NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BIG WINNERS IN 2019 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY

CHICAGO, IL

 

 

 

The NBA draft lottery took place Tuesday night before the start of game-1 of the Western Conference Finals. The NBA draft lottery could’ve easily been renamed the Zion Williamson lottery, as that was the grand prize every team was hoping to take home. The New Orleans Pelicans won the grand prize last night. I’m not a Knicks fan, but I was actually hoping Zion ended up in NY. With Anthony Davis still asking for a trade, I would rather have seen Zion in a big market city. If the Pelicans find a way to get AD to stay in New Orleans, then I can get excited about Zion heading there. AD, Zion, Jrue Holiday, with guys like Julius Randle thrown into the mix would be pretty exciting to see. Anyway, here’s the order for the top 10 picks in this years’ NBA draft:

 

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks
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RUSSELL WILSON AND SEAHAWKS AGREE TO CONTRACT EXTENSION MAKING WILSON THE HIGHEST PAID PLAYER IN THE NFL

Seattle, WA

 

 

 

The Seattle Seahawks and star QB Russell Wilson agreed to a contract extension on Tuesday morning. The four-year $140 million deal makes Wilson the highest paid athlete in the NFL.

 

 

 

ESPN (@espn) reported, Wilson’s new deal came with a $65 million signing bonus. With the extension, Wilson will now be with Seattle at least through the 2023 NFL season. At 30 years-old, the Seahawks have likely locked up Wilson throughout his prime years with this extension. Wilson’s new deal includes a no-trade clause. Wilson’s contract breaks down to roughly $35 million per season. He surpasses Aaron Rodgers who previously help the title as highest paid NFL player, with an average annual salary of roughly $33.5 million. Wilson and the Seahawks had a midnight (Monday/Tuesday) deadline to get the deal done. Wilson announced that the deal had been done via video he posted to Twitter at around 12:15 am.

NBA PLAYOFF FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS SET

It’s that time of the year. The NBA playoff matchups are set. Take a look at the matchups and games:

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

Gm.1 Sun. @ Bucks

Gm.2 Wed. @ Bucks

Gm.3 Sat. @ Pistons

Gm.4 Mon. @ Pistons

 

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Orlando Magic

Gm.1 Sat. @ Raptors

Gm.2  Tue. @ Raptors

Gm.3 Fri. @ Magic

Gm.4 Sun. @ Magic

 

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets

Gm.1 Sat. @ 76ers

Gm.2 Mon. @ 76ers

Gm. 3 Thur. @ Nets

Gm.4 Sat. @ Nets

 

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana Pacers

Gm.1 Sun. @ Celtics

Gm.2 Wed. @ Celtics

Gm.3 Fri. @ Pacers

Gm.4 Sun. @ Pacers

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. L.A. Clippers

Gm.1 Sat. @ Warriors

Gm.2 Mon. @ Warriors

Gm.3 Thur. @ Clippers

Gm.4 Sun. @ Clippers

 

(2) Denver Nuggets vs (7) San Antonio Spurs

Gm.1 Sat. @ Nuggets

Gm.2 Tue. @ Nuggets

Gm.3 Thur. @ Spurs

Gm.4 Sat @ Spurs

 

(3) Portland Trailblazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder

Gm.1 Sun. @ Blazers

Gm.2 Tue. @ Blazers

Gm.3 Fri. @ Thunder

Gm.4 Sun. @ Thunder

 

(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah Jazz

Gm.1 Sun. @ Rockets

Gm.2 Wed. @ Rockets

Gm.3 Sat. @ Jazz

Gm.4 Mon. @ Jazz

 

 

*Games 5-7 If Necessary 

 

 

 

 

MAGIC JOHNSON UNEXPECTEDLY STEPS DOWN AS LAKERS’ PRESIDENT OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS (VIDEO)

Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

Los Angeles Lakers ownership and fans were caught off guard by a sudden press conference by Lakers President Of Basketball Operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson late Tuesday afternoon. Magic said he was stepping down from his position to go back to being Magic and have more fun in his life. He also said that he had not informed Lakers majority owner Jeanie Buss of his decision. She likely learned of Magic’s decision just like the general public did. The move likely will not help the long-time relationship between Magic and the Buss family. Check out the impromptu press conference below:

 

Video Courtesy: ESPN