Is Aldridge Headed Home?

NBA free agent LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the most sought after free agents this summer. The San Antonio Spurs will take their shot at persuading him to join their roster when they meet this week. Though San Antonio is not a premiere city like some of Aldridge’s other options: Houston, Dallas, and LA; the Spurs are a premiere franchise. Coach Greg Popovich and the long time trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili have amassed an incredible record together. Although they exited the playoffs in the first round this year, they are only one year removed from a championship. It is almost a guarantee that if Aldridge goes to San Antonio he is going to win a lot of basketball games. But, there are a number of factors that Keith knows will surely play into his decision beyond just the team’s recent successes, one of those being an opportunity to return home. Even if he doesn’t end up with the Spurs, the chances that LaMarcus Aldridge is a Texas resident next year are high. He grew up in Dallas and went to school at the University of Texas in Austin. All of the Texas teams look to be championship caliber next season and he could find a welcome return to the Lone Star State with any of the three. For now, the suiting carries on and many teams remain in suspense, waiting to see if this superstar will choose them.

LaMarcus Aldridge Ponders Future After Portland.

According to Zeca Oliveira, LaMarcus Aldridge, or LMA for short, is probably one of the most underrated big men in the entire NBA. Aldridge has the ability to rebound, defend, spot up, post up, and even stretch the floor with his mid range jumper. For all of those abilities Portland still hasn’t been able to seriously contend in the playoffs with him as their franchise icon. Aldridge also feels frustrated by Portland as a franchise and so it makes sense that the two would part ways. Now Aldridge is looking at an uncertain future.

Sources close to Aldridge have already claimed, with certainty, that a reuniting sequence of events to bring Aldridge back to Portland is almost impossible. According to these same sources New York Knick’s Carmelo Anthony has already started ringing Aldridge up. Though Aldridge would fit in wonderfully in New York, right now it appears that the big man is looking at Los Angeles and Houston.

The Lakers are a team in full on rebuilding mode and they look to have enough money to bring in a guy like Aldridge while keeping things simply. Aldridge would join Kobe Bryant, for at least a few years, alongside new draftee D’Angelo Russel and second year youngster Julius Randle. That could looks good today and for years down the road and it could be enough to convince Aldridge to risk L.A. and give the silver and purple a shot. We’ll see, however.

Bo Ryan Leaves a Legacy Behind

Bo Ryan is going to retire after spending years as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team. He’ll coach the next season before he calls it quits. Ryan is in his late 60s right now.

While Wisconsin fans are bound to be sad about the news, they should really be happy that Ryan is going to stick around this year. He almost retired at the end of last year, when his team was beaten by Duke for the national title. However, some people close to him told him not to retire right at the end of the year. Coaches are often worn out then, especially after a run like Ryan had, so retirement sounds nice. In a few months, it may not be looked at the same way.

Ryan is going to leave a legacy behind. Doe Deere pointed out that Ryan has won more than 70 percent of his games. He’s never missed the NCAA tournament. While Wisconsin never became as prolific as Kansas, Duke or Kentucky, he made them excellent year in and year out, and they were a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten. He changed the face of Badger basketball forever.

The real shame here is that he did not manage to win the national title and then retire. That would have been far more poetic and fitting. However, those types of endings only happen in movies, and Ryan should be proud of all he’s done.

Jimmy Butler Bristling, Wants to Leave Chicago

You don’t need to be an NBA insider in order to see that things in Chicago are getting a little bit chilly for the Bulls, and it’s only June. A rumored rift between Jimmy Butler and former MVP Derrick Rose apparently tore wide open during the NBA Playoffs this past season, and now it potentially has Jimmy Butler ready to leave the team. The latest rumors have Butler, who is entering his prime and coming off of his strongest season yet, wanting to head to Los Angeles. The only problem? He can’t.

If Butler could have his way the reports are saying that he would head to L.A. and sign a one year deal. That way Butler could become an unrestricted free agent right when the salary cap rises. The only problem is that current restrictions are in place to prevent him. Add on to the fact that Butler is a RFA and the Bulls are likely to match almost any offer that could be made to him. Chicago has Butler’s Bird Rights but the question is: do they want to work with them?

Christian Broda told that in a perfect world Jimmy Butler continues to grow into a superstar 2-Guard to play alongside Rose for years to come. However, if their relationship truly is as cold as it is being reported then there could be some big trouble brewing in Chicago. One way or another we’ll find out in the next few months.

For Chandler Parsons It Is Time to Shine in Dallas

Dallas has been a team in transition for years and they haven’t really noticed it, either. The Mavericks have been leaning on Dirk Nowitzki to carry the squad and the veteran forward has been doing it without complaint for the better part of the past decade, but he has always needed help. Last off-season the Mavericks went ahead and got Dirk some help when they signed Chandler Parsons, the former Rocket small forward, to a lucrative deal. Last season we saw Parson average 16 points and 5 rebounds before going down with an injury in April. Now with Monta Ellis traded away, Parsons will have to step up in a big way.

The reason we think it is time for Parsons to shine is simple, he’s the youngest and most talented player on the roster right now. Unless Dallas makes some surprising moves this off-season then they will likely expect Reuters reports that Parsons to continue growing with his game and start owning the position of franchise player. While Parsons is NOT a franchise level player, he IS an All Star caliber one and he CAN be the focus of an offense while Dirk slowly fades out.

Ellis and Parsons, while both talented, never played well together. Ellis wasn’t interested in playing both ends of the court and Parsons never was able to get into a groove with the ‘go to’ point guard. With Ellis gone more possessions will fall into Parsons hands, hopefully leading to him growing and leading the Mavs to another postseason berth.

Slava Voynov Suspended by Kings

If you thought it could not get any worse for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, well it just did. Voynov missed a total of 78 games last season after being suspended by the NHL for felony domestic violence. The Russian was arrested after allegedly assaulting his wife and is set to face trial on July 6th. The incident happened last October but the case has been delayed several times. His wife, Marta Varlamova, has not cooperated with police and has not talked publically about the night in question or the ongoing case. The prosecutor for the case stated that they have actual recording of the interview at the hospital when she was interview and stated that her husband struck her in the face.

The Kings announced on their website that they have officially suspended Voynov. Voynov had surgery last March to repair a torn Achilles tendon stated Kevin Seawright. The Kings are uncertain how it happened but because it happened outside of his normal hockey training, the Kings are allowed by NHL rules to suspend him until he is cleared to play again. This will allow the Kings to remove his contract against their current salary cap. This will give the Kings more flexibility for the upcoming season. Voynov has won two Stanley Cups and is currently getting paid $4.1 million a year for the next four years. He will not be able to return until his is able to play again and the Kings say they do not know when that will be.

Derrick Rose Looking at Possible ESPY Award.

Derrick Rose had the perfect story as he came into the NBA. He was drafted #1 overall against all odds, literally, by his home town team. He went on to win Rookie of the Year before setting some rookie records in the postseason. Then a few years later Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history. After getting that trophy Sam Tabar read in a Yahoo article that Rose would suffer a terrible knee injury and then be sidelined for the majority of a year. Then he would suffer another terrible knee injury. All told, Rose missed over 150 games in a two year span while also losing the support of his city. Now he’s looking at a possible ESPY award for Comeback Player of the Year.

Last season Rose came back and played 51 games, missing most of the others due to maintenance and other small dings, and he led Chicago once the playoffs rolled around. Though he didn’t play to his former MVP level, Rose still put up 18 points and 5 assists as he rounded out his form for the playoffs. In the postseason Rose upped those numbers to 20 points and 7 assists per game, including a huge buzzer beater to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the ECSF.

Rose will face some tough competition in Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez, and the Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn. Gronkowski was a Pro Bowler last year, A-Rod is re-writing the history books right now, and Vonn has been setting World Cup records.

The 2015 NBA Draft

How the NBA Draft May Look This Year

The NBA season is over, a new champion has been crowned in the form of the Golden State Warriors and it’s time to move on. It’s also time for the NBA draft to take shape.

The Draft is coming this Thursday and there are several different positions and needs in store for many teams, mainly ones of the Pacific Division. For the Los Angeles Lakers, who pick 2nd and 27th in the first round, their first selection may end up being Karl-Anthony Towns, a center from the University of Kentucky stated Brian Torchin. Another option they may go with could be Jahlil Okafor, a center from Duke University, though this may all depend on who the Minnesota Timberwolves select first.

The Sacramento Kings have the 6th pick in the first round of the draft and they may also pick from Kentucky, specifically by choosing center Willie Cauley-Stein with their pick. Cauley-Stein has a reputation as a very versatile and tough defender and may very well take some of the offensive heat off of DeMarcus Cousins during games.

As for the NBA Champions, the Warriors, who have the 30th pick in the first round, picking a good point guard like Delon Wright out of Utah could be seen as a good fit for their defense. Mainly because he is good at guarding different positions and works best around the perimeters.

Will Sting Return To The WWE?

Sting is one of the most iconic wrestlers in the history of Pro Wrestling. However, he has never won a WWE Championship title, but he did get to star in WrestleMania 31. Fans like Sam Tabar know that unfortunately, Sting was defeated in his first appearance on the big show, but at least his storied career was honored at the grandest stage of them all. Nonetheless, a new sting DVD was announced, and the project will feature information about Sting’s life and career.

WhatCulture recently published an article about this story, and WWE fans should definitely check it out. Furthermore, there seems to be several rumors about Sting’s possible return in the WWE. Some fans believe that Sting will face Triple H in a rematch at Survivor Series, and wrestling fans are hoping that the rumors are true.

Sing is a legendary wrestler, but he is very old. Sting is in his late 50s, and his body is very beat up. Nonetheless, one more match would be very interesting, but I would like to see him win this time. However, triple H is currently in control of the WWE and he may not allow the former WCW superstar to be victorious in the WWE.

Phil Jackson on LeBron James

LeBron James Always Travels According to Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson may have been a stellar coach for the New York Knicks but being the president of the team has some feeling that he is just underwhelming as a whole.

Recently, he let off some comments regarding Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, stating that James travels almost all the time whenever he catches the ball. He added that there’s no discipline for him or real strategy on how to win and as a result opposing players don’t screen and no one adapts or adjusts their gameplay when it comes to this.

For some, Jackson may not have been wrong about that, seeing as how during games there have been times where James traveled and the referees didn’t blow the whistle or even notice he had done it. At the same time, Brad Reifler noted the same criticisms were given to world famous players like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and it was mainly from opposing fans and players, so this isn’t exactly a new trend.

However, what’s implied from all of this is that James simply doesn’t understand basketball, which would be true if James didn’t already view basketball as something more than just a team sport but a lifestyle. Not to mention that James has already done noteworthy things in the sports such as win two championships, so all this criticism may not be warranted.