For each NBA season, there is at least one team that surpasses the pessimistic predictions of sports fans and analysts. The following teams are poised to surprise NBA fans and do better than their previous season's showing:
1. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz had a good chance of making it to the playoffs last season, but they were hindered by injuries and the lack of a solid point guard. This season, there's a good chance the team will be healthy throughout the year. more >>
After wrapping his Rio 2016 Olympic stint with six medals, American swimmer Michael Phelps has cemented his record as the most decorated athlete in the history of the international sporting event. The legendary swimmer now holds a total of 28 Olympic medals, with 13 gold medals from individual events, and 10 gold medals from team races.
After winning his 28th Olympic medal at the Rio games, the net worth of the 31-year-old swimmer is expected to rise with the incentives and endorsement deals that are coming in. Before Rio games, he is already the richest swimmer alive.
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The Premier League continues and Watford's big boss Walter Mazzarri has given a tall order on Saturday as the ragtag team takes on Chelsea. The matchup's best bet could be the Brazilian forward Kenedy, targeted by Watford for a loan from Chelsea, and this could be a potential "taking of own medicine" case for Chelsea.
Kenedy is Brazil's pride in under-20, but Blues manager Antonio Conte thinks that he is too young to land into a first team position which is why serious consideration for fielding him with another team via loan is at hand. Conte also stressed that Kenedy can gather huge exposure and experience if Chelsea will let him go during his growing up period.
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Jeremy Lin's return to New York City via the Brooklyn Nets has generated much attention. Along with the point guard's much-hyped arrival for the 2016-17 NBA season is the looming comparison between him and Brook Lopez, the team's longest-tenured center.
Lin vs. Lopez
According to Sandy Mui of Nothin' But Nets, Lin's arrival to the team has raised questions regarding how Lopez's role would change, especially that the new recruit has been groomed to lead as starting point guard in the upcoming season. Lin and Lopez may have different roles in the court but the latter has always been pegged as the face of the franchise' earlier years. more >>
The training camp for the 2016-17 NBA season will be kicking off soon but J.R. Smith remains untouched in the free agent market. Cleveland Cavaliers fans are already wondering why the 30-year-old starting shooting guard is puzzlingly taking a long time to re-sign with the franchise.
Why Hasn't J.R. Smith Re-Signed Yet?
Several speculations have surfaced regarding Smith's free agent status, but according to 247 Sports, the NBA star has made it clear that he intends to stay with the Cavaliers. Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler said that Smith is only looking at his former team for the 2016-17 NBA season. however, they have not reached a deal yet. more >>
Before stepping onto the battleground of the NFL field, Russell Wilson isn't getting pumped up by rap, house or rock music like many of his teammates. He listens to gospel music.
In a new Complex magazine interview, the 27-year-old Seattle Seahawks revealed that he chooses to listen to gospel music veteran Yolanda Adams as opposed to rapper like Drake or Eminem before big games. When asked what one song he would listen to before kickoff, Wilson didn't hesitate to name it.
"'I'm Gonna Be Ready' by Yolanda Adams. That's probably my go-to song," he said. "Before a game, I'm always listening to gospel music. I'm just so grateful on game day." more >>