Is Eric Bledsoe A ‘Mini-LeBron James’?

Is Eric Bledsoe A 'Mini-LeBron James'What’s the difference between Eric Bledsoe and LeBron James? About seven inches and that’s it. Speaking with Matt Petersen of Suns.com, Goran Dragic referred to his new teammate as a miniature LeBron:

‘Big strength’

He’s a mini-Lebron James. He’s got that big strength so when he’s in the open court, he’s unstoppable. Like a lot of fans know, I like to play fast basketball. When I get the ball to the other guy, he’s going to run. We’re going to score a lot of points.

More noteworthy than Dragic’s offensive ambitions is this “Mini LeBron” moniker Bledsoe goes by. Dragic isn’t the first one to coin him a diminutive-sized King. His handle goes back to his Los Angeles Clippers days.


‘Unstoppable’

Teammates linked him to The Chosen One on account of his potential. And for what it’s worth, ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz wrote that Chris Paul’s dad called him “Little Hercules,” which is basically the same thing.

Drawing comparison to LeBron is the ultimate of praises, and it’s one Bledsoe deserves. Not in the sense that he’s the future of the NBA, destined to shatter efficiency records and team up with the next generation’s Dwyane Wade. Rather, it attests to his sheer athletic ability, the kind that makes him “unstoppable.”

Do you agree that Eric Bledsoe is indeed a mini-LeBron James? Will you be rooting for him then?

Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated

Boston Celtics Hire Brad Stevens As New Coach

Boston Celtics Hire Brad Stevens As New CoachAccording to a press release appearing on the Boston Celtics’ official website, the team has hired Butler University head coach Brad Stevens to the same position. A league source told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that the contract is for six seasons.

‘Back-to-back runs’

Stevens, 36, has spent the last six seasons at Butler cultivating a reputation as one of the finest young coaches in college basketball. He has a 166-49 record (.772 winning percentage) and has missed the NCAA tournament just once during his six campaigns as coach. Butler most notably made back-to-back runs to the NCAA championship game in 2010 and 2011, losing both times. He led Butler to a 12-5 record in the NCAA Tournament in five appearances.

As Stevens’ profile grew, he became one of the nation’s hottest names for high-profile collegiate openings. UCLA made a hard push for the former Butler coach in March, only to be rebuffed. At the time, Stevens reconfirmed his commitment to the school that took a chance on hiring a man barely past his 30th birthday.


‘Full rebuilding process’

Renowned for his molding of young minds, the new Celtics boss will certainly have his chance to do so next season. The 2013 offseason has been one of mass upheaval in Boston, with franchise faces being jettisoned and a full rebuilding process beginning. Stevens will take over for Doc Rivers, who left the Celtics after nine seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers last month.

The Celtics accomplished their youth movement with their coach. At 36 years old, Stevens will become the youngest head coach in the league. He is two years younger than the Orlando Magic’s Jacque Vaughn.

Will Brad Stevens make a positive change for the Boston Celtics? Which team will you be rooting for during the next season?

Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

Image: ESPN