Is Kevin Love Unhappy with the Timberwolves?

Is Kevin Love’s time with the Timberwolves ticking away?

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Love went on the record to talk about the direction the Timberwolves were going and said many things in the direction of the Timberwolves organization such as:

“At this point, I’m not afraid to go on the record, being around these (USA) guys, they know the situation I’m in and how competitive I am. I want to win. All the players on the Timberwolves feel the same way as well. The coaching staff is awesome. They want to win and win now. Hopefully, we can make some stuff happen.”

“My patience is not high, would yours be, especially when I’m a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these (Team USA) guys seem to have great players around them.”

“It’s tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about. If I don’t make the playoffs next year, I don’t know what will happen,”

“If we don’t make the playoffs, I don’t know it’s going to be me or something, but our management needs to step up and make some moves,”

This is extremely shocking to hear since the TImberwolves have signed key players such as Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger. Also submitting an offer sheet to Nicholas Batum who has said he wants to have a chance to play for the team.

In Love’s defense he is playing the best basketball he’s ever played and is considered to be the best Power Forward in the game right now. To be that skilled and put up numbers like 26 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game and still not make the playoffs is obviously not something to be happy about. Love wants to win and felt as if his opinion needed to be heard.

The way Love approached it though could have been more thought out. Calling out your organization rarely turns out positively. More recent example would be between the Orlando Magic and their superstar Dwight Howard

It will be interesting to see what TImberwolves General Manager, David Khan, does about this situation. The weeks up to the training camp will be huge for the Timberwolves organization whether they meet Love’s demands or trade him for a jackpot to another team.

Written By: Mohamed Mohamed

Matt Ravida Video of the Day: Adam Morrison Shows Why He Deserves Another Chance

No better way than to start off the first ever “Matt Ravida Video of the Day” with the former 3rd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Adam Morrison as he scores 6 straight points for his Brooklyn Nets in recent Summer League action against the Orlando Magic.

The luscious locks are back ladies and gentlemen.

So without any further adieu the Matt Ravida Video of the Day.

Written By: Matt Ravida

NBA Trade Rumors: Howard Heading to the Lakers Not the Nets?

It has recently been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers  have once again emerged as the favorites to land the prize possession, Dwight Howard.

The Lakers have been in talks with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic on a possible deal that will would send Dwight Howard to the Lakers and have Andrew Bynum sent to the Houston Rockets with the Rockets willing to give up numerous draft picks and cap-friendly contracts to Orlando.

Houston would more than likely be absorbing the contract of Jason Richardon’s three year $18.6 million he has left on his contract. Though the Lakers have mentioned they would be willing to absorb Richardson’s contract if they are acquiring Howard.

If the Lakers were to acquire Dwight Howard, it could put them as heavy favorites to not only come out of the Western Conference but also contend for a championships. A sixth championship for Kobe tying him with Michael Jordan.

The Lakers starting lineup would stand at this:

  1. Steve Nash
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Metta World-Peace
  4. Pau Gasol
  5. Dwight Howard

Talk about MVP galore, throw in a few defensive player of the year awards, some all-star appearances and you have yourself a starting five that can compete day in and day out with any team in the league. No matter how many of the same type players the Heat keep signing.

Overall if the Lakers are to somehow pull of this miracle trade and get Dwight Howard in a Laker uniform, it would not only shock the entire NBA world, it would solidify the Lakers as true title contenders.

Written By: Matthew Ravida

Rashard Lewis Signs Two-Year Deal with the Miami Heat

Rashard Lewis, right, defends a shot against his new teammate Chris Bosh, left.

The Miami Heat just keep stacking up on the veterans as on Tuesday morning, the Miami Heat signed Rashard Lewis to a two year deal at about $3.3 million.

Lewis had a meeting with the Heat, Hawks and Knicks earlier this week and announced his decision this morning.

Lewis like his new teammate, Ray Allen,Lewis 10th all-time in threes made in his career with 1,690. He is also has a career average for 16.1 points per game.

With bench players such as Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, who were teammates and all-stars in Seatlle, Miami will get great production from both players as they bring added three point shooting abilities to an already stacked three point specialist team that will now contain Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Ray Allen, maybe James Jones whether or not be retires, and now Rashard Lewis.

Combined these players have scored a combined 7,770 threes: Allen with 2,718; Lewis with 1,690; Miller with 1,351; Battier with 1,041; Jones with 597; and Chalmers with 373.

Lewis did not play the last 33 games of last season due to a knee injury which is now presumed to be completely healed and ready for the coming year.

Written By: Mohamed A. Mohamed

What Is Floorball?

To some, floorball is a word that means absolutely nothing, nothing more than nine letter word that has no relevance to their lives whatsoever. But to others floorball is an exciting, fast-paced type of indoor hockey.

If you were to walk into a stadium and catch a glimpse of this sport, your first instinct would think that floorball is nothing more than floor hockey or ball hockey. The difference is in floorball the game revolves around a light weight plastic ball, and each player holds a specialized carbon fibre stick that is use to promote skill and allow each player to move quickly and efficiently.

Here is a little introduction to what floorball is about.

The rules of the game are quite simple to follow; each team has six players at a time on the court at a time with one player being a goalkeeper, similar to hockey. As well the goalie can be pulled creating an advantage on the offensive side of the ball, but a liability when on the defensive side. Teams are allowed to change players on the fly, usually all five players being switched with the occasional individual substitution if a player is tired or injured. Floorball games are played over three 20 minute periods and time is only stopped during penalties, goals, time-outs and a situations where the ball is considered to be out of play (ball is hit overtop of the walls surrounding the court).

Goalkeepers wear limited protection; padded pants, a padded chest protector, and a helmet.  Some other protective equipment includes knee pads, jocks, and gloves.

Checking is not allowed in floorball, only minimal shoulder to shoulder contact. The purpose of this contact is to battle for position in order to get the ball rather than injuring or checking a player out of play. Pushing players without the ball or players competing for the ball is not allowed at all, and results in a two minute penalty if caught.

Also players are not allowed to hit other player’s sticks when trying to get the ball and players are not allowed to raise their stick or play the ball above their level. If a foul of this kind is to occur and the ball is unplayable, a face-off will occur between the players.

Floorball started in the 1970’s in Sweden as a “just for fun sport”. It’s popularity rose and in 1986 several countries formed the IFF (International Floorball Foundation) which contains 52 countries around the world with over 277,000 registered players. Not bad for a sport majority of the world has never even heard of. Floorball is most popular in the areas which it started such as Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Norway, and of course Sweden, but is gaining interest from countries abroad like the United States and Canada, which sparked my interest to write this article.

Recently, a player I personally know partook in the 2012 Women’s Under-19 Floorball Championships as she represented Canada (which is the main reason that sparked my idea of this article). I am assuming that most of you readers and myself included had no idea that floorball even had a World Championship, never mind a separate Under 19 tournament. But yes, Floorball actually has four separate World Championships: Men’s World Championships, Men’s Under-19 World Championships, Women’s World Championships, and Women’s Under-19 World Championships.

The Men’s Floorball World Championship started in 1996 while the Women’s World Championship was first played in 1997. The Men’s Under-19 World Championship was formed in 2001 while the Women’s Under-19 World Championship was first played in 2004. The championships are set up that when the Women’s World Championship is played, the Men’s Under-19 Championship is played, and vice versa when the Men’s World Championship is played, the Women’s Under-19 Championship is played.

Floorball is a fast paced and an exciting sport, which is similar to how quickly floorball has gained global recognition in a short period of time.  This has escalated to such tremendous success that in 2008 the International Olympic Committee has recognized the sport and is considering floorball to be a part of the 2020 Summer Olympics. 

The game has been around for nearly 40 years now and is growing at a fast rate especially in the country of Canada.

The Canadians have just recently been placed in the Floorball Championships with the Under-19 Men’s making their first appearance in the 2009 World Championships and finishing 7th in Division B. In 2011 the Under-19 Men’s qualified again, and finished 5th in Division B, a slight improvement that could have been larger but do to point differential finished in 5th.

With regards to the actual Men’s Canadian Floorball World Championships the men have made great progress. Their innauragl tournmanet was back in 2004 when they were in Division C and finished 21st in the tournament. The Men’s team floated around the mid 20’s in ranking for the next four years finished 24th in 2006 and 23rd in 2008. But in the year 2010 the Men’s team finished 11th and are now ranked 11th in the world. Which is a great accomplishment considering where they started just years ago.

The women’s side of the World Championships began in 2007. The Canadian Women’s team finished 7th in Division B and 17th overall in their first ever trip to the World Championships. They did not autoamticaly qualify for the 2009 World Championships because they finished 17th in the tournament but still managed to qualify through other pre tournament Qualification rounds. The women finished 9th overall in Division B which was good for 19th overall in the tournament. The Women did not qualify for the 2011 Championships but are still eligible to qualify for the 2013 World Championships.

Lastly, the Under-19 Women’s Team recently just played in their first ever World Championships, competing in Slovakia. The girls were placed in Division B and finished 4th overall. The girls easily could have won Division B, tying both Denmark and Latvia 4-4 each game. Denmark being the team who was promoted into Division A for the next World Championships. The Canadians surprised many of the teams as they played a more different type of style that the European teams were used to.

Here is an interview of a player from the Canadian Women’s Under-19 Floorball Team who recently just played in Slovakia talking about her team and what they’ve accomplished.

Floorball in Canada has grown to such heights that in 2004 the Canada Cup Tournament was formed which has brought teams from Canada, United States and even countries like Finland and Sweden competing in various age groups. I had the opportunity to witness the 2012 Canada Cup final and floorball is something that is not taken lightly. The up tempo pace and the quick cross court passes brings excitement to the crowd and to the players as well.

Also  in 2007 Canada the Canadian Floorball Championships which has brought together the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebe for both Men’s and Women’s divisions.

So the passion for floorball is there in Canada and there is enough interest to bring floorball in Canada to heights people never thought were possible. The steps necessary to take floorball in Canada to the next level is to educate players and financial backing for the sport. It is a certified sport just like hockey and deserves every right of funding that other sports may get. Once floorball Canada is able to get the proper funding and recognition it deserves I believe that Canadian’s can really make a name for themselves in the World Championships and hopefully reach the Olympics in 2020.

Written By: Matt Ravida

Is the 2012-2013 NBA Season the Year the Heat Surpass the Bulls 1995-96 All-Time Season Win Record?

Miami’s Big Three celebrating their championship win.

Jordan, Jackson, Pippen and Rodman showing off the trophies.

From the first day Miami’s “Big Three” were formed, comparisons to the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s Chicago Bulls were made and whether or not the Heat could match or surpass the 95-96 Jordan and Pippen led Bulls single season record for wins with 72.

The Big Three have finished both their seasons second in the East with a 58-24 the first season and 46-20 in the second season which was shortened due to NBA and NBPA disagreements.

Michael Jordan’s 95-96 Bulls are considered by many as the best basketball team in NBA history and that the 72-10 record is one of few records that cannot be touched. Although many teams like the 71-72 Lakers, 66-67 76ers, and most recently the 08-09 Cavaliers (who also had the likes of LeBron James), have come very close but still came up short in matching or surpassing the Bulls record of 72 wins in a season.

The next portion of this article is to show you why the LeBron James led 2012-13 Miami Heat team has the ability to surpass Jordan’s 95-96 Bulls as the team as the single season most winningest  team of all-time.

  1. LeBron James is finally mastering his game!
  • Coming off a stellar championship run, LeBron James is showing why he is the best basketball player right now! He averaged 30,3 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, 5.6 assists per game and a career high 1.9 blocks per game. If this continues on to the start of the next season you can be sure to see LeBron James lift his fourth Maurice Podoloff Trophy (Regular season MVP).

2.  Heat seem to be  more hungry then ever!

  • After being asked if he was satisfied with one champion, James replied “There is no way I am satisfied with one, the journey is still going and I’m going to push myself and my team to be back here every year possible.
  • Players now that they have to come back next year and defend their title and prove to everyone why they are the World Champions!

3.  Signing of Ray Allen Improves bench.

  • The signing of Ray Allen, who leads the league in all-time three point field goals made, adds a reliable bench scorer and relieves pressure off the Big Three.
  • Allen will be a lethal threat coming off the bench. He will bring a reliable three point shooter that almost never misses if left open. Yes, the Heat do have shooters in Mike Miller and Shane Battier and both came alive in the Finals when it needed most but neither ones stroke was anywhere to be found during the regular season and this is about getting the all time single season wins record.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrate their championship win.

4. Pressures on Erik Spoelstra have finally been relieved. 

  • With every mistake Spoelstra made being scrutinized by media, he always tried to play it safe and didn’t make too many hard decisions.
  • Now with championship experience Spoelstra will not need to be the same coach he was years before and use the freedom given to him by Pat Riley.
  • The players also on many occasions praise their coach, so don’t be shocked to see a smarter more risk-taking Erik Spoelstra.

5. Players have never been more comfortable with their roles on the team.

  • LeBron now knows that this is his team, and that he needs to take a commanding role. He also needs to not shy away from big moments and takeover the way he did in the Finals against OKC.
  • Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh know they’re roles and showed it in full display these playoffs.
  • Bosh is the energetic player who they desperately needed to give the crowd energy and something to feed off of.
  • Wade is the second offensive option and showed  he can thrive that way putting up 25.2 points per game throughout these playoffs.
  • Players such as Mike Miller, Shane Battier know that on offence they need to get open and give LeBron options.
In conclusion, this shows that if any team could beat the 72-10 record made by Michael Jordan’s Bulls, it can be LeBron James’ Miami Heat. They have the pieces, they are coming off of a championship win, and signed a great free agent in Ray Allen. We’ll just have to see how this season and the Miami Heat’s journey pans out.

Written By: Mohamed A. Mohamed & Matt Ravida

Why Adrian Peterson’s Torn ACL and Arrest Will Spark His Best Season Yet

After hearing about the Adrian Peterson arrest and rumours to why he was arrested, the media started to blow things way out of proportion to the point that Adrian Peterson even went to his Twitter to tell all his followers the following:

He was sent to jail for the rest of the night and had to pay a $1,000 bail.

But things took a twist in the arrest, when Peterson even went as far as saying that he was the victim of this arrest and he in fact did not resist arrest. This was even taken to one of the top defence attorney Rusty Hardin. Hardin states that Peterson has done nothing wrong, and in fact he was the one who was beaten and he was the victim of this all scene, but the officers.

So what does this leave for the 27 year old Peterson and how will this effect his ability to run over defenders next year with the Minnesota Vikings? Adrian is coming off a injury plagued season in which he only played 12 games do to a torn ACL and MCL. It was the first time in Peterson’s short career that he did not rush for over 1,000 yards, finishing with 970 in only 12 games and finishing with 12 touchdowns nonetheless. Peterson is the best running back in the game, one of the hardest working players as well, he has the dedication and determination to be the greatest running back there ever was. Which is why I personally think if Peterson is healthy, the 2012-13 will be Peterson’s year. The determination alone he had with just pounding defenders and trying to run over anyone in his way was already second to none, but now mix that in with a season in which is eyes was a failure and off-field issues that may have hindered his image. Peterson would want nothing more than to shut everyone up by using that dedication and determination that he ever so possesses.

Peterson has shut up critics before, even before he played single game in the NFL, fans and media were already bashing the running back on why they would need to Draft him when the team already had Chester Taylor. The result of that criticism on Peterson? He’s played six seasons rushed for 6,732 yards, has 64 rushing touchdowns, has an average of 4.8 yards per carry and lastly has the 4th highest average rushing per game in NFL history of 92.5 yards. Behind only Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, and Terrell Davis….not bad company.

All and all, these are the main reasons why I think Adrian Peterson is going to tear the league part next year and make it his year. He is going to take his injury and the criticism he has received from his arrest to spark his best season ever as a Minnesota Viking.

Written By: Matt Ravida