The 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year is GTA native Andrew Wiggins. This is the first time a Canadian has won the award.
Wiggins averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Five years ago, I wrote this entry about Leafs fans always rooting against Montreal. In the most recent Open Mike, a new commenter named Roger suggests Canada should unite behind the Montreal Canadiens as they play in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. I find that notion nauseating.
This question is for all readers who live in the GTA. Will you be cheering for the Habs to win the Stanley Cup this year?
Let me know in the comments. I can tell you I'll be rooting passionately for Montreal to lose four straight. What about you?
On December 5, 2007, I took my kids to see the Toronto Raptors take on Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. At the time I thought it was important that they see the greatest Canadian basketball player who ever lived. Little did I know he wouldn't retire until today, almost eight years later.
Thank you Steve Nash for an outstanding 19-year NBA career in which you twice won MVP honours, tallied the third-most assists in league history and assured your place in the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest point guards ever to play the game.
Thanks to you, Canadians are invading the NBA in droves as we all aspire to play like Steve.
Anthony Mason died today. I remember him well from those 90s Knicks teams with Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Charles Oakley. He was only 48.
You have to understand, the mid-90s feel like a few years ago to me. It feels like only yesterday I saw Anthony Mason driving to the hoop like a linebacker with a great haircut. Now he's dead.
And Jaromir Jagr's been on my mind lately. He was just traded to the Florida Panthers. The man is 43-years old.
I like knowing Jagr is still playing in the NHL. After all, he's older than me. This fun fact led me to research how many current NHL players are older than me. The answer is exactly two: Jagr and Sergei Gonchar.
That brings us to John Tavares. No, not the New York Islander, but the Buffalo Bandit. John Tavares is still playing professional lacrosse at the age of 46. That's just awesome.
Super Bowl XLIX kicks off from University of Phoenix Stadium in about 7.5 hours. In case you've been living under a rock, it's the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
The purpose of this entry is to collect everyone's predictions. Please guess the final score before 6:30pm and we'll see if anyone nails it. There's a great deal of pride on the line, so give it your best shot.
My prediction: Seattle 32, New England 29
How do you think it all ends?
Martin Brodeur is retiring. The 42-year-old is joining the St. Louis Blues front office. It's bizarre he retired a St. Louis Blue. He played seven games with the Blues after 24 seasons with the New Jersey Devils.
I enjoyed Brodeur's entire career, and it was awesome. Unfortunately for him, he'll always be compared to Patrick Roy and when you're hanging with your buddy in a bar and he/she asks "If you could have any goalie play for your team in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals", the answer will never be Brodeur and will always be Roy.
A tip of the hat to Martin Brodeur and his amazing career. Here's his final tally:
- 691 victories (NHL record)
- 125 shutouts (NHL record)
- 3 Stanley Cups
- 2 Olympic gold medals
Guys my age all know someone older who tells us Bobby Orr was the greatest hockey player of all-time. Guys my age all say it was Wayne Gretzky. It really is a generational thing, and since they played such different positions, it's really impossible to use analytics to say definitively who was better.
In the NBA, guys my age all think Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. If you're in your late 20s, you might think Kobe Bryant was/is better, but you'd be wrong.
Every way you look at it, Jordan was better than Bryant. Check out these metrics from FiveThirtyEight.
According to most advanced metrics, Jordan was better than Bryant at both ends of the floor. (This is true even if we restrict both players to the same block of seasons by age so we’re comparing apples to apples. Kobe entered the NBA at age 18, and he’s 36 now; Jordan played from age 21 to 34, retired and played again from age 38 to 39. So their overlapping years are 21 to 34.)
Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list yesterday, but he's never been better than Jordan. Jordan is the best, and it's not even close.
I never had the pleasure of watching Gordie Howe play hockey. As a very young man, however, I read a biography on Wayne Gretzky and learned how Gretzky idolized Howe.
That made Gordie Howe my hero's hero. Here's a wonderful story about The Great Gordie Howe.
I'll preface this entry by stating the obvious. Derek Jeter has had a fantastic career, and deserves to be voted into the Hall of Fame. He's never been linked to performance enhancing drugs, he's always been classy and he's won.
Derek Jeter is also a career Yankee. I don't understand the Derek Jeter love-in currently in full swing at the dome. On Sunday, prior to the game against the Yankees, Jeter will be honoured with a gift from the Blue Jays organization. That's unnecessary and inappropriate.
The Jays shouldn't be giving gifts to opposing players, especially New York Yankees who never suited up for the Blue Jays. And I understand, after receiving his gift from the Jays, Jeter will give a speech and acknowledge us poor Jays fans. I don't need that, do you?
Jeter was a classy player with a great career, but he's also a New York Yankee, and this weekend's Toronto-Jeter lovefest is bollocks.
While I was unplugged for a few days earlier this week, Jean-Sebastien Giguere retired. He was the last former Hartford Whaler playing in the NHL. He played eight games for the Whalers in 1996-97.
It's the end of an era. Assuming Chris Pronger doesn't make a comeback, there are no more Whalers in the NHL.
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