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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!

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FAN Take: Earning Your Spot

Posted on October 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Last month, Team USA was absolutely destroyed at the FIBA World Cup, where they came in 7th place. Quite a few NBA stars backed out of the tournament, including James Harden, who said he did in order to focus more on playing with Russell Westbrook again this season. And now, many of them are announcing that they want to help Team USA bring home a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games. Harden finds himself in good company alongside Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers). They have all made their intentions clear, and it’s only a matter of time before more stars try to find their way onto Team USA.

We can’t help but wonder if those stars that couldn’t be bothered with the FIBA World Cup deserve to represent the United States in Tokyo next summer. If you were the person in charge of selecting the 2020 Olympic roster, would you give priority to those that participated at the FIBA World Cup? Or, given how badly they performed, would you welcome A-list players to increase your chances in Tokyo? And when it comes to the Fan Controlled Football League, if you had a roster full of amazing talent that didn’t want to practice but expected to be on the field come game time, what would you do? Do you think your athletes should have to put in the work to earn their spot? Let us know what kind of decisions you’d be making!

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Leaving Well Enough Alone

Posted on June 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Talk about not listening to your body. Last night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Kevin Durant made his triumphant return to the court after a nasty calf strain he sustained in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets. Well, maybe triumphant isn’t the right word to use here, considering he proceeded to likely tear his Achilles tendon in the second quarter. He’s expected to undergo an MRI later today to confirm the injury, and we can’t help but hope for the best. That is NOT a feeling we want to experience. If you look closely in the clip below, you can see his tendon ‘bounce’ in a way that will send shivers down your spine.

We mentioned on Twitter that our Chief Product Officer, Grant Cohen, was likely celebrating in the office when he heard the news. Did we jinx it? Maybe. Do we feel responsible? No. Durant probably should have given himself a little more time to heal. We get that the Warriors’ medical team cleared him to play, but we get the feeling that Durant’s ego might have played a role in the decision. When it comes to players in the FCFL potentially missing a make-or-break playoff game, we think the fans would hope the players err on the side of caution. We don’t think the fans would say that one game is worth a serious injury that could affect their playing abilities forever. But of course, we’re all ears if any of you fans out there think differently!

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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!