Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Bonnette’

LeBron is a Cavalier…again.

July 14th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on LeBron is a Cavalier…again. | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks (and the rock doesn’t have wi-fi), the biggest story in the sports media was LeBron James’s proverbial chokehold on the free agency market. While there were some signings done very quickly, many teams held off on giving players new deals before making an attempt to sign King James first. After tons of speculation, theories, hypotheses, conspiracies, and tweets, ESPN confirmed that he would return to Cleveland. As I’m reading about this on my lunch break friday, there were half a million tweets about it within ten minutes of the announcement. Initially, I thought it was a fake report, and that millions had just been trolled thanks to some genius who thought it would be a good prank. However, the report was real, and the entire sports world reacted in various ways (depending on affiliation).

The Decision 2.0 was hardly the enormous affair that it’s predecessor was. There were no cameras, no 30 minute slot on ESPN, and no sponsors; just, “I’m coming home”. Regardless of the decision LeBron made, I applaud him for handling the situation with far more maturity and class than the one made about 4 years ago. I honestly do not think Dan Gilbert deserves James’s time of day, especially after the letter he wrote 4 years ago slamming his former superstar. But again, I commend LeBron on being a mature adult about the situation, and was able to forgive and forget the situation ever took place.

As much as I despise the Cavs, and the fluky nature of them garnering a ton of top 3 draft picks every year, James made a good decision. I’m not exactly sure how long it will take them to win (or if they’ll win at all), but they’re only going to get better as more players are willing to join the crew.

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5 things I learned about the NBA this year…

June 18th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on 5 things I learned about the NBA this year… | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

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Congratulations to the Spurs for completely dominating the Heat in the NBA finals this year.   There were many that chose them to beat Miami, but very few that thought they’d crush them like that. As we look forward to the draft in a few days, and free agency soon after, I want to share with you the top 5 things I came away with from this year.

5. This year’s draft is supposed to be good. REALLY GOOD.

Owners around the league have been trading players, draft picks, and leveraging assets, all for a chance to strike gold in this year’s draft, which is supposedly very strong. As a fan of the Sixers, I tuned in to last year’s draft, last month’s lottery, and have been closely monitoring any chirping going on about player news. Don’t ask me how Cleveland got the number one pick AGAIN, but it seems like the majority of the early-mid choices will contribute to their respective teams sooner rather than later.

4. Lebron James may be taking his talents somewhere else next year.

I may be over thinking this, but did you hear James’s answer when he was asked what his plans were for next year? I counted 5 seconds before he answered the question, and when the best player in the world does not answer that emphatically, then one has to think he’s already thinking about his potential departure. I mean…it’s very similar to the answers he gave in Cleveland…no?

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Sixers Post Draft Lottery Thoughts

May 29th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Sixers Post Draft Lottery Thoughts | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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Awww Yeaaaaaa. Two picks.

Though Philly was moved back one projected spot in the 2014 NBA draft (Seriously…again with the Cavs?), they ultimately got the next best thing in 2 top-10 picks at #3 and #10.  As the only team with two picks that early, the Sixers could easily come away as winners in this year’s draft.  There seems to be many different moves that could be made here.  Determining which one is the best move is an entirely different story.

So…sitting at #3,  we can realistically say that 1 of the top 3 prospects in Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, and Jabari Parker will be playing in the city of brotherly love next season.  Various reports have both Wiggins and Embiid going 1 or 2, while other have Parker going 2 or 3. So right now, your guess is as good as mine.  While I do not see the Sixers trading up one or two spots (seriously…who trades the #1 pick?), it is a viable option.

The most exciting thing about this position is that we have no idea who will excel, and who will not. I mean…we could easily have another “Greg Oden drafted over Kevin Durant”, type of situation. In any case, 3 may be the safest spot to be in, as the Sixers essentially need help and depth at every position outside of Michael Carter-Williams, and ANY young talent will do.  Thaddeus Young has openly stated that he does not want to be apart of the rebuild, so maybe you put together a package including the #10 pick and him? Just an idea anyway…. I’m sure whoever goes at 10 will be a solid pickup as well, but it seems like 4 or 5 different players can go there depending on who picks who.

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Where is the justice? (NFL Players vs Owners)

May 18th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Where is the justice? (NFL Players vs Owners) | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

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This isn’t exactly Philadelphia sports news (well, not at all actually), but I thought it deserved some attention as I turned on my TV this pleasant Saturday morning. Yesterday, Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis was suspended by the NFL for violating it’s substance abuse policy. He states that he and his wife were having a bit of trouble having a child, and was prescribed a fertility drug by his doctor who incorrectly told him that it would violate not violate the policy.

Now, even though it may seem like a well corroborated story by all parties involved, I believe him. many players have violated the policy and just accept it because make a statement could worsen the situation. He did violate the policy while he could have taken steps to prevent that from happening. I understand that. No exceptions (Though 4 games seems to be a bit steep). But what happens to Jim Irsay? Just a couple months ago, the Indianapolis Colts owner was arrested for suspicion of a DUI, while in possession of a felony amount of unsubscribed pills and 29,000 dollars in cash. Even though there is still a chance of action being taken against him, it infuriates me that it hasn’t happened yet.

The NBA flexed its proverbial muscle when Adam Silver came down on Donald Sterling, however, we can clearly see where Rodger Goodell’s allegiances lie. Even though there is no policy for NFL owners, are they not held accountable for their actions? Whether he was actually under the influence or not, one could not imagine a player getting away with such an action.

If I am Robert Mathis, and what I stated is true, then I don’t regret this decision one bit. You sacrificed four NFL paychecks so that you could bring life into this world. I would sacrifice an entire season if that is the cost (and most of YOU would too for your sons or daughters).

One more thing before I go, any player/personnel on that sideline that intentionally trips another player that is on the field should be banned from the game. It doesn’t happen often because it is an egregious offense. However when it does, the NFL may just slap the guy with a fine. I know that is unrelated, but I think it speaks to the amount of protection that the players get.

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So…now what Sixers?

March 24th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on So…now what Sixers? | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers, Sports

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Last week, My father asked me if I wanted to go see my Sixers play the Sacramento Kings. That was the first that I’ve ever had to think very carefully about going to a basketball game. Why? Well…because I knew they weren’t going to win. I’m not one of those fans that goes to games for the atmosphere. I want my team to win. As I predicted, they lost that night.

As I am writing this article, the Sixers are currently on a 24 game losing streak. I honestly did not think I would ever see this happen (then again, I thought I’d never see the Raptors in playoff contention either). The funny thing about it is, they still DO NOT have the worst record in the league. That prestigious honor currently belongs to the Milwaukee Bucks (If the Sixers have lost 24 straight and STILL do not have the worst record, then exactly how bad have the Bucks been?). It seems like the coach, the players, and even management are running out of excuses for such terrible performances over the past 3 months, and every interview looks more painful than the last. They may look as though they are trying to get closer and closer to victory, but what some see as determination, many others see as deliberate losing. I believe in the latter.

Need any proof? Well…you shouldn’t. From the moment the NBA draft started last year it seems like Sam Hinkie has been making moves that point to a big flashy neon sign that says, “Rebuilding”, or, “NOT THIS YEAR”. I could go into specifics, but does it make the streak any more reasonable? I HATE tanking…in any sport. Though it is easier to say about sports in your own town, it still turns my stomach to witness (or for others, to hear about).

So what happens now? Do they continue to lose every game in hopes of gaining the best position to take the No.1 pick in the 2014 draft (25% chance and decreases per record). Or do they muster up some dignity and get out of this streak? I will say that there are many Sixers who are playing their hearts out (you know who they are) trying everything they can to get out of this slump. However, the team is undersized, under-talented, and CANNOT play defense.

One can only hope that either they break this streak before the season ends, or that all of this tanking will be worth it next year.

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Observing the 76ers

February 28th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Observing the 76ers | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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I don’t know what machine Sam Hinke is trying to build, but he sure is using some pretty mysterious parts to make it.

The Sixers’ new GM has already shown that he isn’t shy about shaking things up when he traded away all-star guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans, and drafting center Nerlens Noel with the received draft pick. Of course, recently, he made more noise by trading away a few more players including Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, and Royal Ivey.

What exactly is the man up to?

Maybe he’s clearing enough cap space to acquire a superstar in the off-season. It seems likely that he’s trying to expedite the rebuilding process. After all, you have to think he’s not just going to sit on that money and call it a season. Hawes and Turner were having their best seasons in the NBA and were gaining some needed leverage to get some nice new contracts, so I’m not entirely angry for getting rid of them.

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Fantasy Football Playoffs: Tips for the ‘Ship

December 20th, 2013 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Fantasy Football Playoffs: Tips for the ‘Ship | Filed in Football, General, Sports

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If you are one of the lucky few people that still have active fantasy football teams at this stage, give yourself a huge pat on the back.  This is the moment that everyone has prepared for way back when we were scouting our first-round draft picks.  Money and bragging rights are on the line, and there are fewer things that make a person feel better than winning their fantasy football championship.

In the 6 years that I have been actively participating, I have two finals appearances and one championship. This year, both of my teams have made it to the finals (At #1 and #4 playoff seeds), and I am ecstatic.  However, making it is only half of the battle, and if you’re as nervous as I am you’ll do a few things to make sure your team(s) is the one that comes out on top.

My first and easiest suggestion is to make sure that you understand your playoff format.  For example, I play on ESPN.com, meaning that my playoff rounds are two weeks instead of one.  I know that other sites like Yahoo and CBS are a bit different, so keep that in mind when making your match ups. (more…)

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