Welcome to the NBA finals, Manu Ginobili.
The Argentinian rolled back the years in Game 5 of the NBA finals, giving a virtuoso performance that has the San Antonio Spurs on the brink of their first NBA Championship since 2007.
The perfect time for his best game of the season.
Coach Gregg Popovich pulled another masterstroke on Sunday night, giving Ginobili his first start of the season, much to the delight of the capacity crowd. Ginobili repaid his Coaches faith in him with 24 points and 10 assists, his highest totals of the campaign.
More importantly, he was the driving force behind the Spurs' 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat, leaving them one game away from an NBA Championship.
With the College Football season a matter of weeks away, we begin a weekly preview of the college athletes that will have a huge impact on the season.
#1. Jadeveon Clowney:
Position: Defensive End.
University: South Carolina.
Height: 6 ft, 6 inches.
Weight: 272 lbs.
Draft Projection: 1st overall (1st round) 2014 Draft.
For those of you unaware of Jadeveon Clowney, where have you been? The Junior is already ready for the NFL and had it not been for the rules forbidding early entry into the draft, Clowney would have been a top 5 pick in this years draft. Some even suggested Clowney was ready to be drafted coming straight out of High School.
A consensus All-American and SEC Defensive player of the year in 2012, Clowney is a once in a lifetime prospect who could change the face of the Defensive End position forever. He is a one-man wrecking crew who has been destined for greatness from an early age.
When Jason Kidd retired from a 19-year playing career just a matter of weeks ago, I doubt even he expected what was to come next.
Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
Wednesday's announcement sent shockwaves through the Basketball world. The 40 year old has no coaching experience whatsoever, yet he did enough in his interview to convince the Nets that he was the right man to take the franchise forward. He subsequently signed a three-year deal and will start immediately.
Certainly a bold move, very much in-keeping with their new philosophy since their arrival in Brooklyn under Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
There is very much a 'Boom or Bust' element to this hiring. Despite a glorious career in the NBA, which will no doubt make Kidd a first ballot Hall-of-Famer, he has zero coaching experience at any level. Kidd has stated he has been studying for the role for some time, but there is no substitute for experience and many feel this is too large a step for Kidd, who may have been better off taking an assistant coaching job first to learn the ins-and-outs of the game.
However, with big risk comes big reward.
As good as LeBron James is, he is just one man.
It's sometimes hard to believe, but he is only human.
The four-time MVP had one of the worst outings of his career in Tuesday's 113-77 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which the Spurs now lead 2-1. James missed 11 of his first 13 shots, finishing 7-21 from the field for 15 points.
He has yet to reach the 20 point mark in these finals.
This was far more concerning, LeBron's plus/minus ratio was the worst it had been in his ENTIRE career (-32). A staggering statistic. He failed to get to the free throw line even once, the first time that has occurred in his Miami postseason career. It is also the first time since 2nd December 2009 that he has failed to get to the line in ANY game.
Alarming to say the least.
James did manage to grab 11 rebounds, but his creativity was hampered for much of the game, evident by his modest total of 5 assists. Hardly the sort of thing you expect from the most dominant player in a generation.
So, just what is going wrong?
Brace yourselves, New England.
Tebow-Mania is heading your way.
Today the Patriots confirmed yesterday's rumours that they have indeed signed Quarterback Tim Tebow on a two-year contract. He will immediately enter a competition with Ryan Mallett to be Tom Brady's back-up for the upcoming season during training camp. This has come as somewhat of a surprise, as just last week it was stated that Belichick and the Pats had no interest in Tebow whatsoever.
The Patriot organisation has clearly had a rethink and are willing to give the former Heisman trophy winner another shot in the NFL, following a harrowing season with the New York Jets, leading to his release when the team drafted West Virginia Quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft.