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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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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Study Analyzes NBA Franchises By Drafting Ability

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Each year, new players are drafted to NBA teams in the hopes of becoming rising stars. Many have succeeded in that goal, but what do teams’ drafts throughout recent history say about their performance? Lines.com analyzed drafts from each team from 2005 to the present to see which teams performed best and which players have had the most impact.

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2021 NBA Mock Draft 7-29-21 Final Update

The NBA Draft is July 29, with the Draft Lottery set to be held on June 22. The Draft Combine will take place June 21-27. Welcome to our first 2021 NBA mock draft, team needs have not been taken into account at this time.

Some player descriptions have been filled out, but the others will be completed at a later date.

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Kevin Durant, Devin Booker to Lead Team USA at Tokyo Olympics

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Team USA men’s basketball has just announced their roster for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and it is pretty much what you expected. With Lebron James focusing on plugging Space Jam instead, the USA will be led by Kevin Durant instead. Without a doubt, the odds are with the red, white and blue to continue their dominance in this competition. America will be heavy favorites.

Although Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns is another stud who will be a part of the American all-star team. In addition to Devin Booker, the Stars and Stripes will include another former Kentucky Wildcat, Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat. Full roster is below:

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Seven Best NBA Teams of All-Time 

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With more than 70 years of history, NBA fans have certainly seen several teams enchant the world with their incredible plays and sensational victories. However,  how would we determine the seven best teams in the history of this competition? 

Despite it being such a difficult task, we asked the help of basketball expert Evelyn Balyton to select these 7 teams. Let’s take a look:

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Three Pro Athletes That Had Horrible Gambling Addictions

Here, we take a look at three professional, very successful athletes who have struggled for some time with gambling addictions. Unfortunately, gambling addiction is not uncommon among professional athletes. While many athletes enjoy such activities from time to time, this hobby may turn into an issue before it becomes a full-blown gambling addiction. This leads to other issues primarily financial problems that stem from an urge to invest money in gambling activities despite being aware of the risks.

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Top Three Most Iconic Sportswear Items Of All Time

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The sportswear world is full of amazing clothes and items for fans to enjoy. Some of these products are made in the image of your favorite athletes, which makes them even more popular! Naturally, we’ve seen loads of different sportswear brands release new items over the years. However, we’ve picked up the top three most iconic items of all time. Check them out, and feel free to comment with your most iconic sportswear items:

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Basketball Shoes

Basketball is a popular game all over the world for both men and women. Because of its popularity, kids as young as four years of age are already playing this sport. If you know an enthusiast of this game, you may have considered giving them a basketball. 

The balls used in the game also differ in size. Here’s the NBA basketball size guide for 2021 to know what’s the official basketball size being used in the game. Other than the size of the ball, the materials being used also differs. While you’re at it, you may also want to consider getting the perfect basketball shoes for your basketball practice or game.

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Four Basketball Players Certain to Make Every All-Time Best List

Basketball is a game made up of fierce matchups and tough competition. Therefore it’s no surprise that the prospect of an all-time great list is a hotly debated topic. From fans and analysts to the players themselves — everyone has an opinion.  

So that got me thinking, amidst all the arguing: which players are guaranteed a spot? And after research, there are names that continue to crop up in spite of wild takes and team allegiance, either because they are too important to the game, or the stats don’t lie.  [Read more…]