Author Archives: Michael D. Sykes, II

About Michael D. Sykes, II

Hoops writer, I've come to terms with it. I love Basketball and it loves me back. Check me out at Baselinehoops.com and my own creation, "Whats Left on the Floor" at http://ballahollicsonly.wordpress.com.

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

This Is It

Well, here we go.

We’re about to embark on another NBA season in which the San Antonio Spurs prove everyone wrong again.

Is this the year that they finally lose 35 games? Probably not.

That was supposed to be last year  two years ago, but they ended up being good still.

Last season, Tony Parker put up MVP caliber numbers and stunned us all. But I don’t know why we didn’t expect it in the first place. Its the Spurs.


They just win. They restock and retool every year and find a way to make it into the top three teams of the west. They’ll probably do the same thing this year.

When you’re talking about a boring, under the radar team the Spurs are the perfect example. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker. They can all ball. They just do it in San Antonio.

This team…

View original 682 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

 

The New Era Has Begun

The Phoenix Suns finally let go of Steve Nash this offseason.

It was about time for both sides to move on for each other’s sake. The Suns weren’t going to be in contention again any time soon and they weren’t going to have any players to build around either.

This was for the best interest of the organization and the player. In the offseason they addressed the point guard situation quickly–before Nash was even out.

They drafted Kendall Marshall who is a pass first point guard from out of North Carolina.

Marshall is slated to be the backup in Phoenix behind Goran Dragic. Dragic makes his return to Phoenix after once being the heir-apparent to Nash a few years ago.

Last season Dragic played for the Rockets and put up massive numbers over a short time period. He put up the same numbers that…

View original 620 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

Wounded Wolves

There are a lot of high expectations for this Timberwolves team this season. They were very competitive last season initially.

This enthusiasm and competitiveness died down after Ricky Rubio tore his ACL. They were playing .500 basketball at that point and vying for the last playoff spot in the west.

For an offense that has a lot of players who struggle to create shots for themselves losing Rubio was a huge blow.

Rubio paired with a top 10 player in Kevin Love is something that teams fear–the Wolves will go into the season without both of them though.

Ricky Rubio isn’t fully recovered from the ACL tear that he suffered from in March and is going to need a few more months until he’s ready to be back on the floor again.

Kevin Love reportedly broke his hand doing fist push-ups and will be out for five to…

View original 524 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

Shaky Ankles

The Golden State Warriors have experienced their lot of troubles over the last few seasons, but none equal that of Stephen Curry’s ankles.

This may be the most frustrating thing in the NBA right now. With all of the talent that Stephen Curry possesses he can’t stay on the floor because of these ankle issues.

It seems like no amount of tape or no special shoe can even help at this point. He just hasn’t been able to make it work for him.

This was after playing in 70+ games in each of his first two seasons. These ankle injuries are just coming out of nowhere. You hope that they won’t call for any major surgery on them that will hamper Curry’s return or production.

The Golden State Warriors are very high on the talent that Curry has–and they should be. They trust in his capabilities enough for…

View original 598 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

A New Start

The Washington Wizards are a team that has seen a lot of turnover throughout the passed few years.

Gone are the days of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison. Now the future rests in the hands of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

It isn’t often that you see a team turnover their roster the way that the Wizards have so quickly. Since 2010, the Wizards only have three players on their team that were on that squad.

They’ve been through many promising prospects as well. Andray Blatche, Nick Young, Javale McGee, Arenas, and the list goes on. All of these guys couldn’t keep composure off of the floor and that resulted in their removal.

With that being said, there are very high expectations for this Wizards team this year–especially in D.C. While shipping those players out, they’ve paired Nene, Emeka Okafor, and Trevor Ariza with John…

View original 658 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

Recently, David Stern has proposed that the NBA restrict players older than the age of 23 from playing in the Olympics. He’d like to put an age cap of 23 on the competition and then designate three veterans who are over the game of 23 to be allowed to play.

On the other hand, the FIBA championship games won’t use an age cap in their games that are played featuring the USA national basketball team. The NBA and FIBA have a partnership going and the owners in the NBA receive a share of the FIBA World Championship games revenue. Its all about the money here.

Kobe Bryant recently had a few interesting quotes via ESPN recently. Here they are below.

“It’s a stupid idea,” Bryant told local news reporters at the reception to welcome them to Manchester in advance of Thursday night’s exhibition game against Team Great Britain. “It should…

View original 355 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on My Mind on Sports:

Yesterday, I was riding in my car listening to sports radio. ESPN 980, the D.C based radio station for ESPN, to be exact. They were discussing the Washington Redskins and then somehow began to talk about the Heat signing Rashard Lewis.

Of course, Lewis hasn’t left the best impression with D.C sports media and Washington Wizards fans, such as my self, but he’s a pretty good pick up for the Heat. That’s not what intrigued me about conversation though. What was really intriguing was the comments that Erik Spoelstra made.

They played a quote where the roles of Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen were being discussed. Take a look at it yourself. I grabbed this via Real GM.

“We want to get to a point where we are positionless,” Spoelstra said when asked to specify Ray Allen’s role with the Heat. “He’s a great complement to the champions we have.

View original 671 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

Last season’s rookie of the year, Kyrie Irving, has made many a splash on Olympic scene as a member of the U.S select team. Its safe to say that Irving has been one of the best players to attend the Team USA camps and he’s dominated in the scrimmages. Most notably the one that each side played to 14–Irving scored 11 of the 14 points for the Select Team.

Many have been raving about Irving’s progress as a player and stating that he’s already among the upper echelon of point guards in the NBA. No doubt, as a rookie he was phenomenal and is shining right now as a member of the Select Team. However, saying that he’s somewhere among the top five in a league where the premier position is the point guard position is a bit of a stretch.

Irving is an up and coming talent in the…

View original 607 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

I’m not really a great critique or a movie guy, so you’ll have to bear with me here. I’m obviously biased as a hoops fan, but I thought that this documentary was the greatest thing on Earth, easily.

In the wake of their 20 year anniversary, NBA TV broadcasted a documentary dedicated to the Dream Team last night at 9 p.m EST. If you missed that, I feel really sorry for you. But wait, don’t leave yet! I actually have a download link right here! You can thank @Jose3030 later for that one. I recommend you go ahead and watch that before continuing to read this post. I guess you can call this a spoiler alert.

Anyway, for those of you that are still here, lets dig in.

The documentary was an hour and ten minutes long with no commercials, but probably could have gone on for days. There were…

View original 961 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports

Originally posted on What's Left on The Floor:

We never know what life is going to give us or where the glass may fall after it breaks. All we know is that its coming down and we need to be careful not to get cut by it.

The path to being great isn’t a set one and its definitely not always easy. As humans we all must grow, but the rate of growth is not a set one and how much you grow cannot be exactly projected by computers or any close-to-life simulation. We must experience things. We must feel heat to know that it will burn. That is our nature as human beings; curiosity drives us and ambition empowers the growth of those who are curious. You must want to tread the waters of the unknown to become the best at what you do.

Growth isn’t a verb, its a noun. Its a process of development from…

View original 1,104 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Sports