Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles

In a few more days, the NBA season will officially be upon us, and that means all of the story lines that have been concocted in the offseason will start to play out. That means the spotlight on the Cleveland Cavaliers will be increased tenfold. For LeBron James, this isn’t anything new, but the same...
October 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Versus Podcast: Warriors World Vs. Ed The Sports Fan (The Degenerate Gambling Episode)

By Bonta Hill / @bontahill Rasheed Malek, Editor-in-Chief of Warriors World (and the self-proclaimed Bill Walsh of blogging) joins TVP and breaks down the current state of the Golden State Warriors, how he figured out he had gambling issues by venturing into betting on WNBA games, the throwing of...
October 20th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit my first thoughts shifted away from Durant. It’s not that I wasn’t concerned about Durant; watching anyone forced out of a game he loves because of an unforeseen injury is...
October 16th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Versus Podcast: Marc Spears Vs. Ed The Sports Fan (The Return of Kobe Episode)

On this edition of The Versus Podcast, we’re fortunate enough to have Marc Spears, NBA writer of Yahoo! Sports on with us. During the pod, Spears talks with the trio about the return of Kobe Bryant and the prospectus of 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers. “He’s a smarter player and I think...
October 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

For Matt Barnes, Being Tough Isn’t For Show

Though all sports are distinctly unique in their own rights, if there is one trait that athletes across the board are measured by it is their toughness. Even with the strides made with advanced statistics, the most informed minds still try to rationalize the most subjective qualities. Defining a player’s...
October 9th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

15 Years After His Death, The Ghost Of Wilt Chamberlain Still Exists

Photo: AntDUHHIn a game championed by icons, Wilt Chamberlain’s impact remains one of the NBA’s most unique, fascinating and encompassing. Philadelphia Daily News copy editor Mark Perner still gets a kick out of the 76ers final regular-season game in 1968. The 61-20 Sixers played a rather...
October 8th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

The Versus Podcast: Ed The Sports Fan Vs. Ethan Strauss (The Pilot Episode)

Hey guys, I started another podcast. Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we’ve done podcasts in the past. Justin, Kenny, Brandon Lewis and I hosted ‘The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show’ for four years, and it was one helluva ride. Currently, TSFJ’s Jason Clinkscales hosts his own show...
October 6th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Anze Kopitar, Goran Dragic And The Rise Of Slovenia

In 2014, the mythical home of dragons started slaying them in the sports world. It was the middle of the night in the United States in February, and Slovenia was preparing to play a hockey game in Sochi, Russia. Before the puck dropped, the Slovenes had already become the story of the tournament. At...
October 2nd, 2014 | Basketball, Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

Kings Of The North: Why The Toronto Raptors Have Claim To The NBA’s Best Backcourt

When Bradley Beal stated that he and John Wall were the best backcourt in the NBA, it sparked a healthy debate bigger than the All-Stars boast. He has received at least one challenger to that claim in Dion Waiters, but really the conversation isn’t limited to just the Wizards and the Cavaliers. The...
October 2nd, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Mutual Animosity Never Hurt Anyone: Reigniting The Cavs-Wizards Rivalry

The Cavaliers and Wizards once hated each other. And if we’re lucky, history will repeat itself. Earlier this summer, shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers fell on the sunny side of an enormous LeBron James decision, NBA TV launched into a string of The King and the Cavs’ finest playoff games...
October 1st, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

LeBron James Calls Himself Bill Belichick And Kyrie Irving Is Tom Brady

The boys are finally all together. NBA Media Day was held on Friday, and it served as the first chance we would have to see all of the newest faces in different places as the 2014-15 NBA season is just over one month away. While every team is focusing on what their organization can do to make a title...
September 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

What Eric Bledsoe’s 5-Year Contract Extension With The Phoenix Suns Means

It’s not often that NBA players hold out when negotiating their rookie contract extensions. The allure of a guaranteed payday that’s substantially more than what they’ve previously earned is usually enough. In the case of Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, he was more than willing...
September 25th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Caron Butler Talks About Growing Up In Racine, Cocaine And Playing Ball With Tony Romo

My first introduction to Caron Butler was during his time as a member of the Connecticut Huskies. You see, Caron Butler was the bridge between two epic eras of UConn basketball as the years before Butler was there Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin reigned supreme in Storrs, and winning the 1999 National...
September 20th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such a natural reaction to ignore all signs that indicate otherwise, especially when the athlete is a highly favored one. This is especially true in the case of Derrick Rose, who is certainly...
September 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Hexagons And Hairlines: 5 Thoughts On The Nike LeBron 12 Unveiling

On Tuesday, Nike Basketball did its usual song and dance as it unveiled the 12th iteration of LeBron James’ signature basketball shoe in front of a selected group of media influencers. By usual song and dance, I mean that Nike rolled out its red carpet and went out of its way to show the world...
September 17th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

VIDEO: Ethan Strauss And Eddie Maisonet Talk Sneakers And NBA Superstars On ESPN’s Truehoop TV

Ethan called me a “sneaker expert.” That alone, is enough of a reason for anyone to watch this Truehoop TV video of yours truly and ESPN NBA columnist Ethan Strauss talking about superstars and the choices they make with sneaker brands. We here at TSFJ have covered the Kevin Durant saga...
September 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

What Does Spain’s FIBA World Cup Loss Mean For The United States?

One of the worst kept secrets about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup has finally been exposed. Despite serving as a competition for over a dozen national teams, this was always a tale of two countries. Without knowing what teams would have to beat each other to advance, the championship game was always...
September 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Cavaliers Hype Machine Grows: The NBA 2K LeBron James Homecoming Tape

In about a month, NBA teams will reconvene at their respective training camps and start preparing for the 2014-15 season. For hoop fans and especially gamers, this also means that NBA 2k15 will be releasing in stores as well. While it has long been the basketball game of choice, the offseason madness...
September 5th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez, Video Games | Read More

FIBA Is About The Best In The World, Not Just The Best In The U.S.

For all of the favoritism for Team USA, the FIBA Basketball World Cup was never really about the United States. Yes, the favorites boast a roster of the world’s best players, but with so many options it’s hard for any one player to separate from the pack. With the exceptions of Anthony Davis...
September 4th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Kevin Durant Chose Nike Over Under Armour, But Why Do We Care So Much?

This is a story I’m sure many of you can and will relate to. My mother was not about that paying $100 for a pair of sneakers life. In fact, I believe her words, verbatim, were, “I”m not gonna pay $100 of my hard-earned money so you can get some shoes dirty in a month.” As a wayward...
September 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More