Wall Street Journal’s Golden State Warriors Scoop Is Big, If True

The Golden State Warriors have a dynasty and that dynasty feels as though it will continue. They dominated the Portland Trail Blazers to advance to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals. They did this without Kevin Durant, opening the door for all kinds of debate as to which player is most instrumental to the team’s success.

The Wall Street Journal has waded into the waters this morning with a very accurate but somewhat obvious take.

The article is essentially a primer for anyone who hasn’t been following the sport for years.

There has never been an NBA team that has won more games over a five-year stretch. The Warriors have been in 99 playoff games over the last five years. They have won 75% of them. That is a staggering degree of dominance. The Celtics and Lakers of the 1980s are the only teams to win 75% of their games over five regular seasons, according to Stats LLC, and there have only been 37 teams in the history of the league with a higher winning percentage in any regular season than their playoff winning percentage.

So how did the Golden State Warriors do it?

It’s because of the five players who have been essential to this magical run. The Warriors would not be a dynasty without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant. Every one of them was necessary to sustain a level of success that’s unprecedented in the modern NBA.

Here’s the thing about that, though. This is the exact type of content readers picking up the WSJ’s sports section can expect. The newspaper does interesting features but doesn’t exactly cater to either the hot-take or zealous fanatics looking for in-depth coverage. Listing and briefly explaining the five best Warriors players while taking the stance that …read more

Source:: The Big Lead

Sue Bird Could Miss Most Or All Of 2019 WNBA Season

Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm

The Seattle Storm will be without star guard Sue Bird for much, if not all, of the 2019 WNBA season, Arielle Chambers of High Post Hoops reports. The 37-year-old veteran injured her knee and will undergo surgery.

More to come.

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Patriots Offensive Lineman Jared Veldheer Retires

The New England Patriots signed veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer a few weeks ago to shore up their line depth. They will now move forward without him, as ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports Veldheer has informed the team of his impending retirement.

Veteran OT Jared Veldheer has informed the Patriots that he plans to retire, per a source.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 21, 2019

Veldheer was a good depth piece for New England, having played over 100 games in the course of his career. After losing Trent Brown to free agency, the team has only last year’s first-round pick, Isaiah Wynn, on the depth chart at left tackle. Since Wynn went down with an Achilles injury before the year started, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Patriots search for more tackle depth before September.

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BLOCK OR CHARGE: How Rex Chapman Started the 🐐 Video Series

Rex Chapman’s third and inexplicably most popular phase of public life began on January 10, when he saw a surfer receive a perfect dropkick from a flying dolphin.

“I saw this video of a school of dolphins swimming into the shore. There was this surfer going in the other direction. This dolphin came up and hit him square in the chest,” says Chapman. “Right away, I said to myself: ‘That’s a fuckin’ charge.’”

Phase one of public life for Chapman came from his time as a swaggy, retrospectively underrated combo guard for the Suns, Bullets and Hornets in the early ‘90s. He was in a dunk contest. He once held the record for threes in a playoff game. He was from the future.

Then phase two came in retirement, when he was caught stealing from an Apple Store while on prescription painkillers.

Phase three is here and Rex is just as shocked as everybody else. Three words, and a handful of videos of people getting mowed down by rogue animals and household objects, have helped Rex Chapman become a beacon of all that is good on the internet.

Those three words: Block or charge?

“Some guy said the other day, Are you sure you want to be known as the ‘block or charge’ guy?” says Chapman. “I told him it’s better than ‘felon or drug addict’ guy.”

Chapman posted “Block or charge?” as a caption above the dolphin dropkick video. It received 1,200 retweets and 5,000 likes. So he kept at it.

Block or charge? pic.twitter.com/M0QBV60Dx9

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 11, 2019

Next was a video of a woman on a Vespa clumsily cruising into a Hyundai in traffic. (Clear block, the car was still moving.) Four days later, it was a 2-year-old getting lit …read more

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