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2014 NBA Finals – ‘Young’ Heat vs. ‘Old’ Spurs?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio - 2014 NBA Finals

Here are some names that will indefinitely warp you back in time: Keith Van Horn, Chauncey Billups, and Tracy McGrady. These classic NBA players all have two things in common – they were all drafted behind Tim Duncan in the 1997 NBA Draft and they are all retired or (in Chauncey Billups’ case) rumored to be on their way out. While these iconic names have thrown in the towel to their NBA careers, Tim Duncan is still showing, 17 years later, why he was a number one draft pick, as he leads his team to a NBA Finals rematch against Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

In 2012, Reggie Miller coined the nickname “Old Man Riverwalk” for Tim Duncan and if you consider his ripe old age of 38 and the fact that he plays in the city of the infamous Downtown Riverwalk, it seems rather fitting. But statistically, Duncan appears to have turned back the hands of time to give Father Time a nice slap in the face. No, he’s not scoring 25.5 points per game as he did in 2001-2002 or the 12.9 rebounds per game he achieved in 2002-2003, but rather, a modest 15.1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game, which is relatively outstanding, considering he’s competing in an NBA that is entirely different than his rookie year… 17 years ago! He’s evolved over time to maintain a fundamentally sound, consistent performance and nicknames aside, he and his team are heading into the 2014 NBA Finals.

All throughout the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the entire Spurs team was inundated with nicknames referring to age, such as Boris Diaw’s moniker, “Old Man at the YMCA,” or “El Contusion,” the nickname given to the aging Manu Ginobli, but oddly enough, their upcoming NBA Finals opponent actually leads the league in the category of average age per team for the 2013-2014 season – 30.3 years old. Who would have thought that out of 15 players, the average age of the Miami Heat was exceeding the San Antonio Spurs (28.5 years old) by a couple years? Anyone stuck in the frame of mind that the Miami Heat are simply going to blow the “old men” of the Spurs out of the water might be surprised when the two teams hit the hardwood.

Regardless of where you stand on this topic, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are repeating history and going head to head in a Best of 7 Finals series – you don’t want to miss it! For the best NBA Gear for either the Western Conference Champs or Eastern Conference Champs, depend on the unparalleled selection at Fansedge.com. We hope you are as excited as us to see the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs going after the Championship title again!

NBA Finals are Set!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The first round of this year’s NBA playoffs was incredible, with the most overtime games ever, teams winning on the road, and near-upsets left and right. The second round was much more to script, with the number one and two seeds advancing in each conference. Then, in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat proved that they were still the Champions, and cruised to the NBA Finals in a six-game victory that was much easier than most expected.
Spurs conference champs

The Western Conference looked to be a tougher fight, but the Spurs were determined to make it back to the Finals, this time to finish what they couldn’t last year. Although the first 5 games were all won by the home team by large margins, the Spurs were determined to break that trend and push the Thunder on their home court. An ankle injury to Tony Parker put than plan into doubt early, but the heroics of Manu Genobli and Tim Duncan were too much for Westbrook, Durant and the rest of the OKC Thunder in the end.

So now the NBA Finals are set. A rematch of last year’s finals, Heat vs Spurs, in what was one of the best Finals in history. There is a lot at stake here as well… a Three-peat for the Heat would put them in the ranks of the best teams in NBA history. The Spurs want to win another title for the Parker/Duncan combo, which would be their fourth, making them one of the most successful ever. Hopefully we have another Finals to rival last years, and all fans will end up winners.

St. Patrick’s Day: Gear Up in Green!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Get geared up for St. Patrick’s Day with FansEdge! We’re here to help you pick out your favorite outfit for the big day. Show off these fun fashions to all your friends. Whether you’re staying in or seeing the Chicago River turn green, we have everything you need to strut your stuff this holiday. Not sure what to wear this holiday? Visit our St. Patrick’s Day Sports Gear page for all your favorite green gear.

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The NBA’s Top 3 Playoffs Hopefuls

Friday, March 8th, 2013


The NBA Playoffs are right around the corner which means the elite teams are ready to make a push towards greatness! Let’s take a look at the Top 3 teams of each Conference.

Eastern Conference:

Miami Heat – This is definitely not a surprise. Miami is dominating, once again. They’ve won 16 games in a row and hope to continue that winning streak this weekend. At the top of the east, they are 8 games ahead of New York and Indiana. The man wearing a LeBron James jersey is producing another MVP type year. It seems as though he can “flip the switch” when he needs to at the end of games to guarantee a win. Any team that has to face the Miami Heat during the playoffs will have to bring their A+++ game to have a chance to knock off the defending champions.

New York Knicks – The Knicks have cooled off behind the 3 point line. This, in turn, means they haven’t been as successful as they were at the beginning of this season. Their recent struggles can also be a result of multiple injuries to a few key players. Rasheed Wallace, Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby have missed significant number of games this year. Carmelo Anthony, their star player, has also missed a handful of games with nagging injuries. They Knicks were fortunate enough to have Iman Shumpert back in action, and also signed Kenyon Martin to his 2nd 10 day contract. Will those moves help an often injured team that can’t seem to find its rhythm?

Indiana Pacers – The Pacers are performing better than most experts/fans predicted in the early stages of this season. Especially since they’ve played a large part of this season without their “closer,” Danny Granger. As a result of Granger’s absence, Paul George has emerged as an All Star. He’s carried the team thus far and has the Indiana Pacers tied for the 2nd spot in the East. If any team can give the defending champs, the Miami Heat, a run for their money, it’s definitely this team. The pacers have always been a good defensive team, and that hasn’t changed. What has changed is their offensive prowess. They are scoring with ease and their ability to move the ball plays a big part.

Western Conference:

San Antonio Spurs – Coach Gregg Popovich’s system can work well with mediocre players that stick to the game plan. So with 2-3 All Star caliber players involved, having the best record in the NBA doesn’t come as a surprise. Tony Parker recently went down with an ankle injury. Before the injury, Parker was putting up MVP numbers. He was having a better year, statistically, then Derrick Rose’s MVP year. They Spurs are an older team, which means they are used to dealing with a variety of injuries every year. Manu Ginobili has missed a good amount of games as well as Kawhai Leonard. Dealing with adversity is what the San Antonio Spurs are all about. They’ll continue to believe in Popovich’s system, which is a championship winning system.

Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook & Serge Ibaka. Nuff’ Said when it comes to OKC. Those 3 players are, respectably, one of the best at the position they play. They are only 2 ½ games behind the Spurs and are A LOT younger. Only a handful of teams can run with the Thunder. They have 2 out the top 10 scorers in the league. They also have the 2nd leading blocker in the league. Russell Westbrook is also averaging 7.8 assists a game, good enough to be the 5th best in the league this year. Expect to see Oklahoma City Thunder gear up to make their second straight appearance in the NBA Finals. If they can clamp down on their defense, they’ll have a great chance to beat any team coming out of the East, even the Miami Heat!

Los Angeles Clippers – The Clippers started off this season with a bang. Since then, they’ve dealt with injuries to Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. Having the deepest bench in the league has definitely helped. The LA Clippers have established themselves as an elite team this year. Earlier this year they had a season best 17 game winning streak. Blake Griffin has improved his mid-range shot. DeAndre Jordan is quite possible the most fun player to watch while throwing down a lob pass for an exciting dunk. Offense has never been a problem for this team, but their defense needs to improve, drastically, for them to become serious contenders.

Author Bio
This guest post was written by Omair T. Omair is a sales representative here at FansEdge.com. Although his favorite sports are basketball and football, he did crush the competition by winning his Fantasy Baseball league in 2012.

NBA Trade Deadlines

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

This is always a fun time in the NBA! We always hear about crazy trade rumors for almost every team. Teams are trying to stay under the Salary Cap to avoid Luxury tax, while also trying to build a team that can contend for the playoffs and beyond. Here are a few looming questions so far.

Will the Los Angeles Lakers trade Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol?
Are the Chicago Bulls really benefiting from a possible trade, sending Carlos Boozer to Toronto for Andrea Bargnani?

Will the Boston Celtics part ways with Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce?

This is the 3rd year in a row Pau Gasol has been involved in trade rumors. He’s had a successful career but he is on a decline. He has been plagued with injuries the past couple of years. I think his most recent injury will be the reason why he stays in Los Angeles for, at least, the remainder of this season.

Dwight Howard will be a free agent at the end of the season. What that means to the LA Lakers is that Dwight can leave for any other team, without any repercussions. There are two ways to avoid that from happening. Either the Lakers get Dwight Howard to sign an extension, which he is not willing to do only because he can make more money by waiting for a new contract, or trade Dwight for something valuable in return before he becomes a free agent. In my opinion, Dwight will stay in LA but wait until the off-season to sign a new contract worth more than any other team can offer.

This season has been a better one for Carlos Boozer compared to any other season he suited up in a Chicago Bulls jersey. However, for owner Jerry Reindorf, that might not justify the $47.1 still remaining on his contract, including this year. The trade for Andrea Bargnani would strictly be a financial move for the Bulls, since he’s only due $33 Million through the 2014-15. The fact is that the Chicago Bulls cannot afford to give up the rebounds that Boozer grabs a nightly basis. Plus, it seems as though Bulls fans are finally coming around to accepting Boozer as their own!

Kevin Garnet and Paul Pierce are the Heart & Soul of the Boston Celtics. Paul Pierce has been a Celtic his entire career and Kevin Garnett claims he bleeds green! GM Danny Ainge has always said that the team will always come before any individual player but, is he really ready to ship one of these two, or both, to another team? KG has just a little more value toward a trade compared to Paul Pierce, because of his ability to still play on both ends of the court. There have been rumors that KG might be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for their young PG, Eric Bledsoe. That is a good trade for the Celtics if they are trying to make a deep playoff run this year, only because Rajon Rondo went down with an ACL injury for the remainder of the year. Will that trade help the Celtics in the coming years? Will they trade away their emotional leader in KG? Will they get rid of the team captain, or will he always be wearing a Paul Pierce Boston Celtics jersey?

At the end of the day, these are just rumors. The trade deadline is at 2PM on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 so stay tuned and see how the latest NBA news unfolds.

Author Bio
This guest post was written by Omair T. Omair is a sales representative here at FansEdge.com. Although his favorite sports are basketball and football, he did crush the competition by winning his Fantasy Baseball league in 2012.

NBA Season Half-Way Roundup

Friday, January 18th, 2013

We’re about a month away from the All-Star Weekend, which marks the half-way point of 2012-2013 NBA Season. It sure has been an interesting half. Teams like the mighty Los Angeles Lakers and the 2011 NBA Champs, the Dallas Mavericks, are currently out of the playoff picture. The Miami Heat have also been a bit inconsistent, losing to the league worst Washington Wizards and also to the not-so-good Detroit Pistons.

No beast in the East…?

I’ve always said the Knicks are as good as their 3PT %. Well, they’re shooting close to 40% as a team, which has earned them the No. 2 spot in the East through the 1st half of the season. Steve Novak, Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith have poured in plenty of 3’s and racked up enough points to be the second highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference, only behind the reigning champs, the Miami Heat. Let’s see if they can stay HOT behind the stripe after the All-Star Break.

The Chicago Bulls have been a pleasant surprise thus far. The Bulls hold the best road record in the east, which triggered some broadcasters to call them the Road Warriors! They’re playing exceptionally well, considering they’ve been without their perennial All-Star and former MVP, Derrick Rose. The Bulls play hard almost every night. They do so because they believe in Coach Thibs. He’s a defensive guru who gets his Bulls to play lock-down D, which was on display recently against the Atlanta Hawks, holding them to just 20 points in the first half and JUST 58 points after 48 minutes! Just imagine how good the Bulls will be once D-Rose is back in the lineup…

Who’s the best in the West…?

Don’t look now, but the powers in LA have shifted. The Lakers are in 11th place, while the Clippers are in 2nd place in the West, only a game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers are dealing with a lot of adversity including injuries to 3 of their starters. They haven’t played consistent Defense all season. Their free throw shooting, mainly because of Dwight Howard, has not been up to par. They have a lot of things to fix on and off the court before they can compete for a conference championship.

The Clippers on the other hand have been playing lights out! Their floor general, Chris Paul, has re-emerged as the best PG in the NBA, which could be because D-Rose has yet to play a game this season. The Los Angeles Clippers are definitely the deepest team in the NBA. They’ve got a great mix of veterans and younger more athletic players. In my opinion, the only thing missing is a championship-caliber coach. I think Chris Paul has more of an influence on the team than Vinny, and that will really show when the team faces any hardship in the playoffs this season.

I’m extremely excited for the All Star Weekend. From the high-flying dunks and closely contested 3PT shootout to the action packed celebrity game and super star studded All-Star Game, will Kobe, once again, dominate for the West? Will LeBron push his teammates to produce a rare win for East? Only time will tell as the 2013 NBA All-Star Game weekend tips off in Houston, February 15th.

Author Bio
This guest post was written by Omair T. Omair is a sales representative here at FansEdge.com. Although his favorite sports are basketball and football, he did crush the competition by winning the fantasy baseball league championship in 2012.