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At the start of every calendar year you can look forward to four things, cold weather, income taxes and March Madness!! We are down to the sweet round of sixteen with all four number 1 seeds still alive with a chance to be in the Final Four for the first time since 2008. In the south number one seed Kansas should be contested going against a solid Maryland team, while Miami will try to advance further then they ever been when they come face to face with Villanova. In the west two power match-ups with old rivals Texas A&M and Oklahoma while defending champs Duke is trying to become the first repeat champion since the Florida Gators did it with the likes of Joakim Noah and Al Horford in 2006 and 2007. Meanwhile the University of Virginia is seeking its first basketball championship as the number one seed takes on surprise team in Iowa State from the Midwest region. Also in the Midwest bracket, Syracuse and their 3-2 zone will try to slow down Domantas Sabonis and the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Domantas is the son of former NBA big man Arvydas Sabonis of the Portland Trailblazers bet you didn't know that! Syracuse routed "wanna be" Middle Tennessee who could not duplicate their masterful performance against fan favorite Michigan State in the previous round. In the final region in the east a heavyweight bout is set to take place between number one seed North Carolina and the Hoosiers of Indiana this should be a goody. The Marcus Paige led Tar Heels have one of the deepest rosters left in the tournament and its one of the reasons North Carolina has been labeled one of the best teams in the country all year long. Indiana is coming off an impressive performance against college royalty Kentucky in which Indiana overcame the loss of guard Robert Johnson who injured again during the first half of the contest. Notre Dame and Wisconsin square off in what should be a highly contested game. Notre Dame has been carried by their defense but a tip in 1.5 seconds left is what gave them the victory over upstart Stephen Austin. Wisconsin also benefited from a buzzer beater to get past No. 2 seed Xavier despite leading scorer Nigel Hayes being stuck in a shooting slump.
All 16 teams will be trying to advance to the elite 8 and then on to Houston where the Final Four and championship game will be held April 2 and April 4 respectively.

By…Duck Williams
Jmelo943@gmail.com

PostHeaderIcon The Miami Heat can surprise the east this season



The Miami Heat has made significant changes that has them competing for home court advantage in the eastern conference. They have secured one of the top positions and are continuing to progress as the season winds down and the NBA gets ready for the playoffs.

I will always stand firm on the belief that teams are only as good as ownership and Mickey Arison has put his trust in Pat Riley to manage this organization into one of the best run teams in the league. Riley’s disciple Erik Spoelstra took over the team as head coach in 2008 and has since produced 2 championships. Many could argue the fact that a lot of that had to do with Lebron James being a part of the team for those wins because the team has not been to the finals since James’s departure.

The Heat has always seem to be an after thought in regards to being in serious discussions for winning a championship but they have retooled their roster and are making the league pay close attention to their run. They could possibly prove to be one of the sleepers of the eastern conference this year. Coach Spoelstra has made some risky but solid line up moves since the team has lost Chris Bosh (possibly for the season due to blood clots reforming in his lungs) and signing of ex Brooklyn Net Joe Johnson.

The reconstruction of the starting line up features Goran Dragic (PG), Dwayne (SG), Joe Johnson (SF), Luol Deng (PF), and fast pace big man vet Amare Stoudemire. This allows Hassan Whiteside to be featured off the bench and has since increased his production to 18.8pts, 16rebs, and 4 blocks in the last 11 games. Josh Richardson, Justice Winslow, and Gerald Green are solid pieces off the bench to have around Whiteside who anchors the entire team’s defense.

Overall they seemed to have made the right adjustments and will be an exciting team to watch as the season closes.


By…J-SayWord @Delano_Iz_Real on twitter

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PostHeaderIcon Major changes for the Cleveland Cavaliers

PostHeaderIcon The Most Effective NBA deadline Trades of 2016 (2 of 2)




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In a three team deal Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Orlando Magic made some moves that for the benefit of tweaking their rosters and cost cutting. The Deal was mainly centered around (PF/C) Anderson Varejao and (PF/C) Channing Frye. The teams involved did not need much by way of trades but all had some benefit to moves that were made.

Portland Trail Blazers receive: Anderson Varejao (PF/C), some cash considerations, and a 2018 first round pick from the Cavs. Varejao would later be waived to free up cash for the team and make them flexible with salary space. He would later sign with the Golden State Warriors.

Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Channing Frye (PF/C) from the Magic. He is a stretch big man who can knock down long range shots and pull defenses away from the basket. That’s a trait there other main players did not have.

Orlando Magic receives: Jared Cunningham (G) who they can develop under coach Scott Skiles as the rest of the core of that young team grows.


The Phoenix Suns made a deal with the Washington Wizards to address their glaring issues they had within the organization. They are the beneficiaries of getting two players for one also.

Phoenix Suns receive: A protected first round draft pick, Kris Humphries (PF) and DeJuan Blair (PF).

Washington Wizards receive: Markieff Morris (PF) who will bring a young big man who will play with intensity and in an area he is familiar with because he has family that lives in the area.

Another three team trade that was done at deadline was between the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, and Utah Jazz.

Atlanta Hawks receive: 12 year veteran (Guard) Kirk Hinrich from the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls receive: (SG/SF) Justin Holiday from the Hawks.

Utah Jazz receive: (PG) Shelvin Mack


By…J-SayWord @Delano_Iz_Real on twitter



PostHeaderIcon The Most Effective NBA deadline Trades of 2016 (1 of 2)




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In reviewing the most effective trades at the NBA trade deadline I compiled a list of teams that I felt were the most noteworthy and would help those respective teams as the 2015-16 season gets closer to the playoffs. The first team that I felt had the most effective moves were the Orlando Magic. I believe they are a team to watch in the near future.

The Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons progressed by trading (PF/SF) Tobias Harris to the Detroit Pistons for (PG) Brandon Jennings & (PF) Ersan Ilyasova. How you may ask do you get value in trading two players for one? Well here we go:

Orlando Magic receives: Brandon Jennings (the focal point of the trade) a proven point guard who can also play the combo guard position and score at anytime he chooses to. Also with the young guard Victor Oladipo there Brandon Jennings can serve as a tutor for the newly acquired coach Scott Skiles and the system he would like to put in place. Brandon Jennings was drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009 when Scott Skiles was the coach and thrived in the system that was put in place by that coaching staff.

Detroit Pistons receives: Tobias Harris a (PF/SF) depending on what system Stan Van Gundy uses but he has a player with versatility in the “Bigs” category who can defend and score at both ends of the court. Van Guny’s style of coaching seems to benefit the Center and Forward positions as he is from the classical mold of the 80’s and 90’s style of play. I think Tobias Harris will thrive in that system.

“YOU KNOW” my number two team “YOU KNOW”….lol pardon me people in my vlogs but im getting used to the recording thing. I promise I will be better. Thanks for riding with me EARLY!!!!!!

The Los Angeles Clippers has shuffled their team mid season at the NBA trade deadline as they have made the deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to swap Lance Stephenson & trade considerations for Jeff Green (the focal point of the trade).

LA Clippers Receive: Jeff Green a versatile ( PF/SF) who can score in bunches and not only in the respect that he (Jeff Green) has played for Doc Rivers in his tenure with the Boston Celtics he is now seasoned in the game a gene that Rivers seem to thrive from and Green has talent just as long as you pair him with responders who understand how to develop him moving forward.

Memphis Grizzlies Receive: Lance Stephenson a (SG/SF) who has length size and strength and an overall natural ability of the game. His biggest knock is his focus during the season and the playoffs. Doc Rivers took a gamble by signing him but for whatever reasons it didn’t work. I believe they both have respect for one another.


By…J-SayWord @Delano_Iz_Real on twitter



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