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Multi-Sport Benefits: Basketball Movement and Football Route Running

In a world of increased specialization for youth athletes, it is refreshing to see multi-sport athletes thrive at the highest level of competition. In the NFL, there are stories about pass-catchers translating basketball-style movement to success in football. The NFL has seen players such as Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and Julius Thomas make the jump … Continue reading Multi-Sport Benefits: Basketball Movement and Football Route Running

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NBA Sixth Man of the Year Mini-Series: Eric Gordon

Last week, my focus was on Sixth Man of the Year front-runner Jordan Clarkson who has done nothing but push his lead for the award further since my last post. This week, my focus shifts to players who may thin the gap of Clarkson's lead if the opportunity presents itself. Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon … Continue reading NBA Sixth Man of the Year Mini-Series: Eric Gordon

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NBA Sixth Man of the Year Series: Jordan Clarkson

To tip-off this mini-series, I had to start with Utah Jazz combo guard Jordan Clarkson. Jordan Clarkson has been an NBA journeyman since his selection out of the University of Missouri in 2014. Despite his frequent change of scenery, Clarkson demonstrates nightly that the one constant in his career is his ability to put the … Continue reading NBA Sixth Man of the Year Series: Jordan Clarkson

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James Harden’s Houston Breakup

James Harden and the Houston Rockets suffered two debilitating losses in a row to the Lakers this past week. After the second loss, the aforementioned disgruntled superstar let the world know his situation was beyond repair. https://twitter.com/DimeUPROXX/status/1349208156048666626?s=20 In response to Harden's demands, the Rockets dealt their former franchise player to the Brooklyn Nets in a … Continue reading James Harden’s Houston Breakup

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Basketball Fans, Please Don’t Overract

Sunday night, the Wizards beat the loaded Nets 123-122, and Washington displayed they have the offensive firepower to hang with any team in the league. Playing up, or as Wizards fans are frequently subjected to, down to the level of their opponent is a Wizards staple under coach Scott Brooks, and it seems the trend … Continue reading Basketball Fans, Please Don’t Overract

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NBA Preseason Takeaways and Stories to Watch

The NBA regular-season is approaching fast, and here are some trends to note before the games start to count. Here is a quick rundown of a few NBA stories to watch heading into the year. The Lakers rotation looks deadly After winning the NBA Finals in the bubble, many people expected the league to catch … Continue reading NBA Preseason Takeaways and Stories to Watch

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The End of the John Wall Era

Wednesday night, The Washington Wizards traded franchise cornerstone John Wall and a 2023 first-round pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for MVP guard Russell Westbrook. https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1334307601841070080?s=20 To analyze this trade, we have to consider how this trade impacts the following.1. The Basketball Court 2. The Fanbase Before getting into the emotional impact, it's time … Continue reading The End of the John Wall Era

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District of Buckets All-NBA Bubble Team

The NBA bubble games have lived up to the hype. Every team in the bubble is playing hard, and the level of basketball has mimicked the first week of the regular season as many players have fresh legs and a rejuvenated hunger to compete among the world's best. With the final seeding games approaching, and … Continue reading District of Buckets All-NBA Bubble Team

Walking Bucket: Montrezl Harrell

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Heart, Passion, and a true example of a blue-collar hooper, Montrezl Harrell brings maximum energy when he steps on the floor — the self-proclaimed "modern-day Rodman" will bring his toughness to the Clippers title hunt when he returns to the NBA bubble. https://youtu.be/jrTfbO4YwME Harrell finishes everything at the rack, as is evidenced by his 18.6 … Continue reading Walking Bucket: Montrezl Harrell

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Walking Bucket: Emma Meesseman

In honor of the return of basketball this week, I wanted to remind you of—or introduce you to, one of the best scorers in the game, Washington Mystics forward Emma Meesseman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuHpfJAGfEI Meesseman is a surgical scorer. She picks her spots well, and when you mix good shooting with good shot selection, you get efficient … Continue reading Walking Bucket: Emma Meesseman

No Asterisk, The Winners of the NBA’s Orlando Reboot Are Legit

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This past Friday, the NBA released the schedule for its reboot in Orlando. While it has been a pleasure to discuss upcoming NBA action, a developing argument about the legitimacy of a 2020 NBA Championship has gained popularity over the past few weeks. More specifically, an argument stating a Finals win in the Orlando bubble … Continue reading No Asterisk, The Winners of the NBA’s Orlando Reboot Are Legit

John Wall’s 202 Assist

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Pro athletes in 2020 are displaying the power their platform holds within local communities. During this mass period of demonstration, athletes have been incredibly visible. However, the question of how they can use their status to find concrete and quantifiable ways to improve the lives of others often arises. Luckily in the D.C area, we … Continue reading John Wall’s 202 Assist

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Flashback Friday: The St. Louis Hawks

The Hawks hold one NBA Championship -won in 1958- and while we associate the Hawks with their current location in Atlanta, Georgia, their time as the crown jewel of professional basketball occurred in America's gateway to the west, St. Louis, Missouri. The Hawks' time in "The Lou" lasted from 1955 to 1968, and in that … Continue reading Flashback Friday: The St. Louis Hawks

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Black Lives Matter: The Importance of Black Activism and A Shoutout To Stephen Jackson

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, we've witnessed iconic images of the United States that will define this time in history. We've seen everything from the ugliness of police brutality, to images of citizens uniting across the country, expressing their first amendment rights. In a changing world, and amidst a potential return … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: The Importance of Black Activism and A Shoutout To Stephen Jackson

District of Buckets 2K20 Challenge: ’96 Bulls Vs. ’13 Heat (Games 1 & 2)

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In the 70 plus days since the NBA shut down operations, the same old conversations comparing basketball eras have been recycled incessantly. I decided I was tired of it and started lining up hypothetical matchups between NBA greats on NBA2K20. NBA 2k20 is a cool tool to visualize how in-game matchups might work. For all … Continue reading District of Buckets 2K20 Challenge: ’96 Bulls Vs. ’13 Heat (Games 1 & 2)

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Walking Buckets: 2020 NBA Draft Prospects

In the past week, we learned the NBA Draft process, like much of life, will face a few setbacks. The dates of the NBA Draft Combine, Lottery, and Draft are moving to a later undetermined date. Even though we don't know exactly where teams are picking, or the final opinions teams my have on prospects, … Continue reading Walking Buckets: 2020 NBA Draft Prospects

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Like Mike: Kobe Bryant

Episode 5 of "The Last Dance" gave us a look at the public image of Michael Jordan. The highlight of his marketability, in the public eye, was without a doubt his "Like Mike" Gatorade commercial. https://twitter.com/ErickFernandez/status/1257127613354688513?s=20 The importance of this ad is the way it lifts Jordan on the highest pedestal for athletes. Reaching this … Continue reading Like Mike: Kobe Bryant

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Walking Buckets: 2020 NBA Draft Prospects

Due to the postponement of major sports, and the release of "The Last Dance" Jordan documentary, basketball fans are stuck in the past. It can be great to reminisce about those who made us love the game, but now is the time to focus on players that can give fans the same feeling in the … Continue reading Walking Buckets: 2020 NBA Draft Prospects

How The NBA’s Interests In China Gave The League Foresight On The Impact of COVID-19

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COVID-19 is re-writing daily routines across the globe. The response to the pandemic differs across the world, but no group is handling the crisis with seamless flexibility like Adam Silver and the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver discussing the NBA suspension on ESPN The NBA's response is impressive due to how league prioritized instant isolation and … Continue reading How The NBA’s Interests In China Gave The League Foresight On The Impact of COVID-19

Pre-Weekend Posters

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We're nearing the end of the week, so here are some poster dunks to help get you through the day. Vinsanity on Alonzo Mourning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7EvwWBnBHM This Vince Carter dunk is forever in my top 5 of all time. This dunk easily checks all the boxes for a legendary poster. HangtimeContacton a 7-footerPower Just another example … Continue reading Pre-Weekend Posters

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Myles Powell, Walking Bucket

In March, the basketball world shines a spotlight on the NCAA Tournament, and basketball players across the country, especially those who play for smaller schools get their chance to erupt on the national scene. One player that caught my eye during the tournament was Seton Hall guard Myles Powell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q8tN8WtGg8 Powell is Bucket of the … Continue reading Myles Powell, Walking Bucket

Hiding Behind The Keyboard: NCAA Tournament Fans Take Frustrations Out On Social Media

The men's NCAA basketball tournament returned with a bang after a one-year hiatus, and emotion around the competition is high. On the court, most of the games display impassioned—albeit often sloppy—basketball that ended championship dreams for a few highly-ranked schools on the first weekend of play. Off the court, the excitement from fans matches the … Continue reading Hiding Behind The Keyboard: NCAA Tournament Fans Take Frustrations Out On Social Media