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89.5 WSOU's John Fanta and Cory Pontarollo preview Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Cavs and the Warriors as Cleveland leads the series 2-1. The guys welcome in the New York Post's Zach Braziller to break down The Finals as well as he offers his perspective on J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were traded by the Knicks to the Cavs during the middle of the season. The guys have their picks as well for Thursday night's showdown! Follow them on twitter @John_Fanta, @Cory_Pontarollo, and @NYPost_Brazille.
The 2015 NBA Draft is officially in the books!
Kentucky Wildcats power forward Karl-Anthony Towns was selected first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Towns joins a T-Wolves squad that boasts reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins and well-respected big man Kevin Garnett.
With the second overall pick in the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Ohio State Buckeyes point guard D'Angelo Russell. Intrigued by Russell's "star" power and explosive offensive arsenal, the Lakers skipped on highly-coveted rim protector Jahlil Okafor in favour of drafting the Buckeyes' skilled floor general.
Unsurprisingly, the Philadelphia 76ers, bearing the third overall pick, subsequently selected the aforementioned Jahlil Okafor. The 19-year-old Duke University product joins a Sixers front court that includes two former first round picks in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid.
First Round - Top 15 Selections:
1. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)
2. D'Angelo Russell (LAL)
3. Jahlil Okafor (PHI)
4. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK)
5. Mario Hezonja (ORL)
6. Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)
7. Emmanuel Mudiay (DEN)
8. Stanley Johnson (DET)
9. Frank Kaminsky (CHA)
10. Justise Winslow (MIA)
11. Myles Turner (IND)
12. Trey Lyles (UTH)
13. Devin Booker (PHX)
14. Cameron Payne (OKC)
15. Kelly Oubre (ATL - Traded to WSH)
Join Daniele Franceschi as he breaks down the biggest moves from last night's draft.
The Golden State Warriors are the 2014-15 NBA champions!
On Tuesday night, Stephen Curry and the Dubs ended a 40-year championship drought, earning the Warriors' fourth NBA title in franchise history.
Andre Iguodala, who was inserted into the Warriors' starting lineup prior to Game Four of the series, claimed Finals MVP honours, posting averages of 16.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 4 APG.
*Sigh* The off-season is upon us... However, on a more positive note, the 2015 NBA Draft is less than a week away!
The Minnesota Timberwolves currently hold the first overall pick in next Thursday's draft.
A pair of highly touted big men headline this year's draft class. Will Karl-Anthony Towns be the first to hear his name called on draft day, or will Jahlil Okafor march onto the stage and have the honours of being the first draftee to pose for photos with commissioner Adam Silver?
Meanwhile, in the "Great White North", Canada Basketball's U16 Men's National Team returned home earlier this week after a successful trip to the U16 FIBA Americas in Argentina. The young Canucks finished second in the tournament, capturing a silver medal after being defeated by a star-studded United States squad in the Gold Medal Game.
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NBA Finals Update:
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers: 2-2
Game Five takes place on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Game One of the NBA Finals is in the books!
Behind Stephen Curry's team-high 26 points, the Golden State Warriors successfully defended home court and claimed a 1-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry's Game One Stats: 26 PTS (10-20 FG), 8 ASTs, 4 REBs
LeBron James' Game One Stats: 44 PTS (18-38 FG), 8 REBs, 6 ASTs
NBA Finals Schedule:
Game Two: Sunday, June 7, 8 p.m. EST
Game Three: Tuesday, June 9, 9 p.m. EST
Game Four: Thursday, June 11, 9 p.m. EST
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Join the dynamic duo of Cory Pontarollo and John Fanta as they breakdown the entire 2015 NBA Draft. Be prepared for a firey show as there is sure to be much debate as Cory and John both have their under the radar, sleepers, stars, and busts lined up for you as round one of the NBA Draft concludes.
Tonight, the gentleman of 4 Home Field Advantage will preview the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft. Also, we will discuss the story of famed rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and his altercation over his son playing at UCLA. While some players are bound to rise, could some parents make their children stumble and fall? We will answer that question and the following:
Did Sean "P. Diddy" Combs cross over his boundaries by confronting one of the coaches about his son?
Is this an example of an out-of-control sports parent?
Do you think Justin Combs should have handle the situation himself?
What are your expectations for this year's NBA Draft class?
Which draft pick will have the most impact in their first year in the NBA?
2015 NBA Finals tip off Thursday, June 4th at 9:30pm EST
If Jahlil Okafor is available at No. 4, the New York Knicks will take him.
If Okafor is gone, somebody is going to take the No. 4 pick from the Knicks.
This is the intel I am hearing from points near and far as we count down the days to the 2015 NBA Draft. Phil Jackson has a bare cupboard when it comes to future draft picks, and he is inclined to trade down in exchange for multiple picks in this year's draft and in future drafts.
How bare is the Knicks' cupboard?
They do not have a second-round pick in 2015, nor in 2016 or 2018.
They do not have a first-round pick in 2016, having sent it to the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani.
So WWPD -- What Will Phil Do?
The educated guess here is that he will go back and forth with Sam Hinkie of Philadelphia and Danny Ainge of Boston in an effort to restock the cupboard.
The Celtics have picks 16, 28, 33 and 45 in this year's draft, along with the rights to Brooklyn's No. 1 picks in 2016, 2017 (right to swap) and 2018. They also have the Mavericks' first-round pick in 2016, the Mavericks' first-round pick in 2016 (protected 1-7), the Timberwolves first-round pick in 2016 (protected 1-12), and the Grizlies' first-round pick in 2018 (protected 1-12).
The 76ers have picks 3, 35, 37, 47, 58 and 60 in this year's draft. They also own the rights to four first-round picks next year: Their own, the Lakers' (protected 1-3), the Heat's (protected 1-10), the Thunder's (protected 1-15), along with nine second-round picks from other teams between 2016 and 2020.
Both Ainge and Hinkie can load up Phil's wheelbarrow and restock his cupboard if that is what Jackson chooses to do. At this point, I would say it is more likely than not that Jackson trades the No. 4 pick before the draft.
More on draft possibilities in this interview with Anthony Gargano on 97.5 radio in Philly
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