2021 = 2020 Fun?

2020 is the year that the “unprecedented” became precedented.

Everything and everyone was turned upside down by a virus that couldn’t read the room. But like most times in which the human race encounters adversity and hardship, there are positives to be gleaned if you know where to look.

For many, 2020 may have provided the impetus to make that much needed change in your life. The challenges, learnings and experiences from 2020 may be the springboard for the best decade of your life.

But before we look ahead, it’s important to look back and learn from what we experienced…

Have you ever read a book and felt as if the author was on your shoulder, reciting the words to you?

Has that reading voice in your head ever turned into a Texan drawl?

If you’ve never experienced any of these sensations you should grab yourself a copy of Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights.

Before I read Greenlights, I knew McConaughey as the ripped, Texan gentlemen who dominated the rom com genre. In-fact, the origins of my man-crush towards McConaughey stemmed from his performance in the highly underrated “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”.

But when I read Greenlights, it…

5 lesson from the NBA bubble

NBA Summer League meets off-season pickup basketball.

That’s what I thought of the bubble concept before the NBA season recommenced following the COVID-19 intermission.

Little did I know, that when the playoffs came around, it would provide some of the best games of basketball I’d seen in a decade, including one of the best finals games of all time..

Here are the five things I discovered during the NBA season bubble.

1. The Super-duo is only successful when you have complimenting players

Remember the 90’s when teams had two star players on their teams? Jordan and Pippen, Stockton and Malone, Johnson and Worthy, Robinson and Duncan.. Those were the days…


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The Los Angeles Lakers have become NBA Champions for 17th time on the back of a offensive and defensive masterpiece in game six (106–93) against the Miami Heat. Led by another triple-double from the Finals MVP, LeBron James, the Lakers crushed the Heat on both ends of the floor. Mounting a lead as high as 36-points, the Lakers were anchored by James and Anthony Davis but were spurred offensively by the play from Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. For Anthony Davis, the Lakers younger star claims his first NBA Title, whilst LeBron James slides ring number four on his hand. For Miami, the Heat ultimately couldn’t match the Lakers in this series, but gained nothing but respect from the basketball fraternity.

When the Los Angeles Lakers lost the thrilling game five contest, you knew this LeBron James-led team would respond. The Lakers could not afford to have this series leak into a game seven where the pressure and doubt upon Los Angeles would intensify.

But, like a championship team does, the Los Angeles Lakers responded. In similar fashion to their game four victory following defeat in game three, the Lakers came out in tonight’s game six to completely dominate the Miami Heat from the outset. On both ends of the floor the Lakers were resurgent, dominant and clinical in their play…

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Led by the individual brilliance of Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat have kept their NBA Finals dream alive after surviving a game five thriller against the Lakers 111–108 on Friday night. In what was a classic NBA Finals contest, Butler defied the relentless LeBron James down the stretch, forcing a game six on the back of another astonishing triple-double. For the Lakers, despite the efforts of James and Davis, they are forced to wait until Sunday night for another chance at securing the NBA Championship.

Following the game one blowout, many pundits and “experts” were calling this NBA Finals series a ‘sweep’ to the Lakers. Too many “basketball analysts” and commentators were claiming that although the Heat were gallant to win the Eastern Conference Finals, they would be proven to be outclassed by a formidable Lakers squad. For the first two games in this series, it would have been hard to argue against such analysis.

But what now comes as no surprise is that the Miami Heat continue to surprise. After sweeping the Pacers, rolling the Bucks and overcoming the Celtics, Miami still continues to…

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The Los Angeles Lakers have closed to within one game of another NBA championship, after stellar second half performances from LeBron James and Anthony Davis helped to lift L.A. over Miami in game four (102–96). Despite the welcome addition of Bam Adebayo back into the Heat starting line-up, Miami could not take advantage, squandering opportunities down the stretch to tie or take the lead. For Erik Spoelstra’s squad, it is now do or die for the remainder of the series, whilst LeBron James and Anthony Davis are only 48-minutes away from their fourth and first ring respectively. An extended break sees the pivotal game five played on Friday night.

When LeBron James left the floor before the final buzzer in game three, you knew he would come out with some serious venom in game four. With vision of the Tyler Herro snarl and the comments surrounding the jawing between he and Jimmy Butler, it was a foregone conclusion LBJ would respond. It would just be a matter of when. Naturally, you would assume that the first quarter in the game four contest would have seen an offensive display from LeBron and even Anthony Davis, who also struggled in the previous game.

But it wasn’t.

LeBron took one shot in…

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Led by one of the greatest individual NBA Finals performances you’ll ever see, a phenomenal Jimmy Butler has led the Miami Heat to a resurgent game three victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (115–104). Short-handed for the second straight game, the backs-to-the-wall performance from Butler and the Heat has sparked life in Erik Spoelstra’s squad, now trailing the Lakers two games to one in the series. Questions again surround the availability of Heat stars Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo for game four on Tuesday night.

Jimmy Butler’s price for coffee has just gone up to $40 a cup. Well, that’s the price the Lakers paid in game three on Sunday night.

In what was one of the most stunning Finals performances the NBA has ever seen, Jimmy Butler has led the injury-savaged Miami Heat to an unlikely game three win, stunning the Los Angeles Lakers to improve to 2–1 in the series. Becoming the third player to score a 40-point triple double in the NBA Finals (behind Jerry West & LeBron James), Butler was at his ruthless best as he breathed life into a team…

Lakers take game two to lead the NBA Finals
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Anthony Davis has shined in one of the great NBA Finals performances to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 2–0 advantage over the Miami Heat. Despite the courageous efforts from an injury-savaged Miami Heat squad, Davis and LeBron James dominated the Miami defenders to run out comfortable 10-point winners in game two (124–114). All eyes now turn to game three on Sunday to see if Miami can regain their stars and claw their way back into this series.

Usually when you look at the box score after a game, you’re not seeing the entire picture of how the team and each player had performed. But sometimes stats truly don’t lie and can paint an accurate picture of one player’s dominance. In game two of the NBA Finals, there was a linear relationship seen between the distance of the drop in a person’s jaw as they analysed Anthony Davis’ stats. As each column of Anthony Davis’ box score was analysed that person’s jaw dropped a further centimetre.

In an incredible individual NBA Finals performance, Anthony Davis again dominated a…

Lakers take game one in the NBA finals
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The Los Angeles Lakers have won the opening game of the NBA Finals with a commanding offensive performance from Anthony Davis and LeBron James. After a sluggish first quarter start, the Lakers dominated the Heat for the remaining three quarters to run out 116–98 winners. Injury concerns for Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler capped a dismal night for the Heat who now look shorthanded going into game two.

Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. For the Miami Heat in game one, Edward Murphy and his law were the dominant force on the Heat side of the floor. Anything that could go wrong for Miami in their quest for the title, did go wrong.

It didn’t start that badly. In fact, for Miami, it started perfectly. The Heat came charging out of the gates on offense, led by the early aggression of Jimmy Butler (9-points) and Bam Adebayo (6-points). …

NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs LA Lakers Preview
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This year’s edition of the NBA finals is one of the most intriguing matchups in NBA history. That might sound like hyperbole, but the presence of the Coronavirus and the implications of the virus on the NBA itself is unprecedented. This NBA Finals series will be played in an empty arena with no fans. How weird is that?

But really the intrigue surrounds the Miami Heat. Nobody would have picked them to make the NBA Finals. The “ceiling” for this team was widely speculated to be at the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. …

Robert Delves

My write hand is my dominant hand. Always loved to write. Decided to have a crack at it.

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