In 2008 Al Jefferson dominated the Charlotte Bobcats for 40 points on 18 of 25 shooting. Now, in 2013, he is facing his worst offensive season in years, and playing the Bobcats this week could turn his season around.
The differences between DeAngelo Williams and Adrian Peterson are much smaller than most people realize. But while Peterson is building his Hall of Fame resume, DeAngelo Williams continues to muddle through mediocre seasons.
The Carolina Panthers finished the season on one of the hottest streaks in the league, just as they did last year. So does this mean Carolina will break out in 2013, or sputter to another frustrating season?
Jake Delhomme's rise to Pro Bowl quarterback and near Super Bowl MVP is inspiring, including going undrafted, practice squad casualty, and heading to NFL Europe. But just when he seemed to have it all, Jake Delhomme's career sadly crashed and burned.
The Carolina Panthers are on a late-season surge, defeating the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers in their last two games. Fueling the Panthers’ recent wins are Cam Newton’s lack of interceptions and ability to score with his feet.
Chris Duhon was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Dwight Howard trade. With Steve Nash and Steve Blake already on the roster, the Lakers never anticipated Duhon would be regularly playing 30+ minutes a game.
The Carolina Panthers’ new special teams coordinator Richard Rodgers got off to a painful start in his first day on the job as the special teams unit’s ineptitude contributed to a gut-wrenching loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With his 16 tackles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thomas Davis had one of the best games of his career. What makes this remarkable is he is doing this after three ACL surgeries to the same knee, an unprecedented feat in NFL history.
The Saint Louis University Billikens are losing coach Rick Majerus due to health issues, the same reason he left the University of Utah in 2004. Since he left Salt Lake City, his success and that of the Utes have gone in different directions.
Former sixth round pick Greg Hardy has been one of the few bright spots for the Carolina Panthers this year. With great games in Carolina’s wins against Robert Griffin III and Drew Brees, Hardy is getting to the quarterback like never before.
The similarities between Steve Nash and Jerry West, Kobe Bryant and Gail Goodrich, Dwight Howard and Wilt Chamberlain, and Pau Gasol and Happy Hairston cannot go unnoticed. But can the 2013 Los Angeles Lakers match the success of the legendary 1972 team?
DeAngelo Williams has been one of the NFL’s most productive running backs for years. As the Carolina Panthers look to shift gears, he may be on the trading block. The Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Steelers should make a play for him.
Mike Goodson was traded from the Carolina Panthers to the Oakland Raiders. Carolina was understandably satisfied with running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but Goodson is outperforming both of them this year.
The five worst NBA centers in 2011-2012 were Kendrick Perkins (Oklahoma City Thunder), Joel Anthony (Miami Heat), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs), Brendan Haywood (Dallas Mavericks), and Byron Mullins (Charlotte Bobcats).
Metta World Peace seemed to be the only weak link in a Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup consisting of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard. But through three preseason games, MWP is playing solid basketball.
Jodie Meeks is now playing with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers. While his All-Star teammates are rocks of consistency, Meeks is one of the streakiest shooters in the NBA.
The five worst NBA forwards in 2011-2012 were Wesley Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves), Chris Singleton (Washington Wizards), Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks), Shane Battier (Miami Heat), and Kenyon Martin (Los Angeles Clippers).
The five worst NBA guards in 2011-2012 were Derek Fisher (Oklahoma City Thunder), Steve Blake (Los Angeles Lakers), Mickael Pietrus (Boston Celtics), John Salmons (Sacramento Kings), and Kirk Hinrich (Atlanta Hawks).
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers had high expectations before the 2012 season. But after a 1-4 start with losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, and Seattle Seahawks, the Panthers’ season may already be over.
A.C. Green won NBA titles early in his career with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the Showtime Lakers, he then one another ring with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. He leaves a Lakers legacy that should not be forgotten.
The Carolina Panthers are just 9-27 over the last three seasons, tying the Cleveland Browns for the NFL’s worst record. With a talented roster in Carolina, the terrible record is a sad truth for fans to deal with.
Brandon LaFell of the Carolina Panthers was supposed to step up this year and give Cam Newton and Steve Smith another weapon in the passing game. Instead, he has been nothing more than average and inconsistent.
Walt Hazzard teamed up with Jerry West and Gail Goodrich to form one of the most promising NBA backcourts of the 1960’s. Hazzard helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Finals twice, and later emerged as an All-Star.
The NFC South is the NFL’s most hated division due to the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal, the bully tactics of Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach Greg Schiano, and the sulking of the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton.
After being one of the top rookie WR’s in the NFL in 2009 and starting 2010 on a Calvin Johnson-type pace, the injury-plagues Austin Collie may want to consider walking away from the game while he still can.
Sam Perkins teamed up with Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Byron Scott, and Vlade Divac to form a formidable Lakers team. If injuries had not derailed the Lakers, they may have beaten Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.
The Los Angeles Lakers won the 1982 and 1985 NBA championships with veteran All-Star Bob McAdoo playing a key role. While Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated the headlines, Bob McAdoo did what it took to win these two titles.
Kurt Rambis’ career will never be confused with his Hall-of-Fame teammates like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. While Rambis was not an All-Star, his tenacity and toughness are still respected by Lakers fans today.
Norm Nixon teamed up with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes in forming the core of the 1980 and 1982 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. As one of the great assist men in NBA history, Norm Nixon should be always be remembered.
In just four-plus years with the Los Angeles Lakers Eddie Jones created a legacy never to be forgotten. The two-time Laker All-Star had a tremendous all-around game and helped prepare the Lakers for the 2000, 2001, and 2002 NBA titles.
Rick Fox spent seven years with the Los Angeles Lakers and played a major role in helping the Lakers win three titles. While Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Phil Jackson got the headlines, Rick Fox’s role in these titles should not be forgotten.
Elden Campbell started his Lakers career with Magic Johnson and James Worthy. He ended it with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the interim he was one of the league’s better centers. Elden Campbell’s time with the Lakers should not be forgotten.
Between 1992-1994, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Sedale Threatt was one of the most productive guards in the NBA, helping the team transition between Magic Johnson and Showtime to Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
Just three years ago Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed on a five-year, $31 million contract. The first three years paid MJD handsomely, now he wants to renegotiate the remaining two.
In 2013 Kobe Bryant will have to learn to play without the ball and defer to Steve Nash. Dwight Howard will need to learn to share the post with Pau Gasol. These two chemistry issues could determine the Lakers' fate next year.
BYU's last four games are against an average ACC team and three WAC teams that have gone 20-55 over the last two years in Georgia Tech, Idaho, San Jose State, and New Mexico State. BYU's final games may prove to be very, very boring.
Steve Nash will struggle to stay in front of Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook. Fortunately for Los Angeles Lakers fans like me, Dwight Howard has a proven history of shutting down Parker and Westbrook at the rim.
In 2012 the Los Angeles Lakers had little depth to come off the bench for Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum. This offseason the Lakers have made major improvements to the bench, including the additions of Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks.
A starting five consisting of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard, no team will be able to match up with the Lakers. The NBA trophy is coming back home to Tinseltown.
NBA players often say "it's not about the money" when they negotiate a new contract. By signing a veteran's minimum $1.4 million contract with the Lakers, Antawn Jamison put his money where his mouth is.
The Carolina Panthers could make a national statement with a victory over the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. With a more experienced Cam Newton and a bolstered defense, the Panthers can seize the moment in their date with destiny.
The Lakers may face an almost no-win situation next year - either give Andrew Bynum a 5-year, $100 million deal or lose him to free agency. Either decision poses huge risks to the Lakers and could determine the team's fate for the next several years.
After a promising 2010 rookie season, David Gettis missed the entire 2011 Carolina Panthers season. In 2012, the explosive young wide receiver could emerge as the Number 2 receiver the Panthers have desperately needed.