(8/6) Implications Of Demarcus Cousins Joining Golden State Warriors

(8/6) Implications Of Demarcus Cousins Joining Golden State Warriors

The Warriors may look even more indestructible, but...

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The Golden State Warriors are entering the 2018-2019 NBA season as the unquestioned favorites to win the NBA championship for a third straight year. This is due to their large amount of talent at seemingly every position on the court, as well as their recent acquisition of star center Demarcus Cousins in free agency.

Golden State has won three NBA championships in the past four years and has cemented itself as a basketball dynasty in the modern era. This team possesses perennial All-Stars such as point guard Stephen Curry, shooting guard Klay Thompson, power forward Draymond Green and small forward Kevin Durant along with some additional talent, but the addition of Cousins has rounded out the package of a starting lineup of FIVE players who made the All-Star team last season.

This was undoubtedly the biggest splash made in this year's free agency, eclipsing LeBron James' second departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Even more shocking is that Cousins signed an incredibly cheap deal by his standards: a one-year $5.3 million contract. He may have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, but signing a deal like this is unexpected for any player.

Cousins will likely leave Golden State after this upcoming season, but he likely wishes to use this opportunity to return to form and possibly win a championship while doing so. According to reports, no other teams wanted to sign Cousins because of his injury. He may just be setting himself up for a big payday by playing with Golden State after he fully recovers.

So what does this mean for the rest of the NBA? Other teams will have an exceedingly difficult time dealing with this juggernaut of a team, particularly those in the Western Conference. Even with teams like the Lakers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder acquiring solid players in recent years, they will have a difficult time dealing with five All-Stars on the court at once unless one or two of them suffer injuries. Anyone knows that it would be foolish to count on injuries, and any player could get hurt at any one time.

However, all hope is not lost for the rest of the NBA.

As stated earlier, there are still noteworthy teams that can compete for the NBA championship this upcoming season. Last year, the Houston Rockets nearly beat the Warriors in the Conference Finals last year, the Boston Celtics have become solid with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and the aforementioned Thunder has a star duo in Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Additionally, the Warriors may not have Cousins playing for the majority of the season. A torn Achilles requires time to fully recover from, and Golden State will likely only play him if he is fully healthy, which will take an unknown amount of time at this point.

To sum it up, the Golden State Warriors may look invincible, but there are plenty of factors that could cripple them. A championship in any sport is not decided before the clock in the final game hits zero, and it is certainly not a done deal before the season even starts.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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3 Tips To Drafting A Fantasy Football Team

How to Navigate the Complex Landscape of the Nerd's Take on America's Game

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It will be fun, they said. It's easy! You just pick players and when they play well you do well! They said. Well, all you are thinking now is what did I get myself into. The draft clock ticks away as you try to pick a player. Your brother talks nonstop about Tom Brady, but when you tried to pick him, your brother yelled in protest and started blabbering on about something called ADP. You just did this because everyone else was, you don't know what YAC is or how a player's ODP should affect their draft stock. Well, while I won't be able to give you every bit of advice to make 100% sure you'll be gloating to your old bro at the season's end, I can get you up to speed on this crazy game of sports and numbers.

Part One: The Basics

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For you beginning out there that barely know what a football is and are only in this because a friend begged you to fill a spot, this paragraph is a good place to start. Simply put, fantasy football is a game where you pick players who play real, NFL football in the hopes that they perform well. When the real games are played out, the better these players that you have on your team do, the more points you score. If the player you have scores a touchdown, that's six points. There are points for yards, field goals, negative points for a player throwing an interception, and sometimes a point is given just for catching the ball. But don't worry about all that. So, you have your players from all different teams in the NFL and you have your team play against another team from your fantasy league in a game of whose players can perform better in the real football game. The team with the most points wins.

Part Two: The Draft

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Now that we have the basics down we move on to the draft. Ah yes, they save the most confusing part of fantasy football for the very beginning. The draft can be daunting. It can be difficult trying to coordinate positions, byes, teams, and considering a myriad of other factors everyone else is telling you are essential. I'd like to break it down into three simple tips on draft day:

1. Use your first three picks on either RBs or WRs.

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Don't even think about anything other than these two positions for your first three picks. Some people may tell you to take a tight end, but I'm telling you there's talent later in the draft at that position. Focus on these two positions. In most leagues, you will need two RBs (Running Backs) and two WRs (Wide Receivers) plus a fifth slot for either an RB or a WR called a Flex. When you draft, the game will suggest players that people have taken when drafting at the same position you are. Players with lower numbers are traditionally being picked earlier and are generally better. Try to find 2 RBs and 1 WR or vice versa in those first three rounds if you can.

2. Don't draft a QB until after the 10th round. 

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Quarterback is the most important position in real football and most of the famous players (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and others) are quarterbacks. In fantasy, they are not as important. The best QBs and the middle-of-the-pack QBs will score very similar numbers from week to week, so look for better players at WR, RB, and TE before you pick a QB. Good players to target at QB are Matt Ryan (Falcons) and Phillip Rivers (Chargers)

3. Wait to draft your defense and kicker until the final four rounds. 

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It can be tempting to look to fill that Kicker and that Defense slot early to make sure you have all the players you need, but trust me, wait. Remember when I said the difference between the best and the ok QBs is a small difference? It's even smaller for a kicker and a defense. Wait until the very end of the draft until you pick up anyone at these positions. If you have a favorite team it can be fun to pick their defense, as long as they are a good team their defense will do the trick.

So there you have it, three beginner tips for drafting a fantasy football team. Remember to relax, it's only a game, and have fun! Happy drafting!

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