Mike Budenholzer gets the vacant head coaching for the Milwaukee Bucks. He won the coach of the year a few years back with the Atlanta Hawks
Finally after almost half the season has passed by, All-Star point guard, Isaiah Thomas will join his Cleveland Cavalier teammates in a game for the first time since they acquired him in the off-season for Kyrie Irving. Thomas had hip surgery in the off-season and couldn’t participate in on the court activities until only a couple of weeks ago. It’ll be interesting to see if head coach Tyron Lue starts Isaiah in his first game action back since last seasons playoffs. The Cavaliers started off slow but picked it up in a big way with LeBron James carrying the load to say the least.
I always thought Isaiah was a great point guard going back to his Sacramento Kings days but since he’s only 5’9″ general managers (Phoenix and Boston as well) never saw him as a long-term solution, thinking he couldn’t hold up against taller and stronger NBA players. Well he’s proven those GM’s wrong with a great All-Star season last season in Boston and showing he can definitely perform in one of the most prestigious markets in the NBA. As a Phoenix Suns fan, I hated to see them let go of Isaiah Thomas and instead stick with Eric Bledsoe, who just this season stated he didn’t want to be in Phoenix anymore and was traded to the Bucks. So in essence, the Suns had 3 All-Star caliber point guards in Thomas, Bledsoe and Dragic and now have none of them and are relying on Tyler Ulis and journeyman Isaiah Canaan to run the point for a now rebuilding Suns squad.
Here’s Isaiah Thomas discussing his return. http://www.nba.com/video/2018/01/01/20180101-cle-isaiah-thomas-shootaround
Thats right, Lavar is going to start up a new basketball league that will include the top amateur players around the country instead of going to college. He plans on paying the players $3,000 to $10,000 per month. The NCAA refuses to pay their athletes but find themselves making millions of dollars on their student-athletes likeness. That sounds unfair and I believe it is because nearly every NBA prospect that plays in college doesn’t care about the free education they’re getting but instead only focused on making it to the NBA and getting paid. This idea has been a long time coming but just needed somebody bold enough and to pull this off and Lavar is that definitely that guy.
The Cleveland Cavaliers win last night made it a bakers dozen of wins in a row for them. They tied the franchise mark at 13 and its only the third time in franchise history they’ve done so. LeBron James is playing some of the best basketball I’ve seen in recent memory. His squad is without the likes of Tristen Thompson, Isaiah Thomas, and Iman Shumpert all due to injuries, and yet LeBron keeps it all flowing as if they were all playing. He’s averaging 27.2 pts, 8.9 Reb, 8.2 ast, .573% from the field, and .473% from beyond the arc. Cavs look to stay hot and break the win streak record when they play the Pacers next. I have a feeling they will, the Pacers are average at best.
Its been a bad week to say the least for one of my fantasy basketball teams (yahoo sports). First off I had the number four pick in the draft and I regretfully chose Steph Curry. To make it worse, the greek freak was available and I passed a stat stuffer for a fragile shooter. He ends up spraining his ankle and is out at least two weeks and i had to put him on the injured list. Already on the IL for me is Blake Griffin, who is out at least eight weeks. Then just yesterday another one of my players Devin Booker hurt his quad and is now out at least two weeks and there’s no more injured list spots available so i just have to shorthanded until one of them becomes healthy again. To fill the voids for the time being, I picked up Kris Dunn and Rajon Rondo. Hopefully they can stay hot and keep my team in first place.
If you haven’t heard by now, the Ball family, especially Lavar (father) loves the spotlight more than anybody. Most recently, LiAngelo, the middle child and two of his UCLA teammates were caught shoplifting at three separate upper class storefronts in China. The three were facing up to ten years behind bars in said country. Luckily they were able to return to the U.S.A. pretty much unscathed except for being suspended ‘indefinitely’ by UCLA. President Trump is to thank for that. At least thats what he proclaims.
Which all leads to what happened on Monday, 12/4/18, where Lavar decided to pull LiAngelo out of UCLA. Lavar states that he is exploring other options, which could mean he’s looking to transfer his son to another college or even go pro somewhere over-seas. Nothing has been decided as of yet. In my opinion, LiAngelo will never sniff the NBA and will be lucky to latch on to a decent professional European squad.
David Fizdale was let go from his head coaching duties on Monday 11/27. This comes one day after he benched their superstar center Marc Gasol. Gasol was so turned off that he wouldn’t even talk with coach Fizdale. The team is also on an eight game losing streak which didn’t help his situation either.