In grade 8 I remember getting a Andrea Bargnani jersey for my birthday and wearing it on the first day of school. People thought I was absurd for wanting this guys jersey. Ever since the Raptors drafted him first overall in 2005, he has been bashed and called a NBA Draft bust. Having Bargnani compared to Dirk Nowitizki was one of the only things that kept Raptors fans from losing their minds. He was horrible on the defensive end and for a seven-footer who hardly got any rebounds.
In his rookie season he averaged 11.6 points a game and 3.6 rebounds a game.
At the beginning of last season, through eight games, Bargnani was averaging 22.8 points a game and 6.4 rebounds a game.
A thing to note about Bargnani is that every year in the NBA, he has slowly but surely improved his game. New Raptors coach, defensive specialist, Dwayne Casey has challenged him to at least pick up two rebounds a quarter.
With the new coaching system in place, it will help him significantly improve his game on a daily basis.
As Lebron James sits on the brink of elimination in pursuit of his first NBA championship, the furious debate over who the best basketball player in the world between Kobe Bryant or James rages on.
Many people give Bryant the edge over James because he has more championship rings. One of the funniest scenes in the 2011 film, "Bad Teacher", involved Jason Segal's character arguing with a student about who was better between James and Bryant. Is this a legitimate way of comparing who's better? Not entirely.
Numerous of Hall of Fame greats including Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Karl Malone and dozens of others never won a single ring.
Surprisingly to most, of the five NBA rings that Bryant has won, he's only been Finals MVP twice. In comparison, Michael Jordan was Finals MVP all six times he won the NBA championship.
In Bryant's 16-year career, he's only been the league MVP once in 2008 while LeBron has already won it thrice and is only nine years into his career.
This tells us a few things:
Sports analysts often tend to compare players who have played in different eras throughout history. Whether it's the NBA with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant or the NHL with Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby, there are always comparisons.
In this article I will be focusing on how you can compare current players in the NBA and NHL to players of the past.
There are many differences that several NBA greats may not want to admit to. Technology has massively improved in the 21st century. Training techniques have developed as well and there is much more information available to the public. The internet didn't even exist back then! Now you can look up on Youtube to find out how you to increase your vertical and basketball skills. You could argue that in this era, the game is a lot more polished. If you were to look at a basketball game from 20 years ago, you would realize three things.
1. The game seemed a lot slower.
2. There were a lot more white players playing.
3. They all wore short shorts.
In all seriousness though, I'm thankful that Michigan's fab five made longer shorts popular.
The last time the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series was in 1993.
The No. 1 song was "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. Will Smith was "The Fresh Prince of Bell Air" and the sitcom star was yelling "Yo homes smell ya later," to the cab driver.
A lot has changed since then. The Blue Jays' playoff drought continues to drag, as the club has failed to make the playoffs since Joe Carter hit the walk-off homer in Game Six of the 1993 World Series.
The Blue Jays finished with a 81-81 record and placed 4th in the AL East in 2011, despite having Jose Bautista, who is one of the best hitters in the American League. Bautista offers Toronto hope going forward, but there is still a lot of work to do.
The ability for a player to be "clutch" is often analyzed by sports fans and pundits. The topic is often difficult to accurately evaluate.
Here is the definition of "clutch" in relation to sports:
1. Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the championship by sinking a clutch putt.
2. Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach relied on her clutch pitcher.
Now basketball fanatics always rave about how "clutch" NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is.
Bryant is the all-time leader for hitting the most game-winning shots. Now does this mean that Bryant is the most clutch player in the league?
Well, that's debatable.
With a team trailing by one or two points, or tied, in the final 24 seconds of regular-season and playoff games since 1996-97, with a minimum of 30 shots. Here are the players' shooting statistics: