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Dwight Howard traded to the Los Angeles Lakers

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

You read it people, Dwight Howard got what he wanted.

For those people already billing the Miami Heat to re-peat in the 2012-13 NBA basketball season, you better think again because after Dwight Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, all of a sudden, the Heat’s trio don’t mean squat anymore.

It took four teams, 11 other players, five draft picks and countless rounds of talks over many months, but finally, the Magic decided the time was right to start over without Dwight Howard, the NBA’s best center and end a saga that has dogged the franchise for what seems like an eternity.

Howard is off to play alongside Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, after a megadeal was worked out Thursday and completed Friday after the NBA reviewed and approved the particulars. As far as the other headliners involved, Andrew Bynum leaves the Lakers for Philadelphia and Andre Iguodala is heading to Denver. ”Are we taking a step back? Absolutely, we are,” Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. ”But we’re taking a step back with a vision.”

The Los Angeles Lakers were set to introduce Howard later Friday…

Mark Webber determined to break F1 records

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Yeah, before he hangs up his racing gloves for good that is.

Mark Webber is determined to improve his statistics before he retires in order to cement his Formula One legacy.

The Australian has already won twice this 2012 F1 season to take his total wins tally to nine, which puts him 33rd on the list of all-time grand prix winners and ahead of former World Champions like John Surtees and Keke Rosberg.

Although the major thing missing from CV remains a World Title, the 35-year-old is eager to chip away at the records before he hangs up his F1 gloves. When asked by Autosport if he felt a compulsion to win more before retiring, Mark Webber replied: “It’s human nature to always want more.”

“You never think you have more wins than some World Champions, but that’s the way it is.”

”Would you have one win and one World TItle? Well, probably yes, but I have nine wins and of course I want to get more wins, and let’s see what happens with the big stuff later on.”

“Ultimately, I’ve been very proud of what I’ve achieved – you always want more, that’s normal. When I left Australia to have what I would call a reasonable career in Formula One, that was something which wasn’t a guarantee when I left, so I think I’ve got what I deserved.”

“I’ve chipped away and boxed at it, we’ve had some…”

Sebastian Vettel moving to Ferrari is a bad idea

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Well, as long as Fernando Alonso is there anyway.

Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Sebastian Vettel not to trade Red Bull for Ferrari unless there is a major shift in power among the teams this 2012 F1 season or after.

In case you didn’t know, Sebastian Vettel has been linked with a move to Ferrari for the 2014 season where he will link up with former World Champion Fernando Alonso. Since joining Red Bull in 2009, Vettel finished runner-up to Jenson Button in his first season with the team and then went on to win back to back titles.

With this in mind, Stewart does not believe that the German should leave the Milton Keynes squad to go head to head with Fernando Alonso. “No I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t do that at this time. I think Alonso’s far too strong for that. I think Alonso is so mature that he would see anybody off because of the relationship he has already built within Ferrari,” Stewart told James Allen on F1.

“I think it’s much better to let that pass for the moment and stay with Red Bull because he’s got a team of people that he knows intimately now who are really imperative for him to have and they feel that it’s imperative for them to have him. I wouldn’t break that mold at this time. In fact I would almost wait until I had a very bad year with a Red Bull before I would think of leaving.”

“Then my option would be ‘who am I going to get who is going to provide me with what I need’ – and it may not necessarily be Ferrari.”

Stewart paid tribute to Vettel whom he says has achieved…

Who can stop LeBron James and Team USA?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The Olympics is here and as always, it’s all about Team USA.

Heading to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, there’s no question that the sport Team USA is expected to win for sure is basketball with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player awardee and world champion LeBron James leading the US basketball team.

LeBron James is, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest name in the world of basketball. But he is without controversy.

After starting his career in Ohio with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he moved to South Beach to join the Miami Heat, announcing his decision to make the move on national television that raised a lot of people’s eyebrows, making him one of the most despised player in the NBA.

After helping the Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA world title this season, he probably turned some of his haters into fans and I have a feeling he’ll get some more new fans if he can help Team USA win the gold in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

But if you have to name one country that can challenge the USA for most number of gold won, you can’t go wrong with China.

China is that big of a threat to Team USA heading to the premier showcase of the world’s best that one of the organizers of this year’s Olympic Games, specifically London Organizing Committee Chief Sebastian Coe, expects China to top it this year and beat the Americans.

Can China beat the USA? Or will we see another nation…

Which team will win the most medals in the Olympics?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

They sure love their bling.

The entire sporting world is on a standstill as the premier sporting event in the planet showcases the finest of the finest in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park, London.

Officially tagged as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the bi-annual sports tournament this year features the heavy hitters once again from different parts of the world as each of the competing nations look to bring their respective home countries immortality in the sporting arena and further add to their count of medals won from the Olympic Games.

And as far as the most medals won in the Olympics Games, it is not a surprise that Team USA trumps all the other competing countries, which is why the Americans are once again heavily favoured to win the most medals this year in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The United States have won a total of 2,549 medals in the Olympic Games. Quite a staggering mark eh? 2,296 of those medals came from the Summer Olympic Games, with the tournament alternating from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Games every two years.

Yeah, the Americans sure have been awesome in the Olympic Games. How awesome? The United States have won more medals, not to mention more gold ones with 1016 gold medals overall, than any other country in the Summer Olympic Games and in the Olympic Games in general.

Dominating sports like swimming, tennis, golf…

U.S. Olympic Team not as good as hyped?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Yeah, after a couple of exhibition games, that is certainly the case.

The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team wore the throwback uniforms of the 1992 Dream Team on Sunday. The Americans’ play was much different. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the United States held on for a narrow 86-80 victory over Argentina in an exhibition game.

The Americans got off to a hot start but their lead was down to four with 2:50 left after Manu Ginobili’s three-point play. But Kevin Durant and Chris Paul hit big 3-pointers as the U.S. won after being pushed for the second time in its four exhibition games.

Kobe Bryant added 18 points and LeBron James 15 for the U.S., which beat Brazil 80-69 in a similarly rugged game last week in Washington. Ginobili scored 23 points, Carlos Delfino had 15 and Luis Scola 14 for Argentina.

Back in Barcelona, where the Dream Team won gold 20 years earlier, the U.S. players wore that team’s throwback uniforms. The white uniforms with red and blue along the side and USA in the middle also had the letters “CD” in gold on the left shoulder in honor of coach Chuck Daly, the Dream Team coach who died in 2009.

Otherwise, the Americans are more interested in building for…

NBA Jerseys to have Advertisement Logos

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Yeah, I guess these jerseys will be a little heavier in the next couple of seasons.

Way back in March, BDL’s Kelly Dwyer wrote a post detailing the NBA’s interest in putting advertisements on their NBA jerseys. He spoke for all of us here in noting that the idea is crass and distasteful to anyone more focused on the sport of basketball itself than on the bottom lines of multinational conglomerates and their partners within the league.

Sadly, jersey sponsorships are very much a step in the continued businessification of the sports world, and the time to make a meaningful stand against the movement was probably 20 years ago when every arena in the world traded its municipal name for that of a corporation. Some battles are lost well before they begin.

It is now time to get even more used to the idea of ads on jerseys, because it could be only a season or two away. At a meeting of the NBA’s Board of Governors on Thursday, the owners discussed how best to implement these sponsorships. After the meeting, deputy commissioner Adam Silver gave a sense of their plans at a press conference.

NBA jerseys almost certainly will feature small sponsorship patches on the shoulder area in two years, a move that league officials estimate could generate $100 million in revenues per season.

“I think it’s fair to say that our teams were excited about…

2012 Olympic Team can kick ’92 Dream Team’s Asses

Monday, July 16th, 2012

And that folks is according to Kobe Bryant.

Could the current U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team heading to the 2012 London Olympic Games beat the 1992 Dream Team? It’s the inevitable question every Olympics.

Team chairman Jerry Colangelo already gave a thought to it when he said there was a “fair comparison” between both squads. But that doesn’t answer the question: Can this current group of guys heading to London score more points than arguably the greatest team ever assembled in a hypothetical, organized game of basketball?

Naturally, Kobe Bryant thinks it can.

“It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out,” the Team USA guard told reporters during practice on Monday.

Kobe conceded that the Michael Jordan-led Dream Team, which was comprised of NBA legends and Christian Laettner, would have the size advantage.

But where the 2012 squad lacks in size, it makes up with athleticism. And lots of it. Even though the current team is missing some of its best players due to injury, it’s still expected to dominate the Olympic competition because of its unmatched versatility and athleticism.

And isn’t the argument when comparing teams from different eras that teams from today have an advantage because they’re vastly more athletic? Kobe also pointed out that…

Drew Brees becomes NFL’s new $100 million man

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Everything is ok in the Big Easy again.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints reached a deal on par with the quarterback’s record-setting play, giving New Orleans’ fans some news they can celebrate after an offseason rife with turmoil heading to the 2012 NFL football season.

The New Orleans Saints announced Friday that they have agreed to a five-year contract with Drew Brees. A person familiar with the deal said it’s for $100 million, with $60 million guaranteed. The deal will also pay the quarterback $40 million the first year, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details had not been publicly announced.

Drew Brees posted a note on his Twitter page reading, ”Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!” He had been tagged by the New Orleans Saints as the team’s exclusive franchise player and could not negotiate with other teams. Had a deal not been reached, the tender for a quarterback was worth $16.3 million. Brees would have had to play for that amount or hold out for a better one-year deal, which would have left his long-term future in New Orleans uncertain.

Brees skipped the Saints’ offseason practices while holding out for his new long-term contract, which now gives him the highest average annual pay ($20 million) in NFL history. Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams also has a…

LeBron James is ready for the 2012 London Olympics

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

LeBron James admits he’s tired.

The NBA’s compressed season after the lockout followed by the Miami Heat’s playoff run to the championship have worn on him, and he barely had a week off before reporting to Team USA’s Olympic training camp for the 2012 London Olympics.

But rest? LeBron James isn’t thinking about getting rest. He’s focused only on getting his second gold medal in London.

“Tomorrow is not promised, man, and this opportunity right here is not guaranteed each and every year,” LeBron said. “I got to live in the moment. I can’t say, ‘If I’m going to play now, what will happen to me next year?’ I’m not worried about that right now.”

This is LeBron’s third Olympics. He helped Team USA win the gold in 2008 in Beijing. His Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh withdrew from Team USA after the NBA Finals, citing injuries. After winning his third MVP award and carrying the Heat through much of the playoffs, James could have been forgiven for also declining to play in London.

USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo said he never got a call from James’ representatives saying he might withdraw. And Colangelo never worried he would. “I love the game. I love basketball,” James said. “I made a commitment to be a part of this team and I’m fulfilling that.”

James averaged 37.5 minutes during the…



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