Cleveland Basketball’s Wasteland of Bittersweet Stories and Broken Salaries

The unsung tragedy of LeBron James' westward move leaves his hometown team in the darkest of depths. On November 2, 2016, the Cleveland Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series, throwing away a 3-1 series lead against the Chicago Cubs. On December 31, 2017, the Cleveland Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers to cement … Continue reading Cleveland Basketball’s Wasteland of Bittersweet Stories and Broken Salaries

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Project Left Bench EMERGENCY Podcast AVAILABLE NOW – 2018 NBA Finals, Game 1 Edition

By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter A brand new ProjectLeftBench.com podcast is available now at https://soundcloud.com/oscar-rzodkiewicz/project-left-bench-emergency-podcast-2018-nba-finals-game-1-june-1-2018-projectleftbenchcom or below! 2018 NBA Finals, Game 1 Edition Listen during your morning breakfast, on your way to work, during your afternoon breakfast, or, hell, just sitting on your couch! Timestamps: 0:55 - Cavs/LeBron James' OT downfall 3:20 - Fair overturned charge … Continue reading Project Left Bench EMERGENCY Podcast AVAILABLE NOW – 2018 NBA Finals, Game 1 Edition

To Trust LeBron James or the Celtics at Home: A Statistical Basketball Enigma

By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter Cleveland Cavaliers hometown hero LeBron James dazzled the Boston Celtics in a win-or-go-home Game 6 in Ohio to the tune of 46 points, including two gargantuan and clutch threes with under 150 ticks left on the clock, and one dime shy of a triple-double, so the series boils down … Continue reading To Trust LeBron James or the Celtics at Home: A Statistical Basketball Enigma

Lonzo Ball’s Place in this Game of Tug-of-War Must Be Tiring

By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter After another polarizing comment from his father, Lonzo Ball's professionalism and demeanor deserves a nod. LaVar Ball is no stranger to making media outlets frenzy over his comments, and his most recent quotes hold no exception. The father of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball criticized Los Angeles' head coach Luke … Continue reading Lonzo Ball’s Place in this Game of Tug-of-War Must Be Tiring

Late Houston Surge Spoils Kings’ Home Opener 105-100

By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz Behind a few late James Harden moments, the Rockets were able to outlast the Sacramento’s youthful offense in the Golden1 Center’s second season. With 26 seconds left in the game, a replayed call sent Eric Gordon to the free-throw line to put the Rockets up 5 and seal the game. Harden … Continue reading Late Houston Surge Spoils Kings’ Home Opener 105-100

NBA Draft Lottery Reform: Adam Silver’s Latest League Renovation

The NBA lottery system will undergo change after the league's board of directors voted 28-1-1 in favor of regulations to discourage tanking according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Rules on player rest were also included, and both updates will be implemented in 2019. The announcement from NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Thursday came with changes … Continue reading NBA Draft Lottery Reform: Adam Silver’s Latest League Renovation

The Evasiveness of Winning: A James Harden Complex

By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz James Harden's impeccable regular season in 2017 was undercut on Thursday night as the NBA MVP-hopeful posted only 10 points with two made field goals and six turnovers in a 114-75 concession to the Spurs in Houston. Prior to the contest, it appeared the basketball gods tried to setup a decisive Game 7 … Continue reading The Evasiveness of Winning: A James Harden Complex

Goodnight, Sweet King: The DeMarcus Cousins Gut Punch

The former cornerstone of Sacramento basketball is stunningly gone, and Kings fans wish DeMarcus Cousins nothing but success. DeMarcus Cousins made his third-straight All-Star appearance this weekend in New Orleans. He posted only two points in three minutes played, and the cogs that began to turn behind the scenes that planned his departure from Sacramento were … Continue reading Goodnight, Sweet King: The DeMarcus Cousins Gut Punch

7 Thoughts After 7 Days of the 2016-17 NBA Season

Basketball is back, and in the early part of the 2016 season, some NBA teams have already shown flashes of major change from last year--some for the better, some for the worse. Young players have proven their worth, remodeled teams have flexed their new talent, and Derrick Rose isn't hurt yet. There is plenty of … Continue reading 7 Thoughts After 7 Days of the 2016-17 NBA Season

Steph Curry Finally Failed

The Golden State Warriors last dropped three straight games in November of 2013 when Mark Jackson was still coaching Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. However, current head coach Steve Kerr, along with Curry and Thompson, allowed that exact feat to occur on their own home floor Sunday evening by a score of 93-89 in favor … Continue reading Steph Curry Finally Failed