NBA Basketball News
The NBA recently announced that it will be moving next year’s annual All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina as the league doesn’t agree with the state’s House Bill 2. The house bill is a controversial law which was introduced several months ago. However, the league also announced that it plans to host the All-Star Game in the city of Charlotte in 2019 and it will decide in the next few weeks where the 2017 contest will end up. It’s believed the event would have brought in approximately $100 million worth of revenue for local Charlotte area businesses next year and the game may eventually take place in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 17th.
The annual ESPY Awards were handed out on the 13th of July, 2016 at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater with professional wrestler John Cena acting as the host. There were a total of eight honourary and 31 competitive awards handed out on the night. The awards show was launched in 1993 with ESPY standing for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly. The ceremony recognizes team and individual athletic achievements and performances during the previous 12 months. The ESPYs were designed to be similar to the Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Academy Awards. The winners are voted on by a collection of fans, broadcasters, sportswriters, and sports executives etc.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is rubbing some people the wrong way as he tries all possible angles to wrangle the most money out of the NBA club. For the third straight year James has announced his intention of becoming a free agent. But like last year, there’s not any chance of him leaving Cleveland. The MVP of the just-finished NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors became a free agent on July 1st when he decided not to exercise his 2016/17 player option on the two-year contract he signed last year. The move was purely a financial one as it allows him to make more money than the $24 million he was due next season.
The 2016 NBA Draft was held on June 23rd with a total of 60 players being taken with 22 of the 30 first-round picks coming from American colleges.
The Philadelphia 76ers had the number one overall pick and took Australian forward Ben Simmons out of LSU (Louisiana State University). Simmons has a lot of upside and most experts feel he’ll become a regular all-star in the league even though there have been concerns about his leadership qualities in college. The last time Philadelphia had the top selection they drafted Allen Iverson, so they’re hoping Simmons may end up being just as good. The 19-year-old Simmons, who is 6-feet-10-inches tall, is the first LSU player to be taken number one overall. There was some sad news for the Simmons family though as Ben’s cousin Zachary Simmons was killed by a hit and run driver in Hoboken, New Jersey two days after the draft.
- July 25th, 2016
NBA takes 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina
- July 19th, 2016
2016 ESPY Award Winners announced
- July 4th, 2016
LeBron James and his complicated contract issues
- June 28th, 2016
Recapping the top 10 NBA Draft Picks
- June 21st, 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers make NBA history with Championship win
- May 16th, 2016
Orlando Magic searching for head coach after Scott Skiles resigns
- April 18th, 2016
Kobe Bryant dominates the court in last-ever NBA game
- January 25th, 2016
First-place Cleveland Cavaliers replace head coach David Blatt
- November 9th, 2015
NCAA to become first-ever American sports league to play in China
- August 26th, 2015
Michael Jordan awarded $8.9 million for unauthorized ad
- July 27th, 2015
Cops open fire on vehicle at Tour de France
- July 7th, 2015
NBA star Steve Nash begins pro soccer career
- May 19th, 2015
WNBA newlyweds hit with seven-game suspensions
- March 1st, 2015
Basketball teams thrown out of tournament after trying to lose to each other
- February 16th, 2015
High school basketball thriller ends 2-0