Delonte West is human, and he’s had his struggles like the rest of us. There’s beauty in the struggle, and Delonte’s fight is proof.

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Delonte West has been in the news a lot over the past few years. Not for basketball, but for his personal issues. Whether it’s being arrested for violating a traffic stop while armed with multiple weapons. Or going viral on social media for being photographed in public while in a hospital gown, Delonte has gone through it.

Although in 2008, when West was diagnosed with being “Bipolar”. A mental disorder that results in extreme shifts in someone’s mood. Delonte was more confident that his temporary depression and stress from being a basketball player played more of an impact.

Nevertheless, Delonte is one of many people that has gone through things from day one. West once described his childhood as “happy-poor” and has said that he lived with various relatives. During his teen years, West states that he abused drugs, engaged in self-harm, and spent time in children’s hospitals. …


A tribute to one of the most skillful forwards in NBA history. A man who did not allow adversity to stop him from being successful.

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Lamar Odom is by far one of the most skilled players the league has ever seen. A left handed, 6'10" Power Forward with a handle like a guard and equipped with a Shamgod that could only rival it’s creator, Lamar was downright filthy. Not to mention, he was a member of one of the greatest AAU teams of all time, with teammates Elton Brand and Ron Artest.

A native of Queens, New York. Odom or “Candy Man”, attended the University of Rhode Island as a transfer student after his scholarship from UNLV was revoked after suspicion arose from a Sports Illustrated story, questioning his ACT scores. Allegations of soliciting prostitution and accepting money from UNLV would almost make Odom an afterthought. He was forced to sit out the entire 97'-98' season, but in his lone season at Rhode Island, Odom averaged 17.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG & 3.8 APG. He earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. …


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All athletes want to make it to the highest level in whatever sport they choose.

They want to be drafted. They have to be drafted.

Where I’m from, a lot of kids use sports as a way to get out of their environment. You see it every time the Draft comes on, a star college player, who has risen from the inner cities and is about to be drafted by a professional team in a professional league.

They know that the odds are against them. …


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Chicago has been home to some of the most entertaining basketball players to ever play. Ask a bunch of locals who produces the best talent in basketball, and they’ll look at you like you lost your mind. Players like Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, and Anthony Davis all had their start in the Chi. But if you look back in history, you’ll come across one of the most flamboyant, and entertaining players to ever come out of Chicago.

That’s right, I’m talking about “Employee Number Eight” himself, Antoine Walker. Walker, who stood at 6'9" and weighed 250 lbs was a “Stretch 4” before they were even considered a thing, and on top of that, he had one of the easiest jumpers to time on NBA Live 07. …


A tribute to Brooklyn’s guard, Caris LeVert (inspired by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s “Mecca and the Soul Brother”)

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FOR CARIS’S SAKE

As a die hard Brooklyn Nets fan, it kills me when people say we need a third star. No one expected us to come away with Kyrie and KD during the 2019 off-season. To be honest, I didn’t either. But now that we have them, we’re suddenly title contenders. The hopes are higher than ever: next season, KD will be making his debut as a Net and Kyrie will be healthy. Hopefully, we debut some new retro jerseys that’ll pay homage to our New Jersey lineage, too.

I’ve heard plenty of people say we should trade Caris for a third playmaker to join Kyrie and KD. But, for me, Caris is our third star, and his game has always backed that up. …


With the NBA season starting in just a couple weeks, I wanted to take time to discuss three players that I’m excited to see return from injury.

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As much as a lot of NBA fans hated their dominance, the “Splash Brothers” are one of the greatest duos we’ve ever seen, and is THE greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history. Of course last season was forgettable for Golden State with Klay recovering from ACL surgery, and then Steph breaking his hand. They ultimately ended up in the lottery with the 2nd pick in the draft and with Klay coming back next season, the Warriors championship window was still open. …


Cam Reddish was the 10th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, selected by the Atlanta Hawks. So why aren’t they using him?

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Coming out of High School, Cam Reddish was highly sought after by many universities. With him being a 5 star recruit, it obviously made sense why. When he commited to duke he would be joining fellow 5 star recruits RJ Barrett and the phenom himself, Zion Williamson. Duke was absolutely LOADED with talent, and in my opinion I feel like having so many superstar kids on a team can do more harm than good.

Most kids nowadays are one-and-done players, meaning that after their Freshman year, there heading to the draft. Cam was one of those players, but so were RJ and Zion who garnered most of the attention at Duke in 2019. Cam was almost used as a spot up shooter more often than not, and he struggled some games because of it. …


After having a stellar season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, CP3 now finds himself in Phoenix with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Here’s why it’ll be beneficial for both Paul those young guys.

When Chris Paul was traded from the Rockets to the Thunder for Russell Westbrook. Most people decided to write him off, they wrote off the entire team. The media gave the Chris Paul led Thunder only a 0.2% chance of making the playoffs.

Bad move.

Not only did the Thunder make the playoffs, but they finished with a record of 44-28. Good enough for the 6th seed, and to make things more awkward, they would go up against the Rockets in the first round who had the same exact record with James Harden and Russell Westbrook. …


Ben Simmons. Joel Embiid. Daryl Morey??? What could possibly go wrong? Or right?

The Philadelphia 76ers recently hired Glenn “Doc” Rivers to be their next head coach. This of course was huge NBA news considering how Rivers last season coaching the Clippers went. The 76ers would then shock everyone by hiring Daryl Morey to be their President of Basketball Operations.

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If you’ve been watching NBA basketball the last few years then you know how Morey works. After years of being embarrassed by the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs, Morey would take the Warriors style of “small ball” and inject it with steroids. No player on the Rockets would be allowed to take mid range shots except Russell Westbrook. …


Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown make up one of the best wing duo’s in the league, but Danny Ainge needs to let them flourish.

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Jayson Tatum is only 21 years old and finished his third season with averages of 23.4 PPG, 3.0 APG & 7.0 RPG. He was an All-Star for the first time in his career as well. His teammate Jaylen Brown, is 24 years old and finished his fourth season with averages of 20.3 PPG, 2.1 APG & 6.4 RPG.

Danny Ainge and the Celtics struck gold (no pun intended) with the selections of these two via draft. In 2016 the Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown after they landed the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, which came from a trade with the Brooklyn Nets…. yep, that trade. In 2017 the Celtics landed the first overall pick in the draft, but traded the pick for Philadelphia’s 3rd pick and then proceeded to draft Jayson Tatum out of Duke University. …

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Mars Robinson

Journalism major. I write basketball articles that range from current day to historic. (Twitter: @marsjoint)

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