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Living the dream of being a sports and life enthusiast. After graduating from USC I decided to follow my passion to travel around the world and attend sporting events in every country.

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LaMarcus Aldridge worth every penny

Aldridge Portland Trail BlazersThe Portland Trailblazers were a struggling franchise during the first decade of the 2000s. They had some success near the turn of the millennium but had the bad boy, “Jailblazer” image. In a stacked Western Conference, they didn’t have the players or the image. Their best player, Brandon Roy, was one of the top young stars in the league, but his career was stopped short because of chronic knee issues. They were flat out, an unlucky franchise. They did have a young power forward to build around though. LaMarcus Aldridge does not get the attention that other big stars in big markets get in the NBA. He doesn’t even get the full attention from the media as the star of Portland and that instead goes to young, dynamic point guard Damian Lillard. The three-time All-Star is one of the top players in the league and the focal point of the Portland Trailblazers’ scouting report. Heading into a contract year, he is worth a maximum deal as the Blazers look to continue their surge in the Western Conference.

When looking at Aldridge, you see a long, lanky power forward. He strikes many as a finesse player based on his 6-foot-11, 250-pound frame. After finishing his freshman season at the University of Texas, Aldridge declared for the NBA Draft and was the second overall pick in 2006 by the Chicago Bulls. After a rookie season in which he didn’t play a ton of minutes, Aldridge announced his presence in year two. He averaged over 17 points per game and since then he hasn’t averaged below that number. He is the top mid-range jump shooter among big men in the league. He can hit turnaround jumpers, face-up jumpers and is very difficult to block because of his high release point. From 2010-2012, he shot over 50 percent from the field and averaged over 21 points per game. In 2012, he made his first All-Star appearance and has made three straight trips to the All-Star game.

LaMarcus AldridgeThis past season, Aldridge took an even further step forward in his development. Portland won 54 games during the regular season and made the playoffs where they advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs before losing to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs. Teaming with Lillard, Aldridge helped form one of the top inside-outside duos in the game today. He averaged career highs in points, assists, rebounds and free throw percentage. With his 23-plus point per game average and double-digit rebounding each night, he was a consistent double-double threat, a rarity in the game today. In addition, he is an excellent free throw shooter, hitting over 80 percent from the charity stripe which makes his offensive game even more difficult to defend. While he has a thinner frame, he also averaged a block and a steal per game.

One big knock on Aldridge is his durability and he missed several games this season with various injuries. Aldridge has played in over 74 games per season in five of his eight NBA seasons and has never played less than 55 in a season. If the Portland Trail Blazers don’t offer him a max deal when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer, some other team will. He is one of the best big men in the NBA and is not even 30 yet. If Rashard Lewis can get a max deal in his career, Aldridge is sure as heck worth the price tag that comes along with his services. Chris M.

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Los Angeles Kings open Training Camp

LA Kings Staples Center gameThe Los Angeles Kings opened training camp yesterday, the start of a grueling ten-month season in which they look to defend their second Stanley Cup title in two seasons. With the vast majority of their roster returning the Kings will be looking to accomplish something that’s hasn’t been done in the NHL in over fifteen years—win back to back Stanley Cups. The last club to accomplish the feat was the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-1998.

The Kings will have a big target on their backs, with several of the other Western Conference contenders, including the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche making offseason moves intended to upgrade the roster. Due to wise cap management by General Manager Dean Lombardi, the Kings didn’t face the typical post-championship exodus that many teams deal with. In addition to keeping the core of the roster the Kings were able to lock up Marian Gaborik on a longer-term deal. The fleet forward was a major part of the Kings offensive surge in the postseason, and should be a major component of their offensive attack during the upcoming season.

NHL LA Kings GoalieGoaltender Jonathan Quick, such a vital part of both of the Stanley Cup winning teams, will miss the beginning of training camp after wrist surgery. Kyle Clifford and Jarrett Stoll will join Quick on the sidelines in the early part of training camp. After a weekend of practice the Kings will kick off the exhibition season on Monday night when a split squad takes on the Arizona Coyotes. The first exhibition game will take place just sixteen days before the Kings kick off the regular season when they face the San Jose Sharks on October 8.

So can they repeat?

Los Angeles had an immensely grueling playoff run a year ago, going a perfect 8-0 in postseason elimination games, including defeating the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in seven game series. In their two title runs the veteran Kings roster has developed a reputation for performing in the clutch, a key component of last year’s title which includes coming back to defeat the San Jose Sharks after falling behind by three games in the series.

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STANLEY CUP

A return to normalcy should benefit the Kings, provided they can stay healthy. Two seasons ago the NHL played a shortened season due to the lockout. Last year the Kings dealt with Jonathan Quick missing nearly two months of the season due to a groin injury, and the Sochi Olympic break. The big question is whether or not the Kings can finish in the top half of the Western Conference. In both title winning seasons the Kings finished in the back half of the conference, 8th and 6th in the respective seasons. Without home ice advantage they’ve still managed to make title runs due to their veteran grit and ability to win on the road. If the Kings can get off to a fast start and stay healthy, they may have the luxury of defending the Stanley Cup with home ice advantage this season.

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Trail Blazers Damian Lillard

Did the Blazers finally hit the jackpot with Lillard?

Lillard Trail BlazersThe Portland Trailblazers have won one NBA Championship since entering the league as a franchise in 1970. Following the 1977 title, the Blazers have had a tough go of things and been one of the unluckiest franchises in the league. They passed up players in the 1984 NBA Draft such as Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, instead opting for Sam Bowie. In the 2007 NBA Draft, they selected Greg Oden with the first overall pick and passed on league’s current best player behind Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James in OKC Thunder Kevin Durant. The team’s franchise player from the 2006 NBA Draft, Brandon Roy, was a budding superstar but chronic knee issues forced him to retire. If some breaks had gone their way, they would have multiple championship balls in their trophy case. With an unlucky history, the current Portland squad is in good hands. The sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Damian Lillard, has turned into a superstar already in this league and has teamed up with LaMarcus Aldridge to form a dynamic duo. With the 24-year-old Lillard entering his third NBA season, the tides have turned for the Blazers as they seem to be on the lucky side for a change.

Like most of the great players, Lillard has overcome a lot to reach the status of elite. He was only recruited by one Division I school out of high school in Oakland, California. Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, was that school and Lillard played with a chip on his shoulders. The six-foot-three point guard dominated for Weber State, winning Freshman of the Year honors and Player of the Year honors twice. He was a prolific scorer and showcased his excellent athleticism which led to the Blazers picking Lillard in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Blazers LillardLillard started off his career with a bang, picking up Co-MVP honors of the NBA Summer League and dropping 23 points and 11 assists in his regular season debut. Portland didn’t make the playoffs during Lillard’s first season but he won Rookie of the Year honors and the expectations were raised. This past season, Lillard made his first All-Star Game appearance and the Blazers claimed the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Lillard once again stepped up big in the clutch, winning the series on a three-pointer at the buzzer to drop the Houston Rockets. The Blazers went on to lose to the eventual NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in round two but the future is set. They missed out on Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Kevin Durant but the Blazers stock is going up with the help of Lillard. Chris M.

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LA Kings 2014-15 Promotions and Giveaways.

The LA Kings 2014-2015 Promotions and Giveaways.

banner8-Oct San Jose Sharks Banner Raising / Mini Banner Giveaway

12-Oct Winnipeg Jets LA Kings Magnet Schedule Giveaway

16-Oct St. Louis Blues Replica Ring Giveaway

18-Nov Florida Panthers Dodgers Night

2-Dec Boston Bruins Mini Stick #1 and Display Base Giveaway (Dustin Brown)

18-Dec St Louis Blues Mini Stick #2 Giveaway (Drew Doughty)

27-Dec San Jose Sharks Holiday Pyrotechnic Extravaganza

14-Jan New Jersey Devils Mini Stick #3 (Jeff Carter)

bla917-Jan Winnipeg Jets Rob Blake Jersey Retirement Poster Giveaway Rob Blake played for the Kings from 1990 – 2001 then returned to LA from 2006-2008.

12-Feb Calgary Flames Legends Night #1 – Barry Melrose Poster Giveaway Barry Melrose was the Coach of the LA Kings from 1992-95.

24-Feb Detroit Red Wings Legends Night #2 – Tony Granato Poster Giveaway Tony Granato played for the Kings from 1985-1996

7-Mar Pittsburgh Penguins Legends Night #3 – Luc Robitaille Statue Unveiling Poster Giveaway Luc will be joining Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Lakers Point Guard Oscar De La Hoya, Chick Hearn and Jerry West all with Statues outside Staples Center.

mario516-Mar Arizona Coyotoes Mini Stick #4 (Marian Gaborik)

21-Mar Vancouver Canucks Bailey’s Birthday – Did You Know? Bailey is six feet tall, and wears number 72 because its the avg temperature here in Los Angeles. Bailey got his name when the Kings honored Garnet “Ace” Bailey who passed in 9/11 attacks.

11-Apr San Jose Sharks Fan Appreciation Night Team Photo Giveaway

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Who are the Most Overrated NBA Players 2014-2015 season

The NBA is full of big names; however, sometimes players can become well known without actually being that good. These overrated players tend to make a lot of money even though no one can really explain why. Here’s a list of the most overrated players in the NBA for this coming season:

Deron Williams: Williams averaged only 14.3 points per game and 6.1 assists per game this season with the Brooklyn Nets. These numbers would be great for a point guard coming off the bench, but Williams is a starter and making almost $20 million a season. The Nets would be better off trading him, but Williams’s huge contract and sad performance makes him very unattractive to potential teams.

Chandler Parsons: For a small forward making about $14 million a season, 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game just does not cut it. Parsons simply does not produce well enough to earn the money he is making. There is a reason the Houston Rockets got rid of him this season despite having the cap room to be able to keep him.

Josh Smith: Smith has been in the NBA for 10 seasons, yet his style of play has not improved at all. Smith shoots less than 30 percent from beyond the arc and less than 55 percent from the free throw line. That’s right—Smith makes over $13 million a season and he can barely hit a free throw.

Dwight Howard: Howard puts up great numbers pretty consistently with the Houston Rockets, but what he lacks is leadership. Howard does not seem to have the passion and drive to lead a team to a championship. The Rockets have a good team, but they lack the veteran leadership that Howard is expected to provide. Until he gets an attitude adjustment, Howard will never be a legend.

Tony Allen: Allen may be one of the best defenders in the NBA, but he simply cannot play offense. He is a big reason for the Memphis Grizzles offensive struggles this past season. Allen averaged only 9 points per game this past season while making less than 25 percent of his three point shots and only 62.8 percent of his free throws.

O.J. Mayo: Mayo brought nothing but confrontations with the head coach and sub-par effort to the Milwaukee Bucks this season. Mayo averaged under 12 points a game and clearly was unhappy with his new team. Hopefully a new coach and the addition of Jabari Parker will encourage Mayo to try a little harder this season.

Carmelo Anthony: Anthony is without a doubt a very exciting player to watch, and the fans in New York will surely continue to fill the stands to see him play. However, Anthony is about to make $22 million this coming season; and he has a hard time leading his team to the playoffs. Anthony puts up large numbers, but until he steps up as a leader on the Knicks the team will continue to lose.

BY: Chris M.

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Who Are Most Underrated NBA Players entering the 2014-15 Season

Every basketball fan knows who LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are, but many less dedicated fans probably would not recognize a smaller name player such as Marquis Teague. Many of these players hold their teams together; however, go unnoticed to the common basketball fan. Here’s a list of the most underrated, unappreciated players in the NBA for this coming season:

Mirza Teletovic: At Brooklyn Nets games, Teletovic lighting up the court with his spot on shooting is a common sight; however, unless you are a big Nets fan you have probably never heard of him. Teletovic is a matchup problem for defenders because he can knock down shots from basically anywhere on the court—especially from behind the ark.

Anderson Varajeo: Varajeo is a fan favorite in Cleveland—he is an exciting player to watch, a terrific offensive and defensive rebounder, and a top-notch rim protector. He is an all-around team player and one of LeBron’s favorite teammates, and in James’s absense he has provided the veteran leadership the Cavaliers needed. He is a big reason that Cleveland improved every year after James left.

Luis Scola: Scola has played for three teams and seems to fly under the radar on each one. Scola has plays a good amount coming off the bench, and is very efficient with the time he gets on the court. His overall numbers have dropped slightly with the Indiana Pacers since he does not get as much playing time as he used to, but he is still a terrific inside shooter and team player.

Larry Sanders: Sanders is arguably the best shot blocker in the NBA, and his injury problems this past season were a big part of Milwaukee’s horrible record. With Sanders healthy and Jabari Parker joining the squad, the Bucks should see some decent improvements this season.

Omer Asik: The New Orleans Pelicans acquired the big man from the Houston Rockets this offseason, and he should prove to be a great addition to the team. Asik has always struggled on the offensive side of the ball, but he has improved significantly as his career has progressed, and he has always been a great defender in the NBA. Now that he will be playing alongside Anthony Davis his talent may start to be recognized.

Nick Collison: Anyone that watches the Oklahoma City Thunder regularly could tell you that Collison is one of the hardest workers in the NBA. Although he does not score much, Collison hustles on every play and is one of the better defenders in the league. The Thunder can always count on him for an energy boost late in the game.

Chris Bosh: Bosh may have been part of Miami’s “Big 3″; however, he was always the least respected of the three guys. With LeBron leaving the Miami Heat, Bosh will be the go to guy in Miami this season; so he will be putting up the kind of numbers he used to with the Toronto Raptors and hopefully earn the respect he deserves as a super star in the NBA.

BY: Chris M.

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LA Clippers Big Games on the 2014-2015 Schedule

The NBA released the schedule for the 2014 – 2015 campaign just recently. Let’s have a look at the Clips’ schedule for the upcoming season and examine the most important games of the regular season for Lob City.

Clippers vs OKC Thunder
The season for LA opener is a derby against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder and it takes place on October 30, in the Staples Center. This will be the first out of the three regular season meetings between the two powerhouses. On February 8 the two teams will square off in the Chesapeake Energy Arena and the last meeting will be again on the road for the Clips, on March 11. Clippers Vs Thunder Tickets

Clippers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
The first time Lob City will square off against LeBron’s new company, the Cleveland Cavaliers, will be on January 16, at home. After acquiring both King James and Kevin Love, the Cavs are entering the 2014 – 2015 campaign as the strongest favorite for the title from the East. The two teams will play against each other once again, in Cleveland on February 5. Clippers Vs Cavs Tickets

Clippers vs Warriors
Lob City did eliminate the Dubs in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs but Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and their company met much resistance. On November 5, they will cross their swords once again versus Steph Curry and the powerful Golden State Warriors in the Oracle Arena. On Christmas Day, the Clips will host the Warriors in LA and on March 8 they will play once again versus the Dubs in Oakland. On March 31 the last regular season game between the two title contenders will take place in the Staples Center. Clippers Vs Warriors Tickets

Clippers vs Blazers
Rip City showed its teeth last season, as it reached the Western Semis. The Clips will meet them at home on November 8 and March 4. Rip City will host Doc Rivers’s group on January 14 and the 1st of April. Clippers Vs Blazers Tickets

Clippers vs Rockets
The Houston Rockets failed to land a third superstar this summer but they will still enter the upcoming season one of the strongest contenders from the West. Dwight Howard, James Harden and Co. will host Lob City on November 28 and again on February 25. Houston will travel to LA to meet the Clips on February 11 and March 15. Clippers Vs Rockets Tickets

Clippers vs Lakers
For yet another season, the Los Angeles Clippers will be the bosses of LA. However, the intensity levels will be extremely high when the two teams play against each other. The Lakers will be the first ones to host their city-rivals, on October 31. The two teams will once again square off against each other on January 7 with the Clips being the hosts and the last two battles of LA will take place on April 5 and April 7. Clippers Vs Lakers Tickets

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Clippers Announce 2014 Schedule

Clippers 2014 Preseason Schedule Announced

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Clippers 2014 – 2015 Preseason Schedule
The Los Angeles Clippers announced their 2014 NBA preseason schedule which will include Oct 7th Vs Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center, Utah Jazz on Oct 17, Phoenix Suns Oct 22 and the Clippers Vs Blazers at the Staples Center on Oct 24th as their last preseason game at home.

The Clip’s will hit the road for Oct 12th Vs Blazers at the Moda Center, Vs Jazz at the Energy Solutions Arena on Oct 13th, Vs Warriors at the Oracle Arena on Oct 21st and the Clippers Vs Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Oct 18th which is a great excuse to hit “Vegas Baby Vegas”!

Clippers 2014 – 2015 Schedule:
The Los Angeles Clippers will enter the 2014 – 2015 season as one of the top championship contenders. Their schedule for the upcoming season will include several difficult games. The Western Conference will be even stronger than last season. Amongst the toughest games of their schedule, the Clips will square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who eliminated Lob City in the Western Semis. The San Antonio Spurs will also be one of the most difficult opponents and teams like the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers will be very tough to beat, too. In the East, the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the two strongest opponents for Lob City, keeping in mind that the Indiana Pacers will be playing without Paul George.

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Is Beckett likely out for the season?

In the Dodgers recent series victory over the Angels in the freeway series they received a much needed strong performance from veteran right-hander Dan Haren who gave up no earned runs in seven and one third innings pitched, after retiring the first fifteen batters he faced. Haren’s quality start came on the heels of five consecutive poor outings that left many questioning his spot in the rotation. Haren’s effort gave the Dodgers faithful some faith in his ability down the stretch, quieting some of the critics who questioned why the Dodgers didn’t acquire a big name starting pitcher at the recent trade deadline.

The positivity around Haren’s solid performance was short-lived with reports that veteran starter Josh Beckett may be out for the season after being placed on the fifteen day DL with a hip impingement and groin strain. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com this may be the end of the road for Beckett who reported that the right-hander has a torn labrum and cysts in his left hip. The injury reportedly won’t heal without surgery with Gurnick reporting that teammates feel Beckett might retire. Beckett was viewed by many as the logical 4th starter in the playoffs after putting together an outstanding season. Beckett was 6-6 on the year but his record didn’t reflect how strong of a season he put together. After starting the year with a no-hitter, Beckett was consistently good all season with a 2.88 ERA. It was a great comeback for a pitcher who had struggled the last couple of seasons.

With Beckett likely out the Dodgers acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies for two players to be named later. Hernandez, who used to go by the assumed name Fausto Carmona when he was a member of the Cleveland Indians, made an immediate start in Beckett’s spot in the rotation on Friday versus the Brewers. Carmona pitched well, giving up just two earned runs in six innings, retiring the last seventeen batter he faced. Manager Don Mattingly inexplicably batted Justin Turner for Hernandez in the top of the seventh, because the Dodgers were down 2-1, even though the starter had tossed just 65 pitches. The Dodgers evened the score at two in the seventh only to see the Brewers blow the game open in the bottom of the seventh, helped by a defensive miscue by Turner.

Two days after acquiring Hernandez the Dodgers finalized a deal with the Minnesota Twins for veteran right-hander Kevin Correia, in exchange for a minor league player to be named later. The acquisition of Correia won’t have a massive impact on the Dodgers rotation but it will give them another veteran capable of starting games or pitching in long relief, much like Paul Maholm, who was lost to the season to a knee injury. Correia, who has a 4.94 ERA this season, will not excite Dodgers fans, but he will give the team a potential better option in Carlos Frias as the emergency starter and long reliever. Chris M.

The Dodgers return home on August 11th for a three game home stand against the Brewers which will include Friday Night Fireworks Aug 15th, “The Natural” screening Aug 16th and Kids Lunch Box giveaway on Sunday Aug 17th. You can see the entire month of August Dodger Game Giveaways now. Dodgers Vs Brewers Tickets start at just $5.00 a ticket.

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