The Brooklyn Nets are going to look a lot different this season, as they added two superstars this offseason in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
While Durant likely won’t play due to his Achilles injury, the Nets still have a talented roster that made the playoffs last year and Irving should take that team to another level.
One of the biggest pieces to the Nets roster that is returning from last season is Caris LeVert. LeVert will be staying with the Nets long-term too, as Brooklyn just gave him a significant contract extension.
LeVert actually just turned 25 years old and the Nets gave him this new extension as a great birthday present.
LeVert was in the midst of a breakout season last year, before going down with a gruesome leg injury. He was able to return to the court though, and contributed down the stretch to Brooklyn’s playoff run.
Still you would think that LeVert’s best basketball still lies ahead of him. The former Michigan guard averaged 13.7 points, 3.8 rebound and 3.7 assists last year, playing in just 40 games.
Before he went down with the injury though, LeVert was scoring 16.8 points per game with a 27% usage rate. While he was down with the injury, D’Angelo Russell established himself as an All-Star and the leading role was no longer there for LeVert.
Now LeVert has to take a backseat to Irving, but should be a great complimentary player to start alongside him in the backcourt.
Brooklyn now has a core of Irving, Durant, LeVert and fellow free agent acquisition DeAndre Jordan to build around for the next four years.
With talented role players like Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris on the roster, the Nets could be a legitimate championship-contender as soon as Durant returns from injury.
The Washington Mystics Win First WNBA Championship in Thrilling Fashion
What a difference a year makes for the Washington Mystics.
After being swept in last year’s WNBA Finals by the Seattle Storm, the Mystics came back this season with a vengeance.
Lead by league MVP Elena Della Donne, the Mystics secured the best regular-season record in the WNBA and battled in a grueling Finals series against the Connecticut Sun, winning the series 3-2.
With Della Donne battling several injuries (including three herniated discs in her back), it was Emma Meesseman that delivered with 22 points in the winner-take-all Game 5.
Messeman became the first European-born WNBA Finals MVP, while Della Donne added 21 points. Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones fought hard to the very end, leading the runner-ups with 25 points.
This championship was a long time coming for Mystic’s Head Coach Mike Thibault. The winningest coach in WNBA history finally secured his first title after 17 seasons.
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With the tenacity these women have shown throughout the season, it’s no surprised Della Done is looking forward to some much-deserved rest.
Stephen Curry Lights Up Timberwolves with 40 Points in Three Quarters
It may only be the Preseason, but Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry is in mid-season form.
In last night’s matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Curry shot a blistering 14-19 from the field for 40 points in only 25 minutes. Curry also knocked down 6 three-pointers and added 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Timberwolves had no answer for Curry and the Warriors, losing in a fast-paced 143-123 blowout.
Young additions Jake Layman and rookie Jarrett Culver were the sole bright spots for the Timberwolves, leading the team in scoring with 17 points apiece.
Ironically, the last player to score 40 points in an NBA Preseason game was also Steph Curry, who once again dropped 40 points against the Timberwolves on Oct. 8th, 2017.
With Kevin Durant leaving in free agency and Klay Thompson out until at least All-Star break, Curry is expected to take on a much more significant offensive role for the Warriors.
If last night is any indicator of what Curry will play like during this year’s regular season, the rest of the NBA might be in trouble.
Snoop Dogg Unapologetic in Kansas Concert Scandal
On October 4th, legendary rapper Snoop Dogg performed at Kansas’ Late Night at the Phog, a kickoff event for their Men and Women’s basketball teams. However, his concert did not come without backlash.
In front of what was supposed to be a family-friendly audience, Snoop Dogg cut no profanity from his lyrics, brought out a woman on a stripper pole, and shot fake $100 bills into the crowd with a money gun.
Naturally, the university was less than pleased with the concert. Kansas athletics director Jeff Long claimed they “expected a clean version of the show” after discussions with Snoop Dogg’s management before the performance. Long extended a “personal apology to those of were offended.”
Kansas Men’s basketball head coach Bill Self also voiced his displeasure with Snoop Dogg’s performance.
However, Snoop Dogg claimed he had “the time on his life” on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ Tuesday, and is anything but apologetic.
Snoop Dogg went on to say that the crowd loved the show, and the university should know better, as “When you pay for Snoop Dogg, you’re going to get Snoop Dogg.” Snoop also denied the report that he was forced to leave campus immediately after the show.
Meanwhile, raunchy concert only distracts from the real controversy Kansas athletics is facing. Recently, the university was charged with five Level I and two Level II violations from the NCAA, including “Lack of institutional control.” The allegations targets both the Football and Men’s basketball programs.
While Kansas has good reason to be upset over Snoop Dogg’s performance, the university should worry more about cleaning up their athletics than censoring their performers.
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