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NBA Mock Draft 1.0: NBA Draft 2020

Post Lottery 2020 Nba Mock Draft

According to reports released late last week from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA Players Association has approved a 72 game regular season to begin on December 22. Once this receives ownership approval we will likely see NBA action for the 2020-21 season just in time for Christmas. There are still be logistics to be sorted out regarding free agency, trades, and of course the NBA Draft. The Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18.  For this article, the NBA Draft …

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A Happy Ending to a Tumultuous NBA Season

A Happy Ending To A Tumultuous Nba Season

The NBA season came to a conclusion last weekend with the Los Angeles Lakers led by Finals Most Valuable Player, LeBron James, defeating the Miami Heat four games to two.  It was the Lakers 17th NBA championship (although my son won argue that we should only count the Los Angeles titles (12) and not the Minneapolis ones (5)  But that’s another article for another day. While it was not the way I had hoped with the Lakers winning the series, …

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Stanley Cup Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars

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After nearly two months of play in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, one more team, either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Dallas Stars will have their bubble burst as the other emerges as the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals champions. The Stars won two games against the Lightning in the regular season, each in overtime (4-3 on December 19; 3-2 on January 27) The Lightning representing the Eastern Conference made it to the Finals taking this route: 4-2 …

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Is This the Year of the Lakers? Three Reasons Why

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When the NBA Western Conference Finals commence next week, the Los Angeles Lakers are likely to face their crosstown rivals the Clippers.  While both teams share their regular-season home arena the Staples Center, this potential series will have a similar feel since both the Lakers and Clippers will be sharing an arena in Orlando as the site for this series. Many NBA pundits had accurately predicted a Lakers-Clippers conference final as early as July 2019, so now they will see …

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Boston Celtics: Contending For an NBA Championship

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As the NBA playoffs move into the conference semi-finals, there is a separation from championship contenders and pretenders. The general consensus for the contenders has included the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers.  Let’s consider another team that deserves to be in the conversation: the Boston Celtics. The 17-time NBA champions have a winning pedigree to win their 18th banner.  There are three reasons to believe the Celtics to bring another championship back to Boston. …

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NHL Made the Right Move to Postpone Games Amid Protests

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In a tumultuous turn of events in the sports world on Wednesday evening, the NBA postponed all three of their playoff games.  Players from the Milwaukee Bucks chose not to play their game versus the Orlando Magic due to the shooting of a black man by a white policeman this past Sunday. While this event sparked outrage by many players in the league, the trickle-down effect was felt across other professional sports leagues in the US. Three WNBA were postponed.  …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Previewing and Predicting Conference Semi-Finals

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As the quest for Lord’s Stanley’s Cup continues, we had to say good-bye to eight more teams who were eliminated from playoff contention. With eight teams remaining, we preview the four series which make up the Eastern and Western Conference Semi-Finals. The conference semi-final playoffs begin this weekend. The Eastern Conference will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city. The Western Conference series will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub …

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