As we stand just a few days away from conference play the SEC basketball landscape is pretty confusing and murky with one exception that we all know, which is Kentucky. Kentucky is obviously the best team in the conference as well as the country. I do not think they will lose a conference game. The toughest team they had to play this season before the tournament was Louisville and they have defeated them. After Kentucky everything is confusing. I think Florida will finish second as they are finally getting their whole team together.
Earlier this week ESPN reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are now the favorites to land LeBron James. Most people have assumed that James would end up back in Miami with a reloaded roster. But while Miami has been waiting for Wade, Bosh, and James to make their decisions they’ve missed out on a few key free agents in Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat, both of whom the Heat were very interested in.
It's official, LeBron James has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and test free agency. After watching the Heat get dismantled in the NBA finals by the San Antonio Spurs, this was pretty much universally expected. There are only a few teams that have a legitimate shot at landing James this summer, but I'm sure that all of the teams that I'm going to mention below are going to go all in for The King.
It's been reported this week that the Miami Heat intend to pursue possible free agent Carmelo Anthony this summer if he chooses to opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks this summer. Anthony, who would make $23.3 million if he stays in New York for one more year, would have to take a significant pay cut if he were to join the east-coast powerhouse.
It's almost a sure thing that Minnesota Timberwolves all-star power forward Kevin Love will be playing somewhere else next season. Since Love was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies, then traded to the T-Wolves on draft night, the Timberwolves have failed to make it to the postseason. Love has finally voiced his frustration, and claims that he will not re-sign with the Timberwolves if he's not traded, which would cause the team to lose him and get absolutely nothing in return.
In just a few more days, the NBA regular season will be coming to a close, and so will fantasy basketball season. And as it turned out, this writer ended up having his best season in close to ten years as a member of the same 16-team Yahoo Fantasy Basketball league. At the present, I am in a tight battle for fifth place in the consolation round, a result of having been upset by our league's Cinderella team, one that had clawed its way from dead last as of Week 3 to end up as eighth seed.
The Uconn Huskies won the NCAA Championship of Men's Basketball tonight by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats by a narrow margin. Uconn came out of the gates strong and while Kentucky made run after run, the Huskies proved to be more experienced and mentally tougher. The game really came down to the inability of Kentucky to make free-throws. It could have simply been nerves. Randle did not play his best game, but I felt that Young showed that he too, will be a major factor in the NBA in the future and I'm sure in the draft this summer.
When the 2014 NBA Draft takes place on June 26th, many people feel that Kansas big man Joel Embiid will be a top 5 selection, however, according to KU head coach Bill Self, Embiid is considering sticking around for another season.
The season has come down to it's final four, and to the shock of many, the SEC has two teams left standing. This tournament did not go the way most picked, but Kentucky may just be the shock of the tournament. Florida was the number one overall seed and most prognosticators had picked them to get the the round of four. Kentucky was given an eight seed and had to beat undefeated Wichita State and Louisville, before defeating Big Ten Power and number 2 seed Michigan to get to the semi-final round.
Freshmen players are always exciting in college basketball, but the one-and-done rule is hurting the game because of a lack of identity and continuity. This season, we have seen guys like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Joel Embiid steal the highlights on SportsCenter, but is this good for the image of college basketball?
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