Monday, July 20, 2015

UNLV's Derrick Jones Kills a Defender Once Again

Derrick Jones is the nation's best dunker.  He is also a gifted prospect that can play from anywhere on the floor.  Ranked 30th of all incoming college freshman by ESPN, Jones took his talents to the courts this summer in order to tune up for college ball at UNLV.  The results... well let's just say it went viral.

A crazy dunk is nothing new for Derrick Jones, and neither is going viral.  UNLV fans should be getting ready to appear on Sports Center Top 10 every night this season.  Also, Zach Lavine should start practicing his dunks some more as Derrick Jones may be challenging him in the NBA Dunk Contest in a few years.  Don't believe he can beat Lavine? Just watch these videos: 

Lawson's Future is In His Hands In Houston

Trouble meets trouble.  Ty Lawson has been traded to the Houston Rockets after the Denver Nuggets had lost hope in his future.  Just a week ago, Lawson was pulled over for drunk driving, the 4th time, and the second time this year.  At this point, the Nuggets were ready to move forward and start the Emmanuel Mudiay era, that is without Ty Lawson.

The deal for Lawson included a 2017 second round pick being sent to the Rockets in exchange for Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, and a lottery protected 2016 first round draft pick.

Houston now boasts one of the best backcourts in the league with James Harden, Patrick Beverly, and Lawson himself.  Even though Beverly had proven himself at the point guard spot, Lawson is an obvious upgrade.  He plays with lighting speed and opens up ample opportunities for his teammates to score the ball.  Lawson is going to thrive alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard.

With Harden, Lawson will have a partner in crime in the backcourt (no pun intended), and will be able to kick the ball to Harden for easy buckets.

On the other hand, with Howard, Lawson's lighting quick speed will benefit him blowing by defenders and setting up mismatches in the paint.  Look for many Sports Center Top 10 alley oops between the new duo.

On paper, this move looks good for the Rockets, but it could actually hurt their chances in the playoffs.  In Denver, Lawson was known to be a hindrance in the locker room and to cause trouble on and off the court.  After slipping up once again, hopefully the extremely talented guard will be able to clean up his act in a new atmosphere.  On the other hand, he may get worse after hanging around Dwight Howard.  Sometimes, when trouble meets trouble the results can be disastrous, but in other cases a pleasant surprise of success can come about.  Hopefully the latter is the case for the new look Houston Rockets.

Friday, July 17, 2015

D'Angello Russell Signs With Nike

It's official, the Los Angeles Lakers second overall draft pick D'Angello Russell has inked a deal with Nike.  This deal has been predicted by many for a while now.  Throughout high school and college, Russell's teams were outfitted by Nike, and they would often give him crazy custom shoes and clothes.  He is also now playing in Los Angeles alongside one of Nike's current signature athletes Kobe Bryant.  Maybe if Russell lives up to the expectations he will also get his own signature line of Nikes.  But good luck with that.  Even the NBA's highest paid player Anthony Davis is having a hard time to get Nike to make him one of their signature athletes.  In the meantime enjoy some pictures of Russell rocking some sweet Nike's throughout his career thus far.

Custom KD VI
Kobe 9 EM Premium
KD 7 Aunt Pearl
Custom KD V
Kobe 10 PE
Kobe 10 PE
And What Nike Athlete Doesn't Rock
Jordan 13s From Time to Time?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's the Same Game and the Same Players, Just More Money

This year's NBA Free Agency had seemed relatively normal, that was until yesterday.  Besides the contracts that seemed astronomically high, none of the free agency news was too shocking.  Then, Doc Rivers and the Clippers decided to shake things up.  Instead of respecting the fact that DeAndre Jordan had accepted to sign with the Mavericks, the Clippers continued to recruit him.  They also decided to go to his house and not leave until he signed a contract to come back to LA.  It all seemed too crazy to be true.  Although this caused shockwaves to be rippled through the NBA, it also made a relatively boring free agency just seem exciting.  As with every exciting free agency, it gets hard to track which players have signed where.  In order to make sense of all the deals, below is a list of every contract signed so far this offseason.

On the Move
LaMarcus Aldridge: 4-year, $84.1 million deal with Spurs
Greg Monroe: 3-year, $50 million with Bucks
DeMarre Carroll: 4-year, $60 million deal with Raptors
Wesley Matthews: 4-year, $57 million deal with Mavs
Monta Ellis: 4-year, $44 million deal with Pacers
Tyson Chandler: 4-year, $52 million deal with Suns
Rajon Rondo: 1-year, $10 million deal with Kings
Robin Lopez: 4-year, $54 million deal with Knicks
David West: 1-year, $1.4 million deal the Spurs
Paul Pierce: 3-year, $10.5 million deal with Clippers
Lou Williams: 3-year, $21 million deal with Lakers
Arron Afflalo: 2-year, $16 million deal with Knicks
Al-Farouq Aminu: 4-year, $30 million deal with Blazers
Amir Johnson: 2-year, $24 million deal with Celtics
Ed Davis: 3-year, $20 million deal with Blazers
Aron Baynes: 3-year, $20 million deal with Pistons
Marco Belinelli: 3-year $19 million deal with Kings
Brandan Wright: 3-year, $18 million deal with Grizzlies
Mo Williams: 2-year, $4.3 million deal with Cavs
Jeremy Lin: 2-year, $4 million deal with Hornets
Kosta Koufos: 4-year, $33 million deal with Kings
Cory Joseph: 4-year, $30 million deal with Raptors
Gerald Green: 1-year, $1.4 million deal with Heat
Kyle O’Quinn: 4-year, $16 million deal with Knicks
CJ Watson: 3-year, $15 million deal with Magic
Derrick Williams: 2-year, $10 million deal with Knicks
Jason Smith: 1-year, $4.5 million deal with Magic
Alan Anderson: 1-year, $4 million deal with Wizards
Sonny Weems: 2-year, $5.8 million deal with Suns
Bismack Biyombo: 2-year, $6 million deal with Raptors
Luis Scola: 1-year, $3 million deal with Raptors
Wesley Johnson: 1-year, $1.1 million deal with Clippers
Jeremy Evans: 2-year, $2.3 million deal with Mavs

Staying Put
LeBron James: 2-year, $47 million deal with Cavs
Anthony Davis: 5-year, $145 million extension with Pelicans
Damian Lillard: 5-year, $120 million extension with Blazers
DeAndre Jordan: 4-year, $87.7 million deal with Clippers
Kevin Love: 5-year, $110 million deal with Cavs
Marc Gasol: 5-year, $110 million deal with Grizzlies
Jimmy Butler: 5-year, $95 million deal with Bulls
Kawhi Leonard: 5-year, $90 million extension with Spurs
Draymond Green: 5-year, $85 million deal with Warriors
Brandon Knight: 5-year, $70 million extension with Suns
Dwyane Wade: 1-Year, $20 million deal with Heat
Goran Dragic: 5-year, $85 million deal with Heat
Reggie Jackson: 5-year, $80 million deal with Pistons
Paul Millsap: 3-year, $59 million deal with Hawks
Tim Duncan: 2-year, $10 million deal with Spurs
Brook Lopez: 3-year, $60 million deal with Nets
Khris Middleton: 5-year, $70 million deal with Bucks
Tobias Harris: 4-year, $64 million extension with Magic
Danny Green: 4-year, $45 million deal with Spurs
Manu Ginobili: 2-year, $5.7 million deal with Spurs
Thaddeus Young: 4-year, $50 million deal with Nets
Omer Asik: 5-year, $60 million deal with Pelicans
Kevin Garnett: 2-year deal with T-Wolves (financial terms not yet disclosed)
Iman Shumpert: 4-year, $40 million deal with Cavs
Patrick Beverley: 4-year, $25 million deal with Rockets
Jae Crowder: 5-year, $35 million deal with Celtics
Corey Brewer: 3-year $24 million deal with Rockets
Rodney Stuckey: 3-year, $21 million deal with Pacers
Mike Dunleavy Jr: 3-year, $14.4 million deal with Bulls
Kyle Singler: 5-year, $25 million deal with Thunder
Alexis Ajinca: 4-year, $20 million deal with Pelicans
Jonas Jerebko: 2-year, $10 million deal with Celtics
Dante Cunningham: 3-year, $9 million deal with Pelicans
Omri Casspi: 2-year, $6 million deal with Kings
Leandro Barbosa: 1-year, $2.5 million deal with Warriors
JJ Barea: 2-year, $5.6 million deal with Mavs
Justin Holiday: 2-year deal with Hawks (financial terms not yet disclosed)
Joe Ingles: 2-year, $4.5 million deal with Jazz
Aaron Brooks: 1-year, $2 million deal with Bulls

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In Case You Missed It: Draymond Green Was Turnt Up at the Warriors Parade

Nowadays with all the media attention surrounding sports, some things are easy to miss.  Example: I never found out until yesterday that Draymond Green was drunk during the Golden State Warriors championship parade.  After watching the videos below, it's evident that Draymond Green just loves to be the team's clown.  It's also evident that he is the perfect example of living out the dream life of a 25 year old, and having fun while doing it.