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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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FAN Take: Is Basketball Worth More Than Football?

Posted on July 3, 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!

As if you didn’t already know, NBA Free Agency has already proven to be WILD. Aside from the world still waiting to hear on where Kawhi Leonard will be playing next season, guys like Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson and Tobias Harris are bringing in serious money for their next 3-5 years of playing. With all these contracts coming in above the $100M mark, we can’t help but notice that the top NFL players are making just under half of that, at the very most. It’s not surprising that in response to all these new contracts, Houston Texans wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, posed this question: Do NFL players deserve top NBA players contracts?

Yes, technically, the guys in the NBA have more games to play each season, but it can be easily argued that football players put their bodies through so much more. On that point alone, it makes sense that top NFL players – not just the quarterbacks – should be getting compensated at a higher level. Considering that the Brooklyn Nets just dedicated a combined $305M for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it’s reasonable to think that someone like Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints), Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers), or Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) should be able to get PAID when renegotiating their contracts. But that’s just our opinion fans, what do you think? Do you think that football players deserve just as much, if not more, than some of these top NBA players? Or do you think comparing athletes from the two sports is like comparing apples to oranges? What about certain positions having maximum earning amounts? Let us know what you think is fair!

Power To The Fans!

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Change Is a Good Thing for the NBA

Originally Published on February 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the last few years, there have been some big changes made to the NBA All-Star Game: getting rid of the East vs. West set-up, the televised draft, and diversifying the weight of the voting base to select All-Star Game starters. We might be a little biased here, but we think the addition of the televised draft this year is what made the game so exciting. The playful trash talk between LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lent itself to helping the teams create their own personalities (wonder where we heard that before 😏).

Team LeBron drafted Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and James Harden – three very outspoken individuals both on and off the court – as well as Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson, two likely future Lakers free agent targets. It was clear that these guys were going to be the showboats, their version of one of our own teams. Meanwhile, Team Giannis brought in Steph Curry, Kemba Walker, and Dirk Nowitzki among others, some of the more wholesome and humble players of the league. These guys played more like they were part of a brotherhood, working together without being too focused on their individual performances.

Not that you didn’t know already, but Team LeBron rallied to its second straight win with a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis. We even saw a glimpse of the LeBron we’ve all come to love (or hate, depending on which city you’re from) when he threw down an alley-oop from Kyrie Irving. If you aren’t a Lakers fan, just put yourself in their shoes for one minute. Imagine being stoked to land King James on your team, only for him to proceed to have a terrible season (sorry LeBron, but you’ve done better) and then perform like this in the NBA All-Star Game. Would you be A) confused B) hopeful or C) mad as hell. Because we know our fans are passionate, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say they’d be upset to say the least. When your team makes an investment in a $154M player, you expect some return on that investment when it really matters, not just at a glorified publicity event for the league.