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27 Aug 2013 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
This article was written prior to the election of Chris Paul as union president. LeBron James: National Basketball Association champion, Most Valuable Player, but not a leader for NBA players off the court. Just two weeks ago, James was considering making a run for the position of president of the NBA Players’ Association. But since then LeBron has backed out of his wavering commitment to run, leaving the position to Roger Mason Jr. of the New Orleans Pelicans. Former Union Executive Director Billy Hunter was ousted mid-way through the year because of charges of nepotism and the possible misuse of union funds, and then-president Derek Fisher’s power […] Read the full story »

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8 May 2013 | One Comment | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
If you don’t know by now – how could you not – I’m a huge Washington Wizards fan. But, I’ve sadly become accustomed to having to find another team to cheer for come playoff time ever since Gilbert Arenas’ hibachi got a little too hot and he decided to take the term ‘Suns out, guns out’ a little too far. Since the start of the playoffs, I’ve been rooting non-stop for the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks, because Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are my two favorite players. However, with the loss of Russell Westbrook for the Thunder and the age of the Knicks, I […] Read the full story »

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24 Apr 2013 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Associate Sports Editor
This year’s NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year race is one of the most compelling MVP races in recent memory. You have the reigning MVP LeBron James coming off his most efficient season since entering the league. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant are in the mix as usual, and then you have a new, defensive-minded Carmelo Anthony. When I think about who the MVP should be, I take a look at not only the players’ stats, but how other players on the team are performing and how much the team has accomplished. I ask myself: “How would this team fare if you take away […] Read the full story »

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5 Mar 2013 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Associate Sports Editor
You know what really grinds my gears? The fact that Magic Johnson has offered LeBron James $1 million to participate in the dunk contest. Yes, you read that correctly. Magic Johnson offered LeBron $1 million to dunk. Oh yeah, ESPN analyst Michael Wilbon offered to throw in $1,000 to see it happen as well. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see LeBron participate in the coolest event during the NBA All-Star Weekend. Just look at his recent pre-game dunks during warm-ups. They’re a lot more creative and difficult than jumping over the hood of a car or failing to recreate one of Vince Carter’s or […] Read the full story »

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20 Feb 2013 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Associate Sports Editor
A lot of talk has been made in the past few days about the Kobe and LeBron “beef” that took place in the All-Star game Sunday. Who would have thought that Kobe and LeBron are all the basketball media outlets are talking about? For those who didn’t watch the All-Star game, which was tightly contested, albeit with little defense, you missed Kobe completely shut out LeBron in the final quarter. Not only did Kobe, who was the one who decided to guard LeBron in the final stretch of the game, hold the reigning MVP to zero points, but he also blocked two of LeBron’s critical shots toward […] Read the full story »

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More teams than Lakers need to be recognized this season
13 Feb 2013 | One Comment | By Jesse Jones, Assistant Sports Editor
Allow me to preface this column by saying that I am in no way a “Laker hater” or have anything against them. In fact, before the season started, I predicted them to win the NBA Finals over the Miami Heat after acquiring Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks and Steve Nash in the offseason. I’m also a fan of Kobe, so that just about takes away any bashing that can be thrown at me as far as that goes. Now let’s begin. I am sick and tired of all the coverage ESPN gives the Los Angeles Lakers after every game. Win or lose, ESPN asks the same […] Read the full story »

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30 Jan 2013 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Assistant Sports Editor
Ted Leonsis has done a fantastic job of revitalizing the culture of the Washington Capitals. From the 2003-04 season to the 2006-07 season, not including the lockout season in 2004-05, the Caps failed to make the playoffs (not to mention had some of the worst jerseys in the NHL aside from the alternate blue uniform). In the early stage of the 2007-08 season, the Caps had the worst record in the league. Leonsis fired then-Head Coach Glen Hanlon and brought in Santa Claus’ sibling Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau and the “Great Eight” Alex Ovechkin led the Caps from the bottom to winning the Southeast Division, albeit to lose […] Read the full story »

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12 Dec 2012 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Assistant Sports Editor
Carmelo Anthony is the king of New York basketball. I’m not talking solely about the Knicks. The new guys in town, the Brooklyn Nets, are loaded with stars, including one of the best point guards in the game, Deron Williams. Last season Williams played incredible, averaging 21 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. It was one of his best seasons since entering the league. New York also witnessed the Asian sensation Jeremy Lin who took all the hype away from ‘Melo last year, and deservedly so. Let’s not forget that ‘Melo sat out several games last season due to injury. But it’s a new season in New […] Read the full story »

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5 Dec 2012 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Assistant Sports Editor
The first Washington Wizards’ game I ever saw was at what was formerly known as the MCI Center and was against the Miami Heat. It was Michael Jordan’s last season, the Wizards won the game and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. A decade later, the Wiz Kids can’t seem to buy a win, literally. Every night for the past few seasons it seems that the Wiz lose. Except for this past Tuesday night when they beat the Miami Heat and LeBrick James, who missed three three-pointers in the final stretch of the game that would have given his team the lead. HA! In the offseason, […] Read the full story »

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2 May 2012 | One Comment | By Andrew Constant, Senior Writer
For my final Bank Shots column ever, I want to revisit the predictions that I made before the season started and reflect on what was a fun, yet shortened season of NBA basketball. The playoffs are less than a week old, but we’ve already seen two superstars go down with serious injuries in completely different ways. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL last Saturday in Chicago’s Game 1 victory over Philly. The Bulls are now without Rose for the remainder of the season, which will hamper their ability to make a run at the Eastern Conference crown. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire was so frustrated after NY […] Read the full story »