Selection Sunday is behind us, meaning the field of 68 is set and millions of brackets are in the process of being filled out with hopes of generating a massive payday (courtesy of Warren Buffet).
Sure the odds of perfecting your tournament match-ups are virtually impossible (a reportedly 1 in 9 quintillion shot), but bragging rights among friends and colleagues at the office are still up for grabs.
Who said there’s no room for moral victories in sports?
In hopes of arming you with the knowledge needed to sharpen your pre-existing NCAA basketball acumen – or equip you with the basics for effective conversational hoops talk – TheSource has provided you with a plethora of digital cheat sheets, in preparation of one of the most electric weeks in U.S. sports.
Our latest installment deals with the young men tasked with carrying their respective college programs to the promised land (i.e. – a national championship). This collective is comprised of ten dynamic players with NBA prowess and All-American consideration.
Here are the top 10 players you need to know and watch, this tournament season:
Jabari Parker, Duke (19.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg):
Parker, one of the nations top freshman, headlines one of the most lauded freshman classes in the last decade. Parker hasn’t shied away from the pressure, however, nearly averaging a double-double in his rookie campaign (19 and 9) and leading his team to a tournament three-seed. The recent Tisdale Award recipient is slated to get selected third in the 2014 NBA Draft, should he declare.
Lil’ B‘s relentless dissing of Kevin Durant, however hilarious and petulant, isn’t amusing to the current MVP frontrunner.
Give it up to Lil’ B for his timeliness, though. In the midst of the worst basketball the Thunder have played all season–OKC had lost 3 straight, and recently surrendered a 16 point lead to the Pheonix Suns, and suffered a wire-to-wire loss at the hands of the banged up Lakers on national television–Lil’ B reiterated why he doesn’t like Kevin Durant, and claimed KD will never win a title, among other things, in his latest diss to the former Texas Longhorn.
Yesterday, Kevin Durant was asked about the Lil’ B business, and according to Darnell Mayberry, a beat writer for the Oklahoma City Thunder, his response was the following:
Durant refuses to acknowledge rapper Lil B publicly or give him added attention. Lil B has released several diss tracks about KD
And we mean, really good. What came as a surprise, long-shot announcement a few days ago is now a reality for the New York Knicks, who have apparently lured Phil Jackson to take an executive position in their front-office as of very early this morning.
Fox Sports is reporting that very late last night, Phil Jackson and the Knicks agreed in principle to a deal that would place the 11-time NBA champion, in charge of both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant’s historic three-peats, in charge of all the team’s basketball operations.
Jackson may just provide the stability and direction the Knicks need. Their season has been in the tanker for the majority of the year, only recently have they begun to show signs of hope, and they currently sit only 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Neither Jackson nor James Dolan, who runs the Knicks, have made an official comment but we expect that later today.
The New York Jets have decided to release Antonio Cromartie.
The New York Jets made a decision that will save them millions by releasing their cornerback, Antonio Cromartie. This would have been his final year with the team and it would have cost them in total around $20 million. Cromartie was coming off an injury which resulted in one of his worst seasons. There might be hopes of the Jets gaining Antonio Cromartie back with a reduced salary or they might shop their options for a new cornerback. Antonio Cromartie was a great asset to the Jets so it would be terrible to see them just release him without even attempting to resign him with a better contract that fits their needs. Stay tuned for more updates.
The New York Rangers are 2-0 in their season series with the Detroit Red Wings.
Today is the final regular season game between The New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings. With the New York Rangers already being 2-0 in the season series, all eyes are on them to get the season sweep. This nationally televised game will be one you don’t want to miss. In previous years, the Red Wings have been known to always come out on top over the Rangers but this year things just might be different. The energy is going to be crazy at the game and emotions will be at an all-time high. Make sure you tune in and watch who comes out on top.
Allen Iverson and Michael Carter-Williams both have a couple of things in common: they were both lightning quick guards from the Big East and they ended up being drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Iverson, of course is recently retired and Carter-Williams is a rising star in the NBA. Nevertheless, Carter Williams has an admiration and respect for Iverson’s body of work during his fourteen year NBA career.
Carter-Williams wasn’t old enough to remember the hey-day of the Chicago Bulls first three-peat from 1991 through 1993. He was only four months old when the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA Championship in 1991 defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. Although Michael Jordan was and is the man on the basketball court, Carter-Williams will be the first to tell you that Allen Iverson was one of his favorite players while growing up.
“I’m a little young for the Jordan-era so I couldn’t see him but I did get to see Kobe, Shaq, Tracy McGrady,” Carter-Williams told The Source.
Iverson’s number 3 jersey was retired in front of more than 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday. An 11-time All-Star, Iverson finished his career averaging 26.7 points per game, the sixth-best career scoring mark in NBA league history. Carter-Williams, thinks that it is pretty cool to suit up for a team that one of his favorite players once played for and also thought it was pretty exciting to check out the love Iverson received Saturday night.
“It’s special to see him being celebrated,” he said. “What he did for the city of Philadelphia is just great. To sit in the locker room that he once did is a dream.” Allen Iverson was no doubt a trendsetter, in the 90s, he organically introduced a fearless style and way of playing basketball that many players in the NBA to this day have embraced. Carter-Williams liked the trends that Iverson brought to the NBA. “He’s a big trendsetter,” said Carter-Williams. “Besides Jordan, he was the biggest trendsetter in terms of guys coming in with tattoos now and headbands with braids and sleeves. I think he really was the one who started that off.”
Iverson was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player during the 2000-01 season. He took the Sixers to the NBA Finals that same season where they lost to the eventual champion, the Los Angeles Lakers. He officially announced his retirement on October 30, 2013.