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Is Zion Williamson The Next Lebron James?

Duke freshman Zion Williamson has garnered plenty of attention around the NCAA as potentially the second coming of Lebron James. The 6-7 285lb forward has dominated competition so far through three games into the college season.

The one thing that distinguishes Zion from everyone else is his crazy athleticism and his muscular frame for a college player. Zion is a force similar to Lebron in which they are both freight trains going at people. Zion has filled up the stat sheets with high flying dunks, stellar rebounding and even showing some shooting touch.

“This might be the most athleticism we’ve seen since Vince Carter,” said NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.

Zion for the season is averaging 25.3 Points, 10.7 Rebounds and 2.7 assists. With these numbers, he is making a case that he is the best college basketball player right now as well as the potential number one overall pick come the 2019 NBA Draft.

Zion has drawn comparisons to that of Lakers star Lebron James. This is a huge comparison that Zion will be looked upon to live up to in the NBA. Lebron, at the age of 18, was scrutinized heavily but lived up to and exceeded expectations. Lebron came into the NBA straight out of high school and also being a player who was not only extremely athletic but having a high IQ for the game of basketball.

Zion is a freak of nature and someone who is going to be an instant star and high energy player for any team he is on and the truth is we have not seen anything like Zion in terms of his athleticism and skills at his frame and stature. This is a great thing as he is a new breed of basketball talent that we haven’t seen before with these abilities.

Zion Williamson isn’t a Lebron just yet and it is kind of unfair to compare the two. Nevertheless, with Zion’s abilities, he can very well put pressure on being better than Lebron if he exceeds past expectations.

Right now, Zion is his own animal with unlimited upside in his game. Only time will tell if he can live up to all the hype that is surrounding him.

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What’s Next For Carmelo Anthony?

In the span of a year, Carmelo Anthony has been on the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, and the Houston Rockets. Recent reports from the Rockets organization say that Melo may be on his way out of Houston.

With the Rockets slow start to the NBA season, losing 4 straight games at the start of the season and currently being the 12th seed in the Western Conference, fingers and blame are being pointed at Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo, 34 years old, has not adapted to the Rocket’s head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive scheme of 3-point shooting, pick and rolls, and spreading the floor type of offense. Carmelo’s role on the Rockets has been questioned numerous times through the season and his stint with the Rockets may be ending very soon cause of his lack of adaptability.

Carmelo should be recognized as a gifted scorer. He was a ten time all-star and scoring champion in his career but the reality of his current situation is that father time has finally caught up with him. He has not improved in any facet of his game in the past six years. In addition, he has been the scapegoat and odd man out for the teams he has played on the past couple of years and it seems like that trend will continue.

“You know what? I honestly think Melo should retire, I really do,’’ said NBA Hall Of Famer Tracy McGrady. “I don’t want him to go through another situation like this, and people are just pouring negativity on this man’s legacy. I really think because it hasn’t worked out the last two teams, just go ahead and, you have a Hall of Fame career, just go ahead and let it go.’’

It should be noted that McGrady brings up the point of stopping the bleeding for Carmelo and not continuing his current path. Carmelo has a few options since he is still on the pursuit of winning a championship. Options are signing with the Golden State Warriors or possibly the San Antonio Spurs or as Tracy McGrady said, retirement. The ideal situation for Carmelo would sign with Golden State, win a ring on that team and then retire. Melo retires on a good note as he can still be a productive and non-problematic scorer on a stacked, 3-peat bound Warriors team.

Carmelo came into the NBA after winning an NCAA Championship at Syracuse University straight to the NBA in 2003. He was recognized as a winner and someone who can lift a team into a winning culture. His friends in that draft Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh have all went onto to have winning careers, challenging for championships and also winning but Melo has never seen a championship nor has he went to a conference finals or NBA finals.

Carmelo’s career at this point has been stained by the media, fans, and even NBA organizations and it’s tough to see him go through this. A gifted player who was at a point the toughest guy to guard in the league may never win a championship or play in the NBA after this season.

Carmelo, this season is averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and shooting 40% from the field. Melo can still be an effective player that can give you buckets, only thing is it has to be the right situation.

Celtics Face Reality Check after Loss to Blazers

After LeBron James departed from the east the Boston Celtics were looked at by the basketball world as a straight shot to represent the east in the Finals this season, but as they continue to struggle many have questioned the team’s potential. The Celtics finished their west coast road trip with just one win in four games, ending in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday 100-94

Blazers, Damian Lillard drives past Aron Baynes

For the third straight game the Celtics once again found themselves down 20-points throughout the game. They pulled off a comeback against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, but were unable to do the same against the Utah Jazz and the Blazers over the weekend. Kyrie Irving took a deep look at the team after the loss,

“We needed this. We’re not as good as we think we are,” said Irving.

“That’s really what it comes down to. The excitement is done. It’s just real basketball now. It’s not the potential of the team or where we’ll be at the end of the season. It’s right now and taking care of what’s in front of us.”

Kyrie calls for Veteran Presence

During his postgame interview Irving pointed at a veteran presence the locker room needs

“Right now I think it would be nice if we had someone that was a 15-year vet, a 14-year vet that could kind of help us race along the regular season and understand it’s a long marathon rather than just a full-on sprint,” Irving said.

The Houston Rockets may have one guy that could hit the free agent market really soon, Carmelo Anthony. After many players in the Rockets indicated that Anthony could’ve played his last game for the team, the 15-year vet could help mentor and motivate the Celtics young core.

The Race for Eastern Supremacy Continues to Grow

As Boston continues to struggle, the battle to represent the east in the Finals just got tougher after the addition of Jimmy Butler by the Philadelphia 76ers. It looked like the Celtics only had the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks to deal with after proving time and time again that the 76ers lacked depth to contend with Boston, but with Butler now in a 76ers uniform it will be interesting to see what kind of a difference he makes in their Christmas Day match-up.

The Celtics face a tough test on Friday as Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors visit TD Garden, the Raptors were victorious during their last encounter 113-101. As Toronto continues to play great team basketball, we’ll see how Boston bounces from their west road trip against the Chicago Bulls tomorrow night.

Why Minnesota Came To The Decision to Finally Trade Jimmy Butler

According to ESPN Insider’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, Minnesota Timberwolves’ President and Coach Tom Thibodeau came to the decision to finally trade Jimmy Butler after losing 5 straight games.

After devastating losses to the Kings, Lakers, Clippers, and Trailblazers, Thibodeau finally came to the realization that the team will accomplish nothing with Butler still present on the team. In light of everything, this trade did not help strengthen another Western Conference foe as Butler was sent to the Eastern Conference.

Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this afternoon and the Timberwolves hope to turn their ship around in hopes of reaching the playoffs with their new talent on the team.

Trade details included:

Minnesota Timberwolves Receives

Robert Covington
Dario Saric
Jerryd Bayless
2022 Second Round Pick

Philadelphia 76ers Receives

Jimmy Butler
Justin Patton

Minnesota has agreed to this deal and hopes to have everything finalized by Monday.

Philadelphia will add the 4x all-star to their core big three featuring Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Minnesota will add on two outstanding role players in Saric and Covington to build around Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

It has been a long time coming for Jimmy Butler as during the summer he has made it known around the league that he was open to being traded from Minnesota. With all the drama surrounding Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl Anthony Towns, Butler was more than likely going to be traded. Rumors and speculations had Butler being traded to the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, or the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 76ers hope to make a deep playoff push with their new additions and Butler hopes to seek out a contract extension from the 76ers during the season. Philly can offer Butler a 5-year max contract while other teams can offer only 4 years.

 

 

NBA Trade: Butler Blockbuster Bolsters Sixers Core

The Details…

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers reached an agreement on a major trade on Saturday that sent Superstar Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to the Sixers in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, and a second-round draft pick in 2022.

The trade aids both sides — the Timberwolves receive a great deal of bench depth, as well as a high-ceiling youngster in Saric, and, as an added bonus, they no longer have to worry about sending Butler to a Western Conference rival. Philadelphia, on the other hand, finally get their hands on the star they’ve been looking for.

A big three of Embiid, Simmons, and Butler should send the Sixers soaring in Eastern Conference favorability, but they’ll have to work hard to get past Giannis and the Bucks, as well as Kawhi and the Raptors.

Philadelphia, Butler Already Talking Extension

There are also reports of discussion between Jimmy Butler and the Sixers about a multi-year extension, though no official talks are allowed to take place just yet.

NBA: Celtics point guard Terry Rozier shuts down rumors about playing time

Celtics point guard Terry Rozier spoke out on Thursday about the rumors surrounding his unhappiness with his playing time,

“I woke up to news just like y’all woke up to news. I don’t know where it came from. I’m happy to be in this position I’m at, playing on a team that’s mentioned to have a chance to be in a championship. So I’m not worried about what’s being said,” said Rozier.

Over the summer Rozier was on ESPN’s “The Jump” saying he expected Kyrie Irving to be the starting point guard to begin the season. Rozier also stated that the team will make it work because they all have one goal and that’s to hang another banner at TD Garden.

Decrease in Minutes and Production

On Wednesday, Bill Simmons of The Ringer reported that Terry Rozier is unhappy with his playing time with the Celtics and may soon be traded. The 24-year-old point guard is currently playing 22 minutes off the bench with Kyrie Irving reinstated as the starting point guard.

This season off the bench Rozier is averaging 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists, as opposed to last season where he averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds during the playoffs with Irving out with a knee injury. Rozier was eight on the team in minutes played per game and it’s clear his production and role have diminished because of the return of both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

Danny Angie Denies Rumors about Team Monitoring Rozier

Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that seven teams are currently monitoring the situation occurring in Boston. Of the seven teams the Phoenix Suns, who are desperately in need of a point guard are aggressively pursuing Rozier.

Boston General Manager, Danny Angie, denied the rumors surrounding Rozier on The Sports Hub saying Rozier has not vented about playing time to him, saying he feels Rozier would “come to me and talk to me or Brad and that hasn’t happened.” Angie has also said that no teams have contacted him about Rozier since the start of the season and knows nothing about seven teams monitoring him.

Rozier agreed with Angie’s statement, “What Danny said makes sense, because he knows me. I know I would not say something like that,” said Rozier

The Celtics continue their west coast road time against the team who “monitoring” Rozier aggressively as they visit the Suns in Phoenix Thursday night.

NBA News: Celtics vs. Nuggets Takeaways

Celtics vs. Nuggets Recap:

The Boston Celtics kicked off their five-game west coast road trip on Monday against the Denver Nuggets. The C’s made no adjustments in slowing down Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray, who finished with a career high 48 points.

The Nuggets improve to an impressive 9-1 record to start the season, second in the western conference behind the Golden State Warriors (10-1). Boston on the other hand continues to search for answers with their new assets, now holding the fourth seed in the east with a 6-4 record.

 

Expectations in the NBA world:

The Celtics have not lived up to the hype as it pertains to expectations coming into the season. After coming one game shy of reaching the NBA Finals after losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, the hype around Beantown was that the Celtics were the new kings in the east. Although all that seems certain is that the Toronto Raptors are the team to beat in the East holding the best record in the east at 10-1.

With a lethal starting line-up of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford the C’s were projected to take the east by storm with their elite defense that separated them from the league as the number one defensive team last season. The Celtics are second in the league on the defensive side holding teams to 100.8 ppg (points per game), but right now its Boston’s offense that hasn’t clicked ranked 27th in the league.

Irving Fined $25k for Post Game Antics :

This is the second straight game were the Celtics defense came up short in stopping the opposing team’s star players. In Saturday’s loss to the Pacers the Celtics failed to put a hand up on Victor Oladipo’s game winning 3-point attempt. On Monday the C’s made no adjustments in slowing down Murray, allowing him to get open down the stretch hitting clutch shots that would steer the Nuggets to victory.

But the shot that irritated Irving and the Celtics more was Murray’s 3-point attempt with less than five seconds remaining. Irving took Murray’s hoist as disrespect, as he heaved the game ball into the crowd after the game. “He was the primary concern tonight and he made us pay in certain instances of making some tough shots and some tough layups,” said Irving. “But the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a [expletive] move like that. So I threw it in the crowd.”

Murray on the other hand meant no disrespect, “My emotions took over as it normally does when I get going like that,” Murray explained. Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said the veterans on the team spoke with Murray about the shot, “He’s young, he’s learning. You never want to try to disrespect anybody. It wasn’t disrespect. He was trying to get to 50 points,” Malone said.

Although it looks like Irving has circled the Celtics next meeting with Murray and the Nuggets, “You just don’t play basketball like that. It’s just petty. It’s immature. But we’ll see him again,” Irving said.