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Atlanta United Impressive In 4-1 Win Over Houston

(SL) – Pop star Bruno Mars has a song called “24 Karat Magic in the air”. Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron was 24K magic on the field for the 5 Stripes on Saturday night. His sorcery was on full display as he registered his first Hat Trick in Atlanta’s 4-1 dominating victory over first place Houston Dynamo at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Atlanta used superior possession 63% to 37% to control the game from the start. It took a while for United to unlock the puzzle box which was the bunkered Dynamo defense but when they did, the goals came quickly.

18557008_584798664529_6431264926102564172_nA wickedly powerful left footed shot opened the scoring for ATL in the 30th minute of the match. Almiron picked up a pass from teammate Yamil Asad on top of Houston’s area and his first touch set up his scoring strike perfectly for the 1-0 lead. 

Almiron’s second goal was more impressive. Julien Gressel’s run to the goal line and cut back cross eventually found Asad who set up Almiron, who showed incredible strength as his first shot from the top of the box was blocked by a Houston defender but Almiron kept his composure and was able to deposit a left footed sliding shot into the top of Houston’s net for the 2-0 lead.

18582438_584798464929_7550103134986754115_nGressel scored the third Atlanta goal after some scrappy and persistent play in front of the Dynamos net by United. The midfielder, benefited from a good slide tackle from Hector Villalba that caused a turnover. Gressel picked up a loose ball in Houston’s area and his side footed finish beat Houston keeper Joe Willis to push the lead to 3-0.

Atlanta closed out their scoring with Almiron converting a penalty kick after Villalba was pushed down in the penalty area for a 4-0 lead. Houston did pull a goal back on a penalty kick converted by Erick Torres after handling was called on Jeff Larentowicz for the 4-1 final score. The PK should not have been awarded because Houston Attacker and Atlanta native Ricardo Clark was in an offside position when his cut back was handled by a sliding Larentowicz.

18622183_584798599659_3532443859194731993_nAtlanta should have revenge on their minds when they host NYCFC Sunday at 5pm at Bobby Dodd stadium. NYCFC beat Atlanta 3-1 three weeks ago in The Bronx. United seems to have righted their ship and with a boat load of home matches should have a great chance for a playoff birth

Robbing The Culture, Basic Baller Brand Wants To Charge Kids Big Baller Bucks For Knockoff Sneakers

(SL) – Let’s be clear, what LaVar Ball is trying to do is plausible and he should believe that his kids are the best. There’s a way to go about it though and he seems to be lacking tact and common sense. The fact that he has turned off every major retailer who wanted to sign his oldest son should be a big enough hint that he’s doing too much. However, the signs are wafting over him. If the father of 3 is going for shock value, it’s not working.

2017-05-0510-38-30Nike passed, Adidas passed, Under Armour passed and everyone else. A Billion dollar merchandising deal for all 3 of his sons, two of which are still in high school? Is he high? And then he comes back, releases a line of shoes for Lonzo called the ZO2 and places a $495 price tag on it. $995 if you want them autographed. We see what you did there LaVar, but we’re not impressed.

Now before we really ask what’s he smoking, let’s see the shoe and see if it’s worth it. Oh, I forgot to mention that you can get the sliders for $220. But the biggest catch is, reportedly if you order the shoe, you can’t even get them until November. Maybe LaVar should secure a deal with a manufacturer and distributor before he starts selling shoes. Not to mention, his son hasn’t even gotten drafted yet and recent comments have probably turned off quite a few teams.

031417-cbk-lavarlonzoball-pi.vresize.1200.630.high.0Once believed to be a top 3 draft pick, after Lonzo’s pops insulted Lebron James’ kids, and claimed his son was better than Stephen Curry, many believe his stock has decreased. Let’s be blunt. Nobody likes a loud mouth jerk. He claims that he himself beat Michael Jordan. Really? Okay.  Can you imagine LaVar brokering his son’s NBA contract. 1 year deal for $195 million because of course he likes 3 different digits.

On Friday, LaVar was asked on “The Dan Le Batard Show” why he decided to charge $495 for the shoes. His response, “I figured that’s what the shoe was worth,” Ball told Le Batard. “I liked the way it sounds. You see, when you are your own owner, you can come up with any price you want.”

la-sp-lonzo-ball-shoes-20170504Ball said he wasn’t in competition with Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour and that they were battling below Big Baller Brand. “Let Nike and Adidas and Under Armour — they battling below me,” Ball said. “They’ll go ahead and put all their stuff in Foot Locker. I’m better than them. I’m a step above.”

As for why the shoe was specifically priced at $495 and not, say, $500, Ball again acted like the question was a bit absurd. “Five hundred dollars?! Four-ninety-five sounds better,” Ball said. “I like three different digits.”

Ball further defended the shoe’s price by saying it was “symbolic” — Lonzo is the first basketball player to have a brand before entering the NBA. He also said there was some value in knowing that his son “designed all of it” and that other shoe companies don’t allow rookies to do that.

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There’s only one problem with that. The shoe is being criticized for looking a lot like the Kobe 11s and the logo appears to be ripped from another source. See below.

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A whole lot of talk, not enough originality or profit margin sensibility. Maybe LaVar never took Economics, but supply and demand is a real thing. And right now…your son isn’t there yet. Even the greats that have highly priced shoes are deemed collectors’ items. For example, the Kobe 11s cost $500 because it’s the last shoe Kobe wore in the NBA. Lebron James’ first shoe he wore in his first NBA game will cost you a pretty penny too.

The shoe Blake Griffin wore when he was jumping over cars in the NBA All-star contest will hit your pockets even harder. But again, if you’re a collector..collect. Lonzo Ball may be an outstanding athlete, depending on who you ask, but he hasn’t touched the big leagues yet.

The most disturbing piece in this ridiculous tale of a father thinking his balls are bigger than they are, is the insult levied at kids that can’t afford the shoe. Good thing a real baller like Shaq stepped in to acknowledge the foul verbal spew.

Wale didn’t appreciate it either.

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Ball’s youngest son attempted to support his dad. But kid this is way more than a father believing in his sons.

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And as for LaMelo or LiAngelo wearing the BBB shoes when they hit UCLA’s court, forget about it. It’s not happening. UCLA has an almost $300 million dollar sponsorship deal with Under Armour.  Group consensus…LaVar Ball should humble himself. Above everything, there are reports that Balls’s wife is suffering from a recent stroke.

tina-ball-basketballSpeculation alleges he refuses to let his sons see her in that condition out of fear that they might get distracted. I personally, don’t think the man is that out of touch, but who knows. Blessings to his wife for sure, if that is the case.

UGA Releases Potential Player After Alleged Assault

(SL) – The University of Georgia Bulldog football team is down one offensive lineman after he was arrested for allegedly hitting and choking his girlfriend on Saturday night. D’Antne Demery was due to join the Bulldogs in the summer.

C3nbpopUkAA7iCMHe was released from his letter of intent with the team on Sunday, shortly after he was released from jail on bond.

Demery is accused of grabbing the mother of his one-month-old child outside of the Waffle House in Athens and throwing her against the wall.

The altercation happened the evening of UGA’s intrasquad scrimmage G-Day game, which he attended. Demery is charged with simple assault and criminal trespassing.

Hawks vs Wizards Game 3 Post Game Presser With Paul Millsap And Dennis Schroder

(SL) – The great comeback indeed! The Hawks were phenomenal against the Wizards during game 3 of the playoffs. After falling 0-2 and determined to get their MMA skills up, it looks like Atlanta came ready to battle. John Wall didn’t have much help making it an easier win than anticipated. Post Game with Atlanta’s ball master and the golden kid as they talk about resetting the series and leaving their mark on Washington.

Hawks Stun Cavs With Second Stream Team, Playoffs In Sight

(Cleveland, OH) – The Atlanta Hawks traveled to Cleveland to complete the 2nd game of a back to back that pitted them against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks came out victorious on the first night at Philips Arena vs the Boston Celtics, but of course there was no way the Hawks could travel to Cleveland without rest, take on LeBron and the Cavs and return back home with another win, right?Wrong!
The Hawks went into Quicken Loans and played like they owned the place.Coach Bud went with a completely different lineup in Cleveland. Only 10 players in rotation and none of them were starters. Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, Dennis Schroeder, and Kent Bazemore all missed this game, but no worries.
The Hawks reserves showed up ready to ball, and that’s exactly what the did! The Cavs didn’t have an answer for this Hawks lineup for most of the 1st half.At one point in the first period the Cavs were up by 5, but the Hawks were able to tighten up, erase their deficit and take a 2 point lead of their own into the 2nd quarter by outscoring the Cavs 21-19.
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The 2nd quarter was barely underway and in the blink of an eye the Hawks had already went up 30-21. Atlanta went up by 12 in the period, but the Cavs set into a little groove and went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 3, but the Hawks continued to play well throughout the remainder of the period and were able to take a 2 point lead into halftime. At this point the Hawks were looking like they stood a decent chance vs the best team in the East even with their stars on the bench.
This was a huge surprise to everyone.As The 3rd quarter got underway the Hawks still appeared to be in great shape to steal a win in Cleveland. The Cavs got a quick basket to tie the game at 52 a piece, then proceeded to take the lead with around 11 minutes to go in the 3rd. The Cavs held on to this lead until Mike Dunleavy made a 3 pointer with 5:33 left in the period to give the Hawks a 1 point advantage.
Both teams would battle for the lead for the rest of the 3rd but the Hawks were able to outscore the Cavs once again and went into the final period on top 83-78.This is when the real magic happened for the Hawks. Kyle Korver made a 3 pointer with 9:04 remaining on the clock to give Cleveland a 2 point lead.
Little did they know this would be the last lead they would see for the rest of this game. The Hawks proceeded to go on a spectacular 29-7 run to close out the game and get themselves a well deserved 114-110 victory vs the defending champs.The player of the game would definitely have to be Tim Hardaway Jr. Hardaway Jr had a terrific night with 22 points on 9-14 shooting in 26 minutes on the court.
Timmy had great game, but this was the definition of a team victory for the Hawks. The bench for the Hawks contributed 55 points while the Cavaliers bench only gave them 21. Mike Dunleavy went 6-9 from the floor for 20 points to help give the Hawks that extra push that would eventually win them this game.LeBron James spent 41 minutes on the floor, but his 27 points weren’t nearly enough to help his team out of the hole they had began digging as soon as this game began.
Kyrie Irving added 18 points and dished out 7 assist in the loss. The 41-38 Hawks will return home to Philips Arena to take on the 51-28 Cavaliers one more time Sunday.
By Kennan Johnson

Sweet Redemption.. Hawks Fight For Playoff Spot As They Beat The Celtics 123-116

(SL) – Thursday night the Atlanta Hawks looked to redeem themselves vs the team currently fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics. Heading into Thursday the Hawks were 0-2 in their last two games falling to the Bulls and the Nets on back to back nights.

With Grammy Award winning R&B singer Monica in the building to deliver a great halftime show in front of a sold out crowd in Philips Arena the Hawks most certainly didn’t disappoint. The energy inside of Philips was on another level. Maybe Monica should come through and perform at every home game in the playoffs.

usa_today_9808400.0Atlanta opened up the game in terrific fashion outscoring Boston 32-24 to go into the 2nd period with all of the momentum they needed to stay on top. The Celtics were attempting to make a run for the lead in the 2nd quarter until Ersan Ilyasova made a 3 pointer to push the Hawks lead to 10 with 2:15 remaining in the half. From there the Hawks continued to play well, and carried a much needed 71-55 point lead into halftime. This was definitely unexpected. The Hawks put up 70 points in the first half vs one of the best teams in the NBA, but I guess that’s why they say to always expect the unexpected. I still think Monica had something to do with it.

The best part about this is that Atlanta didn’t slow down and let Boston back in once the 2nd half got underway. The Hawks continued to slash away at the Celtics, and were one point shy of eclipsing the century mark going into the 4th quarter.

Al Horford picked up his 5th foul midway through the 3rd period, so the Hawks wouldn’t have to worry about him making too much noise in the 4th quarter. Horford ended the game with only 4 points.

usa_today_9996885.0Things were looking great for the Hawks until late in the 4th quarter. The Celtics shots began to fall at a better rate and the Hawks began to turn the ball over a bit too much. The last minute of the game lasted an eternity as Boston continued to extend the game, but ultimately the hawks pulled through and came out on top 123-116 to give the Hawks a much needed victory vs an extremely tough opponent

The only time Boston saw a lead in this game was in the first few minutes of the 1st quarter. After the Hawks went up 10-7 with 8:05 on the clock there wasn’t any looking back from then on. The closest the Celtics came was within 5 points of points, and the Hawks largest lead was 20 points in the 3rd period.

hawks-celtics-nba-2017Paul Millsap is back in action and it definitely shows. Most importantly it shows in the wins column. Millsap finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds in his 29 minutes on the floor. Hawks rookie Taurean Prince showed lots of growth in this game as he scored 20 points with 2 of those shots coming from downtown in his 40 minutes on the court. Tim Hardaway Jr added 23 points for the Hawks in this win.

On Boston’s end Isaiah Thomas did what he has done all season long scoring 35 points in 34 minutes in the losing effort.

This was a terrific win for a Hawks squad that desperately needs wins right now. The Hawks will not have any time to celebrate because they have to take on LeBron James and the Cavs tonight. That will mean the Hawks have had to take on both teams fighting for the top spot in the East in back to back nights. No problem. They’ve already taken care of one now it’s time to handle business and win this next one in Cleveland!

Joakim Noah Suspended For 20 Games

(SL) – It looks like Knicks’ baller Joakim Noah is done for the season. The NBA is suspending Noah for 20 games after he apparently violated its anti-drug program.

The NBA announced the suspension on Saturday.

Yahoo reports, Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said.

feec8c9881e5191bd79d9026e10292efNoah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said.

The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.

Noah underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27, effectively ending his season. He had recently started running and conditioning, league sources said.

After signing a four-year, $72 million free-agent contract to leave the Chicago Bulls for New York, Noah averaged only five points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season.

“A regrettable mistake,” the players union said in a statement. “After a thorough investigation, the National Basketball Players Association believes Joakim Noah did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy of the CBA.”

The union also suggested Noah might not have been suspended under the newly negotiated CBA because it makes exceptions for unintentional ingestion of prohibited substances. Not that it matters because those rules don’t take effect until July 1

Discipline Curtails Effort With Hawks During Warriors Game

(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks were hoping to get a win against the Warriors and build some momentum with what could’ve have been a solid defeat over the number 1 team in the West. Poised to make it happen, the Hawks led by Dennis Schroder with 19 1st quarter points kept an impressive lead over Golden State until the second half when things took a turn for the worse.
Third quarter starts and what could’ve ended up being a high point game for Dennis switched directions to another trip to the bench and Coach kept him there for the rest of the game after scoring 23 points in the first half. So what happened? Looking at a replay it appears Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder were exchanging words over D. Howard turning the ball over again. Howard who was smashing the boards (19) may have had a problem with Schroder’s pass but unless you were on the court or have bionic ears we’ll never know.
In a great PR display, all Coach Mike Budenholzer would say about the situation is that they need to pay attention and play together as a team the entire 48 minutes.  During that on-court discussion Steph Curry was able to slide right to the perimeter and bank a 3 and Coach told Dennis to take his jersey off.
He spent the rest of the game on the wood and Golden State would turn the game around in the 2nd half and talk the W ending their road trip over .500 with the 119-111 win. Didn’t hurt that Vet ANdre Iguodala put up 24 points. Matching Stephen Curry’s effort, Post Game Andre’s says he’s still got it while Steph didn’t care about Dennis being benched one way or the other.
Post Game Wrap-Up

Atlanta United Falls To New York In Electrifying Premiere

(SL) – Let’s all welcome the Atlanta United to the MLS. Great opener at Bobby Dodd Stadium for the expansion team that looked pretty good during their first game in franchise history.
In front of a sold-out crowd, Atlanta United rolled out their 11 starters, 9 of which had no MLS experience prior to tonight, but it didn’t look that way.
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Argentina native Yamil Asad scored the first goal in Atlanta United’s history.  In the 25th minute, the goal came on a cross from right fullback Mears to the back poster, where Asad was able to get it past Luis Robles…..GOAL!
Atlanta United up 1-0 couldn’t keep that offense going though. It lasted until the 76th minute, when Alec Kann fumbled  and  Daniel Royer would score the tying goal for the New York Red Bulls in the second half. A few minutes later,  Anton Walkes’ own goal made United a 2-1 loser.
During halftime, Commissioner Don Garber said he was left speechless by the atmosphere when he entered the stadium. Garber had been in Florida watching Orlando City prior to arriving in Atlanta. “I was just speechless, and I’m not speechless very often. This is just remarkable.”
Yamil won man of the match. Now that their feet are wet…let’s see how Atlanta United will fair against Minnesota this Sunday. Welcome to it boys!