Just like that! In one verbal agreement the Warriors, Thunder, Heat, Boston, Clippers, Spurs, Western Conference, Eastern Conference and the overall NBA landscape has changed.
The Finals may be over but they deserve to be relived just one more time!
What a crazy Finals, I think I can speak for the whole Courtside Convo team and say that this years Finals was one to remember. The history that was made and not made all the way to the many storylines that were built going into the series and during the series.
Take a trip back through the Finals with some great pictures and recap info with this months issue and get ready for a great offseason.
Source: NY Daily News
A day before draft day, the Bulls make their second trade of their longer than expected offseason by trading former MVP and face of the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. Also to be included is Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round pick in exchange for the offering of Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.
I’ve said it before in this series and I’ll say it again – WHAT. A. GAME.
This was everything we heard as we kept getting deeper into this series as questions kept on pushing the narrative that one team needs to step up and make this thing competitive.
Well, on the last day of the NBA season with everything on the line we, the fans of the NBA, were gifted a Game 7. But not just any Game 7, this was unlike anything that would ever be witnessed – and it was all thanks to storylines.
So with everything this game burdened as the 48th minute buzzer drowned out Oracle it’s only right we should break this down from the top.
So here we are. After a playoffs full of the best drama that only sports can offer we arrive at a Game 7 in the NBA Finals.
It’s crazy to go back and think of the narrative that was beginning to be written at the start of this NBA season mainly involving the leagues 2 biggest superstars. LeBron and Curry have been deathmatched against each other all season and yet we should now realise that none of it matters now and none of mattered prior to April.
As we finally approach the final game here is storied review of the series so far.
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WOW is all I can say after this month of playoffs, absolutely crazy finish. Now we set our sights onto the Finals.
In this issue you can find a complete breakdown of the NBA Playoffs and look forward tot he next issue for all the Final information.
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In this year’s NBA Draft class, there are two top draft prospects in LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram. After those two, it is anybody’s guess as to who is the third best player in the draft, but one of the popular choices is Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield.
Hield was the most prolific college basketball player last year, winning the Wooden Award, Naismith Award, and Oscar Robertson Award. His shooting ability has scouts excited, but there are questions about his ball-handling and defensive ability.
Heading into the draft, Hield is looking to change those perceptions of him, and according to ESPN’s Chad Ford (Insider), is getting some help from Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant along the way:
Hield hears the criticism and has been spending most of the past six weeks tightening up his handle and working on his explosiveness in an effort to improve his lateral quickness. He has even received some on-court tutoring from Kobe Bryant.
With the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 taking place in Anaheim this year, Kobe was able to see Buddy up close and came away impressed. Hield even noted that his outstanding performance in the Elite 8 was due to seeing Kobe in the stands.
Apparently Kobe was impressed enough that he decided to work with Hield ahead of the draft. For Hield, the opportunity to work with one of the NBA’s greatest players is something that can’t be measured. As he looks to answer the questions that scouts have about him, Kobe can help him do so and teach him the tricks of the trade.
With the Lakers holding the second overall pick, the likelihood of them drafting Hield is slim if they remain in that position. Of course with the potential of trades, anything is possible, but it would still come as quite a surprise if Hield ended up in the same colors as Kobe.
The NBA season is now done and the playoff seedings are confirmed with the difference for some of these teams being as little as 1 or 2 games.
Alot of people thought that Cleveland would cruise through to the finals again this year, but perhaps we should think again? Do the Warriors have something to fear after seeming untouchable all season?
It’s definitely playoff time. Are you ready?
The second instalment in Courtside Conversation’s #SignatureSeries is Steph Curry’s game winner from OKC a few months back. Simply Amazing.