Unexpected Turn for the Bulls

Unexpected Turn for the Bulls

By Aish Abid

Despite the Chicago Bull’s 103-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the famous Chicago guard, Derrick Rose was helped off the court late in the opening playoff victory. The star will miss the rest of the post-season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose landed awkwardly on his left leg and was forced to leave, with only two minutes remaining in the game. This could potentially be an injury that changes everything for the Chicago Bulls, although the Bulls have managed to lock up the number 1 spot in the Eastern conference standings even with Rose out for 27 games due to injuries throughout the regular season. This afternoon, Rose was able to score 23 points and 9 assists. Unfortunately, Rose’s season came to an end after crumbling down on court. Rose was taken to the hospital right after the devastating fall where MRI results were confirmed. Will the Chicago Bulls be able to carry out and continue to play strong without their reigning MVP? We find out Tuesday May,1 as the playoffs continue to game 2.

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2011-2012 Season Wrapped Up

2011-2012 Season Wrapped Up

By Aish Abid

The Toronto Raptors wrap up their 2011-2012 season stronger than ever. Last night’s 98-67 win over the descending New Jersey Nets, concludes the Raptors record with 23-43. In addition to their phenomenal win, point guard; Ben Uzoh achieved the first Raptors triple double in 11 years with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Centre, Solomon Alabi, dished his first double double with 11 points and 19 rebounds, followed by Ed Davis with a career high of 24 points. “I promise you we will get better… thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and continue continue continue to stick with us because we are going to improve and we are going to make the playoffs next year.” Centre, Jamaal Magloire said as he promises to make a post-season appearance. The Toronto Raptors finish one spot above the New Jersey Nets at number 11 in the Eastern conference. This season the Toronto Raptors upped their game significantly with their defence due their new head coach, Dwane Casey. As Casey played an astonishing role for the team, it has been announced today that Toronto Raptor’s GM, Bryan Colangelo had extended Coach Casey’s contract for the 2013-2014 season. “We knew this year was kind of in the middle, but I think that we grew as a team, and that’s the step that we need to do next year,” Calderon said. “I think we’re not that far from being a really good team, with coach Casey everything is different. I feel really comfortable with where we’re going and what our goals have to be.” We look forward for the future of the Toronto Raptors as they continue to build and grow. “Looking forward to next year, and I’m excited about this summer, the possibilities,” Casey concluded. Next season, as Toronto brings in new athletes, the Raptors have high hopes on making it far and growing together as a team.

Ricky Rubio Injury Update

Ricky Rubio Injury Update; April 10, 2012

On March 9, 2012 Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio suffered an injury after colliding with Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant.  Rubio travelled to Colorado for more than two weeks to undergo surgery in order to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee. Rubio met with the media to discuss his injury for the first time this afternoon, back in Minnesota.

Ricky does not know when he will return and has yet to confirm a return for training camp. He will not participate in the Olympics this summer as well. “I don’t know when I’ll come back,” he said. “The most important thing is to make sure when I come back it’s 100 percent. I don’t know if it’s training camp, I don’t know if it’s first week, second week. I don’t want to put a date. It depends how my knee feels.”

When asked, if he’s worried about begin the same player when he returns, he answered, “Of course, I always think in my mind what can happen, especially the first couple of days after surgery when you can’t move your knee. You just think about it, think about if you can come back. You just have to be strong and do your best to come back even harder. I love basketball. I love playing basketball. I’m going to do my best.”

“You always have to think about everything. You just have to keep the right one. If not, I think, ‘I got hurt, I’ll be out 6-9 months, maybe I won’t be the player I was before.’ It’s not the right thing. I mean, it can be. It can be that you are better than you were.”

Rubio will have a check up in four weeks in Vail with Dr. Richard Steadman, he will talk with his doctor about any updates at that time. At this point, Rubio is not sure if he will continue his rehab in Spain or Minnesota this coming summer, but by the sounds of it, he was leaning towards Spain.

“I don’t know yet. See how the knee goes. Everything after that, we’ll talk about it. I want to make sure my knee is 100 percent when I get back. I think being back in Spain is an option for my mind, especially to be with my family. But I don’t know yet.”

When questioned on what he thought the night he was injured, Rubio replied; “It was hard, because when I got hit in the game, I was thinking it hurts. I didn’t think it hurts to be out 6-9 months. But when they explained the injury I had, it was sad. But after seeing all the support from my teammates, all the players from the league, I was feeling good. I knew it’d be a long process. I just have to be positive.”

Rubio was asked about losing the season and miss this summer’s Olympics in London; “It’s going to be sad losing an Olympic Games, but the good point is that I played one already so I know what I’m going to lose. It’s hard. It’s going to be hard. Like I said, there’s nothing I can do to be there right now.”

“It’s hard to watch games and you know you can’t play. You want to play so bad. You just have to enjoy watching basketball, it’s the only thing you can do,” Rubio said. “This year was good for me. I learned a lot of things. It was a short season, but it was good.”

Ricky doesn’t want to look father than four weeks into his rehab schedule. That is when he comes off his crutches for the first time. Lastly, when asked if he thinks it’ll be closer to one or the other, he said, “I don’t know. The doctor said that he put nine months and everything that we take more is good. I don’t know, it depends on the knee. Everybody has knee injures, not everybody answers the same surgery the same way. I have four weeks now to take off these crutches that I start hating them. We will see.”

“We are a young team,” Rubio concludes. “We have to finish hard and show everybody what we can do.”

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The Wait Continues

The Wait Continues

By Aish Abid

Minnesota Timberwolves 21 year old point guard; Ricky Rubio has had one astonishing but short season. Rubio was drafted 5th overall in the 2009 NBA draft from his hometown El Masnou, Barcelona. After the draft, the 6’4 guard from Spain decided that he did not want to go into the NBA immediately, and the media announced that Rubio would not come to the NBA until the 2011 season. Rubio’s father made public that his son would return to Spain for at least another season. Finally, the wait ended in the 2011-2012 NBA season, the long awaited European youngster finally made his debut with the Timberwolves. Rubio played an outstanding first game on December, 26 2011 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. As of now, Ricky Rubio is averaging 10.6 points, 2.2 steals and 8.2 assists per game. Unfortunately, in a 105-102 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, Rubio collided with Kobe Bryant and fell to the ground holding his knee with 16.4 seconds left in the game. The rookie guard sustained an ACL tear in his left knee that night. It had been confirmed that Rubio would miss the remainder of the NBA season, and will also miss the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ricky Rubio played a very important role for the Wolves, taking them to the playoffs. Rubio has become one of the most popular NBA players this season, he achieved several accomplishments and played in the NBA BBVA Rising Star challenge in the 2012 All Star game. As we wait for Rubio’s return, he frequently updates his twitter (@rickyrubio9) informing his fans about his recovery. The recovery process is expected to take 6-9 months, so for the mean time; the fans will continue their wait for the rising star, and watch Ricky Rubio make his potential come back in the 2012-2013 NBA season. 

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A Season to Remember

A Season to Remember

By Aish Abid

Heading into the playoffs brings us closer to the end of the Toronto Raptors season. The Raptors began their compressed season on December 18th against  the Boston Celtics and will play their last game at the Air Canada Centre on April 26th, 2012 as they take on the New Jersey Nets. As the lockout came to an end, preparations began to start the 2011-2012 NBA season. Many changes took place in Toronto for the Raptors. Dwane Casey stepped up as the head coach and new additions to the roaster were made, bringing in veterans like Centre; Jamaal Magloire. As the season went on, the Raptors experienced several ups and downs; forward, Andrea Bargnani due to a strained calf, missed 26 games and as of April 6th, the Raptors have lost two guards, both due to injuries; Jerryd Bayless who is out for the remainder of the season with a partially torn left oblique muscle and Jose Calderon out with a right eye injury. Toronto has signed Ben Uzoh and Justin Dentmon on a 10 day contract to replace Bayless and Calderon as they are not able to play. Although the team has suffered and fought through the season, they achieved many accomplishments. Jose Calderon took the number one spot for most assists for the Raptors, Andrea Bargnani worked his way up to number 4 for the most points scored as a Raptor with Calderon following behind at number 5. The team also executed a 3 game winning streak which brings the Raptors to the 11th spot in the Eastern conference standings.  At this point, the Raptors have won 20 games and lost 36. Going forward as the Toronto Raptors season winds down, we hope that the team returns stronger than ever for the 2012-2013 season.

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Orlando Losing Their Magic

Orlando Losing Their Magic

by Aish Abid

Orlando Magic’s superstar center, Dwight Howard admits he had no say in the rumours of firing head coach, Stan Van Gundy on Thursday April, 5th. After several sources had stated that Dwight did indeed want Van Gundy fired; he decided enough was enough and needed to bring this drama to an end. Van Gundy was disappointed with all the rumours, but still proves to the reporters that he would be fine even if he ever did get fired. “That’s just the way it is. Again, I’ve been dealing with that all year. It’s not anything real bothersome. You go out and do your job.” Van Gundy said standing his grounds. Van Gundy stated that the Magic management informed him of the dramatic news. Howard, who was next to speak with the reporters walked in and hugged Van Gundy, unaware of what the coach had just said. “Whatever happens at the end of the season is not under my control. I am a player for the Magic. I am not the GM. I am not Rich DeVos. I am not Alex Martins. So that’s not my job. There’s nothing. I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything. Our main concern is winning. So all the other stuff should stop.” Howard confirmed with the media this morning. Although Howard’s confirmation was set, rumours still continued throughout the day about Van Gundy not being head coach for the Orlando Magic by the end of this 2011-2012 season.

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Fighting for Another Win

Fighting for Another Win
by Aish Abid

Toronto Raptors point guard, Jose Calderon took an elbow from Elton Brand below his right eyebrow Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Sixers, late in the second quarter. In a 99-78 away win over the Sixers, even with an injury, Calderon fought through the game and finished with 12 points and 13 assists, and played a total of 33 minutes. Calderon briefly left the game, and returned with four stitches and a bandaged eye. On top of his outstanding performance, he nailed a three late in the third quarter, allowing the Raptors to enlarge their lead and keeping the Sixers from catching up. “We keep competing. Every guy in this room is getting better and improving. We have to finish as strong as possible.” Calderon said in his post game interview. Although the Raptors season will come to an end soon, Jose Calderon devotes every inch of passion in him to the game, his team and to Toronto. Last nights win over the Sixers, makes this a three game winning streak for the Raptors. “I felt good out there and I wanted to give it a try after they stitched me up.” Calderon said. The Toronto Raptors are looking for another win; making it their fourth straight, Friday April 6th at 7:30pm as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers back in Toronto.

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