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OKC’s Enes Kanter Throws Some Haymakers in Radio Interview

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Enes Kanter on KDs comments from his burner Twitter account:

“We learned how he felt from Twitter. It was disrespectful. I understand interacting with fans, but having a fake account and just answering back and trying to have a conversation with them and stuff, come on, man. If you’re Kevin Durant, you don’t do that.”

Not surprisingly some of Kevin Durant’s former teammates are voicing their opinion on the latest chapter in the increasingly dramatic life of the Golden State superstar. Kanter really put things into perspective when he made a comparison to Russell Westbrook.

“I feel like the good players win championships, but the great players, they never blame each other,” Kanter continued. “They always take responsibility and they never blame each other. I remember there was one point in playoffs that we’re losing and they asked Russell about his teammates. He said, ‘We’re in this together. We don’t blame each other. We don’t point fingers. If we lose, it’s our fault. It’s not the coach’s fault, this guy’s fault, his fault – no, it’s everybody’s fault. Because we’re in this together.’ That’s why we don’t really point (fingers) and try to blame each other.”

Damn. Mad respect to Russ though, it sounds like he is type of leader I would want to play for more. Click here for the rest of the heavy takes from the OKC Center.

 

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ESPN is Garbage and It’s Time To Take Out The Trash

What’s the worst sports network you can think of right now?

I’d be willing to bet you thought of  ESPN. If you did you’re correct, and much like thousands of other sports fans who have also denounced the major network mediums in search of greener pastures. And it turns out you’re in the right place.

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But first, exactly why do we hate ESPN? And why, since we loathe them so much, are they still around in our media lives?

ESPN is severely out of touch with it’s core demographic. We are at the pinnacle of resources and info in the sport’s world, and ESPN is straying away in favor of playing by the “rules” and politicking. Just look at the current catastrophe in their office involving Linda Cohn and Jemele Hill. Regardless of your opinion, it’s hard to ignore the holes in ESPN’s ship.

The graphics, clips and overall display of SportsCenter and ESPN’s social content and online presence are often trashed in online networks for their clunky CGI or irrelevant fact usage.  The personality types we used to love have devolved into low brow character attempts at garnering controversy and clicks. Richard Sherman said what a lot of people were thinking during that outburst at Skip Bayless on First Take in 2013.

Not to mention, everyone in the world is sick of the 24/7 dic – I mean coverage of superstar athletes like LeBron, Steph Curry, Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning. Considering the platform and resources available to ESPN, it’s sad to see they have ridden the same beaten path as most major networks – sacrificing substance for attention and standing for nothing instead of taking chances and challenging narratvies.

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So how can we rid our lives of ESPN and their outdated content?

Well first, you can give your precious clicks and media audience to better providers. Alternative sports media sites like this one are becoming highly credible, are gaining more followers every day, and offer the same facts with better features and content! And if it’s hard info and Fantasy Football you’re into, there are tons of apps for your phone that provide a better service, faster, for free (I personally recommend SleeperBot for the fastest fantasy news).

Listen, delete their apps from your phone, erase the bookmarks from your browser, and turn off whatever awful segment that was playing on their TV station Let’s stop being force-fed this junk every day and do something about it.

Viva la revolución.

— C Sev

The Best of the Best: 2017 NFL Receiving Corps Top 5

As we gear up for the 2017 NFL season, it’s time again to start the age-old tradition of judging teams in every possible way before they even hit the field. Today we’re counting down the Top 5 NFL Receiving Corps entering 2017.

The dynamic of the League has shifted heavily to favor the pass in recent years – which has in turn led to the rise of dynamic wideouts and heavy volume quarterbacks. An elite passing game is crucial to a team’s ability to win games and succeed in the post season. Let’s take a look at the best hands teams the NFL has to offer this year – fantasy owners, get your pens ready:

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5. GREEN BAY PACKERS

Notable Receivers: Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Martellus Bennett, Geronimo Allison

Obviously, any squad with Aaron Rodgers at the helm has at least a slim chance to make the Top 5 Receiving Corps list, but the Packers current rotation is almost guaranteed a spot. 2016 Comeback Player of the Year Jordy Nelson is as masterful as ever, coming hot off a 1,250 yard, 14 TD season, and WR2 Davante Adams is seemingly proving his potential after nearly eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark. The Pack also added former Patriots TE Martellus Bennett, a seasoned pass-catcher and blocker for Rodgers – who will likely be an MVP candidate next season. This offense will be surgical in 2017.

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4. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Notable Receivers: Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries, Josh Huff, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard

The Buccaneers have been quietly developing into one of the stingiest middle-of-the-pack teams in the NFL (9-7 last year), and it seems they are slowly beginning to find their identity through former first overall draft pick, QB Jameis Winston. The Bucs decided to play to this strength in the offseason, signing former Redskins WR DeSean Jackson – a known speedster and reliable deep threat option – who tallied the second most (16) receptions of 20 yards or more last year. This will undoubtedly make life easier for 3rd year standout Mike Evans, a 6’5 jump ball receiver who has scored 12 TDs the last two seasons, earning him comparisons to the likes of Calvin Johnson. And let’s not forget TE Cameron Brate (who scored 8 times last season, fantasy sleeper!!) and O.J. Howard who will both be looking to make an impact in the red zone. These Bucs receivers may not be the prettiest looking options on the draft board, but they will score. A lot. And really that’s all that matter isn’t it?

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3. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Notable Receivers: Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell

Coming in at number 3 in the countdown are the defending champs, and everybody’s favorite to repeat as Super Bowl winners, the New England Brady’s…er… Patriots. Losing last year’s rushing TD leader in LeGarrette Blount (18 scores) to the Eagles is going to put pressure on the Pats to move the ball with the pass. Luckily for New England, new signee Brandin Cooks just posted two 1,000+ yard season for the Saints. Combine that with a gritty Julian Edelman and healthy Rob Gronkowski and you have the perfect storm of possession and scoring weapons to complement the age-defying superhuman that is Tom Brady. Expect another championship-worthy performance from this group in the coming months.

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2. OAKLAND RAIDERS

Notable Receivers: Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Cordarrelle Patterson, Seth Roberts, Jared Cook

Second in the countdown is my personal prediction for the #1 rated Offense in 2017, the Oakland Raiders. Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper both racked up over 1,000 yards last season. The twin threat of “Coop and Crab” is an absolute matchup nightmare for teams with secondary issues. Both are multi-faceted wideouts with the ability to break off defenders on quick routes or get over the top for the deep ball. Here’s proof. The addition of a true TE1 in Jared Cook and former Minnesota burner Cordarrelle Patterson provides extra options for Derek Carr – who has proven himself able to perform at the highest level and elevate the play of his teammates. Plus, WR3 Seth Roberts is a sly possession receiver that can find the endzone (5 scores last year). Oakland’s high-octane offense will be steamrolling into 2017 with something to prove, and I didn’t even mention Beast Mode yet.

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1. NEW YORK GIANTS

Notable Receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Travis Rudolph

The Number 1 Receiving Corps in 2017 will be… The New York Football Giants. The captain of this ship is undoubtedly NFL pretty boy Odell Beckham Jr, who once again dazzled us with a 10 TD, 1,350+ yard season. However things will have a different feel in 2017, with veteran Brandon Marshall lining up on the other side of Eli Manning. Marshall may be aging, but 8 1,000 yard season in 12 years in the league (and the NFL record for most receptions in a game) speaks for itself. Sterling Shepard is developing into a capable WR3, and rookie TE Evan Engram, the freshest set of legs to join the squad, is expected to be yet another pass catching threat for NY . Oh, and by the way, the Giants can’t the run the ball a lick. This team will be passing the ball early and often, and high volume = more receptions. I’m sensing many touchdowns in the Giants’ future. You heard it here first.

— C Sev

Hey Houston Rockets: Melo Is The Answer

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What are the Rockets waiting for? No one on the planet thinks for a second that just because they added Chris Paul to the mix that Houston has a chance to beat the Warriors in the playoffs. If this team was smart they would do everything possible to trade for Carmelo Anthony and at least give the Warriors a run for their money.

Melo averaged 22 PPG and 6 boards, and is one of the most successful players at creating points in the midrange – exactly the diversity the Rockets need as they rely almost exclusively on pick-and-roll offense and 3-pointers. The Rockets will need a pure scorer on the floor when Paul or Harden are off, Carmelo is the answer.

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Save all the “He never passes the ball” and the “He wont move the needle for Houston” arguments. Melo is an NBA Superstar and in the Association you need three of them to win a ring. You’re gonna sit there and pass on an opportunity to acquire a 10-time All-Star, 6-time All-NBA Selection, and 2013 NBA Scoring Champion?

With Melo spreading the floor as a stretch 4 and Chris Paul and James Harden creating open looks, the Rockets (who had the #2 offense last season) would be the most explosive offensive force in the NBA. Extremely high volume offense with a low amount of turnovers.

It is painfully obvious that there is no way to guard the Golden State Warriors. It might be time for a new strategy – just flat out outscore them.

Bring Melo to the H. Run up the buckets.

Pull the trigger, Houston.
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5 (Indisputable) Reasons Kansas City Deserves an NBA Franchise

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No Fluff, let’s get right to it:

  1. The Sprint Center.

The Sprint Center seats more than 19,000 people – Chesepeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City seats 18,203 people. The Sprint Center has hosted both the Men’s and Women’s National NCAA Basketball tournaments. The Sprint Center is the home of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The Sprint Center is already primed for basketball.

2. KC Culture Has Shifted; We Support Our Teams.

The KC Metro is home to The Loudest Stadium in The World™, the 2015 MLB World Champs and the 2-Time MLS Cup Champions. Kansas City has proven that the city stands behind it’s franchises and that we can sell out stadiums regardless of the sport. Supposed “Small-Market” people are delivering Prime Time results.

 

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  1. The Midwest Breeds Ballers.

Our area is home to some of the premier college basketball programs in the nation – Kansas, Missouri, K-State, Iowa State, Illinois, DePaul – just to name a few. There are legions of dedicated basketball fans that pack these college arenas nightly. We have produced a deceptively large amount of NBA and WNBA talent – and it is time we get to watch these athletes play at the pro level.

  1. We Already Love Basketball.

Kansas City loves basketball but our only outlet is college. Every single person in this city knows an over-the-top KU fan that lives for basketball season. In addition to that there are NBA fans here already. People that drive 5 hours just to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder play a game. We have the fan base available to help an NBA team thrive. We can unite the area, professionally.

  1. The Market is Here.

St. Louis and Kansas City have media markets that are ranked withiin the top 35 of the United States. This is higher than Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Oklahoma City AND Memphis – all of which host competitive and popular teams. We would be drawing from an insanely large audience that is thirsty to compete in the NBA.

Honestly, The fact that KC has not had the opportunity to get in on the NBA is a mistake by both the city and the Association. We are an up and coming metropolitan area with dedicated and energetic citizens who love to watch and attend sporting games. There’s always room for one more. Let’s make KC a 4 -team city, and show that the Midwest can compete with, and beat, the big dogs. Hell, I’ll even buy Sly James a jersey, personally.

— C Sev

The Cavs Will Be Better Off With Derrick Rose

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Kyrie fans, you’re gonna want to sit this one out.
Before I break all of you fanboys’ hearts, let’s give Irving credit where it’s due for his skill set – the man has the best handles in the league and is arguably the best scoring finisher in the game. However, he is a lackluster passer, struggles to run an offense and is a minus defender that has trouble switching onto bigger players. These are the types of skills he needed to improve to become a true top-tier player. Does anyone remember the 4 years Kyrie led the LeBron-less Cavs? A sub-.500 team you say?? These are things that go unnoticed by many of his fans – they simply refuse to see that Kyrie Irving does not make his team better. In fact he makes them worse.

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Let’s identify something that a lot of people seem to overlook: With Kyrie Irving ON and LeBron James OFF the court, the Cavaliers posted a plus/minus of -120 in a little over 630 minutes. This is absolutely abysmal and cannot be ignored. The Cavs play terribly when Kyrie Irving is the premier player on the court. His transcendent iso play just does not compensate for the lack of facilitating and defense when it comes down to it.

The Cavs will be looking to make a splash with the addition of former MVP point guard Derrick Rose. His play style is somewhat reminiscent of Irving, as Rose still averaged 18 PPG on 49% from the field. Respectable, especially considering he may be a 6th man. The key for the Cavs will be Rose’s position in the rotation. Cavs GM Koby Altman has stated that Rose is a “great off-the-bench guard.” With a Kyrie trade looming, the Cavs may be in the running for another high-level guard like Miami’s Goran Dragic to help spread the floor. Reduced minutes, and playing with the best player in the world, should be the key to a true Derrick Rose comeback, and better overall team chemistry for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rose is currently working out with LeBron in Vegas, prepping for the beginning of the season. I’m willing to bet we see one of the best career years for Rose since before his injuries. Is that a 6th Man of the Year award I smell? You heard it here first.

– – C Sev