Lakers are Hoping to have a Ball Next Season!
There are indications that the long drought for the Lakers is almost over. I hear that they plan to move heaven and earth in order to be sure that they are able to draft Lonzo Ball from UCLA. Lonzo could possibly be the next big thing, the player that the Lakers have been hoping to ﬁnd. He does everything well, and he is a real competitor.
If Ball become one of the Lakers, then he will be in good company with Brandon Ingramand Ivaca Zubac. Everyone expects Ball to become an immediate super star. He excels in all phases of the game, and he is a deadly three point shooter. Next year will be his ﬁrst in the NBA, but do not think of him as a rookie.
As great as Ball is, he will have a great teammate in the budding Ivaca Zubac. He is a 7 foot, super star in the making. He is only nineteen years old, and his introductory year was not all that great. First of all, he is playing on a very mediocre team. Secondly, he has been injured for much of the season, so he did not have the opportunity to display all of his skills. He could be something really special, and that is what Lakers fans are hoping for.
The Clippers won’t go far in the NBA Playoffs
The Clippers are very good basketball team. They are well coached by Doc Rivers. They play the game with a furious intensity, but they do not have the talent to win an NBA Championship. I do not consider that a crime, since of the 32 teams in the NBA, only one can win the Championship in any given year. So, they will play hard in the playoffs, but, in my opinion, they will not get past the second round.
Expect the UCLA Bruins go deep in the NCAA Tournament
UCLA has a great basketball team, and they should give a good account of themselves in the NCAA Tournament. The team, which is led by Lonzo Ball, who is the “Pac-12 Player of the Year”. Ball has exceptional skills, coupled with his drive determination, he will become a nationwide household name, before this Tournament is over.
The USC Trojans should not be taken lightly
USC is kind of sneaking into the NCAA Tournament. I don’t expect that they have the talent to win it all. However, playing against them is not a walk in the park for anyone. Coach Andy Einﬁeld turned the USC basketball team around, their future looks very bright.
Historical Black Colleges & Universities
The reality is that the world is divided into ethnic groups, and that is not likely to change. When members of ethnic groups do well, their family and friends automatically beneﬁt from this success. However, this is not the case yet in college athletics. Most of the best athletes do not go to HBCU’S, so the income derived from their athletic participation does not go to these schools. For example, the University of Notre Dame was built with the income from their famous football teams.
I would like to see the administrators of these HBCU’S work with outside leaders like former President Obama, LeBron James, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, and others meet and to make plans to strengthen these programs, and to get better television coverage for them. The schools are in desperate need of the income that this approach would provide, since most of them are already in desperate need of additional ﬁnancing. Think of the income that would be generated if Howard and Morehouse Universities Basketball teams met in the Championship Basketball Game of the NCAA?