BY: JOHN DELEON
A couple of years ago, Paul George made a business decision for his future. He decided that he would not be re-signing and let the front office of the Indiana Pacers know ahead of time, of his choice. Basketball fans across the globe believed George would be trying to force his way to his hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers. The monkeywrench thrown in all of this, people believe he wanted to end up in LA, the Lakers decided against giving anything up in a trade for something (or someone) they believed could be theirs, essentially, for nothing. It was a conundrum.
While a member of the Indiana Pacers, George was a member of the All-NBA Team three times, All-Defensive Team twice, made the All Star teams four times, won Most Improved Player and was also a member of the All-Rookie Team. LeBron James and the Heatles (Miami Heat) were making their back-to-back Finals appearance, George and the Pacers also did all they could to get in the way of that happening. In 2013, it took 7 games. In 2014, it took 6 games.
BY: MATTHEW EMERY
It’s never a dull moment in the NBA. While NBA Twitter was obsessing over the possibility of an Anthony Davis trade, the Knicks, in a shocking move, traded Kristaps Prozingis to the Dallas Mavericks. This was perhaps the most surprising trade we’ve seen in while as it came without a formal trade demand or much rumors. In fact, it manifested before any rumors had time to take off.
The New York Knicks officially traded Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first round draft picks (2021 and 2023).
BY: TOMMY COSTELLO
You may be not too familiar with Ryan Arcidiacono, the current point guard of the Chicago Bulls. You might’ve heard his name tossed around before by broadcasters, always seeming to pronounce his name in different ways. You might also remember him from the 2016 national championship run made by the Villanova Wildcats. For those of you who don’t know who he is, let me proudly introduce you to him.
Ryan Arcidiacono is a 6’3, 200-pound guard from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, which is about 25 miles away from Philadelphia. Ryan attended Neshaminy High School where he starred as a top 50 recruit picking up offers from schools such as Villanova, Notre Dame, Florida, and West Virginia. After his junior season at Neshaminy, Ryan started to feel pain in his lower back. This pain that he was feeling turned out to be a herniated disk and forced him to sit out his senior season. Before this injury occurred, Ryan was already committed to attend Villanova University and he was worried that he would be dropped from Villanova’s list because of it. This could’ve been the end for his future at Villanova, but something amazing happened.