NBA teams and more!

Being 8 weeks into the NBA season, the new and improved “super teams” have shown who will succeed in this year’s games and who will lose. This year, many teams have shown that they have what it takes to go all the way to the playoffs, and maybe even win a championship. Some of the better teams in the NBA have been known to not do so well, but because of a few new additions to the team, they have been doing quite well.

The first team that is becoming a surprise is the Minnesota Timberwolves, led by the three-year veteran Karl Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves have started to become a force to be reckoned with and are on a roll to a playoff appearance. The Timberwolves record is currently 14-10 and they are 5th in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves sort of have a “big three” which includes: center Karl Anthony Towns, guard Jimmy Butler, and forward Andrew Wiggins. A few other key players that contribute to the team’s wins are forward Taj Gibson, guard Jeff Teague, guard Jamal Crawford, forward Shabazz Muhammad, and center Gorgui Dieng. The team is still struggling to beat some of the better teams in the West though.

The second team we will be talking about is the Boston Celtics. With the acquisition of guard Kyrie Irving, from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics have the best record in the NBA with a whopping 20-4 record. The Celtics lineup contains guard Kyrie Irving, guard Marcus Smart, rookie forward Jayson Tatum, forward Marcus Morris and center Al Horford. The Celtics lost their star forward Gordon Hayward to a terrible ankle injury that has put him out for the rest of season. Hayward suffered the injury only five minutes into his debut with his new team, and has said to be very happy to be back, and to be able to start recovery for next year’s season. The Celtics have done very well, even with the loss of their hometown hero Isaiah Thomas, and are said to play just as well going into the rest of the season.

The last team that is coming up in the ranks of the NBA and its best teams is the Toronto Raptors. The raptors have a decent record at 14-7. The Raptors are 3rd in the Eastern Conference and have been playing pretty decent as of lately. The Raptors are struggling to try and find a constant starting lineup because of injuries, and just finding the players that fit there offense and defense the best. Right now, the line-up is guard Kyle Lowry, guard Demar Derozan, forward Norman Powell, forward Serge Ibaka, and center Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors have started to become a threat in the East but will have to be able to confirm a starting line-up to be able to beat the Celtics in a future playoff matchup.

 

 

2017 rappers

This year there has been an uprising of rappers and different styles of rapping that some of us have come to love and listen to on a daily basis. Most rappers go by certain names that make up their rapper persona and these are the names we know them best by. But what most people don’t know is that these rappers have real names that they grew up using and where the rappers grew up and their families and their life outside the rap game.

The first rapper we are going to be looking at is the newest rapper to the rap game, 17 year old rapper “Lil pump”. “Lil Pump” or Gazzy Garcia was born on August 17, 2000 in Miami, Florida. Garcia was kicked out of 9th grade for fighting. Garcia claimed he was accepted into Harvard University, but dropped out to “save the rap game”. Garcia first blew up in 2016 on the music app SoundCloud and he dropped hit song “Lil Pump”. He has gone on to drop hits like “Flexx Like Ouu”, “Elementary”, “Boss” and “D Rose”. He has been known to do extreme things when it comes to “having fun” and he has his own famous catchphrase “essskettitt”

The next rapper will be talking about is a very famous rapper from the trap music genre by the name of Famous Dex. Famous Dex was born in Chicago and it’s become very popular in the last four or five years with hit songs like “I get the drip from my walk” “Ok, Dexter” “Took Time‍” “Hit ‘em Wit it”and many more. Famous Dex or Dexter Gore was born on September 6, 1993 in New York City. He has become one of the most successful rappers in the recent years and is hopeful to still be as successful in the future. Dex also has a famous catchphrase, which he begins most of his songs with “Uh, Dexter, YUH!”

Now moving on to the third rapper on today’s list, Philadelphia born Symere Woods or better known as Lil Uzi Vert. Lil Uzi Vert is a rapper who has been known for his odd sense of comedy, music and sense of style. Born on July 31,1994 (23) in Philadelphia, PA. Woods gained popularity from his songs “Money Longer” , and his albums “Luv Is Rage” , “Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World” and “The Perfect Luv Tape”. Woods has toured all around the globe and is seen to be one of the biggest rappers of 2016-2017 and is supposed to come to Maplewood, MN on December 9th.

In the past week young rapper lil peep has died of an overdose on the pill Xanax. Lil peep was 21 years of age and was very new to their hip-hop scene and was known for his more emo like rap songs. Lil peep or Gustav Åhr was from Long Island, NY and became famous off the app Soundcloud just like many rappers in today’s age. Peep had gained a lot of popularity after his death and many people on instagram, Snapchat and other social medias went to say things like #RIPLILPEEP, #LIL PEEP and #SLEEPTIGHT PEEP. We wish all of Gutavs family good luck and to be able to cope and move on from his quick and sudden tragic death.

MLB World Series 2017

Unlike last year’s World Series, the 2017 World Series isn’t such a heartbreaker, once in a lifetime event, with a team who hasn’t made a World Series in 100+ years. This year’s World Series includes the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The Dodgers finished with a regular season record of 104 wins and 58 loses and a .642 winning percentage. The Astros finished with a regular season record of 101 wins and 61 loses and a .623 winning percentage.

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At the end of the regular season, and going into the playoffs, the Dodgers and the Astros both were being looked at as teams that could go to the World Series. The Dodgers having the best record in the MLB, and the Astros having the third behind the Cleveland Indians; they both were contenders for the final game.

The Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks, and won their series in three games 3-0. Then they matched up against the Chicago Cubs for five games, and won the series 4-1.

The Astros played the Boston Red Sox for four games, and won the series 3-1. They next played the New York Yankees for seven nail biting games, but came out with the series victory to play the Dodgers in the World Series.

In the first game of the World Series, the Dodgers took a 3-1 win riding behind pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a total of seven innings, had 11 strikeouts, three hits allowed, and only a single run allowed.

In game 2, the Astros came out with a 7-6 win and were able to hold on through the 11th inning, and set a record for most home runs hit in a World Series game (which was seven, but after game two it became eight).

Game 3 was a less dramatic game, with the Astros winning a crowd loving game, 5-3 over the Dodgers.

Game 4 was a better game for the Dodgers, with a 6-1 lead in the ninth inning that lead to a 6-2 win over the Astros.

Game 5 of the series was a hard battle for both teams. The game lasted almost 6 hours, and was the most watched telecast since Super Bowl LI in February. It went back and forth with the game tied in the 7th, to the Astros up in the 9th 9-12, to a tie game in the 9th at 12-12. But at last, the Astros came around to win with a final score of 13-12.

Game 6 had the Astros up 3-2 in the series and the Dodgers needed to win to force a game 7. The Dodgers were ready to bring everything they had to bring one last game home, and bring a World Series home to Los Angeles. Game 6 was a pitchers battle, and it all came down to the pitchers being able to throw strikes and make plays. In the 7th inning, the score was 3-1, and the Dodgers were looking clear for the win if they can hold on. The Dodgers ended up holding on and forcing a game 7 to decide it all.

In game 7, the Astros won the final game in an easy 6-1 win. The Astros are now your 2017 World Series champs, and all us MLB fans are looking forward to next year’s season.

NBA athletes and their pay

According to businessinsider.com, NBA players are the highest paid players in the world, (right behind the NBA are cricket players in India), with an average player making $6.4 million a year. The NBA has had many players that have been paid millions of dollars to shoot and dribble a basketball. Some of the NBA’s best players are being paid anywhere from 20-30 million dollars.

This year NBA players have been getting paid higher than ever. Stephen Curry, the point guard from the Golden State Warriors, got paid a 5-year, 201 million dollar contract to play with the Warriors. This would make his annual salary just about 34 million dollars. Behind him is Lebron James, the small forward from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron James has a current annual salary of about 30.3 million dollars. The third current highest paid NBA player is Paul Millsap, the power forward from the Denver Nuggets. His annual salary is about 31 million dollars. Some of the highest paid players in the NBA are paid so much just to stay with their current team and not leave to play somewhere else.

One of the most recent pay boosts is Andrew Wiggins from our local team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. He recently signed a 5 year, 150 million dollar deal. The contract had been available to him for some time now, but he didn’t take it because he wanted to let all his fans and teammates know that he wanted to stay in Minnesota no matter what and that pay wasn’t something that was a deciding factor. Wiggins, like most players, want to be seen to be players that don’t care about pay and love playing the game itself. The NBA likes to advertise their players as people who care and love where they play.

Many people believe that all the money NBA players make is from their play on the court, but a lot of their money and earnings come from off-court things. This can, and does include: advertisements, sponsors, charity, appearances on TV, and the internet. As the years pass, more and more player in the NBA tend to get paid more and more on and off the court.

2017 NBA rookies and offseason trades

With the upcoming NBA season coming up, teams are scrambling to get the best players to make their way to the playoffs. With rookies being signed and trades that are reshaping teams going down, the offseason has been a crazy few months for the NBA in all. First off, the NBA had a huge wave of top tier rookies coming to the league including: the infamous Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, and many more.

Some of the league’s best players could be, and were, traded away this season. One of the most known trades recently was Kyrie Irving being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Kyrie has stated that he had requested for a trade not because he wanted to leave Cleveland, but that he wanted to continue his “Journey” as a man and in basketball. Thomas, who has played for 4 different teams, including the Celtics, which has been his home since 2015. Thomas has undergone some of the most tragic moments in his life in Boston; including the death of his sister. He went on and played the day after she died, and scored 33 points. Irving has played in Cleveland all his life and was said to be one of the main reasons Lebron James came back to play in Cleveland.

Another big trade during this offseason was Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn. This trade raised headlines for the Wolves after losing one of their best offensive players, Zach LaVine, to an injury. They needed a guard to replace LaVine and build up their team to playoff material.

One of the larger trades of the season was one which included eight players. Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers was traded to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Lou Williams, and Kyle Wiltjer. Chris Paul will be joining James Harden, who is a three time all-star, and MVP, in 2015 as reported on ESPN.com.

Some other trades and moves that were made included: Paul George of the Indiana Pacers being traded to the Oklahoma Thunder for Victor Oladipo (George will be joining Russell Westbrook), Derrick Rose signing a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and D’Angelo Russell, of the Los Angeles Lakers, was signed to the Brooklyn Nets along with Timofey Mozgov. Also, Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz was traded to the Boston Celtics.

Many other trades were made during this offseason and maybe more will occur. We just know that many teams will have a bigger shot at making the playoffs this year and many NBA fans will be there to watch.