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How Colin Sexton Will Change The Cavaliers

What will Sexton add to Cleveland?


Last Thursday the Cleveland Cavaliers made a choice. One that will define them for the foreseeable future. A choice that could change the layout of their franchise, or add to it's existing success. Their choice was betting on a 19-year-old kid from the University of Alabama to lead them out of their black hole of mediocrity. (Of course I can call the defending eastern conference champions mediocre. They had one of the worst defenses in the league, along with the fact that their best player seemingly wants out.)

But that same 19-year-old kid can be the ultimate key in keeping LeBron James in Cleveland, or he can be the fresh start the Cavs so desperately need.

Whether he wants to admit it or not, LeBron James wants to leave Cleveland because other than maybe Kevin Love the roster stinks. It's riddled with un-tradable contracts and players with their best years behind them. So the only possible option to improve the roster was through the draft and other than Michael Porter Jr., Sexton was a no-brainer. If general manager Kobi Altman, went with Porter, it probably would have sent the message to James that they were ready to move on from him. The two play the same position, and Porter is heralded as an offensive juggernaut closer to Kevin Durant but that isn't too shabby either. It's also not like James hasn't dished out his fair share of passive aggressive signals, such as the infamous Arthur fist.

Regardless, it would be an idiotic move by Altman. Porter has a history of injury and not only does he have to prove that he is healthy, but he will have to face the pressure of being the heir apparent to the king himself. To me and thankfully the Cavaliers organization as well, that was too big a risk.

The Cavaliers really need Sexton. At the end of the finals last season everyone was dead tired and ready to join the AARP. It was like watching an episode of "The Walking Dead." You remember how great it was five years ago but now its just sad to see what it's become. What both of these things need is a shot of adrenaline and only one of them is actually getting it.

Alabama head basketball coach Avery Johnson once said that Sexton was "the fastest player I've ever seen with the basketball." He's also been heralded by the likes of Jay Bilas as the most competitive player in the draft. If your Cleveland that is exactly what your team was missing last year. Speed and competitive spirit. There were multiple games in the playoffs where the Cavs didn't start games off shooting well and fell behind early. Instead of fighting to put together runs and get stops they'd hoist up a couple of threes and just go through the motions to look forward to the next game. In a league that is widely criticized for having a noncompetitive regular season, it's not a great idea to sleepwalk through playoff games.

But this is where Sexton will have his greatest impact. Like Johnson said, he is extremely fast with the basketball. No more so demonstrated with his buzzer beater against Texas A&M; where he went coast to coast in just 4.4 seconds. Not to mention that game winner came in a do-or-die game in the SEC tournament. It also takes a lot of intelligence to know not to pull up for a three and trust that you have enough time to get to the rim.

But Sexton isn't just all about buzzer beaters and flashy finishes. He's also a willing defender despite his lack of elite size and is a great communicator. LeBron thrives when he has a teammate like this. Just look at his past championship teams, he has always had an elite guard alongside him. Whether it's Dwyane Wade or Kyrie Irving, both were huge pieces that propelled their respective teams to championships.

If I'm going to think realistically though, I think Sexton will be LeBronless at the start of the season. But that isn't a bad thing at all. James is great, there's no question about that. But it can't be denied that he has stalled or hurt the development of young players on his teams. Hell, the reason Kyrie left was so he didn't fall into Mario Chalmers territory. That's an overreaction but nonetheless, Sexton will have to lead his own team in the league. This is another area where he has experience in.

All throughout Alabama's postseason play, Sexton was the Rick to the rest of the teams Morty. In other words, he basically carried them. Now he has that responsibility indirectly put on him because he's their first-round pick. But instead of being surrounded by other 19- 22-year-olds, he's playing with some grown men, even if they are old. And if you've paid any attention to Sexton's basketball career, you'll know that he will relish the opportunity to lead an NBA team.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Tiger Woods' 2019 Masters Victory Means More Than Winning a Tournament

At the 2019 Masters, Tiger Woods defined what a comeback story truly means.


For the last week now I have tried to process the events that transpired in the world of golf. As many of you may know by now, I am a fanatic for Tiger Woods. I have watched as one of the greatest athletes to ever grace this earth fell from his pinnacle. I have watched as he and his family were brutally subject to a national embarrassment. I have watched as one of the greatest athletic bodies in all of golf was twisted and contorted through 4 back surgeries and physical rehabilitation. I have watched as critics and fans alike believed that his professional career was over. That he would no longer be a competitive golfer and that he should just retire instead of trying to recreate something that had gone awry.

Today I can say with the utmost of certainty that this is no longer the case. Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters last week in dramatic fashion. Here are the stats plain and simple. Woods had never won a major tournament after trailing entering the last day of competition. Woods had also not won a major in more than 11 years and his most recent Master's victory was in 2005. Last week, Woods entered Sunday just two strokes behind the leader Francesco Molinari. At the end of the day, Woods won the event.

I have stood by this man's side as a loyal fan for the last 11 years and seen all that he has endured. For me, his victory was unequivocally the greatest moment in all of the sports. Period. There really aren't enough words for me to sum up the magnitude of this event and in the fashion that it took place. I still am speechless a week later. As I sat watching the final round unfold from a live stream on my phone (as I was in a car driving back from Florida), I was in actual tears. I knew that Tiger Woods would be a winner again. What I didn't know is that he was destined to return back to his place in history as the greatest golfer to ever live. The race for Jack Nicklaus 18 major championship victories mark is now back in contention - something that has not been highly considered for the last decade. What Tiger Woods did on Sunday at the Masters is greater than the sport of golf. It goes beyond athletics and winning. It demonstrates the story of grit, relentless toughness in the face of adversity and most importantly, it epitomizes never giving up.

For this current generation of young golfers who grew up idolizing Woods, they saw and heard first hand the return of the roars that followed Tiger every time he stepped onto a golf course. For runner up's Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele, they were not mad that they had lost, rather they were happy that Woods had won. They both said in their post-round interviews that the atmosphere and energy that was felt at this tourney was unrivaled to any other sporting event they had played in. It was because of one man, wearing his notorious "Sunday red" as he remained unflappable in the face of his opposition. On the 12th hole, a short par-3 that faces the infamous Rae's Creek, Woods demonstrated his poise and maturity. 5 of the top 6 players in the field hit the ball well short of the hole and landed in the water. The only player not to do so was Tiger who chose to aim well left of the hole and play for par. It was here, with 6 holes left to play that Woods reclaimed the lead. Fans and players were all aware of what was to transpire, they could feel that Tiger was ready to pound.

For me, Tiger Woods' victory will be a moment in my life that I will never forget. More importantly, he unified an entire nation to sit down glued to their televisions and watch the final round play out. I had friends reaching out to me to let me know that they were tuned in to witness history unfold, people who aren't golf fans in the slightest. This demonstrates in the most minimal way possible the magnitude and importance of this win. It was bigger than golf. It was something that young fans and old ones alike will cherish indefinitely. For that, I thank you Tiger Woods. You made all of the moments where we as sports fans wanted to let you go and move on to this new era of talented golfers worth sticking by your side. You brought a country with such polarization and difference together to watch a round of golf. And lastly, you made a fan of yours believe in something bigger than sports, but rather, believe in comebacks and hope. Tiger Woods you will always be my hero.

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