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POV 106 - (Point of View) - MERCHANT of DEATH 4 AN ATHLETE? - May, 2022
WARS R A WEAPONS 4 SALES GAME - The twist is we're talking about an athlete whose job is to entertain in exchange for a weapons salesman whose job is to provide weapons to countries to murder people. The question is can this proposed transaction be reasonable? Would the US government agree to such an arrangement?

NBA NEWS - Grizzlies’ Zach Kleiman wins NBA Basketball Executive of the Year - May, 2022
Kleiman, 33, is the youngest recipient of the award, which has been presented annually since the 1972-73 season. He also becomes the second person to earn the honor with the Grizzlies, joining Jerry West (2003-04) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wins NBA Most Valuable Player Award - May, 2022
In his seventh NBA season, Jokic averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.47 steals and 0.85 blocks per game, setting career highs in each category except assists (second highest). Jokic, who played 74 games and averaged 33.5 minutes, ranked sixth in the NBA in points, second in rebounds, eighth in assists - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Suns’ Monty Williams wins NBA Coach of the Year Award - May, 2022
Williams guided the Suns to an NBA-leading 64-18 record in the regular season, the most victories and the highest winning percentage (.780) in a season in franchise history. Phoenix had identical 32-9 records at home and on the road - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Heat’s Tyler Herro wins 2021-22 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award - May, 2022
In his third NBA season, Herro averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 32.6 minutes in 66 games (10 starts). His scoring average of 20.8 points as a reserve was the highest in the NBA. He became the fifth player to average at least 20.0 points off the bench (minimum 50 games as a reserve) since starts began being tracked in the 1970-71 season, joining Thurl Bailey (1987-88), Eddie Johnson (1988-89), Ricky Pierce (1989-90, 1990-91) and Lou Williams (2017-18, 2018-19) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Joe Dumars named Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations - May, 2022
Dumars served 15 seasons as a basketball executive with the Detroit Pistons (1999-2000 – 2013-14), including the final 14 as President of Basketball Operations. With Dumars overseeing player personnel decisions, the Pistons won an NBA championship (2003-04 season), made six consecutive appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals (2002-03 – 2007-08) and recorded at least 50 victories in seven straight seasons (2001-02 – 2007-08). He was named the NBA Basketball Executive of the Year for the 2002-03 season - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

- PART 2 - The Lakers once a proud group are currently a group of elderly gentlemen in sports athletes speak that were assembled by a group of supposedly the business side of this creation. The group is notoriously known as the 4 PRONG BRAIN TRUST. They consist of the boss Jeanie Buss, General Manager Rob Palinka, former Laker player from the 80's Kurt Rambis and his wife Linda. What in the WORLD are the NBA business credentials for Linda Rambis to be a decision maker for one of the worst teams in the NBA since daddy's little girl Jeanie Buss inherited the team - NBA's ALL TIME BEST PLAYERS 1st and 2nd TEAMS

NBA NEWS - Bucks’Jrue Holiday wins Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award - April, 2022
Holiday received 964 points (39 first-place votes) in balloting of NBA players. Marjanovic finished in second place with 936 points (48 first-place votes). DeRozan finished in third place with 898 points (34 first-place votes). Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote and one point for each fifth-place vote - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Grizzlies’ Ja Morant wins NBA Most Improved Player Award - April, 2022
Morant posted six games with at least 40 points after having one 40-point game over his first two regular seasons. He set the Grizzlies’ single-game regular-season scoring record in back-to-back games, first with 46 points against the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 26 and then with - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Raptors’ Scottie Barnes wins NBA Rookie of the Year Award- April, 2022
Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.08 steals and 0.74 blocks in 35.4 minutes in 74 games, leading all rookies in minutes, ranking third in points and rebounds and finishing fifth in assists, steals and blocks. He is the sixth rookie to average at least 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.00 steals and 0.70 blocks in a season since steals and blocks became official statistics in the 1973-74 season, joining Alvan Adams (1975-76), Lionel Simmons (1990-91), Chris Webber (1993-94), Lamar Odom (1999-00) and Ben Simmons (2017-18) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Nets’ Patty Mills wins NBA Sportsmanship Award - April, 2022
Each NBA team nominated one of its players for the NBA Sportsmanship Award. From the list of 30 team nominees, a panel of league executives selected one finalist from each of the NBA’s six divisions. Current NBA players selected the winner from the list of six finalists, with nearly 300 players submitting their votes through confidential balloting conducted by the league office - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Celtics’ Marcus Smart wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award - April, 2022
In all 71 of his games played in the 2021-22 regular season, the 6-4 Smart ranked seventh in the NBA in steals per game (1.68) and tied for sixth in total steals (119). He had 19 games with three or more steals, including two games with a season-high five steals - Smart, 28, ranked among the league leaders in several “hustle” categories, finishing tied for fourth in the NBA in loose balls recovered (75) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - “Playoffs on NBA Lane” - March, 2022
The latest short film celebrating the League’s 75th Anniversary Season – set to premiere on Wednesday, March 30 - From NBA legends Reggie Miller and Chris Webber’s anticipation for tip-off to actors and producers Issa Rae and Ben Stiller celebrating from afar, the familiar faces and names around the arena each agree on one thing, “I love this game”. In the arena, the show is all about the stars on the court ready to compete in the playoffs, including Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Chicago Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan, Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Darius Garland and Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

RECORDS THAT CAN'T BE BROKEN? - Former UCLA coach John Wooden set the GOLD standard for winning records. He led 10 of his teams to win the NCAA tournament including seven in a row from 1967-73. They say records are made to be broken but I doubt that his will - NFL'S BAD BOYS Cam Newton & Colin Kapernick - NFL teams are in need of quarterbacks but not in the conversation are Cam Newton and Colin Kapernick. Kapernick is working out but will he be treated fairly and not abused like a nigger? - NBA's ALL TIME BEST PLAYERS 1st and 2nd TEAMS

Sports Notes - The Bashed Brothers - Harden & Westbrook - March, 2022
Trials & Tribulations - When it rains it pours, criticism that is. Since the New Year the media have been picking apart several players. We point out our observation regarding Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kooper Kupp, Hunter Renfrow and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith having taken center stage in this arena. It seems it's a case of reverse racism in some cases and disrespect while ignoring situations are another. WHAT'S UP WIT DAT? READ ON… - NBA's ALL TIME BEST PLAYERS 1st and 2nd TEAMS

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 21 - March, 2022
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is two victories shy of passing Don Nelson for the most regular-season wins in NBA history - James Harden is averaging 26.8 points, 12.0 assists and 7.5 rebounds in four games with Philadelphia - The Miami Heat has won 11 of its last 13 games - Philadelphia center Joel Embiid leads the league at 29.47 points per game - The Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum scored 54 points in a victory over the Brooklyn Nets on March 6. He averaged 41.3 points in three games last week - OUTTA POCKET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Kyle J. Cavanaugh named NBA President, Administration - March, 2022
In his new role, Cavanaugh will oversee the global facilities, information technology, security, risk management, people and inclusion, and administrative affairs of the league and its related entities. He will join the NBA on June 1 and report to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver - OUTTA POCKET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA star Chris Paul named inaugural recipient of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award - February, 2022
The annual award honors the late Kobe Bryant, a devoted supporter of the WNBA and women’s basketball, and his daughter Gianna (also known as Gigi). Gigi, a happy, loving and competitive young lady, wanted to pursue her dreams of one day playing in the WNBA - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - The NBA All-Star Saturday Night 3-Point & Slam Dunk Contests - February, 2022
Kuminga to replace Pacers' Chris Duarte and Hyland to replace Kings' Davion Mitchell - Duarte will not play in the Rising Stars because of a left toe injury - Mitchell will not play in the Rising Stars because of a right hand injury - To be played on Friday, Feb. 18 at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland. The annual showcase of premier young talent at NBA All-Star will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 9 p.m. ET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga & Nuggets' Bones Hyland are Rising Stars Replacements - February, 2022
Kuminga to replace Pacers' Chris Duarte and Hyland to replace Kings' Davion Mitchell - Duarte will not play in the Rising Stars because of a left toe injury - Mitchell will not play in the Rising Stars because of a right hand injury - To be played on Friday, Feb. 18 at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland. The annual showcase of premier young talent at NBA All-Star will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 9 p.m. ET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - 15 international players from 12 countries in NBA All-Star 2022 - February, 2022
Fifteen international players from 12 countries, including six international All-Stars and a record-tying four international All-Star Game starters, will participate in NBA All-Star 2022 in Cleveland from Friday, Feb. 18 – Sunday, Feb. 20. NBA All-Star 2022 will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in a record 60 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile phones and tablets - Cleveland’s Allen to replace Philadelphia’s Harden in 2022 NBA All-Star Game - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - SUPER BOWL HALF TIME SHOW - February, 2022

NBA NEWS - SPOLSTRA, BALL & MURRAY are in the SPOTLIGHT - February, 2022
Heat's Erik Spoelstra earns spot as head coach of Team Durant in 2022 NBA All-Star Game - Charlotte's Ball and San Antonio's Murray named as injury replacements for 2022 NBA All-Star Game - KEY DATES - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 16 - January, 2022
ALL STAR GAME STARTERS - The reserves for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be revealed by TNT on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET - Suns’ Monty Williams earns spot as head coach of Team LeBron in 2022 NBA All-Star Game - Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has scored at least 30 points in a franchise-record six consecutive games - Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham has become the first rookie in franchise history to record multiple triple-doubles in a season - After an 18-18 start to the season, the Denver Nuggets have won 10 of their last 13 games - OUTTA POCKET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 15 - January, 2022
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is averaging 30.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 11.4 assists with four triple-doubles in his last five games - The Phoenix Suns have won six consecutive games to improve to an NBA-best 36-9, tied for the best 45-game start to a season in franchise history - Joel Embiid, who has been on a roll. The four-time NBA All-Star is averaging 42.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in his last three games - As Week 15 begins, the Warriors have the best home record (21-4) and the Nets have the second-best road record (17-6) in the NBA - OUTTA POCKET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

2nd ROUND results - Step Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan are the top votes getters for their positions. Curry was the top vote getter overall. In a somewhat shocking result LaMelo Ball took the 5th guard spot for the Eastern Conference. Ball received 130,000 more votes than Kyrie Irving. The results? Read-em and weep… - KEY DATES - OUTTA POCKET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Memphis’ Jaren Jackson Jr. receives December NBA Cares Community Assist Award - January, 2022
Jackson Jr. launched his first-ever social media fundraising campaign, “Much Required,” on Giving Tuesday to support young Memphians. With an initial $150,000 personal contribution, he raised nearly $200,000 in one day to support five local youth organizations - OUTTA POCKET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - THE TOP SPORTS STORIES of 2021 - January, 2022
UFC'S Julianna Pena Rocks The World, Pena wasn't given a chance in the world to defeat Amanda Nunes - EMMA RADUCANU STUNS the TENNIS WORLD Her career-high WTA singles ranking was No. 338, achieved on 28 June 2021 to # 22 following the tournament - SHOHEI OHTANI MLB's BEST the 27-year-old two-way player had a tremendous season and won the American Leagues Most Valuable Player Award - TOM BRADY is THE GODFATHER of the SUPERBOWL. He led his team to his 7th Super Bowl win and was awarded his 5th Super Bowl MVP Award. - NBA's ALL TIME BEST PLAYERS 1st and 2nd TEAMS

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 13 - January, 2022
Joel Embiid has scored at least 30 points in each game during Philadelphia’s streak - Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma is averaging 26.3 points and 12.1 rebounds in his last seven games - NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week Fred VanVleet has powered the Toronto Raptors to a season-high six straight victories - The Memphis Grizzlies have won nine consecutive games, the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history - The Chicago Bulls will host the Warriors on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Malik Rose named head of NBA G League Basketball Operations - January, 2022
Before joining the league office, Rose served as Assistant General Manager of the Detroit Pistons and General Manager of the Erie BayHawks, the NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks now known as the College Park Skyhawks. He was named the 2017-18 NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 12 - January, 2022
DeMar DeRozan became the first player to win games at the buzzer on consecutive days since play-by-play tracking began in the 1997-98 season - Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James begins the week needing 21 assists to pass Oscar Robertson for seventh place in NBA history - The Dallas Mavericks will retire Dirk Nowitzki’s No. 41 jersey on Wednesday after their home game against the Golden State Warriors - December to Remember: The Memphis Grizzlies won 12 games in December, tied for the most in the NBA and a franchise record for December - On Jan. 2, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey became the youngest player in NBA history to have a triple-double (19 years, 84 days) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Gregg Winik named NBA President, Content & Executive Producer - January, 2022
Multi Emmy Award winner Winik has more than 30 years of experience in developing, producing and distributing sports content, including 16 years with NBA Entertainment (1990-2006) where he served as Executive Vice President of Programming and Executive Producer - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - HE'S BACK… KYRIE IRVING THAT IS - December, 2021
COVID RULES SPORTS, BEHAVIORS & POLICIES - Irving has refused to be vaccinated and has yet to play a game this season - Due to injuries Irving has only played in 83 games during the past two seasons that he has been with the club. He most likely will make his debut, Jan. 5 at Indiana or Jan. 12 against the Chicago Bulls - NBA's ALL TIME BEST PLAYERS 1st and 2nd TEAMS


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