Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.Follow paulmbanks
The Sports Bank does not usually post commercials as the basis for content. At least not without some form of compensation in return. However, old media, new media, newspapers, blogs etc. have long been publishing advertisement as news for quite some time now. Today, Nike Basketball launched a new film entitled “Together,” which celebrates the pride and emotion of LeBron James’s return to Cleveland. The film will air live during the national TV broadcast of tonight’s Cleveland Cavaliers home-opener against the New York Knicks.Follow paulmbanks
When the Cleveland Cavaliers take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in their first preseason game on Sunday October 5th, it will be Lebron James’ first game back with his hometown team. This will be the lead story in the A Block.
As it should. But there’s another compelling B story going on in this one.Follow paulmbanks
Louis van Gaal was greeted in Manchester with a very large arrangement of thousands of Dutch tulips. That was his welcoming when he made his introductory Manchester United press conference and first practice as boss at Old Trafford. You can see it above. Now, for his first home preseason match, LVG had another bold greeting, also arranged by a sports book.Follow paulmbanks
Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.
Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.
Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?
Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.
Football makes everything better.Follow paulmbanks
Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.
Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.Follow paulmbanks
Here’s some Laker news that doesn’t involve free agency or trades. It’s not future Laker news, but news surrounding Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Apparently, he’s rather skeptical about Lebron James and the way he returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, after leaving the Miami Heat.Follow paulmbanks
Josina Anderson is an ESPN reporter who will be live from Jets at Dolphins during Sunday NFL Countdown today. Josina Anderson joined ESPN as a Chicago-based bureau reporter in August 2011. So she’s national, but she has a local connection here to Chicago too. Josina Anderson primarily appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live and other NFL shows, as well as ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter.Follow paulmbanks
The calendar flipped to July and the NBA free agency period began. All eyes are on the prized possessions like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and seeing what happens with the Big 3 in Miami. Teams cannot officially sign players until July 10th but contracts can be negotiated and agreed upon until then. Here’s a recap of day one of the NBA free agency period with the headline deal being Kyrie Irving signing a max contract with the Cavs. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks