The 5 Stages Of Basketball Season For Reigning Champions

The 5 Stages Of Basketball Season For Reigning Champions

Once it's March, anything can happen

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Let's be real. When Villanova won the 2018 NCAA National Championship, most of us Wildcats peaked... In some way, shape, or form. But being Natty Champs comes with a rollercoaster of emotions that last far beyond that final buzzer.

These are the five stages of the basketball season the year after you win it all.

1. Confidence

We're going back to back. The repeat is happening. Dare I say, three times in four years? Yeah, these were definitely said more than once on campus as Hoops Mania and basketball season approached. Confidence is key, right?

2. Excitement

As the season starts everything is so exciting. The home-opener and maybe even the rematch against the team you beat for the title are coming and all you want to do is witness every moment in the student section.

3. Worry

The first loss actually isn't the hardest. It's the next couple that hurt because that's when you realize that some losses aren't flukes and you're reminded that you aren't that same team from last year.

4. Sadness

It can be hard to go from winning the title to thinking you're going all the way back to being unranked. This is when sadness comes in.

5. Pride (in a realist kind of way)

At some point you remember that you still are National Champions and you can't change that. And despite a less exciting season now, there will be another seasons of runs, upsets, and crazy wins.

The most important thing to remember during all of these five stages is something we all learned last year. Once it's March, anything can happen. And if not, there's always next year.

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18 Walt Frazier Rhymes That Every True Knicks Fan Knows

"Melo is Percolating."
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2017 has been a tough year for the New York Knicks with constant losing streaks and talks of trading our star player, Carmelo Anthony. Despite this year's woes, the one enjoyment I get from watch the Knicks is the broadcasting by Knick Legend, Walt Frazier, comes up with every night. His smooth rhyming and expansive vocabulary make everything he says entertaining. Here are some of Walt's most favorite phrases:

1. "Baker the shot maker"

2. "Melo is Percolating"

3. "Rose with the shake and bake"

4. "Spinning and winning on the baseline"

5. "Giveth then he taketh"

6. "A dubious call by the officials"

7. "Beguiling and bedeviling the Knicks that time"

8. "Wheeling and dealing"

9. "Rose cruising and bruising"

10. "Will it be glory or more purgatory?"

11. "Rose one time too many going to the well"

12. "Eratic, charasimatic, dramatic, acrobatic: that's JR"

13. "Rises with the left hand on Pachulia, ain't that peculiar?"

14. "Weaving and Achieving"

15. "Curling and Swirling that time"

16. "Intoxicating move, leaving and inebriating with that stuff"

17. "Slicing and dicing that time"

18. "He's ubiquitous on the offense"

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The NBA Draft Lottery In A Nutshell

A quick overview of the 2019 NBA lottery and which teams got the best picks.

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The NBA draft lottery took place on Tuesday night where all of the NBA teams were looking to see their fate heading into the 2019 draft. Many people know that anything can truly happen with a lottery. This year proved that statement again as the New Orleans Pelicans claimed the number one overall pick. The Pelicans had just a six percent chance of claiming the number one pick yet they still beat the odds. The Pelicans are now in the driver seat with picking up top prospect Zion Williamson from Duke University. Most teams that knew they weren't making the playoffs tried to tank this year in order to pursue the college basketball icon.

As for the remaining top five picks, the Memphis Grizzlies got the number two overall pick, the New York Knicks with the number three overall pick, the Los Angeles Lakers at number four, and finally the Cleveland Cavaliers at number five. Most of the teams with the highest percentage of claiming the #1 overall pick did not even make it in the top five which is rare. An example of this is the Phoenix Suns who had one of the worst records in the NBA this past season with a record of 19-63. The Suns got screwed over at this year's lottery where they claimed the #6 pick.

The teams that got the most out of this year's lottery were the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks, in my opinion, got the benefit of the doubt this year as they have secured two spots in the first 10 draft picks of the 2019 NBA Draft. There is a lot of talent in this draft class so this is a make or break draft for a lot of these struggling teams. Prospects like RJ Barrett, Ja Morant, Jarrett Culver, and Cam Reddish. A lot of these prospects are ready to make an impact on whatever team they end up on. As for the projected number one overall pick Zion Williamson, he has gotten compared to NBA greats such as Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.

During an interview with Bill Simmons on his podcast show, NBA star Kevin Durant said that Zion is a once-in-a-generation athlete. The 2019 NBA draft should be quite interesting to see where these top prospects end up playing for. One thing is for almost certain in that the New Orleans Pelicans are going to end up with Zion Williamson with the number one overall pick in this year's draft. With that being said the Pelicans could have quite a bright future with this future star and hopefully, the rookie can help keep NBA star Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Anything can happen though during the NBA draft and we will just have to wait and see what happens.

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