7th Edition: On the Court, Off the Court, the Court Itself

On the Court

DeMar DeRozan

Ah, what a great guy. Drafted 9th in the 2009 NBA Draft, DeRozan has spent the entirety of his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors. The 6’7”, 220lb shooting guard is 28 years old and averages a high 23.4 points a game. Last year, he was named an NBA All-Star fro the 3rd time. He’s also played basketball for the United States men’s national team in two major tournaments. On November 3rd, DeRozan scored a season-high 37 points in his 109-100 win against the Utah Jazz. On November 20th, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, which he has received 6 separate times now.

Off the Court

Stephen and Ayesha Curry

Ayesha is known for her affection. She has been known to sneak up on him and kiss him on the court, on the sidelines, or in the tunnel to the locker room. The video complilations have gone viral: Stephen Curry walks off the court, down the tunnel toward the locker room, and meets his wife Ayesha. They kiss, hug, talk for a second, and Curry hits the showers. It’s actually the cutest thing ever.  Search twitter for key phrases like “Win or lose Curry goes home to a W every time”, or “Trynna give someone this much love & support”,

The Court Itself

Choas, S*** Rule

The Washington Wizards lost to the LA Clippers on Saturday, but the game ending was not so clear. Bradley Beal described the situation as a “freak rule”. What happened: LA scored 3 thanks to point guard Lou Williams. The Wizards were now down by one. They called a timeout and set up a go-ahead score plan. Backup point guard Tomas Satoransky inbounded the ball to Beal from the left baseline. Beal converted the jumper following a dribble, but then the buzzer sounded and it was discounted:the ball wasn’t in in time. After a review by the refs, it was found that the game clock started early, way before the ball touched beal’s hands, which meant that the Wizards got another try with a reset clock. The Wizards now had to inbound the ball from the corner, meaning they really had the options for a right side pass. Center Marcin Gortat was forced to take a 21-foot jump shot and missed ending the game with the Wizards at a loss.

I am categorizing this as “the court itself” for the location of the chaos of the aftermath of the situation. Now the fun part comes in: ESPN reports Bradley Beal complaining after the game saying, “Excuse my language, because I’m gonna say verbatim what they said. They said it’s something called the..  some s*** rule. It’s a freak rule. To me, it didn’t really make sense because you kind of take a basket away. You go back and we get the same amount of time, but we didn’t get the same amount of time and then the ball was placed in the corner.” A second later, Beal remembered what the rule was called, “”Oh, it’s the tough-s— rule,” Beal said. “That’s what it is. I don’t really understand it, I don’t get it. We had a great play. Now that you take that away, that gives the defense a chance to set up, change some things. Now we gotta go back and change into a different play with the ball in the corner.”

Wizards coach Scott Brooks was upset about the ending, but didn’t know exactly what happened and wasn’t given a good explanation. ESPN reports Brooks saying, “I never complain about tough decisions and tough plays at the end of the game that referees have to make.”

Image source: twitter.com/Raptors


Nina Lee

Nina is a 21 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!





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