Knicks fans must give Kristaps Porzingis time to prove himself

With the fourth pick in Thursday's NBA draft, the Knicks decided to with Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia and that didn't sit well with Knicks fans who made their presence known with loud boos and sad faces. Knicks supporter, who also works at ESPN, Stephen A. Smith voiced his displeasure in a Twitter-filled rant. But the problem with this, however, is that fans aren't in the trenches, doing the dirty work, doing the scouting and knowing what is the best fit for the team. Instead, they just see the flashy names, the awesome random dunk highlights and stuff televisions show them. Because of that, Knicks fans have to give Porzingis a chance to prove himself before making a true judgement on him.

Kentucky’s loss doesn’t mean they’re not great

The Kentucky Wildcats were two games away from history. Sitting at 38-0, all they had to do is beat Wisconsin and then beat Duke to become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to go undefeated and the first team ever to go 40-0 in a season. But as the semifinal game wound down, it all fell apart for the Wildcats. And instead of them getting the chance for basketball immortality in the championship game, it was the Badgers playing the Blue Devils for all the marbles. Even though the season didn't end with an undefeated record or a national championship, however, this Kentucky team was/is a great team.

NCAA Tournament is Kentucky’s to lose

So the main course of the NCAA tournament begins in full force today with half of the field playing in the first round of the tournament. And with comes the legions of people who, after never following college basketball for the regular season, suddenly become experts on all of the 64 teams competing. That and everyone frantically fills out brackets, hoping their's is the first perfect bracket, though the chance of that is exponentially small. Of course, I am one of those millions of people who filled out a bracket this year once again. And like so many of the other people who filled out brackets this year, I have to admit that I have Kentucky winning it all and completing the perfect seaso

NCAA needs to do more than Syracuse’s postseason ban

Last Wednesday, Syracuse announced that it would imposing a postseason ban on its men's basketball team due to an NCAA investigation, that's about to come to an end, over alleged academic fraud, issues in drug testing and some other shady dealings. Now, that would so good and all, considering the Orangemen are a perennial power in the ACC and nationally; however, this year, they hold only a record of 15-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play, with some pretty bad losses to boot, and are likely not going to make it into the tournament, rendering the ban essentially pointless. So with the NCAA due to announce at any moment the punishment for Syracuse's transgressions, it would be best for the association to go beyond the self-imposed postseason ban with a harsher penalty.

Possible change to NBA playoff structure would be beneficial

Currently the NBA playoffs take the top eight teams from each conference and seeds them with the division winners get the top seeds in each conference and the rest falling in right behind. But during the broadcast, Silver proposed that the NBA instead take the six division winners and then the next best 10 teams, regardless of what conference their in, and then go on with the 16-team tournament to determine the league's champion. And, right along with almost everything else Silver has done since taking over as NBA commissioner last year, this move would be highly beneficial for the league as a whole.

U.S. basketball World Cup win great, but sport still needs to grow internationally

If you missed the 2014 FIBA World Cup over the past month or so, don't worry--you're probably not alone. Buried underneath the mess that is the NFL right now and the baseball pennant races and the start of college football, this World Cup likely went unnoticed by a vast majority of Americans. But it's a good thing that the results don't depend on the folks watching since the U.S. took home the title once again by a large margin.

Basketball stars need to be focus on international duty to continue to grow sport

One of my favorite sayings in soccer is "for club and country." Players spend the majority of their time with the club teams playing for domestic, continental and some times international trophies, but every so often lay down their club allegiances to play for their country in international friendlies or various tournaments during every World Cup cycle. It's something that makes soccer unique and it's cool to see players still have strong allegiances to their home country even if it's far away from their club team. It's also something that I would love to see with basketball and NBA.

LeBron James’ return to Cleveland the feel good story of the NBA this summer

After four straight visits to the NBA Finals and two NBA championships, James has again shocked the sports world by returning to Cleveland to try to bring his home city its first sports title in 49 years and in the process became the nice guy again trying to do his best for his hometown. And now, he's the NBA's feel-good story of the summer.