Blake Griffin is someone the Los Angeles Clippers would have wanted to stick around and become the franchise's cornerstone for years to come. Obviously, he has the talent and star quality to become like Tim Duncan for the Spurs and Dirk Nowitzki for the Mavericks. But one thing those two don't have are off-court issues and nagging injuries.
It's unfair to get rid of Griffin just because he punched a team staff member and breaking his own hand in the process. But then again, in a league where the business of winning is more important than anything else, such a minor but very relevant issue might be sufficient enough for any team, including the Clippers to explore trade options. After all, its trade season in the NBA!
So will Doc Rivers and the Clippers really trade their All-Star forward? For the sake of argument, let us say yes. The question now is where should he be headed? more >>
The New York Knicks are currently in the process of a successful rebuilding project. The team will be relying on Carmelo Anthony as the franchise's superstar to which every other player in the roster should adjust to. And with the arrival of an interesting newcomer in the person of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks are well on their way to becoming relevant once again.
But one thing this team does not have is a flashy and dominant point guard who can win games for them. As one looks at every title contending team in the league, the point guard is running the show. Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving… the list could go on.
How about the Knicks? There's Jose Calderon. more >>
The NFL released information on Friday showing the rise of diagnosed concussions in the league this season, with the increase specifically detailed at almost 32 percent. This increase proves that the league's strict concussion protocol has been successfully carried out but at the same time showcases that the problem is not close to being solved.
The figure released by the NFL for 2015 was 271, including all those reported incidents in the preseason and regular season, as well as practices in training camp. This number is alarming because the previous two years were low, with 2014 having 206 cases and 2013 with 229. The same report revealed that the number of reported concussions during regular season games increased by 58 percent from 2014 to last year. That increase is the highest in four years.
The official report was made by Quintiles Injury Surveillance and Analytics. Speaking in behalf of the NFL, senior vice president of health and safety policy Jeff Miller said that they will be conducting a comprehensive study to determine what may have caused the increase in the incidence of head injuries in the recently concluded season. Although he did not elaborate on how the study will be done and who will become part of it, he at least mentioned some possible explanations such as the doubling in the number of players screened for possible concussions, which of course is attributed by the stricter concussion protocol the league instituted in 2012. more >>
The Edmonton Oilers need all the help they can get right now. Sitting at 7th in the Pacific Division, they are looking at every possible opportunity to grab someone via trade, and several online sources are saying that they're looking at trading for Travis Hamonic.
The team knew even before the start of the season that they needed to make major tweaks in their blue line, but this is only the time all season long that they've shown some aggressiveness in pursuing a player like Hamonic.
But it's really no surprise ever since new GM and President of Hockey Operations Peter Chiarelli took over. Aside from Hamonic of the New York Islanders, rumors are saying that they also are exploring the options for Sami Vatanen from the Anaheim Ducks. more >>
Steph Curry's father, former NBA player Dell Curry, is analyzing his son's God-given abilities to excel at a high level in the NBA from the perspective of someone who played in the league for 16 years.
Steph, the Golden State Warriors' point guard who was named league MVP last season when his team won the 2014-2015 championship, shows no signs of slowing down.
While there is no denying the hard work 27-year-old Steph puts into his craft, Dell also credits God for his son's talents. more >>
The Los Angeles Lakers are staring at an awful season, but not everything is dark. With the impending retirement of Kobe Bryant, the future is facing a lot of uncertainties. However, the brightest spot right now is in team's backcourt combination of Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell.
The two young guards have been selected to represent their team in the Rising Stars Challenge at the All-Star Weekend festivities next month. While the Lakers are currently sitting at 9-38 in the season, seeing two of its future stars in this new All-Star contest is something their fans can look forward to. Although it could have been a lot better if Julius Randle was selected as well, getting two out of the three future franchise players is more than enough.
But head coach Byron Scott didn't like the fact that Randle was left out of the Rising Stars Challenge. "He's almost averaging a double-double, so I don't know what else it is that he had to do," he said. And he actually has a case here. Randle is one of the leading rebounders in the league, and that alone should have been enough to put him in there. more >>