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- WE LEARNED…WHO WILL PLAY FOR TEAM LEBRON AND TEAM STEPH
WE knew the 24 participants, but now we know the teams. LeBron James and Steph Curry took part in the first ever NBA All-Star draft. While the order of the picks is unknown everyone assumes that James took Kevin Durant with the first pick so we will get to see the two MVP’s run together. For a list of the full teams click here.
- WE LEARNED…INJURIES STILL SUCK
IT wasn’t a great week for Team LeBron though as DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles), John Wall (knee) and his Cavaliers teammate Kevin Love (hand) all suffered injuries that will keep them out for a big chunk of time. Andre Drummond (Pistons) and Paul George (Thunder) have been chosen to replace Wall and Boogie in the All-Star game in LA two weeks from now with Love’s replacement yet to be named.
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- WE LEARNED…RONDA ROUSEY IS WWE BOUND
ONE of the greatest mixed martial artists of our time seems to have finished her MMA career as she switches her focus to pro wrestling. Rouda Rousey, the former bantamweight champion who defended her belt successfully six times is swapping the octagon for the wrestling ring after this week signing a full-time contract with the WWE.
- WE LEARNED…BLAKE GRIFFIN IS NOW A PISTON
THE LA Clippers had been linked to dozens of trade rumours in the last few weeks. Names like DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams were floated around as players being targeted by other teams, but instead, the Detroit Pistons dropped a bombshell on the basketball world when they made a move for Blake Griffin. The 5x All-Star along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson will swap spots with Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanović in the deal.
- WE LEARNED…VIRGINIA > DUKE
WHEN No. 2 Virginia (19-1) clashed with No. 4 Duke (18-2) on Saturday we knew we were in for a show. The Cavaliers pushed the lead out early only for Coach K’s men to come storming back and take the lead in the second half. A Ty Jerome 3-pointer with less than a minute proved to be the difference as Virginia held on to take down the Blue Devils.
- WE LEARNED…MICHIGAN STATE COULD BE IN BIG TROUBLE
IT was a big week off the court for the Spartans. Amidst the Larry Nassar case, allegations of a sexual violence against a number of Michigan State football and basketball players have filtered in. As a result, both MSU president Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis have retired in the last seven days.
- WE LEARNED…THE REDSKINS HAVE A NEW QB
A rare January trade hit the NFL last night when the Kansas City Chiefs traded Alex Smith away to the Washington Redskins. After five seasons as KC’s starting quarterback, the trade likely made way for rookie Patrick Mahomes to take the starting reigns. The Redskins gave up a third-round pick and cornerback Kendell Fuller as compensation.
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- WE LEARNED…FEDERER & WOZ REIGN SUPREME
TWO weeks on enthralling tennis later and two tennis stars have been crowned. Caroline Wozniacki rose to become the new world No. 1 as she claimed victory in the women’s bracket. Of course, we were once again reminded to never doubt Federer on the men’s side as the ageless wonder took out his 20th Grand Slam title making it back-to-back wins in Melbourne.
- WE LEARNED…THERE’S JAMES HARDEN THEN EVERYONE ELSE
GOOD Lord, James Harden is not real. The Beard poured in an amazing stat line of 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, becoming the first player to record a triple-double with 60 points. The scoring output also broke the Houston single-game scoring record topping Calvin Murphy’s 57 with a massive fourth quarter where he scored 18 points. In the MVP race, it’s clear James Harden is first and daylight has now moved into second place.