After their struggles inside the bubble, we’re sure a collective sigh of relief was ushered around Los Angeles. It has been a long time coming, but officially, the Lakers are the 2020 Western Conference No.1 seed.
A Long Time Coming
The Lakers managed to secure their no.1 status in the Western Conference at the beginning of August. It was the first time the franchise has sat pretty at the top since 2010.
After sealing a victory over the Jazz by 116-108, the Lakers could now begin to focus their attention on potential playoff opponents. It looks like all the hard work was worth it, with Anthony Davis saying that securing the number one spot was a good feeling.
Favorites To Win?
The Lakers remain the team that most experts are picking to make it all the way to the top of the mountain, but their form hasn’t been amazing inside the NBA bubble. The Toronto Raptors have shown they won’t be giving up their crown without a fight, while it’s impossible to rule out the Bucks, Clippers, and Rockets.
An Unpredictable Season
Form and fortunes have seemingly been difficult to predict since the NBA resumed its season. For that reason, the playoffs could be one of the most unpredictable we have seen in several years.
It’s going to be a quick turnaround for whichever teams make it to the NBA finals, with the start of the 2020-21 season scheduled to begin in December. The teams that haven’t returned to the NBA could end up having an advantage with plenty of additional time to practice, practice, practice.
LeBron James and co. have been able to take it easy knowing they are the no.1 seed, but they can’t slack off too much. They still need to take some form into the playoffs, otherwise, they could find themselves heading home long before the finals.
The Football World Mourns the Loss of the Legendary Diego Maradona
November 25th, 2020, is a date that will forever mark football as the Argentinian icon, Diego Armando Maradona, aged 60, passed away. He suffered a heart attack at home just two weeks after being released from hospital following surgery for a bleed on his brain.
Born on October 30th, 1960, in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province to a poor family, Maradona was the fifth of seven siblings and the oldest son. He started showing his talents at a very young age and was quickly spotted by a talent scout while playing in his neighborhood club, Estrella Roja. He was transferred to Argentinos Juniors junior team where he continued his amazing performances, which earned him his nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”).
Ten days before his 16th birthday, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors in a match against Talleres de Córdoba. He played with the number 16 on his back, and became the youngest player in the history of Argentine top-tier football. He spent five years at the club before transferring to Boca Juniors, one of Argentina’s and South America’s most popular and successful football clubs.
Maradona, Napoli’s Mythical Number 10
After a single season with Boca, he moved to Europe to play for Spanish giants, Barcelona. Maradona had a difficult tenure in Spain due to injuries and controversial incidents on the field. Two years later, he was transferred to the Italian club Napoli where he was welcomed by 75,000 fans at his presentation. It is with this team that “The Golden Boy” achieved his greatest success at club level, winning two Scudettos, a Coppa Italia, a Supercoppa Italia, and the UEFA Cup in 1989. His vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling enchanted the Napoli fans who continue to adore and love him to this day. Maradona became Naple’s favorite son!
The Architect of Argentina’s Second World Cup
Maradona’s greatest achievement came during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He captained his team to victory, playing every minute of every game, scoring five goals, and making five assists. The quarterfinal against England will forever be part of football’s folklore. The Argentinian legend scored both goals. The first by using his hand, which remained unnoticed by the game officials, and later became known as the “Hand of God”. The second, however, was a display of his mastery and talent. He took the ball in his own half, dribbled past six English players, including the goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, before slotting the ball into the net. The goal was recognized as the “Goal of the Century” in 2002.
The passing of Maradona affected greatly every football aficionado in the world. It made his country fall in tears while President Alberto Fernández announced three days of national mourning. Napoli decided to honor its greatest player by renaming its stadium after him. On November 25, 2020, football lost arguably its most-talented number 10!