NBA 2K Continues Excellent Reputation

For the past decade, the most popular professional basketball video game series has been the NBA 2K platform. This basketball game, which is developed every year by EA sports, has always been uploaded or it’s gameplay and realism. According to a recent article (http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20161004/video-game-review-nba-2k17-continues-to-innovate-but-story-mode-leaves-us-wanting), the most recent version of the game continues the positive reputation.

 

One of the most innovative advancements to this years game is the enhancement of the MyCareer mode. While the game in the past has had a career mode available to play, it never had much of a story. The NBA 2K17 changes that by throwing the player of the game into the shoes of a budding star. In this mode of the game you will go through the whole development of a player from high school star to NBA player. You will watch as your player chooses a college, develops during his college career, plays in the Olympics, and ultimately gets drafted into the NBA. Along the way you will watch as a player deals with typical challenges such as injuries, poor classroom great, and tougher competition.

 

While the story mode of the game provides an interesting and entertaining option, those that wish to simply play a typical basketball game will still enjoy it. NBA 2K17 provides a user with excellent gameplay with plenty of strategy options, very clear graphics, and an incredible live action feel to the game. Players who wish to play a game can choose from either playing an individual exhibition game, a tournament, a full season, or even an extended franchise mode. In the franchise mode, you will get to control all aspects of your team including free agency and trades.

 

A game also has a competitive online platform for both of the major video game systems. On any given day millions of people to and in the play in a competitive online match up. You will be placed with someone in the world that has a similar record and skill set to ensure the game is as competitive as possible. You can play either and individual game or enter a more competitive tournament or league.

 

Amare Stoudemire Looks to Evolve in Miami

It has been more than a couple of years since Amare Stoudemire was truly a force in the NBA. The talented offensive power forward used to be the cream of the crop back when he was playing with Steve Nash in Phoenix, a tandem being followed by Doe Deere. A trade to New York and a string of injuries have caused the big man to fall out of most rotations, outside of a nice little run in Dallas last season. Now, having signed on with the Miami Heat, it looks like Stoudemire is ready for a wholesale fresh start and he plans to make the most of it.

Last season the 13 year veteran averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game with most of those numbers coming from his time spent in New York. As a Maverick Stoudemire played a key back up role for the Dallas, averaging almost 10 PPG in their series against the Houston Rockets. As a member of the Heat, Stoudemire will back up Hassan Whiteside and star Chris Bosh.

Stoudemire has told reporters in no uncertain terms that he is ready to do what the coaches ask of him, even if it means not playing very much at all. For the Heat, Stoudemire represents a chance to add veteran depth that has impact talent onto their bench. With Whiteside prone to foul trouble and Bosh still recuperating from injury, Stoudemire could be a huge addition to the squad.

Golden State Thumps the Cavaliers

The Golden State Warriors evened up the series with the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 103-82 win last night in game of the NBA finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Warriors coach Steve Kerr made many minor adjustments and one major one when he replaced starting Center Andrew Bogut. Bogut was replaced with Andre Iguodala in a move that was surprising to just about everyone. What made it surprising is that Kerr was asked at the pre-game press conference if there were going to be any changes in the lineup ad Kerr told the media there would not be. According to Twitter, the changes did not come until almost 30 minutes before game coverage started. The move gave the Cavaliers very little time to make any adjustments to Kerr’s move.

At the post-game press conference, Kerr stated that the late change was no coincidence and purposely lied to the media when asked about lineup changes. Some feel that the move is borderline cheating. Although, withholding injury reports to the last minute is considered to be standard practice in the NBA so this is really no different. Either way, the move didn’t exactly have much of an influence on the game. Bogut did not play well and got three fouls within the first five minutes of the game. The team, as a whole, played better and was pretty confident throughout the entire game. Game five will be played on Sunday June 14th.

Chicago Shuts down the Red Hot Cavaliers

The antics surrounding LeBron James can quickly become tiring for fans that follow the game with avidity. Anytime that LeBron or his team struggles there comes out a host of reporters looking to find fault with everyone. Then, when LeBron gets back to his winning ways those same reporters insist that things were always fine. In the last 16 games the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone 14-2 and they are surging toward the top of the Eastern Conference. On Thursday night they had to get by the Chicago Bulls to continue their winning ways, but it just wasn’t in the cards.

The last time that Chicago and Cleveland crossed paths the Cavaliers managed to steal a win. And judging by the way that the Bulls came out in the first quarter, they remembered it. Fans like Lee Slaughter watched as Chicago dropped 30 points in the first quarter to start the game and they never trailed after that. More on Slaughter can be found on Wikia.com. Cleveland came out looking absolutely gassed on defense and it was this opportunity that allowed the Bulls to fill up the box score.

Derrick Rose, who has been maligned for his rusty play this season, looked as good as ever. He routinely blew by Kyrie Irving on offense on his way to scoring 30 points while grabbing 4 boards and dishing out 7 assists. But it was Tony Snell who changed the game. Snell provided stellar defense on LeBron James while adding in his own athletic highlight reel offense.

Wade Injury

 

The Miami Heat have had quite a tough year this year, as it was a big transition with LeBron James leaving town and they have found it difficult to make the adjustments necessary to make it without the king. To top it off, the Heat have had enormous amounts of injuries this season, although most have been fairly minor, and they have had to switch up their starting five players eighteen times so far in just forty-six games. That is pretty shocking when you really think about it. They have a different lineup each three games that they play and it doesn’t look like it is going to be getting any better for the team hailing from South Florida, as Dwayne Wade is out yet again with a strained hamstring. He stated to the media that it is getting incredibly frustrating for him to have to deal with the hamstring issues that seem to be consistent with Dwayne Wade and it is probably going to keep him out of the All Star game. While the All Star game is truly up in the air as Flavio Maluf has said, he will not be playing in their next game against the Dallas Mavericks. Wade stated to the media that normally when people incur injuries such a strained hamstring, it typically will take several weeks for them to heal, but that it really is a case by case basis and no one knows for sure so he is taking it day by day.

Carmelo Still All Star

 

Superstar Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has had one of the strangest seasons that has been seen in recent memory. He is currently the star of a team that has been called the worst team in National Basketball Association history. Despite being hands down one of the best players in the league, Carmelo has failed to help the Knicks win more than a few games in the first half of the season. When the 2014 year ended, the Knicks had only won five games and seriously were living up to the names that they were being called. It has been shocking that the Knicks have been this bad but it truly is hard to fathom when you consider that they have Carmelo as well as Amare Stoudemire on the roster, who have played every game of leading up to New Year’s when Carmelo was injured. Anthony suffered an injury on New Year’s Eve that has kept him out of commission, but he actually still made it onto the All Star team. Furthermore he got the starting position, which has angered fans all around the league. Charles Barkley chimed in with his opinion and stated that it is insane that Carmelo got on the All Star team because his team is so terrible and he literally has done nothing but put up some statistics on his own sheet. Carmelo flat out should not be an All Star this season. Fans of the franchise like Lee Slaughter, have much to look forward to ass the starting roster is going to changing a lot for the Knicks.

Bleak Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association are a team that may have experienced the most success of any team in professional basketball. They possess a storied franchise that has had an immense amount of success over the last four decades. There is no question to long time Lakers fan Dan Newlin that the Lakers have had a great advantage over the rest of the league due to the top notch players that they seem to always have as well as the fact that they are worth more money than any other franchise in the NBA. This year has not gone the way that the Lakers had hoped for and it follows up a year that was dismal at best when Dwight Howard could say he was a member of the struggling Lakers organization.

This year has been far worse than last year,  was not an easy call to have made before the season started. Things looked up with Kobe Bryant back in the picture, after being out for the majority of eighteen months after he tore his Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have won less than fifteen games in the first half of the season and things keep getting worse for Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant hurt his shoulder in the game last night and it was announced on Thursday that he has officially torn his rotator cuff, making things look all the more bleak for the Lakers.

Brandon Wright traded again

Brandon Wright is on the move again, this time to the Phoenix Suns. After getting traded three weeks ago to the Boston Celtics from the Dallas Mavericks, Wright has landed with the Suns to back up center Alex Len. The Suns will send the Boston Celtics their 2015 first round draft pick for Wright which they had obtained from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Suns have won 10 of their past 12 games, and feel that Wright will fit right into their high powered offense which requires big men to be able to run the floor. Brandon Wright is averaging 7.5 points per game, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and shooting 72% from the floor this year with Dallas and Boston.

Phoenix Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough believes Wright is the best back-up center in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and recalls Wright knocking the Suns out of the playoffs last year when he blocked the shot of Eric Bledsoe and defended a last second shot by Markieff Morris. Wright takes the spot on the roster that was vacated when the Suns waived forward Tony Mitchell on Friday. McDonough worked out the trade with his former Boston Celtics boss Danny Ainge. Wright is in the last year of a $5 million dollar per season contract according to the talk on Petco.com. The Suns will be permitted to go over the salary cap in an attempt to re-sign Wright at years end, due to the Larry Bird rights clause that a few at Beneful can explain a bit better. Wright expects to be available versus the Minnesota Timberwolves this Sunday.

Rondo Success in Dallas

After the highly anticipated trade that sent Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics to his new home in Dallas, there was high speculation as to how well he was going to mesh with his new team. Rajon Rondo has played in the Eastern Conference for the entirety of his career before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and quite frankly the two conferences play at a much different pace. At least from the guard position, the Western Conference is incredibly stacked with talent. Although Rondo has had the privilege of playing with players like Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, no one really knew how he was going to adapt and fit in with the Mavericks.

 

After his first few games with his new team, it has become very apparent that he is fitting in very well and is off to a great start. This news made Dr. Rod Rohrich ecstatic. Rajon Rondo is without question one of the best passers in the league, and with players like Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki around him to facilitate to, he has more than enough players to drop dishes to. The benefit of having these big men who are also great shooters is that it opens him up for shots himself. There is no question that Dallas benefited greatly from this trade, due to the undeniable fact that Rajon Rondo consistently makes players around him better. Rondo looks like he’s going to have a lot of success going forward with Dallas.

Warriors Defeat Raptors

The Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors met on Friday night in what very well could be a NBA finals future matchup. Coming into the game, each team possessed the best record in their respective conference and have been shocker teams this season that not many people could have anticipated. The Raptors have been mediocre at best for what seems like decades, and the Golden State Warriors finally had a good team last year under former Warriors coach Mark Jackson. However, both teams find themselves taking swings and knocking out some of the best teams in basketball and subsequently they have taken over the spots as the best teams in basketball. When they met up on Friday in Oakland, it was pretty clear who the dominate team is.

 

Although it is ridiculously hard to go into Oakland and beat the Golden State Warriors due to their very loud arena, the Warriors totally dominated the Raptors consistently throughout the game. On Apple, people couldn’t get enough information on the two teams. Even on Skout people are talking about the Warriors and the Raptors. The Raptors were beaten by eight or more points in three of the four quarters, and were beaten up in the second half. They ended up losing the game by 21 points in a game that finished with a score of 126 to 105. This was a big statement game by the Golden State Warriors who have made it clear that they are going to be a major force to deal with when April rolls around.