Sport debates will always circulate around players, coaches, and teams, that is the beauty of the wide world of sports everyone has their own opinion. There is a extremely hot basketball debate going on in the past week, and it stems from a comment stated by USA star guard Kobe Bryant. About a week ago while at practice in Las Vegas for the USA Olympic squad Bryant took some time to talk to reporters in which he voiced his opinion on a certain issue.
“I think this year squad could beat the 1992 dream team,” Bryant said in a statement.
He explained that even though they had a lot more size than the current team, they also were a lot older and kind of at the end of their careers.
“We have a bunch of young racehorses that are very eager to compete, so I think it would be a tough game with the 1992 team, but I think we’d pull it out,” Bryant said.
I don’t know if Bryant was just talking to stir up conversation, but his comments have sent thousands of sports fan and Hall of famers into big debates, including members of the dream team.
It did not take long for one of the most outspoken member of the dream team to weigh in on this debate.
“Besides Kobe, Lebron, and Kevin Durant I don’t think anyone else on their team would have made the 1992 team,” Charles Barkley in a radio interview with ESPN.
Barkley’s comment was just the tip of the iceberg as Micheal Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Magic Johnson all took turns responding to Kobe comments over the span of a week.
“Whenever they get 11 Hall of Famers you call and ask me who had the better Dream Team,remember they learned from us we didn’t learn from them.” Jordan said
Pippen mentioned in a interview that the dream team would easily win by 25 points, while magic piggy backed on that and said maybe not 25 but it would certainly be a double digit win for us.
On July 12, 2012 Kobe added onto his comment in response to what Jordan’s answer to what team is better.
“I’m not really tripping, Jordan knows I am a bad mother[Expletive], if you’re asking me can we beat them one game then hell yeah we can, you never said it had to be a 7-game series, but for one game yeah we can beat them no question about it,” Brant said
Lets try to put things in perspective for a moment and take a look at both team resumes as well as breakdown who exactly would guard who in a exhibition game if it was possible. First off the 1992 Dream team may arguably be the greatest team to ever be assembled in sports history, when you take a look at their Olympic run they had a average margin of victory of 43 points. The squad included 11 Hall of Famers which lead the team to a perfect 8-0 record at the Olympics, and one fact that is the most shocking is that during the entire Olympics team USA never called a timeout according to NBA.
For the 2012 team it is undetermined as to how good or great they will be, but with a 54 point route of lack luster Dominican Republic they have got off to a good start. The team includes 3 NBA champions, 5 of the top NBA players, a handful of scoring championships, All-defense specialist, while also having a much younger, and faster squad than the 1992 team.
When you take a look at the possible starting lineup and match ups you have what would be the game for the ages.
Lets start with the point guard match up, you would have Chris Paul guarding Magic Johnson. Chris Paul would have youth and quickness on his side as he is only 26 while Johnson was 32 at the 1992 games. However Johnson has the size advantage and would be a better re-bounder.
The shooting guard match up might be the best match up of them all as you have Kobe Bryant going at Micheal Jordan. As career stats go the match up may seem closer than people may think. Jordan averaged 30 points per game, while Kobe is averaging a close 25 points per game, the age would actually favor Jordan as he was 29 during the Olympics while Kobe is 34. They both are insanely gifted scores who can get off at any given time so it would be a great match up.
Small Forward you would have Lebron James and Scottie Pippen. Looking at the career average for points, Lebron would have the advantage by quite a big margin as he is averaging 27 points per game while Pippen averaged 16 points per game.
Power Forward you would have Kevin Durant VS Charles Barkley, I would think that Barkley would certainly have the physical advantage, but Durant is a dangerous clutch shooter that posses a threat every time he has the ball.
Finally the Center position Tyson Chandler VS Patrick Ewing, I don’t think Chandler would have a chance against Ewing post game and defense, but Chandler does have good foot work and can shoot the ball at a high percentage in the paint.
Will there you have it a “Dream” match up of old school vs new school, so who do you think would win the game?
NBA: Michael Jordan’s Original Dream Team v Kobe Bryant’s Team USA 2012 ??
ESPN Sport reporters analyse and debate on if this current USA basketball team could beat the famous USA dream team of 1992 that won the Gold medal.
US National Women’s Team Wins FIFA World Cup And Spotlights Equal Pay Among Athletes
The USWNT has won their fourth World Cup and choose to celebrate by shining light to their political causes.
The US National Women’s Team (USWNT) won the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands held in Lyon, France last July 7. The win marks the US Team’s second win at the World Cup.
Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle led the USWNT to their victory. Rapinoe scored a goal during a penalty in the first half. Lavelle later surged forward with another goal eight minutes after.
Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Boot, an award for being the top goal scorer, for scoring six goals and three assists in the entire season. The 34-year-old athlete bet out her teammate Alex Morgan, who also had the same stats. However, Rapinoe took the award with 428 minutes per goal as compared to Morgan’s 490 minutes. Morgan received the Silver Boot, while Ellen White of the England Team received the Bronze Boot.
Rapinoe also won the Golden Ball; an award presented to the best player in the FIFA World Cup finals. England’s Lucy Bronze and US Team’s Rose Lavelle received the Silver and Bronze Ball, respectively.
The US team’s coach, Jill Ellis is also the first coach to win FIFA Women’s World Cup twice in the history.
The Dutch Team did not let the Americans win that easily. The US team struggled to get a goal in the first half. All this thanks to Netherlands’ goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, who block a volley from Julie Ertz and another two from Morgan.
The US Team’s 2019 win is their fourth in the eight editions that they’ve joined. However, this is one of the most historic because of the political protests done by the team, with Rapinoe mostly leading it.
Equal Pay and Civil Rights Causes
For years, women soccer players have been fighting for equal pay. However, this year, the issue was highlighted because of the US team were blatantly talking about it in every media.
As the US team take a bow on their latest win, shouts of celebration erupted. What’s deafening wasn’t only the shouts of joy, but also chants of “Equal Pay!” rocking the stadium.
In 2016, Rapinoe with four members of the USWNT filed a Charge of Discrimination against the United States Soccer Federation for wage discrimination. The women athletes cited instances when the women’s team were paid less than their male peers.
This discrepancy is glaring, especially with the fact that the USWNT has won their third World Cup in 2016 (and now their fourth), while the men’s team have not yet advanced past quarterfinals in the recent years.
Rapinoe protested by using her platform in sharing their causes in the media. In a game in 2016, Rapinoe gave the nod to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest by taking a knee during the National Anthem.
Rapinoe had to give up taking the knee when the United States Soccer Federation adopted a rule requiring players to stand and honor the flag.
Since then, Rapinoe stands without singing the National Anthem or placing her right hand over her chest.
Aside from Rapinoe’s refusal to sing the National Anthem, her interview with Eight by Eight started her feud with the US President.
It all started with a reporter asking Rapinoe if she was excited to visit the White House. The superstar athlete scoffs and tells the reporter that she is not going to the White House. Furthermore, she tells the reporter that the Women’s Team will not be invited to visit at all.
The remark prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter. President Trump wrote. “I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”
The President’s tweet prompted Sue Bird, Rapinoe’s partner, to write a post in The Players Tribune titled So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend. In the article, Bird emphasized that President Trump has never invited a WNBA champion to a White House, contrary to the President’s tweet that athletes love coming to the White House.
Since then, Rapinoe and the rest of the US Team have been invited to the House of Representatives and Senate.
Now that the US team secured their fourth win, the team aims to continue the conversation on equal pay among national teams.
Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff Continues To Wow In Wimbledon
Cori “Coco” Gauff wins over the audience at Wimbledon.
Cori “Coco” Gauff secured another victory at Wimbledon on Friday against Slovenian veteran Polona Hercog. The 15-year old Atlanta tennis player advances to the fourth round after winning a match in the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
On Friday’s match with Hercog, Gauff had a rough start. Hercog led the first match with six match points versus Gauff’s 3. However, Gauff did not lose confidence and came back with a 7-6 and a 7-5 victory in her favor.
The Wimbledon crowd motivated Gauff, as the teen’s fans grow in number. “The support has been outstanding. Every match they’re calling her name. I sit there and go, like, ‘What in the world is going on?’,” Gauff’s father Corey told reporters.
Gauff also told ESPN how much the audience supported her. “The crowd was amazing, even when I was down a match point they were still cheering me on,” she says.
During the match, Gauff impressed Hercog after coming back from the loss in the first round. Hercog’s slices defeated Gauff’s backhand, which had been the teen’s main weapon. However, the teen adjusted and started serving Hercog with her own slices instead of attacking Hercog.
Mats Wilander, a multiple grand slam winner himself told CNN, “I thought that Coco tactically changed her game, which is very encouraging to me. She didn’t hit her way through Hercog so to speak, she was slicing the ball back and giving Hercog no pace suddenly. That’s for me the biggest sign of something special in Coco.”
In the last match, Hercog missed two forehand plays. During a break, Hercog called for a trainer to work on the onset of leg cramps. Gauff went on a bathroom break and came back with the same motivation from the previous marathon rally.
Gauff is now the youngest player in the Open. After qualifying in the tournament’s main draw during the wild card stage, the teen sensation faced her first match with her childhood idol, Venus Williams.
“I’m still in shock,” Gauff said about her qualifying into the tournament, “Playing against the top players in the field is going to be a different feel.”
Big Win Over Williams
Gauff shot to fame last July 1 when she defeated Venus Williams in her first round at the tournament. Williams, now 39, is out of the competition with match points 6-4 and 6-4 in favor of Gauff.
Gauff considers Williams as an idol and one of the reasons why she chose to compete. The teen broke down in tears after her match with the tennis legend.
“I don’t really know how to feel, this is the first time I’ve cried after a match, after winning,” said Gauff. “I never thought this would happen. I’m living my dream right now, not many people get to say that.”
According to CNN, Williams shared good tidings to Gauff after their match. The tennis veteran said, “Congratulations, keep going, and good luck.” The starstruck teen replied, “I just told her I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t[sic] for her, she’s so inspiring. I’ve always wanted to tell her that, but I’ve never had the guts to before.”
Before her match with Williams, Gauff had to walk a hallway full of William’s photos, each one holding a tournament trophy. Gauff’s father recalled feeling nervous that Gauff may feel intimidated while walking that stretch of hallway.
“She’s got her earphones on, she’s listening to music. She’s walking and I’m walking behind her and I’m hoping she’s not intimidated because as we’re walking we see Venus holding up a trophy, go a little further, Venus [is] holding up another trophy,” Corey Gauff shared laughing.
“Go a little bit further, there’s another picture of Venus holding up the trophy and in my mind I’m thinking, just don’t look to the left or right. Just keep going straight ahead. You need no reminders that she won this five times.”
Williams started her professional career in tennis at the age of 14. Nineteen years ago, Williams won her first Grand Slam Singles title defeating Lindsay Davenport.
Considered as an American tennis prodigy, Gauff has been touted to be the next Serena Williams. Last year, Gauff won the French Open girl’s championship. Her Women’s Tennis Association singles standing rose sharply within the last eight months, dropping from 874th to the 301st place.
Israel Folau ‘GoFundMe’ Page Shut Down; Joins List of Unsuccessful Campaigns
Israel Folau’s GoFundMe page was removed today joining the growing list of “ridiculous” campaigns.
GoFundMe removed Israel Folau’s campaign after violating the for-profit crowdfunding platform’s rules. Folau used the website to ask for funds to back his legal action against Rugby Australia (RA) for wrongful termination.
A spokeswoman for GoFundMe, Nicola Britton said, “as a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity.”
According to the site’s Terms and Conditions, the company may forfeit your GoFundMe page if you are running “campaigns [that are] deem, [in the site’s] sole discretion.” In other words, “legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases,” is not allowed.
Folau asked the public to donate A$3 million ($2.1 million) for his legal battle with RA. The page went live last week and already received about A$760,000 ($530,000) donations — which will be refunded after shutting Folau’s campaign.
RA terminated Folau’s contract due to the star player’s Instagram posts that proclaim hate against LGBTQIA+. According to Folau, his termination was related to his religion. He is suing RA claiming that his removal was an act of religious discrimination.
Chief executive Raelene Castle announced that RA has terminated Folau’s contract due to the “values and the qualities of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect, and teamwork.”
Folau posted that “hell awaits you” to a list of people including homosexuals last April 10. According to BBC, RA gave warnings to Folau related to his anti-gay social media posts in the past.
GoFundMe‘s Social Fundraising Strategy
Folau is not the only one who’ve used the GoFundMe website to raise funds.
According to its website, GoFundMe is the largest social fundraising platform. Launched in 2010, the company boasts a network of 70 million donors.
Fundraising campaigns range from education, medical, to memorial assistance. Individuals can set up a campaign and share their story to GoFundMe‘s donors. Nonprofit organizations can also create a campaign to raise money for their projects.
In 2016, CEO Rob Solomon revealed that celebrities and influencers who used the platform increased over time. Notable personalities who donated to their chosen causes are Taylor Swift, Kristin Bell, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Aside from donations, famous personalities also used the GoFundMe platform to raise money for causes that they believed in. Rapper The Game raised money for a community police officer in Arkansas.
In 2018, The Times Up Movement launched a GoFundMe campaign to support the victims of sexual harassment and assault with legal fees assistance. It raised a total of $24.2 million backed by 21,664 people in its 18-month run.
Sarah Hyland received backlash when she promoted a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising funds for her uncle’s hospitalization and cousin’s funeral costs last year. Most of the backlash is coming from the fact that Hyland reportedly gets over $100,000 per episode in Modern Family.
Other ridiculous GoFundMe campaigns
Reporter Paul Johnson has criticized Folau for using the GoFundMe platform to raise money for his legal battle. Aside from the campaign being tagged as “self-serving,” there were also criticisms about the campaign’s target amount.
Josh Bornstein, an employment lawyer from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, tweets, “Israel Folau’s case, should not cost more than 300k.”
Aside from Folau, numerous failed campaigns that have since made the fundraisers infamous.
In 2016, a fan named Jeremy Piatt set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Kanye West out of debt after the rapper/entrepreneur ranted on Twitter on how he is broke and can not create his art due to his financial restraints.
Last March, a couple pleaded guilty to federal charges for setting up a GoFundMe account for a homeless veteran to con donors into giving money to them. Their GoFundMe campaign raised nearly $400,000 in 2017. After raising the money, the homeless vet who coerced with the couple sued them on suspicions of withholding money raised on his behalf. The legal suit opened investigations that out-ted the plan of theft through deception in the open.
Another controversial GoFundMe campaign is from an Instagram couple who was asking for money to fund a cycling trip in Africa. Many people criticized the influencers for asking strangers to support their lavish lifestyle while refusing to get a job.
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