Tag: Basketball

Kobe Bryant dies at 41: the life lessons we remember in tragedy

Lakers at Wizards 12/2/15
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons @Keith Allison

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Giana, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California today.

I’ve been struck by the widespread response online.

Undoubtedly, it’s a tragedy that nine people died. But Bryant’s death has seemed to strike a cord with our society, even from people who aren’t basketball fans (or sports fans).

LeBron’s historic finals: greatest player of all time

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LeBron James – Photo by Keith Allison, Wikimeia commons

No one thought Cleveland would win this series. Golden State had had the winningest season of all time. They had won last year. Cleveland was overmatched, didn’t have the depth. It was the best player in the game (Steph Curry) vs LeBron, who’s past his prime, a shadow of his former greatness.

And the series began as many expected. Golden State up 2-0. Cleveland responded well at home but lost a hard fought game four. The series was effectively over. Many expected the team to roll over. In game 5, without Draymond Green, the Cavs dominated. In game six, with Green back, Cleveland wouldn’t be able to keep up. But the won again.

March Madness 2014 – My bracket

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I know it could be said of any year’s tournament, but this season’s field is wide open. It’s interesting how many people have picked Michigan State and Louisville in the Final Four, both as 4 seeds.

Of the 1 seeds, Florida seems to be the most complete team. While Wichita State made a great run to the Final Four last year, they have played a horrible schedule this year. That’s not to say that they’re not good, but they’re not going to surprise anyone this year. They have a potentially tough second round matchup with Kentucky. While Kentucky has struggled this year, they’re an extremely talented team.