Archives for June 2013

2013 NBA Free Agents: Small Forward Rankings

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The bonanza for NBA free agents is underway.  There is not a ton of star power when it comes to the NBA free agents at small forward but there are several quality role players who should be sought after in the up-coming days.  Here is a list of the top small forward NBA free agents, teams that might be interested in their services, and a guess at how much money their new contracts will be.

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Blackhawks re-sign Bickell; well worth early salary-shedding

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Just like in the summer of 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks had to part ways with some popular names in order keep the names that matter much more. You have to sell off some pieces or “salary dump” or “salary shed” in order to keep the bigger players in house. The Blackhawks did just that by re-signing Bryan Bickell to a four year, $16 million extension.

The price was Bolland and Frolik; so be it. Well worth it in my opinion. To make an omelet you have to break a few eggs. Now we’ll see what happens with the re-signing of Kruger and Leddy.

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Chicago Blackhawks begin selling off: Bolland, Frolik gone

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Well that didn’t take long. The Chicago Blackhawks began the post Stanley Cup sell-off today during NHL Draft Day. The parade was just held on Friday. Here’s what intentionally hilarious about the stupidly and horribly written Chicago Blackhawks press releases. Instead of giving it a headline like

“Blackhawks trade Dave Bolland,” which would make a lot of sense, we get this crapola:

Blackhawks acquire draft picks from Toronto

Geez just give it to us straight, instead of idiotic euphemisms and corporatespeak.

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OKC Thunder lottery pick Steven Adams increases NBA’s New Zealand presence

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New Zealand and the NBA isn’t something you hear very often. All this week, you heard CBS/NBA TV’s Seth Davis repeating the same talking point: he doesn’t believe New Zealand is a basketball culture. I’m not sure I buy that.

You’ve had Kirk Penney, the former Wisconsin Badgers guard from Auckland, New Zealand. Penney didn’t even last two years in the league. Sean Marks is also from Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest metropolis. He’s from Rangitoto School in Auckland and played his college basketball at Cal.

Marks was taken in the 1998 NBA Draft, Round 2 by the New York Knicks. He stuck around for awhile, but his numbers were rather meager. He hardly produced very much.

Steven Adams is a 7 foot freshman who was the 12th pick overall in NBA Draft Thursday night by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He really impressed at the NBA Draft combine; everyone seems to love his personality.

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2013 NBA Free Agents: Power Forward Rankings

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The bonanza for NBA free agents begins tomorrow. The market officially opens July 1, Canada Day.

Here are my rankings of the NBA free agents at the power forward position, their possible destinations, and predicted contract they will receive.

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CLICK HERE FOR OUR SMALL FORWARD RANKINGS

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2013 NBA Free Agents: Center Rankings

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The bonanza for NBA free agents begins tomorrow. The market officially opens July 1, Canada Day.

Dwight Howard will get a ton of attention during this NBA free agency period.  However, there are other several high level centers who are available this summer.  Here are my rankings of the NBA free agents at the center position, their possible destinations, and predicted contract they will receive.

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CLICK HERE FOR OUR POWER FORWARD RANKINGS
CLICK HERE FOR OUR SMALL FORWARD RANKINGS

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2013 Mock NHL Draft Final

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The NHL Draft is almost here.  The 2013 abbreviated NHL season is over for everyone, congrats Blackhawks,  and it’s time for them to look forward to the 2013 NHL Draft.  This year’s draft, Sunday, June 30, from sunny New Jersey, will be a jam packed, one day affair (thank you Gary Bettman and  your lockout), having all rounds condensed into one day.  Someone other than the Edmonton Oilers (congrats Colorado Avalanche) will finally pick first for the first time in years.  The question is who will go where?  To find out, continue after the jump, and see who will be the future hero of your team.

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The Skinny on Chicago Bulls 2nd Round Erik Murphy

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Florida Gators big man Erik Murphy brings to the Chicago Bulls an ability to be a “stretch four,” a big guy that can step out and shoot. a la Andrei Kirielenko “AK-47,” Tyler Griffey, Mike Tisdale, Dirk Nowitzki and Ryan Kelly. They’re bigs that can “stretch a defense.”

Erik Murphy brings the Chicago Bulls exactly what they need- offense, or what others call shooting. I hate to use the word shooting because, if you’re a NBA player shooting is what you’re supposed to do. It’s not a luxury, it’s a requirement. Much like the pick at #20 for Tony Snell, the Bulls went for shooting at #49 with Erik Murphy.

Opening statement from GM Gar Forman to the media on NBA Draft.

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Profiling Chicago Bulls 1st Round Pick Tony Snell

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The Chicago Bulls selected Tony Snell out of New Mexico tonight with the 20th pick in the NBA Draft. Snell will mean they will have nine players under contract. Expect Chicago to add probably two more at some point during free agency; which begins tomorrow.

“It’s crazy I’m going to the Bulls. I watched Jordan play my whole life. I watched Derrick Rose. I can’t wait to play with him,” Tony Snell told the media at the Berto Center via phone Thursday night.

Snell played with the San Antonio Spurs’ forward, and human being with giant hands Kawhi Leonard in high school.

“Both of us know about hard work,” Snell said.

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#61 San Jose St: College football 77 in 77

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Do you know the way to San Jose? Well, as a Cisco Systems certified network engineer…well I have the training to be one, but instead I make fun of Jay Cutler and Patrick Kane for a living. And post pictures of Erin Andrews and Jenn Brown, and talk about those pictures too. Anyways, the road of life is strange and impossible to figure out, but here we are talking about San Jose and the San Jose State Spartans football program.

SPARTANS, WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION!!!!

As a Michigan State grad school alum (Spartans), Illinois grad (fellow sufferer of a Ron Turner Reign of Terror) and huge tech nerd I have a soft spot for the San Jose State Spartans who are coming off an 11 win season, their most successful since 1940. Can they duplicate that success this year? Uhm, no. However, they’ll certainly be fun to watch.

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’13 Chicago Blackhawks Championship Parade: Good, Bad & Ugly (PHOTOS)

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Ripped shorts FTW.

The Chicago Blackhawks paraded through the streets of Chicago Friday in grand fashion, with over 2 million fans joining in the festivities.

I was one of the many who joined in on the fun and found out that fans showed up either drunk, hyped, or sans a normal allotment of clothing.

Here is some of the good, bad, and well, ugly from the parade. I must warn you that trying to capture the moments and crowd was much tougher than expected in large part because people did not like the idea of standing in place. It was also much more fun picking on the folks who had a few too many.

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#62 Utah State: College football 77 in 77

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Due to both time constraints, and the lack of popularity surrounding this specific program, the Utah State edition of the college football 77 in 77 will be much briefer than other editions.

But hey, at least you’re not South Carolina. Due to the belligerence, rudeness and pure idiocy of a small subset of Gamecocks fans, the SC Gamecocks will not be previewed this college football season.

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