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The Truth about Kobe Bryant’s Retirement  

 

Many Singaporean basketball fans are disappointed to know that one of the best personalities that basketball have ever known is finally retiring. This came as a surprise for many because Kobe Bryant has been obsessed with the game all his life.

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Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant announced that he has plans to retire at the end of this season. He solidified his claim by making a letter on The Players’ Tribune website. He further explained his decision at ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Robin Roberts.

Kobe also discussed his retirement with Jemele Hill of ESPN. He said that retiring is only a matter of time. The new challenge that he will take on is more than sitting there and be puppets for brands. When asked what he will do after retiring, he said he will still “work”. Kobe loves to inspire people and help them reach their potential through telling. This is good since there are lot of avenues for storytelling.

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Kobe wants to prove to everyone that he will not have a hard time with his retirement because everyone seems to believe he will have a hard time. He is positive about his storytelling that in fact, he started his Kobe Bryant’s Muse documentary segmented which was aired on Showtime.

Kobe confided that he starts his day meditating and his thoughts often dominated by basketball but lately this hasn’t been the case. He said that it is finally time to let go. What Kobe wants to say is that we cannot do something forever. Even the things that we love, we have to let go sometimes if it is counterproductive. Whatever his plans are, we can only hope for the best.     kobe-bryant


Top 8 Eastern Conference Teams in the NBA

 

Last season’s NBA, the world’s most popular basketball league in the world, was as exciting as ever. We saw a rookie coach win the NBA Championship for a Golden State Warriors team for the first time since 1975. Different players and teams have also made major improvements while the same old names continued to excite and dazzle basketball fans around the world. As the NBA looks to enter a whole new season, we ranked the eight best teams for the Eastern Conference.

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  1. Indiana Pacers

The Pacers almost made it into the playoffs last season despite the Paul George injury as they played with the same tough defense that has made them a household name in the NBA for the past three seasons. They are now looking to move up to a more fast-paced game while playing the same suffocating defense, as their main man is now a hundred percent healthy.

 

  1. Milwaukee Bucks

Despite being the sixth seed last season, we pushed the Bucks by one place this year because of the emergence of other teams. Nevertheless, the Bucks will still be a dangerous team with the improvements in their young core of players composed of the Greek Freak, MCW, Jabari Parker, and John Henson.

 

  1. Washington Wizards

The Wizards will still be a steady team for the Eastern Conference with a solid core composed of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Gortat, and Nene. The loss of their locker room leader and late game finisher Paul Pierce will hurt them badly. But this will help the younger players like Wall, Beal, and Porter to emerge as leaders and late game closers.

 

  1. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have been a steady top-tier team in the East for the last four seasons. However, with a new coach, it may get them a little longer to adjust to a new system. Despite that, the team still has a very good roster. Derrick Rose will seek to come back to all-star form. Jimmy Butler will continue to improve as one of the team’s best players. And, Pau Gasol, coming off a monstrous performance in the FIBA Euro Cup, will look to bring the same dominance back into the NBA.

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  1. Toronto Raptors

This team turned a lot of heads last year despite their best player, Demar Derozan, missing a lot of games. Expect the same kind of greatness from this team next season as they still maintain a good core of players (despite losing Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams) with Lowry and Derozan leading the way together with guys like Terrence Ross, Jonas Valanciunas, and Patrick Patterson.

 

  1. Miami Heat

On paper, the Heat remains one of the best teams in the league. They did not make it into the playoffs last seasons due to an injury riddled year. They now look to barge into the season strong as Wade and Bosh are coming back healthy and in peak condition while leading a good core of young players like Hassan Whiteside and rookie Justise Winslow.

 

  1. Atlanta Hawks

The LeBron-led Cavs in the East Finals swept them last season. But they are still a strong team as their unselfish style and tough defense will continue to make teams struggle. They still retain their core of veteran players who are all seeking for retribution for their failed attempt at the NBA Championship.

 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers

This is a loaded team full of scorers, defenders, and role players. It also doesn’t hurt that the league’s best player is in their roster together with fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The runner-up team also comes back with a good core of role players like JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov, and Tristan Thompson who played fantastic in the playoffs last season.

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Top 8 Western Conference Teams in the NBA

 

Last season’s NBA, the world’s most popular basketball league in the world, was as exciting as ever. We saw a rookie coach win the NBA Championship for a Golden State Warriors team for the first time since 1975. Different players and teams have also made major improvements while the same old names continued to excite and dazzle basketball fans around the world. As the NBA looks to enter a whole new season, we ranked the eight best teams for the Western Conference.

 

  1. Los Angeles Lakers

This is a sentimental pick. The Lakers won in the draft last seasons and picked a young and talented point guard in D’Angelo Russell to be paired up with another young guard Jordan Clarkson. The returning Julius Randle would also help a lackluster Laker frontcourt. They have added good players like Lou Williams and Roy Hibbert. Best of all, expect Kobe Bryant to try to go down swinging in what could possibly be his final year.


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  1. New Orleans Pelicans

This team made it into the playoffs on a last game effort by beating the Spurs. They also made a good showing against the eventual champions in the first round. The continuing growth of Anthony Davis together with a young core of players will keep this team in the playoffs in the highly competitive Western Conference.

 

  1. Memphis Grizzlies

The toughest defense in the West, these Grizzlies are the very definition of grit and grind. They will still go into the season with their frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and will still be led at point by a much-improved Mike Conley. However, the lack of a go-to-scorer is what will hurt this team in the long run.

 

  1. Los Angeles Clippers

The “other” LA team is trying to shed that reputation, as the Clippers have been strong Western Conference contenders. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will still lead them together with guys like JJ Redick and Deandre Jordan. The addition of Paul Pierce adds another layer of scoring and leadership for Coach Doc Rivers.

 

  1. Houston Rockets

Last year’s Western runners-up, the Rockets will look to bounce back and make a return to the conference finals with Pat Beverly and Dwight Howard all healthy. The MVP runner-up James Harden will also continue to be in the MVP conversation as he is still a young player with lots of room to improve.

 

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder

They failed to make the playoffs last season due to injuries. But, at full health, this is the scariest team in the West with the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook causing nightmares for any kind of team in the NBA. They have also added solid players last season like Dion Waiters, Enes Kanter, and DJ Augustin. Defensively, they are also a team to reckon with because of shot-blocking maestro Serge Ibaka and a much improved Steven Adams.

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  1. San Antonio Spurs

This team full of “old” guys is a constant threat for the NBA title. Popovich has installed a system into this team that would make second round picks into instant offensive threats. They still retain a good veteran big three of Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker, who have all been together for more than a decade and have all defied their ages. They are now looking to be led by Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard, Best of all, the won the Lamarcus Aldridge lottery in the offseason and now adds more scoring weapons for an already dangerous Spurs team.

 

  1. Golden State Warriors

Coming off a 67-15 record and a historical championship run, the Warriors are still the best team in the West and possibly the whole NBA. Steve Kerr has implemented a system in this team that incorporates sharing the ball from the first man all the way to the 12th guy in the bench. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry together with splash brother Klay Thompson will still look to rain three pointers all day long. Moreover, they still retain the services of role players and defensive gems like Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green, and Harrison Barnes.

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