blog written about them and tagged to their social media site.  This will include a picture of them (if they want it) and a paragraph written by them on how they have this incredible basketball knowledge (if they want to)!

    Rules of this Poll:

    You must have your 1 vote in before tip-off on Thursday night.  You also have to have commented on this post listing your vote and MVP.  Finally, you have to be a subscriber to this site (IT’S FREE).  You will just see an occasional email when a post is published and you can unsubscribe after The Finals ends if you would like to.

    Who will win the NBA Finals (must subscribe & add vote and MVP in comments below)?
  • Game 7 Preview – NBA WCF May 30, 2016

    These NBA TV guys are previewing Game 7, but are missing 2 incredible points that have to be emphasized:klay

    1.  This will be a tremendous game!  I hyped up Game 6 due to the Warriors facing elimination on a basketball court that they were blown out on in Games 3 and 4.  Game 6 surely lived up to that hype.  It was an amazing game!!!  But Game 7 is going to be just as fun.  Oracle Arena has a rocking crowd even when it isn’t a Game 7 to go back to the NBA Finals.  They will be going berserk tonight!!!
    2.  Klay Thompson’s individual performance in Game 6 was absolutely amazing.  If this were Steph or KD, the national media would be saying they are now the best player on the planet.  Klay almost single handedly won that game for GS.  The 3’s he was hitting were incredible.  His feet often weren’t even set, the defense was on him tight and he was releasing the shot without any time or preparation.  The result – bottoms!!!

    Can’t wait for Game 7 tonight!!!  Don’t miss it.

  • WCF Game 6 NBA: GS 48 vs OKC 53 May 28, 2016

    adamsWCF NBA: GS 48 vs OKC 53 http://espn.go.com/nba/gamecast?gameId=400876755
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    GSW only down by 5 at halftime – That is a big win!  This basketball game is going to the wire and I am expecting a Warrior’s win!  As good of a job as Billy Donovan has done with this group, I’m seeing some of the old selfish and negative habits of OKC creeping back in.  Curry and Thompson are primed to catch fire at some point in the 2nd Half.  Man this is a fun basketball game to watch!  I want 1 more!!!

  • Is it Over? OKC is going to the Finals! May 25, 2016

    Not quite.  Keep in mind how differently NBA teams play at home in the playoffs.  The player confidence, energy from the crowd and possibly calls from the officialswest conf finals all seem to migrate towards the home team’s benefit!  The Warriors have 2 of the final 3 games at home and are up against a 3-1 deficit.  I predict a GS win in Game 5 in Oakland and then a “Game of the Year” back in OKC for Game 6.  Nothing that I saw in Games 3 & 4 has me confident that GS can pull off a win in OKC, but we are talking about the defending champs and the often inconsistent Thunder. Continue reading →