Wade To Leave Miami?

James Dondero says there are many wonderful basketball players in the NBA. However, one name that sticks out the most is Dwayne Wade. Wade entered the Miami Heat team in the early 2000’s. Since that time, Wade has helped the heat win countless titles, be in countless championship games, and gain a lot of popularity all over the world.

Knowing all of this, people are wondering why Wade is thinking of leaving Miami. Sources say that two years ago, when Wade gained a new contract with the Heat, he negotiated to drop more than ten million dollars off of his career. In return, he was able to be a free agent come this year. Wade did this to have many options this year, but he also did this to save Miami money. Miami was able to purchase a few new players with the money they saved on Wade.

Now that this year is here, Wade realizes there are many other teams who are willing to pay him more money. The only problem is that the heat do not want to let go of Wade at all. Wade is willing to stay with the Heat, but he wants a sizeable contract that will not be offered to him elsewhere.

More information will be coming forward regarding this situation in a couple of days. However, sources believe the Heat will pay Wade his price. The fact is, there is no other Dwayne Wade on the planet.

James Harden Comes up Small for Houston Rockets

Up until Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, James Harden has always bucked expectation even when sitting in a slump. The bearded MVP Runner Up has had an up and down playoff run but he has always gone big when the moment needed him, such as his huge close out performance over the Los Angeles Clippers. So many people expected James Harden to once more play superhero in the close out game of the Golden State Warriors series. Sadly, that didn’t happen and Harden proved why he isn’t the man quite yet. Harden went 2 – 11 from the floor and shrinked when things mattered most.

With their season on the line and a chance to get to the NBA Finals rapidly floating away, James Harden tried to do what he did best: take over the game. Yet nothing was quite working and it seemed almost like Harden was playing in a waking nightmare, where your legs can’t quite run and your arms can’t quite swing. After dropping 45 points in a huge Game 4, Harden only managed to score 14 points with a disastrous, and Playoff high, 13 turnovers by HIMSELF.

Analyst Ivan Ong breaks down the game: Harden was pretty much the only Rocket to come up miniscule in this game. Dwight Howard put up another intense performance, gutting out his injury. Jason Terry, in his mid-30s, even dropped 16 points on the game. It was James Harden, the superstar, that couldn’t make things happen.

Warriors 40 Year Drought

The Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA finals for the first time in forty years. Actually it is their first NBA finals appearance ever. Going from the laughing stock of the league to the hottest team in the NBA, The Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals yesterday.

Known for their high-powered offense, it was actually their defense and depth that earned them the win over the Rockets. The Warriors shot an abysmal 41% for the game and 23% in the first quarter. They also never did get their three pointers on track but they did enough to beat the Rockets 104 – 90.

Christian Broda was aware of the fact that the Warriors did not play as well as their season went in game five but it was enough to clinch the series. Golden State set a franchise record by winning 67 games during the regular season and considered by many the team that would win the whole thing. The finals will be a match-up between the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game one is set to tip off on Thursday June 4, 2105 at 9 P.M. in Oakland. The series will feature a match-up between league MVP Steph Curry and 2 time champion LeBron James. James has carried the Cavaliers the entire season as well as in the playoffs. This should be a very good series.

Anderson Silva Still Denies Cheating

Anderson Silva is currently suspended from fighting in the UFC. He failed a drug test prior to his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Many people were shocked to find out that the so-called “greatest fighter of all time” proved to be a steroid user. Nonetheless, Anderson Silva denied the allegations, and he continues to deny them to this day. In fact, Anderson was recently interviewed, and he wants the world to know that he is not a cheater. However, it is going to be very hard to convince UFC fans that Anderson did not cheat in his bout against Nick Diaz.

Anderson Silva failed multiple tests for the Nick Diaz fight, and one of the test was even a post fight drug test according to Handy. Silva fans are extremely disappointed to know that the legendary fighter did not play by the rules. However, it should be noted that Anderson Silva never failed a drug test in his 20-year career prior to the Diaz bout.

Yahoo! Sports recently posted an article about the former middleweight champion, and it’s clear that Anderson will never admit to cheating. However, some people feel that Anderson Silva did take steroids in order for his leg to heal properly after it broke last year. Sadly, Anderson Silva’s entire career is now in question, and many people no longer refer to him as the greatest ever.

Curry Proves to be Better Than Harden Yet Again

James Harden scored 45 points, an incredible total by any standard, but even more so in the playoffs. Still, even with that effort, it was clear that Stephen Curry was better than Harden.

When Curry jumped to block a shot, he flew up over Trevor Ariza. Ariza tried to duck him, but the impact took Curry’s legs out from under him, flipping him over. He landed hard on the court, breaking his fall only slightly with one arm and then hitting his head on the hardwoods. He left the game, returning after some time, but clearly being limited by the injury.

It’s important because all of that had to happen for James Harden to finally look like the James Harden who was considered for the MVP honors that ultimately went to Curry. Harden has been good in other games, but he’s made mistakes, even turning the ball over when the Rockets were down just one point, as time expired. He’s not been an MVP caliber player. Last night, he finally looked like he deserved the honor, scoring 45 and leading his team to its first win of the series.

Christian Broad feels that he could only do it, though, with Curry injured. If anything, this game showed just how great Curry is, as he’s both held Harden in check and been a scoring machine himself. The Warriors will have him back for the next game, which they’re expected to win.

Lakers Snatch Number 2 Pick In 2015 NBA Draft

The once mighty Los Angeles Lakers needed a bit of luck to start turning around the fortunes of the franchise during the 2015 NBA lottery and a bit of luck is just what they received. Despite having the fourth worst record in the NBA this season, the Lakers will move up two spots and will pick number two overall in the NBA draft. Bloomberg recently reported something that the guys at Madison Street Capital have known for a long time, that the last time the Lakers had a draft pick this high they picked James Worthy, who became a key element to the Laker’s championship run during the 1980s and 1990s. Picking number two is almost better than picking number one as the team will not have the pressure of wondering if they are in fact picking the best player in the draft and the baggage with picking number one. That fate fell on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers had their worst season that any Laker fan could remember and what is more concerning is that there are few building blocks that fans can look towards on the team to see Championship caliber team come out of Los Angeles anytime soon. The current laker roster has an aging Kobe Bryant who may have one or two years left before he retires. Many believe that the next NBA season will be Kobe’s last. Current forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love will be a free agent and him landing in Los Angeles is a distinct possibility. However, without another young super star, fans will have to be patient with this current Laker team.Lakers Land Number 2 Overall NBA Pick.

Reebok Deal is Hurting UFC Fighters

The UFC is a billion dollar corporation, but apparently, the fighters feel that they are not getting paid fairly. The UFC has been under scrutiny for years about this subject, and the president of the company has denied these claims for years. However, it cannot be denied that MMA fighters are paid far less than any other professional athlete in the world. A professional UFC fighter is sometimes only paid $6,000 dollars per fight, and that is downright despicable. How can someone feed their family with that amount of money? People have to remember that MMA fighters have to pay everyone around them, and the fighter is usually left with nothing.

A few people at Amen Clinics agree that having such a dangerous and life threatening job should result in a great reward. The UFC is supposed to be the place where the best fighters meet. Doesn’t that mean that everyone who is under contract with company deserves to get paid well for their service?

Aside from fighting, UFC fighters make money from their sponsorship deals. Everytime that a fighter goes into the octagon with a company’s name on his shorts, that fighter is paid for showing off the sponsor’s name. However, the UFC has made an exclusive sponsorship deal with clothing and apparel company Reebok. This means that UFC fighters will not be allowed to where other sponsorships, while in the octagon. BloodyElbow.com features an interview with Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar. Both of these elite fighters agree that the Reebok deal has caused everyone to lose money across the board. Also, UFC fans feel that the company is making the most amount of money from Reebok and not the fighters.

San Antonio Wants Duncan Back

The San Antonio Spurs are two years removed from a World Championship over the hated Miami Heat (at the time). San Antonio was unfortunately bounced after the first round in this last postseason against the tough Los Angeles Clippers, leaving many to ask the question: Did we just see Tim Duncan’s final game in the NBA? Tim Duncan, who seems ageless if only because of his attitude, has continued to show that he is one of the best big men in the league thanks to his fundamentals and honest work ethic. If Coach Pop and the Spurs have their way, he’ll be back for another run at a title.

Spurs fan Paul Mathieson’s biggest fear is that Tim Duncan will retire without a proper send off (more at ireport.cnn.com). After all, Duncan doesn’t need to stick around for any more rings or playoff series. Duncan has gotten his wins as the big man and he has made his case for the Hall of Fame. Yet many fans would like to see Duncan come back for one more year, if only to help transition the team onto Kawhii Leonard’s young but sturdy shoulders.

Leonard is about as close to a Duncan clone as you can get from the small forward position. Always serious, and always working, Leonard has quickly worked his way up to the second most important player on the entire team. Another year of tutelage from Tim Duncan could make all the difference in the world.

Atlanta Can Let LeBron Get His, Stop Other Cavs

The Atlanta Hawks earned the right to challenge LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference Championship. The Hawks won 60 games during the regular season and they were routinely considered one of the best teams in the league. Of course none of that means anything when you have 2x Finals Champion and multiple MVP LeBron James standing in your way. Fortunately for Atlanta, the Hawks can win this game even if LeBron plays heroic ball. The key is just, simply, to go out and stop everyone else in a Cavs uniform.

While swingman Demarre Carroll is a plus defender on the court he is still no match up for LeBron James. James will be able to get to the rim at will against Carroll and the rest of the Hawks. Surprisingly enough, that’s fine. The Hawks were never going to shut LeBron down. So Atlanta needs to let LeBron get what he can get and instead focus on shutting down the rest of the Cavaliers.

LinkedIn said if Atlanta can seriously stymie the play of guys like Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving, and JR Smith then the team might find a way to win this series. LeBron can’t handle the burden of doing everything for a protracted series, so eventually fatigue will catch up with him. As it is James will likely have to play 40+ minutes every night, assuring the fact that he will wear down toward the end of the series.

Golden State Warriors Take Game One From Rockets

On May 19 the first game between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors took place and the number one seed, the Warriors, came out right on top as expected. With the help of Stephen Curry, the team really took control of the situation despite falling behind a little bit in the second half. According to an article found and written by Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets looked like they had a chance when James Harden really took a commanding role on the court. The Warriors fell behind the Rockets in the second half of the game, but the team worked together to recover really quickly.

This is only game number 1, though, between the two teams in this championship tournament. There could be a potential of six more games if the Rockets manage to step it up and take a win or two back from Golden State. In any case, fans over at Handy know things are getting exciting out there in the NBA world and it won’t be long until we get to the finals which will be a lot of fun. All of the basketball stars are going to be pushing themselves to the limit to get those wins, and it will likely be long, grueling and intense games for them. But, this is the moment that they work for each season in their career- to get to the championships, so it also feels very rewarding for them.