The NBA is BACK!

Posted on October 22, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Sure, we may be in the middle of the NFL season, but the NBA is officially back in action tonight! The double-header for opening night features the Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans and LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers. We can only hope that these games turn out better than the season opener for the NFL, which shouldn’t be hard to do.

So what can fans expect this season? Maybe the question should be ‘who can the fans expect to show up this season.’ Well, not the Number One draft pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, for starters. Yesterday the New Orleans Pelicans announced that Zion Williamson will be out for a couple months after having surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus. And per the ESPN Breaking News alert we all got on our phones this morning, the Golden State Warriors aren’t expecting to see Klay Thompson on the court at all this season as he recovers from a torn ACL. On top of that, Russell Westbrook keeps managing to hurt his shooting hand. Pull it together, guys.

Who should they put their money on? Well, Seerat Sohi, Chris Haynes, Vincent Goodwill and Ben Rohrbach all picked the Los Angeles Clippers to take home the championship. Rohrbach was the only one to pick the Philadelphia 76ers as the other team in the NBA Finals – the rest selected the Milwaukee Bucks. While these four from Yahoo Sports are literally paid for their opinion, we still have a hard time believing the Clippers will end the season on a high note. Of course, the opinions we care most about come from the fans. Let us know in the comments who you think will make it to the 2020 NBA Finals!


That’s One Way To Court A Player

Posted on June 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When LeBron James decided it was time to leave Cleveland, billboards popped up around different cities trying to show him a little love. Last year, Lakers fans made it clear they wanted to see Paul George in purple and gold. While nothing is official, no matter how much people speculate, it looks like LA is pulling out all the stops for Kawhi Leonard in an effort to convince him to take his contract option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Billboards from some Clippers fans (with money to burn, apparently) popped up over the weekend on the 5 freeway, not too far from Staples Center, encouraging him to ditch his ‘King of the North’ title for ‘King of SoCal.’

We take it that ‘shouting it from the rooftops’ is no longer a thing, and if you want to show you’re interested in a player, it needs to be done with billboards. We have to admit though, it might make sense to put some of those up IN Toronto, where Kawhi is more likely to see them. Now, we aren’t expecting our fans to do anything THIS drastic when it comes to luring in players to the league, but we do think they might organize a strong social campaign. Whether it’s just getting a hashtag trending or even throwing $20 at some paid advertising on Instagram, we can see our fans taking a more digital approach. After all, everything from our league votes to coach interviews to watching the games will be done digitally!


The 2019 NBA Draft Order Is Here!

Posted on May 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

For anyone that missed it, last night was the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. Although the draft itself won’t be held until next month, June 20th to be exact, the fans now have a little over a month to explore every possibility of what their teams will do in the first round. With a ton of talent heading into the draft this year, including Zion Williamson, a lot of fans are hoping to see their teams turn it around next season. And with that, the order for the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is as follows:

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks (they get a second pick through a previous trade with Dallas)
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Boston Celtics (through a trade with Sacramento)
  15. Detroit Pistons
  16. Orlando Magic
  17. Brooklyn Nets
  18. Indiana Pacers
  19. San Antonio Spurs
  20. Boston Celtics (through a trade with the LA Clippers)
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
  22. Boston Celtics (okay now they’re just getting greedy)
  23. Utah Jazz
  24. Philadelphia 76ers
  25. Portland Trailblazers
  26. Cleveland Cavaliers (through a trade with Houston)
  27. Brooklyn Nets (through a trade with Denver)
  28. Golden State Warriors
  29. San Antonio Spurs (through a trade with Toronto)
  30. Milwaukee Bucks

For anyone that’s predominantly a football fan, the NBA Draft doesn’t take playoff results into consideration when determining draft order. Meaning, if you’re fans of the Knicks, Cavs, or Suns, you not only have an abysmal record, but you also don’t have the draft placement you really need. Not to be immature, but it sucks to suck. While we have not determined how the draft order will be selected in the FCFL, we’re curious to know what the fans want to see. We think fans will want to see a lottery-style for the first season. But for every season after that? We think there’s going to be a split consensus. We think some of the fans will want to keep the lottery style moving forward, while others will want something more similar to what we see in the NFL. That’s our best guess for now, but if you feel strongly one way or the other fans, let us know!


It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over

Posted on April 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Time and time again, teams get ahead of themselves and think they are the greatest… before their game is over. We saw that at Super Bowl LI when the Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the third quarter over the New England Patriots. During the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 game lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers, resulting in the Larry O’Brien trophy being presented to the Cavs AT Oracle Arena. Ouch.

And last night, the Warriors did it again. They blew a 31-point lead against the Los Angeles Clippers, ultimately losing 135-131. Not only that, but this game had been officially named the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history, dethroning the Los Angeles Lakers win over the Seattle Supersonics in 1989 (a 29-point comeback).

To add insult to injury, the media is not holding back on getting in on some of the shade being thrown at Steph Curry and company. Sports Illustrated even posted a list of the 13 things to know about the Warriors blowing their lead to stay on theme. Cue the onslaught of memes and savage tweets about the Warriors not doing well when there is a lead involving the numbers 3 and 1.

Just a little word of wisdom to our fans – the game isn’t over until it’s over. No matter how much of a lead you may have, anything is possible. Just make sure you’re calling plays with confidence and use your players to the best of their ability. And for those of you in our Virtual Front Office that may have a more direct line to players and coaching staff, be sure to pass that message along. Not a member of the VFO yet? Sign up here!


Dwyane Wade’s Last Dance

Posted on April 9, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

After 16 long and impressive seasons, Dwyane Wade’s career in the NBA is coming to an end. The folks over at Budweiser put together a powerful video to pay tribute to the player, featuring those that he affected off the court. We don’t want to take away from it’s powerful impact, so you will have to just see for yourself.

We have a feeling that when the time comes for their favorite player to hang up their jersey, our fans will find their own way to pay tribute to them. In the meantime, revel in the below tribute. And if you need an excuse for how you will inevitably react, we’ve got you covered: allergy season is in full swing.