Should the Lakers Pursue Kevin Ollie?

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Kevin Ollie

Writing in the New York Times columnist Eric Pincus wrote a compelling piece on whether the Lakers could target University of Connecticut Head Coach Kevin Ollie as a potential replacement for Mike D’Antoni. With the Lakers mired at the bottom of the Western Conference and at least another year of rebuilding ahead of them, should the Lakers make a move for Ollie?

Mike D’Antoni is a lame duck coach. Even if he does coach the Lakers next season it’s hard to imagine D’Antoni keeping his job beyond next season. The Lakers have battled injuries all season, but have also shown the negative characteristics of previous D’Antoni coached teams, mainly the inability to play defense. With a high draft pick in the coming draft the Lakers may choose to move on a candidate like Ollie to inject some life into the franchise and maximize the Lakers upcoming draft pick. The former Connecticut star and now head coach is from Los Angeles, playing his high school basketball at Crenshaw High School. In just two seasons in Connecticut he’s capably replaced a legend in Jim Calhoun and has the Huskies playing for yet another National Title on Monday night versus the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Kevin Ollie (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Ollie is compelling not because of his coaching resume, which is impressive albeit with limited head coaching experience. What makes Ollie compelling is his reputation around the league, especially from current Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. As Pincus pointed, out Ollie received major accolades from Durant during a recent interview with Bill Simmons. Durant called Ollie at “game-changer” for his impact on the culture of Oklahoma City during their evolution as a contender in the west. It’s a big stretch to think that the presence of Ollie would draw Durant to Los Angeles, but is indicative of Ollie’s reputation around the league. Durant pointed to the mind-set and professionalism that Ollie brought to the Thunder organization each day.

Would Ollie take the job? Considering his instant success at Connecticut it’s questionable why he would leave the college ranks, but a factor that may impact a decision by Ollie to leave could be Connecticut’s conference situation. The Huskies ended up lost in the shuffle of the conference realignments over the past two seasons and now find themselves in the American Athletic Conference, a far cry from the former Big East they were a member of for over two decades. The American Athletic is far less prestigious than the old Big East and the ACC and could impact Ollie’s decision to stay at Connecticut.

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If the Lakers were to attract Ollie it doesn’t guarantee they make a run for Durant but it would satisfy the fan base and potentially usher the Lakers into a new era. A solid draft pick in the offseason and the acquisition of Kevin Love after next season can do wonders for the Lakers near term outlook. How a franchise is perceived nationally can have a major impact on potential free agents, for an example look at the LA Clippers and their decision to replace Vinny Del Negro with Doc Rivers. The presence of Rivers immediately upped the prestige of the Clippers organization and made them a desirable target for a player like Danny Granger when he was amnestied this spring. Ollie can have a similar impact as Rivers with the Lakers. Chris M.

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With their latest victory against the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers have now won their second consecutive title in the Pacific Division, which is also the second one in franchise history. The Clips continue to dominate with their game and they are looking to take down any opponent that will stand between them and the NBA Championship this season, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs included.

With their latest victory against the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers have now won their second consecutive title in the Pacific Division, which is also the second one in franchise history. The Clips continue to dominate with their game and they are looking to take down any opponent that will stand between them and the NBA Championship this season, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs included.

It’s notable that the Clips have recorded the second best record in the NBA since January, trailing just the league-leaders, San Antonio Spurs. It’s also notable that Doc Rivers’s group has managed to stay hot despite all the absences it had from time to time. Chris Paul missed a big chunk of the season due to a shoulder injury, Danny Granger, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick all missed a significant amount of games and yet the Clips look better than they have ever been.

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Of course, Lob City will have to prove its potential come playoff time. The Clips won’t have an easy road towards the Larry O’Brien trophy, not even in the first round of the playoffs. With the Golden State Warriors most probably being their matchup in the first leg, the Clippers won’t have an easy road at all. However, if they keep performing at the level they have been as of lately and most importantly if they manage to stay healthy, the Clippers will definitely do well.

In fact, last season, health and luck were not there for LA. The team suffered a disappointing early elimination in the first round of the postseason from the Memphis Grizzlies. This year, they are looking to avoid a repetition of that same failure.

Clipper Nation has numerous reasons to be optimistic for the Clippers Playoff Run this year. Blake Griffin is recording a breakaway season, Chris Paul seems to be at his 100 percent, Jamal Crawford is almost a lock for the Sixth Man of the Year award and DeAndre Jordan is considered a strong candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year. Add in the mid-season additions of Glen Davis and Danny Granger and of course, the presence of Doc Rivers on the bench and you have your championship – ready team.

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The Clippers are the best team on offense in the league and unless they meet a true defensive powerhouse, they won’t be easily stopped. As things are currently in the Western Conference, the Clips seem capable of beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in a potential seven – game series. They could also top the San Antonio Spurs, which currently are at the top of their game but they may run out of fuel during the postseason.

Will this be the Los Angeles Clippers’ year? Will this be the time that the fans of the team will finally taste the sweetness of the NBA Championship?

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Stephen Curry Carries GS Warriors On His Shoulders

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In one of the most fascinating and close games of the 2013-2014 season, Stephen Curry lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Dallas Mavericks 122 – 120. Curry hit the game winner, a tough step-back jumper with fractions of the second left in overtime, as the Dubs were tied with the Mavs at 120. This was yet another time Curry played big for the Golden State Warriors. He is proving night in and night out that he can be the true leader for the Warriors, leading the team to a successful playoff course.

The Warriors had two significant absences. Andrew Bogut was out with a groin contusion and David Lee remained sidelined due to a strained right hamstring. However, they managed to keep things going till the final seconds of the last quarter and the extra time. Every time Dirk Nowitzki and his company tried to extend the margin, the Warriors answered right back.

Stephen Curry took the team on his shoulders after the half, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the final two periods plus the overtime. Klay Thompson, provided much help finishing with 27 points on a 4 for 9 shooting night. The Splash Brothers proved once again that if they find pace, they can lift the Warriors over almost any team in the league.

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Whilst Golden State missed its two starting big men, they got a significant contribution from Jermaine O’Neal in this game. The veteran center finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and a crucial block, which came with almost 20 seconds left in the game and would have put the Mavs up by two.

The Golden State Warriors are now on their final push towards the NBA playoffs. They have almost secured the sixth spot but they don’t seem capable of clinching the fifth seed, since the Portland Trail Blazers are also doing well as of lately. However, Golden State is a team to avoid for any of the top – seeded teams in the West. The Warriors are one of the hottest teams at the moment and Stephen Curry is playing in a close-to-MVP level.

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Steph Curry will be a huge factor for the Warriors come playoff time. The Warriors’ success in the postseason will heavily rely on the superstar point guard’s performance, his shooting but also his ability to cut down on his turnovers. As Curry has shown up to now, he can be the leader for the Warriors, the one to take the team on his shoulders and deliver when needed.

Golden State should face the Clippers in the first round of the postseason and it will definitely need Curry to give his all, much like the entire team will have to do in order to advance to the next round.Chris

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Blake Griffin and Joakim Noah the two top black horses for the MVP award

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There is no denying that the MVP title is a two-man one this year. LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be apparently fighting chest to chest till the end of the season for the award and at the moment, things look really tight. However, it’s worth taking a look at some of the black horses of this race. Although several players have been involved into the discussion for the MVP award this season, at the moment, Blake Griffin and Joakim Noah are the two best underdogs.

Noah is the main reason the Chicago Bulls have managed not only to save the 2013-2014 season but to also emerge up to the third spot in the Eastern Conference. The Frenchman center is doing it all for his team at the moment, playing defense, scoring, dishing assists and rebounding. Although Noah has literally no chances to make it to the top of list of MVP candidates, as LeBron and KD are playing in a whole different level, he is one of the most over performing players this season.

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If there is one player who deserves to be considered as a third strong candidate for the MVP award this season, that is Blake Griffin. The highflying forward has not only improved his game in almost any aspect but he has also emerged as the true leader of the Los Angeles Clippers, taking the team on his shoulders during the time Chris Paul was out with an injury.

Griffin is averaging 24 points per contest, almost three more than his career-average and he is also securing 9.6 rebounds and dishing out 3.6 assists, while shooting 53.2 percent from the floor. He just recently got hurt, during the Clips’ last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he is projected to return to action soon and be ready for the Clips’ playoff push. Despite Griffin’s improvement, he will still not be able to reach the duo of LeBron and Durant.

LeBron is recording a career-best 57.0 percent shooting from the field and he is also putting up 26.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game, which are too much for Griffin to get close. Durant is also recording similarly impressive numbers, maybe even more impressive. He is leading the NBA in scoring with 32.2 points per game and he is also putting up 7.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists. His shooting is also great but slightly lower than LeBron’s rates, 51.2 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from deep.
The MVP race will be coming to its end soon and we will see either Durant or LeBron earning the crown. However, we also have to recognize the efforts of players like Griffin and Noah. Chris M

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Can The Warriors Go Past Round Two?

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The Golden State Warriors have managed to keep their competiveness level at high levels almost throughout the season. Whilst the team faced a bunch of injuries and small periods of slump, they have now solidified their playoff spot and they are, in fact, one of the strongest championship black horses in the Western Conference. The Dubs will most probably meet the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and this will be a very tough matchup for them. Can they roll past the Clips and advance to the second round?

The two teams have split the season series to two apiece this year. Although the Warriors are one of the teams with the scariest shooting abilities from three-point range they are also a team that has experienced ups and downs this season. When Golden State focuses on cutting down on its turnovers and playing tight defense, they can really be a tough team to beat. Especially when the sharpshooting duo of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry sink their shots from beyond the arc, the Dubs can be unstoppable.

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Nonetheless, the competition level is extreme as of now in the West. The Warriors are a very good team but they will face an even better one in the first round. If the LA Clippers are their matchup, the Warriors will stand some good chances to make it to the second round. Of course, if Golden State manages to steal the fifth seed from the Portland Trail Blazers and meet the Houston Rockets in the first round, things could be even better for them. Portland currently stands two games ahead of Golden State and have not been at their best shape as of lately. Although the Warriors lost two out of their three meetings with the Houston Rockets, they seem capable of matching with Houston’s strong points.

It will all come down to the Warriors’ pace and the conditions of key players most probably, like Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut. As long as the Splash Brothers stay hot on the one end of the floor and as long as the Dubs have Iggy and Bogut shutting down the lanes on the defensive end, they can stay optimistic that they can advance to the next round. It will be a surprise to see the Warriors topping the Clips and even the Rockets in the first round. However, this won’t be the first time we saw surprises happening in the NBA.

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With just four home games left at the Oracle Arena the Warriors have a potential chance to win all four since three are against non playoff teams and only one the Timberwolves should give them some struggles. Golden State sites in the sixth spot of the Western Conference only two points behind the Blazers but 5 1/2 points behind the Rockets who lost yesterday to the Clippers which would give them home court advantage in the first round, one that the Warriors could definitely use. Although Warriors playoff tickets are on sale now starting at just $125 a ticket the dates and venue of their first round games have not been announced yet. All Warriors playoff tickets for games that are not played come with a 100% refund. Buying Warriors playoff tickets early locks your price in so if ticket prices raise your still set to go. Chris

Potential Depth Issues For The 49ers

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The key to an effective pass rush, beyond the obvious talent up front, is a strong secondary. For the past three seasons the San Francisco 49ers have had the best defense in the NFL, with three deep playoff runs and a Super Bowl appearance to show for it. The 49ers organization has done a tremendous job drafting and developing players, keeping an elite defense even against the threat of free agency. Last offseason San Francisco lost Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and didn’t miss a beat. Eric Reid, a first round draft pick from LSU, stepped in for Goldson and was a strong contributor from the start. This offseason began with the 49ers losing Donte Whitner, another elite Pro Bowl talent. The 49ers responded by signing former Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea to replace Whitner and team with Reid. At cornerback the 49ers decided to cut Carlos Rogers and avoid his $6.6 million salary. The team attempted to re-sign Tarell Brown, to provide depth and play the nickel quarterback, but Brown decided to leave the club and ink a contract with the Oakland Raiders.

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The loss of Whitner, Brown and Rogers is an impact to the 49ers depth and potential leadership, putting pressure on Tremaine Brock and Chris Culliver to take over the starting cornerback positions, along with Bethea at safety. Unfortunately for the Niners the plan to start Culliver at cornerback took a potential bad turn when the controversial corner was arrested for felony hit and run and weapons charges. The arrest of Culliver is another blight on a player who offended many in the Bay Area with anti-gay comments he made during Super Bowl week in 2012. Less than a year away from the Aldon Smith controversy, in which the 49ers star pass rusher was arrested for a second drunk driving offense and disorderly conduct, there is a heightened awareness regarding off the field issues for 49ers players. Could the 49ers decide to cut Culliver? If they do the once vaunted secondary is a major question mark and puts the pressure on the organization to improve via the draft.

Culliver is in the final year of his contract and the 49ers would save $1.4 million by cutting him loose. It may be popular from a public perception standpoint to cut Culliver loose but it sets up legitimate depth problems for the team. San Francisco did sign Chris Cook away from the Vikings during the free agency period. Cook is a skilled player who wore out his welcome in Minnesota, which included a felony assault trial. The 49ers ability to develop players could do wonders for Cook, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll turn into an elite player immediately. If Culliver is cut they could conceivably turn to Carlos Rogers, or a veteran like Champ Bailey, if he has anything left in the tank. Either way a position that was once an area of massive strength for the organization is in serious doubt, putting pressure on the remaining players to step up and perform and giving the team a small margin for error when the inevitable injuries occur.

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Will Culliver’s issues and the loss of Brown, Rogers and Whitner set the 49ers back in their effort to win a Super Bowl under Jim Harbaugh? Windows off opportunity are small in the NFL and like every team that compiles a large amount of talent the 49ers are suffering free agent defections. The combination of Reid and Whitner was a solid combo at safety last season, but will Bethea and Reid be as strong? Bethea is a talented cover safety but not the physical presence that Whitner was. With or without Culliver the 49ers overall depth at cornerback is not as strong as last season. Toss in a potential career threatening injury to Navorro Bowman and San Francisco could see their defense fall back a peg. Will that impact their ability to compete with Seattle? Time will tell. Chris Michaels.

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April 4-6 San Francisco Giants: The Dodgers kick off the home portion of their schedule with a three game series against the arch-rival Giants. After a disappointing defense of their 2012 World Series title in 2014 the Giants are primed to compete with the Dodgers for the 2014 National League West title. After missing his start versus the San Diego Padres in the United States portion of the Dodgers season opener, lefthander Clayton Kershaw should make a start during the Dodgers home opening series. If the Giants rotation holds true to the Dodgers should see San Francisco’s top two starters, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain. Bumgarner has won 29 games the past two seasons while Cain, who had a subpar season by his standards in 2013, is still one of the top right-handed pitchers in baseball. Saturday’s game, a 1:10 Saturday start will feature a pre-game performance by Robin Thicke, while the first 15,000 fans under the age of 14 at Sunday’s game (April 6) will receive a Yasiel Puig Fathead.

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April 8-9 Detroit Tigers: Following the Giants series the Dodgers welcome in perennial AL Power Detroit, led by two-time defending American League MVP Miguel Cabrera. The slugging first baseman, who won the Triple Crown in 2012, just signed the largest contract in the history of major league baseball, a ten-year $292 million extension. In addition to Cabrera the Tigers feature one of the top starting rotations in all of baseball, featuring last two winners of the American League Cy Young, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. The first 40,000 fans at Tuesday’s game (April 8) will receive a hooded zip-up Dodgers sweater.

April 18-20 Arizona Diamondbacks: After two key early season road trips to Arizona and San Francisco the Dodgers return home for another series with the Diamondbacks, their third in less than a month. The series will be the culmination of seventeen division games the first nineteen games played, a crucial early test that will give the Dodgers a key opportunity to build an early lead. Although they clinched the division on the road in Phoenix the Dodgers struggled at Dodger Stadium versus the Diamondbacks in 2013. Friday’s game (April 18) will feature the traditional Friday Night Fireworks, while those attending the April 19th game will receive a Dodgers welcome matt. Sunday’s game (April 20th) will include the Viva Los Dodgers pre-game celebration, followed by the traditional Kids Run the Bases, following the game.

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April 21-24 Philadelphia Phillies: Immediately after the Diamondbacks series the Dodgers welcome in the Philadelphia Phillies led by Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. After a disappointing 2013 season the veteran Phillies will be looking to rebound in 2014. Beyond the afformentioned veteran sluggers the Phillies feature two of the more talented left-handers in baseball, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. The first 40,000 fans at Tuesday’s game, April 22, will receive a fleece Dodgers blanket. In the series finale on Thursday night the Dodgers will have their first bobblehead giveaway of the season, the highly anticipated Clayton Kershaw “Cy Young” bobblehead.

April 25-27 Colorado Rockies: The Dodgers wrap up their April home schedule on April 25 when they begin a three game series versus Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies have struggled the past two seasons in a tough NL West, but feature a solid lineup led by Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. Friday’s game (April 25) includes the weekly Friday Night fireworks while those attending Saturday’s game (April 26) will get the opportunity to view a post-game screening of the Kevin Costner classic film Field of Dreams.

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Knicks or Lakers Who Has A Brighter Future?

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Two of the most legendary teams in the NBA, the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers are struggling badly this season. For the Lakers, the season ended much time ago, with the start of the tanking being back during Kobe Bryant’s re-injury. The Knicks, on the other hand, were supposed to be chasing the title but instead they will have to battle hard to clinch a playoff ticket, if they ever manage to.

The two teams met just days ago, where the injury-struck Lakers set a new franchise record for most points in a single quarter, while the Knicks set a negative franchise record for most points allowed. On top of that, the discussions involving these two teams have piled up as of lately due to the Knicks’ acquisition of the former long-time Head Coach of the Lakers, Phil Jackson. Both the Lakers and the Knicks are projected to undergo deep changes during the next year or years. But which one will have a better future?
Well, it depends.

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If the Knicks manage to keep Carmelo Anthony, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, then they do have the advantage. That’s because, although the Lakers expect Kobe to return at his 100 percent next season, that doesn’t mean he will be the dominant Black Mamba we all knew. Kobe will turn 36 next year and it’s still unknown if he will be completely healthy. On top of that, he has lots of miles on his body and he is will be on the fall of his career. On the contrary, Melo, who will be 30 next season, will be right in the middle of his prime. Any GM would pick Melo over Bryant at this stage of their respective careers.

Another key issue that gives the upper hand to the Knicks is that they do have some quality players in their roster. Of course, they also have some burden-contracts, like the amazingly big one of Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million). However, at the summer of 2015, all these big fat contracts will have expired. By then Phil Jackson should have already cooked up a nice plan and should have already performed some correcting moves in New York. The Knicks will then be able to chase another superstar to pair with Melo, who will hopefully still be in NYC.

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On the other hand, the Lakers have already committed $48.5 million to Kobe over the next two seasons and Steve Nash is under contract for the next season, in the books for $9.7 million. In addition, the Lakers don’t have the young players, the financial flexibility or the draft picks to hope that they can make the difference next season or the one after. They will, too have to wait for the summer of 2015 to hope to make something happen, like an addition of a star like Kevin Love. But even that doesn’t seem much probable at the moment. The Lakers are deep in a whole they have dug themselves and nobody knows how they’ll manage to get out. Chris