5 Basketball Players Who Changed the Game

America has a deep love for sports. However, throughout the 20th century, four major sports dominated the American popular culture. These four Major League sports are basketball, football, hockey, and baseball. All four of these sports have garnered a major following (though soccer has already overtaken hockey in popularity) all over the country. 

The United States is also where the Fantasy League got its start. For those who don’t know, Fantasy League is a term that most often refers to fantasy football. Though recently fantasy basketball, fantasy soccer, and fantasy baseball have garnered some popularity as well. It is very easy to learn this game, especially if you are already a fan of football. And it is especially fun for bettors, as new options open up, making the hobby a lot more fun.

But, we are here to talk about basketball. More precisely, the players who have, in some ways, changed the game. Whether through their technical mastery or sheer overwhelming physique, these five players have done their part and have gone down as legends in basketball history.

Shaquille O’Neal

We can’t make a list like this without talking about Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq began his career with Orlando Magic, but, his most notable years he spent with the Miami Heat, who have recently brought Caron Butler aboard as head coach.

Shaq became known for his “black tornado” move, in which he would post up a defender, turn around, and use his elbows as leverage to score a slam dunk. The reason he is on this list is because of his overwhelming stature. During his first NBA season, he broke two backboard supporters, prompting the NBA to enhance their strength and stability for future seasons. 

Stephen Curry

Prior to Stephen Curry’s introduction to the NBA, dunks lead the game. Since adding Curry to their lineup, the Golden State Warriors have completely changed the game, forcing other teams to try for more shots, simply to keep up with the team. 

For his part, Curry is widely considered the best shooter that the National Basketball Association has ever seen, setting and breaking records within the field. He set the record for most three pointers made within a season with over 200, a record which he kept surpassing each subsequent year. Right now, he is at 402. The question is, will he go higher? 

Larry Bird 

Back in the 70s, the NBA was losing fans. The American population was losing interest. That is until the Boston Celtics signed Larry Bird in 1979. Larry Legend, as he came to be known became an instant success. He earned Rookie of the Year, the MVP award, the Finals MVP award, the All-Star MVP Award, the Coach of the Year and the Executive of the Year, making him the only basketball player in history to do so. In many ways, he is one half of the duo that elevated basketball back into the mainstream. So, who is the second half?

Magic Johnson

Larry Bird’s greatest rival, Magic Johnson is the second part of the greatest sports rivalry of all time. It all began in college basketball, when the two first met on the court, and carried on into the professionals. The two players are largely responsible for breathing new life into the NBA, and both are widely considered two of the greatest players in their own right. Johnson especially carries the title as the greatest point guard in basketball history.

Michael Jordan

No list of great basketball players is complete without MJ. Widely considered the greatest athletes of all time, Michael Jordan and the 90s Chicago Bulls are largely credited as the team that helped bring the NBA international attention. The explosion of popularity that happened in his time is still unmatched to this day.

Not to mention, Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, and for good reason. His playstyle was diverse, switching from shooter, to guard, to forward, to even a point guard. His stamina was out of this world. The versatility of his offense left little need for three pointers, which is why he lags behind his successors (Kobe Bryant and LeBron James) in that department. 

Five Takeaways from Heat’s Win Over Cavs

On the second game of the road-trip, the Heat faced the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

The Heat battled through for a solid win behind Jimmy Butler.

Some takeaways from this one…

#1: Jimmy Butler sets the early offensive tone.

The number 1 defense in the NBA colliding with another top 5 defense never screams pretty offense. And that was looking to be the case to begin this game. The Heat looked lost in the half-court, quickly flowing in a terrible direction in that building. Yet, Butler took the reigns of the offense to steer Miami back in the other direction. He was spamming mid-post touches, mostly following off-ball screens to create mismatches. Garland or Dean Wade on his back meant he had them right where he wanted. Low post touches for lay-ups, drawing clear fouls, and simply watching for the double. After an immediate 11 points, that double was coming sooner, as he began dishing out to baseline drifters. He revived Miami in that first quarter with this formula, and that’s an equation we will see very often in big games.

#2: One Bam Adebayo moment that is needed during a tough stretch.

Bam Adebayo seemed to be carrying over that Charlotte Hornets rust early in this game, as that solid Cavs defense was jamming Bam up to not even receive the ball in his spots. Fast forward to the second quarter, Adebayo got the ball at the half-court line in transition. He put his head down, crashed into Jarrett Allen, and threw down a tough dunk over the top of him. From that moment on, Adebayo found his rhythm. A 12 point second quarter was the result, all coming in that painted area off drives, post-ups, and of course some short mid-range touch shots. But the main point is this: Adebayo’s going to have cold nights just like every player in this league, but his response needs to be this exact blueprint. Realizing he’s faster and stronger than most guys on the floor, so it’ll all generate from some drives to the basket in space. That dotted line jumper must remain his go-to with how automatic it is, but the way to revive it will begin with rim attempts time and time again.

#3: First half point guard play: a lopsided affair.

Kyle Lowry’s name has been coming up quite often for obvious reasons. His impact hasn’t been there, and the bare stats make his case an even tougher one. At halftime tonight, that held up. He didn’t record one single stat except a pair of turnovers, while Victor Oladipo was battling through inefficient play to make necessary plays. He ended up with 5 assists at half, mostly through his energy and ability to get to the rim consistently and dish out or dump off. I think this is a very possible adjustment come playoff time when it comes to shifting lineups, but for now, it’s pretty simple to say this stuff can’t happen. Yes, Oladipo can carry the play-making weight at times, but Lowry’s going to have to play *some* part in that as well. In the third quarter, he was much more engaged though. He knocked down two triples, and made some nice passes to get others involved in the offense. They need his fingerprints on things when he’s out there.

#4: Third quarter trends…

If you’ve watched Heat basketball, you’ve probably heard about the “turd quarter,” as the Heat always seem to let games get away from their control following the half. For example, that was the case last year as well, but Miami was 12th in the NBA in 3rd quarter offense. This season, the Heat are dead last in 3rd quarter offense…by a wide margin. There’s just something about drifting from game-plan or lacking energy in that span. The Heat actually found some flow early in the third tonight following an immediate 9-0 Cavs run, but then they let go again. The defense tailed off, and you just noticed Cleveland becoming the dictators on how they wanted to play compared to Miami in previous minutes. The third quarter trend has become a joke in many ways, but it’s really not. It’s an actual issue somewhere in the philosophy.

#5: Oh look at that, more clutch time…

Tie game midway through the fourth, a lineup of Vincent-Herro-Butler-Martin-Bam on the floor. Martin finds space for a baseline runner to put Miami up 2, followed by a Vincent spot-up triple to give Miami a 5 point lead. The role players stepping up was a good sign, as Bam was sluggish and Herro just started getting going shortly before. Cleveland responded with a Garland pull-up and a wide open Okoro 3 to even things right back up. It was clear at this time, defense would be the key to this one. Mitchell got to the line, going 1 for 2, as the Heat flowed down there end into a Bam jumper at that dotted line. Heat up 1. Butler now hunting for the Garland switch once again, gets to the basket, but misses. Bam gets the offensive rebound and puts back up. 3 point game. Following another stop, Butler now takes Mobley off the dribble, and fades into a middy jumper. Up 5 now. Second half of the season Jimmy Butler seems activated.

Five Takeaways from Heat’s Loss to Hornets

The Heat kicked off their road trip in Charlotte, and it didn’t go as expected.

They came out playing well, but that faded quickly.

No defensive resistance, missed opportunities offensively. Heat fall late.

Some takeaways…

#1: Tyler Herro/Bam Adebayo’s early scoring as drop killers.

Heading into this game, the game-plan was clear: a poor Charlotte Hornets defense that sits back in drop, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo should have a mid-range field day. Herro came out with that in-between game floater dropping, setting the tone for Miami’s eventual game-plan. The Heat weren’t attempting threes, since they were sticking with what was working offensively in that painted area. After Herro’s early floaters connecting, Bam continued that style. His mid-range jumper was still automatic right below that free throws line, as he would take Plumlee off the dribble on that short roll. But that was the last of a comfortable Bam, as his play slowly diminished. Playing more off-ball, interior defense was lackadaisical, and didn’t seemed fully engaged. That was big in the end.

#2: Jimmy Butler engaged, while in a troll mood.

When it comes to Jimmy Butler, he’s never taking things too seriously in any capacity, but today we saw that even more than usual. Facial expressions after foul calls, screaming after buckets, animated constantly. The main thing was that he was engaged in a game against a 14 win team, which we don’t see very often. He was getting to the rim a ton in that second quarter, walking into halftime with 16 points. The other stat category that will always tell you his level of aggression in a game is the steals column, which he had 3 at halftime. He was hitting passing lanes, and finding the ball a good hit even with the Heat’s lack of resistance at times. Which I’ll talk about now…

#3: The defense waiting for pickup…

Every night there’s a similar theme past the first 24 minutes. An in the mud matchup, as the Heat can’t score but defending at a high level. This time around, it was actually the exact opposite. After discussing the top 3 guys scoring well early, it should also be mentioned that it was only a 4 point lead at half. Why? Well there wasn’t much resistance at the point of attack for Miami, as the Hornets flowed their way into the paint as well for easy buckets. They were rebounding at a higher rate, and kind of out-hustling them on that end to start. Miami never seems to truly get up for games against weaker teams, especially on both ends. Both teams shot charts were very similar, but the Hornets defense matching the Heat’s defense to start wasn’t an expectation by any means.

#4: Hornets trade possibilities making noise?

As the Heat trailed by 5 entering the fourth, the Hornets offensive punch was led by PJ Washington and Terry Rozier with 25 a piece. Two guys who have been linked to the Heat in the past, and probably still will heading up to this upcoming trade deadline. Washington was extremely good in that in-between game floater, as Miami just couldn’t close those possessions with their defensive base wanting those shots. He then found his rhythm from beyond the arc, as we know he’s a solid stretch big from three point lane. Terry Rozier on the other hand was just in his shot creation bag. Step back threes, fadeaway jumpers, getting to the rim. He can be one of those hot and cold type of scorers, but tonight was one of those “hot” nights. And well, it’s clear that both of those styles are things the Heat could use right about now.

#5: An uphill climb late.

What once was a 13 point lead for the Heat, collapsed to down 12 in the fourth quarter. The offense fell apart, and the defense still wouldn’t wake up. Under 5 minutes to go, Bam finally was waking up. He got into the middy pull-up, then blitzed the ball handler for a swat to Butler in transition. 6 point game now. After a timeout, Kyle Lowry came out pushing pace. A transition lay-in, followed by an early drive and dish to Bam for the push shot. 2 point game. Yet the Heat couldn’t fully capitalize. Heat had some good three point looks that they missed from Herro, Oladipo, Lowry. But the true takeaway was the defensive energy. Off a jump ball in middle court with a low shot clock, Plumlee took Bam off the dribble for the lay-in. That just can’t happen late. A LaMelo Ball three put them back up 8. Defense didn’t show up, simple as that.

Five Takeaways from Heat’s Win Over Magic

Another ugly type game. Another clutch game. Another Heat game.

The Heat held off the Magic late with a game that just keeps repeating itself.

Here are some takeaways…

#1: Should I even bring up the shooting again?

When it comes to recapping these games, it’s necessary for me to once again bring up the three-point shooting. But it’s pretty clear this stuff is getting repetitive. In a deeper sense, this stuff isn’t really an outlier anymore. It’s who they are. At halftime, they were shooting 17% from three. Plus if you eliminate Max Strus’ 2 of 2 start off some DHO actions, they were 1 of 16 from deep. I will get to it in a second, but Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo combined for 28 first half points. Two guys that are interior threats without a three-ball, they need the correct spacing to make it work. Luckily, those guys were making due with the limited space early in this one, but that trend just can’t roll into the playoffs.

#2: Some early Jimmy Butler work.

We can talk about Jimmy Butler’s game played for obvious reasons, but it’s clear that when he has played, he’s been competing at a high level. He had 18 points through the first 24 minutes, and this wasn’t like that Thunder game with straight free throws. He had 4 free throws, but more importantly, 7 field goals. The common thread was mostly dunker spot bouncing, as the perimeter players were dishing it to him in motion many times for simple paint points. But the other stuff was mostly mismatch hunting. Oh that’s Cole Anthony on my back? I’ll just take this mid-post touch into a low-post touch. Oh I have Wendell Carter in space? Quick drive and spin for the lay-in. He *was* the offense in the first half.

#3: Some Bam Adebayo foul trouble.

Just to maintain a pulse check on this game, the Bam Adebayo foul trouble was a decent portion of the direction of this game. Not all of it, but some of it. The Magic were doing a good job of getting to the rim, and as we know, Adebayo’s going to do his best to meet them there in that clean up crew role. He got called for some questionable ones when it appeared he went straight up an down, but that ultimately meant more Orlando Robinson. He’s been a better alternative than the other options, but it’s definitely not perfect. The lack of a big man offensive hub, the hands need work, and the defense can be picked on when there isn’t blitzing. We don’t see Adebayo foul trouble often, but it was a first half story-line.

#4: If Kyle Lowry is shifting into more of an off-ball role, the shots need to be taken.

With another underwhelming first half when it came to Kyle Lowry’s box score, that wasn’t my biggest problem. It’s the amount of kick-outs he was receiving and passing up. It’s one thing to be unselfish. It’s another to hurt the half-court offense by denying good looks. We saw him beginning to take some of those shots in the third, knocking down back to back triples that were two of his more contested looks of the evening. That stretch was probably the best few minutes of the game for their offense, as you began seeing certain lanes opening up. Yes he’s now in more of a spot-up role with all of the on-ball threats, but the main need within those minutes it to take the open shots off the catch.

#5: Late-game play…

While I’ve described many of the things that were going wrong, let me start with something that began going right. Mid-way through the fourth quarter, the Heat made their offensive run by some transition Caleb Martin finishes. He put a wild move on Orlando for an insane up and under, then followed that up with another tough lay to push it to a 5 point lead. As both teams were throwing some punches back and forth, the Heat found a common thread defensively. Collapsing on drives. A few blocks for Adebayo and Martin got the Heat on the break a good bit, giving them some momentum. The Magic responded with some foul drawing to continue to claw away cutting the Heat’s lead to only two with 2 minutes remaining. The following plays consisted of another tough Martin finish, a Wendell Carter triple, and a Butler spin and score with the and-1. Heat up 4. Orlando ended up cutting it to 3, 40 seconds left, Butler walks the ball down the floor. Butler-Bam PnR turns into a tough Butler floater that drops, as he trots off the floor into a timeout. Out of that timeout, Butler ended up fouling Banchero on a three, as he went 2 of 3 from the line. 3 point game. Some eventual free throws iced the game, as the Heat get the win.

How Electric Golf Carts Can Improve Your Game

Many individuals all over the world partake in the sport of golf. With the advent of electric golf carts, the game of golf has been modernized to be more convenient and pleasant for golfers of all skill levels. The popularity of electric golf carts is on the rise because of the many advantages they provide for the sport. 

Here are some ways an electric golf cart might improve your game. Read on to find out!

 

  • Improves Your Speed 

One of the most obvious ways electric golf buggies can improve your golf game is by providing speed. If you want to get around the course faster and with less effort, electric golf carts can help you do that. Batteries usually power electric golf carts to maintain a reasonably fast speed. It can help you get to each hole quickly and easily, allowing you to focus on your game instead of worrying about how long it will take to get to the next tee.  

 

  • Increases Your Focus And Concentration 

Concentration is vital when it comes to a successful golfing experience. While there are many ways to boost your concentration for the game, owning an electric golf cart has proven effective. They provide a smoother ride than traditional carts. With a smoother ride, you will feel less jostled as you drive around the course, allowing you to stay focused on the game and not your cart. Furthermore, electric golf carts are often quieter than gas-powered carts, allowing you to concentrate on your golf without the noise of a revving engine.    

 

  • Reduces Cases Of Injuries

Electric buggies can improve the golfing experience by reducing the risk of injuries. Using an electric buggy allows golfers to transport their clubs and other equipment around the golf course without carrying them physically. This eliminates the need to lift and carry heavy items, which can cause back and shoulder injuries. Additionally, electric buggies eliminate the need for golfers to walk long distances on the course, which can cause strain and fatigue. 

Most golf buggies also have adjustable seats, which provide superior comfort and support. Some electric buggies also have suspension, which helps absorb bumps and vibrations, ensuring a smoother ride. This can help prevent fatigue and discomfort while playing, allowing golfers to enjoy their game.  

 

  • It makes It Easy To Carry Around The Needed Golf Equipment

They say that the secret to sharpening your game is to have the right equipment, and an electric golf cart is a perfect tool to help you get to the next level. Having the right equipment at your disposal can make all the difference in your performance on the course. With an electric golf cart, you don’t have to worry about carrying a heavy bag from hole to hole. 

You can also easily switch between clubs and store your equipment in the cart so that you can always have it with you. This allows you to adjust your equipment to fit different shots so that you can play smarter and more efficiently. When looking for electric golf buggies Australia you can research online for shops that offer different sizes and styles, so you can find one that best fits your needs. 

 

  • Helps Improve The Quality Of Air In The Course

In addition to facilitating the transport of appropriate golfing gear, electric golf carts also contribute to better air quality on the course by lowering emissions. This can help improve your game by improving the course’s overall temperature, decreasing the quantity of smog and other air pollutants, and enhancing visibility.

Additionally, electric golf carts tend to be quieter than gasoline-powered carts, resulting in a more peaceful atmosphere and fewer distractions from outside noise. Therefore, if you are looking to improve your golf game, using an electric golf cart can help.  

Conclusion

There are many ways in which electric golf carts can improve your round of golf. Consequently, electric golf carts can be a fantastic method to enhance your game, whether your goal is to save time or money. Compared to gas-powered carts, they are simpler to use, more comfortable to ride in, have a longer battery life, and are better for the environment. 

Lastly, electric golf carts are affordable and can be found in various styles to suit any budget. With the help of an electric golf cart, you can enjoy an excellent and enjoyable game with less effort and more enjoyment. By reading this article, you’ll understand why it’s the best choice for your next financial investment. 

 

A Guide to a Footballer’s Nutrition

It’s just as important for professional footballers to watch what they eat as it is to put in the hours at the gym. More thought is given to how a player’s diet can improve their performance than was in the past when they might have gotten off the field and immediately tucked into a plate of steak and chips.

Sports scientist Armando Vinci, who collaborated with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for nearly a decade, told The Times that players’ “endurance levels and speed, as well as their recovery and sleep patterns,” are all affected by their diet.

Footballers need specific nutrients when they want to play their best after relaxing to some online casino games using their Croco casino login.  And whether you spend 90 minutes sprinting up and down a field or crushing a HIIT workout in the gym, there are dietary tips you can learn from the pros.

1. Eat whole-grain carbohydrates and protein

Proteins and carbohydrates play crucial roles in the body and should never be left out of a healthy diet. They help you stay energized throughout practice or competition and aid your recovery afterward, allowing your body to mend and rejuvenate.

You can get this slow-release energy you need for a 90-minute game by eating a plate of whole-grain pasta a few hours before the game. Chicken and turkey, as well as oily fish like salmon and mackerel, are excellent protein choices. Eat whole-grain foods, and limit fat intake. Stay away from white bread and potatoes.

2. Include fiber in your diet

High-fiber foods include legumes, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. And they should up your current caloric intake by around a couple of times. Add one serving of grains like oats, beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa, or other comparable items to each meal because the average person only consumes half of what they need.

Vegetables and fruits provide the nutrients your body needs to function at its best, so including both will help you achieve your fitness goals faster.

3. Don’t forget to snack mindfully

Eating actual food as snacks between meals helps athletes feel full and maintain energy levels. To perform at their best, they need to get the most nutrients out of their caloric intake, and when it comes to nutrient density, whole foods are unrivaled.

Remove junk food from your diet to improve your performance. Your physical self will appreciate it, and your efficiency and effectiveness on the job will increase dramatically.

Always remember that food isn’t just for taste; it serves a purpose in the body. When the goal is to aid players in recuperating from back-to-back games, the food must be packed with as many beneficial nutrients as possible.

No matter what they advertise, packaged foods like bars and snacks never live up to expectations. Whole foods are loaded with nutrients that the body can easily absorb and use, such as protein, fiber, fat, and complex carbs.

Examples of healthy snacks are apples and bananas with 3/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt, a handful of nuts or nut butter on a piece of whole grain toast, avocado, lettuce roll-ups with turkey, a smoothie made with plain Greek yogurt and fruit, etc.

4. Hydration is key

Football players must take dehydration seriously, as it can have major consequences on the field, especially in the warm months leading up to the season’s start when they’re still wearing heavy uniforms. Athletes should aim to consume 16-20 ounces of fluid each hour and have a drink every 15 minutes or so during practice and games.

Extra electrolytes (from a sports drink or even something as basic as a banana, for example) will go a long way for any activity lasting longer than an hour, especially if players are heavy sweaters.

5. Oily fish

Salmon and other fish are excellent sources of healthy fats like Omega 3. Particularly helpful for lowering inflammation, Omega 3 helps speed recovery so you can train more frequently and intensively.

Some additional health benefits of oily fish include reduced anxiety and stress, enhanced cardiovascular disease risk factors, enhanced immunological function, and alleviated bone and joint pain. As a source of protein, it aids in muscle growth and recovery from exercise.

One of the best ways to guarantee optimal Omega 3 consumption is to eat fatty fish twice a week, but this is by no means the only choice. Walnuts and broccoli are both excellent sources of omega-3.

6. Be realistic

Try not to obsess over your diet. Finding a happy balance is essential. Pay attention to your physical sensations. What you’re consuming right now is probably not healthy if it causes you to gain weight, feel sluggish, or lack strength.

You don’t have to give up all the foods you enjoy because of this. You will miss your sweets more than ever if you try to survive on a diet of just healthy foods. If you can find the sweet spot, your long-term success on the football field should improve considerably.

Take away

Find out the active components in your supplements, and check if you can purchase them elsewhere. Remember that supplements should not replace a balanced diet of whole foods.

Five Takeaways from Heat’s Win Over Celtics

The Miami Heat pull off an incredible comeback on the Boston Celtics behind a major Bam Adebayo night.

Haywood Highsmith triggered it all with his high level two way play.

Some takeaways…

#1: The Heat’s defensive start: Jayson Tatum cooking and role players countering.

My question to begin this game was how they would treat Jayson Tatum. Would it look like the game against Luka Doncic and the Mavs? Well, not really. The Heat were allowing him to operate one-on-one on switches pretty freely, as he went at both Tyler Herro and Max Strus consistently to kick off the game. He kept getting two feet in the lane for buckets, but then the Heat shifted. They began getting into their blitzing bag which I compare to the Doncic plan, but the issue is Jimmy Butler is a big piece of the two on the ball game-plan. Tatum would throw over a wild skip pass or simple pocket pass, as the back-line defenders simply lacked size. It opened up runways leading into over-help. The defensive stuff was a bit all over the place to start against that Tatum constant.

#2: Max Strus starts things off with 3 early triples, but then…

To kick things off, there were good signs in the Max Strus shooting department. He got some good looks early off a ton of slip screens, as they were spamming specific off-ball actions to get him free, leading to those three first quarter triples. All were assisted by Kyle Lowry, showing that it was similar sets. Either way, the others tailed off quickly. Taking away Strus’ start, the rest of the group was shooting 21% from beyond the arc in that first half. Lowry, Herro, and Oladipo were 0 for 11 from deep. A simple recap: yikes. A deeper recap: every shot just kept coming up short, which is odd since the other team was the one playing on the back-end of a back to back. This isn’t a bad stretch of shooting at this point. It’s who they are, and it’s time to adjust in some different areas.

#3: Free throw marathon, but something stuck out in the second quarter for the Heat.

With over seven minutes to go in the second quarter, the Miami Heat were in the bonus. There were a total of 23 fouls and 30 free throw attempts in the first 24 minutes of basketball, clearly showing the theme of this game to start. With that said regarding the Heat’s long period of being in the bonus, one thing should’ve been clear for the offensive structure: attack the rim. If Jimmy Butler was playing, he would’ve been having a field day for the next portion of time, but obviously he was out. From that point, Miami shot 6 straight threes over the next few minutes, all missing. For further context, they missed 14 of their last 16 shot attempts prior to the half. When an opportunity presents itself to potentially get some easy ones, while the outside shooting is going in the opposite direction, you should definitely try and capitalize. That’s what ultimately led to the Celtics branching out to an 8 point lead at half. Small thing, but crucial.

#4: Well, Bam Adebayo found his rhythm.

After an uneven start for Bam Adebayo as well, he found it in the third. He may have been the only one to find it in the third actually. They got him to his spots, which seemed like the only reasonable thing to do. Tyler Herro was extremely off on the offensive end, Kyle Lowry couldn’t hit a triple, and it took Victor Oladipo until the final minutes of the third to find his shot for a moment. As for Bam, they just kept feeding him on that short roll. Just let him catch at that dotted line or the elbow, and live with that result. That result was a positive one for a good bit, as he soared to 21 points through the first 3 quarters, which felt like an uphill climb after the way he came out. Bam Adebayo has been this team’s rock when it comes to consistency, which is a very good sign for him. And well, a worse sign for others.

#5: Late game recap: Haywood Highsmith sparks, Bam Adebayo dominates.

Haywood Highsmith deserves a ton of individual credit tonight. At the end of the third, I said he was their second best player tonight. Then he proved that to another degree with 3 triples in the first 6 minutes of the fourth. He set the tone throughout defensively, possibly being his best all-around game. Then Bam capitalized on the energy with back to back buckets at the rim. Tie game at 87 a piece. Bam hits another short roll jumper to give Miami a 2 point edge, before Herro flows into a rhythm three to extend the lead to 5. He hit the biggest one of the night up to that point. Tatum answers shortly after with an and-1 down the middle of the lane, cutting it back to a two point game. Heat walk back down the floor into a Herro-Bam PnR, Herro lobs it up, and Bam almost catalogs a nice poster barring the foul call. He follows that up a bit later with an insane swat at the rim, showing it all off. Yet, Grant Williams answers for the tie. Biggest play of the game, the Celtics blitz Herro, he finds Bam, and he turns into another big time jumper. 30 burger. Heat blitz Tatum back into a turnover. Game-time.

5 Ways To Recognize a Good Sports Betting Site

Sports betting is a very popular hobby, as for many, it can be a lot of fun to wager on teams or players that you think will win and eventually reap the benefits of your correct decisions. However, not all sports betting sites are created equal, and it is very important for players to know how to recognize a good site from a bad one.

 

Unfortunately, with thousands of different sports-oriented bookmakers out there, it can be hard to determine which ones are offering good deals, especially if you are a newcomer. In the interest of helping beginner bettors get started, here are some tips that should help you recognize a good site.

 

Read on and never again get fooled by a rogue site!

1. Focus on Bookmakers With Excellent Reviews

As a betting newbie, you probably already realize that you don’t have enough experience to make informed decisions about bookmakers. As such, you should rely on the opinion of others in order to choose a good site.

 

The best way to do this is by reading reviews about sports betting sites. Finding such detailed analyses on the Internet is not particularly hard – you can find them practically anywhere, from comparison web pages like the LOOB website to various enthusiast-run blogs to even social media sites.

 

Once you find a review of a bookmaker, pay attention to the details. Are there any complaints about the site? Is it well-regarded? Does it offer better odds and welcome bonuses than its competition? Once you have all the answers to these questions, you should have no trouble deciding whether to give the site a chance.

2. Make Sure the Bookmaker Is Licensed and Regulated

This is a very important aspect to consider when choosing a sports betting site, as you have no means of knowing if the site is legitimate or not otherwise.

 

A good way to determine this for yourself is by looking for a license from a respected gambling authority like the UK Gambling Commission or the Malta Gaming Authority. If these aren’t present, it is best to avoid that bookmaker altogether.

 

Additionally, you should also make sure that the site is encrypted with an SSL certificate, as this means that your personal and financial data will be kept safe and secure at all times.

 

When you’re looking for a good site, also check out the privacy policy to make sure that it takes your information security seriously.

3. Gauge the Customer Support Quality

Betting on sports, just like any other form of gambling, requires you to deposit your own money into a bookmaker’s account in order to play. This makes it very important for you to be able to contact customer support should you encounter any issues with your account.

 

Most sports betting sites offer multiple means of contacting customer support, including phone support or email. Make sure to test the site’s support channels before you start placing bets in order to ensure that they are available and responsive.

 

Try to actively look for bookmakers that include a chatbot or live chat support option, as this is by far the fastest way to get a hold of their customer service. Such a feature allows you to get basic answers in a matter of moments, no matter what time it is. That is because most, if not all, chatbots are active 24/7.

4. Check the List of Available Sports

This one is perhaps the most obvious, but it is still worth mentioning. The best bookies are those that offer a wide variety of different sports to wager on. In addition to the standard options, like football and basketball, you should also look for bookmakers that offer less popular sports, like snooker or cricket.

 

The good news is that most sports betting sites offer a fairly diverse range of sports to choose from. This includes both major and minor leagues, as well as international competitions. However, there are still some bookies that focus on specific sports, so make sure to check this detail before signing up.

5. Research the Types of Wagers Offered

This one is closely related to the previous point. When you are looking for a good site, make sure that it offers various types of wagers to choose from. In addition to the standard type of wagers, like money lines and handicaps, some sites also offer more innovative types of bets, like parlays or in-play wagers.

 

In order to find a good site, you should compare the different types of bets offered by various bookmakers. Once you find one that offers the types of bets that interest you the most, it is probably worth signing up for an account with them.

Conclusion

As you can see, recognizing a great sports betting site shouldn’t be a problem once you know what to look for. You should always try to find a site that offers a variety of sports to wager on, as well as a wide range of different types of bets. Of course, the most important aspect is to find a bookmaker that has a good reputation and is licensed by a reputable gambling authority.

 

All in all, if you make sure to do your research, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a reliable bookmaker that will allow you to gamble safely on your favorite sports teams.

 

If you want to be absolutely sure that your pick is the best one, don’t be afraid to seek help from more experienced bettors. There are many online forums and subreddits that specialize in gambling, and most veteran players should be more than happy to share their experiences with you! Good luck!

New LeBron James Record — 2nd to score 38,000 career points

The greatness of LeBron James is difficult to express with ordinary statistics. However, some numbers are too significant to ignore. On the evening of January 15, 2023, “The Chosen One” surpassed 38,000 career points. Along the way, he beat the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Shaquille O’Neal in NBA scoring. 

Ahead of him in this indicator in entire history, there was only one basketball player – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From the record of the eternal legend of the Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers, and the whole league, LeBron is now a little more than 300 points. 

How It Was

LeBron James conquered the achievement in the 2022/23 NBA regular season home game. The Philadelphia 76ers played against the Lakers at Staples Center. 

To break Abdul-Jabbar’s record, LeBron had only 11 points to chalk up before the starting whistle. Despite the excellent position of the opponent in the Atlantic Division, no one had any doubts that this figure was achievable against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Therefore, this match aroused great interest among betting enthusiasts. By the way, betting on similar events at the bookmaker www.bodog.eu/sports/basketball/nba is open to European users.

 

It didn’t take long to get the desired result. Already towards the end of the 1st quarter, “The Chosen One” scored the most crucial goal for the record in a jump, being close to the three-point line. A two-point shot brought his team a slight lead – 20:17. However, it was impossible to maintain and develop the advantage. The match ended with a score of 113:112 in favor of the guests from Philadelphia. 

Therefore, despite the historical success and good personal statistics (35 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds), LeBron was not satisfied with the evening. In a post-match interview, he lamented the failure to secure a win, even though the Lakers were able to put on some good basketball.

Relationship Between LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As you know, the symbols of the past and present of the Los Angeles Lakers are not eager to communicate with each other. The last time LeBron was asked if he kept in touch with the star of previous generations, the basketball player was relatively straightforward. He stated that he had no communication or thoughts on this matter with Karim. 

Basketball fans remember the chronicle of one clash of positions between two legends in the media. During the coronavirus outbreak, Abdul-Jabbar said that LeBron should have shown more responsibility in the issue of vaccination against COVID-19. 

This opinion caused dissatisfaction with “The Chosen One.” However, this did not develop into a severe conflict: Karim apologized promptly, and the story was gradually forgotten.

Extreme differences in the players’ personalities speak in favor of the fact that no genuine rapprochement is expected. LeBron did not develop in the conditions that the stars of previous generations found. He is accustomed to the all-pervading attention of the media and communication with celebrities from other spheres. He understands well the importance of how he is represented on social networks.

The image of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is seriously different. His formation fell in the era of more brutal basketball. He was educated at the University of California, grew up during the civil rights movement, and is now a successful poet.

However, one can speak of an actual confrontation only in the context of the expected drop in the record. Despite their differences of opinion, both figures important to the NBA’s legacy show each other due respect and neutrality. Of course, whether their relationship will develop depends largely on their reaction to Abdul-Jahar to the fall of his record (if it takes place). 

When Will LeBron Break Kareem’s Record?

The official statistics of the NBA recorded that in the last match of his career, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the floor with a total of 38,387 points. After playing the Philadelphia 76ers on January 15, 2023, King James has accumulated 38,072 points. Simple arithmetic shows that at the time of this writing, LeBron only needs 316 points to beat Abdul-Jabbar. 

It is convenient to keep track of current changes on the ESPN counter, the indicators updated from game to game.

Basketball experts believe the record will fall even before the end of the 2022/2023 season in the NBA. Of the significant reasons that can prevent this, we can single out the absence of games due to injuries. 

What will happen if LeBron keeps up with the pace of scoring this season? Then the current performance record will be updated in early February 2023.

It is amazing how close and accurate the onset of this event is. LeBron admitted that before the start of the 22/23 season, he had to seriously think about how close he was to the milestone of 38,000 points. According to him, the pressure on him was added by the fact that most of the NBA audience at that time considered this mark unattainable even for King James. 

LeBron’s current contract with the Los Angeles Lakers ends in 2025. Will the debate about its effectiveness continue when this period expires? And if so, will the King, by the end of this period, have enough physical capabilities and motivation to fight the opinion of those experts who continue to challenge the significance of his sniper achievements? Regardless of the answers, great statistics will remain in history, which you can still increase.

 

Five Takeaways from Heat’s Win Over Pelicans

The Heat faced off against the New Orleans Pelicans once again, and it definitely wasn’t as smooth as the first match-up.

In the mud offense, defensive spike, and a late Lowry scoring run.

But here are some takeaways from this one…

#1: Well, that was some ugly first half offense.

There’s a tough watch when it comes to half-court offense in the NBA, and then there’s the first 24 minutes of Heat-Pelicans. If it wasn’t for a hot defensive stretch for the Heat, that I will dive into heavily next, They would’ve been in the mid 30’s through two full quarters. Everything is a grind when it comes to this team’s slow-paced approach. Teams try to eliminate the top players: Butler sees mid-post doubles, Bam sees extra help on the role, Herro sees great defenders with the occasional blitz. Teams want Lowry/Martin types to obtain heavy usage. We can continue to look at the shooting or certain elements, but there are simply too many moments I sit back and say ‘what are they trying to accomplish on that end right now.’ Maybe a good chunk of that is the need for extra talent, but it looking that ugly when healthy can’t be the case by any means.

#2: It all starts with the defense.

Bam Adebayo switches, Orlando Robinson blitzes. Early in this game, the defensive coverages weren’t much flashier than the offense since it was getting pretty bland. Good players like CJ McCollum can see right through that. Then the final 2 minutes of the second quarter hit. Here were the last 5 defensive possessions of the quarter: Kyle Lowry hits the weak-side passing lane for the steal, Jimmy Butler doubles high and gets a hand on the ball for a steal, Victor Oladipo blitzes and rips the ball away and onto the break, Heat force a turnover off good rotations due to a travel, and finally, Butler doubles at the nail for yet another steal (as Lowry nails a non-counting full court shot). This half-court offense is atrocious at the moment, so the defense holds all the wait. If they can force turnovers and get easy baskets over a stretch, that’s their outlet. Plus, it’s an eventual energy boost to the offense on the other end.

#3: A continued look at the Jimmy Butler usage.

Jimmy Butler’s first field goal attempt came with 3 minutes to go in the first quarter, and it was on an open break. As I discussed after that Dallas game, the blueprint to defending Butler and the Heat was being laid out on national TV. And well, it’s clearly a new add to teams’ scouting reports. Off every mid-post catch, the Pelicans were sending that double to Butler. He loves playing with his back to the basket to eventually attack, plus it’s one of their biggest triggers in the half-court. Double, swing, swing. Now it’s a late shot clock heave. But aside from the focus on the actual double teams, his usage has been off as of late. A lot of screening and rolling, to simply make up for the fact his on-ball stuff on the perimeter is being taken away. It’s good to find alternatives, but the ball needs to be in your best player’s hands a good bit, especially when struggling in the half-court like they did to start. That’s exactly what they did more of in the third quarter, but still something to monitor.

#4: Tyler Herro finding his rhythm.

It has been no secret that Tyler Herro has been having some three-point trouble as of late. With that, he’s found his rhythm in these two Pelicans games by finding his spots inside the arc. Floaters, pull-ups, paint touches. That’s where he was generating most of his points to begin this game, while every three-pointer that drops feels like a sigh of relief for him on the floor. But there was something else that happened that was cool to see. Herro being guarded by McCollum, screaming at Butler on a certain possession to play for the switch. Butler turns back toward Herro to listen, gives him the ball, and screens. They get the switch and Herro feeds him, leading into a foul at the rim. This offense needs a lot, but communication is a decent start. Take any advantage you can find.

#5: Late game lay-out…

With under five minutes to go, we got a continuation of the last topic, as Herro knocks down a tough corner three to give Miami some more life on that end. After a Butler pump-fake and forced whistle, the Heat found themselves up 86-84. Adebayo blitzes McCollum on one end to force the turnover, into forcing a switch on him on the other end. Lowry feeds him, and he lays it in. 88-84. With under four minutes to go, I don’t have any answer to how in the world they were flirting with 90 after the disastrous first half offense. But well, those Bam type blitzes is what created buckets in this one. An eventual Lowry step back wing three pushed the lead to 91-86, flashing a moment we haven’t seen in some time. Pelicans answer, but so does Lowry. A pump-fake, up and under move gets him the bank shot in the lane. But then, McCollum comes right back with a catch and shoot three. This exact dialogue continued. Lowry scored 9 straight points, but the Pelicans kept responding. Heat up 98-96, Pelicans had a shot. Heat double, they feed down low to Nance, and it goes through his hands with Oladipo coming up with it. He went 1 of 2 from the line, going up 98-96, as the Heat force a 5 second violation on the potential game tying inbound. Heat counter with their own inbound trouble, using two timeouts and a forced jump-ball, giving the Pelicans another chance. McCollum misses the 3, Heat escape.