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Five Biggest Offseason Winners and Losers After the First Week of Free Agency

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The NBA may be the one sport where the offseason is often more compelling than the regular season, as player movement is at an all-time high.

This past week, we have seen countless star players moved around the league, as the NBA is wide open and everyone believes they can contend.

With most teams starting to come together over the past week, here are some of the biggest winners and losers from the offseason so far.

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The Washington Mystics Win First WNBA Championship in Thrilling Fashion

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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.

Washington Wizards players John Wall, Bradley Beal, Ian Mahinmi and CJ Miles were in attendance to cheer on the Mystics.

With the tenacity these women have shown throughout the season, it’s no surprised Della Done is looking forward to some much-deserved rest.

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Stephen Curry Lights Up Timberwolves with 40 Points in Three Quarters

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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.

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Snoop Dogg Unapologetic in Kansas Concert Scandal

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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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