Kobe Bryant Continues To Get Better, Still Winless This Season

By Justin Becker, owner of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com. For more of his basketball insights, follow Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues at Google+

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After two games into the 2013-2014 and as many losses, Kobe Bryant can only be optimistic and satisfied with his output. Despite the losses, the 35-year old megastar proved to himself and to the rest of the NBA world that it’s only a matter of time before he gets it going once again. After a mediocre performance in his season debut, Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe was slightly better on a Tuesday night game against the Phoenix Suns.This time, he didn’t commit eight turnovers. This time he used some of his signature moves to score, and he even threw down his first dunk of the year. Of course he was not at 100 percent. However, he was very energetic and very aggressive.

The Black Mamba finished the game with a team-high 20 points on a 6-for-11 shooting night. He also missed both of his shots from beyond the arc and made all eight of his shots from the charity stripe. The most important fact was that he reminded us a little of the prior-to-the-injury Kobe–the dominant superstar, who can score almost at will.

Bryant gave a “B” overall grade to his performance. He acknowledges the fact that he has much more work ahead. He needs to work on his conditioning, though it’s obvious that it gets better and better every day. So does his confidence, and that’s why we will most probably see him taking more shots and using more of his skills as the season progresses. We will most probably see him playing more minutes, too. During Tuesday’s game, Kobe stayed on the floor for 29 minutes.

The Lakers fell to the Suns eventually, with a final score 114-108, but that was a good game for them. In general, LA has shown very promising signs even during the time Kobe was sidelined. Several role players like Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake stepped up and made Mike D’Antoni feel optimistic. Now, all the Head Coach has to do is to utilize Kobe’s strengths the best way and blend him with the rest of the productive supporting cast.

Kobe commented on his progress, saying that it’s a process. Each night he tries to take a step forward and play better. Given that he won’t experience any setbacks in his rehabilitation process, he is expected to return to his MVP-caliber performances within the next few weeks.

Certainly, the Lakers will need some time to adjust to Bryant’s presence. For a team that saw so many changes this year, it’s difficult to build chemistry within a month. Now, Kobe’s return only came to shake things up and force the Lakers to change their game again, especially on offense.

Bryant is still expected to be much of a facilitator and distributor for the Lakers this season, not just a scorer. He knows that especially this season, his team will need his full powers in every aspect of the game.

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Love and Fantasy Basketball

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By Kylee Gwartney

Over the past month, I’ve realized that real-life relationship advice can be strangely relevant in the world of fantasy basketball. Just think about it. For instance:

1.    If you’re going to be a little boy, then BYE

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I know, I know…this totally contradicts the whole “ride or die” thing but, hey, I’m a girl. That’s what we do! Everyone should know this by now. There comes a time in every person’s life when you just can’t ride or die any longer because your man is a bitch. And what do you do when that happens? You move along and never look back.

Take Samuel Dalembert for instance. Sammy looked promising at first, but then he started acting like a man child. The dude got minor injuries and didn’t play shortly after I picked him up. I decided to let it slide. Everyone gets injured sometime. BUT THEN, I found out that he was benched for a game for sleeping through practice.

Really? You mean to tell me I could make it to 6 a.m. pom practices at age 15 and you, as a 32-year-old NBA star, can’t get up to practice with the Dallas Mavs for mass amounts of money? That’s cute. And as a typical man child, he had a typical man child response to the press:

“I’m very disappointed in myself,” said Dalembert, who had two points, two blocks, three rebounds and three fouls in 18 minutes off the bench. “I don’t have an excuse. It shouldn’t happen. I’m still trying to get over it. I’m very upset.”

Look, I love my bed too, but no.

2.    “I can have another you in a minute, and in fact he’ll be in here in a minute.”

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Let’s be real, no one does moving on better than Beyonce. So after I ditched Dalembert, it was time to find a new man. My boyfriend suggested Josh McRoberts of the Charlotte Bobcats. At first I was hesitant because I’d never even heard of that team and because his points weren’t as great. But then I kept looking at his face and I was like, you know what, that is a damn good face. Plus, he’s young and healthy, and I’m pretty sure he won’t sleep through crap. He is a man. He isn’t violating guy code by being a baby. All girls want a real man, even if it’s just fantasy basketball.

3.    “We are never ever getting back together.”

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Two things happen when you break up with someone. They either get really fat, start drinking massive amounts of vodka, and boning random sluts OR they get really hot, get a new job, and a sweet new girlfriend. Either way, this shouldn’t matter to you. No one cares. So when my boyfriend suggested I maybe made a mistake by letting Dalembert go because he started doing well again, and then went on to say I could try to get him back, he got the stank eye.

Rule Number 975203 of Life: Never, I repeat, never take someone back that you dumped for being a douche of a man child. He ain’t your problem anymore. Let them have your sloppy seconds! You are moving on to better, hotter, and manlier players. We all know the second you take him back, he will go back to his bitch ways. It’s just a proven fact in love and probably also in basketball, considering it is the male species we’re talking about here.

Moral of the story?

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Guys are still guys whether it’s on the court or off, so you have to ride or die with your fantasy team accordingly. As any girl will tell you, not every dude is worth the loyalty in the end!

by Kylee Gwartney

By Kylee Gwartney

Visit Kylee Gwartney’s blog at kbyeee.com

FBB Week 2 Review

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Week two saw me get my first loss. After going 17-3 last year and finishing second, I was definitely hoping to make it longer before I got my first Big L. My girlfriend got the high score in the league again, and I’m seriously regretting letting go of DeAndre Jordan early in the season.

Here’s how week two went down:

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This week’s been a little better to me, and two days in, I’m leading in points:

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Here’s my lineup thus far:

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On the Rise: Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes, currently available in 44% of ESPN leagues.

Spencer Hawes, C-Phi, currently available in 44% of ESPN leagues.

Each week I’m going to highlight a player, who should definitely be picked up in your standard 10-team league. This week I found a gem in this center for the Sixers, Spencer Hawes. Last year, he had one of his best offensive performances to date, averaging 11 pts. and 7 boards in 27 mins. The one stat that really grabbed me, however, is that he had a career high 19 double-doubles, in only 40 games started. Yup, when he gets the start, he has a 50/50 shot of earning extra points with a double-double, a stat that increased by over 100% from the 2011-12 season. The last time he even got close to 19 double-doubles? The 2008-09 season, when he averaged 11.4 pts and 7.4 boards.

With this in mind, added to the fact that his number of starts also doubled from the 2011-12 season, he is poised to absolutely go bananas this year! Just look at how strong he finished last year:

hawesFor the last ten weeks, he was a beast, and I don’t see any evidence that that should change. Rookie Nerlens Noel is being hampered by an injury, and Hawes has been given the reigns in the paint. If he’s available in your league, consider yourself lucky. Most have him going in the middle rounds, so I felt pretty lucky picking him up. You should too!

hawes hairOh, and he’s also up for the hair of the year award. ADD HIM!!

In Between: 2013 Fantasy Basketball Draft

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It’s a weird time right now, being in the heat of fantasy football season while fantasy basketball is just getting started. Honestly, it doesn’t really bother me keeping up with both sports at the same time, because they’re my two favorite sports. I’m in a ten team league this year with a group of high school friends and my girlfriend. Honestly, I was not at all prepared for the start of the season, but the first games are next week, so I better get with it!

Here’s how our draft turned out:

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