After the critically acclaimed 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance” aired on ESPN this past spring, it begged the question: Would today’s NBA legends be able to survive playing in today’s game? Maybe yes, and maybe no.
As every basketball fan knows, there are many factors that go into what makes an NBA player great. Change in how the game is played and its rules, all contribute to how a legend would play in the year 2021.
So, what NBA legends would most likely only play average if we transported them to a current NBA game? Let’s take a look (in no particular order):
1. Magic Johnson: Yes, Magic Johnson won five NBA championships. He is mostly known for his size, as well as his passing ability. However, it took several years for him to become a good outside shooter, which wouldn’t be afforded to him in today’s game. As well his lack of strong shot would hurt him. With all that said, one could argue he would be a great player/facilitator in 2021.
2. Shaquille O’Neal: If you are thinking this is a stretch, Shaq was a fantastic player, don’t get us wrong, but he would struggle because he can’t shoot as well as most players today. As well, he wasn’t known for being the best passing man in his era. However, Shaq would disagree, he himself said he would average 40 points per game in today’s NBA. We would love to see that and eat our words!
3. George Mikan: Nicknamed, “Mr. Basketball”, George Mikan was known for being the pioneer of modern aged basketball. He was the NBA’s first superstar and was the start of NBA’s first dynasty. Today’s game, however, is much faster, and the players are even stronger. Mikan, although a dominating and large player at 6’10” would most likely struggle to stay in the game and dominate as he once did.
4. John Stockton: Even though John Stockton had the most assists in his career in NBA history (15,806) and was a great passer, he would struggle in today’s game. He was dependent on the pick and roll. And, much like George Mikan, Stockton would suffer from the players and the game being faster and stronger. If he could only rely on a pick and roll play, he may survive the game, but it just would not be likely in 2021.
5. Wilt Chamberlin: The only player in NBA history to have scored 100 points in one game, would struggle in today’s game for a few reasons. In his earlier career, he was an aggressive player, one that bullied opponents downlow. There also wasn’t much stopping him from getting a basket. Given today’s game rules, changes and strength of players, Chamberlin would fall short. He also was not well known for getting along with his coaches, that would also be an issue today.
6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a one-of-a-kind player. He has an unstoppable (and patented) shot, the skyhook, which makes him one of the greats. However, in today’s game, Abdul-Jabbar would be great offensively but struggle with the pacing and small ball of today’s NBA. As well, his size would no longer be as much of an asset to him.
7. Bill Russell: Bill Russell was a fantastic player and won 11 championships during his playing days. Though he was one of the first players to use alley-oops, he would struggle in today’s era where the big man needs to develop a strong outside shot. Unfortunately, as a player, Russel had little range and a mediocre jump.
8. Charles Barkley: Charles Barkley is one of the best pure rebounders the NBA has seen. However, in today’s game withs stronger, faster and bigger athletes, Barkley would struggle being a power forward against today’s game forwards. He may also have a hard time with switches against faster guards and centers.
9. Karl Malone: Another player who used the pick and roll play to his advantage (he played with John Stockton), Karl Malone was known as the most lethal back in his day with this play. As we know from John Stockton, pick and rolls would not do as well in 2021. Malone also was a very strong player from the mid-range area, using flares close to the free throw line. Unfortunately, this would not fare well in today’s game, and Malone also does not have a large range.
10. Bob Pettit: Bob Pettit, was an all-star for each of his 11 seasons in the NBA back in the 1960s. He was also much smaller than the players of today’s game. Therefore, Pettit would unfortunately struggle guarding in today’s game; not only because of the sheer size of the athletes, but the skill and speed of them.
What NBA players do you think would be just average in today’s game?
I haven't missed a Miami Heat game since the 2015 season and let me tell you I'm not a fan that takes it lightly on their team. I understand that this season they are coming off the shortest offseason ever and with covid and people being out for safety purposes makes it difficult to win games especially with basically 0 rest. But, the fact that Bam was an first time all-star last year, Kendrick Nunn was first team all rookie, Tyler Herro was second team all rookie, and Duncan Robison broke the single season Miami Heat record of 3s made in a single season and was only 2nd in 3s made all season behind James Harden. Its hard to understand why this team behind these 4 rising stars aren't being more successful in the wins column.
First off, Kendrick Nunn has been non existent since the bubble started last year and that has continued into this season. I am not sure why as he showed he can be a good ball handler and can score when he wants to. I would like to see Kendrick to be put back into the starting lineup. Before last night's game, you could really see that he wasn't the same player as last year and I can understand why, he was stripped of his minutes and for no good reason. Last night he showed why he deserves to be put back into the starting lineup as he scored the ball, played good defense, made good passes throughout the game.
Duncan has been who we all thought he is and much much more. He's making 3s, like usual, but he's also grown and shown how good his ability is to drive and score and drive and pass when ran off the 3 point line. His inprovemt on the defensive end has been impressive as well and it will continue to improve as he plays more games. Duncan has shown that he is much more then just a 3 point shooter for this team and if he keeps showing that, this team will have better and more consistant success.
Tyler Herro struggled in the beginning of the season coming into a new role as the point guard and having to make plays out on the court while reading the defense. You could tell as his turnovers were very high and he was not being the offensive player that we saw the year before. Now, i understand that it takes time to come into a new role, especially in the NBA at 20 years old but he has settled into his role very well over the past few games before getting injured with being able to score at the rim and the midrange and very much improved on the defensive end even though he can still improve. If Tyler can put all of these pieces together by limiting his turnovers, scoring at all 3 levels, being a good passes and playing solid defense then this Miami team will continue to make progress.
Even if all of these guys played great every game, the Miami Heat need Bam to play like he did last night. Now if you look at his stats for the reason, you might be wondering why I'm saying that because he played a good game last night like he usually does. BUT the way he did it with his midrange shots and the timing that he took over the game is what he needs to do night in and night out for this team to really get back to winning. Bam last night looked more to shoot the ball on offense, not just drive and pass. His ability to hit that midrange shot is off the charts percentage wise but he needs to shoot at a higher volume to make defenses respect him more with that shot, like he did last night. If he can constantly shoot that midrange shot like Chris Both did for the heat, he will be even better then Chris Bosh ever was. Bam needs to realize that he is the heart and soul of this team and he needs to look to be that leader and that guy who can be that dominant and good every single game.
As soon as he figures that out, the Miami Heat will start winning more games. My ideal starting lineup would include all four of these players, Nunn, Herro, Robison, Bulter, and Bam with Goran, Bradley, K.O., Precious and Iggy coming off the bench.
With this combination the Heat would finally start to put the pieces together.
The NBA is in a time that it has never had to deal with before. The league has to try to manage how it will handle the rise of cancelation games and the undeniable fact that more players will be exposed to covid and that more players will test positive themselves as they travel and live their own personal lives. There have been some noticeable games these past few weeks that have been canceled vs not been canceled.
The Miami Heat had a game where they had to play and eventually half of their roster was soon not able to play for covid related issues. The teams that seem to get more positive press have had games canceled which help them in the long run not having to play short handed but again, the Miami Heat, who, even though they made the NBA finals last season and pushed the Lakers to 6 games who still seem to not get any credit or respect that they deserve from the media, still had to play the 76ers twice almost at full strength and the pistons when they were at less than full strength themselves.
The NBA is definitely approaching a time where it needs to make a decision for the rest of the season because one can't help but notice who's games get canceled vs others when it will have a big effect on these teams in the standings and playoffs. The NBA can either cancel the rest of the season or they can figure out how to make a new bubble as they did last season to finish the season. This will help with getting games canceled and help with players getting sick or affected by covid.
The NBA has already shortened the season this year so with less games being played, more games being canceled, and more players being affected, Adam Silver needs to make a decision that will help the players, teams and their seasons.
American rapper and businessman, Jay-Z (born Shawn Corey Carter) has launched his cannabis company by the name Monogram. The 51-year old’s victory in the war on drugs has been painted as poetic justice. From transporting kilos to contributing to popular culture, this celebrity has obviously beaten all odds that predicted him dead or in prison by the age of 25.
Monogram is a contour of strains and pre-rolls and this projects the beginning of many business activities to come from the parent company, Ganjapreneur whose objectives are to incorporate a variety of cannabis verticals for a long period of time.
In the rapper’s words, “Cannabis has been around for thousands of years, yet it is still an industry whose legacy of skilled craftsmanship is often overlooked. I created Monogram to give cannabis the respect it deserves by showcasing the tremendous hard work, time, and care that goes into crafting a superior smoke.”
Michael Auerbach, the Founder of Subversive Capital along with support from Left Coast Ventures who are partners with Marley estate and Mexican guitarist, Carlos Santana put in the effort to make it a reality. This support was worth $575 million in the estimate.
Some Monogram strains include;
The 2G Flower This was first cultivated in small batches to enable an excellent quality, according to the description from the shop, “each nug is then hand-picked by MONOGRAM experts to ensure a premium experience from growing to smoke. Not too heavy. Not too light. Hits just right. Our 2g jar offers cannabis perfection.”
This cerebral strain helps with relaxation and promotes focus. This strain is complex with a sweet and herby aroma that transitions to a skunky smell.
There is also the 4G Flower which is a medium 34% and goes for $70.00.
Jay-Z’s involvement in the cannabis industry is now pronounced even though it can’t be compared to that of Wiz or Snoop. The rapper has taken to heading Caliva’s social justice initiatives.
This is also in addition to a $10 million venture fund 2% net income commitment to Black and minority-owned cannabis business ventures
The rapper might just have set a path for others to follow, with the strong partnerships and obvious dedication to the industry, what could go wrong?
A chartered flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne carrying 24 players has produced two people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
In addition to this, another passenger on a flight from Abu Dhabi with 23 players on board has recorded a positive result. Though none of these results are from the players themselves, all 47 players are currently undergoing a necessary 14-days quarantine.
With the Australian Open set to begin on the 8th of February, top players from around the world have arrived at Melbourne so as to comply with the 14 days quarantine period, it is unfortunate that the British number two, Heather Watson has tested positive.
"One person on the flight I was on from Abu Dhabi tested positive. So now everyone else who was on that flight has a 14-day quarantine where we are NOT allowed out of our rooms.
"The same happened on one of the chartered flights from Los Angeles. 2 flights… so far." she tweeted this morning
Craig Tiley, Australian Open tournament director addresses the issue, saying, "We are communicating with everyone on this flight, and particularly the playing group whose conditions have now changed, to ensure their needs are being catered to as much as possible, and that they are fully apprised of the situation.
"Our thoughts are with the two people who tested positive on the flight and we wish them well for their recovery."
Andy Murray, a two-time Wimbledon Champion has also tested positive. In his case, Tiley had said, "Andy Murray has advised that he has tested positive to COVID-19 and is isolating at home in the UK.
"Unfortunately this means he will be unable to join the official AO charter flights arriving in Australia in the coming days to go through the quarantine period with the other players.
"The AO fans love Andy, and we know how much he loves competing here in Melbourne and how hard he'd worked for this opportunity."
Preparations have already been in motion for months to make the event a reality, will it be postponed?
Months ago, there were rumors that Juventus and Manchester United were taking a stab at exchanging Paul Pogba for Christiano Ronaldo. With the transfer window now open, the moment of truth has finally arrived and the question is, will the deal pull through?
Chevrolet, the sponsor of the Red Devils is no doubt keen on having the Portuguese footballer back at Old Trafford, but with the look of things, CR7 will be extending his contract with the Turin based football club.
The 35-year old will be offered a new contract by Juventus, one that will span on till 2023.
It seems that Manchester United would have to wait till 2023 before trying to sign up the winger again, but by then, he will be 38 years old and the chances of him delivering the exact results are unlikely.
Juventus FC is excited to have been able to offer the player a new deal, a fit that was made possible after sealing a long-term renewal deal of their Adidas and Jeep sponsorships.
Bruno Fernandes addressing the issue last year August explained that Cristiano still held the red devils in esteem and often asked about the wellbeing of the club.
“Of course, I spoke with Cristiano after [joining] and he spoke very well about the club," Bruno had said to the Club Website. "I spoke with him some days ago, again.
“Every time I speak with him, he asks me how Manchester is and if everything is okay. Everyone knows he spent a lot of time in Manchester and he has consideration for the club.
"He likes the club, I think he won his first Ballon d’Or here, so it’s a club who’ve marked him, for sure.
Since his debut at the series A club, Cristiano has gone on to score 62 goals and give 16 assists. Little wonder the club is not letting him go just yet.
American Actor, Director and stand-up comedian, Dustin Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with stage four cancer.
The 44-year old star cast was admitted in an undisclosed hospital in Florida on Tuesday this week. His representative speaking to EW had said, "It's serious, but we don't know how serious yet,".
Upon news of the diagnosis, a representative of Diamond informed the public that the star will be addressing the issue soon, treatment has already begun and further testing is still ongoing.
"He's undergoing chemo so he will be there at least another week and then we will figure out when he gets to come home," the source had said. "By next week, we'll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he's comfortable."
"He was fading in and out, feeling sleepy and tired. On top of all this he also has shingles, so he's been in a lot of pain." He described the condition prior to Dustin’s admission to the hospital.
Another source speaking to EW narrated that the symptoms started with a huge lump on his throat.
In the meantime, the actor’s official Facebook page posted, "At this time we can confirm that Dustin does have cancer. Dustin will disclose more information once it is available and a plan moving forward is made."
Dustin is popular for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers in the Television Show, Saved by the Bell . Since then he has gone on to direct and release his own sex tape titled, Screech-Saved by the Smell. He has also appeared in Reality shows such as the weakest link, Celebrity Boxing 2 and the UK’s version of Big Brother.
An email has been released for his fans to send letters and cards as they all pray for his recovery.
Never give up! Never surrender!
Those words are his slogan. And what a slogan it is. Strong and powerful as his performance and attitude towards the game of basketball. The statement: ‘’He is playing out of his world’’ said by great Dirk Nowitzki, are a reality. Can you already guess his name? No? Another hint coming from the words of an icon Lebron James: ‘’He is one bad MOFO’’. Yes, it is true, we are talking about a 6 ft 7 in 2018 round one 3rd pick in the NBA Luka Dončić himself.
Have you ever had an opportunity to read and learn more about #77 phenomena from Slovenia? Here it goes in short.
Born in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia on the 28th of February 1999 spent his youth playing for Union Olimpija before heading to Spain to the youth academy of Real Madrid. In 2015 he made a debut for the first team aged 16 and so becoming the youngest in club history. Two years later, he already led Madrid to the EuroLeague title in 2018, winning the MVP of the season as well as the final four MVP. Imagine being a lead player at the age of 18 and by that fact also collecting personal rewards. He was also named the ABC MVP (Spanish league) and won back-to-back EuroLeague Rising Star reward and ABC Best young player awards. He was selected to the EuroLeague 2010–20 All-Decade Team. Amazing for a youngster.
Dončić made his senior debut for Slovenia National team in 2016 at only 17 years of age. And was already named in the best five All-Tournament team in 2017 EuroBasket the after helping his country win its first title working with his national team mentor Goran ‘’the Dragon’’ Dragić as its captain.
As mentioned in 2018, Dončić was drafted to NBA joining the Dallas Mavericks (picked by Atlanta Hawks but traded to Dallas – we can still Atlanta fans complaining and how true they are). He was selected unanimously to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and won Rookie of the Year for the 2018–19 season. In his rookie season, he was selected to his first NBA All-Star game and named to the All-NBA First Team. And here we can mention that for him only the sky is the limit.
His profile as a player is versatile. He was frequently described as a "position-less guard" with attributes of a point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. Standing 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) and weighing 230 pounds (104.3 kg), he has been praised for his exceptional size and strength for the guard position. Sports website The Ringer labeled him a "legitimate point guard with the size of a small-ball power forward.
Since his early years with Real Madrid, he was marked as one of Europe's premier talents, with Spanish newspaper Marca giving him the nickname "El Niño Maravilla" (The Wonder Boy). Entering the 2018 NBA draft, he was seen as one of the best and most accomplished European prospects of his generation by majority. Slam magazine considered him the "best international prospect ever and sports website SB Nation named him "most accomplished NBA prospect in decades. An anonymous NBA veteran said that his game was "leap years above anyone" in his draft class. And he still has both feet on the ground and delivers as promised. He shoots, passes, jumps and steals. Reality is that we can count same types of players thru out the NBA or international basketball history, using fingers on only one of the arms.
He is versatile on the offensive end, displaying proficiency in shooting three-pointers, mid-range jump shots, floaters, and shots in the post. His basketball IQ, is on a high level and his skills are considered as his primary assets and he is seen as an elite facilitator, especially on the pick and roll. NBA and EuroLeague coach Ettore Messina called him "phenomenal, especially mentally" for his age. And still some flaws are mentioned regarding his games (there is no perfection on this planet). His lack of lateral quickness to stay in front of most NBA point guards and wings has been labeled one of his main flaws. Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle disputed some of the worries regarding his athleticism, stating that "for a 19-year-old, he's got a really unusual combination of size, speed, and deceptive quickness." During his rookie year, his ability to accelerate off a pick and blow by defenders to get to the basket is seen as one of his strengths. Given the false characterization of his abilities and his subsequent success in the NBA, some speculate that prejudiced stereotyping might have had a role in his negative pre-draft evaluation. But he is strong going both ways as a person and as a player in the same manner.
Before his draft, basketball journalist and scout, Austin Green, compared him to NBA players Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson as on the other side he compared himself to Ben Simmons due to his versatility. In his second season, LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated that "there's a lot of people in him." He likened his step back 3-pointers to James Harden, his passing ability to Larry Bird, and his court vision to LeBron James. All of them positioned NBA as THE league, so comparing him with them is as standing on top of the highest mountain top. NBA analyst, Kendrick Perkins, called him "baby LeBron" due to his overall skill and dominance on the court.
In December 2019 Gregg Popovich, called his playing style "Magic Johnson-like" because "he sees the floor in that same way. In August 2020, head coach Rick Carlisle compared his playmaking and court vision to Larry Bird and Jason Kidd. He said he's a "savant-type guy" and is "in that same mold" as the two Hall of Famers. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo called him "one of the most talented guys I’ve ever played against." During his first career playoff game versus the LA Clippers, TV analyst and former point guard Mark Jackson, reiterated his view of him calling him "an absolute combination of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird."
Is there anything more to add? He is a rising star with the potential of becoming the greatest and standing in the same line as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Lebron James and many others. He is the ONE to look after. But as an individual it is impossible to make more than personal records. So the TEAM is still important. And Dallas is making one around Luka Dončić.
For more info/stats/etc. please refer to https://www.mavs.com/team/roster/luka-doncic/.
“Have the Olympics been moved again?” was the question on everyone’s mind when Japan expanded its coronavirus state of emergency on Wednesday 13th January.
Foreign nationals were also prevented from entering the country and this raised a lot of suspicions on what it would look like as the 23rd of July draws near.
Masa Takaya, Tokyo 2020 spokesperson informed Sky Sports News that there were no arrangements or move towards postponing the games any longer.
The Olympics, formerly scheduled to kick-off in July 2020 was suspended in March as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Takaya said, "To be very clear, we have never discussed another postponement of the Games," Takaya said. "We have 100% concentration and focus on the delivery of a safe and secure Games this summer."
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) had also announced that the Games will not be delayed any further.
"The Covid situation is of course still an ongoing issue for everyone in the world but we will deliver the Games this year, starting July 23." The spokesman had added.
Statistics that have been taken indicate that a majority of the Japanese people were not in support of the Games holding in July.
The spokesman for the IOC further added that the committee was observing keenly how other sports have been organizing their seasons thus far to evaluate how spectators can be involved.
"We are not willing to see the Games behind closed doors, without spectators," Takaya added.
"In an ideal world the Games should be taking place in an atmosphere of celebration, composed of spectators and that is what we want to achieve.
"The Games is also a part of the world; we are part of the society so we need to keep closely monitoring the Covid situation and how the sporting events will be conducted and in what form."
Takaya explained that the Games would be simplified though he didn’t elaborate on this. He added that the cost incurred due to the postponement of the games ranged from $0.6 billion to $1.1 billion.
The IOC is keen on making Tokyo 2020 a reality, let’s see how it all pans out in 2021.
The European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has temporarily shifted the dates for matches that were scheduled to hold on the 16th and 23rd of January.
This move was triggered by the suggestion of the French government this Saturday that their teams suspend across-border matches for now due to the new strain of Covid-19.
The ECPR released a statement which read "Following a directive from the French authorities that the participation of TOP 14 clubs in the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup at the current time constitutes too great a public health risk, EPCR has no choice but to announce that the 2020/21 tournaments are temporarily suspended.
"EPCR and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby took part in a meeting by the audio conference last week with representatives of the French ministries of the Interior, Health and Sport, as well as of the President's office.
"Notable updates to EPCR's COVID-19 protocols were presented to the French authorities, including the addition of PCR tests no earlier than three days before matches in the tournaments, conforming to French government guidelines and supplementing the existing, meticulous contact tracing measures put in place with a view to limiting the risk of transmission.
"Against the backdrop of the recent detection of a new strain of coronavirus, the French government has directed that French clubs postpone their participation in EPCR's tournaments for the month of January, both for matches scheduled in France and for those due to be played in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
"On the basis of this directive, EPCR had no choice but to temporarily suspend the pool stage of the Heineken Champions Cup and the preliminary stage of the Challenge Cup."
Bristol’s director of rugby, Pat Lam, opined that fixtures for the premiership be moved forward so as to avoid cramping of fixtures when rugby comes back to play.
Darren Childs the Chief Executive of the English Premiership explained that everyone’s well-being is to be considered at a time as this and it was a good opportunity for the players, management, staff, and match officials to rest.