A few weeks ago, NBA Hall-of-Fame member Karl Malone shocked the NBA world by not naming Michael Jordan to his all-time starting lineup. Following not naming Jordan to his lineup, Malone said that people should concentrate on naming their all-time roster and not their idealistic starting lineup. With that said, I've decided to take the Mailman's advice and go a step further. Throughout the next few weeks, I'm going to name my all time NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB rosters.
My grandmother likes to tell a story. As a kid, my father used to practice wrestling moves, imagining himself as a professional wrestler. Considering my father was a good high school athlete and wrestling was a grunge, near underground sport in the 1970s, he can't have felt too far off.
After a protracted standoff, the Giants and Victor Cruz recently have finally come to a deal, with Cruz signing his $2.879 million tender. Now, Cruz can at least show up to camp, after skipping the entire offseason program.
The NBA Draft may lack the NFL draft's panache but it is the most important draft in pro sports. Why? Because the NBA has collective-bargained itself into a knot; there are very few ways of adding real new talent in the league and almost no flexibility to make significant trades. So, who are the top five game-changing players in this draft?
The smiles on the faces are all the same. Age means nothing. From the little guy holding his first trophy after a season of pee-wee league baseball to the professional athlete wielding the NBA Championship Trophy over his head, the smiles say it all. Even highly paid professionals that have won trophies for most of their lives can point to one from years ago and reminisce on its meaning.
This shall be the second to the last of our series on NBA teams, and in here we take a look at the Utah Jazz, whose rather peculiar team name can be explained by the fact they started out in New Orleans in 1974. The team shall be playing its 40th season in 2013-14, and while they got left out of the playoff hunt in 2012-13, a return to the postseason shouldn't be farfetched provided the Jazz make the right moves.
With the Fantasy season over several weeks ago and with the Playoffs approaching their end in a few days, now it's the right time to have a look to the rookie players of the last season and break down their efficiency and general performance. Which of those met our expectations and proved out to be solid picks for fantasy teams? Which ones over delivered and which provided less?
For the first time in NBA history, the league maintained the same number of teams and none of these teams moved to another city in the next season. It also marked the continuation of the Minneapolis Lakers' dynasty, as the George Mikan-led team finished with the league's best record and won the NBA Championship in the postseason. Yet the NBA remained far behind in popularity to the college game; the pro game was still slow, especially in fourth quarters where teams would stall to protect their leads and new rules on fouls and free throws did little to curb excessive fouling. Indeed, it would be a couple more years before the NBA would "move into the 20th century", but for now, it was the Lakers and George Mikan's NBA, and it wasn't always exciting.
All the coverage on positional battles this offseason seems to revolve around the quarterback position – will it be Sanchez or Smith in New York, will Matt Flynn hold onto the starting job in Oakland, is EJ Manuel ready for prime time. But it turns out other positions also have battles – I know, I'm as shocked as you are. It's not always the teams at the bottom of the standings, either – even good teams are struggling in OTAs, trying to figure out who will replace key starters at key positions.
This week, the NFL mourned the passing of a true legend of the game. The first-ballot Hall of Famer, Los Angeles Ram legend – the man who came up with the word "sack" to describe his relentless pursuit of quarterbacks. Deacon Jones died in his home Monday night, from natural causes. He was 72 years old.
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