John Calipari Gives Conditioning Advice for Quarantine

The new normal for sports media consists of Zoom, Cisco WebEx and teleconferences. Gone are press conferences and locker room access. For athletes doing strength training, the new normal consists of bench press pressing tires, pulling/pushing motor vehicles and jumping on to garbage cans.

They’ve had to say goodbye to the weight room and any kind of training in groups. Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari, while on Zoom teleconference with the media, pointed out the challenges basketball players have right now to stay in shape and keep their skills fresh.

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John Calipari Gives Updates on Draft Process, Recruiting, More

Zoom, WebEx, Skype- this is our lives as sports reporters for the foreseeable future. It’s an adjustment to be sure, but it’s still a bit weird. It’s what we all have to do though, as every single one of us must mobilize for the greater good. We all miss March Madness of course, but there is absolutely no way the games could have been played under current conditions.

In a year with no clear favorite, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari had a team that could have definitely won it all. Betting on UK in the NCAA Tournament has a been a profitable endeavor over the years, as this accumulator calculator can show you. With eight NCAA Tournament championships and 17 Final Fours in their history, a lot of people have won green betting on big blue.

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How Major US Sports Leagues Have Been Hit by Coronavirus Outbreak 

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep around the globe, almost all of of the top tier sports leagues have gone into almost complete lockdown. The four major leagues in North America have all been affected, and it seems almost certain the impact rise over the coming weeks. 

Here’s the latest state-of-play in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB with regards to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Rookie Stephen Curry: Throwback To His First Triple Double

Drafted in the NBA in 2009, Stephen Curry is one of those rare players that have truly revolutionized the game of basketball. Now regarded as one of the best shooters of all time (if not the best from behind the arch), he completely took the league by storm with his Golden State Warriors team in the last 5 years.

With this kind of player, it’s always interesting to look back and see what were the first signs of greatness displayed. For Curry, this first sign came against the Clippers in early February 2010.

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Ayo Dosunmu: Future of Illini PG More Uncertain than Ever

With all of college sports shut down now for the time being, a lot of questions persist. When will they restart? How does this effect recruiting and NBA Draft early entry? What will happen with the NBA Draft exploratory process? The Combine?

Will there even be a combine or a draft? Illinois sophomore point guard Ayo Dosunmu is someone for whom all these questions definitely apply. He had an opportunity to potentially pursue the next level last off-season, and he will, at least in theory or on paper, have another chance this off-season. The Morgan Park high school graduate has very high NBA Draft stock, but his hometown of Chicago, which hosts the combine every year, might not. After all, the combine is in early May, and the way things are right now, that seems pretty soon in terms of returning to normalcy.

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Pistons Forward Christian Wood Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Detroit Pistons announced, without naming the specific player that a member of their roster has tested positive for coronavirus. That player has been identified, by multiple outlets, as forward Christian Wood. And it’s also been confirmed by his agent, Adam Pensack, who told The Detroit News his client “feels 100-percent fine.”

The big man was matched up, exactly one week ago, against the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert- the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. The second player to test positive was Gobert’s teammate, Donovan Mitchell, making Wood the third NBA player to have contracted coronavirus.

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The NBA and the big sleep conundrum 

The NBA is widely regarded as one of the most gruelling competitions in the world, with huge demands placed on the players. 

Each team plays 82 fixtures during the regular season, while another 28 are possible if every series in the play-offs went to the seventh game. 

The travel schedule in the NBA is brutal, with many teams covering more than 40,000 miles during the course of the regular season. 

This can often have an impact on results, particularly in games between Western Conference and Easter Conference teams. 

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Major Sports Leagues Start Establishing their Online Betting Solutions

In 2018, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was invalidated, opening the floodgates and triggering a gambling gold rush in the richest country in the world. For years, sports betting had been frowned upon and limited to casinos in cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But as soon as this act was abolished, new opportunities and new possibilities arose.

PASPA essentially made it impossible for states outside of Nevada to set their own laws regarding sports betting and online/mobile betting. Just 18 months after the act was invalidated, 13 states had legalized these activities and a further 6 had passed bills to push legalization through. As of 2020, it’s looking like at least 30 states will have some form of legal sports betting within the next year or two.

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Life on the NBA All-Star Party D List, and Other Silliness (Podcast)

The NBA All-Star Game, for the first time since 1988, roared through the Windy City, my hometown of Chicago, a couple weeks ago. And I was heavily involved…covering some of the periphery events, red carpets and D List celebrity events. It was a whirlwind few days, a crazy weekend of ridiculous over-scheduling. And we chronicled it all for “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” #16, which is embedded for your listening pleasure below.

There were numerous celebrities and celebrity handlers, all of which took themselves way too seriously…to laughable proportions. Even more laughable was all the corporatespeak and buzzwords, from all those handlers and PR people. So let’s get transformative and empowering, as we meet up at the brand house for the activation, a place where your brand comes alive with deliverables that embody the core competencies! Synergy!

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Great Sporting Moments Of The Past Decade

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If you are a fan of sport, you probably have some of your own personal memories that are special to you. However, there are some sporting moments that are truly incredible and inspiring no matter whether you are a fan of the sport in question or not. With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the greatest sporting moments of the past decade. 

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Patrick Ewing Theory: How Alumni Icon Can Lead Georgetown to NCAA Tournament

We apologize in advance for having zero Patrick Ewing quotes in this article on Georgetown’s NCAA Tournament chances. Ewing, one of the top college basketball picks of all time, appeared, very promptly, after his side lost 74-68 at DePaul Saturday night, and he accidentally knocked the table off the podium in the press conference room.

His entire session was only about 1:45 in duration and it consisted of just three Q&As. For what it’s worth, we have the full audio embedded for you below. As Bill Simmons wrote on page 413 of the Book of Basketball, “Ewing lacked charisma and may have been the most uncomfortable post merger interview other than Moses Malone.” That sentence seems fair.

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Heat Guard, Former Illini Kendrick Nunn is a Remarkable Comeback Story

During NBA All-Star weekend, NBA TV ran an episode of a program called “Open Court,” which consisted of a panel of Chicago basketball legends discussing the greatest individual players to ever come out of the windy city. The panel included Isiah Thomas, Tim Hardaway, Mark Aguirre, Dwyane Wade and more.

When the conversation turned to current Chicagoans who are representing in the NBA, Kendrick Nunn, who represented the U.S. in the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game was brought up. Not bad for a guy who was thrown out of the University of Illinois (deservedly so) and went un-drafted (obviously not deserved, as 30 NBA GMs whiffed on that one) in 2018.

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