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- WE LEARNED…COACH K IS A MASTER
AFTER Saturday there was no longer any doubt over which school has the best recruiting program in College hoops. Zion Williamson, the No. 2 overall ranked prospect, committed to the ‘Duke Brotherhood’ in a nationally televised event, giving the Blue Devils a clean sweep of the top three recruits in the class of 2018. Damn.
- WE LEARNED…THE FED EXPRESS IS FAR FROM DONE
WITH a 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory over Tomas Berdych overnight Roger Federer will make his 14th semifinal appearance at the Australian Open in 15 tries. This is not a typo, the man is a God.
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- WE LEARNED…RONALDINHO CALLS CURTAINS
441 games and 167 goals later footballing legend Ronaldinho has hung up his boots. That doesn’t include his 135 games and 56 goals he scored for Brazil, which saw him lead them to a 2002 World Cup win. Ronaldinho is best known for his days at Barcelona and Milan where the excitement machine became a highlight reel everytime he touched the ball. Thanks for the memories Dinho!
- WE LEARNED…THE CAVS ARE DOING THEIR JANUARY THING AGAIN
IT seems like an annual tradition that LeBron James’ Cavaliers play poorly in the month of January now. These issues though might not be fixable by flicking a switch come playoff time with team meetings, trade rumours and plenty of hostility surrounding the team right now. Amid all the issues in Ohio, James scored his 30,000th point last night against the Spurs, becoming the youngest player to reach the milestone. See there is good news Cavs fans!
- WE LEARNED…THE 2018 ALL-STAR SQUAD
I have a confession to make. I completely forgot about Kyle Lowry when I did my All-Star predictions. Like literally did not mention him once, so sorry Kyle. He did make the squad of 24 when the All-Star reserves were announced last night, but notable names like Andre Drummond, Lou Williams, Chris Paul and Paul George were left off the ballot.
- WE LEARNED…THERE ARE TWO TRAE YOUNG’S
THERE is the 48 point, 39 shot, seven turnover Trae Young and the 26 point, nine shot, five turnover Trae Young. Out of every player who has played over 100 minutes this season Young owns the 2nd highest usage rate, meaning the ball is in his hands a ton of a lot. This translates to a ton of shots and a ton of turnovers, against Kansas last night he showcased how he can be efficient and lead his team to a win in the loaded Big-12 conference.
- WE LEARNED…NOT ALL IS WELL WITH KAWHI LEONARD
MAYBE in more than one way. Another indefinite stint on the sidelines has reportedly caused a rift between Leonard and personnel with the team. While (of course) both sides are denying anything is wrong, there is no denying that the season is going from bad to worse for Kawhi.
- WE LEARNED…STIPE MIOCIC SHOULD NO LONGER BE DOUBTED
MY bad Stipe. I thought that you would lose your heavyweight crown to the highly entertaining Francis Ngannou at UFC 220. I thought his elite power would make life hell for you and lead to your demise. I was wrong. Your experience shone through as you fought a flawless fight and became the first heavyweight to defend your belt for the third consecutive time. My bad.
- WE LEARNED…BILLY PRESTON IS NO LONGER A JAYHAWK
WE finally have closure in the Billy Preston mystery. Well, sort of. A car accident in November left Preston sidelined indefinitely as the NCAA launched an investigation into the incident. Before playing in a single game the 5-star recruit left Kansas opting to sign with a pro team in the Bosnian league instead. A weird story just gets weirder.
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- WE LEARNED…A SUPER BOWL XXXIX REMATCH WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT SUNDAY
TWO very different conference championship games left just two teams remaining in the quest for the Vince Lombardi trophy next Sunday. Jacksonville gave New England a scare briefly before Tom Brady delivered for the umpteenth time in a 24-20 win. It was a different story for the Vikings/Eagles clash with Minnesota striking first to take a 7-0 lead. They didn’t score against as Philly piled on 38 unanswered points booking an appearance in Minneapolis as they try to win the franchises first Super Bowl.
- WE LEARNED…KEMBA IS EXPENDABLE
SOMEWHAT surprisingly the Charlotte Hornets are shopping All-Star guard Kemba Walker. The Hornets owner Michael Jordan has come forward and said that he would only accept another All-Star calibre player in return for Walker, but the news that they are shopping their franchise player still comes as a bit of a shock.