Kobe Bryant 1978-2020

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The photo above is one of many I took on February 2,2016. It was the first Lakers game I had ever attended at Staples Center. I was with my younger brother who had also never been to a Lakers game in his entire life. We were fortunate enough to get tickets to this game thanks to our oldest brother who purchased them for us. This was during Kobe Bryant’s last year playing in the NBA. It was one of the last sporting events I would attend in person while still living in Southern California at the time. Kobe scored 38 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists and in typical Kobe fashion willed his team to victory down the stretch. The Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-115. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Damian Lillard – Trail Blazers

Rookie – Ja Morant – Grizzlies

Coach – Doc Rivers – Clippers

Defensive Player – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks

Most Improved – Kristaps Porzingis – Mavericks

Sixth Man – Lou Williams – Clippers

Executive – Lawrence Frank – Clippers

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Pacific Division

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1. Los Angeles Clippers

They are the talk of the league after getting both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to come aboard.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis is now on board. Let’s see if that brings out the best in LeBron since LA hasn’t seen it yet.

3. Golden State Warriors

Not having Klay Thompson hurts them this year, but they should still make the playoffs regardless.

4. Sacramento Kings

Once again with a new coach on the bench what will their identity be with a young talented roster?

5. Phoenix Suns

The most dysfunctional team in the NBA not named the New York Knicks has another year of growing pains to deal with. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks

Rookie – Luka Doncic – Mavericks

Coach – Mike Budenholzer – Bucks

Defensive Player – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors

Most Improved – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors

Sixth Man – Kyle Kuzma – Lakers

Executive – Magic Johnson – Lakers Continue reading

Pacific Division

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1. Golden State Warriors

Until they are dethroned, they are still the favorites to win again.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The best player in the league has decided to take his talents out west.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

They’ve rebuilt this roster into a very cohesive and complimentary team.

4. Sacramento Kings

There’s plenty of talent, but what is the direction of this franchise?

5. Phoenix Suns

This will be a crucial year for this team that has a good core to build around. Continue reading