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The Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook tension is everything the NBA needs. After Saturday’s night’s game where we saw two of the league’s premier stars (and former teammates) go head-to-head. The viewership of the game was at an absolute high. One of the most viewed basketball games in recent history since 2013 season opener where a LeBron James led Heat team took on the Chicago Bulls. The drama is what everybody in the social media era lives for. You saw when Charles Oakley got escorted out of the Garden in a safe and orderly manner by MSG security? The internet was a buzz watching the former Knicks star fight back at a franchise that hasn’t seen much success in years past. The other time I could think of recent heighten drama in the NBA? The return of the King to Cleveland. Or perhaps the Cavaliers fighting back from a 3-1…

Aside from making unenthusiastic promo videos for Florida Atlantic University, Lane Kiffin has tremendously boosted the recruiting at the school. Since his departure at Alabama which included an awkward departure before the national championship game, the #Kiffineffect has been in full effect. Once Kiffin made his announcement that his next coaching gig would be in Boca Raton, I knew the area that would see an immediate impact: recruiting. Kiffin added 24 players (by my count) to the Football program on National Signing Day, which came from all over the country. In most cases, FAU was a school that usually pulled in recruits from the state, Coach has changed that by bringing in players from Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, and California. The media and Kiffin both took note to his recruiting pattern and when asked about it Kiffin said he will recruit more out of Florida going forward. Also, FAU came away…

It’s officially time to do away with the Pro-Bowl, although an argument can be made it was time to get rid of it a long time ago. It’s an impressive accolade to add to any NFL resume, but is the exhibition game really worth it? To me personally, I can’t remember a time where I set time aside to tune into the annual game. Although I vote and hope my favorite players get in, I don’t want them to actually play in the game. The sport of football is always one catastrophic play away from ending a player’s career even during a meaningless post-season scrimmage. I tried to recall from my own memory of a time when a player actually got hurt in the game but the only injury that was vaguely surfacing my memory bank was a running back who got hurt during a beach flag football game. After…

On most mock draft boards, Myles Garrett is a number one consensus pick. The Browns who ended up going 1-15this season, have found a  light at the end of the tunnel with a number one overall draft pick. Most draft experts have the Cleveland franchise picking Garett who dominated the SEC during his collegiate career at Texas A&M. The Browns still have questions at Quarterback where their season included the likes of: RGIII, Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, Charlie “Clipboard Jesus” Whitehurst, and Terrell Pryor, the former quarterback now turned wide receiver. The Browns have another first-round pick where they may be able to fill the quarterback void so Garett looks like he will be landing in Cleveland. But what has NFL execs so high on Garett? First off, his physical size is unmatched for your typical pass rusher. At 6’5 262 pounds, Garrett already fills out the size of your…

I’m not saying they don’t care about defense, I’d argue it might not be a focal point.  James Harden has been on an absolute tear this season and his production can be attributed to two huge off-season moves. One, the acquisition of Mike D’Antoni, a head coach who has focused on the offensive side of the ball and the development of high-tempo, high-scoring offenses. And two, along with the move of D’Antoni, we were introduced to #PointHarden, which allowed our bearded assassin to not only be the primary ball-handler in the starting offense but allowed the ASU product to distribute the rock to awaiting shooters. Most basketball fans can recall the pairing of D’Antoni and the Phoenix Suns where his teams were always competing in the Western Conference for championships.  Personally, I think the Suns were a “Robert Horry Hip Check” away from a championship until the NBA handed…