Meyers Leonard Has the Right Ideas on Mental Health, Psychotherapy

Monday saw Meyers Leonard make it back to a University of Illinois basketball game for the first time since 2012, when he was playing for the Illini. Leonard and his wife Elle donated $500,000 to the program, with the donation going towards the new basketball practice facility.

Meyers was honored on the State Farm Center court, during the first media timeout, and while this was indeed a special moment, what happened with Leonard in the press room, about an hour earlier, was much bigger than basketball.

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Andre Curbelo Finally Returns, Provides Illini with Big Lift

“He’s gaining ground on it,” Illini coach Brad Underwood responded when asked about the potential return of Andre Curbelo, the day before the blockbuster double overtime loss at home to #4 Purdue. Curbelo scored 20, on 8-14 shooting, and grabbed six rebounds, while handing out three assists.

He caught Purdue coach Matt Painter by surprise, as Curbelo had been out since the November win over Kansas State with a very mysterious injury. (It’s been described as a head and neck injury/head injury/concussion, but there really hasn’t been any official word)

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Max Christie: MSU Star, NBA Prospect Has Dream Homecoming at NU

For Michigan State shooting guard Max Christie, Northwestern is basically his second program. The Arlington Heights native and five-star recruit grew up very close by, and his mother, Katrina Hannaford Christie, is one of the top players in Northwestern women’s basketball history.

“This is practically my second college if I had to pick one,” Christie said after his Spartans won 73-67 in Evanston today. “I grew up here, I was the ball boy here. I’ve been around this program for a very long time, almost longer than Michigan State if I’m being honest.”

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Unique Things to Bet on in the NBA

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Anyone can place an NBA bet. However, it takes some skill and research to place some prop bets. There are plenty of unique bets that not only add excitement to your betting experience but also bring you more significant profits. Here are some unique things to bet on in the NBA. 

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Pete Nance, Son of NBA Legend Larry Nance, Improving Draft Stock

Pete Nance is the son of three time NBA All-Star and 1984 Slam Dunk champion Larry Nance, and should his senior season at Northwestern go well, he could conceivably follow both his father and his older brother to the league.

Larry Nance Jr., currently with the Portland Trail Blazers, has been in the association since the Los Angeles Lakers selected him in the first round in 2015. Larry Nance Sr., a three time NBA All-Defensive Team award recipient, saw the Cleveland Cavaliers retire his #22.

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The most-watched sports in the world right now 

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As an all-around entertainment package, watching sport is one of the biggest and best options for the world’s population. Fans regularly tune in to watch Champions League matches and attend live match-ups in the UFC, with sport arguably more accessible than ever before. In fact, people are able to follow the events as they unfold using more devices than previously, with some turning to sophisticated smart televisions to keep tabs on the rugby scores, while others use the powerful miniature mobile phones we all own to stream live basketball games. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Had a Michael Jordan Moment, Says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Once again, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got totally outcoached, but Cristiano Ronaldo was there to bail him out. Ronaldo bagged a brace, giving United a 2-2 draw at Atalanta in Champions League group stage play.

United remain top of Group F, and their chances of going through to the knockout round are quite good. Ronaldo’s second scoring strike, which came in Fergie Time, lead Solskjaer to draw compare CR7 to Michael Jordan. Yes, it’s very high praise indeed.

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Ayo Dosunmu Starting to Find His Groove with Chicago Bulls

When Ayo Dosunmu was drafted out of Illinois, by his hometown Chicago Bulls in the middle of the second round this past July, it was met with mixed emotions. On one hand, you had a Morgan Park graduate and Chicagoan coming home with a chance to live the dream.

On the other hand, a NBA draft first round prospect who was expected to go in the top 20, top 25 for sure, had now fallen to 38th overall. Ayo was going to a team that was guard heavy, and no one knew if there was going to be an actual place for him on the roster, let alone a real role with the team.

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Lebron James, Squid Game Creator Trading Verbal Barbs

The NBA season is very very young but Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers off to just a 1-2 start. It’s not a mark you would expect from a team with this much NBA title potential. There is certainly plenty of room for criticism, when it comes to how Lebron and his mates have performed this season, but King James is actually making headlines for his critique of someone else’s work right now.

Perusing headlines on sites like lakersnews.net, you’ll find that Lebron James said that he didn’t care for the ending to Squid Game. It’s a Netflix series, over a decade in the making that’s poised to become their greatest ever non-English speaking hit.

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Six Greatest NBA Teams of All-Time

Sports is a multi-billion dollar industry with millions of fans around the world. The NBA alone contributes billions to the national sports industry and is one of the most popular sports in the country. Both the NBA and NFL are arguably neck and neck in terms of viewership. The focus of this article will be mainly on the NBA and the industry contributions it has made through some of its illustrious teams. These teams go down in history as some of the greatest of all time. Over the years, they have not only won a number of trophies between them, but also the hearts of millions of Americans. You will probably see some of your favorite teams on this list, so stay tuned to read more about the squads we know and love. With that said, let’s honor the heroes that took the NBA to new heights in sports. 

Here are six of the top NBA teams of all time.

The Boston Celtics

The Celtics are notoriously one of the greatest teams of all time. Not only do they have the most number of wins of any team in the NBA, but they are one of the oldest as well. The team was founded way back in 1946 and has since been a force to reckon with in the NBA. Perhaps the most dominant and prominent team to come out of the North-East, the Celtics, has forever earned a place in our hearts.

Larry Bird and Kevin Garnett, two of the biggest names in basketball, played for the team. If you are interested in watching a Celtics game, they will be taking one another legendary team fairly soon. Grab your tickets for the Celtics vs. Bulls game coming up in November, January, or April. With the pandemic restrictions slowly lifting and life returning to normal, this is the perfect chance to watch the legendary teams battle it out live!

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons are known as one of the roughest and toughest teams in NBA history. The ‘bad boys’ era that ended in the early ’90s was arguably one of their best and helped them secure their place as one of the greatest teams.Not only did they have an amazing defense, but their attacking power was one of the strongest. Most teams hated them because of how physically intimidating they were and weren’t afraid to show it. 

The Pistons were known to push the foul boundaries and get away with it fairly often. Their famous rivalry with the Bulls went down in history as one of the most entertaining bouts of friendly competition. Some of their most notorious players were none other than Dennis Rodman and Isiah Thomas, who helped make the team what it is.

The Golden State Warriors

This San Francisco team is arguably one of the greatest teams ever in every respect. Tracing back to 1946, when the NBA was formed, the team emerged as an elite force. Some of the most notable players are Wilt Chamberlain, Kevin Durant, and currently Stephan Curry.

Until Durant was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets, the Durant-Curry combo was one of the best dynamic duos in recent memory. In NBA history, the Warriors will always be one of the GOAT teams. Steph Curry is considered a major trump card in the Warriors favor. He is a prominent household name and continues to be one of the most valuable players in the business.

Miami Heat

A team like the Miami Heat has earned a place in history. A legend of our time, Lebron James, made his mark on the Heat and launched his career to stardom. The Mid-2000s was marked as The Big Three era by the dominance of James Lebron, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Ever since they were known for their famous rivalry with the Lakers, both teams received a massive amount of publicity, which further helped promote them. However, after James left the Heat, they were never able to regain their dominance.

We hope the Heat sees their time again. However, till then, if you are a James fan, the Lakers are doing extremely well this time around. That brings us to the next team on our list.

The Los Angeles Lakers

Arguably the most famous team in basketball history, they had some of the most powerful players of all time. The sheer number of legends they have had on their team over the decades is staggering. Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Magic Johnson, currently Lebron James, and the famous ‘Shaq and Kobe’ combo are all part of the team. Furthermore, the Bulls once had perhaps the greatest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson,, who helped them become one of the most successful teams in the league.

The Lakers have seen unparalleled success and continue to do so due to their dominance in the NBA. Moreover, Lakers will also forever be remembered as the home of the late great Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away in a helicopter accident in 2020.

The Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are undoubtedly among the most famous and most popular teams in history. The Michael Jordan era wasn’t just the greatest for the Bulls; it was probably the greatest era ever for any NBA team. The fierce rivalry this team showed went down in history, and made Michael Jordan the man he is today. We will forever remember the trifecta of Jordan, Rodman, and Pippen as the greatest of all time. Led by legendary coach Phil Jackson, they were arguably the most untouchable team in the ’90s.

The Bulls may never see that kind of success again, but if we could take a moment and appreciate what happened in the ’90s, the legacy will carry on forever. There will never be another team like them, and perhaps that’s for the best.

Conclusion

There we have some of the best NBA teams of all time. Starting with the Celtics and ending with the Bulls we talked about several factors relating to each team. Everything from their golden years to their MVPs. Although there are countless other great teams that have made history, we’re going to leave you with this list for now. For now, let’s acknowledge that we got to see some of the biggest names in the NBA rise to fame during our lifetime. Not many people get to say that.

If you aren’t much of a basketball fan, we hope this article piqued your interest. And, if you love the sport, we hope we’ve provided you with a memorable read. 

Exclusive: Drew Valentine on Stopping Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn

The Loyola Ramblers scored one of the college basketball season’s biggest upsets, when they knocked the #1 seed Illinois Fighting Illini out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round. For the Illini, it continues a long frustrating “tradition” of failing to advance to a March Madness round that has a nickname (Sweet 16, Elite 8 etc.), as they haven’t reached one since 2005.

For Loyola, it showed what a mid-major can do to a bigger power conference team when you have an astute coach with a great game plan, and players who can execute it.

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Exclusive: DePaul Coach Tony Stubblefield on Chicago Sky Title Glory

Today marked the victory parade and celebration rally for the Chicago Sky, who achieved their first ever WNBA title on Sunday, with an 80-74 victory over Phoenix. Without a doubt, they are the much more successful of the two main tenants at Wintrust Arena.

The other main tenant, DePaul Blue Demons Men’s Basketball, has a long long long way to try and catch up to the Chicago Sky. They haven’t reached the NCAA Tournament in 17 years. The next man up to try and turn the DPU program around is Tony Stubblefield, who will begin his first season at the helm in just a couple weeks.

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