With the football being over, we’ve got an exciting basketball focused podcast coming your way from the Nati Boys. We talk UC, Xavier and OSU all being in the top 10 in the AP polls, LeBron’s trades in the NBA, and Lavar Ball is still running his mouth. We have a slightly different fantasy draft tonight where we all select our starting five of non-NBA players. Enjoy the show!
Whether it is a passive aggressive subtweet or a team member being accused of faking an injury, something is definitely wrong with the Cavs this year. Whitty shared his theories about the Kevin Love injury last week and it really got me thinking about all the recent Cavs drama, and how it may be all just smoke and mirrors. I pose this question to explain where I am going with this, Why would the most arrogant player of all time want his team off of national television?
I believe Lebron’s master plan is to drive down the appeal of the Cavs for the rest of the season so he can set his price for purchase and completely own Dan Gilbert in his final masterpiece the 30 for 30 special: The Final Decision.
The Nati Boys start the show off with a little NBA talk about whether LeBron is cursed, and the blockbuster Blake Griffin Trade. We also get you ready for the big NFL showdown between the Eagles and Patriots by previewing the game, giving our picks against the spread, and coming up with some fun prop bets for the game. Our fantasy draft this week is of alternative Super Bowl Half-time shows. Enjoy!
Poor Kevin Love can’t catch a break. That is until tonight, when he caught a rather unfortunate one. The Cavaliers announced that Love broke a bone in his hand during tonight’s game against the Pistons. The injury will sideline the Cavs’ Power Forward for 6-8 weeks. The often maligned Love has taken more than his fair share of criticism during his time in Cleveland, from media members and his own teammates. Just over a week ago Love left Cleveland’s lopsided loss against the Thunder early because of an illness, which also caused him to miss practice the next day. This did not sit well with his teammates though, and they held a contentious “players only” meeting the next day where they questioned the legitimacy of Love’s sudden sickness. I’m no lawyer, but I’m pretty sure that’s a HIPAA violation.
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit of Love wanted to get as far away from the Cavs as possible right now. Warranted or not, he’s often found himself on the wrong end of the finger pointing when things aren’t going well in Cleveland. He’s not happy about his role within the team and there’s no doubt that the news of the “players only” meeting making it to the public didn’t sit well with him. Given all that’s gone on, I’m actually pretty sure that Love did fake the illness last week. Which is why I’m 99% sure Love broke his hand on purpose tonight, for the sole purpose of getting a vacation away from his disgruntled teammates.
We’ve all been there. You’re having a shitty day at work, that obnoxious coworker of yours is making you watch his 100th Instagram video that week where he’s rambling on about this great new Chardonnay he discovered and everybody has been on your ass lately because productivity and morale around the office has been at an all time low. At that point, you’re looking for any way out you can find. You’re actually trying to will the filing cabinet to fall over on you as you walk by. After all, a torn ACL and a dislocated shoulder would be well worth the two months at home on short term disability. Or maybe the light overhead could come crashing down on you. A few stitches and a concussion are a small price to pay for a little R&R and some workers’ comp. The difference between you and Kevin Love is you don’t ever have the guts to go through with it. You just hang your head low and walk back to your desk as you slowly die inside.
The one mistake Love made here is breaking his hand. If I’m going to be sidelined for a month and a half, you know damn well I’m spending the majority of that time on my couch playing Playstation. Hell I might even suffer a “setback” or two so I can make it through another season of Madden or try and make it to the next prestige level in Call of Duty. But Love’s not going to be playing many video games with a broken hand, so I’m not sure how the hell he’s going to pass the time. I can tell you one thing he won’t be doing though, and that’s following along with Lebron’s Instagram stories. Sheeeesh.
The Nati Boys congratulate Lebron James for congratulating himself on a huge milestone. While Lebron was busy tooting his own horn, his Cavs have been struggling recently and everyone is putting the blame on poor Kevin Love. We discuss the upcoming NBA All Star Game player draft and the questionable decision not to televise it. We question Duke’s recruiting tactics and talk about the recent comments from NFL draft-hopefuls Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. We recap the NFL conference championship games and wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of events we’d like to see at the upcoming NFL skills competition.
Welcome to the twentieth day of Jefe’s 25 Beers ’til Christmas we are just fives days away from the big day. Today I will give Akron a chance to make up for giving the world Mr. Subtweet. This beer better knock my socks off with how I already feel about having to WITNESS the career of Akron’s most famous try hard. I will be rating this beer on a 1-5 scale. I hope it doesn’t suck.
For many people, the NBA season doesn’t even begin until the Christmas day marathon of games, but not here at Milliron Sports. We’re a quarter of the way through, and it’s time for me to present the highlights from the beginning of the year. Alright, I don’t want to waste anyone’s time here, so lets dive right into it:
Most Graphic Injury : Gordon Hayward
There wasn’t even a ton of competition for this one. It was opening night in Cleveland, and the Celtics were looking to make a statement against the Eastern Conference Champs. Too bad that statement was “HOLY SHIT, HIS LEG’S SHATTERED!”
WARNING: this shit is nasty.
It’s pretty surprising to me that Hayward hasn’t been missed that much, seeing as Boston went on that ridiculous winning streak.
Honorable mention: I know this wasn’t from the NBA, but prayers up to Grayson Allen after this nasty injury. Shoutout to @millironmac for providing the footage.
Wow. Thoughts and prayers to Grayson Allen. I really hope he can recover from this. I’m no Duke fan but you hate to see an ugly injury like this no matter who it is. Some things are bigger than basketball. pic.twitter.com/I7jMAJVMlr
The Nati Boys begin the show by talking about the exciting additions that Milliron Sports has made this week. Our NFL topics include a poor first performance by Nathan Peterman, Elway having some issues in Denver, our NFL picks for the weekend, and how all 32 teams are still mathematically alive in the playoff race. We also get into the Georgia Dome demolition, and the Braves MLB sanctions. Trump and Lavar Ball are still making headlines, and our fantasy draft this week is of things we’d camp out for on Black Friday. Enjoy the show!
The Nati Boys are starting to get fed up with Marvin Lewis and his antics, as he clearly has no control over his team and has resorted to calling out players in the media. Burfict also managed to get himself tossed from another game, so things aren’t going so great in Bengals world right now. We also discuss Greg Olsen’s foray into broadcasting, which has the Vikings organization a little bit upset. Things are looking grim in Dallas as well with Jerry Jones feuding with the rest of the league and Zeke finally starting his 6-game suspension. LiAngelo Ball and his UCLA teammates are finally back in the U.S. after their shoplifting arrest over in China, and Lebron James does battle with Enes Kanter and the New York Knicks. Finally, in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of things we’re thankful for.
The NBA is back as the Nati Boys discuss Kyrie’s return to Cleveland. He looked good in a losing effort but the big story of the game was Gordon Hayward’s nasty leg injury. Tough break for the Celtics as he’s likely done for the season. Rick Pitino’s exit at Louisville came quickly as he was officially terminated by the University. He isn’t going down without a fight though, and his biggest supporter might be Dick Vitale (WARNING: flawless Dicky V impressions ahead!) We discuss Mike Mitchell’s cheap shot on Alex Smith from the past weekend and we come to a consensus that Mike Mitchell is a dirty player. Finally, in honor of the upcoming Bengals/Steelers matchup, we end the show with a fantasy draft of our favorite rivalries.