We are back everyone! As everyone knows, the basketball world lost a legend yesterday in Kobe Bryant. Kobe’s daughter Gianna was on board the helicopter as well. The horrible crash took the lives of nine innocent people yesterday. Everyone around the NBA did everything they could to play despite the incredible amount of grief that hovered over every single player and coach. Each team started the game with either an eight-second backcourt violation or a 24-second shot clock violation. I usually do a Fave Five, but tonight, in honor of the legend Kobe, I’m doing eight plays. Let’s dive into them!
Breaking News for you on this fine Monday Morning- Michigan Basketball head coach John Beilein has agreed to a five-year deal to become the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. To Michigan fans, this is an utter shock, and has people up north thinking, “Can I just hit the reset button on today?”
However, to the Cavs, the reaction is mixed. Allow me, a Michigan Fan, to break this down for you.
With NBA All-Star Weekend looming to start the week, NBA was cut short this week with the weeks’ action ending on Thursday night. This week we’ll be checking in on Cleveland’s “young bull” Collin Sexton. Next, we’ll be checking in on Trae Young and his career night against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. After that, we will head to the desert for DeAndre Ayton‘s 20-point performance against the Los Angeles Clippers.
After a couple months of incessant trade rumors surrounding Cleveland Cavaliers role players such as George Hill, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver, they have finally made their first move, sending Korver to the Utah Jazz for what will be his second stint with the franchise. In return, Cleveland will reportedly be receiving eighth-year wing Alec Burks and a pair of second-round draft picks.
LeBron James will make his return to Cleveland tonight. This will be his first visit to Quicken Loans Arena since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this past summer. LeBron was booed mercilessly in his first return game against the Cleveland Cavaliers as a member of the Miami Heat in 2010. His return this time is sure to be different for one big reason, LeBron kept his promise.