Here’s my report on Lonzo Ball after seeing him get a triple-double in person in a 94-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. His shot is really bad and they are going to have to reconstruct it to make him a shooter in the league. But he’s a really smart player. He get’s it done on offense and defense, and in all statistical categories. He’s a team player, and the comparisons to Jason Kidd are spot on. He’s going to be the next Jason Kidd and a good one. As long as he’s more of a distributor than a shooter. Even Jason Kidd made himself into a decent shooter and Ball is ahead of Kidd there, in my opinion.
Also, in the Mavericks–Kings game before, Dennis Smith Jr. had a missed dunk that would have brought the house down, and still basically did. Should be a stud for the Mavericks in his rookie year.
Brian Laesch is an “independent” Chicago Bulls beat writer waiting out the rebuilding process.
You’re not supposed to be here, but you are. This new Nike Basketball commercial featuring Lebron to kick off the 2016-2017 NBA season is really well done. Dare I say, it even left me sentimental, and almost with a tear in my eye, as I reminisced over my own high school basketball career (career is a loose term) and a time I came out of nowhere to block a shot, pinning it against the glass in a summer league game. The stakes weren’t quite as high, but this took me back there. Great commercial.
Make the most of every day. Life is a gift. Be in the moment. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Keep working. Believe.
Sometimes in life, you’ll be in a situation with your team, company, support system, friends, whatever the group, and you’ll just have this overwhelming sense of self belief, in knowing that you can accomplish what may not be believed, or thought to be the best approach, by anyone but yourself. I always remember a time in elementary school when I raised my hand to answer a teacher’s true or false question, and I was the only one in the class who raised my hand, and I was right. I also always remember this scene from Hoosiers (my favorite movie of all time), which is even more fresh in my memory after watching it on a recent flight back to Phoenix from Detroit. Sometimes you just have to say it. “I’ll make it.”
Batavia, Illinois product and TNT NBA broadcaster Craig Sager delivered an inspirational speech at the 2016 Espy Awards. The fight against Cancer continues, and it continues to be a theme at the Espy Awards. The funding of Cancer research and treatment needs to be a consistent focus in the U.S. society and worldwide, as it has impacted so many of us humans, directly and indirectly. Cheers to Craig Sager for his message of positivity, faith, love and fight in both pre-Espy’s and Espy speeches.