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Kyrie Irving & Kevin Durant Are Fed Up With Free Agency Rumors

The two have simply had enough.

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NBA players Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics recently spoke out against the media when asked about their impending free agency situations. They are considered to be two of the best players in the league and are therefore two of the top free agents in the NBA this summer, and this has led to plentiful speculation about their respective futures. However, both Durant and Irving believe that it has gone too far. The NBA media constantly asks the duo about free agency before and after games instead of asking questions about their respective teams and their own performances.

The most prominent free agency speculation concerning the duo is of the two of them possibly teaming up on the New York Knicks. Durant has been rumored to join the Knicks ever since they put up a banner recruiting him to the Big Apple. However, the 10-time All-Star insisted that he possesses no knowledge of where he will go when his contract expires following this season, or if he will even leave Golden State at all. Durant singled out Ethan Strauss of The Athletic, who he claims "gives his whole opinion on stuff and makes it seem like it's coming from me."

Irving has similarly found himself at the center of the Knicks' attention in free agency and the rumors that come with it. At the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, Durant and Irving were filmed having a conversation with each other. Irving pointed to Durant and himself and raised two fingers at Durant, and social media imploded with speculation that he referenced the fact that the Knicks freed up cap space to sign two-star players and give them max contracts. Irving sounded off on the media after the speculations that he would team up with Durant, stating that they tried to paint a conversation with his friend as a proposition to team up together.

It is clear that Irving and Durant want to be asked about free agency when it comes around on July 1, not during the season, as they are both focused on winning a championship with their respective teams.

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A Review Of MLB 2019's First Two Weeks And A Rest-Of-Season Outlook

The 2019 MLB season is already about 1/16 of the way done and there's a lot to talk about.

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Note: All statistics and standings referenced in this article were sourced from the official MLB website.


AL

East

The AL East has been quite a surprising division, with the Tampa Bay Rays jumping out to a quick nine and three record, with the third best win percentage in the entire league. Perhaps the biggest concern in this division is not the unexpected rise to the top for the Rays, but the fall of the defending World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox, to the bottom of the division, with just a measly 3 wins. I am sure the Red Sox will recover from their slow start, but considering they are already 6 games behind the division leading Rays, it will hard for them to win their division once again.

Central

The Indians are once again leading the AL Central here in the early goings of the season, with a seven-three record to start the year. However, the Tigers have also made a name for themselves already, just a half a game behind Cleveland with a seven-four record, and the Minnesota Twins are only a game behind as well. This division may well be an interesting one to watch as the season goes on, with lots of teams already in close contention and winning records.

West

My oh my, the league-leading Seattle Mariners are on top of the AL West, with an impressive 10 wins and two losses to make for a lopsided .833 win percentage. It helps that their bats have stayed hot and their pitching has stayed dominant, accounting for their league-best +37 run differential. The next best team, the Astros, are already 3.5 games behind the Mariners, and considering the Mariners show no signs of slowing, they will likely dominate the rest of the season.

NL

East

The NL East has been my personal favorite division so far, not just because it has my personal favorite Atlanta Braves. Behind the AL Central, the NL East is the second-most competitive division so far in the year. After getting swept by the Philadelphia Phillies to start the year, the Braves have won six out of their last 7 games, jumping out to a six-four record, 1.5 games behind the seven-and-two Phillies. In addition, the Mets have also played well and are also only one game behind, with a six-three record.

Central

The NL Central has gone about as expected in the first two weeks. The defending AL Central champs Milwaukee Brewers have taken a two game lead already at eight wins and three losses, and the Cubs have gotten into a slump, falling to three-and-seven within the first 10 games. This division seems to be inconsistent outside of the Brewers, however, so it may be interesting to see what happens to the Pirates and the Cardinals as the season continues.

West

As to no one's surprise, the Dodgers have jumped out in front of the rest of the teams in the NL West, with an eight wins and three losses. This is especially unsurprising considering the Dodgers have Cody Bellinger, who leads the league in home runs with 7, and the fact that the Dodgers have the best team batting average in the league with .296. However, the seven-and-four San Diego Padres are just a game behind LA and one good series could put them ahead, making for a good battle the rest of the season.

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The NBA Lottery Is A Broken System And Should Be Removed

The NBA's method of determining the top picks in the draft is wildly unfair.

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As a Hawks fan, I feel that we got robbed again in the lottery. Despite having the 5th best shot at the 1st pick and odds of 10.5%, we still ended up with the 8th overall pick for this draft.

Somehow, the Pelicans of all teams got the 1st pick, with just a 6% chance of doing so. The Pelicans did not even play all that bad this year and for them to get the 1st pick could quickly change their outlook. And after Anthony Davis was rumored to have asked for a trade, this may have all of a sudden changed his mind.

But what about the rest of the teams that had much worse struggles? How do they dig themselves out of their rabbit hole? Are they just left to rot away and lengthen their rebuild?

In the NFL and MLB, the order of draft picks is based on a reverse record order. This simply means that the team with the worst record picks first, the next-worst team picks second, and so on, with the best team picking last. The main purpose of the lottery in the NBA was to prevent teams from tanking. But now, the lottery has almost gotten out of hand. Teams that should be getting better picks (like the Hawks) are getting worse picks than they should.

Sure, I may be a little salty, but I think I am justified in my anger.

There were a lot of other teams that in my opinion suffered. Even the Cavs and Suns got robbed. The Cavs and Suns were tied for the best odds in the lottery, and still ended up with the 5th and 6th pick, respectively. So when I mean that Hawks fans are not the only teams upset with the lottery, you better believe it. I'm sure a lot of desperate fans of teams that failed to make the playoffs strongly dislike the draft.

Sure, it may be a lot easier to tank in the NBA compared to other leagues simply because an NBA team is usually much smaller than and MLB or NFL team. But if a team wants to purposely lose games, a team should have the right to do so. It's their loss in revenue from the fans that do not want to go see a losing team. And losing may be against the spirit of a game, but it is only in consideration of the future.

And considering there have not been any wild issues with MLB or NFL drafts, I really think the NBA should just stick to using a team's record to determine a draft pick. There aren't many other ways to fairly distribute picks to teams that are suffering and need good talent to get back to their winning ways.

Just my two cents.

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