Kawhi Leonard goes to HOLLYWOOD with the LA Clippers

 

Kawhi Leonard & Free Agency

Kawhi the master Free Agent

After days and days of waiting, we finally have a decision from free agent, Small Forward Kawhi Leonard. The Los Angeles Clippers. All I can say is thank god it wasn’t the Lakers! He’s also from LA so it makes sense he wanted to go back home, that was clear when he requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard signed a 4 year $142 million deal with the Clippers and also got All Star, Paul George to request a trade from Oklahoma and join him. George is also from LA so he’s pretty happy about the move as well.

The Clippers over the Lakers

Kawhi & LeBron

Between LBJ, Magic, Pelinka, and all the “Lake show” drama, Kawhi wanted no part of that. He loves his privacy, he doesn’t want to be doing all the shows and movies like LeBron is. The Lakers also have Anthony Davis. Leonard is too talented to be 3rd fiddle on a team. Kawhi has also been wanting to play with Paul George for some time so he had to do his own recruiting before announcing his free agency decision.

Championship team coming?

2 All Stars

Can Leonard and George lead this team to its first Finals? After what The Klaw did in Toronto, I absolutely believe so. Kawhi did what LeBron was supposed to do in his first year with the Lakers – win the chip. Leonard is an absolute monster of a two-way player, he has the ability to lead any team to the Finals. He is a lock-down defender and amazing on offense.

The future of The Klaw in LA

New Balance deal

Los Angeles gives Kawhi Leonard the opportunity to grow his New Balance brand and nail some killer endorsements. He also can be a legend of his own with the Clippers. The team, since 1970 has 0 retired numbers, 0 conference titles, 0 championship and only 2 division titles. He can bring success to this team and be the first Clipper to have his number retired. Best of luck to Kawhi!

Kawhi & Paul

 

 

Red Sox – missing a true starter?

Early Struggles

Red Sox starters

The Red Sox are having a rocky 2019 season. Is pitching the dilemma? Or is offense lacking talent at the plate? Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello have struggled when normally they’re clutch. These three studs were key pieces and the heart of the rotation last year.

Sandy Leon was recently called from the Pawtucket Red Sox.  In a corresponding move, Blake Swihart was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks for an outfielder. Pitching has improved, but still lacking a key starter. Sitting at 3rd in the AL East, the Sox need wins immediately if they want to compete for a playoff run. They have less than a 40% chance to make the playoffs right now.

Dallas Keuchel

It’s insane how Dallas Keuchel, A.L C.Y Young award winner, is still a free agent. 31 years old, with a lot left in the tank to pitch at a high level. He’s a former World Series Champion with the Houston Astros and a 4x Gold Glove winner. Boston should offer him a one year deal worth $10-15 million. It would bolster the rotation and put him right behind the top 3 pitchers. It certainly wouldn’t hurt. Another veteran presence is needed, and he could fit in perfectly. His record is 76-63 with a career ERA of 3.66 in seven seasons. He had an inconsistent year in 2018 but he’s deserving of another chance.

What’s next

Red Sox David Price starting

The Sox need to sign a free agent. Let me repeat that again, they need to sign a free agent. Or at least bring a pitcher from the Paw Sox to come in and serve as an upgrade. We had the best pitchers last season and now we’re struggling to get 6-7 innings from them. The rotation is talented and shouldn’t be losing. Should be interesting to follow as the trade deadline is approaching. Let hope they bring in Dallas Keuchel or someone talented to get some wins. Eovaldi is injured and we’re still waiting for Steven Wright to come back from his 80 game suspension.

The pressure is on for the hitters

Too much pressure is on Betts, Martinez, Benintendi, and Bradley JR. Pitching should balance the hitting. This team needs to get back to All Star form to be contenders again. This team isn’t close to winning over 100 games like last season. Pitchers are constantly allowing runs, and losing games they should be winning. How can this team keep winning the World Series one year and not make the playoffs the next?

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, center, celebrates with teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 for the team’s 100th win of the season after a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ORG XMIT: MACK115

Michael Chavis, an upcoming star for the Red Sox

Trooping up to the Majors

Michael Chavis is a name Boston fans should get familiar with. Let me start by saying since being called up this young man from Georgia has been raking the ball in the majors. He was the 26th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft. Coming from The Double-A Portland Sea Dogs where he was .318/.388/.641 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs in 250 plate appearances. With confidence to be your future second baseman, he will improve better defensively and offensively.

PED & Suspension

Michael Chavis an upcoming star

In the beginning of last season Michael was suspended 80 games by the MLB for PEDS. Boston’s #1 prospect. He was apologetic for his actions in his role. Chavis said : “Over the past several months, I have been searching for an answer as to how a prohibited substance I have never heard of, DHMCT, was detected in my urine during the offseason.” Chavis immediately accepted blame and issued a public apology. “I also want to apologize for the negative attention brought to myself, my family, the Red Sox, our fans and everyone who supports me”. Red Sox fans can hope that this upcoming All Star will not let this to happen again. This young team is too promising to allow distractions get in the way.

2019 rookie season:

Michael Chavis season

Michael made his major league debut in April. His stats have been off the charts since being called up to the majors. Batting .333, with 6 home runs, and 13 runs batted in, with 51 at bats. Showing improvement each game. Hitting a walk off single to win a game against the Colorado Rockies. Impressive, especially being someone who has a lot to prove since his suspension. The New York Yankees currently have a lead in the AL East. The Red Sox currently sit at 26-23, 3rd in the AL East. Chavis wants to remain on the team he  needs to be the best man, beating out Holt and Pedroia once back from injuries. Pedroia is prone to injuries, it’s safe to say retirement will be coming soon.

The Boston Red Sox want to repeat as World Series Champions, they just need dominance on both sides of the field.

Alex Cora – non committal

May 3, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Michael Chavis (23) celebrates his two run home run with third baseman Rafael Devers (11) during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Manager Alex Cora is not showing commitment to Chavis. Although he’s applauding Michael for what he’s done, Alex is committed to winning. Whomever gets the win will get the start. This team is eager to be champs again. Michael is clutch for this team. Chavis is so talented he can play any position. We need young men like him who can be the new leaders of this team. Let’s hope Chavis is the next Big Thing.

Michael Chavis

Boston Bruins – Going all the Way In the Stanley Cup

Boston Wants the Cup!

Boston V St Louis

Do the Boston Bruins want the cup? They’re proving it. After a rusty 2 periods in game one, they kicked the dust off and scored 4 unanswered goals to win the game 4-2. They currently lead the series 1-0 with game 2 on Wednesday. The Bruins haven’t been to the Stanley Cup Finals since 2013. They devastatingly lost that year to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Something Sparked

Boston Bruins locker room

In the First round of the playoffs they took the Toronto Maple leafs to a game 7 and won the series. In the Second round they won in 6 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. When they played the Carolina Hurricanes, it was more of a rainstorm because they swept them! This team REFUSES to quit. The fire and passion between Pastranak and Marchand continues to keep them alive. Tuukka Rask has been incredible. Should Boston win, he’ll definitely be taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy.

The fight against the Blues

The St. Louis Blues are not going out without a fight. But neither are the Bruins. They scored the first 2 goals leaving Boston fans wondering if they were walking away with a Win Monday night. Somehow, someway, they did not give up. After almost 11 days off, they showed they were too rested, but immediately came back strong.

Start of a new Era

Boston Core

Let’s face it, Chara is heading into retirement sooner than we think. However, the B’s have a newer team. They have players that are getting a taste of a Finals appearance and will want more of it. David Pastrnak is only 23 and is the future of this team. Bergeron will be taking over as Captain soon enough and still has plenty left in the tank. Charlie McAvoy, and Charlie Coyle are upcoming young studs who want to show the world that they have tremendous talent. Expect this team to continue to improve with Coach Bruce Cassidy, and the improving core.

Boston Bruins Stanley Cup

Golden State Warriors- Will they be Champs Again?

Golden State Warriors In the Playoffs

Golden State Warriors celebrating a Win
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The Golden State Warriors are incredible at basketball with 5 All -Stars on the roster. After they added Kevin Durant in 2016, they only improved. They were 57-25 in the regular season this year, in the playoffs (so far) they’re 9-4. The chemistry has altered between egos. With KD & Curry running the show, this team remains unstoppable.

KD injured; the team going forward

Warriors KD & Curry

With Durant being injured with a calf sprain, I believe this team is still finding ways to win, beating the Houston Rockets 4-2. I think they desperately need Cousins back as well. Adding another big man gives them the advantage they need on both defense and offense. Green and Thompson have stepped up and are committed to this team and winning another Chip. Surprisingly the team performs better without Kevin Durant. KD will be able to play against Portland, but he’ll miss a few games.

How they can win

Golden State starting 5

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins.  Those five in the starting lineup are lethal. If the Warriors want to continue to win, they’ll have to stick together. They need an improved bench because the starters are doing all the work. This team plays well, just a matter of staying consistent.

Coaching & Health concerns

Golden State in the playoffs

Steve Kerr is the head coach. Since taking over the Warriors are 3-1 in the Finals. He’s a winner, and it shows. KD & Boogie being injured hurts, but doesn’t shut them out. They will still win. Adding those 2 Superstars gives them the bigger advantage. Durant playing right now, he’s the best player in the league. He dominates on each side of the floor.

5th Finals trip

Warriors Champions

The Warriors are currently 1-0 in the Conference Finals against the Portland Trailblazers. The 2 Curry brothers battling it out will be interesting to watch. If they win this series they’ll face either the Toronto Raptors, or the the Milwaukee Bucks in the Finals. Assuming all 5 All Stars are in the lineup, Giannis or Leonard don’t stand a chance against this squad.

Golden State next series

Boston Red Sox current slump – no worries for the future

Boston Red Sox Up & Coming

Boston as the current champs

The Boston Red Sox are 2018 World Series champions. However, at the start of he season they seem to be in a slump. They currently sit 6-10. What seems to be the reason for the collapse?

After winning the World Series the Sox are sort of hasty right now.

The Best is Yet to Come

In the 2018 season the Sox went 108-54 in the regular season.  They still have Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Chris Sale and David Price, so what’s going on? Their manager, Alex Cora is so smart, and knows what to do with this team’s talent, I’m not worried. It’s only a matter of time before they’re on a winning streak.

Winning Team

Boston Champs 2018

After coming off a very successful season, the Sox aren’t doing too great. That sometimes happens, but it shouldn’t with this team. The Sox are going through what we call a Championship Hangover. This team is solely going to rely on the hitting of Betts, Bogaerts, Martinez, Bradley JR, and possible Pearce. The team isn’t lacking chemistry that’s for sure. Just knocking off some rust, and the hits will be coming. The talent is undeniable with this team.

Injuries Not a Problem

While the team is suffering from few injuries, if they can stay healthy, they can most certainly repeat as Champions. We’re waiting for Pedroia to explode like he used too and hopefully he will. While he’s expect to make $15 million in base salary, he’ll definitely need to show improvement this year. And Sadly Steven Wright is still serving his suspension but nothing to fear, he’ll be throwing knuckle balls rapidly.

Impeccable Pitching

Boston Pitcher Chris Sale

Of course, the Pitching will need to be immaculate. The division could be up for grabs with the Yankees getting better, and Tampa Bay on top. The Sox won’t just settle for the wild card, they want to win the Division and be on top as they were last year.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. = Superstar

Background:

SURPRISE, AZ – NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Vladimir Guerrero Jr #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Toronto Blue Jays have an upcoming talent that is in Triple AAA and shortly will be called up to the 40 man roster in the near future. Son of former player Vladimir Guerrero. He signed as a 16 year old in 2015 with the Jays. Vlad JR has shown that he is ready to take it to the big stage and help the Jays be a contender in the American League East. He could bolster a lineup in need of a spark. Toronto is in no rush to put this kid to the majors and should nurture the young talent.

Minors:

Vlad JR spent most of his 2018 campaign with the Double AA affiliate the New Hampshire Fisher Cats posting 14 homers and 60 RBI’s in sixty games. Later that season he got promoted to play for the Buffalo Bisons, hitting 6 home runs and 16 RBI’s in just thirty games. I’d say those stats are good for a 19 year old. Remember, he’s just coming through the minors and learining how to be a professional. Vlad obviously has his families support and blessing.

Future:

Toronto will have a bright future with this kid. He will be playing the hot corner for years to come. I could see him being a future MVP of the league. He could be the player to start the turnaround for the Blue Jays and get them back into contention for the playoffs. He could be “the guy” to get them to a world series for the first time since 1993. One player won’t change the whole team but Vlad can make a big splash to help the organization. Toronto should be happy he’s not going against them with any other MLB teams that visit the Rogers Center. Look up Toronto you have a great player coming to you very soon.

Lakers in Trouble with Organization on the Rocks

The Lakers Franchise is a Mess

Lakers front office addressing media

Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations, former All Star and Champion Point Guard, Magic Johnson decided to step down from the job. He cited that he “wasn’t having fun, and missed being the bigger brother” to the organization.  It’s assumed that the entire coaching staff will be fired, after they failed to make the playoffs, for the 6th consecutive season.

Known for being a successful franchise, and winning 16 titles, right under the Boston Celtics having 17 titles.

This season though, has been the worst so far.

Landing LeBron James

lakers SF LeBron James upset

They managed to sign the best NBA player right now, but still missed the playoffs. Regardless of injuries, LeBron did more with less last year with the Cavaliers. I’ll give LeBron a little leeway because of his injury, because before he was injured they were sitting at the 4th seed in a very competitive West. I honestly believe signing LeBron was a bad move, on both sides. Now LeBron is in the middle of a disaster season, and the team around him is crumbling.

Distractions, Distractions, Distractions…

LA pickups

Anthony Davis is one of them. The Lakers tried too hard to acquire him in a trade. LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, leaked the trade information so that made things awkward in the locker room. Lavar Ball managed to stay semi quiet during the year, but still managed to insult the coach, Luke Walton.

Even Magic Johnson got sick of the “backstabbing”. When the President of the team is sick of it, something’s gone wrong, and the public just isn’t aware of it yet.

Lakers coach and LBJ

LeBron James is focusing too much on being “Hollywood”. I get it, that’s why he came to LA, it wasn’t a basketball move. But for one of the greatest franchises, it should’ve been. Lakers are all about winning championships, not just games.  James is focusing on movies, shows, simply soaking up that California Love.

Lakers front office
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This team can be in the playoffs next year, it’s going to be an interesting free agency and off season. They’ll need a new president, coach, basically a new team as well.

Starters

Boston Celtics – Playoff Preview

Boston Celtics

Background:

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Boston Celtics ended the season on Tuesday night with a win over the Washington Wizards. Boston’s record was (49-33) and was good to be placed 4th in the Eastern Conference. Celtics did have an up and down season with injuries, Kyrie Irving turmoil and being linked to Anthony Davis. Albeit, the team had high expectations heading into the 2018-2019 season.  Did high expectations get to the C’s early on leading to struggle? I believe the hype is what happened, but now its playoff time.

The Opponent

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The Indiana Pacers held the 5th seed at season’s end right behind Boston. Victor Oladipo went down with a season ending injury. C’s won the season series (3-1) against the Pacers. Myles Turner has been a nice player for them. Will Indiana continue to play well without their top superstar or will injuries finally throw them off their “A” game?

Player to Watch for

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Kyrie Irving should be the player to keep an eye on throughout the series. Seeing Irving missed the end of last season into the playoffs and Boston was one game short of the finals. He has to be the leader of this team and have the young core of players on the same page going forward.

Prediction

Firstly, the Celtics should not take the Pacers lightly. If they take it game by game they win this series in six games. Secondly, Brad Stevens will have a good game plan to make sure the team is ready to go. Guys like Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum need to be healthy and will have to be ready to go. The Celtics will advance with Kyrie Irving as the entire cast will be playing together for the 1st time in the playoffs.

Marcus Stroman – On the Comeback

Overview:

Toronto Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman is poised to have a break out 2019 campaign. Its been a rough past couple of seasons for the Toronto star because of injures and such. There was a lot of hype when the “Stro Show” entered the MLB as a rookie in 2014, as a 23 year old protege. The intensity that Marcus brings to the table when he is on the mound is incredible. He was recently quoted saying that “I’m going to be special this year”.

Linked to trade talks:

In recent days and over off the season a lot of ball clubs were looking for starting pitching to boost their rotations. The Houston Astros were the most recent team looking at Marcus to make their rotation better. If he were to get traded at some point during the season he will help a team instantly. If Toronto doesn’t have the season that they have hoped for I see him getting dealt by trade deadline. Even though Stroman would prefer to stay with the Jays, it’s inevitable.

A.L. CY Young Candidate:

The CY Young award is equivalent to the M.V.P award but instead of going to the best player it goes to the best pitcher.If Stroman comes back to the right form he will be considered in the running for the CY Young award. The American League has a lot of dominant pitchers but if he’s healthy, he’ll be a top ten candidate.

Expectations for 2019:

 

Stroman can be a legitimate all star consideration if healthy. Toronto fans must be excited to see what he brings through the first half of the year. The upside that he has is tremendous. Toronto has a new manager at the helm for this season. Marcus Stroman 2019 Predictions; Win 12-15 games, ERA between 2.80 – 3.00 and about 180 strikeouts.