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John Wall has inked an extension with the Washington Wizards! The deal is reportedly worth 80 million over the next 5 years.
This is his first contract negotiation since his rookie contract. It hit home when he did, his family was by his side or in front of him as I should say during his press conference which when asked about family support he got a little teary eyed and said, “She’s (his mother) the most emotional person. It was like a breathtaking moment, seeing my mom and seeing everything she worked for,” as espn reported.
Wall isn’t like other NBA players, when inking the deal he said that he would then go ahead a donate a million dollars to a charitable organization In Washington. How many NBA players do you hear say that after signing a big contract? None, most of them will donate money throughout their career but for him to say that’s the first thing he’s gonna do with his new contract, that’s what separates him from the rest.
Wall is the face of the Wizards organization and definitely among the NBA elite even for only being in his third season if you didn’t already know that and the organization seem to have a lot of trust in him.
“The day we drafted John, we said we wanted to build this franchise with him and around him,” he said. “The last three years, he’s shown he’s capable of leading this franchise where we want to go and that’s back to the playoffs,” said team president Ernie Grunfeld.
The last time the Wizards were in the playoffs was back in the 2008 season when they had Gilbert Arenas aka agent Zero, so Wall hasn’t experienced that type of atmosphere yet.
Last year could have been the year Wall had brought the Wizards to the playoffs if it wasn’t for an injured knee that set him and his team back.
With the increased competition in the East I don’t know if the Wizards will make it to the playoffs, but I do see some light in their tunnel if you know what I mean.
Playoffs you think that’s the big picture for the Wizards and John Wall? Push its obvious that they are still perusing the goal everyone else is and that’s an NBA championship.Even though stopping their playoff drought would be the first step.
“We haven’t been to the promised land of winning a championship for years. I know we’re a long way from there, but that’s my main goal before my career is done, to win one here,” said Wall.
Now all the Wizards have to do is get some players around him that can make that happen, and just remember next off season is a big free agency. You begin to wonder who can and will bring in.


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What might as well be the greatest award show to any Sports fanatic anywhere from swimming to football is just around the corner.
The ESPYS which resembles the Oscars of sports are being held July 17th at 9pm eastern time and have a countless number of categories lets brake down some of them.
THE BEST MALE ATHLETE: There are four candidates and only one seems to make sense, Lebron James of the NBA champion Miami Heat. Miguel Cabrera seem to be the second logical choice but doesn’t really have the explosiveness in his sport that compares to Lebron’s popularity in the NBA. Adrian Peterson who came fresh off the season had a great season and it was even more remarkable since he came off a torn ACL but again, a player isn’t based just off individual success but team success, and where did the Vikings go this past season? And Finally, Michael Phelps as much as we have seen him win, Its Michael Phelps due to his recent problems he isn’t everyone’s favorite athlete. Thus, making Lebron the ideal Male Athlete to win this category.

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Unfortunately, I don’t have much insight in this category. Who I would like to win and who will probably win are two different people. Serena Williams will probably win because she is the most known out of all four of these candidates, but don’t get me wrong shes a phenomenal athlete I would just like to see Brittany Griner take home this award. Griner has had a lot more success lately compared to Serena who was recently eliminated from Wimbledon. and unfortunately, for the last two Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics) and Missy Franklin (Swimmer) don’t compete in sports that are as widely watched as compared to Tennis and Basketball. So I see Williams taking this one.

BEST TEAM: The choices are the US gymnastics team, The Francisco Giants, Alabama Crimson Tide football, The Baltimore Ravens, The Chicago Black hawks, The Miami Heat and finally the Oklahoma University softball. Now this is the trickiest one. I want to see the Miami Heat take this one but not because they are my favorite team but because they put biggest fight having not one but two game seven series in their Championship run. I’m sorry I’m biased but isn’t all media?

BEST COMEBACK: This one hands down has to go to the one and only Adrian Peterson. Although Peyton Manning is also coming off surgery, I don’t think it was as serious and career ending as Petersons torn ACL. Plus, Peterson had a lot more success and thats what counts. Mariano Rivera who is also coming off a torn ACL, doesn’t seem to have as big of an impact on the Yankees as Peterson had on the Vikings. And I don’t know who Buster Posey is to be honest, Iv heard the name but Iv never watched him.

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: It’s not doubt that it should go to….Colin Kaepernick. He had the biggest challenge of adjusting to the starting position as a QB and bringing the 49ers to the Superbowl and having an outstanding performance. Don’t get me wrong Russell Wilson is also another great candidate he led his team far but not as far, plus I just like Kaepernicks chances far better. Johnny Manziel did awesome too, but its college ball and you cant compare the college level to the pro level. and for Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig seaon isn’t over yet so how can you decide on that.

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: Now, Joe Flacco, Pablo Sandoval and Brad Keselowski are all great at what they do in the big games or races in Keselowskis case but its incomparable to the performance given to Lebron James. In my mind, Brad Keselowski is last in this because NASCAR although its a big sport its the smallest in this category. Joe Flacco only had one game to blow up so its not as in depth as Lebrons performance in a seven game series where he had to give his all every single second he was in. Pablo Sandoval doesn’t get my vote because I’m not as big of a baseball fan and I didn’t watch the World series because my Yankees weren’t in it. So lebron wins yet another trophy!

BEST GAME: Now this is probably the hardest one of them all. The Ravens vs Broncos isn’t really a contender because it wasn’t the Super Bowl. Now the Leafs vs Bruins game 7 and the Heat vs Spurs game 6 is a really tight one. Now both were extremely exciting, but game 6 of the NBA finals takes this home because it was a win or go home for the Heat and it went into overtime. There was so much on the line and it had such a big effect on the series. Now the Bruins and Leafs game 7 was just as good because it was a the biggest comeback I’ve ever seen and it grabbed everyone’s attention but it was only a first round game.

BIGGEST UPSET: Florida Gulf Coast University takes this one. A school that no one had ever heard of (except for us south Floridians) did the impossible they beat the number two seed Georgetown Hoyas. A team that was on no ones radar had beaten a team that most people had in their final four bracket. It completely blew everyone away and that’s what america likes to see an underdog win. That alone lets me give them the vote on Biggest Upset. Plus, it is very possible that this could be my future school after this year.

and Finally the BEST PLAY: Ray Allens 3 point play seals the deal. Although, Jadeveon Clowney’s Hit and
DeAndre Jordan’s Alley Oop were really the only contenders to Ray Allen they just didn’t have as big of impacts. Clowneys hit was remarkable and I feel bad for the man on the receiving end of it but it was a big hit they happen all the time in football. DeAndre Jordans dunk was outstanding probably better than most of Lebrons Dunks but it was on Brandon Knight and how many times is he going to be embarrassed in one season remember when Kyire Irving made him look like a fool during all-star weekend? Everything bad happens to that man. Plus, it was a play that didn’t have any effect other than hyping everyone up. Ray Allens shot was a last second desperation shot that gave the Heat a second chance in game 6 which they would end up winning and take them to game 7 which they would also win so if it wasn’t for that big time play by Ray Allen and Chris Bosh who rebounded the missed 3 point attempt by Lebron with the clock winding down the Miami Heat wouldn’t be the reigning NBA champions they are today.


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The NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony  is one step closer to moving on to the second round of the playoffs since joining the New York Knicks.

The Knicks who earlier in the season beat the Boston Celtics out of top seed in the Atlantic Division have now put the pressure back on Celtics as the Knicks took game one in New York, 85-78 as the heated rivalry between the two teams continues.  Anthony who averaged a league leading 28.7 points per game during the regular season started out his postseason as he’s done all season exploding for points, 36 to be exact. Anthony also contributed with six rebounds, four steals and one assist.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that we got our first win of the series here on our home court, took care of that business, It was real important for us to come out and get this first win,” said Anthony who lead the Knicks to their first 1-0 playoff start since the 200-2001 NBA post season.

If it wasn’t for Anthonys’ quick start to the game and late burst this series could belong to the Celtics, who are without All star point guard Rajon Rondo.

J.R smith was also a key to success for the Knicks as he added 15 points and 5 rebounds.

The Celtics looked to Jeff Green as they kept up with New York for most of the game. Green who lead Boston with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists was helped by team captain Paul Pierce who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 rebounds and a steal.

If Boston wants to win the series, which probably won’t happen they need a better performance from big man Kevin Garentt who played 37 minutes and only scored 8 points. Again the older Celtics are showing their age, they aren’t doing as expected when you compare them to the oldest team in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. This will be an interesting series to watch as the pressure is now on Boston


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this is my first shot at an opinion story

Recent major sports injuries have caused many to contemplate how to prevent these career ending  impairments and whether enough measures are being put into place.

In the recent March Madness Tournament, champion Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware suffered a horrific injury when trying to block a three-point shot by Duke in the Elite Eight. Ware suffered a broken bone in his right leg which protruded six inches out of his skin. It has been released in multiple reports that Ware had a hairline fracture in the leg before breaking it.

From kids in Pee Wee leagues to athletes of professional sports, there is a growing fear on whether enough precautions are being implemented to protect them from injuring themselves . The fact that some student athletes are playing through injuries, is effecting them in the long run as it could prevent them from continuing to the collegiate and even professional level. Ware knew that he had previously suffered a hairline fracture in his leg yet decided to play, and with one land that shouldn’t have done anything to him has now put his future in sports in jeopardy.

Athletes who are looking for a safe and healthy way to remain protected from injury, should listen to doctors orders and get checkups regularly and after any part of the body starts to ache even if it’s minor. A yearly physical should also be done in order to assure that all aspects is checked before entering back into activity.

If athletes are really eager to get back into their sport, they can follow in the steps that some pro basketball players like Lebron James and Dwyane Wade take. Wade and James use hyperbaric chambers to accelerate the healing time.

The cost of suffering an injury often outweighs the benefits of playing with the risk of further injuring them, but in the cases where the athlete can’t pass up the chance to play not only I but doctors suggest the use of protective gear. For example, a type of very useful and protective gear most often used is a padded sleeve. The padding helps absorb the shock of a fall or collision which could make the difference of a broken bone or dislocated bone to being perfectly fine.


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The reigning NBA champion Miami Heat and MVP Lebron James are coming off not only a memorable season, but a historic one. The Heat are going into this season aiming to become back-to-back champs.

The Heat have finally secured the first seed in the Eastern conference after battling the New York Knicks night in and night out but are only a half a game ahead in the East and overall are 6th in the league standing. Miami’s key players already made an imprint on the league, LeBron James won NBA player of the week for the 38th time (most in NBA history) just last month.

One reason the Heat will win yet another title this season is due to the teams great chemistry. With star players James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh who have played together for three years, have all played on the Olympic team twice and have age and experience over younger teams like the L.A Clippers who are young. Miami’s big three is simply the best in the league even compared to that of the L.A Lakers’ Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, or the Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace.

Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have also played together on the Seattle Supersonic. Also the team’s veteran leadership from players like Allen, Lewis, Wade, Bosh, and James gives the Heat an edge over dynamic teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Clippers.

As the Heat look to repeat, Miami has already made an unstoppable team even greater. With the off-season additions of Allen and Lewis to the already exhilarating three-point specialist, Mike Miller and Shane Battier, Miami will easily be the best team from beyond the arc this season.

Yet, not only is Allen an astonishing  three-point specialist, but he can help secure wins. Allen already has two game winning shots under his belt this season. The addition of Allen is truly the piece to the puzzle the Heat have been looking for to bring back yet another title to Miami.


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That’s right Lady’s and gentlemen the Miami Heat are two games away from bring back another Title to Miami, and for Lebron to get his long awaited hard earned ring!

After losing Game 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City the Heat haven’t looked back. Game one Kevin Durant showed what he was made of, being undoubtedly the second best player in the world. When Game 2 came around Dwyane Wade unleashed his inner beast as him and Chris Bosh tied up the series at one a piece. Then in Sundays Game 3 Lebron did what he does best, he played like he’s the greatest in the world!

Now, with all that said what is the key to the trophy case that holds the championship trophy? First is who will play better tonight in Game 4 Lebron or Kevin Durant. If OKC goes down 3-1 they are done no team in the history of the finals has come back from that deficient. That’s why tonight I think you’ll see a different KD who attacks the basket more and is stronger on defense. KD is going to give it his 110% tonight but he will come up short as the Heat take this one. Lebron has a different mentality than he had before there’s no doubt that he won’t let this championship slip through his hands after everyone has been criticizing him. He’s been to the Finals twice before and he lost both of those times, he knows what it takes; as we have seen from him this postseason he is a monster, he is not human and that monster Lebron is averaging 30 points in the Finals and it seems as if no one can stop him, he’s a force to be reckoned with. But I’m telling you right now he is only half of the key for Miami to win this championship, the great contribution from Wade and Bosh is also a big key; make sure to not overlook the major contribution from Shane Battier in these games. That is what is the K.O punch every time for the Thunder the relaxed defense they play on Battier. Mike Miller played big in Game 3 also recording a couple blocks a steals and even some points. I don’t care if he misses those three pointers as long as he contributes. now back to Lebron, Lebron has shown he has the clutch gene, and actually has become more clutch this series than Durant. He’s hit more free throws (which he’s usually poor at). Those are two crucial components that lock up why Miami will have tonight’s game.Now when it comes to the Thunder I think Westbrook is doing a really poor job yea he’s averaging 20 some odd points a game but he’s not distributing the ball enough to KD. And why wouldn’t you start James Harden? There’s a lot of things that need to happen in that locker room for Oklahoma to win the championship let alone another game.

Word has arose that Serge Ibaka has said and I quote,”LeBron is not a good defender. He can play defense for 2 to 3 minutes but not 48.” Here’s my problem with this I know Ibaka is by far the best defensive player on the court but you are down 2 games to 1 and are on the verge of losing the championship to Lebron therefore, you can’t say anything! Then Durant to have the audacity to go up to Wade and say your to short!First of all, Wade is a Finals MVP who are you to say anything to the man! The Thunder are letting the series get to their head, they are cracking under the pressure while Miami is now use to it. It’s as simple as that!


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Before Game 6 critics were questioning the ability of Lebron James and the Miami Heat and how they think that the Heat need to get rid of one of the Big 3, but as we know when you critize James and his team you bring out the Beast within him. James pulled off the greatest performance in nearly five decades. James recorded 45 points along with 15 rebounds and 5 assists. We haven’t seen numbers like these in a playoff game since the great Wilt Chamberlin about 50 years ago. James shot 19 of 26 from the court and was just short of his playoff high of 49 points. Stephen A Smith said it was the Best game he’s ever seen Lebron play as a Heat player.

Faced with elimination Heat forward James kept the Heat afloat and forced a critical Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in The TD garden last night. James played 44 consecutive minutes, leaving the game with 3 minutes left when they secured the win. Dwyane Wade added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals even with what I considered a poor first half.

The Celtics really showed that they don;t have the stamina to keep up as their largest lead in the game was two points. That’s just embarrassing. If you have a chance to close out the series you have to capitalize yet that’s what the Celtics failed to do. The Celtics aren’t the only ones who had a poor performance; Mike Miller. Miller had countless number of wide open shots that he couldn’t get to fall same with Mario Chalmers. Bosh had a pretty poor performance on offense as he is trying to get back to 100% after his injury. Yet, Bosh lead Miami in block as he smacked away three balls.

Rondo had a decent game recording a double double just as Lebron did except not even close to his numbers. Rondo scored 21 points and dished out 10 assist. He also lead the Celtics in steals as he recorded three. Brandon Bass played a decent game I thought, scoring 12 points and leading the Celtics in rebounds as he brought down seven.

After the game during the Media session Miami Heat head coach Erik Spolstra had this to say on James performance,”He was absolutely fearless tonight, and it was contagious. The way he approached the last 48 hours, and not only LeBron, but everybody else. Nobody likes getting dirt thrown on your face before you’re even dead. He showed great resolve.” Then Wade said,”He played amazing. He was locked in from the beginning of the game like I’ve never seen him before.” This quote reinforces what Smith said on First Take this morning because Wade hasn’t even seen Lebron blow up like this. As my friends and I say he’s doin big things.

The do or die Game 7 is Saturday at 8:30 in Miami. Look for Miami to take this game and meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals just as I predicted in my school newspaper over a month ago.