10 04, 2018

Harden heading for MVP award LeBron deserves

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While James Harden appears to be heading towards his first NBA MVP award, the Houston Rockets man might not actually be the player who deserves it. LeBron James might be playing in his 15th season in the NBA and 33 years of age but it’s hard to argue against those who claim the four-time regular season MVP is in the best form of his life. Unlike Harden, who leads the league’s scoring charts, James has been playing in a team that has had a lot thrown at them this season. The Rockets, who are the runaway Western Conference leaders, might currently be the best team in the NBA, but the Cavs still have the best player in the NBA.

Following the loss of Kyrie Irving last summer, the Cavs have had to deal with a number of crucial injuries during a tough campaign that sees them fourth in the Eastern Conference. Despite everything, though, their leader has stepped up to produce one of the best seasons of his career; averaging 27.4 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds, not to mention appearing in all of the Cavs’ 74 games this season. The number of times James has single-handily led his side to victory from the jaws of defeat is well in the double figures, and even Harden couldn’t argue that King James wouldn’t be a definite MVP winner in almost any other season.

LeBron James
“LeBron James” (CC BY 2.0) by EDrost88

Behind Harden and James has been a group of players that have all put in seasons that certainly deserve to be in the MVP conversation. Russell Westbrook is edging towards another season-long triple-double, and the likes of Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo have all produced incredible campaigns. But ahead of all of them is Harden. For those looking to take advantage of the numerous free bets available at Oddschecker, the Houston Rockets are looking an increasingly attractive bet to win their third NBA championship – and Harden has been an integral part of their success.

LeBron James and James Harden
“LeBron James and James Harden” (CC BY 2.0) by EDrost88

Harden is on course to not only beat James to the MVP award but also become the second man in history behind Michael Jordan to finish the regular season with 30 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals. The 28-year-old has already broken Jordan’s record of most consecutive double-digit scoring games. So, while he might be in the league’s best team, with a player the calibre of Chris Paul alongside him, but Harden’s stats this season have been remarkable. But despite the fact Harden has done everything, and more, that you need to be the league’s MVP, LeBron is still the NBA’s real MVP.


27 03, 2018

The Incredible Comeback of the San Antonio Spurs

By | March 27th, 2018|Categories: N.B.A.|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

San Antonio Spurs

The Incredible Comeback of the San Antonio Spurs

It is no secret that the San Antonio Spurs have had a rough season this year. They had to endure an incredibly hard combination of injuries, low morale and plain bad luck, despite Popovich’s best efforts. But could their latest winning streak signal the return of the legendary Texas team?

Are Spurs About to Pull the Big Rebound?

For a while there, it seemed that the Spurs would miss the playoffs for the first time in two
decades, since the awful season of 1996-1997 – when it was Popovich’s second season as
head coach. Both he and the team have come a long way since then and, if fans and foes alike
have learned one thing, it is to never write off the Spurs – they might just pull the most
incredible comeback at the last minute. Just looking back at their unparalleled streak of 18
back to back 50-win seasons, or the way they rebounded from five underwhelming seasons to
almost win two consecutive titles back in 2013 and in 2014, is evidence enough that there is
always something more in the works for the Spurs.

This season has been especially rocky for the Spurs and particularly because they had to
make do without their big star, Kawhi Leonard. The 26-year- old, who was selected two times
as an NBA All-Star in 2015 and 2016 and led his team to the NBA Championship title in
2014 against Miami Heat – the year in which he was also named NBA Finals MVP – has had
one of his worst years ever. Due to an unpredictable injury in his right quadriceps, Leonard
was only able to appear on court on December 12, sitting out the first 27 games. His
performance when he is back is incredible and, on January 2, he scored a season record of 25
points against the Knicks. Yet he has only played in 9 games in total and hasn’t touched a
ball since January. It doesn’t help that Leonard has chosen to consult his own medical team –
and there are rumours of a strained relationship with the franchise, although Leonard himself
has denied that.

New Approach by Spurs Might Make Them Shine

The Spurs are still obviously dealing with the absence of Tim Duncan, who retired in 2016
after 19 years with the Texas team. Without their natural leader in their roster any more, the
Spurs naturally turned to Leonard, who seemed more than ready to rise up to the challenge.
But then injuries came, and not only for Leonard: LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, who
have largely carried the team so far, are also battling injuries – although not quite as seriously
or obscure as Leonard’s – and PG Tony Parker also sat out for the start of this season, while
Rudy Gay and Kyle Anderson have also missed games. And the list goes on.

Yet, recently, it seems that the Spurs have tapped into something even they did not know they
had in them. They won three games in a row and then tackled reigning champions Golden
State Warriors – who currently stand at -111.11 to win the title again, according to Betfair –
and won. Despite their upheavals, the Spurs currently stand fifth to win the Western
Conference seed, priced at +2500 by Ladbrokes. Since they might still have more aces up
their sleeves, we might see these odds rise. However, if you are feeling like betting on it, you
might want to consider taking advantage of Champion Bets free bets. How are the Spurs
pulling it off? Teamwork seems to be the key: the Texas team have seen 15 individual players
lead the team in scoring, which is an NBA high – and means that everyone is giving all that
they can.

The Spurs seem to have finally tapped into the energy that comes with a morale boost from
within. And it seems that, if they keep up like that, they might make this one of their most
memorable seasons yet – by pulling off an amazing comeback.

17 03, 2018

Coach Eric Musselman and the Nevada Wolfpack

By | March 17th, 2018|Categories: Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

University of Nevada Wolpack finish off strong today in the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament

Coach Eric Musselman sure can Coach. March Madness is upon us and the games continue to excite as always. I only caught the tail end of this game today between the University of Nevada Wolfpack and the University of Texas Longhorns, at a game played in Nashville, Tennessee. I also watched the Overtime portion and was thoroughly impressed with how Nevada finished the game.

The University of Nevada hit some Big 3’s when needed, 2 in a row by Caleb (maybe Cody??) Martin, and the place went nuts. After U of Texas player 6’11” Mohamed Bamba fouled out of the game earlier it gave Nevada the chance they needed to creep back in it and eventually win the game.

The Wolfpack website is here http://nevadawolfpack.com/index.aspx?path=mbball. It is a very good site with lots of photos and videos and stories about the team and their journey to the NCAA tournament.

I’m not writing today to give a full recap of the game but rather to share an interview I did 9 years ago with Coach Musselman for the now defunct “How to Play Pro Basketball” website that I started with a friend, Trajko Dangov, who was from Macedonia.


You can listen to the Coach Eric Musselman interview here:

Now if you are a serious Basketball Coach you definitely need to be organized. Organization is one of the most important attributes in life period, and especially as a Basketball Coach. You can bet Coach Eric Musselman is organized. I would recommend 2 great Coaching tools to help you with Organization.

The first one is called The XPS Network from Sideline Sports. It is excellent. I won’t go into all the details here but you can check out their website or check them out on my website Here. SideLine Sports


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21 01, 2017

NBA Stars With The Best Fundamentals

By | January 21st, 2017|Categories: Fundamentals, N.B.A., Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Words By: Kevin Ramsey

Ever since it was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 and later adopted by the NBA in 1946, much of basketball’s primary fundamentals have largely remained the same. Disregarding many rules changes over the years, like the addition of the three-point line in 1977, getting good at a basketball still requires a sound understanding of the same principles that were practiced years ago.

One excellent method to improve your game is by copying some of the practices and traits that elite players with solid fundamentals have developed. This article will take a look at some of the most successful NBA stars who display a solid understanding of important fundamentals and what practices others can learn from them.


1. Dennis Rodman

Best known for his wild attire and the championships he earned with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, Dennis Rodman entered the league being drafted by the “Bad Boy” Pistons in 1986. One of the most aggressive teams in basketball history, the Pistons employed a significant amount of physical play during their tenure at the top of the league in the late 1980’s. This type of physical play was very evident in Rodman’s primary ability; getting rebounds.

Getting a rebound, or as it is typically referred to as a getting a board, is when a player gets the ball in their possession after either a missed field goal or free throw. Getting as many rebounds as possible is very useful for teams as controlling the boards leads to more possessions which naturally leads to more points. Despite measuring at 6’7” in a time where most rebounders were where around 7 feet tall, Dennis Rodman used his physical strength and positional instincts to make up for his height advantage. Rodman was one of the key pieces that made the Chicago Bulls one of the best teams in NBA history.

By knowing how to be in the right place at the right time and anticipate where the ball will land after a missed shot attempt, Rodman recorded some of the best rebounding figures during his time in the NBA. Rodman’s achievements like leading the league in rebounding for half a decade demonstrates that a solid understanding of the fundamentals of rebounding can help any player regardless of their size excel in their game.

2. Chris Paul

Knowing when to pass and when not to pass in basketball is more important than it may seem. While a good pass can generate an assist or a player getting free throws, erroneous passes often lead to turnovers which are equivalent to giving opponents free points. Mastering this skill of making good passes is difficult. However, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has done an excellent job at making the right passes throughout his career. By posting the highest assist-to-turnover by any point guard or player in history, Paul has shown time and time again that he knows the difference between a good pass and a bad pass. Overall, knowing how to make a good pass is a critical skill to master in basketball, and Chris Paul has done an excellent job of demonstrating its importance in his career.

3. Tim Duncan

Nicknamed “The Big Fundamental.” it is not difficult to understand the reason behind Tim Duncan’s immense success in the league. At 6’11” tall, much of Duncan’s play revolved around his perfection of post moves. During his first championship run in 1999, Duncan showed his talent early by easily posting up players and effortlessly turning around to score time and time again. Duncan’s five championships and MVP title is a testament to his commitment to working on his post moves and his fundamentals. When looking at Duncan’s career, kids interested in improving their game can learn that mastering fundamental or simple things like post moves is critical to enhancing their performance on the court.

16 01, 2017

Jump Higher Instantly!

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Players and Coaches, Vertical Jump|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The following article has been written exclusively for http://www.hoop-hype.net/blog/ by A.J Kenrick from VerticalJumpWorld.com

3 Simple Exercises That Can Help Baller’s Jump Higher (INSTANTLY!)

Most basketball players have dreamt of the day they would dominate the game with their impressive jumping ability.

Let’s be honest, nothing excites a crowd more than a player who rises up to throw down a massive dunk or to pull down a huge offensive rebound.

Unfortunately most athletes think that an impressive vertical jump is only reserved for the “genetic freaks” and therefore don’t continue pursue their dream of achieving their first dunk.

Others may decide to take delve into learning about the principles of vertical jump training. However, due to the sheer amount of content online these athletes may quickly become overwhelmed by complex scientific training principles and fancy plyometric exercises.

Yes, there are “done for you” programs on the market such as the all-time best selling jump program The Jump Manual which makes the process of jumping higher quite simple.

In fact, The best jump programs on the market do a fantastic job of incorporating simple and effective science based techniques that are designed to get jump improvements in the range of 6-12 inches over just a few months.

However not everyone has the 50 odd dollars it costs to invest in a proven jump program like super popular Jump Manual .

If you are one of these people you are in luck because today I am going to share with you 3 simple exercises that can make you a more explosive athlete.

In fact the following techniques can add inches to your jump almost instantly!

I know you might be extremely sceptical about this claim but these simple pro hacks really work.

In fact they are used by many top athletes, and are often used in pre-draft combines for NBA and NFL athletes.

PRO TIP! There are many other factors that must be accounted for when trying to improve your vertical jump such as body composition, strength and power potentiation. If you are interested in learning more we suggest you check out VerticalJumpWorld.com’s epic Ultimate Guide to Jumping Higher post.

However, the following 3 exercises will be enough to get you started on your journey and hopefully add a few inches to your jump over the next couple of weeks.

Exercise #1: The Hip Flexor Stretch

The Hip Flexor stretch simply gives your hips the opportunity to fully extend. By reducing the tension in the hip flexors you will have greater range of motion and the ability to generate more power.

Interestingly, studies have suggested that an athlete shouldn’t perform static stretching before exercise.

The hip flexor stretch is a valid exception to this rule.

When performing the stretch be sure to hold each side for a minimum of 30 seconds and repeat each side 3x.

Here is a helpful video that outlines the process.

Exercise #2: Technical Neuro-Correction Exercises

To get better at jumping you must jump more often. If you are going to jump more often it is vital that you jump with correct technique in order to maximize effectiveness and minimize injury risk.

By repeatedly jumping your muscular-nervous system will adapt in a manner that makes your muscles work together synergistically. This synergy between agonist and antagonistic muscles improves the body’s power producing potential. In fact after just one hour of jump technique training beginner athletes can significantly improve their vertical jump.

Here is an insightful video that highlights optimal 2 foot jump technique.

Exercise #3: Post Activation Potentiation Exercises

Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Have no fear, the concept is actually very simple.

Post activation Potentiation (PAP) is simply the process of lifting a near maximal load just prior jumping. The movement of choice for vertical jump gains is a loaded squat as seen in the video below.

A study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research revealed that a single back squat before jump attempts can significantly improve vertical jump performance.

Basically they found that the heavier the squat, the greater the improvement. Of course injury is a concern for novice athletes so start light (60% of 1 rep max).

Advanced athletes may want to push this up to around 80% 1RM, which in the aforementioned study yielded a 1.5 inch improvement in jump height.

With A Consistent Effort And The Correct Plan You Will Jump Higher

Hopefully these 3 exercise will help you add a few inches to your vertical jump height in a relatively short period of time.

Well done!

You are on your way to throwing down your first dunk.

If you want more significant jump gains (10+ inches) then following an effective and proven jump program like this one can be the fastest way to an impressive vert.

Alternatively you can check out some more great free information on how to jump higher at VerticalJumpWorld.com.

By A.J Kenrick (VerticalJumpWorld.com)

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