Bleacher Report– The Miami Heat have reportedly emerged as the favorites to sign free-agent small forward Gordon Hayward, who spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz.
On Saturday, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer provided the update on Hayward’s status. Based on O’Connor’s conversations with three sources, the reasons the Heat are in the driver’s seat for one of the top free agents include a “better lifestyle” and a “feature scoring role” for Hayward, as well as the opportunity to work with head coach Erik Spoelstra.
With the heat of the NBA free agency growing by the day, it seems ironic that the Miami Heat havent been in the typical conversation. Until now. Why havent they been in conversations? Well because they are irrelevant right now. They finished 41-41 last year and have no superstars to build a team around like every other competitive team seems to be doing right now. Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters are about the only 2 I know there that could possibly even help any other team. And is Chris Bosh still there? Has anyone even heard from Bosh in the last few years? oh well, maybe he went back to his home planet. On the other side of the talent spectrum we have Gordon Hayward who is very valuable and could help the Celtics or the Rockets close the gap. The gap being, of course, the front runners of the East & West the Warriors and the Cavs. If Hayward were to go to the Heat it might make them a little bit better but it wont do enough for them to be able to compete with the Cavs or the Celtics. It’s basically a waste of his talents if he goes to South Beach and with Paul George off the board the Celtics will have missed out on 2 big potential pickups that could allow them to take the next step past the Cavs, or at least get closer. This league is evolving into teams built with superstars that can feed off each other and Miami is not a budding place for that. As a fan of high scoring and competitive basketball, I really really hope he goes to the Celtics and if he can’t see why that would be the most ideal move then have fun putting up 25 points a game on a mediocre team that goes .500. -( . )
One of the biggest storylines in the last decade for basketball has been Lebron James. As a youngin coming in the league he had to do what he could to prove himself and now as a solidified legend in this game he goes for his 2nd title against the Warriors. This is Round 3, the big battle, and taking a backseat to this monstrous event was the NHL playoffs and the Stanley Cup. As a series of home wins, the Cup was fought back and forth and the Penguins were able to turn the Predators into their prey and take the ‘ship in 6 games. This makes it back to back Stanley Cup winning seasons for the Penguins which is exceptionally rare in hockey. So much it has only happened 4 times in the last 30 years. The Red Wings in ’97 & ’98, the Pens again in ’91 & ’92 and the Oilers in ’87 & ’88. Now oddly enough these years happen to also be years when the NBA champion has won back to back titles…interesting…
And to add fire to the ridiculously high flames of the whole ‘JORDAN VS BRON’ debate two of these back to back champions that coincided with the NHL were led by none other than the OG himself. IS this just destiny? fate? whatever you want to call it is is a very big coincidence and I am not putting anyting past the best player in the fucking league right now. Only 1 team in history has come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals and only one team has ever given up a 3-1 lead to lose the finals and both are playing on the court tonight, just saying. Cavs in 7. -( . )
Barstools Sports, Inc. has been under fire as of late for a blog post that was posted by one of their bloggers named Spags who was hired to not be that of a comedic face of the company but to rather draw “click bait”. Click bait is just weird, funny, interesting shit that gets people to click but what he posted was no such thing. He posted an article featuring a picture of Rihanna looking like she had gained a few pounds and proceeded to viciously rip into her with a plethora of insults. After hearing of this article being posted and the small backlash the was already ensuing, Dave Portnoy, aka El Presidente aka Davey Pageviews, the founder of Barstool made the executive decision to take the post down. After issuing a statement explaining his well-reasoned thought process behind deleting the post, he continued to receive negative criticism and backlash against his company as a whole. Cosmo magazine even featured a post condemning the Barstool site as a whole but this is just another way to show how the media tends to only tell half of the story.
I feel like I’m taking crazy pills over here but can no one see that he made a business decision ( the correct one ) and did what he did for the good of Barstool. He is getting assaulted by a two-front war with the feminists and what not like Cosmo mag on one side and idiotic stoolies on the other. Cosmo had a post titled “Garbage Sports Site Fat-Shames Rihanna, Follows Up With Garbage Apology” and it contained a bunch of one sided shit blaming the Barstool site as a whole. Pres has said time and time again since this started that Spags was never hired to do on-the-line blogs like this and when he, as a minor blogger, posted this it was immediately looked upon like it came out of Dave’s mouth on live tv. He denounced this article and explained as clearly as he could that it was not funny and just mean-spirited for being the reason it was removed. This is a comedic and satirical blog site and that was neither so the only logical option is to remove it. And then they start to attack his statement, which they labeled an apology, saying it is not sincere enough. Who gives a fuck, he runs a company and made a business decision like any other good owner would. He didn’t defend this article because it lacked any merit to do so. Plain and simple.
And the fuckin stoolies that are trying to rip on Pres and Barstool for changing what it believes in or whatever that bullshit is, just stop. If you dont see why this is the most obvious and logical move out there then put your fuckin head back in the sand. Any venture must evolve as it grows and looks to expand. This isn’t Dave hustlin papers by himself anymore, they have a global reach and impress thier contents upon millions of people a day and as cliche as it is, with great power comes great responsibility and Dave has accepted that responsibility in stride. Why you ask? He’s a born leader of men. Barstool is by the common man, for the common man and always will be. -( . )
Unless you have been sleeping under a rock with headphones in, blaring Rage Against The Machine, you have certainly heard of the NBA finals starting tonight and round 3 of the Cavaliers and Warriors saga. But amidst all the talks of Lebron solidifying his place ahead/next to Jordan and the Warriors continuing to be healthy to win this series, one storyline seems to get lost. That storyline is Kevin Durant and his legacy which is almost entirely at stake here. Now I know it’s good to have somewhat of a short-term memory, especially in sports, but this is the man that left HIS team and a city that he basically owned to side with the team he just lost to. Everyone wants to hop on the “Fuck Lebron” train saying that he needed help to win a final series when KD is here doing the same fucking thing but with even more star power than the Heat had. From the inception of his trade, this has been the goal and the bar that must be met; making AND winning the NBA finals. Now that they have made it here (unsurprisingly and swiftly nonetheless), they have to finish the job or the trade was a flop in my opinion. They made it here without him last year so if adding him doesn’t solidify the win, then why pay him crazy amounts of money for not that much of a return? His legacy as a whole is up for grabs here as well. If they are to lose again this year does KD look to move to the east coast? Do they hold onto him for next year to see if they can get the job done again? Who knows. It is almost to the point where he has to realize that he needs to remain there and maybe not be the head of the franchise as he could in any other team almost just to finally claim that ring. After this he will fall into one of 2 categories; One of the greatest basketball players to play or one of the greatest basketball players to play and never win a ring (Barkely, Malone, Ewing, Stockton, AI, etc). For his sake I hope it’s the former but for my wallet and my own likeness, I hope the Cavs put on a show this series and dominate. -( . )
PS. Watch out for playoff Bron
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one the best teams in the NBA and while going undefeated through 2 rounds, the Celtics happened to stun them in game 3. Now as game 4 progresses, Lebron James sits out the last 7 minutes with 4 fouls and the Celtics go into the half with the fucking lead, up 10. Now the Cavaliers look like GARBAGE. Straight up useless, well besides Kyrie who is doing everything he can to get a foul and get some points on the board. And somehow Kevin Love is still managing to get the ball passed to him as he continues to fucking brick 3s but I digress. I think there besides this shitty play, win or lose this game, the Cavs will still win the series but with playing so poorly they will go into the Finals big underdogs. At this point, the playoff Bron Bron resumes form and Kyrie does his thing and they take down goliath in an epic fashion yet again. Everyone will be bumming on the Cavs cause they could barely sneak past the C’s and to come back to win the Finals would just solidify their place, as well as Lebron’s personal status, in history. Genius. You heard it here first folks. Cavs in 7, both rounds. -( . )