It’s been a while since we were all watching the Miami Heat being crowned NBA champions in last year’s NBA finals. Now the time has come for the NBA to start up again. Most of you reading this are probably Laker or Clipper fan’s and most of you were probably disappointed that your team did not win it all last year.
The Lakers this off season acquired some huge offensive threats. Dwight Howard and Steve Nash look to help Kobe and Pau win it all this year. Many would say the Lakers are a strong contender this year but no one really knows how Dwight Howard will play after coming off of back surgery. Steve Nash may be up there in age but is still ready to ball most people up. So will the Lakers be a strong contender for the title this season? We will all find out soon enough.
The Los Angeles Clippers also acquired some huge weapons this season. They signed Lamar Odom former Clipper and Laker and also Grant Hill. Lamar Odom looks to bounce back after a disappointing season with the Dallas Mavericks last year. The Clippers need him to play like the 6’th man of the year like he did with the Lakers. Grant Hill is an incredible shooter who brings great experience and leadership abilities to this young team. Who knows the Clippers might be a strong contender also for the title.
Well folks there you have it. The NBA is just around the corner and your teams are looking to win it all this year. What an exciting season this is going to be. Enjoy it while it lasts because in a blink of an eye the regular season will be over and it will be Playoffs time. -BEAR
Chris Paul point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Paul’s injury occurred last month in Las Vegas during Team USA’s training camp. Tuesday the surgery was preformed by Dr. Steven Shin a hand specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
Approximately 8 weeks is the amount of time Paul is expected to miss which would mean that he most likely would return for the Clippers opener Oct. 31 against Memphis. -BEAR
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Starting running back Ryan Matthews will undergo surgery Friday morning for a broken collarbone.
On his first carry of the preseason in the first quarter against the Packers Matthews suffered a broken collarbone. Matthews is undergoing surgery Friday morning and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
This is going to be a huge loss for the San Diego Chargers. Matthews ran for 1,091 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. Now Matthews is most likely to miss the beginning of the Season and when he returns we don’t no if he will be the same. He might never be the same and this could affect the Chargers greatly.
Team USA struggles against Lithuania only winning the game by 5 points. This was the first game team USA was actually tested.
Just days after winning their game by 83 points the U.S. was forced to play a possession-for-possession game in the fourth quarter in a 99-94 win over Lithuania.
LeBron James in the final four minutes of the game scored 9 of USA’s 20 points. James led his team to victory and sealed Lithuania’s fate. Hopefully USA stays dominant and will not have another close call like this one. -Bear
Michael Phelps wins his 16th career gold medal while handing Ryan Lochte a double disappointment on his rival’s final night in the pool.
Thursday Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at 3 straight olympics, capturing the 200-meterindividual medley for his 20th career medal and 16th gold.
Phelps has now won 2 golds and 2 silvers in 5 races. Not exactly up to his Beijing standards, but a fitting capper to a brilliant career that still has 2 more events to go.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have aquired OF Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dodgers just seem to keep building their team up better and better by the day. The Dodgers only had to give up pitcher Josh Lindblom and a minor league pitcher.
The Dodgers now have an outfield consisting of All Star Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Shane Victorino. That is one hell of an outfield. Dodgers just got Hanley Ramirez recently and now Victorino. Those are 2 big bats to help the line-up out.
Lets see if the Dodgers will really make a strong push towards the playoffs. They are tied for first place with the Giants right now. With their new outfielder Victorino they might just breeze on throughout the rest of the season and are now a strong World Series contender. – Bear
Titans reserve receiver O.J. Murdock has died of an apparent suicide.
O.J. had not attended training camp over the weekend because of what the team said at the time was a personal issue. Monday Morning 25-year-old Murdock was found inside his car with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The car was parked in front of Middleton High School, where Murdock attended school. This is a very sad thing that happened and my thoughts and prayers go out to Murdock’s family.
The NCAA came out with its punishment for Penn State.
The first thing was a 60 million sanction. They received a four year bowl ban. All of their wins dating back to the 1998 season have been taken away.
Penn State also must reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period. As you can see the Nittany Lions were absolutely crushed today and have no idea how they are going to handle things from here on out.
It is sad to see for the players on the team although it was needed for what they had done. Hopefully the punishment Penn State has received will set an example on what not to do for other teams.
Justin Blackmon wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Oklahoma in a deal that avoids jail time. Blackmon was arrested during a traffic stop in Stillwater, Okla., on June 3’rd. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol content to be three times the legal limit. Judge Michael Stano imposed a deferred sentence of one year, meaning Blackmon will serve no jail time if he fulfills the terms of his sentence. The terms are he was fined $500 and must complete 50 hours of community service. Blackmon is one of five remaining unsigned first-round picks. As of now Blackmon is not on the right path and is not setting himself up for a good NFL career. This could now cause major problems with himself and the Jaguars. Hopefully he will realize that this was a stupid mistake and wont let anything like this happen again.
The NBA Draft is finally here!!!
Tonight teams will make decisions that will either make them or break them over the next couple of seasons.
Each team has their one big pick tonight and they are craving that they’re collegiate star athlete transfers over into the NBA playing just like he did in college.
We always see incredible players that come out of the draft that lead their team to victory’s and we also see first round pic’s come out of the draft and are a bust.
Tonight Anthony Davis from Kentucky as of right now will be the number one pick in the draft selected by the New Orleans Hornets. He was a beast in college now let’s see if he will be a beast in the NBA. ~ Bear
First of all I have to say this series that we are watching the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Miami Heat is one of the best NBA Finals match-ups that we will probably ever see.
The series is tied up so far at 1 a piece. In the two games so far both teams have played really tough and Miami has come out strong at the beginning taking demanding leads. In game 1 Kevin Durant lead his team through a difficult come back and got the job done . The final score was 105-94 OKC.
Durant finished with 36 points while LeBron James finished with 30. In game 2 of the NBA Finals Durant was no able to quite lead his team all the back from a difficult deficit in which the Heat came out on top 100-96.
Both James and Durant finished with 32 points. Now the series goes over to Miami for 3 straight games where the Heat have the opportunity to finish things out at home. It is going to be tough for the Thunder but i think they will be a-ok. ~ Bear
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Last night was a very special night for Matt Cain
Matt Cain, starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and the sellout crowd of 42,298 fans cheering him on. Last night Cain made history throwing his first ever Perfect Game.
This was the only Perfect Game thrown in San Francisco’s history and just the 22’nd ever thrown Perfect Game. Cain pitched 125 pitches of pure greatness and struck out 14 batters a career high for himself.
There were two close plays that had Cain holding his breath. First was a deep fly ball in the sixth inning hit by Chris Synder in which right fielder Melky Cabrera chased it down and made a leaping catch at the wall.
Second was another deep fly ball hit by Jordan Schafer in the seventh which seemed absolutely impossible that right fielder Gregor Blanco was going to be able to make a play on that ball.
Well he did alright in extraordinarily fashion. He ran so far so fast and made an incredible diving catch to get the out and keep Cain’s hopes alive. After that play it was smooth sailing from there on out for Cain completing not only his first perfect game but the 1’st ever in the Giants franchise’s history. ~ Bear
Michael “Bear” Gates is a 16 year old from Southern California who brings his love of sports to you via the pages of On Purpose Magazine.
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