Miami Heat: Lotto Reaction and Where to Go

Miami fans were not expecting anything impressive coming from the lottery. In fact, there was no reason to be disappointed when they got their predicted 13th pick. Sure, Heat fans can moan how the Pels and the Griz were able to jump up higher, but thats not the worst thing. In fact, even when looking over Miami’s lottery, I still think they kind of wish the could have swapper places with the Celtics for the 14th pick. Why? Well, the worst part about having this pick is that they can’t it.

With the salary cap being set at $109 million for the 2019-2020 season, the $129.6 million the Heat are expected to pay is well above, and that is without them D Wade and Haslem retiring, putting them at 10 active players on their roster. A rookie drafted in the thirteenth pick is given a backloaded 4 year, roughly $12.1 million contract. This means the eleventh player will add an additional $2.2 million to their books, and this is before they will, more than likely, go up to a 13-15 man roster.

Talk about a rough situation.

However, they can easily trade out of a few of those contracts. Josh Richardson is viewed as the best value contract in the NBA right now, and Kelly Olynk’s contract is not heinous. A title contender would/could acquire those guys in a heartbeat if it meant getting them over the edge (lookin’ at you Blazers and Raptors). However, what would they get back in return? Josh is borderline untradeable since he is the best player on the Heat, but Kelly would probably net a low level pick and an expiring contract back.

…but why?

The Heat are in a great place to acquire either a wing shooter, athletic wing, or a big. Which would be great if that is what they needed. The Heat desperately need a point guard, since they had Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson splitting those reps whenever Goran Dragic was hurt or resting. A few mocks has them slated to get Romeo Langford, Nassir Little, or Kevin Porter, Jr. I only see one that could be a viable option to be a backup point guard, and I can guarantee it isn’t the one some fans want to hear. Since all three are 6’6″ , have to use athleticism and ball-handling skills as the metric. Nassir Little is the best via film, since he may be the most athletic out of the three. However, KPJ may have the biggest upside of the three, so that may be a push internally with the evaluation process the Heat have shown these past few years.

If the Heat were smart, they would try and leverage the 13th pick and a player or two to move up. While I am sure the Hawks will be looking to move up themselves, I would find it hard to believe that they would turn down Josh Richardson for the 8th or 10th pick. I don’t know if that’d be the right move for the organization, but it would wipe a lot of money off of their books, and I am sure a team like the Thunder would gladly take Olynk and give up a pick to do so. The Heat are in a great position to leverage some of their contracts for picks, so I hope they can do that and get out of the tax.

May be asking: what’s the worst case scenario for all us Heat fans out there in the world, Buck?

Easy. Y’all draft Bol Bol.

Enjoy that trash medical and the fact he’ll back up the biggest contract waste in the NBA.

I’m Back Just In Time For The NBA Lottery

A potential top 5 pick leak? Suns saying they want Ja Morant over Zion Williamson? Knicks saying they’d trade the #1 pick for Anthony Davis?

Best part is, this is all happening right when I finally can get back to writing.

As many hardcore fanatics know, this is the beginning of the beginning of what will be the craziest draft in NBA history. Is it because this lottery can decide the fate of every team in the NBA? Well yeah, that’s the saying every year. Could it be because a genetic freak is considered locked-in first overall pick? Perhaps, but I think the depth of talent in this draft is what is more important.

In reality, it might be because this is the first time a class has actually affected offseason plans for certain teams. Many reports are saying Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could go to the Knicks if Zion were to go there. Would the same hold true if Zion went to the Mavs? Nope, Knicks would be SOL faster than the 76ers conference finals’ aspirations. What if the Hawks score the #1 pick in the “Zion Lottery” (as this draft has been dubbed)? Could we see KD set his sites on HAWK-lanta and a possible Al Horford/Paul Millsap return?

Pictured: Zion Williamson, the Lord and Savior of Duke basketball and project #1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

As the Lord and Savior appointed by ESPN, Zion Williamson (shown above) has just as little of a clue as the casual fan does about what may occur in the offseason, let alone tonight. We could see so many fanbases crash and burn in seconds with the reveal of these picks. However, the clock for the draft starts shortly after the presentation ends, and there is only one thing for certain after that…

…the Cavs will surely **** their pick up.

Pictured: Anthony Bennett, biggest bust in Cleveland Cavaliers draft history and overall NBA draft history

Steven Adams’ Butt Screen Is the Best Thing Since the Butt Fumble

We all remember where we were for the butt fumble. Thanksgiving 2012 was just an ordinary holiday. I was hiding from my family watching football when Mark Sanchez tried to hand off to no one, then ran into his own lineman’s butt resulting in an scoop-n-score for the Patriots. Uncles and cousins popped out of the woodwork asking if I had just seen what happened. Really brought us together.

No matter how old we get, butts will always be funny. Especially, when they are used in sports. Yesterday, Steven Adams gave us another play that yet again reinstated the athletic dignity of the butt with this screen.

Of course, that brick wall of a man does not even register that someone ran into him.

In terms of butt related sports plays, nothing will ever beat the butt fumble, but I would rank the Steven Adams butt screen just above when Khalil Mack butt sacked Aaron Rodgers.

The Rockets/Jazz Halftime Show Was A Million Times Better Than the Game

The Rockets vs Jazz first round of the Western Conference Playoffs game was in a word: underwhelming. A 30 point blowout, never a close score from the third quarter on, basically, the perfect game to skip while you watched the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere instead. We all thought that we didn’t miss anything, but that is just plain wrong. Gamewise, you missed nothing. The Halftime show though, was one for the books.

I mean, it can’t get better than that, can it? Just you wait.

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What would you rather watch? James Harden flopping every other possession and Jazz defenders getting upset about being called for a foul they were 5 feet away from OR some dude making another guy do flips with his feet? I’m going feet flips 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.

“Bench Clearing Brawl” at NBA 2K19 League

The “bench clearing brawl” is the biggest misnomer in sports. It is never the knockout punches we want or expect. Just two guys yelling while touching noses, a hold-back guy competition or some vicious chest poking. But captivating nonetheless.

The MLB pretty much has a monopoly over the bench clearing brawls, but now it seems like the NBA 2K19 e-Sports league is trying to get some skin in the game. Watch:

Fights after video games are not that interesting. My brother and I fought after ever damn one of them. What I am surprised by was the fact there was a handshake line. I thought e-sports-ers just messaged the other team “GG”.

The fight itself can only barely be called a fight, but that bench was ready to throw the hell down. What I am most interested in is how the brawlers are going to be punished. The tweet video above suggests a fine of 200,000 VC. While that would be hilarious, I think there is a much more stiff penalty that needs to be assessed. I think the two players involved need to have their MyPlayer rating reduced back to at least 70.

Saturday Morning Sports Trivia, 3/9

Back by only semi-popular demand if we are being honest. Views were way down from last week. And while that is disappointing, it’s a wake up call for me do either tone it down or do better. I have chosen to do better. Be sure to share, DM, like, retweet or anything to assert your dominance on all of your followers and the Soft 7’s of the world. As always, we love you for your minds and I am going challenge them. Go 15/15? Let us know and we will send you free Soft 7 Sports stickers.

Questions:

  1. LeBron James won his first championship with the Miami Heat against what team?
  2. The team (answer from #1) that LeBron beat in his first championship had 3 future MVP’s on it. Name all 3.
  3. Bill Self has been the head coach of Kansas for 16 years… How many NCAA Championships has Kansas won under him?
  4. On Thursday, March 7, Antonio Brown was nearly traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to what NFL franchise?
  5. The Chicago Bears have finally decided on a new kicker with what hilarious name?
  6. How many offensive coordinators has Marcus Mariota had since entering the NFL?
  7. What former All-Star shortstop is the current owner of the Miami Marlins?
  8. What American team has won the most Stanley Cups?
  9. Who has scored the most goals in NHL history?
  10. To weed out the Americans who think soccer is boring, name one team that has advanced to the 2019 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.
  11. With Case Keenum being traded to the Washington Redskins, who is now the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos?
  12. Where did Charles Barkley play his college basketball?
  13. Who was the head basketball coach of Kentucky for their 1996 NCAA national championship?
  14. True/False: Matt Stafford has more career passing yards than Troy Aikman.
  15. Khloe Kardashian has dated five current and former NBA players. Can you name three of the five?

Answers:

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden
  3. 1
  4. Buffalo Bills
  5. Chris Blewitt
  6. 5
  7. Derek Jeter
  8. Detroit Red Wings
  9. Wayne Gretzky
  10. Tottenham Hotspur, Porto FC, Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester United
  11. Joe Flacco
  12. Auburn
  13. Rick Pitino
  14. True
  15. Rashad McCants, Lamar Odom, Rick Fox, James Harden, Tristan Thompson

Who Really Thought the Celtics Were in Trouble? Couldn’t Be Me

After going 3-7 in their last 10 games, the Celtics looked like their season was over. Everyone thought they were done, expect for me. I totally didn’t have three articles in my drafts with words like “Celtics” and “over” and “done” and “kill me” in the headline. I never once, for even a second, had doubts about our future, especially after last night.

The Celtics WORKED the “best team ever” Warriors 128-95. No, Klay Thompson did not play, but I have a hard time believing he would have had a 33 point impact on the game. Tatum was pinning KD on the backboard, Scary Terry wanted all the smoke from Boogie, Hayward played like he only does against the Timberwolves and most importantly, the Celtics won an important game with Kyrie in the lineup.

After the All-Star Break, Boston was doing significantly better without Kyrie in the lineup. It looked like he had already exercised his player option with 20 games remaining in the season. Players claimed there were “too many egos” and that the locker room was “toxic”, but all that has seemed too change. Before last night, I would have assumed that Kyrie was 30/70 staying to going. Now, it’s at 60/40. There is hope.

The biggest story though is definitely Gordon Hayward. He dropped 30 off the bench which is a beatdown he normally reserves just for the T-wolves. The Celtic’s biggest strength (and Warriors biggest weakness) is their bench and Hayward is the reason why. Versus the Golden State bench, the final score was 32-30. Hayward was only outscored by 2 points.

It is time for everyone to stop worrying about the Celtics… unless we hit another losing streak.

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