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Team USA Ready To Roll

By: Trey Walker


Four years have slowly passed since London, and this Friday marks the beginning of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Team USA looks well represented across the board, but the basketball team in particular seems to be a clear favorite for the gold already. It is Coach K’s last giddy-up with the national team, and he plans to return home with another gold for the homeland. A handful of players declined to play for the stars and stripes this go round for many reasons(Zika Virus concerns, rest, and others), but here is the group of players that the US rounded up…


United States of America Olympic Team Roster

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Team USA in a press conference. PC: USA Today

(#15)- Forward, Carmelo Anthony

(#8)- Forward, Harrison Barnes

(#4)- Forward, Jimmy Butler

(#12)- Center, DeMarcus Cousins

(#9)- Guard, DeMar DeRozan

(#5)- Forward, Kevin Durant

(#13)- Guard, Paul George

(#14)- Forward, Draymond Green

(#10)- Guard, Kyrie Irving

(#6)- Center, DeAndre Jordan

(#7)- Guard, Kyle Lowry

(#11)- Guard, Klay Thompson

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Assistant Coaches: Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau, and Monty Williams


Draymond Green Gone Nuts…..(Literally)

There haven’t been that many off-of-the-court distractions leading up to the Olympics, except for the troubled Golden State Warrior, Draymond Green. On Monday, July 11th, Green was arrested on assault charges after beating a Michigan State football player in an East Lansing bar. A plea bargain was later met between Green and local law enforcement that would lower his charge to a noise infraction, and pay a $560 fee.

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Green has been struggling in the face of the media lately. PC:nypost.com

The fun didn’t stop there.

Green was caught accidentally posting explicit pictures of his groin area up for the public to see on his Snapchat this last week. Initially, he claimed to have been hacked, but later admitted to hitting the wrong button.

Otherwise, the national team has been taking care of business in their pre-olympic showcase series. During some moments, the Americans have been showboating a good amount. In the 107-57 victory over China, Coach K said after the game, “We had a little bit too much fun out there tonight. We have to tone that down a little bit.”

The United States went undefeated in exhibition play(5-0), and averaged a 43 point victory margin in those games. This team isn’t the Dream Team, but they are also not a squad of washed up scrubs. Coach K has more versatility in his lineup than most other countries do,(the USA is the only competing country that has all team members as active NBA players).

Teams that could possibly upset the Americans:

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France:

The French stand a remote chance, primarily because their starting 5 contains 3 NBA players: Rudy Gobert, Nic Batum, and Tony Parker. In addition, the French bench is relatively deep, highlighted by former Euroleague MVP, Nando De Colo, Spurs Forward, Boris Diaw, and Nuggets big man, Joffrey Auvergne.

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Furthermore, the reigning Eurobasket champions will put up a fight with their strong inside presence. Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic both have been great for the Spaniards in national play.

What it comes down to: Nobody is going to beat the United States. 

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The Unfortunate Timeline of Johnny Manziel

By: Trey Walker

Some athletes love exposure. Some love seeing themselves on front page headlines or getting the postgame interview on live TV. Other players are quiet. They show up to media day so they “won’t get fined”. At OT Sports we have seen a guy who has handled his trip through the media in an unorthodox way. Johnny Manziel has experienced ups and downs in his career. Right now, it continues to be tanking quickly.


  • December 6th, 1992: Johnny Manziel was born in Tyler, Texas to his parents, Michele and Paul.
  • Fall 2009: Manziel named starting QB of Tivy High School
  • September 20th, 2010: Johnny Maiziel flips his college commitment from Oregon to Texas A&M due to the location
  • June 29th, 2012: Before his first game as an Aggie, Manziel was arrested for 3 misdemeanors: disorderly conduct by fighting, failure to identify himself to the police, and possession of a fake ID.
  • November 10th, 2012: Texas A&M uses 2 touchdowns from Johnny Football to take down #1 Alabama at home
  • July 13th, 2013: Johnny Football leaves the Manning Passing Academy Camp early after an apparent illness.
  • August 4th, 2013: NCAA officials announce an investigation in to the alleged violations of signing autographed footballs for money by Manziel.
  • August 28th, 2013: The NCAA issueScreen Shot 2016-06-29 at 2.45.50 PMs a final ruling after Manziel was found guilty of signing autographs on footballs for compensation. Aggie fans across the country were relieved their Heisman winning QB would only be suspended for the 1st half in their season opener against Rice.
  • May 8th, 2014: The Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL Draft.
  • May 30th, 2014: Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. Although he missed the person, security was called, but no files were charged.
  • February 4th, 2015: Johnny Manziel checks into alcohol rehab facility voluntarily.
  • April 27th, 2015: Manziel checks himself out of rehab.
  • October 16th, 2015: After spending 10 weeks in rehab, Johnny Manziel reappears on the front page after he is pulled by police members. Although all charges were dropped, one witness testified to an argument between Manziel and his girlfriend in his car.
  • November 25th, 2015: Browns head coach, Mike Pettine, announces that Josh McCown would start in the place of Manziel after a video surfaced of the former Aggie drinking alcohol and acting improperly in a night club.
  • January 6th, 2016: LRMR, Manziel’s marketing agency, announced that they would no longer represent their client.
  • February 5th, 2016: Johnny Football’s agent, Erik Burkhardt terminated his professional relationship as Manziels agent.
  • March 11, 2016: Browns release Manziel from franchise.
  • April 19th, 2016: This day must have really sucked for Johnny Football. His new agent, Drew Rosenhaus fired Manziel from being his athlete, and Nike cut all ties with him as well.
  • April 24th, 2016: A grand jury indicts Manziel for the domestic assault charges (against his girlfriend) that were filed earlier, when the case was re-opened.
  • June 24, 2016: Manziel’s father tells ESPN members (regarding Johnny) that he “hopes he will go to jail” and “If I have to bury him, I will bury him”

The tale of Johnny Football is the gift that keeps on giving. Whether he is slightly intoxicated in clubs, abusing his girlfriend, or throwing water bottles at people, you can always count on Johnny Manziel to keep it interesting.

Manziel Salute

 

 

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CNN, Wikipedia, SB Nation

 

NBA Draft: Lacking in Talent, but Excelling in Excitement

By: Luke Brizzolara, Guest Contributor


It’s a rough year for the NBA Draft, with less talented and less numerous one-and-dones than usual, and four-year players who seem to have reached their ceiling in college. However, I do think that tomorrow night will be very entertaining, and tons of future D-League highlight-reelers will be drafted.

Besides the players, this draft has more potential than most for trades and picks that are really up in the air, up and down the whole draft. I’m actually finding myself looking forward to watching the draft on Wednesday

With less talent than usual, I  am enthralled due to feeling invested this year in the players who are coming out, and their stories. With four-year players like Paige and Hield, as well as underdog stories like Ulis, I actually care about the players in the draft, which, similar to the postseason, lacked good content, but had so much excitement and was so intriguing to talk about.

Now, let’s begin discussing the presumptive top-2 picks: Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, which seem more like top-2 picks for being a clown at an elementary school party than being the new faces of the league.

 

Ingram and Simmons

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At this point it seems certain that Simmons will go to Philadelphia. CBS Philadelphia reported Tuesday that the 76er’s front office told Simmons he would be picked #1. Ingram will most likely head to Los Angeles (Unless somehow either trade out, or the Lakers go with Dunn).

Even though I believe Ingram will do much better in the Association than Simmons, Simmons is the guy Philly will take with the first pick, even though everyone knows he will average a triple-single his whole career (Except for those 10+ moments each game you think, ‘what the heck man’). Philly loves his size, versatility, and more NBA ready game as well as their need for a 3 in their starting lineup, which makes him the better fit (I mean, I guess?).

However, Simmons won’t be a star nor will he be able to develop in Philly, which is a mess and lacks leadership, something Simmons has less of than good ol’ Sammie (Which by the way, he does lead the Philly PD in number of times confused with a predator). Simmons is too big to be a traditional 3, and his desire to shoot worse than Iman Shumpert while playing no defense means he won’t be able to excel in the NBA. Simmons shot just 31% outside of the paint playing in the SEC, and only 67% from the line, something Philadelphia doesn’t need, but then again, when has that ever stopped Philly from drafting anyone.

My final note on Simmons, is that I believe he has more potential than Ingram and could become a dominant 3, but he needs intensive development, which could potentially make him a star. He really needs another year of college, to put in effort, and to get out of Philadelphia; but unfortunately for him, the latter may happen too late to salvage a promising but ultimately empty career.

Now to Ingram, who along with Kris Dunn, is the only other player I can ever see succeeding in the NBA. Ingram is someone who I watched play a lot in college, and someone who I think can come in and be an all-star in 3 years.

The best place to begin with him is just simply, himself. He is almost 6’10” with a 7’3” wingspan, and a huge vertical. The Kinston native lacks in his athleticism, but he already has potential to be an elite defender, can shoot over any player guarding him on the perimeter, and can use his length to help him finish at the rim.

On the court, Ingram can shoot much better than Simmons (41% from 3), is a better defender, and can score 1-on-1 better than any other player in this draft. His shooting helped Duke spread the floor, opening up driving lanes for himself and Allen, and he can become an elite, KD-like scorer. The Lakers young core-( D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle) desperately needs a player like Ingram, his ability to adapt to the transition game on fast breaks could make Ingram a threat early.

Two things stand out to me when I think of Brandon Ingram: his upside and playmaking ability. He will get stronger and faster than he his now, and he will be a leader and blossom well on the Lakers, as long as Russell doesn’t snitch on him for skipping reps in the weight room. THe forward is also such a good playmaker, through his shooting, vision and height, and finishing with his length; all of which make him a perfect NBA “small ball” forward who can guard 1-4. With Luke Walton guiding the ship, I see the Lakers turning around their culture, and Ingram becoming the star.

Quick note on Kris Dunn and Buddy Hield…. These are the other two American players in the draft who I see staying in the league and making an impact. Dunn’s driving and superb passing, coupled with his better shooting, make him an absolute steal if he’s still available at 5 for Minnesota. Hield’s scoring and athleticism could make him a quality two-way player who would be a good fit for the Celtics or Pelicans.

NOW, FINALLY, to the best part of this draft: All of the drama and fun surrounding all these future D-League walking buckets.

I can’t speak on behalf of international players, but for all other American players, I see incomplete games that make them perfect fits for a no defense allowed D-League that resembles my summer rec-league more than professional sports. One-and-Dones like Jamal Murray and Malachi Richardson that can score and possess overconfident swagger make them fun to watch (I mean who wouldn’t tune in to see Murray taking a 30 foot fadeaway and doing a Nick Young-esque premature celebration of shooting down a fan with his legendary bow and arrow celebration).

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Even the three and four year players this year seem to have fully reached their ceiling back in the day of being the big man on campus. From Brice Johnson, Denzel Valentine, Demetrius Jackson, and even further down, there’s no long tenured player (besides Hield) that jumps out as a star. Brice will have a tough time scoring in the league with no jumper and ball handling, Denzel is too undersized for a 3 and not a good enough scorer to be a contributing 2, and Jackson is just bland, an average player who is a skilled passer.

With that being said, I honestly think this draft will be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory, with so many average yet exciting players to watch, that picks will come down to fit and pre-draft likeability rather than talent. And just like the postseason, there is so much here to talk about and to be enthralled in to watch it, even though there may be some sub-par content.

Meet the Team

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Trey Walker: Senior Contributor, Founder

A very passionate fan of the sporting industry, Trey founded the OT to grow in his writing skills and become more familiar with sports in general. His love for all sports is never ending, and wherever he goes it often becomes the topic of discussion. He especially loves Tar Heel basketball.  Trey is currently a sophomore at Broughton and runs cross country for the Caps.

Hardy Hogan: Guest Contributor

Welcome to OT Sports!

Welcome to OT Sports, the home for all of your triangle sporting news needs. Maybe you accidentally mistyped your url address or you simply tripped upon our page exploring the internet. As apart of the OT team, I thank you and would like to personally welcome you to the hub of cutting edge sports journalism in the Raleigh community.

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