NBA team in Louisville

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The NBA above all else, is a business. It’s a business before it’s a basketball league. This is because if the NBA, the people who own the team, and the networks that broadcast the games, aren’t making money then the league can’t exist. This is something that should be considered when the question is posed “should Louisville have an NBA team”?

In the past five years there has been a lot of rumors and speculation that there may be an NBA team headed to Louisville in the future. And on the surface it would make a lot of sense. The KFC Yum! Center is relatively new, Kentucky is a state that loves basketball both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky have beloved basketball teams, and the city of Louisville is growing both economically and in popularity.

However, with the average NBA team being worth 1.1 billion dollars, there’s a lot more to consider besides a state’s love for basketball and a new arena, not to mention all the obstacles in the way of an NBA team coming to Louisville.

Even though Louisville wouldn’t be the smallest market in the NBA if a team were to come here, it would still be considered a very small market. This wouldn’t matter so much if it weren’t for the Indiana Pacers being so close to Louisville. The proximity to another team wouldn’t normally be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that the Pacers are considered a small market franchise and with Louisville also being considered a small market it may be difficult for the two organizations to retain a large enough fan base to exist.

In order for the league to expand it would need the approval of the majority of the NBA owners to approve. Herbert Simon, being the owner of the Indiana Pacers would most defiantly not approve and would use his influence to keep a team from coming to Louisville, so that his small market Indiana Pacers could keep their level of popularity in that area.

Something else that should be considered in the event of an NBA expansion is something that cities like Las Vegas, Seattle and Pittsburgh all already have, an NFL team. Cities with multiple professional sports teams already have proven markets with customers that can afford the prices of tickets to professional sports teams.

Louisville is a college sports town and has always been that way. the Uniservity of Louisville was one of the first schools to go to ESPN and say that they are willing to play football games on Thursday nights. This was how Louisville got big as a college sports town and more imporantly its how the University football team got on prime time television during the week, and thus making the University money and putting the city on the map.

In reports related the the prospect of an NBA team coming to louisville, both Rich Pitino and Tom Jurich have expressed concern over the idea of a Louisville NBA team and weather the city’s sports fans could afford it. It makes sense, U of L, currently is the top dog when it comes to sports in this city and a pro team would defiantly threaten that title and the status quo.

However, even though it seems that people who are in charge of athletics at U o f L would have an alternative motive to express concern over the city’s ability to afford the team, there is actually sone truth to that as well.  tickets to an NBA game are both double the price of college basketball game and an NBA team would also play more than double the amount of games than a college basketball team.

Being top dog in the largest college sports market in the country automatically rules out any competition in the same sport and with two polarizing figures in Pitino and Jurich at the helm it is difficult to imagine a scenario where an NBA franchise is obtainable for the city.

The University is some sense is the professional team of the city. Kentucky is a state without any professional sports teams so college basketball is king in the commonwealth.

With all this being said, the CardsEyeView Sports team find it unimaginable for an NBA franchise to be placed in Louisville.

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Why the celtics should draft Lonzo Ball


The Boston Celtics hava an amazing opprotunity on their hands they are able to make deep playoff runs in the NBA playoffs while also being able to draft in the top three picks for three straight years. 

With the inability to will a title with Isaiah Thomas it’s obvious the Celtics need to make a move. They don’t have a superstar that’s necessary to win an NBA title but that have all the peices outside of that to win one. 

They need a player that can perferom at a high level while also being able to improve everyone else around him and they’re not gonna ge that guy in free agency. Lonza Ball is a player that can do that, he’s the kinda player who enjoying passing the ball, setting up for his teammates and making everyone better plus he can defend. 

Right now the Celtics have a lot of b- players players that are good but aren’t great. Lonzo can turn this b- players into b+ players that are capable of getting past Lebron and  winning a title. 

Boston is a long way away from Lonzo’s crazy dad who lives in California and in a year when Donald Trump becomes president, I wouldn’t be suprised that everyone LaVar Ball has said about his son becomes true. 

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Up coming match ups in the NBA finals 

The NBA season has for the most part become a forgone conclusion as far as who will be playing in the finals. All season long we know it’ll be the cabs and the warriors. 

But this isn’t like the last two times they’ve met and there are some matchups that will be key in deciding who will win 

Kevin Love vs.  Draymond Green 


This isn’t the Kevin Love of old. The power forward has matured and has accepted a bigger roll on the team. He’s more aggressive and confident this season. But he’ll still have to go up against the reining defensive player of the year Draymond Green who isn’t scared of anything and is under the impression that he can take Loves heart. 

Kevin Durant and Lebron James


The major difference from last year is the warriors acuasition of Durant, who is im my openion the second best player in the world next to Lebron James. Locking down Durant is no easy task and wil require a lot of attention from Lebron which may end up leaving a lot of the warriors marque shooter wide open. 

This is expected to be a competitive series and I would expect it to go six or seven games. And since we’ve been waitin all season for it, I can old hope that it doesn’t disappoint. 

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How FS1 actually helped ESPN 


When Fox launched FS1, their new sports channel to challenge ESPN, they used a lot of the same formulas that ESPN uses and even convinced some old and new ESPN personalities to come over to their side. 

Now normally convincing people to come work for the competing company might be a bad thing. However, Fox did ESPN the greatest of favors when they convinced Skip Bayless to come work for them. 

The majority of sports fans have always been annoyed by Skip Bayless and the fact that so many of us no longer have to hear him spew such complete inaccuracies on first take any longer is such a blessing. 

Skip has been responsible for so many cringe worthy moments at ESPN. Basically anytime he interacted with an athlete current, or former, he would get into an argument with them about something stupid that he’s said. 

This opinion can be supported by the fact that Skip’s new show on FS1 is there lowest rated show. 

Now if only ESPN could do something about Stephen A. Smith.  

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Why You Can’t Rely on Other People

When I was in high school I went through a phase–I’ll call it a phase because that’s what I believe it really was–where I was really into environmental issues. I would turn off lights whenever I could, I took the bus to school when I had a car, and I recycled even when there was no place to recycle around me. And when I did all those things I really thought that it made me a better person; it fed my ego and made be feel better about myself. “I do good things and you don’t,” I would think to myself.

Because let’s face it, no matter what we claim, we don’t do something unless we get something out of it.  Even charity makes us feel good about ourselves, otherwise we wouldn’t do it.

This was a hard lesson for me to learn. When I was a devout pacifist, environmentalist, and activist, I expected everyone else who was like me to also be a good person and to treat me like I would treat them, with the utmost respect.

That’s why I was so surprised when the president of the Recycling Club – an environmentalist group at my high school – called me a “beaner,” an offensive term used towards people of Hispanic decent.

I was sixteen and at the time, I really though that if you were an environmentalist, then that really meant that you were a good person. This experience taught me that wasn’t always the case.

This is one of the real life experiences that taught me that you can’t expect anything from a person that hasn’t proven themselves to be reliable to you or any other thing.

To quote my favorite rapper, J Cole, “Fool me one time, shame on you. Fool me twice can’t put the blame on you. Fool my three times, fuck the peace sign load the chopper, let it rain on you.”

When people show you who you really are, never expect any different.

             

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Boston Celtics Cant Win an NBA Title With Isaiah Thomas


As someone who who enjoys both watching and playing basketball, and who also stands only 5’7 I’ve become a real fan of Isaiah Thomas. The Boston Celtics starting point guard became an improbable start and during this post season he scored 50 point in a playoff game.

however, despite all this its by belief that if the Boston Celtics want to beat whatever team LeBron James is on in the Eastern Conference, then they are gonna need to acquire a different point guard.

truth of the matter is that you can’t in a title if your best player is 5’9, especially if you need to get past the best player in the world to do it, LeBron James. James is more can capable of shutting down Thomas strictly because of his size.

and though Thomas has proven that he can lead a team to the conference finals there no way that he’s gonna be able to beat LeBron who’s a foot taller than him.

lucky, the Celtics have the first pick in the NBA draft and if you ask me they should use it to help them acquire a super star athlete that can be the best player on a championship team. they need someone who can help them win in the nest few years, not a first overall pick that might be great in six or seven years.

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Was Zaza Pachulia’s Play on Kawhi Leonard Dirty

 

In the third quarter of game one of the Western Conference finals Zaza Pachulia contested a shot by  Kawhi Leonard the play resulted in Leonard reinjuring his left ankle that kept him out of the last playoff game the Spurs played in. Many people, inclusing the Spurs head coach, called it a dirty play on account of Pichulia because he did not allow Leonard to come down from his shot when he placed his foot where Kawhi was landing. This resulted in the Spurs best player being taken out of the game. however, there is still a debate going on, on whether this was a dirty play or not

In the NBA when a defender contest a shot he must give space for the shooter to land that way the shooter does not land on the defenders shoe usually resulting in the shooter injuring himself. this type of dirty play has been done in the league before and it has been used to intentionally injure players

Even though Pichulia was not facing Leonard when the play happened I believe that this is a dirty play. Pichulia knew the area were Leonard would be landing and decided to put his foot there anyway. Everyone knew that Leonard’s ankle was still bothering him including Pachulia who is an under skilled big man who is deemed the “tough guy” of every team he plays on. Intent, is this case, does not matter. Even if he may have not intent to injure he knew that putting his foot in that area meant that there was a chance Leonard might land there so there was a possibility that the best player on the opposing team may be out for the rest of the game and thats exactly what happened.

You also need to consider Pachulia’s history as a player. Pachulia has been in a number of incidents throughout his career. He has also been caused in the past of intentionally trying to injure players on other teams. He knew the risk associated with his actions and he did it anyway because he wanted the chance to give his team the advantage

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