The NBA-Who’s On Top?
We are officially well passed the midpoint mark for the season with 57 plus Games played and to everybody’s surprise the Houston Rockets (44-13) is the team holding on to that No. 1 Spot by a very small margin over the Defending Champs Golden State Warriors (44-14). Holding on to that No. 1 Spot in the league won’t be easy with the Warriors breathing down their necks but home court advantage come Playoff time would definitely be a plus for them if they could pull it off. As expected the Western Conference has remained quite competitive with the Spurs, Timberwolves, and Thunder, playing musical chairs with each other trying to position themselves just right for a playoff spot making it very interesting.
Holding down the No. 1 Spot on the Eastern Conference side is our very own Canadian Team the Toronto Raptors (41-16). Them Boys snuck up quietly behind the Boston Celtics (40-19) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (34-22) to snatch that No. 1 Spot. Toronto’s steady play as of late has proven to be a problem for a lot of the teams in the East. Real Talk! Peeps keep on talking down about how weak the Eastern Conference is but truth be told the Eastern Conference is actually getting better and better and definitely more competitive; just watch the play of the Wizards, Pacers, Bucks, 76ers, Heat and the Pistons as of late? Its do or die amongst them Teams vying for a Playoff spot.
Injuries to various teams and last minute trades have once again altered the league, making the second half of the season just that much more interesting. So keep tuning in to see who will make the Final Cut!!
This Year the 67th 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on TNT Sunday February 18, 2018.
To make this Year All-Star Game more exciting and competitive, the NBA has changed the format from the traditional Eastern Conference vs Western Conference to an All-Star Draft-Style format. As usual the starters were chosen by the fans but this time the media and players also had a say to the votes. Captains were able to Draft from the pool of players voted as Starters and Reserves.
Representing The Eastern Conference Starters this year are
-LeBron James (Cleveland) Team Captain
-DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans) (Now replaced due to injury by Paul George)
-Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
-Kevin Durant (Golden State)
-Kyrie Irving (Boston)
Coach-Dwayne Casey (Toronto Raptors)
-John Wall (Washington) (Now replaced due to injury by Andre Drummond) (Detroit)
-Kevin Love (Cleveland) (Now replaced due to injury by Goran Dragic) (Miami)
-Russel Westbrook (Oklahoma)
-Kristaps Porzingis (New-York)
-Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
-LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)
-Bradley Beal (Washington)
Representing The Western Conference Starters this year are
-Stephen Curry (Golden State) Team Captain
-DeMar DeRozan (Toronto)
-Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
-Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
-James Harden (Houston)
Coach-Mike D’Antoni (Houston Rockets)
-Al Holford (Boston)
-Draymond Green (Golden State)
-Jimmy Butler (Minnesota)
-Kyle Lowry (Toronto)
-Damian Lillard (Portland)
-Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)
-Klay Thompson (Golden State)
Now which side will claim “King Of The Court” come Sunday night February 18, 2018 in La La Land?
WBO Welterweight Champion
Once again, I witness with my own eyes another highly scandalous unanimous decision for the challenger. REAL TALK! On Saturday night July 1, 2017, in a fight televised on ESPN Boxing at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, the unimaginable but not impossible occurred. Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 Kos) the homegrown fighter took it to Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 Kos) and stole the show “literally speaking “ from right under his feet.
It was a much tougher fight then most including me anticipated it to be. Horn came out the gate with the Guns blazing, roughing up Pacquiao and at times trying to bully him with his weight advantage. Pacquiao clearly got caught off guard at first but as the fight wore on the savvy veteran clearly felt he did enough to secure the win. The ninth round was noticeably evident of that when Pacquiao nearly stopped Horn in that round.
The referee instructed Horn and his corner that if he didn’t step his game up he will stop the fight. At that point, it was clear Horn was taking too much abuse from Pacquiao. His work rate and accuracy over Horn’s roughhouse tactics were quite apparent. Now with that being said I’m not sure if the three Judges scoring the fight that night were watching the same two fighters. The Judges scores after the full 12 rounds were 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 for the New WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn. WOW!!
Horn stepped up to the plate and gave his fans a good show but truth be told Pacquiao may not have been at his best that night but he definitely did not lose that fight. REAL TALK! Unanimous decision?? Them Judges were compromised nuff said. These are the type of dramatic scoring that give Boxing a bad reputation. REAL TALK! This trend needs to stop. Your thoughts on this one?
After a so-called controversy on the scorecards from their first go around, Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) once again stayed true to himself and vowed to beat Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) in a far more decisive way and keep the Judges out of it. On Saturday night June 17 2017, Andre S.O.G. Ward did what many thought was probably an impossible task and that was to stop Sergey Kovalev. REAL TALK!
Andre stepped his game up and put the “paws” on him in the eight round and “Bodied” Kovalev literally to a point where Kovalev was hurt and had stopped defending himself in which at this point the referee jumped in and stop the fight without a standing 8 count. Now people will complain about the early stoppage and the borderline body shot, but truth be told Ward worked Kovelev over and over in such a defiant fashion you gotta give Ward his props for doing what many could have never imagined happening to Kovalev and that’s stopping the “Krusher” for the first time in his career. REAL TALK!
The Pound-For-Pound List better have your Boy Ward as the No.1 Dude after this fight cause your Boy been talking it and walking it like the Champ that he is from Day 1. Now with that being said I gotta keep it real. Andre Ward is still the “Light Heavyweight Champion” holding the IBF/WBA/WBO but to me I feel to really silence the critics about who’s “One Of The Best To Ever Do It” in this Division, Ward needs to holla at Adonis “Superman” Stevenson the Linear WBC Champ and “Unify” all the Belts. Winner takes all and becomes truly the” Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion” of the World.
The time is right. “S.O.G.” Ward vs “Superman” Stevenson. Who really want it like that? Your thoughts on this one?
Redemption is sweet and very rewording for this Golden State Warriors. 16-1 throughout the NBA Finals. Mission accomplished. The Golden State Warriors are now 2 time NBA Champs and the newbie on the Team in Kevin Durant made sure that his addition to the team was going to be worth it all come June. Durant played out of his mind with a determination only he could illuminate.
He definitely proved to all the “naysayers” out there just how valuable he could be come crunch time. Tonight Durant earned his first Larry O’Bryan Trophy and Finals MVP’s Bill Russell Trophy with a humble average of 35.2 points a Game. A feat well deserved. Props still gotta be given to the Defending Champs Cleveland Cavaliers, although the Cavs got done up in 5 Games they put up a hell of a fight REAL TALK!
Lebron pulled off all he could by averaging a Triple –Double throughout the series and Kyrie Irving showed us just how “BAD” this Boy can run circles on that court. The Kid is serious. REAL TALK!
With that being said this Golden State Team played with passion, heart and most of all has a Team. Their level of play throughout the season and the Playoffs showed me just how dominant these kats could be when focus on one common goal. Congratulation Golden State on becoming this Year’s 2017 NBA Champions!
Last November 2016, the two Pound-For-Pound undefeated fighters took centre stage and battled it out for the full 12 rounds. On the line were the WBO, WBA and IBF Titles. The winner by unanimous decision and New Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, Andre S.O.G. Ward. All three Judges scored the fight 114-113 for Andre Ward. This was a 50/50 fight right off the jump. The “Hype” behind the first fight was must see TV. Real Talk!
The haters can say whatever they want but real is real. Ward came from behind a knockdown in the second round and fought his way back into the game in a strategic way. Since the previous fight was such a close one a rematch is the only way to appease the naysayers and truly find out who the true Light Heavyweight Pound-For-Pound Man in the Game is without any more uncertainty in any bodies mind out there. For Kovalev this rematch is more of a “revenge” fight for him. An opportunity to destroy Ward and recapture the Belts that he believes were stolen from him.
As for Ward he deems the right Man won that night and in this rematch he plans on completing the task at hand in a far more convincing fashion and retaining the WBO, WBA and IBF Titles with the rightful owner. Tune in this Saturday night June 17, 2017, HBO Boxing pay-per view live from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward vs Kovalev Take 2, who will triumph has the No. 1 Light Heavyweight Champ of the Division?
Kovalev vs Ward
Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, two of the top Pound-For-Pound fighters in the sport, are set to meet November 19, 2016 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. At stake are Sergey Kovalev’s IBF, WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight Titles. There have been lots of talk going around the Boxing World as who is deserving of the Pound-for-Pound Crown since Mayweather departed on top. REAL TALK!
The Pound-For Pound King as of today is definitely a debatable question at this stage considering who has looked the most dominant in the game. Now if you’re one to look at the different Pound-For-Pound lists out there you can clearly see that it’s a difference of opinion at who is truly deserving. One thing you will notice though is that Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward or both mentioned on any list out there. Both are unbeaten and Andre Ward (30-0,15 KOs) is coming up from the Middleweight Division to Light Heavyweight while Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) is a natural boxer at this level.
To me Andre Ward moving up in weight is an exclamation mark and a statement of just how much he is daring to be great at attempting to be the undisputed best in the Game. That being said this fight still stands as a 50/50 bout. REAL TALK!
Sergey Kovalev is well known and proven as the pulverizing puncher aka the “Krusher” the knockout artist who can definitely hold his own as a boxer type fighter if need be. Andre Ward S.O.G. is an old school throwback type fighter a master of defense the more cerebral type assassin of the two with an exceptional Boxing IQ. Truth be told both of these Dudes are bad asses when they step into that ring circle. REAL TALK!
On Saturday, November 19, 2016, only one of them will remain undefeated and possibly be Crowned one of the world’s best Pound-For-Pound boxer. Neither man has faced an opponent like this before. The “Hype” and “Anticipation” surrounding this fight is “REAL” and the “HEAT” is on so tune in and witness history in the making.
Verse Simmonds has been roaming and bubbling under the radar for far too long. This Kat is a serious force to be reckoned with in this here music “GAME”. His talent alone speaks volume. Unlike some of the artists out right now copycatting is not in his DNA. REAL TALK! Verse’s work ethic at being different with his sound and delivery is apparent in his latest offering LP “To All The Girls”.
His vivid imagination, confidence and word play is on point on this Album along with a tight production. The ladies will definitely feel the “HEAT” on this Album. REAL TALK! Verse is a hell of a talented Producer, Songwriter, Singer with a mean “Pen Game”alongside a few chart topping “Heavy Hitters” under his belt of the likes of Chris Brown and Justin Bieber. Peeps should stop sleeping on this Kat and cop the Album ASAP cause your Boy Verse is seriously on the come up!
To get familiar with some of his previous hits peep my DJ Blaze/Verse Simmonds takeover set on my mixtapes section and let you ears capture what you’ve been missing. REAL TALK!
2016 NBA Finals Champs
Lebron James has come through with his promise and goal of finally bringing the city of Cleveland their first NBA Championship in 46 Season. The Cavs will go down in NBA History as the first Team to ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in a Finals NBA Championship to capture The O’ Bryan Trophy. REAL TALK! “King James” and company came to play. These dudes literally showed me just how much heart this Team had as a unit.
To come back from a 3-1 deficit in an NBA Finals game against The Golden State Warriors, the best Team throughout the league and the playoffs all season rendered me speechless. REAL TALK! I gotta tip my “B” hat to them boys for grinding it out and outplaying a Tuff Squad in Golden State.
Cleveland deserves this Championship, hands down. James MVP Finals numbers of 27, points, 11 rebounds and 11 dimes are royal worthy for the “King of The Court” in “King James” Congratulation Cleveland on becoming this Year’s 2016 NBA Champions!
For the first time in their NBA existence our team from “Up North” The Toronto Raptors will be entering The NBA’s version of the Final 4 has The No. 2 seed to do battle against the No 1 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers. It took The Raptors two series of Game 7 to reach The Eastern Conference Finals unlike the well-rested Cavs who swept their way through two series awaiting their next prey.
The Raptors have now proven to themselves that they are truly “battle ready” for whatever The Cavs bring to the table come Game night. With that being said The Cavs have been down this road before and they are the hunters looking to slay their next victims as quick as possible. The cohesiveness displayed by The Cavs in this Year Playoffs so far, is a testament of a Team on a mission, destination, The NBA Finals. Who will earn the honor of representing The Eastern Conference? Tune in Tuesday night May 17, 2016.
The No. 1 seeded Team in the NBA throughout the entire season has been The Golden State Warriors. They now hold the NBA Season record of (73-9) and if that wasn’t enough, they also have the reigning 2-time KIA MVP player and first time scoring leader (30.1 points per game) in Stephen Curry. Nuff said! The only thing missing from this Historic Season is another NBA Championship at the end of the tunnel. Their roadblock in the Western Conference Finals is the 3rd seeded Oklahoma City Thunder.
Fresh of dismantling the 2nd seeded San Antonio Spurs; these Kats have demonstrated maturity, willpower and teamwork towards one common goal, an NBA Championship. This series will have a Finals type vibe, must see TV at its BEST. Tune in Monday night May 16, 2016.