Who’s OKC’s X-Factor Going Into The Playoffs?

Russell Westbrook finished the season as the leading scoring, averaging 31.6 points per game, but that 42% has people wondering if that will be enough to be the only star on a team that can advance

The Thunder will play against the soon to be MVP runner up James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the first round. Houston is loaded with 3 point snippers and a Mike D’antoni system that helped Steve Nash win back to back MVP awards and extremely high scoring. This new look Thunder team will go into the playoffs with an entirely new identity, not having Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. The team is built around Russell Westbrook and skilled big-men.

James Harden finished the season as the leader in assists averaging 11.2 a game, and Westbrook is at 10.4. An argument can be made tat Hardens’ assists are much easier that Westbrooks’. Rockets’ perimeter consists on Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Trevor Ariza, all proven shooters in this league. Westbrook has no true 3 point shooters. Majority of his assists come off of alley-oops and penetrations in the paint to feed the big-men.

Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter have both shared the role as the number 2 scoring options, but Oladipo is only averaging 15.9 points as a starter and Kanter adds 14.3 of the bench, but banter is a defensive liability, which is the only reason he’s not a starter. OKC picked up Doug McDermott at the deadline and has proven that he can score from anywhere on the court, but where will his minutes come from? Andre Roberson is the best perimeter defender on the team but can’t buy a jump shot or offensive game.

OKC still doesn’t have an identity of who their 2nd best player is. OKC will have an advantage and will be able to hide some of the flaws against Houston because of the size, length and skills of the OKC big-men.

Maybe, there will be a unsung hero.

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What Will Be Magic Johnson’s First Order Of Duty?

The most storied franchise in NBA history Los Angeles Lakers will finish the season lottery bound and a void of a playoff appearance for the 4th consecutive season. 16 world championships hang in the rafters in the Staples Center, 2nd most to the Boston Celtics. At least four of the top 15 greatest players of […]

The most storied franchise in NBA history Los Angeles Lakers will finish the season lottery bound and a void of a playoff appearance for the 4th consecutive season.

16 world championships hang in the rafters in the Staples Center, 2nd most to the Boston Celtics. At least four of the top 15 greatest players of all-time all wore purple and gold and won championships. Legends from Wilt Chamberlin, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem, Kobe Bryant, to Pau Gasol, all are apart of Lakers history.

This is the worst era in Lakers history as each of the past two seasons the Lakers have set records for losses in a season with 17-65 and 21-61. The Lakers have had a history of quickly bouncing back into title contention, but this process might take a bit longer.

After a 20 year career and five championships with the Lakers perhaps the greatest Laker of all-time Kobe Bryant has retired and now the franchise is in search of its’ next guy.

Deangelo Russell, a second year point guard out of Ohio State has had his moments but does not look like he’ll be in a Lakers uniform as part of the future. He’s been relatively average for a number two overall draft pick and has been involved in off court lockeroom drama with teammates.

Brandon Igram, the rookie guard/forward has shown progress but is near bust contention. He’s averaging 8.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game but the Lakers expected far more. Maybe you can blame the front office for signing Luol Deng and keeping Nick Young.

Magic Johnson is the President of Basketball Operations and knows that his job won’t be easy. The entire roster has reshaping up to do. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson are still there and productive so only time will time.

This upcoming draft is deep with talent, so as every year. Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Markelle Fultz, and Dennis Smith Jr. are the top prospects.

The Lakers best chance to gamble on the right guy is to lose for the rest of the season.

Is This The Resurgence Of The Former 4th Overall Pick?

In his 5th year out of Syracuse Miami Heat shooting guard is leading them to clutch victories and is averaging a careeh-high 18.7 points  4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in wins this season. He has hit game winners against the Cavaliers and Warriors and seems to be the go-to guy for a rebuilding team. This is Waiters’ 3rd team; the Cavs, Thunder, and now the Heat. The talent was never the question. His high volume and career 41.2% shooting from the field seems to have people still questioning if he has all-star potential or not.

All-rookie team, rising stars challenge participant is what he has to his resume so far. In Cleveland Waiters’ and Kyrie Irving looked like a potential great back-court for the future. That was until LeBron came home. Some people say that Waiters’ never got a fair chance to be great. Traded to OKC right before the deadline in 2014, Waiters’ instantly was the Reggie Jackson replacement. The number one option off of the bench averaging 12.7 point during his first year. During the playoffs he played well in each round and was clearly the 3rd scoring option.

Approaching free agency Waiters’ was seeking a max deal and Billy Donovan instantly made it clear during draft night shipping Serge Ibaka out of town for Victor Oladipo, it was clear Waiters’ was on the bad side.

How would a first round match-up between the Cavs and Heat sound?

With A Potential Top 3 Draft Pick, What Move Will The Celtics Make?

As of the now the Boston Celtics are a top heavy team in the Eastern Conference, and a potential threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Back in 2013 the famous blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Nets for three first round draft picks as well as the right to swap picks in 2017 was classified as robbery in favor of the Celtics. Since then, the Brooklyn Nets has made one playoffs appearance, and the Celtics have been on the rise since. With those picks the Celtics drafted Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and James Young, all solid players currently on the roster. The Nets did not have a 1st round pick in 2016, with those other picks they drafted Chris McCullough,  Mason Plumlee, and a bunch of no names who aren’t even on the roster still.

The Nets currently has the worst record in the NBA at 16-57 and the Celtics are a borderline championship team at 48-26. From the perspective of many analyst, they are only one move away from a championship appearance. Boston with that 2017 pick can choose between a pool of college talents that includes, Kansas forward/guard, Josh Jackson, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, Kentucky shooting guard, Malik Monk, and a point guard heavy draft.

Which player would make the most sense?

With Isaiah Thomas being the franchise player in Boston and a miniature 5’9, it’ll be strange to imagine Boston drafting another point guard. Especially a star talent that potential will be bigger and have a better career than him. That scratches out Lonzo Ball, and Washington guard, Markelle Fultz. Boston shooting guard Avery Bradley is a core player, and has the longest tenure on the team. He’s an all-NBA defensive player and 2nd in scoring, averaging 16.7 points. With all of that being said, he’s only 26 and has been in the league since 2010, maybe they move him to get younger.

Allonzo Trier, out of Arizona is the only pure shooting guard close enough to a lottery pick, ranking at the #12 prospect per CBS Sports Draft Big Board.

The Celtics are a defensive minded team, the only non-defensive player is the point guard Isaiah Thomas. Drafting Josh Jackson would make perfect sense only if they have plans on moving Jae Crowder, who has also been a solid defender. Jackson is 6’8 207lbs, averaging 16.3 points 7.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists for the Kansas Jayhawks and is ranked the #2 prospect for CBS. He’s only 20 years old and right now he’s a better overall basketball talent than what the Celtics have at his position.

Featured Pistons’ Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Was Arrested Wednesday Morning For Suspected DUI

Multiple reports say that Caldwell-Pope was stopped around 2:50 a.m. with a blood alcohol level of .08, which is the legal limit. They described him as “very cooperative.” The arrest came after the Pistons loss at home to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. He reportedly was driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone and after he was pulled over, an officer smelled alcohol and conducted a sobriety test.

The Pistons just defeated the Brooklyn Nets on a game winner by Ish Smith. Caldwell-Pope score 12 points, had 4 rebounds, and grabbed 3 assists. The Pistons are currently #10 in the Eastern Conference playoff picture and 2.5 games out the #8 spot nearing the end of the season.

The Pistons are back in action Friday in Milwaukee.

“Life Has Released A Beast” Alexsis Shorter

Alexsis Shorter, just a young lady from Utica, MS has a message for females battling life obstacles

Shorter started dancing at the young age of 4, and instantly grew passion for it. Dominique Wolfe, a member of the famous Dancing Dolls dance team located in Jackson, MS referred her. Alexsis became a member from 9th until 12th grade while attending Raymond High School. Before she became a member of the dancing dolls, she was nothing is what she says.

As her dominance and passion for dancing continued to grow, she made the decision to attend Jackson State University and made tryouts for the Prancing Jsettes squad for the Sonic Boom of the South marching band. Everything went well until Jan. 2016 when she got into a car accident, was ejected from the vehicle, and broke her left shoulder.

Her prancing career came to a short end, and her confidence was shattered.

It is now Apr. 2017, and in her words, “I’m on my stuff now.” She is almost fully rehabbed from an accident that almost ended her life.

She states listening to her favorite song Gravity, “First and foremost Thank God and thank the Lord, because the Lord is still sticking with me and has always been there for me and I realize now, he will never leave my side.  And I will also like to thank my family and the few individuals that actually believed in me and is still believing in me until this day.  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

Hummmm…. What is dancing?

Dancing=Passion, you either have it or you don’t.

“Before I got on the Dancing Dolls I DID NOT know how to dance, I thought I did. When I became a Jsette I DID NOT know the Jsette style, but I knew what I was taught, so I had to adapt and convert so I can eventually become the best that I KNEW I COULD BE. I had the right captain who’s name is Dominique Martin and the right squad which was The Prancing Jsettes 2015 squad. I.D.T.F.M.S’15!

Before I got on Dancing Dolls I DID NOT KNOW how to dance. I thought I did because of the simple fact that I had been dancing since the age 4. I Started off on a dance team called Mahogany Dancers. When I became a Jsette I DID NOT KNOW the Jsette style but I knew how to dance because I was apart of a hell of a dance team called Dancing Dolls, so I had to adapt and convert. I knew I would be something special but I didn’t believe in myself because I didn’t have the right circle to support me and keep me on my toes but the funny part is, I thought I did. That’s a whole other story for another day though.

But…..It’s about the moves you make, the way you make your moves, who you affiliate yourself with, all of those things will play a huge role in your life, without you even realizing it sometimes. This is the way I view life now and for that, the Lord will make sure I succeed. I feel like it’s my job to not let him down because he did give me another chance to prove myself not only to the world, but to him and that’s the most important thing to me right now. That’s why I dance the way I dance because i’m allowing myself to be great now and live up to my full potential. My goal is to make him and my family proud honestly! I say this to every young lady, and young man IT’S ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!  I want to get this message out because everyone needs a little word of encouragement from time to time. God has blessed me this gift to understand, and from this moment forward I will ADAPT, and use that to the best of my ability!

“Shout-out to God, my family (for always supporting me through whatever), The Diamond Dancers( for making this specific challenge), Ms. Crowley, Dominique Martin, and all of 2015, especially my sisters; Kristen & Jaz, even 14 Jaz, Morgan Hightower: (1st person to actually come up to me and  give me support and critics)Tiara, Diamond, Lamon, Mia, Erica, Gabby, Michael, and last but not least, my new job for bringing out my inner self.”

Her message is to all of the haters as well, who claimed to be there but really wasn’t. She looked and looks past all of you.

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Burning Sands Review

As we are in the midst of probate season across the country, a hot new Netflix movie “Burning Sands” has become one of the most popular movies out there, especially for the young adult age range.

The movie is based on the initiation process into college Greek organizations. Gerald McMurray is the film director and writer, and the movie is about the underground process into Black Greek organizations. McMurray is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is a member of organizations within the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC). He said, “I come from this world of going to a HBCU and being in a Black fraternity and I just wanted to explore that subculture”. His main object was the highlight the secrets of what every black fraternity endures.

Alexsis Shorter, a junior business management major from Utica, Miss said, “That movie was crazy. The film is rated r, and shows very explicit content. They are many scenes that show bodily harm, mental, and physical harm to the prospects by the already members of the organization. A man even experience a seizure died towards the end of the film.

With McMurray being a member of a Divine 9 organization, it has people everywhere talking and speculating on what actually happens within Greek organizations, rather than what is advertised.

Jackson State University is one of the schools that own a chapter with every Divine 9 organizations, but not only that, they also have dozens of different organizations within the past 10 years that has been involved in hazing incidents and allegations. The Delta Sigma Theta sorority has been suspended from Jackson State’s campus since 2010 for a hazing incident, also has other non-Greek organizations such as Cheer Phi Cheer, which is the cheer leading squad, and the War & Thunder drumline.

Hazing has become a big issue in the United States, as most recently Robert Champion, a student at Florida A&M University was murdered during a drum major initiation ritual. In 2011, Roger McDowell, a band member reported hazing within the band and got nearly 20 students sent to student affairs and suspended from school for the rest of that year and the next. Hazing is not simple task to get rid of because most incoming students are breaded from older siblings, relatives, or friends who they know that already went through a hazing process. Hazing is not only in college, but it’s also in the jails, military, and in different job industries.

Antonio Knott, a senior mass communications major from Jackson, Miss said, “Man that movie is very interesting because it sheds light on many things that go on that some people have zero clue about.” Rheana Allen, a sophomore meteorology major from Memphis, Tenn said, “Wow, that movie scary, I think they probably over exaggerated in the hazing. It’s very rare that a person actually dies or gets physically harmed that bad.”

It’s a Netflix sensation and Gerald McMurray has definitely wrote an eye-opening, and popular movie.