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Swap Meet, Or Swap Meat?

So this was a big deal, in every sense of the words.

All of the “hot take” action the last day or so has been directed towards figuring out who got the better of the Cavaliers-Celtics trade. Is Kyrie Irving the piece the Celtics need to push them over the top in the Eastern Conference? Maybe, but then again, maybe not, since half of last year’s successful Boston team will now be suiting up for Cleveland. At this point, it’s hard to say which team will come out on top in that particular two-way battle.

Then again, again, maybe the trade will wind up weakening both teams, now and in the future, enough that neither team winds up the East’s No. 1 seed. Continue reading Swap Meet, Or Swap Meat?

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A Solution For The Block/Charge Conundrum

There was a play during tonight’s Washington vs. Atlanta NBA playoff game. The Wizards’ John Wall drove the lane. One official–Kenny Mauer, if memory serves me right–was about to call a blocking foul on the Atlanta defender, but the baseline official overruled him.

Replays were inconclusive; the defender was outside the restrictive area, was (perhaps) a little late getting over to cut off Wall…but Wall did make an aggressive move to the basket. It was a call that could have gone either way–as the refs’ initial disagreement testifies.

This kind of play happens all the time in today’s game. Every NBA contest features a handful of these contentious calls; the college game has become a festival of players flopping to the hardwood aiming for charge calls. It’s bad basketball, and it really needs to change.

Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple solution to the issue, and, like most things in life, it hinges on the concept of ‘control.’

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Greek To You

After last night’s blowout win by the Milwaukee Bucks over the Toronto Raptors, it’s looking more and more like we’ll be seeing more and more of Giannis Antetokounmpo as we go deeper into the NBA playoffs.

This raises the inevitable question, a popular query ever since the Greek Freak rose to prominence in the last few years: How exactly do you pronounce his name?

I think I can help with that. It’s simple, really. You call him “G.A.”

Or, if you wish to honor the Freak’s Greek homeland, you call him “Gamma Alpha.”

You’re welcome. Glad I could be of service.