Author Archives: Josh Elias

The Lone Raptor

Josh Elias | June 9th, 2019

The Toronto Raptors are just one game away from potentially being NBA Champions, and that’s great news for basketball. Whenever a new team takes over the reins of the league (which, don’t get me wrong, is still far from a guarantee still), it is, but now it’s a whole new country. Continue reading

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Memphis Fails to Attract Šaras

Josh Elias | June 4th, 2019

Despite their head coaching job opening up on the last day of the season when the Memphis Grizzlies’ front office decided it was time to part ways with J.B. Bickerstaff, Memphis finds themselves as the only team yet to make a hiring decision. It’s now been a full three weeks since the hirings of John Beilein and Frank Vogel, by Cleveland and Los Angeles respectively, and the Grizzlies still haven’t made any clear decisions on the direction they want to go, but one potential option seems to have disappeared for them, and it’s not necessarily of their own volition. Continue reading

The Don Draper of the NBA: Does Ersan İlyasova Really Exist?

Josh Elias | May 31st, 2019

 

Ersan İlyasova is supposed to be a Turkish power forward drafted in the second round who carved out a solid enough career for himself that he’s still a decent NBA player well over a decade after being drafted. He’s known for being a good floor spacer at 6’10” while shooting 37% from behind the arc for his career and has fit in really well with Milwaukee’s system for quite a few years. This year, he averaged a sliver over 18 minutes per game in Milwaukee’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals – the furthest run he’s been a part of in his career.

And most of that’s true.

But there’s just one problem with that description of Ersan İlyasova. There is no Ersan İlyasova. Continue reading

Alfonzo McKinnie’s Winding Path to the NBA Finals

Josh Elias | May 23rd, 2019

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Surprise, surprise. The Golden State Warriors are in the Finals again. I’m not sure there’s a person on the planet that could have credibly predicted anything else, and that can’t be said about any other team in history aside from the 1960s Boston Celtics. Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely a legendary feat to make the NBA Finals five consecutive times and it deserves plenty of recognition, but it isn’t exactly surprising, is it? Everyone likes an underdog story, and while this Warriors dynasty started out as one, it’s been a long time since that’s the case. So instead, I’ll focus on one specific player that I personally believe is possibly the biggest underdog story in the league – Alfonzo McKinnie.

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MLS Week 12 Must-Watch Games

Josh Elias | May 18th, 2019

The season is Los Angeles FC’s to lose at this point, with the other top teams consistently dropping points as soon as they gain any serious momentum. FC Cincinnati finally won a game after going without a goal for five games. Philadelphia and D.C. United are battling for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and the league as a whole is seeing lots of excitement this year. What’s coming up next?
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The Unlikeliest of X-Factors

Josh Elias | May 14th, 2019

The series between Portland and Denver that just wrapped up should easily be remembered as one of the closest, most well-fought series in recent memory. Two moments seem very likely to really stand the test of time and be pointed to as defining stages of the battle between the two Northwest Division pseudo-rivals. Continue reading