Build For Now Vs. Build For The Future: The Paul George Trade Rumor Saga

Paul George wants to be a Laker, we all know that. It has become common knowledge around basketball, and it has made trading for the six year vet much more difficult.

PG-13’s aspirations for the bright lights of Hollywood have really put the Pacers between a rock and a hard place. They’re not going to get a substantial return for him, since there is only one year left on George’s contract. And even if they keep George, they are not keeping him longer than one season.

And yet, there are still teams out there that want to trade for him to stay for one season.

For those who have followed my various rants about the Chicago Bulls, you know that I am a true believer in building a core instead of buying/trading for stars. So once I heard teams like the Celtics, Clippers, and Spurs are in the market for George, I was rather skeptical about the situation.

Take Boston for example; this team is prepared for the future. They have a bevy of future draft picks at their disposal, a team that has already proven that they are #1 seed caliber, AND they have an offseason of high-quality free agents to look forward too. They don’t need to risk giving up what they’ve built for the POSSIBILITY of beating the Warriors next season.

Danny Ainge, do yourself a favor, and find another route to take.

Then you have teams like the Clippers and Spurs, who will be losing players in the next few years due to age and free agency. They are in no position to give up assets for a guy who is more that likely only going to stay for one year.

And the Lakers being in these rumors just doesn’t make ANY sense to me. Why in the world would you even toy with the idea of trading for a guy who wants to come to your team? You’ve already built your team full of young talent with PLENTY of potential. Just wait, and you will be fine.

Finally, the Pacers are up a creek without a paddle here. All they can really do is swim and hope for the best.

I would say, Indy, keep shopping him. You need to get anything you can so that you don’t lose him next summer for nothing. However, the best deals may be before the mid-season trade deadline. I would be surprised if there is not one bubble playoff team who will be DESPERATE for a star to help them make a deep run in the playoffs.

But I want to hear from you. Where do you think Paul George will be by the time we tip-off the 2017-2018 season? Vote on the Twitter poll right here;

McGregor vs. Mayweather: The Fight Of The Century……Or Not?

It’s official! It will be Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather on August 26th live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will, without a doubt, be pegged as a “super-fight,” from what ever commercials and video packages you may see throughout the next few months.

But the problem is, Conor McGregor is not a boxer, he’s an MMA fighter. He’s coming from a much different world to face the greatest “defensive” fighter in the history of boxing. Which, in layman’s terms, means that this has the potential to be a MAJOR disappointment after all of the upcoming hype.

Not as big of a disappointment as Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, but pretty damn close.

Now don’t get me wrong, I want to see McGregor knock out Mayweather as much as the next guy; and he has the POTENTIAL to do that. He is quick and a powerful striker, who could easily drop Mayweather if he gets a clean shot at him. However, he has to actually HIT Mayweather in order for that to happen.

Mayweather, for those who may not know, is an extremely quick fighter who has made a living on playing defense, tiring his opponent down, and finding openings to land his shots. With his style against a “green” boxer like McGregor, Mayweather is just going to make McGregor look foolish through his ability to pace the fight, and work his game.

And I’m not the only one who thinks this. Max Kellerman, co-host of ESPN’s First Take and a long time boxing personality, said on a recent episode of First Take that McGregor “will not land a single punch” on Mayweather.

But fans on the Weekly Sports World Twitter page think differently. When asked who will win between Mayweather and McGregor, the answer was rather one-sided;

However, I highly disagree with whoever took this survey. I have to take Mayweather by decision. McGregor is going to be the serious underdog in this fight, but Mayweather is the obvious choice here. He’s quicker, more intelligent as a boxer, and has the history to back it up. I see his game being plenty of defense to keep away from McGregor’s deadly strikes, but in the end doing more than enough to win the match.

A s an overall fight however, the ONLY way you will catch me watching this fight is if I split it with multiple other people, or if a local restaurant is showing it. This fight will not be worth the insane $50, $60, or whatever astronomical price tag the fight promoters will be placing on it. There are just too many factors that say Mayweather will win, that I can’t see myself paying more than $10 to see a one sided fight.

But I want to hear from all of you. Who do you have winning, and why? Let me know in the comments section, and don’t forget to tweet your thoughts to @KShermanSports, as well as @weekofsports.

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I Am Sick And Tired Of Click-Bait Reporting!

We have made a monumental transition from the great reporting of Walter Cronkite to now. Journalism use to be an art-form, a way to get the truth out there to the masses. But nowadays, it has just turned into a “click-measuring” contest, trying to see who can amass the most clicks.

I bring this up because all to often I see articles from legit publications with these bland headlines to draw the reader in. Once they do, they mention the story is not all that it seems.

For example; I recently saw a headline talking about a professional athlete’s little brother getting in trouble with the law. The author didn’t state the star’s name outright in the headline, which ended up doing it’s job by forcing me to click on the article to learn more. Once reading, the article only mentions the star ONCE, and then moves on with the story.

This story made me sick, sick to my stomach. Not only because they are using a celebrities name and stardom to sell their story, but because the only reason this story made it to a major publication was because the offender was related to a star athlete.

Now yes, I understand that these offenses that individuals may commit are indeed bad. They should be given some form of attention. But it shouldn’t be picked up by neighboring states news publications just because the offender is related to a famous athlete.

If it’s a local kid, keep it to the local papers. Don’t trounce on the entire family’s name just because of one person’s mistake.

So all in all, let’s get back to the content. Let’s focus on the written word and reporting ACTUAL news. Let us stay away from this garbage.