Zion Williamson is a High School basketball player from Spartanburg, South Carolina, he is ranked number 2 on the ESPN Top 100 list of High School basketball players. Both of Zion’s parents have athletic backgrounds, his stepfather was a division one basketball player, Zion was born to be an athletic star. Zion was being recruited by all the top college basketball programs, on January 20th he committed to Duke University.

His choice of school for some reason did not sit well with University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. Coach Cal normally gets more than his fair share of top basketball recruits each year, so I am wondering why losing Zion to Duke was such a problem that he had to comment. Duke sold Zion on the fact they are a family and provide a life for you after college basketball. All this is true if you look at Duke assistant coaches many of them are former players and there many former Duke assistant coaches who are head coaches at other schools. Someone else reminded me that a degree from Duke has a little more prestige. I believe that Zion made a wise choice but being a South Carolina kid myself I would have preferred Zion stay in state.

I was hoping he would go to Clemson, I like to see the top players going to those schools who are not basketball powerhouses. Michael Porter Jr. going to Missouri, Trae Young at Oklahoma, Ben Simmons at LSU, and

at Alabama. In my opinion, going to the others is what legends are made off, but I understand why going to the powerhouses is attractive, it almost guarantees an NBA contract. Choosing the right school has huge implications for a player’s career, the wrong school could hinder your chances of making it to the NBA, so Duke is probably the best option for Zion.

Is Zion going to be that special player? The Michael Jordan or LeBron James, I ask because with the litany of great players Coach Cal is associated with why did losing Zion provoke a comment? However, Zion story ends it will be the way he wrote it.


Joakim Noah has been sent home by the Knicks. I have been a Knick fan my entire life and last year was a disappointing year for me. The disappoint did not come from the number of loses the team had, it came from the activities of the organizations. I am referring to the treatment of Carmelo Anthony and Charles Oakley, I thought with the exit of Phil Jackson and the hiring of Scott Perry these childish actions would no longer exist. Then comes the Joakim Noah situation which may have proved me wrong.

Joakim Noah and the coach Jeff Hornacek got into a verbal altercation, because of this event Noah was sent home indefinitely. Joakim is a 2 times All-Star, 4 times All-Defensive, and 1st team All-NBA; I understand with the recent injuries he may not be the player he uses to be, but the Knicks are not giving him a chance to prove himself. I believe the Knicks need to do a better job with communicating with their players, it is simple to sit Noah down and let him know the directions of the team and what his role is if any. If the role is unacceptable by his standards, then the team and Noah should come to some agreement that both parties can live with. I see via social media Knick fans complaining about Noah, he makes too much, and he washed up. To those fans, I say contracts are negotiated and he has played so do you what abilities he has left. He is being paid $17 million a year, should at least try to get some money worth from him.

One of my fears that I had with the way they were treating Carmelo Anthony was how does this play with other players? Will this affect the top free-agents decision about joining the Knicks? I honestly if you are a top ten player in the league would you sign with the Knicks after witnessing how they treat their players?


Is Jerry West the best NBA executive ever? I would like to hear opinions on this, but the man resume as an NBA executive is impressive. From the trade that brought in Kobe Bryant, the free agents signing of Shaquille O’Neal, the trade for Pau Gasol, the construction of the Memphis Grizzlies, and the signing of Kevin Durant. Jerry West fingerprints are all over these transactions. Now his latest move, that may be the most impressive, is the trade of Blake Griffin.

Blake Griffin is an exciting player to watch, the highlight dunks and alley-oops but the Clippers signed Blake to contract worth 173 million dollars over five years. That is almost $35 million a year. There are only four players who make more money this season there are Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Gordon Hayward, and Paul Millsap. LeBron and Stephen are superstars, so their price tag is acceptable. Millsap and Hayward were going to different teams, therefore the new teams had to increase the amount to make the deal attractive. Now on to Blake, Blake has not played an entire NBA season since the 2010-2011 season, he is often injured, and Blake is not a superstar. Blake does not have the ability to carry a team, he does not make the players around him better, he is not a great defensive player and his games depends on his athleticism. Blake is 29 years old, so towards the end of his contract will he be worth the money?

Now here is why Jerry West may be a genius, he got the Detroit Pistons to agree to a trade for Blake. I do not see many teams taking Blake Griffin based on his history of injuries alone for $35 million. In return, Jerry gets Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, and a first-round pick. Tobias and Avery are good players, Tobias can easily average 20 points a game and Avery is still one of the premiers defends in the NBA. These players will make great pieces as the Clippers rebuild their team.

I do not know where Jerry West should rank among NBA executives but he has to be close to the top on everyone’s list.

In the game of basketball organizations on the college and professional level employ individuals who elevate talent. These people who elevate talent called scouts play a critical role in the future of the athletes, based on the scout’s analysis a play draft position is determined or the offer letters he or she receives can be affected by the scout. These scouts are paid handsomely for their work, they use all type of statistics to influence or support their opinion about a player but there is one thing that scouts cannot analyze and that is heart.

I am making the statement because I was recently thinking about two players who have defied the analysis of them by the experts. Those players are Trae Young and Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell was selected 13th in the last NBA draft, most scouts thought he would go around this pick but their idea of him was that he would be a second unit player. The scouts believed he would be able to score in the NBA, but he is not a lead guard and too small to be an effective two guard. The scouts did not think he had a high ceiling, I never understood that high ceiling remark because who are you to determine how far a person can go. Anyway, Donovan, in my opinion, is the best rookie of this season. Some will say Ben Simmons, but Simmons is not really a rookie and Mitchell has had more impactful games than Simmons. Mitchell is averaging more points a game while playing fewer minutes than Simmons. There are not any NBA scouts who would have predicted Mitchell being this good this early in his career. Now onto Trae Young, Trae was ranked 23rd on the ESPN Top 100 and 16th on Rivals Ranking. Trae was not as highly recruited as his counterparts, he was a five-star player, but no one expected him to lead the country in scoring and be compared to Steph Curry. Looking at it now it is hard to believe that there were 20 players better than Trae coming out of high school. Trae is projected to be the number one pick in this year’s draft. Again, the scouts, who analyze talent for a living, did not see Trae Young being this good this earlier.

There are a couple of scouts I will give credit to and those are the scouts who targeted these two players and the foresight in believing they would exceed expectation. One other thing that does affect their production and this is being in the right situation. Donovan Mitchell had no choice in where he would play in the NBA, so my hats off to the coaching staff for creating an environment for Donovan to excel in. I really impressed with Trae Young decision to stay home an attend Oklahoma, Trae could have easily gone to one of the other schools five-star players usually go to, but he didn’t. Instead, Trae went to a school that has a system that allows him to showcase his best attributes, this may be the smartest decision he has ever made.

I guess my point to all of this that basketball is an emotional game, because of this emotion stats and analytics will never provide an accurate picture of who a player is and who he or she will be with regards to basketball. Some people become great when put in good situations.

The Ball family has dominated the basketball universe in 2017, so it is only right that I start off 2018 with a post about LaVar Ball. LaVar has had his share of naysayers and haters, some of which is well deserved. I must confess I am a support of the Ball family but there is something I may disagree with. My disagreements with certain actions of LaVar are me just venting because it his life and family to do with he wants.

With regards to the Junior Basketball Association(JBA) that LaVar has stated he will create, people are upset because LaVar stated he will allow top high school basketball players to play in the league instead of going to college for one year. People are concerned because these players will give up the opportunity for a free college education. This is true because once given a scholarship that scholarship is valid for a lifetime, a player can return to college to complete his degree once his professional basketball career is over. The caveat that people are not discussing has LaVar stated the top players, top players consist of 10 to 20 players. That being said; the league will comprise of 80 players, therefore, you have to consider the other 60 to 70 players. No one is thinking about the players who did not get a college scholarship for various reasons, the streetball players, the players who have graduated college and players who did not attend high school. Everyone is only concerned about players that they can profit from, these other players no one cares about and do not offer a pathway to the NBA. Everyone knows that basketball player who you believe is a great player but has never made it. The JBA may give these players a chance to earn money playing the game they love and give the opportunity to showcase their talent to the NBA, G-League and European Professional basketball leagues.

I will admit the LaVar may not have the best business accruements but instead of criticizing his missteps individuals should be offering guidance. LaVar business ideas empower the athlete and allow the athlete to profit or increase profits from their talent.

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors is in his seventh season of his NBA career. Klay is averaging 20 points a game, are a three-time all-star and two-time NBA champion. The Warriors are the favorite to win another championship this season, barring injuries or some other unforeseen circumstance the Warriors could win several more championship. Klay is not only a great offensive player, he one of the better defensive shooting guards in the league. Klay Thompson will be a free agent at the end of the season in 2019. My question is will Klay resign with the Warriors or will he follow in Kyrie Irving footsteps?

Like Kyrie everyone will say why to leave a team that is contending for the championship each year, the answer is to prove that you are a great player. When the Warriors first started their ascent Klay and Stephen Curry were arguably on the same level, as it stands today some may consider Klay to be the fourth best or most valuable player on the team. People will argue there is no problem with being the second, third or fourth best player on a winning team, there are great players who were not the primary players on their team. That is true but most of those players played in an era where they were fewer teams in the NBA, style of play was different, and a player’s greatness was not determined by the number of championships. Players like Kevin McHale, James Worthy, and Joe Dumars are considered great players and they were the number two players on their teams but name the fourth best player on a team that you would consider great during their prime years. You can argue great players were the fourth option at the end of their careers but not during the prime years. The NBA will soon celebrate its 75th anniversary, there will be a list of the 75 greatest players to play in the NBA. Will Klay make this list? Your answer may be no and the reason he will not make the list is that everyone you put on that list is the leader of their team such as James Harden.

I am not saying Klay will leave the Warriors, I have no idea what he might do but I understand if he decides to leave. NBA players, the good one, must find ways to push themselves. Some players dreams do not stop at all-star games or championships their goal is to be considered one of the best. Imagine you are an NBA player and you see how Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas are treated by fans and other NBA players. Would you want to be considered on their level? I think that is what Kyrie is shooting for and Klay may decide he wants the same admiration.

LiAngelo Ball has left UCLA and we do not know his plans. I have been a supporter of the Ball family especially LaVar, but I do not think this was a smart move. I hope LaVar proves me and all other nay-sayers wrong as he has done in the past. I do not like doubting anyone because everyone can prove someone wrong, all they must do is put in the work and refuse to fail but I think this move will hurt LiAngelo.

One of the reasons I believe this will hurt LiAngelo is based on his current reputation, most NBA teams will not give him a chance. I believe it would have been better to stay in UCLA overcome the stigma for the theft and produce on the court for UCLA. Before this incident in China, everything said about the Balls was that they are terrific kids. People were waiting for an incident like this to happen so that they can criticize the Balls and how their parenting. The media and the public do not mention the other players involved and we still do not know who stole the merchandise. Repairing his reputation was the most important thing and leaving a school because they are punishing you for the crime and the embarrassment associated with it will not help. There are great players who NBA teams have shied away from because of character issues, in addition, LiAngelo has not shown he can be a good player on the collegiate level.

LaVar says he will be getting LiAngelo ready for the draft but who has identified him as a draft project. LiAngelo was not an ESPN top 100 players coming out of high school. What is strange about this I can not remember a player being the leading scorer on a nationally ranked school not being considered a top high school player. Both of his brothers were ranked, therefore the argument he is not ranked because of LaVar will not work. It is incredibly hard for high school top 10 players to get draft without playing in college, so what magic formula does LaVar have that will get his son drafted. The fact that he believes the punishment was too harsh will have teams turning away. I believe LiAngelo is the better shooter of the brothers, but he does not have Lonzo’s court vision and athletic abilities; LaMelo is today’s prototypical point guard. LaMelo can be Damian Lillard at six feet five inches tall. I saw LiAngelo being like Dennis Scott, I believe that is who he should have modeled his game after to ensure he makes it to the NBA. Dennis Scott had a successful career at Georgia Tech, that allowed NBA teams to see him play at a high level, what body of work will LiAngelo have for NBA scouts to judge. Workouts and being in shape does not translate to NBA talent, he to display he could excel in games. There are players in the G league now who can score but they have not received a call from the NBA.

I am hoping LaVar has a trick up his sleeve because if he is wrong this decision could affect all three of his sons. People will question LaMelo game because he is not playing high school ball and may not be able to play in college. Lonzo is struggling by some people standards. Any failures will be contributed to LaVar and this empire he is slowly building may come crumbling down.

Will there be a WNBA in the future? If the WNBA is lost how will this impact women’s sports? Can women save the WNBA? The WNBA has been in existence for 20 years, how can we make sure there are another 20 years of women’s professional basketball. James Dolan has announced that the WNBA team New York Liberty is for sale. Dolan is one of the last original owners of a WNBA from the initial season. San Antonio has sold their team to buyers who will bring the team to Las Vegas. Th

Most of the WNBA teams are losing money, most of the revenue from the WNBA comes from television deals that were packaged with the deal for the NBA. The WNBA has seen a decrease in attendance on average, I believe this is the main reason Dolan has decided to sell the Liberty. People will be mad at his decision, but this is business, if people want the Liberty to stay they will need to attend games. I reside in New York and I have not heard much disappointment in Dolan decision to sell the Liberty maybe because some fans hope he sells the Knicks but that’s another story. Personally, I used to be a fan of women’s basketball, my favorite player was Dawn Staley. The fact that only time I would be able to see the women play was during the Olympics made the WNBA intriguing to me. Unfortunately, I must admit I have never been to a WNBA game and I seldom watch the games on TV. I believe the growing popularity of the NBA has hurt the WNBA a little, the WNBA games are played during the offseason of the NBA but with the increasing popularity of the NBA summer league and now Ice Cube’s Big 3 league basketball junkies have other places to watch the game.

For the WNBA to survive viewership must increase, to increase viewership WNBA must have more interaction with the NBA. For example, the WNBA should play their all-star game right before the NBA All-Star game. The same day same arena. Allow the WNBA season to spill into the NBA preseason. Right before the WNBA game you can have the NBA team practice in front of the fans, scrimmage or play a preseason game. Allow discount for NBA tickets if some has brought a WNBA ticket, for example, if you bought a ticket for a game against the Sparks you get a discounted ticket for the game against the Lakers.

I am not sure what or if anything can help the survival of the WNBA, but I am afraid its failure may have a negative impact on the future of women’s sports. This may require women who are not sports lovers to support just because these are women and allow these little girls that dream of playing in the WNBA to continue to dream.

What will the NBA look like in 10 or 20 years? What do you want the NBA to look like in 10 or 20 years? Will the NBA be better, or will it lose some of its popularity? What would you add to the NBA game? These are questions I ask myself and other people, most of the times people do not have an answer. Some do not have an answer because the game of basketball is not that important to ponder the future, I fully understand this position and respect it. For me watching basketball sometimes allows me to have a break from reality but there are times basketball forces me to think about the important issue that affects the world.

I believe the NBA will grow internationally, we see more and more games being played overseas. I know some people are pushing for an NBA team to be located in another country, I believe if the team is in the Eastern hemisphere it will be a logistics nightmare. The travel time would have an adverse impact on the player’s performance. I have a suggestion that may increase the global brand and provide more NBA games without having an adverse effect on the players. The top 16 teams make the NBA playoffs, I purpose the next eight teams participate in NBA tournament. The tournament can change locations each year, having the host country bid for the tournament much like the Olympics. The tournament could be a three or five-game elimination, then the winner moves to the next round. Just imagine the NBA can pick exotic locations with high tourist travel such as Dubai. Dubai will meet the financial requirements, has the viewership, and can build an arena that is suitable. This will also help prevent teams from tanking because the players will want to win to get the extra money for playing in those games and the teams would want the extra revenue.

I know my idea may not be perfect or the NBA may not be able to execute it, but I would be interested in watching these games. The game must go somewhere, so why not a tournament. We see the viewership and the attendance for the NBA summer league games increasing each year, this indicates people want more NBA games, so the NBA must come up with a more to give us more games.

What is wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers? This seems to be the question that everyone is asking lately. The Cavaliers have gotten off to a bad start and it seems like all the commentators and basketball experts are panicking. The Cavs as of today have five wins and seven losses, which places them in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference.

In my opinion, everyone needs to calm down I believe the Cavs will come back to be the powerhouse of the Eastern Conference. The only team that is playing well in the East is the Boston Celtics, who are in first place. The second-place team is the Detroit Pistons and the third-place team is the Orlando Magic. Now, who really thinks the Pistons or Magic are better teams? No one, these teams are overachieving and will revert to old habits soon. This year the NBA implemented a shortened training camp and pre-season schedule, I believe this has affected teams that had huge personnel turnover. Someone will argue how come the Celtics and Houston are not having problems, the Celtics system was centered around a scoring point guard they just switch scoring point guards, therefore, the system needed a little adjustment. In Houston Chris Paul has not been playing, so the effects of that trade have not been seen yet. The Cavs are missing their point guard Isaiah Thomas, have injuries to key players, Dwayne Wade is trying to figure out where he can have the most positive impact, and Jae Crowder must figure out his role. My opinion on Jae Crowder is that he has been focusing on scoring too much, defense is where he hangs his hat, and this should be his primary focus. The concern that I have with the Cavs is that they should be a much better defensive team compared to last year. Defensive is about effort and I do not see that effort, maybe coach Lue needs to concentrate on defensive more. The Cavs have enough scoring power, so the offense is not the problem, LeBron can dominate a game offensively anytime he chooses.

Let me preference this by saying that I am not a LeBron James fan, but I respect the man’s game. LeBron is the best player in the NBA today, people will argue Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant but LeBron, in my opinion, is the best, we can debate this later (just post a comment). LeBron will bring the Cavs back to its dominance soon, the Cavs will be back in the championship game. You would think by now people would not doubt this man’s ability and desire to win, he has proven repeatedly his greatness. This is just another instance where he will prove his nay-sayers wrong