Sportige http://sportige.com The Sports Know-It-All Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:17:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 10 Biggest Stadiums in College Football http://sportige.com/biggest-stadiums-in-college-football-08-21-2014/ http://sportige.com/biggest-stadiums-in-college-football-08-21-2014/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:15:50 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66237 More ]]> The size of College Football stadiums continues to grow, with eight schools playing in venues with a capacity of over 100,000. Among the top 10, five are in the SEC (Georgia, Tennesee, Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU), three in the Big Ten (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan), one in the Pac-12 (USC) and another in the Big 12 (Texas).

All of the stadiums on this list except for one, Beaver Stadium which hosts Penn State, have been built in the 1920′s. Beaver Stadium broke ground in 1959 and was opened in 1970.

10th – Sanford Stadium (Georgia Bulldogs), 92,746

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Named for Dr. Steadman Vincent Sanford, Sanford stadium has been open since 1929, and underwent several renovations and expansions over the years, beginning with a modest capacity of 30,000. It was used in the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta as one of the soccer stadiums for both the men’s and women’s competitions. It is known for its hedges, standing around the field in some form or another since it opened, although they were removed, only to be installed again, before the Olympic games.

9th – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (USC Trojans), 93,067

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The largest of the Pac-12 stadiums, The Coliseum has been open since 1923, obviously changing over the years with many still to come, undergoing minor renovations recently (in 2010 and 2014). It has been home to a lot of teams over the years and was used for the 1932 and 1984 Olympic games. The new  titleA11FL Pro Football League will play in the Coliseum starting in the Spring 2015 when the league makes it debut.

 8th – DKR – Texas Memorial Stadium (Texas Longhorns), 100,119

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No longer the biggest stadium in the state of Texas, DKR was opened in 1924, and is named for a former head coach and AD at Texas, who actually played his college football with Oklahoma, but is mostly remembered for his time in Austin, winning three national championships. It went past the 100,000 mark in 2009 when the stadium also moved to FieldTurf. On October 6, 2012, 101,851 people showed up to watch the Longhorns lose to West Virginia, the highest attendance recorded at the stadium.

7th – Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama Crimson Tide), 101,821

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Originally, the stadium was named only after George H. Denny, a former president of the university, but in 1975 the Bryant was added in honor of Paul “Bear” Bryant, winner of six national titles with the Crimson Tide. The stadium opened in 1929 and during Bear Bryant’s tenure with the team, Alabama lost only twice when playing there. However, a lot of Alabama’s history has to do with Legion Field in Birmingham, playing most of their big games there until 1990.

6th – Tiger Stadium (LSU Tigers), 102,321

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Another stadium that only recently got past 100,000, and will feature that “new size” for the first time when the 2014 season opens. Up until now, the record attendance stood at just over 93,000 in a 2012 game against Alabama, which ended in a loss. In 2013, it was ranked by the NCAA as the loudest stadium in College Football.

5th – Neyland Stadium (Tennessee Volunteers), 102,455

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Neyland Stadium has seen better days in terms of wins, as Tennessee has been in something of a slump for quite some time. Opened in 1921, it has seen some major renovations over the last 10 years, being expanded in 2010 most recently. It is named for Robert Neyland, the Vols’ head coach from 1926 to 1952, leading them to four national titles. The record attendance is 109,061, back in 2004 against Florida.

4th – Ohio Stadium (Ohio State Buckeyes), 104,944

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The begining of Big Ten domination in the top 4. Ohio Stadium was expanded in 2014 with over 2000 seats added. It was opened in 1922, undergoing major renovation in 2000-2001. Known as The Horseshoe because of its shape, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 1974.

3rd – Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies), 106,511

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An 80,000-ish stadium over the last 15 years, Kyle Field will be in a complete different stratosphere of size and attendance from now on after the addition of over 23,000 seats. Opened in 1927, it is now the biggest stadium in Texas, the SEC and any conference outside the Big Ten. The stadium is named for Edwin Jackson Kyle. Up until now, the record attendance has been just over 90,000 in a 2010 game against Nebraska.

2nd – Beaver Stadium (Penn State Nittany Lions), 106,572

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For a very short while it took the number one spot, until Michigan took care of that. It opened in 1970, the youngest of the stadiums on this list, and its record attendance was also in a game against Nebraska (like Texas A&M’s record) from back in 2002 when 110,573 fans showed up for the game. It is usually considered the stadium with the best student section in College Football.

1st – Michigan Stadium (Michigan Wolverines), 109,901

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It opened in 1927 with a capacity of 72,00 and has been slowly growing ever since, going another and its most recent expansion in 2010. On September 7, 2013, more than 115,000 showed up to see Michigan beat Notre Dame, although the season didn’t go so well after that point. It is the third largest sports stadium in the world behind the Rungrado May Day Stadium in North Korea and Salt Lake Stadium in India.

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Liverpool FC – Mario Balotelli is Too Big of a Risk http://sportige.com/liverpool-fc-mario-balotelli-is-too-big-of-a-risk-08-21-2014/ http://sportige.com/liverpool-fc-mario-balotelli-is-too-big-of-a-risk-08-21-2014/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:54:37 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66253 More ]]> Mario Balotelli e1408625584738 Liverpool FC   Mario Balotelli is Too Big of a Risk

There’s no argument that Liverpool are in need of another striker, but taking a risk on Mario Balotelli and signing him from AC Milan might be too big of one, and might end up backfiring for a young manager and team that more or less are on the right path to solidify long term success.

There’s no official word yet (at least at the time these words are being written), but Mario Balotelli has already cleared out his locker and has said his goodbyes. In the Liverpool Echo they’re reporting that the deal is done (£16 million) and all that’s left is waiting for him to arrive at Melwood. Maybe he’ll even be part of the squad that faces Manchester City, a team Balotelli played for during two and a half seasons.

In terms of numbers, when Balotelli gets minutes, he usually scored. He provided 13 goals in 23 matches for Manchester City during their championship season of 2011-2012. He added 26 in 43 league matches for AC Milan, coming at the time of the club’s great decline, although that had more to do with the kind of money being put into the team and not with Balotelli himself, who obviously had his problems.

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Nine days after his 24th birthday, Balotelli will be joining his fourth major club since 2010. He has played for Inter, Manchester City and AC Milan. Now he adds another European former giant, hoping to get back on that road again, to his bloated résume. That CV which is filled with goals, a few championships that didn’t always have a lot to do with him, and plenty of problems on and off the pitch.

Balotelli always seems to find his new home, the place he’s always been waiting for when he arrives at a new club. His love affair with everyone involved with the club loses its charm very quickly when the sour faces, the laziness and the frustration kicks in. The red cards, the apathy in some matches and the complete lack of usefulness when he isn’t having a good day in the penalty area.

Character is just as important as ability, maybe even more. Liverpool lost a troublemaker who was a leader and loved by his teammates, supported by the club. They bring in another one who hasn’t had the most successful of summers due to his performance with the Italian national team in the World Cup, and generally isn’t coming in riding an impressive momentum. Brendan Rodgers seems to be yet another one in a long list who believes he’ll be the one who is able to set Balotelli straight. That’s a risk that could derail Liverpool’s season if it isn’t managed right.

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NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Won’t Re-Sign Greg Oden & Michael Beasley http://sportige.com/nba-rumors-miami-heat-wont-re-sign-greg-oden-michael-beasley-08-21-2014/ http://sportige.com/nba-rumors-miami-heat-wont-re-sign-greg-oden-michael-beasley-08-21-2014/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:45:12 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66233 More ]]> Michael Beasley e1408616736717 NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Wont Re Sign Greg Oden & Michael Beasley

Despite having less star power than before, the Miami Heat will be very interesting to watch next season which probably won’t include Greg Oden or Michael Beasley, who both probably haven’t been good or convincing enough to earn themselves another contract from the NBA finalists.

For Oden, it isn’t just an issue of ability. He really didn’t play all that much last season, but his legal problems (charged with allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face) are just another issue with a player that has been more injured than healthy since he was the number one overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. He played only 23 games for the Heat last season and logged in a total of 7 minutes in three playoff games.

The Heat are looking for another big man to add, and Oden doesn’t seem to be on the list. Emeka Okafor, another big man coming off an injury, Ekpe Udoh, Andray Blatche and Jason Maxiell seem a lot more likely to get a contract or at least a shot at one than Oden, with the Heat, at this moment. It might also mean that there isn’t a lot left for him to look for in the NBA, as the Heat were supposed to be the springboard for him renewing his career.

Michael Beasley is a different case. The Heat have small forwards but there’s always room for scoring talent. The problem in this case? Beasley isn’t a great defender, and generally Erik Spoelstra doesn’t like him or appreciate his abilities very much. Beasley wasn’t involved in anything problematic last season, but his rotation status kept being messed with and played a total of 23 minutes in the postseason after averaging 7.9 points in only 15 minutes of basketball during the regular season.

Teams are afraid of reputations, even if Beasley is past the point of being a troublemaker. Stigmas stick in this league, and so far he hasn’t been getting offers that you’d expect for someone with his talent. A second overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Beasley has always scored well on any team he’s been, regardless of the other problems he might have been involved in or created himself.

It’s hard to believe a player who is just 25 and is obviously a very capable scorer, whether it’s in the lineup or in a smaller role, isn’t getting any love from anyone around the league, but if this drought of offers in his direction keeps coming, maybe playing in Europe, where it’ll be much easier for him to get a big contract and playing time, is the next step. Beasley isn’t going to get more than a veteran’s minimum in the NBA from anyone.

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NBA Rumors – Oklahoma City Thunder Deciding Between Kendrick Perkins & Steven Adams http://sportige.com/nba-rumors-oklahoma-city-thunder-deciding-between-kendrick-perkins-steven-adams-08-21-2014/ http://sportige.com/nba-rumors-oklahoma-city-thunder-deciding-between-kendrick-perkins-steven-adams-08-21-2014/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:45:37 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66229 More ]]> Kendrick Perkins e1408615801894 NBA Rumors   Oklahoma City Thunder Deciding Between Kendrick Perkins & Steven Adams

Have we come to the point in which Kendrick Perkins finally stops being a staring center for the Oklahoma City Thunder? Steven Adams, entering his second season in the NBA, is threatening to take over the spot from the veteran big man, who is entering the final season on his contract.

Perkins hasn’t been getting praise or doing much on both ends of the floor anymore. His biggest plus? His familiarity with the system and the key figures on this team, and his diminishing ability to block the paint and make it hard for teams to stretch the Thunder’s defense. Offensively, he doesn’t exist, averaging just 3.4 points per game, falling to 19 minutes a night last season. Still, the Thunder looked better with him on the team, as he did miss 20 games.

There were suggestions to release him through the amnesty clause. He’ll be paid $9.6 million next season. With Adams playing just as well as Perkins, at least on offense, and with Hasheem Thabeet, Mitch McGary and Nick Collison ready to fill in one of the two big-man positions, maybe the Thunder could have saved some money and opened up some cap space (which wouldn’t have helped them much) by getting rid of Perkins.

Despite Adams improving (playing 14.8 minutes a night last season), Scott Brooks isn’t a very creative or innovative head coach. He doesn’t like taking risks, and fears breaking apart a lineup that’s been working very well over the last few years, even though the Thunder might be even better in a smaller lineup, as long as they find a solution to Reggie Jackson being a terrible defender or Kevin Durant being on and off when it comes to defense.

Perkins used to be one of the best defensive centers in the league, but over the last two or three years it’s more of a case that he meshes well with players than actually playing well. He often doesn’t even touch the ball for on consecutive possessions, and is no longer worth the kind of money he’s being paid. His next contract, despite still not having his 30th birthday, won’t be even remotely close to what he’s making now, even in a league that loves overpaying big men.

The Thunder know something has to change in order for them to get over the hump. They’ve been close over the last few years, using the Westbrook injury as an excuse to their failure in 2013. Last year? Ibaka missed the first two games of the conference finals but he did come back and the Thunder had the series tied at 2. They just didn’t finish, and it had nothing to do with injuries. They’re not good enough despite the Durant-Westbrook presence, and Brooks has got to shake things up in some way in order to make the final leap and win a championship. Maybe taking Perkins out of the picture will end up being that move.

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Team USA – Derrick Rose Doesn’t Play, No Problems Without Him http://sportige.com/team-usa-derrick-rose-doesnt-play-no-problems-without-him-08-21-2014/ http://sportige.com/team-usa-derrick-rose-doesnt-play-no-problems-without-him-08-21-2014/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:29:42 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66219 More ]]> Derrick Rose4 Team USA   Derrick Rose Doesnt Play, No Problems Without Him

Despite the pleas of the fans, Derrick Rose remained on the bench while his teammates led Team USA to a 105-62 win over the Dominican Republic, sitting out due to soreness in his knees. It didn’t bother Kyrie Irving and James Harden to handle the challenge with ease, while Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond and Rudy Gay made a strong case for their inclusion in the final roster that goes to the basketball World Cup.

Despite never getting out of his warmup uniform, Rose was the most interesting man in the Madison Square Garden. Yes, in New York, a city that has a nice little rivalry when it comes to basketball and Chicago, fans were changing from time to time for Rose to hit the floor. However, fatigue and taking care of his aching knees after a training camp in which he has looked very impressive kept him on the bench.

There was never any need for him to get in. In the long run as well for this international side, Rose doesn’t need to be special. He just needs to be good for some minutes and run well with the team. Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Stephen Curry, reportedly 100% in the team no matter the rest of the cuts, can handle the backcourt quite well, not to mention someone like Klay Thompson who improved his chances of making the cut.

The Dominican Republic, without Al Horford, didn’t really stand a chance of giving them any trouble. This probably isn’t the kind of quality Team USA will encounter in Spain, where they will face the same team, Turkey, Finland, New Zealand and the Ukraine in the group stage – not exactly a difficult road to the round of 16 with four teams qualifying from each group. Spain got France, Brazil and Serbia in their group; Argentina, Greece and Croatia are together; Group D has Lithuania and Slovenia.

The lineup included the other five players who won’t have a problem making it into the 12-man roster: Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis, Harden, Curry and Irving. Irving was perfect in his 16 minutes with 12 points and 5 assists while James Harden scored 12 as well with four assists and three steals, once again showing his improved defense, with the international challenge making him play differently compared to his NBA form.

Off the bench, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan led the team with 13 points each, Andre Drummond scored 12 and Klay Thompson with two 3-pointers added 11. The only player who didn’t seem to blend in well was Damian Lillard, who did score 7 points but on 3-of-8 from the field and looked quite lost and slow to react on defense, which makes him a very likely possibility to get cut eventually.

So who makes it? Except for the six we mentioned, it seems like Klay Thompson is getting close to securing his spot. Andre Drummond made a big case for his backup center spot, which leaves us four players left to choose from. Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward, Damian Lillard and another player – maybe Chandler Parsons, seem like the least likely to be chosen, although there’s one more game against Puerto Rico to finally determine who plays for the title in Spain.

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NFL Rumors – San Francisco 49ers Trying to Give Michael Crabtree a Contract Extension http://sportige.com/nfl-rumors-san-francisco-49ers-trying-to-give-michael-crabtree-a-contract-extension-08-21-2014/ http://sportige.com/nfl-rumors-san-francisco-49ers-trying-to-give-michael-crabtree-a-contract-extension-08-21-2014/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:15:43 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66224 More ]]> Michael Crabtree e1408614037252 NFL Rumors   San Francisco 49ers Trying to Give Michael Crabtree a Contract Extension

The San Francisco 49ers don’t plan on being title contenders for only a few years and going away, so locking up and extending contracts without destroying their cap situation is important, which is why they’re hoping to conclude their negotiations with Michael Crabtree as soon as possible, hoping to even get something of a discount.

The 49ers have been moving through players this off-season and getting deals signed. Colin Kaepernick stole the show with his extension that is filled with bonuses and incentives, less guaranteed money. The 49ers, who recently extended their deal with defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and are also aiming to wrap things up with Mike Iupati (left guard) and Vernon Davis (tight end), will hope Crabtree, unlike Alex Boone, doesn’t prove to be troublesome.

One thing the 49ers are counting on is Crabtree’s injuries. Not that they’re happy with him missing 11 games last season, but they’re hoping that the (almost) 27 year-old wide receiver takes an offer that’s based on bonuses and certain achievement incentives and less on guaranteed money, leaving them free to keep as much of this team together for longer, while not committing too much to someone who has been productive since joining the team in 2009, but is an injury risk.

Crabtree played in only five games last season, catching 19 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown, but his presence immediately makes Kaepernick a much better and more confident quarterback, which we saw in the playoffs until his usual kryptonite, playing in Seattle against the Seahawks, came back to haunt him. Crabtree was coming off a 1105-yards season in 2012, also catching a career best nine touchdown passes.

Crabtree didn’t come off all that well when the season ended for the Niners in January. He refused to shake hands with Richard Sherman at the end of the NFC Championship game which led to the Sherman rant on television and some taunting between the two through the media, leading to the exposure of why exactly there’s is so much animosity between the two. Crabtree has at least two more games against him this season.

Crabtree remains Kaepernick’s number one option on offense, and his presence makes him look like a very good quarterback instead of a shaky one when it comes to passing. Obviously, there are better or equal wide receivers in this league, but why break up such a successful and productive connection between the two if it’s achievable at a price the team is willing to pay?

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17 Footballers Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge http://sportige.com/footballers-taking-the-als-ice-bucket-challenge-08-20-2014/ http://sportige.com/footballers-taking-the-als-ice-bucket-challenge-08-20-2014/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:45:42 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66216 More ]]> Trends travel fast, and taking the ice bucket challenge, serving as a way to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or also Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a celebrity fad at the moment, which includes football stars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard and Mesut Ozil taking it head on.

It’s not quite clear how much pouring icy water on an exposed body helps out with research, but I guess it has something to do with more people hearing about it and donating money for research. Usually, the life expectancy once the disease is revealed in a body is somewhere between two and three years, but about 10% of ALS patients live up to 10 years with it. Stephen Hawking has been holding on with ALS for 45 years.

Not just current footballers took it head on: Michael Owen, known for his bits of wisdom on television these days and not for scoring goals, and also David Beckham, mostly known for being beautiful and rich, enjoying the retirement life, didn’t mind helping out the good cause by putting themselves at risk of catching a cold.

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Eden Hazard

Mesut Ozil

Thiago Silva

Andre Schurrle

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Christian Eriksen

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Gerard Pique (with Shakira)

Michael Owen

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Houston Rockets – Jeremy Lin as an Example of Why James Harden Isn’t Close to the Best http://sportige.com/houston-rockets-jeremy-lin-as-an-example-of-why-james-harden-isnt-close-to-the-best-08-20-2014/ http://sportige.com/houston-rockets-jeremy-lin-as-an-example-of-why-james-harden-isnt-close-to-the-best-08-20-2014/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:15:32 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66212 More ]]> James Harden e1408533714903 Houston Rockets   Jeremy Lin as an Example of Why James Harden Isnt Close to the Best

It’s good to have confidence, but James Harden saying about himself that he’s the best player in the NBA is closer to comedy material, when you consider he’s probably the main reason the Houston Rockets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs, and being “so good” is part of why Jeremy Lin was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Maybe saying he was the “main reason” is a bit harsh, but Harden was bad for most of that series. Actually, when you start thinking about how he played – selfish, ball hogging and taking one bad decision after the other, and you add his belief that he’s the best in the league, things add up. There’s no other reason why someone doing so badly and hurting his team play after play would keep on carrying to do the same thing over and over again.

Kevin McHale, a nice guy (probably), a legendary player, and a very bad head coach. One who talks about defending better but showed no sign of being able to coach his team into defending better. One who talks about better ball movement, but has about 15-20 plays that are all about James Harden dribbling the ball for 20 seconds and then either taking a tough shot, attacking the basket to reach the free throw line or dumping the ball to someone else, hurting his percentages.

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When it comes to scoring, Harden is very good. He is averaging 25.7 points per game since joining the Rockets, twice finishing fifth in the NBA in scoring average. He is a good shooter, creative when it comes to creating his own shot, very dangerous when he attacks the paint and actually thinks about what he’s going to do and excellent in getting to the line, getting to the line more than anyone else in the league in 2012-2013 and ranking third in that aspect last season. On average? He takes 9.6 free throws per game with the Rockets, making 85.8% of his shots.

So what’s the catch? The best player in the NBA will obviously do things that might come at the expense of others around him, but that makes sense only when it’s good for his team. Jeremy Lin should have been the point guard when he arrived at Houston. But Harden loves the ball in his hands, even if he isn’t as good of a passer as Lin, and that sat very well with McHale and Morey, running the ship into underachieving.

The Lin-Harden backcourt duo had some nice moments, but Lin usually shined when Harden actually was willing to take a step backwards, or simply didn’t play. Lin eventually got benched for no reason at all, punished for some reason by McHale, who never liked having him on his team and couldn’t wait to get rid of him. Stat test, eye test and any other exam, Harden isn’t the best player in the league. He might think he is, but actually costing the Rockets a player who could have been great for them but is now gone is more proof of just how delusional, not just overconfident, he might be.

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Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Durant Just Might be the Best Player in the NBA http://sportige.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-kevin-durant-just-might-be-the-best-player-in-the-nba-08-20-2014/ http://sportige.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-kevin-durant-just-might-be-the-best-player-in-the-nba-08-20-2014/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:45:20 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66208 More ]]> Kevin Durant2 e1408532664459 Oklahoma City Thunder   Kevin Durant Just Might be the Best Player in the NBA

Is Kevin Durant the best player in the NBA? He’s not going on a limb and declaring that, although he does have his MVP from last season to show for it. The best scorer in the NBA? He is a four-time scoring champion as proof, and in this case, the Oklahoma City Thunder star isn’t exactly shy about his point production.

Durant didn’t say something special in an exclusive, expansive, revealing interview. He isn’t obsessed, at least when talking to the public, about being number two, about being behind LeBron James in everything. Last season calmed part of that inside of him. He won the MVP in the regular season, which brought him to tears and created what is still one of the hottest memes on the internet. 

He spoke at an NBA 2K event (Durant is on the cover of NBA 2k15) and mentioned that he believes he is the best scorer in the NBA. He has won four out of the last five scoring titles and at the moment, unless LeBron James is holding back (which sometimes he mentions he is), there’s no arguing about Durant being the best at putting the ball in the basket in a variety of ways, be it attacking the rim or shooting from very deep.

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Is he the best player? It’s probably an impossible question to answer when the running is this close, but I’d have to say that it’s a narrow no at the moment. He might be better at scoring than LeBron James but when you take into account a lot of other things – from passing ability, court vision, defense and generally who is better for his team, despite both being in different situations, James probably leaves with the upper hand.

Durant has time to change my, and others’ minds. James won’t be on top forever, as Durant has the fountain of youth advantage. At some point, every best player falls and his seat is taken by someone else. Durant keeps adding things to his game except for an NBA title, and at some point it’ll be enough for the majority to pick him and knight him as the best player in the league.

Whether or not that lasts for very long, and whether or not that will be as an Oklahoma City Thunder player (Hints of joining the Washington Wizards when his contract runs out), are a different set of questions, that any attempt to answer them will be nothing but an uneducated guess.

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Chicago Bulls – Derrick Rose Showing Some Concerning Signs http://sportige.com/chicago-bulls-derrick-rose-showing-some-concerning-signs-08-20-2014/ http://sportige.com/chicago-bulls-derrick-rose-showing-some-concerning-signs-08-20-2014/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:15:50 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=66204 More ]]> Derrick Rose3 e1408531517125 Chicago Bulls   Derrick Rose Showing Some Concerning Signs

Right now, Derrick Rose might be one of the most important players on what remains of the USA team that’s headed to play for the world championship, but his real significance is to the Chicago Bulls, which are obviously quite worried about their prizes possession sitting out two consecutive practices in order to give his knees some rest and that they have been bothering him since the beginning of training camp.

Preparing for their final two games of the preparation phase before heading off to Spain, Rose, who is one of the guaranteed six who know they won’t be cut before the tournament begins, is obviously taking a risk. He has played only 10 regular season games over the last two years, which made some think that playing international basketball is unnecessary and maybe even foolish considering his two major injuries.

According to Mike Krzyzewski, he was planning on sitting Rose during practice for a couple of days anyway because he’s been going so hard during this training camp. He is still listed to play against the Dominican Republic, but according to Jerry Colangelo, he might have to forfeit his spot in the staring lineup because in the past, Krzyzewski has made it mandatory for players to practice on the day before a game if they want to start.

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There is a source that spoke to ESPNChicago.com and mentioned that since playing against Brazil on the weekend Rose has been feeling soreness in his knees. However, the more official faces of the international team have down-played those rumors, and have repeatedly said that Rose is fine and they’re simply giving him some resting time after a unique effort from him since going back into action.

Some pain in the knee isn’t always the end of the world. The Thunder took caution with Russell Westbrook last season, even sitting him out for a while as some swelling appeared, in order to keep him healthy for the late push in the season and the playoffs. He didn’t seem to be bothered by that or limited in any way. Rose has been through a bit more than Westbrook but at least on the surface, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with him physically.

What’s going on inside? His head? His body? That’s something only he can answer and say. Maybe there’s a touch of lacking in confidence. Maybe it’s simply some soreness that is part of the coming back process. Rose wasn’t injured the last two times because of a recurring thing. One might say that it’s his playing style and a risk that goes along with it. Others might suggest it’s bad luck, nothing more. The Chicago Bulls need to hope that there’s nothing bigger behind these resting days, and that they have nothing to be worried about once the season begins.

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