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Lakers Kobe Bryant Pros and Cons at Small Forward

Lakers Kobe Bryant Pros and Cons at Small Forward

Coach Byron Scott said that he envisions Kobe Bryant spending more time at the SF position than playing his natural SG position the following season. While that might be beneficial for both the Lakers and Kobe Bryant, the move caries some risks, but also rewards. Here some of the Pros and Cons of the Los Angeles Lakers playing Bryant at the 3.

Pros of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF

Playing Bryant at SF allows the Lakers to have multiple ball handlers in their lineup. Additionally, they will have a quality player on each position in the starting lineup. If Bryant starts at the 2, the Lakers are left with Ryan Kelly or Nick Young starting at 3. Playing Bryant at SF will also allow the Lakers to start both D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Both can create and initiate offense, and Bryant will be relieved from those duties, something he had to do in the past two seasons.

Playing Bryant at the SF position also allows Bryant to preserve energy on the defensive end, where he won’t have to chase shooting guards through countless of screens. Playing SF also puts Bryant closer to the post, where he is most effective, playing at the elbows and using his footwork and post-game to punish opponents.
The Lakers have tried playing Bryant at the SF previously, in the 2000-2001 season, and in 2012-2013. In both cases, the Lakers had an abundance of players playing at guard positions.

Cons of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF

If Bryant is moved to the small forward position, he becomes the de facto best wing defender the Lakers have. In previous seasons, the Lakers have used a small forward as a designated wing defender to preserve Bryant’s energy for the offensive end. That was the case with Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) and Trevor Ariza. If Bryant plays at the 3, he will have to defend Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James, OKC Thunder Kevin Durant, New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Kawhy Leonard and others. In reality, some of them will spend time at the 4 in small ball lineups, and there are not as many quality small forwards nowadays.

Another downside of playing Lakers Kobe Bryant at SF is that it reduces the Lakers depth. While they will get to have their five best players on the floor at the beginning of the game, they have only Lou Williams and Nick Young to serve as backups to positions 1-3. Not that the Lakers have some better options at the SF position.

Another downside of playing LA Lakers Kobe Bryant at the Small Forward position is that it carries risks for his health. Bryant is not exactly the model for health in recent years, and banging inside with bigger and stronger opponents does carry certain risks.

If the Lakers elect to play Bryant at the 3 more, and give reins of the offense to the young back court, they risk the turnover-prone offense territory. Clarkson and Russell are great young players, but they do not have the experience to run an offense. Russell averaged almost 6 turnovers per game during Summer League, but that is to be expected.

But most importantly, the change could and probably will put Lakers Kobe Bryant in a secondary position. Kobe has served as the de facto unquestioned face of the franchise for so many years, and allowing Clarkson and Russell to run the show might not fare well with his ego.

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Top 5 NBA Point Guards

Ranking the Top 5 NBA Point Guards 2015-2016

Ranking the Top 5 NBA Point Guards

Having a top 5 point guard on your team is the equivalent to having Tom Brady as your quarterback or Corey Crawford as your goalie. The NBA point guard has become the dominating position in the NBA and has more influence on the game outcome than ever before.

The point guard of today’s NBA has to has the ability to not only steal but also has the leadership off and on the court like never before. With numerous factors including points and assists, efficiency, as well as a plus-minus rating here is our list of the Top 5 NBA Point Guards for the 2015-2016 NBA Season.

5. Kyrie Irving – Kyrie Irving is on this list because he is so skilled he’s an amazing shooters especially from 3 point. His handles are amazing and he is very athletic and can really score the basketball. In 4 years in his career his averages are 21 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. He is a 3 time All Star, the 2012 rookie of the year and helped bring the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2015 NBA Finals.



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4. John Wall – The Washington Wizards John Wall is on this list because he’s a great leader, he is very athletic, he has great handles and is a great passer and defender. His career averages were 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 8.7 assists. In 5 seasons he is a 2 time All Star and the 2014 Slam Dunk Champion.

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3. Stephen CurryStephen Curry is on this list because he is a pure superstar. He is the best shooter and 3 point shooter in the league, he’s a great passer and a great defender. His career averages are 20.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. In 6 seasons he was the MVP this past season, he is a 2 time All Star, he is the defending 3 point champion, and he led the Golden State Warriors to there 1st NBA Championship in 40 years.


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2. Russell Westbrook – Russell Westbrook is on this list because is like superman on the basketball court. He is super athletic, a great scorer, can cross you over, a great defender, can pop the mid range jumper all day, he is the definition of a stat sheet stuffer and a triple double machine. His career averages are 21.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.1 assists. In 7 seasons he is a 5 time All Star, was the All Star game MVP this past season, and he helped take the Oklahoma City Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals.


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1. Chris Paul – Chris Paul is on this list because he will always just be the most fierce competitor on the court. LA Clippers Chris Paul is a great shooter, defender, and the best passer in the game and has just a pure skill set and is one of the greatest leaders in the game. His career averages are 18.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 9.9 assists. In 10 seasons he is an 8 time All Star, the 2013 All Star game MVP, and the 2006 rookie of the year giving Chris Paul our #1 in the ranking of the Top 5 NBA Point Guards for the 2015-2016 NBA season.


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Who do you think are the Top 5 NBA Point Guards this upcoming season?

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NBA Attendance: A History

NBA Attendance – A History


NBA was not always the huge crowd-puller that it is today and has been for the last three decades. In the early days of the league, games were played in high school gyms in front of crowds of hundreds or even dozens. Players travelled by buses and trains and they slept in run-down hotels, if fortunate. Do not even get us started on the way African-American players were welcomed, especially in certain parts of the country.

By the early 1970s, things started to look up and NBA was beginning to find its way to popularity that was comparable to that of NFL, NHL and MLB. Still, the crowds were nowhere near as big as those attracted by the other major sports.

In the mid-1980s, things really started happening for NBA and it was all thanks to two players – Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The league knew how to market their rivalry, the glitzy Los Angeles Lakers led by Magic and the blue-collar Boston Celtics led by Bird. When Michael Jordan arrived in 1984, the league exploded and the games started attracting larger and larger crowds. Since then, with only a few dips during a couple of seasons, the attendance of NBA games has been steady and on the rise.

Today, we will be looking at five NBA games with the largest attendance recorded, as well as the game with the lowest recorded attendance in history.

1. 2010 NBA All-Star Game
Some people will argue that an All-Star game does not belong here since it is not a regular season or play-off game, but we say to them that it is still organized by the Association and that it still involved NBA players, the best at the time, moreover. The game was played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it was the 59th All-Star game in NBA history. It was also attended by 108,713, making it the most attended NBA game in history, and by a significant margin. The East won, 141 – 139 and Dwyane Wade was named the MVP.

2. Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks, March 27, 1998
From the early 1970s, Atlanta Hawks played their games at the Omni Coliseum. In mid-1990s, it was decided that a new arena would be built. The Hawks’ 1996-1997 season was the last one they played at Omni. The arena was demolished and works on the new arena began.
The reason we’re telling you all this is because for the next two seasons, Hawks played at Georgia Dome, the home of Atlanta Falcons. And in 1998, more precisely March 27, Hawks hosted Chicago Bulls led by his Airness, Michael Jordan. The game is still the most attended game in the history of NBA regular season and playoff games, with 62,046 people in attendance. Unfortunately for the huge home crowd, Jordan led the Bulls to a victory, 89-74. It wasn’t even close.

3. Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons, Jan. 29, 1988
The next largest crowd at an NBA game was recorded in 1988, when Detroit Pistons hosted their bitter Eastern Conference rivals, Boston Celtics. It was another classic late 1980s Pistons-Celtics game with Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas going at each other. Larry Bird just barely missed a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Thomas did not bring his best game, but the team effort by the Pistons ensured a comfortable 125-108 victory. Number of people attending? 61,983 filling the seats at Pontiac Silverdome.

4. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons, Feb. 14, 1987
Pontiac Silverdome was the venue for the next game on our list, with the crowd of 52,745. This time the visitors were Philadelphia 76ers and the game was played on Valentine’s Day, 1987. For the 76ers, Roy Hinson had 27 points and Tim McCormick had 23. It was not enough to beat Pistons led by Adrian Dantley who scored 35 and Joe Dumars who scored 20. Pistons won, 125-107.

5. Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, April 17, 1990
Minnesota Timberwolves were one of four expansion teams to enter the NBA in the 1989-1990 season and their first year in NBA, they played their home games at the Metrodome, the home of Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. On April 17, 1990, they played the Nuggets in front of the biggest crowd in franchise history – 49,551. Unfortunately for the home crowd, Timberwolves lost, 99-89.

The Smallest Recorded NBA Crowd – San Francisco Warriors vs. Detroit Pistons, March 4, 1965
First of all, we feel we should point out that there is a very clear possibility the game played between San Francisco Warriors (who later became Golden State Warriors) and Detroit Pistons in 1965 was not the NBA game with the smallest crowd. It was, however, the game with the lowest attendance ever recorded. There were exactly 741 people in attendance that night. And it’s not like there weren’t any stars playing that night. Two of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History went against each other – Dave DeBusschere for the home Pistons and Nate Thurmond for Warriors.
It is the perfect example of how much the NBA has grown over the years.

Beyonce Facts

Beyonce Facts: A Few Quick Facts About the Superstar

Beyonce Knowles is arguably the world’s most well-renowned female entertainer. She has captivated audiences with her powerful voice, unparalleled dance moves, and unforgettable lyrics for nearly twenty years, first as a member of the group Destiny’s Child and more recently as a solo artist.

It’s common knowledge that Beyonce is married to Jay-Z, has a daughter named Blue Ivy, and an alter-ego named Sasha Fierce, but did you know these Beyonce Facts?

Here are some Beyonce Facts you might not have known

– Beyonce is the daughter of Matthew and Tina Knowles. Before managing his daughter’s affairs, Matthew worked as a sales manager for the Xerox Corporation, while Tina ran a hair salon, Headliners, in Houston, Texas. Tina would later design the outfits for Destiny’s Child.

– Beyonce is named for her mother’s maiden name, Beyince. She is descended from Acadian revolutionary Joseph Broussard de Beausoleil, who fought the British and helped establish the Acadians in Louisiana. The Acadians would later morph into the Cajuns, the French-speaking South Louisiana group whose cultural influence remains strong to this day.

– Prior to forming Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was a member of a singing group called Girl’s Tyme, a band which also included Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, and LaTavia Robinson, who would later comprise Destiny’s Child.

– Destiny’s Child, which Beyonce formed with her friends from Girl’s Tyme, was named for a passage from the Biblical Book of Isaiah.

– Beyonce’s music video for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” includes “J-Setting”, a style of dance that originated at Jackson State University in Mississippi and became a fixture of pride parades in the southern United States.

– Beyonce has performed her hit song Naughty Girl over 438 times live.

– Beyonce was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston TX.

– She prefers to wear simple t-shirts. If it was her she would wear t-shirts everyday. She loves James Pierce white T-Shirts and has over 100 of them.

– Her first perfume had hints of creamy rice pudding in it. But, did you know this Beyonce Fact? Beyonce has a perfume allergy and all her perfumes have to be chemically altered so she doesn’t break out in hives.

– Beyonce really loves rock music. According to Beyonce Peter Gabriel is her favorite and his “In Your Eyes” is her favorite song.

NBA Season Guide

Welcome To Your NBA Season Guide For 2015-16!

The 2015-16 NBA Season promises to be one of the best in years, with last season’s finalists Warriors and Cavaliers remaining strong (if not stronger) and with some other teams making some great moves in the off-season and on Draft Night. There are going to be battles fought every night and our season guide will be with you all the way.

You’ll be able to find all sorts of insights, stories and news in our guide, all written and updated regularly by people who watch games every night and who have all the stats you will ever need. Our guide will be your one-shop stop for everything that has to do with the 2015-16 NBA Season.

Learn who is playing who, who is on the rise and who is putting up great numbers. Read about the best performances and the best games. Check out our predictions for the playoffs and the title race. Find out who will be making the all-star teams and who will be reaping the awards come the end of the season.

All that and much, much, much more!

Basketball Terms

12 Basketball Terms You Should Definitely Know

If you are just getting into NBA, the language and the terminology can be quite intimidating, especially considering the pace of the game where you cannot blink without missing something. The following 12 terms will be heard during any NBA broadcast and they are the very basics of NBA lingo that you should know.

 

1. Field Goal

A field goal, or ‘fg’ as you will see it in the stats, denotes every attempt at getting the ball into the basket. Every shot, dunk, layup or three point shot is considered to be a field goal (if it is made, of course). Free throws are not field goals. Regardless of whether it gets in, every attempt at a field goal is called a field goal attempt, or ‘fga’ for short.

 

2. Frontcourt/Backcourt

Frontcourt and backcourt are two terms that describe the traditional positions in basketball. Point guards and shooting guards are considered to be backcourt while the small forwards, power forwards and centers are considered to be frontcourt players.

 

3. Fast Break

Fast break is a term used to describe an offensive possession that occurs as a result of the opposing team’s turnover or a quick rebound and outlet pass. For a possession to be considered a fast break, the team that is on the defense cannot have a set defense, meaning that they need to defend on the fly.

 

4. Turnover

Turnover is any action that results in the other team gaining possession of the ball. It can be a result of travelling violation, a steal made by the defending team, going out of bounds or failing to shoot at the basket within the 24 seconds teams are given for each possession.

 

5. Double/Double Double/Triple Double/Quadruple Double

Double is a term that is used when a player gets a double count of any of the statistical categories – points, steals, rebounds, blocks, assists. For a player to record a double double, they need to have more than 10 in any of the aforementioned categories. Triple double is achieved when a player gets 10 in three categories while quadruple double requires double figures in four categories. Quadruple double was recorded only 4 times in the history of the NBA.

 

6. Post-up

Post up (verb – posting up) is an offensive setup where a player, usually a forward or center, receives the ball with his or her back to the basket. The player then uses their offensive post-up skills to create a position for a high-percentage shot or to make a useful pass. Post-up game has become much less frequently used in the last decade or so.

 

7. Pick and Roll

Pick and roll is among the most commonly used offensive plays and it denotes a situation in which one player creates a screen for another player (usually a point guard). The player with the ball can then lose his defender thanks to the screen. P’n’R usually results in the screen-setter’s defender also defending the ball-handler, which often frees up the screen-setter, allowing him or her to “roll” to the basket without worrying about his defender. There are a number of variations where either of the two players gets a relatively undefended shot. If you want to see perfect pick and rolls in action, check out some videos of Stockton and Malone who perfected the play.

 

8. 3-and-D Player

A 3-and-D player is a player who combines high percentage three point shooting and great defensive skills. Such players are usually shooting guards or small forwards and they are becoming more and more useful as the game progresses. They often provide very little besides these two skills, but in today’s basketball, these two skills are enough to make a player very useful.

 

9. Paint

Paint denotes a part of the basketball court that is located near the basket and that is usually painted a different color from the rest of the court. You will also hear that people use the term “key” for this area, while its official name is the free throw lane. Offensive players cannot spend more than three seconds in the opposing team’s paint or else this will result in a turnover.

 

10. Buzzer Beater

In order for a shot to be considered a buzzer beater, the player needs to release the ball before the sound of the buzzer that announces the end of the quarter or the game and the ball needs to fall into the basket after the sound of the buzzer. In essence, the buzzer needs to occur in the time it takes the ball to go from the player’s hand into the basket.

 

11. Sixth Man

The sixth man is an NBA player who is not in the starting lineup but who is considered to be crucial to the success of the team. Many teams purposefully make one of their more useful players a bench player, the sixth man who is supposed to lead the second unit (players who come in to replace the starters at one point in the game).

 

12. Hack a Shaq

Hack a Shaq is a defensive strategy in which the defending team deliberately fouls a player from the opposing team who is notorious for bad free throw shooting. If their percentage is too low, it makes mathematical and statistical sense to foul him and send him to the line instead of defending. The term was coined when teams used this strategy on Shaquille O’Neal who was very bad at shooting free throws. Since then, it has been used on a number of players.

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Where will the 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play?

Predicting where 5 top NBA free agents 2015 will play next year

We are taking Lebron James off the list for a reason. James is likely to resign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the only reason he opted out of his contract is to get more money. But out of the top 5 free agents, three might play for a different team next year. With free agency looming, let’s take a look where they might end up playing.

Marc Gasol

Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and arguably the best free agent on the market. The center just finished his best year, playing at an MVP level and finishing in the top 10 of MVP voting. Gasol is 30 years old and is entering his best years. And while Memphis would love to keep him, there will be plenty of other suitors for the Spaniard. One team that is constantly mentioned as a destination is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs would love to have Gasol, who should replace Tim Duncan and make the transition smoother Timmy’s retirement. Other teams interested are the Knicks, the Blazers, the Mavericks and almost half the league. However, the reality is that Gasol will actually pick between two teams, the Spurs and the Grizzlies. We believe Gasol will sign with the Spurs, since it looks like the Grizzlies have reached their ceiling, and it is not an NBA championship.

Lamarcus Aldridge

Where Gasol signs will have a huge effect on the free agency of Lamarcus Aldridge. Every team that will strike out on Gasol will go for Aldridge, the Spurs included. And unlike Gasol, Aldridge could set up for a number of teams, including the Dallas Mavericks. Going back home to Texas would be a great way for Aldridge to finish his career, since it looks like the Blazers are declining after having two great seasons. If Gasol resigns with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Spurs could also be players for the power forward. But the money is that Aldridge will resign with the Blazers or accept the Dallas Mavericks offer.

Jimmy Butler

Butler is an interesting player. He declined Chicago’s extension last year, and now looks like a genius doing so. He is due for a max contract, but the question is, who will give him? The Bulls can again offer him contract, and even match the one he receives from another team. The Chicago Bulls MUST keep Butler, since he is their best player after Rose. And given Rose’s injury history, the Bulls will need to build around Butler and his growing potential and game. There will be teams like the Knicks, Celtics, Lakers and others that will throw a max contract at Butler, but the safe bet is that the Bulls will match any offer he receives.

Kawhi Leonard

Leonard will be an interesting case, since he is a restricted free agent. The Spurs would prefer if Leonard could wait for a few weeks to sign an offer sheet or resign with the Spurs. This way, the Spurs will have money to pursue free agents like Marc Gasol and Lamarcus Aldridge. In some way, Leonard will impact free agency like no other player. Even Lebron James doesn’t carry such weight this year. If a team offers Leonard max contract, and the Spurs match it, they will be left without cap space to pursue Gasol or Aldridge. This will open the door for other teams to go for the top 2 free agents. The Spurs MUST retain Leonard, since he is their best young player and the future of the franchise. Timing will be everything, but one way or another, Leonard will end up in a Spurs uniform.

Kevin Love

Love wants to be a top 10 player again. That much is certain. After seeing how it looks to be the third or fourth option on a team, the money is that Love will look for a better situation than the one he has in Cleveland. And given the emergence of Tristan Thompson, Love will get fewer minutes next season. That might persuade Love to sign elsewhere, or more precisely, for the Lakers. The Lakers have struck out on big name free agents two summers in a row, and it is time they get a little relief. They are the Los Angeles Lakers after all.

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Trail Blazers Offseason is there a plan B?

For the Portland Trail Blazers offseason, Plan A is to resign Lamarcus Aldridge and then go from there to improve the other positions. However, what happens if Lamarcus Aldridge leaves Portland? Do the Blazers have Plan B? Can they afford to sign other big name players?

Let’s take a look at the Trail Blazers Offseason Situation.

The Cap Space

If Lamarcus Aldridge walks in the Trail Blazers offseason, the Blazers will have around $40 million tied up in cap space. That is assuming they haven’t resigned Wesley Matthews or Robyn Lopez. The $40 million are calculated with the contracts and salary of new players that they acquired: Gerald Henderson and Mason Plumlee. The good news is that Plumlee is still playing on a rookie contract, and the Blazers have a team option for the next two seasons. That makes him extremely cheap and valuable player. Assuming that the cap will be set at somewhere around $67 million or $70 million, the Trail Blazers could have around $30 million in cap space.

A Big Man alternative

If Lamarcus Aldridge walks, and Blazers do not resign their free agents, they will need a replacement for center/power forward since Plumlee can play either position, and small forward. For the Blazers, signing a big man is the priority. The Trail Blazers can go two ways here. The first option is to go for a big name free agent like DeAndre Jordan, someone who has been linked with the Blazers for some time, or sign a cheaper alternative, and pursue a big name small forward. A smart GM, like Neil Olshey is, can probably see that there are number of big men on the market, including Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap, Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Tyson Chandler, Josh Smith, David West, Brandan Wright, Amare, Carlos Boozer, Omer Asik and much more. However, the pool for small forwards and perimeter players is smaller. Therefore, expect the Blazers to pursue a second tier big man if Aldridge leaves during the Trail Blazers offseason, someone like the Pelcians Omer Asik, Indiana Pacers David West or the Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler.

The Wing Position

The biggest problem for the Blazers the past season was Batum was not playing at an All Star level. The Blazers need a wing that can complement Damian Lillard, or someone who can shoot the 3 and defend. There are two free agents that fit that description perfectly. The first one is DeMarre Carroll, who is an unrestricted free agent, and Tobias Harris, a restricted free agent. They probably won’t get in the Jimmy Butler/Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes during the Trail Blazers offseason, but they can take a look at Carroll and Harris.

What if Aldridge resigns?

The question is a valid one, since if Aldridge resigns with the Blazers, the team will have to improve. If Aldridge resigns for the max, his contract for next season will start somewhere between $18 and $20 million. That will leave around $10 million in cap space for the Blazers, a money they must use to sign a replacement for Batum at least and play Plumlee at center. In that case, the Blazers will have to look at players like Danny Green, Gerald Green, Boston Celtics Jae Crowder, Loul Deng and Houston Rockets Corey Brewer. All these players can command somewhere between $6 and $10 million per year.

The Portland Trail Blazers finished last season with a record of 51-31, 1st in NBA Western Conference Northwest Division. LaMarus Aldridge went into the Trail Blazers offseason ranked 7th in NBA players having played 71 games during the season, averaging 35.4 minutes a game with 23.4 points per game average.

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LA Kings Draft Picks 2015

The 2015 Los Angeles Kings Draft has been a productive one for LA. Before the actual LA Kings Draft even began they worked on get a deal done with the Boston Bruins that would send goaltender Martin Jones, defensive prospect Colin Miller and their first round, #13 pick in the draft for forward Milan Lucic. Lucic was originally drafted by the 50th by the Boston Bruins in the 2006 NHL Draft. The “Heavy” power forward totaled 165 goals and 238 assists for the Bruins which was good for 403 total points.

With giving up a their first round #13 pick there were still six selections allotted in the LA Kings Draft.

Here is a look at the LA Kings Draft Picks 2015

ERIK CERNAK
The defenseman was picked in the 2nd round, 43rd in the overall NHL draft and brings to the LA Kings excellent reach and strength. Cernak is known for being brilliant defensively especially in front of his own net. While he will need to work and improve on his skating ability he is a physical player who doesn’t take a lot of penalties.

ALEXANDER DERGACHYOV
The 6’4 200 pound Dergachyov brings an extremely high level of both skill and intelligence to the LA Kings. Dergachyov has great puckhandling skills as well as soft hands and a very keen awareness of teammates positions on the ice at all times. The gritty grinder will bring his role as a scorer with all the technical skills to be successful with the LA Kings Lines.

AUSTIN WAGNER
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 4th round, 99th overall Wagner is a speedy strong transitional forward who is extremely fluid in his skating patterns. Wagner will need to work on his timing of shots as well as passing but overall he is a good decision maker.

MATT SCHMALZ
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 5th round, 134th overall Schmalz is a gigantic power forward who has finally grown into his body this last season. He is a very well rounded skater who knows how to use his massive frame extremely well.

CHAZ REDDEKOPP
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 7th round, 187th overall Reddekopp will be a tough defender in the LA Kings zone and will be a strong asset on penalty kills for LA. He will need to work on his skating footwork which is sometimes known to be tight and a bit clumsy but Chaz has very good athleticism and will be able to work on the skating skills.

MATT ROY
Picked in the LA Kings Draft 2015 7th round, 194th overall Roy is a right handed defensive player at 6’0 200 pounds.

The LA Kings finished the 2014-15 season 40-27-15 (95 points), 4th in NHL Western Conference Pacific Division missing the NHL Playoffs. With the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks all vying to win the Pacific Division the LA Kings will have a tough schedule ahead of them and will be looking to get back into the thick of the NHL playoff hunt asap!

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Adele New Album Delayed But Worth the Wait?

Everyone is talking about Adele’s new album. Since Adele’s previous album sold a jaw dropping amount of copies, (over 30 million copies and counting) we are all waiting with bated breath to see if the album she is still working on, 25, will live up to her previous release.

Unfortunately the wait for the Adele new album may be even longer than we have all anticipated, because reports have come out that the earliest it could possible release is September.

The delay between the two albums is now closing in on 5 years which means the pressure is high and that’s why Adele isn’t willing to rush it, and scrap her plans to release the album in the summer. She really wants it to be perfect, and hopefully her fans are willing to wait it out.
Like her previous albums Adele will be writing her own songs, but she won’t necessarily be performing solo according to the Gigwise article “Everything We Know About the Adele New Album So Far” by Sean Kerwick,

“The LP is going to feature Paul Epworth. Although nothing has been officially confirmed, there are definitive signs from both sides pointing to the collaborators working together again. Back in 2013 when asked about the progress of the new album by Billboard, she said, “I’m definitely going to visit Paul Epworth and stuff like that again.”

One of the best things about Adele’s album coming out is that she will finally be heading out on a world tour again after almost two years of very limited performances. The last time Adele went on tour was in 2011 where she played 67 concerts on her tour.

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