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Fantasy Football Draft Kits

Fantasy football season is almost here and if you’ve been slacking on your pre-season research then your best bet for success is to obtain a fantasy football draft kit. Why do all the work when someone else has already done it for you.

Fantasy football draft kits are one of the best ways to get professional fantasy advice and information. A good draft kit will give you all the tools you need to have a successful fantasy season including player rankings, customized fantasy football cheat sheets, ADP rankings, mock drafts, sleepers, draft strategy articles and complete analysis of everything fantasy football.

One of the most valuable tools of a fantasy draft kit is the player rankings and ADP rankings. When combined, these can be a great way to gauge players for the upcoming season and give you a clear cut vision on which players will be the ones you want on your team and in what order you should draft them. During your draft, as players are chosen, you will eliminate those players from the list and it will automatically notify you of which available players are the next highest ranked.

A mock draft is also a very useful tool that will allow you to see what type of team various experts have chosen. They do these mock drafts as they were the real deal. The only thing to remember is that many of these mock drafts take place well ahead of the actual draft day and can change so check on them frequently and especially right before draft day.

Fantasy football sleepers are an aspect of the draft that often gets left without much thought. The fact is if you choose your sleepers wisely you could end up with a few late round draft picks that gets as many points for you each week as your early round picks.

The success of “sleeper” players is much harder to determine than the high ranked players. It takes a keen fantasy sense to know which of these low ranked players will be the best choices in the late rounds. Choose wisely and it could change your team dramatically for the better.

Fantasy football draft kits are a wise investment for fantasy experts and rookies. This information could be the key to success for your entire fantasy season. Use the kit and your own expertise and research to put together a winning team that will carry you to the championship game.

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The NHL Entry Draft

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Imagine you are 18 years old. Your parents, who truly believe you are the next coming of Mario Lemieux, insist you fly alone to Columbus for the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft so you can accept your team’s jersey in person– against your agent’s advice. Preceding scouting reports indicate you’ll likely go in the fourth round. Your parents can only afford the one ticket and stay home with your siblings to watch the draft on TV.

 

After your plane lands in Columbus and you pick up your bags from the baggage turnstile, there is a van waiting for you and a group of other players who arrived from other destinations. With the belongings all loaded and players strapped in, the van then proceeds along International Gateway, steering towards the 670 West/US-62 West/Cassady Avenue exit. Along the 670, the van turns left on Neil Avenue and pulls in front of the media entrance of the Nationwide Arena alongside Nationwide Boulevard. This will be your home for the next few days.

 

Draft day comes and you’re sitting in the lower bowl of the arena – by yourself. There is quite a buzz of activity. About two or three whole sections of the stands are set up as a media area, with tables and plug-ins, where some familiar well-known faces are sprinkled in, talking, working on their laptops, and mulling around.

 

The floor of the arena has no ice. Instead there are 30 sets of tables with numerous chairs and each table has a sign with its team’s name and logo. You can see Brian Burke of the Anaheim Ducks on the phone and several individuals you don’t recognize talking all around him. You see Wayne Gretzky from the Phoenix Coyotes, Glen Sather of the New York Rangers, and a host of other familiar faces and legends of the game.

 

There are people sitting intermittently throughout the stands: groups of people representing a player and his family; others who are probably agents assessing the mood of the floor; and interested bystanders who just want to see what the event is all about.

 

You took a tour of the building on the first night, when Round One was conducted, and saw the press conference area, where the drafted players have been directed to go after their names are announced, to face the media and questions. There is a podium with a microphone set up in front of a blue backdrop with the NHL logo and the Columbus 2007 Draft logo. The area is basically set up for just the first two rounds.

 

Your agent checks in on you periodically but he has three other players attending the draft, all touted for the first two rounds and there is an anticipated bidding war for one of them. He does his best to make you feel comfortable and ease your nervousness, but his cell phone is going off every two minutes. It’s almost better without him there.

 

The first round took the better part of three hours to go through. The second round is almost as long. The whole thing is real long. Because the first round is televised and with there being a set time between picks for teams to make their assessments and put in their order, the day drags. There are a few people you can talk to, mostly rival players in your division. They are at the draft with their families, so it would be uncomfortable for you to sit with them for any length of time. You mostly chat with each other in the concourse.

 

You sit and wait. Round three rolls by…round four…round five. Your name is still not called. The sixth round comes and goes, and now, your stomach is really starting to clench. Your mouth is dry, regardless of how many bottled waters you drink. Your heart starts pounding. You think about why you’re there. Will you get picked? Why does nobody want you? You love your parents but can’t help but feel a bit of anger towards them for insisting you be here.

 

It’s the middle of round eight and still no call. You see the hub of tables on the floor area winding down. There are only a few picks left and you can see there are no more deals being made.

 

The last name is picked and it’s not you. You just want to sink into your seat and hide. You don’t want anyone to see you and know what a failure you are. You didn’t get picked. Out of all those names, yours wasn’t one of them. But what about that scouting report? It said you’d go in the fourth. Did everyone lie to you?

 

In 2000, I attended my first NHL Entry Draft. It was also the same year that Minnesota and Columbus were accepted into the league, hence the pick announcement for the Expansion Draft was held the night before. It was the year of Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik, Marcel Hossa, and John-Michael Liles.

 

Although I filed a report for one of my usual sources, my main assignment was for the New England Sports Journal – to do a story on the players that were from the New England area.

 

It was exciting, boring, and a fabulous networking event. Everyone who was anyone in hockey was there: general managers, presidents, coaches, agents, scouts, media, and alumni.

 

From the media perspective, there wasn’t a lot of downtime. After the luncheon on the same day as the Expansion Draft, a media availability of players afterwards included most of the players that were slated to go in the first 10 spots. I remember being able to get in a couple of one-on-one questions with Gaborik.

 

The entire hockey world was set on its heels on the first pick when New York Islanders General Manager Mike Milbury picked Boston University’s Rick DiPietro. It was the first time in hockey history that a netminder had gone first overall since 1968, when the Montreal Canadiens drafted Michel Plasse. Back then only 24 players were picked altogether.

 

Of course, for me, the draft was over. My job was basically done in the first pick. What a story. I spent about three quarters of the rest of the first round sitting in the press conference when DiPietro was brought to the podium in the media area and then waded through the scrums, vying for a one-on-one, only getting to pitch maybe two questions total. My story was all about DiPietro with a few footnotes about the other New Englanders who were picked in subsequent rounds.

 

Over the years I’ve spoken with players about their lives behind the scenes, but not just the NHL guys, the juniors, too. I’ve always had a strong passion for junior hockey, stemming back to my adolescent days in Edmonton. One of the questions I talk to many of them about is the NHL Entry Draft.

 

The draft story that sticks out the most is the one that has inspired me throughout the last 10 or so years of my career – after Theoren Fleury told it to me. In his first year of eligibility (1986), Theo was at a wedding in Rosetown. He said he must have called his dad about 20 times. Nothing. No calls from anyone.

 

“I made the last call around midnight and nobody had called,” says Fleury. “It was a real disappointment to not be drafted the first year. I didn’t have a great year but I didn’t have a bad one.”

 

The following year, he had made the World Junior team and had a great season. He stayed home for the draft and was about to give up when in the final round, he finally got the call.

 

“It was about 3:00 when (Flames scout) Ian MacKenzie phoned me and told me I was drafted by the Flames. It was nice to be at home and share it with my family. We were all pretty excited. I think the biggest thing was, even though I was really disappointed the first year, in the second year, all I ever wanted was a chance and an opportunity. Fortunately, the Flames gave me that chance.”

 

He was picked 166th overall by the Calgary Flames. So what’s the big deal? Well, Theo was drafted at a time when teams were looking for size and strength – guys like Eric Lindros – big and bulky with some talent. Guys like Brendan Shanahan, Glen Wesley, Joe Sakic, who went in the first round. Theo was 5’7″ and small by the 80s wish list standard.

 

But the story doesn’t end there. Unbeknownst to Theo at the time, he almost didn’t get drafted. When it came time for the Flames to make its final pick, they weren’t going to pick him. MacKenzie almost had to get on his hands and knees and beg then GM Cliff Fletcher to give this kid a shot. He said they wouldn’t be disappointed. And they weren’t.

 

To me, that story epitomizes everything that sports stands for. Every situation can be filled with high drama. And then, no matter how bad the odds seem to be stacked against you, anything can happen. And like in life, if even just one person stands in your corner, it’s all you need to get where you’re going.

 

For all of those fortunate to be chosen, it’s only the beginning. They still need to do the work to get to training camp and they are a long way off from making a team. For those who aren’t chosen or even on the list, it’s not always the end of the line. Some of the league’s undrafted players include Ed Belfour, Curtis Joseph, John Madden, Andy McDonald, Martin St. Louis, and Dwayne Roloson. Some of those names are engraved on Stanley Cups. Then there are those drafted players, even in the first round, who never get out of the minor leagues or they go to Europe and disappear from the radar.

 

Sports is an emotional roller coaster in every aspect, be it the draft, a shift, a game, and even a career. Some of the best lessons are taught through adversity, but definitely, the easy ones are to learn are from watching others, like athletes, go through their own.

 

Debbie Elicksen is a sportswriter and the author of the bestselling Self-Publishing 101 (Self-Counsel Press) and offers publishing support to both royalty and self-publishers. You can reach her through her website: http://www.freelancepublishing.net/

Daily Fantasy Baseball Draft Preparation

Let’s cut right to the chase. The number one rule when preparing for draft day is research, research and research. Collect all the essential information you need for draft day like knowing the players and all the teams’ lineups. If you are currently reading this piece, you are definitely on the right track as you have taken the time to gain knowledge on this awesome game in the hopes of gaining an edge over your opponents.

What you need to do is find the right sources of information, take everything in, and then make your own conclusions to aid you in your daily fantasy baseball draft. It may be a good idea to start taking notes to keep all your collective information organized. It would be easier to draw conclusions on data found in box scores, various media, forums, message boards, and what not.

The next step that must be done depends on the type of fantasy league you play in and the type of draft being done. Regardless of the aforementioned, step two is the assessment of the talent available for the draft, along with the drafting order and the available auction budget. Almost all draft day values you’ll find are created for single-season leagues with all players available. This can cause problems if you are in a league which retains players from season to season because now you must convert their figures to be in line with the expected draft day inflation.

Inflation happens when teams keep players under their normal values. This causes the draft pool of eligible players to shrink, but making the money available per player to increase. This also allows for simple supply and demand principles to come into play. For example, the dollar values you found say that a speedster will be worth $ 20. However, in a league where players are kept, there may not be any other key stolen base figures left in the auction. Three teams may need stolen bases, and only one speed demon is up for grabs. The bidding wars begin, and that $ 20 value will go out the window because the two teams that don’t get him will be doomed to finish near the bottom of the stolen bases category, making it much harder to reach that date with the traditional Yoo-Hoo shower.

A daily fantasy baseball team owner now must forecast the freeze list and see what talent will be available for the draft. This must now be cross-checked against the projected stats for the players you intend to keep. Once you get those stats, compare them against last season’s final standings. You must now assess your strengths and weaknesses, evaluate the pool of available players, and begin to set your sights on players that you need to acquire in the draft to balance your team. If a balance cannot be reached, then focus on a category and try to trade some of the spares for players that will help in areas where you are weak.

Currently, you can get help in doing so by using fantasy draft software to help speed up the process of locating your strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of your opponents. These software can be a valuable tool in preparing for a draft. There are several products out in the market so you can choose one you are comfortable with.

The above tip talks about keeper leagues. However, even in single-season formats, one needs to look at position dearth and draft order like a keeper league owner needs to look at keepers. Know which positions have plenty of talent and which do not. Be prepared for players that may go in between your picks in a draft. For example, if you have the 11th pick in a twelve-team draft, you will have the 11th and 14th overall picks, after which you won’t get to select a player again until pick number 35. Twenty players will go off the board between your second and third picks. One must keep that in mind while drafting. If you are not aware of which players are left and who are likely to be taken in the next 20 picks, you can get closed out of a position or category.

The final step is to set a draft day plan. Start focusing on players you want to have on your team and on which round, or for what price you expect them to be available. You can make use of various mock drafts as a benchmark to get a ballpark estimate as to which players you will go for in your draft. Then, you can go for players that fit your draft order or budget meant for each position. Have some backup plans ready because the draft sometimes doesn’t go the way you plan it, and you never get all the players you have on your want list.

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Draft Strategy

For this draft type, you pay the actual cash salary for the player for that game. Since the NBA salary system hugely favors the veterans, you end up with a bunch of overpriced veterans and underpriced rookies with this daily fantasy basketball cap method. In general, you will want to try to figure out who the top fantasy scorers will be that day regardless of the cap value. Include the top 2-3 scorers on your team. This may cost a lot, but do not worry. There will be some obvious underpriced players in the pool. Chris Paul, Kevin Martin, and many other young players are way underpriced. You will need to put 3-4 of the obviously underpriced players on your team. After putting the projected high scorers and the vastly under priced players on your team, you just find the best value you can get for the last position or two you need to fill. These contests will not be decided by the obviously underpriced players that everyone will have. They will be decided by who can better map out the top scorers that day, and who can plug in the last one or two spots on the roster the best.

No Cap Contest

The No Cap contests allow you to draft any team that you want without any cap restrictions. Players are sorted in the pool by their ranking cap values. The players most likely to score the most points on average are listed at the top. In general, you would want to pick your fantasy team from the top of the draft pool. You find your edge when you can identify players farther down on the list that will outscore the top players. Since most will be selecting from near the top of the list, and if you can find the one or two players down further who will score more, you can get an edge. Also, you pretty much have to pick the top fantasy scorers like LeBron or Kobe. Even if they are facing an unfavorable match-up, it is still likely they will outscore the others on the list.

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NFL Fanhouse Draft Grade: Minnesota Vikings

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Minnesota arrived to the draft with possibly the worst offense in the league. Thankfully they invested almost every one of Saturday and Sunday finding playmakers for youthful quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. If Brady Quinn ends up starting to be a expert Bowler the choice to pass on him will seem bad, but coach Brad Childress believes in Jackson’s ability.

The Good: There experienced been issues planning to the draft that this Vikings will be still left with out any decent options at No. 7. But when Adrian Peterson began to slide, Minnesota picked up the draft’s best operating back, a achievable stud, in Adrian Peterson. And contemplating about wide receiver was the deepest location in the draft, Minnesota was capable to wait until the 2nd circular to fill its will require at wideout with Sidney Rice. The Vikings threw numbers at their wideout problem, getting Aundrae Allison and Chandler Williams in later on rounds.

The Bad: Peterson’s collarbone could possibly be considered a continuing problem, but Minnesota appears willing to become affected person with Peterson to territory a operating back again of his talents. With Chester Taylor however roughly to start, Minnesota does not need to remain Peterson to the commencing lineup immediately, so that is not a problem. Third-rounder Brian Robison wasn’t a especially productive participant in college, but he experienced an exceptional combine workout and he must have been a extremely productive specific night clubs participant in college.

The Grade: B+.

Minnesota required to inject some rate and big-play ability into its offense. Peterson, Rice and Allison need to complete that, even once the wide receivers can’t be anticipated to stage in and commence appropriate away. They could have utilised more support at linebacker during this draft, however they opted to produce Allison in the fourth circular when he was the best value within of the board.

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Draft Strategy and 15 Top Fantasy Hockey Forwards For 2010-11 NHL

Much consideration need to be put into goalies and defense men in order to make a solid fantasy hockey draft. Forwards require much simpler proposition. Firstly, you need to understand your point system. Ranking your players can be very different once knowing this. For example, if goals and assists are counted equally (join a new league), then you might need to consider to value guys like Joe Thornton and Henrik Sedin. If goals are favored over assists, these playmakers can be knocked down the list a little. Penalty minutes are important too. There’s a chance you might miss the blending goals, assists and a buttload of PIMs that Steve Downie brought to fantasy teams last year if you only care about points.

 

As with other goalies and defensemen, it’s wise to group your players in tiers. It helps when you’re trying to decide which position to pick. If there’s a tier 1 forward available, but the best goalie out there is down in tier 4, you’ll get more value taking the forward. This is an art that must be mastered through mock drafts.

 

Leagues can also vary dramatically in their approach to classifying forwards. Some lump all forwards together, others separate centers from wingers, while others go as far as left wing / right wing distinction. If this is your league, you’ve got even more work to do. I’ll be following up soon with an article that focuses more on league-specific draft strategies for the major sites out there (CBS, Yahoo, etc.).

 

For now, let’s dive in to the top 15 fantasy forwards for 2010. Note: For the purposes of this article, I’m grouping all forwards together and assuming a fantasy scoring system which heavily favors goals (so no hate mail from Henrik lovers out there, please).

 

TIER 1

1. Sidney Crosby

By claiming his first Rocket Richard Trophy last season, Crosby completed the one element to his fantasy stats that were somewhat lacking (at least compared to the other elite players). There’s not a weakness in his game, and he’s entering his prime years. For my money, he’s the safest bet as your #1 forward.

 

2. Alex Ovechkin

If you’re wandering Crosby vs Ovechkin, the simple answer is, who would you rather cheer for? Either way, you’ll get your points. One factor to keep in mind is Ovechkin’s antics. How many games will he miss due to suspension and/or injuries from his reckless style of play. Either way, you’ll keep plenty of points.

 

3. Steven Stamkos

Stamkos proved in his sophomore season that he’s ready to be mentioned with the big boys, after splitting the Richard Trophy with Crosby and topping out at 95 points. He will challenge for the goal scoring lead and total points this season.


4. Evgeni Malkin

Injuries kept Malkin out of the scoring race last season, but he’ll be right back in the mix this season. Don’t discount him for this year, as some may be tempted to do. 100 points are in the cards for Geno.

 

TIER 2

5. Niklas Backstrom

Is there a limit to how good this kid can get? In his first three seasons, he’s gone from 69 to 88 to 101 points, and hasn’t missed a game yet in his career. He’s even cracked the 30 goal plateau, so we’re looking at a complete package in terms of fantasy stats. You could make a case for him in the top 3.

 

6. Ilya Kovalchuk

If you need goals, Kovalchuk is absolute money. He’s topped 40 goals for the past 6 seasons and shows no signs of stopping now. Assuming his contract situation gets resolved, he should be high on your list again this season. Look for another run at 50 goals this season.

 

7. Dany Heatley

Heatley is about as consistent as they come in terms of top scorers in the league. 40 goals and 40 assists are a given for the winger. If he and Thornton can establish some better chemistry this season, he could potentially get himself back into the 50 goal club.

 

8. Alexander Semin

In terms of per talent, there are few players in the world on the same level as Semin. The problem is the extras. Between injuries, off-ice decisions, and occasional spells where he can’t hit the net for games on end, he can be a risky pick, particularly in the first or second round. Then again, when he’s on, he’s worth the pain. They may not be able to keep him in D.C. forever with the other salaries on the books, so enjoy the production while it lasts.

 

9. Zach Parise

Parise reached elite status in 2008-09 when he capped out at 45 goals and 94 points. He slipped a bit last season, down to 82 points. The good news is that the dip in numbers may cause other GMs to undervalue him. In 5 seasons, he’s sat out a total of 3 games. Despite Kovalchuk’s presence, he’s the go-to guy in New Jersey and should challenge for the scoring title this season.

 

TIER 3

10. Patrick Kane

Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Kane has become a solid fantasy forward who may soon join the elite. He recorded 88 points in his third NHL season and kept up the pace throughout the playoffs. The Hawks still have plenty of offensive talent in town and Kane should lead the team in all categories. Look for him to land in the 90 point territory in 2010-11.

 

11. Daniel Sedin

Despite losing out to twin brother for the scoring title last season, Daniel is my choice for best fantasy Sedin. Had it not been for his early season injury, which kept him out of 19 games, he would crushed Henrik’s goal totals and may have won the Art Ross himself. Look for him to make a run at 100 points this time around.

 

12. Marian Gaborik

It’s going to take more than one season of 76 games played before I’m willing to risk a first round pick on Gaborik’s health. If you took a chance on him last year, it obviously paid off, as he returned to 42 goals. If he’s still on the board in the 3rd round, go for it. Otherwise, place your bets on a safer number.

 

13. Henrik Sedin

Full credit goes to Henrik for winning the scoring title, particularly while going a stretch without brother Daniel. The bottom line, however, is that it will be a monumental task to repeat such a performance. There are just too many other stars out there at his level. In terms of total fantasy value, he loses some big points due to his goal/assist ratio. If you’re picking a forward in the first round, he better be topping 30 goals, which Henrik has never done. He may get back to 100 points, but when 80 of those are assists, you’re not getting your money’s worth. Someone is bound to pick him higher than he deserves. Don’t be that guy.

 

14. Joe Thornton

With Joe, what you see is what you get. 20+ goals and a buttload of assists. If he could ever make up his mind to shoot the puck, he’d be a top 5 player every season. As it stands, he’s still a good center to have on your roster. Consider this: in the past 7 seasons, he was beneath a point-a-game just once. He’s also annually among the leaders in +/-. Can’t really go wrong here.

 

15. Anze Kopitar

Kopitar stormed the castle last October, running out to a early lead in the scoring race. However, after injuries to his linemates, he came back down to earth. He still finished with respectable career-highs of 34 goals and 81 points. There’s no denying his talent, and as a team, the Kings are clearly on the rise. Expect him to repeat in the 80 point range next season.

 

To see the rest of my top 120 forward rankings, visit: http://www.landsharkhockey.com/LS/tools/DraftRankings.aspx. You can also customize your own list there.

The Indiana Pacers Tickets : The 2010 Nba Draft Brought In Five New Faces For The Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team and franchise that is part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) of the U.S.A. The franchise has its base of operations in the State’s capital and largest city, Indianapolis, Indiana, located in the center of the State.

The Indiana Fever of the WNBA, also owned by Melvin & Herb Simon, are the Pacers’ sister team and also play at Conseco Fieldhouse as well: the home stadium to both franchises. The Indiana Pacers mascot, Boomer, is one of the more popular mascots and appears often for the NBA.

Despite missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 80’s, the 2007/08 season displayed many signs of growth in the team, especially towards the end of the season.

Off-court legal distraction from Jamaal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels, and Shawne Williams in the middle of the season did not help the Pacers struggles, and injuries to Tinsley and Jermaine O’Neal damaged the Pacers’ already weak defense and left almost all point guard duties to recently acquired Travis Diener, who saw minimal minutes on his previous NBA teams.

Despite this, and a 36/46 record, the Pacers had a very strong finish to the season, which included a desperate attempt to steal the 8th seed from the Atlanta Hawks, and dramatic improvement in forwards Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy.

Both Granger and Dunleavy were involved in the voting for Most Improved Player, with Dunleavy finishing in the top 10. The two were also the first Pacer pair to score 1500 points each in a single season since Reggie Miller and Detlef Schrempf did it in the early 90s.

In May of 2010, after completing his rookie season, G A. J. Price suffered a knee injury during a charity pick-up game that would require surgery. His expected rehabilitation was to last between 4-6 months, to be back just in time for training camp.

The 2010 NBA Draft brought in five new faces for the Pacers. G Paul George (basketball) out of the Fresno State University in the first round and G Lance Stephenson from the University of Cincinnati in the second round.

The Pacers also selected F Ryan Reid from the Florida State University. The draft rights to Reid were traded on draft night to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange to the rights to F-C Magnum Rolle from the Louisiana Tech University. The Pacers signed Paul George (basketball) to his rookie contract on July 1, 2010. Lance Stephenson signed a multi-year contract with the team on July 22. 2010. As of September 20, Rolle has yet to be signed by the team.

On August 11, 2010, the Pacers acquired G Darren Collison and G-F James Posey from the New Orleans Hornets in a four-team, five-player deal. Troy Murphy was dealt to the New Jersey Nets within that trade. The gain of Collison has been a sign that the Pacers’ starting point guard dilemma has been solved for many years to come.

Off-the-court issues involving rookie Lance Stephenson (Allegations of pushing his current girlfriend down a flight of stairs after an argument.) and current Pacers’ G Brandon Rush (Suspended for five games by failing NBA drug policy for testing positive for marijuana for the third time.) have put a damper on the effects of the four-team trade earlier in the summer; however, the Pacers remain confident in their future.

There has been much speculation by local media that F Tyler Hansbrough has overcome much of his symptoms related to an ear infection last season and will be available for training camp.

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The Washington Wizards Tickets : The Wizards Were Chosen To Pick Fifth Overall In Nba Draft Lottery

The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., previously known as Washington Bullets. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The club now known as the Wizards began play as the Chicago Packers in the 1961/62 season. The next season, they changed their name to the Chicago Zephyrs. In 1963 the franchise moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and became the Baltimore Bullets (no relation to the 1940s/50s Bullets franchise). In their first year in Baltimore, the Bullets finished 4th in a 5/team Western Division.

Prior to the 1964/65 NBA season the Bullets pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending Terry Dischinger, Rod Thorn and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bailey Howell, Don Ohl, Bob Ferry and Wali Jones. The trade worked out well; Howell proved to be a hustling, fundamentally sound player who helped the Bullets get into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, the Bullets stunned the St.

Louis Hawks 3/1, and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. In the finals, Baltimore managed to split the first four games with the Los Angeles Lakers before losing the series 4/2.

Flip Saunders reached an agreement to become the new coach of the team in mid-April, 2009. Despite having the second best chance at obtaining the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Wizards were randomly chosen to pick fifth overall in the NBA Draft Lottery. This pick was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Songaila, Thomas, and Oleksiy Pecherov, in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.[14] On May 21, 2009, Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld announced that the team has named Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell as assistant coaches.Then on August 11, 2009, the Wizards signed Fabricio Oberto, many weeks after he committed to signing with the team.

On December 24, 2009, it was revealed that Arenas had admitted to storing unloaded firearms in his locker at Verizon Center and had surrendered them to team security. In doing so, Arenas violated both NBA rules against bringing firearms into an arena and D.C. ordinances. On January 1, 2010, it was reported that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton had unloaded guns in the Wizards’ locker room during a Christmas Eve argument regarding gambling debts. The D.C. Metropolitan Police and the U.S. Attorney’s office are investigating.

In January, the NBA suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay while conducting their investigation into the incident. NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement that while Arenas would likely face a lengthy suspension (possibly for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, if not longer), “his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game.” Despite Stern’s longstanding practice of not disciplining players until the legal process plays out, he felt compelled to act when Arenas’s teammates surrounded him during pregame introductions prior to a game with the Philadelphia 76ers and he pantomimed shooting them with guns made from his fingers.The Wizards issued a statement condemning the players’ pregame stunt as “unacceptable”.

On February 13, 2010, after a 17/33 record at the season’s midway point, The Wizards traded Butler, Haywood, and Stevenson to the Mavericks in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton. Three days later, the Wizards traded Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers in exchange for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and obtained Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal. Ilgauskas reported long enough to take a physical (to make the trade official). His contract was immediately bought out, making him a free agent.

On February 26, 2010, the Wizards signed Shaun Livingston to a ten-day contract.Despite the off-court distractions, the Wizards finished the season with a modest 26/56 record. However, they were the only Southeast Division team not to make the post-season.

In the 2006 NBA Playoffs, the Wizards matched up with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a first-round matchup, in what would turn out to be the first of three consecutive postseason matchups, as well as James’ first-ever playoff appearance. The series was considered to be one of the most evenly matched of all first-round series that year. After suffering a loss in Game 1, Washington came back to win Game 2 and steal home-court advantage heading back to Verizon Center for Game 3.

Cleveland stole home-court advantage right back. Washington came back to tie the series at two apiece with a win in Game 4, but suffered two consecutive one-point overtime losses and thus were eliminated 4 games to 2.

Dating back to the start of the 2005/06 season, the Wizards and Cavaliers have played each other a combined 36 times (including preseason), far more than they have played any other team in the league.

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The Indiana Pacers Tickets : The 2010 Nba Draft Brought In Five New Faces For The Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team and franchise that is part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) of the U.S.A.

The franchise has its base of operations in the State’s capital and largest city, Indianapolis, Indiana, located in the center of the State. The Indiana Fever of the WNBA, also owned by Melvin & Herb Simon, are the Pacers’ sister team and also play at Conseco Fieldhouse as well: the home stadium to both franchises. The Indiana Pacers mascot, Boomer, is one of the more popular mascots and appears often for the NBA .

In early 1967, a group of six investors (among them attorney Richard Tinkham, sports agent Chuck Barnes and Indianapolis Star sports writer Bob Collins) pooled their resources to purchase a franchise in the proposed American Basketball Association.

According to Indianapolis attorney Richard Tinkham, the nickname “Pacers” was decided on through a collective decision of the original investors. Tinkham, one of those investors, recalled that the nickname was a combination of the state’s rich history with the harness racing pacers and the pace car used for the running of the Indianapolis 500. Investor Chuck Barnes was a horse racing enthusiast in addition to being business manager of Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt and Rodger Ward. Barnes’ wife, Lois, suggested the name over dinner.

Tinkham said the “Pacers” decision was an easy one, but the real debate was whether the team should be called the Indiana Pacers or the Indianapolis Pacers. Since one of the original ideas for the team was to have it playing throughout the state with its base in Indianapolis, the official team name became the Indiana Pacers.

For their first seven years, they played in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, now called the Pepsi Coliseum. In 1974, they moved to the plush new Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis, where they stayed for 25 years.

Early in the Pacers’ second season, former Indiana Hoosiers standout Bob “Slick” Leonard became the team’s head coach, replacing Larry Staverman. Leonard quickly turned the Pacers into a juggernaut. His teams were buoyed by the great play of superstars such as Jimmy Rayl, Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Bob Netolicky, Rick Mount and Roger Brown. The Pacers were – and ended – as the most successful team in ABA history, winning three ABA Championships in four years. In all, they appeared in the ABA Finals five times in the league’s nine year history: a feat that was never bettered by any other ABA franchise.

In May of 2010, after completing his rookie season, G A. J. Price suffered a knee injury during a charity pick-up game that would require surgery. His expected rehabilitation was to last between 4-6 months, to be back just in time for training camp.

The 2010 NBA Draft brought in five new faces for the Pacers. G Paul George (basketball) out of the Fresno State University in the first round and G Lance Stephenson from the University of Cincinnati in the second round. The Pacers also selected F Ryan Reid from the Florida State University. The draft rights to Reid were traded on draft night to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange to the rights to F-C Magnum Rolle from the Louisiana Tech University. The Pacers signed Paul George (basketball) to his rookie contract on July 1, 2010. Lance Stephenson signed a multi-year contract with the team on July 22. 2010. As of September 20, Rolle has yet to be signed by the team.

On August 11, 2010, the Pacers acquired G Darren Collison and G-F James Posey from the New Orleans Hornets in a four-team, five-player deal. Troy Murphy was dealt to the New Jersey Nets within that trade. The gain of Collison has been a sign that the Pacers’ starting point guard dilemma has been solved for many years to come.

Off-the-court issues involving rookie Lance Stephenson (Allegations of pushing his current girlfriend down a flight of stairs after an argument.) and current Pacers’ G Brandon Rush (Suspended for five games by failing NBA drug policy for testing positive for marijuana for the third time.) have put a damper on the effects of the four-team trade earlier in the summer; however, the Pacers remain confident in their future.

There has been much speculation by local media that F Tyler Hansbrough has overcome much of his symptoms related to an ear infection last season and will be available for training camp.

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Jahvid Best entering the 2010 NFL Draft

According to Sunday’s announcement, Jahvid Best is going to join the 2010 NFL Draft. He was forecast to be a future Heisman candidate and top running back prospect for several records such as most all-purpose yards in a single season and most rushing yards in a single game for Cal. In addition, he was the Pac-10 rushing for the 2008 season. After running back for the California Golden Bears and playing for several seasons, he would possibly become a high pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

 

Many people are surprised by his move because this star had to experience an undesired 2009 season with injury in a serious rush while taking the football into the opposite end zone. That collision made Jahvid Best suffer from a concussion and sore back. In the worst case, his injury might spoil his draft stock.

 

It is definite that Jahvid Best will be one among five best running backs who are eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. His injury potentially promotes him to the position of one of the top players in the draft. Like many other NFL drafting players, he now is brought into the discussion after experiencing an unsatisfactory 2009 regular season. Players normally witness their draft stocks on the edge when they suffer from injuries. At the present Best’s injury will be the hot topic right up until his name is in the list of 2010 NFL Draft players.

 

He made great contribution to the success of California entering the 2009 season. He scored 16 touchdowns last season. He also had a good start by rushing for 137, 144, and 131 yards respectively. In addition, he contributed five touchdowns for California in a game at Minnesota. He went behind while up with two sub-par games of 55 and 47 yards in collision with Oregon and USC, so his good image faded away a little. However, he was drawn back into discussion when putting up 159 yards against a Washington defense in the week 8.

 

 

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