Best NBA Trade Deadline Deals in History

There are no doubts about the fact that sports are one of the purest and popular forms of entertainment that are available to us. One of the more popular sports that is both played and watched on a worldwide scale is basketball. The most popular league in which the best basketball players from around the world play and compete in is the NBA, the National Basketball Association. It is a league that drafts the top talents from around the world via means of annual drafts in which they draft from either high school graduates, college graduates, overseas leagues, or those who play abroad in International leagues.

One aspect of the NBA that gets fans excited each year is player trades. This occurs when a team decides that they would like to have either one or a combination of a single player, multiple players, and/or draft pick(s) from another team in which they will give up an asset, or multiple assets of their own in the trade transaction. In the history of the NBA, there have been many exhilarating and unexpected trades that have taken place that had effects of putting fans, players, and anyone else who is tied to professional basketball in one way or another in shock.

One trade that was not necessarily favored by the city’s fans at first was on which included big man Christian Laettner and fan-favorite Spud Webb, who was the shortest player ever in NBA history to win the dunk contest. The Atlanta Hawks received Christian Laettner from the Minnesota Timberwolves for their high-leaping point guard, Spud Webb.

After Michael Jordan, who is undoubtedly renowned as perhaps the best basketball player of all time, had retired for the second time after a comeback, the Chicago Bulls had difficulty with rebuilding itself. For that reason, they decided to completely tear the team down so that they could essentially start from scratch and build it back up by obtaining rights to high draft picks and pursuing high-caliber free agent signings. After experiencing their fourth consecutive year of no success, they decided to send forward Ron Artest (later referred to as Metta World Peace), enter Brad Davis, and shooting guard Ron Mercer to the Indiana Pacers for Jalen Rose. Two out of the three players that the Chicago Bulls sent, Brad Miller and Ron Artest, went on to become All-Stars, thus, making it a bad trade for the Chicago Bulls.

In the NBA season of the years 1993-1994, shooting guard Jeff Hornacek of the 76ers looked to be on a decline at 30 years old. He was averaging 16.6 points per game, which was down from two years before in which he was averaging a career high of 20.1 points per game. The 76ers dealt Hornacek to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline in exchange for who may have been the better player of the deal at the time, shooting guard Jeff Malone. However, Jeff Malone was unable to perform at his highest levels due to injuries, whereas, Hornacek found a role in which he was able to knock down three pointers next to point guard John Stockton while leading the Utah Jazz to consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals in the years of 1997 and 1998.

The NBA has seen many trades and free agent signings that had either turned bad teams into good teams, good teams into bad team, or good teams into what is referred to today as “Superteams.” The above mentioned trades are some examples of what a trade transaction can do for an entire franchise.

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Who Will Be the Worst NFL Team in 2016?

The NFL season is just around the corner. There are some sure bets on teams to win their division and even their conference and Super Bowl.  Vegas has the Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, and Packers among the best odds in the business. There are also those teams who are a sure bet to be the worst NFL teams in 2016. This is my list of those teams, and really in no particular order.

1. Cleveland Browns

Will they ever become a good team? I’m not sure they can even win one game. They have next to zero talent, and every quarterback they either draft or sign in free agency has been a bust. No matter what happens this football season, they will be the worst, hands down.  They aren’t going to be as bad as the 1976 Buccaneers, but they will be bad.

2. Tennessee Titans

Their schedule doesn’t look that hard, but they just aren’t very good. They seem to have issues with quarterback too. The quarterback is the central part of any team, just ask the Patriots. Talent level is low, and they are going have to start drafting much smarter.

3. San Diego Chargers

The Chargers will likely improve from their dismal season a year ago. They have the best quarterback in the division in Phillip Rivers, but the problem isn’t him. The problem is trying to keep the offensive line healthy. If that can happen, I see them finishing with a record of 6-10.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have started the past few seasons horribly. And, under their coach Gus Bradley, their September and October records were horrible at 3-20. They start their first two games playing Green Bay and San Diego, and that’s gonna be a hard way to being this year too. The end of the season is bleak also, with games playing Denver, Minnesota, and Houston. Don’t look for them to reach the .500 mark this year either.  They have one of the worst fan bases in sports, so don’t expect many people in the audience.

5. Miami Dolphins

My prediction for the unpredictable Dolphins is a dismal 7-9 record this 2016 season. They have a rookie coach named Adam Gase, and they are in a rebuilding process. A combination like this doesn’t spell much success for Miami. Also, their strength of schedule this year is 11th in the NFL, and for a team in the rebuilding process, that could mean disaster.

6. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers will not come close to the .500 mark this year. They are rebuilding as well and I predict they will come up far short for wins this year with a poor record of 4-12. They are less talented than last year and they have the league’s toughest schedule. Gonna be painful to watch them this season.

Worst Teams in Sports History

The absolute worst professional team in history of sports has to be the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball league. The Bobcats had and still hold the record for the worst NBA record: 7 wins and 59 losses for an abysmal .106 winning percentage. Their leading scorer, Gerald Henderson, led with 15 points per game. The Bobcats averaged a league worst 87 points per game.

Second place for worst teams in NBA history belongs to the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers. This team just lost All Star LeBron James to the Miami Heat and only managed a year low 19 wins and 63 losses. They lost 26 consecutive games from December 20, 2010 to February 11, 2011. Despite being so horrible, they had a 6 win and 2 loss preseason record and finished the regular season with a win over the New York Knicks.

The 3rd worst team goes to the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was their first season in the NFL and it was ugly. This team went scoreless 5 times and could not reach a double digit scoring average. The winless season was not bad enough as they started their franchise losing 26 consecutive games.  Find out who the worst NFL teams will be in 2016.

This next team, the Prarie View A&M college football program, from 1989-1998 lost 80 consecutive games. They beat Langston college in 1998 and their coaches were doused with celebration water. Their last win was 20-12 over Mississippi Valley in 1989. Oh, to be a teammate, fan, player or reporter. OUCH!

Sticking with college sports, the New Jersey Institute of Technology men’s college basketball team went 0-29 for the 2007-2008 season. An NCAA record losing streak of 51 games lasted until January 2009.

From 1993 to 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates piled up 19 consecutive losing seasons. The closest they came to not losing was finishing 79 wins and 83 losses in 1997. Prior to this losing streak, the Pirates went to the playoffs for three consecutive years and lost to the Atlanta Braves in the NL Championship Series.

From 1946-1960, the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League, never had a winning season after 1945. They started future Hall of Famer, Brett Hull in 1957 and he could not help until after three seasons. He was starting at age 18.

The 1989 Dallas Cowboys had a reputation of being “America’s Team” but even with star studded Troy Aikman at quarterback, this season and team had a record of one win and 15 losses. Imagine that as two years later, they won a Super Bowl. This team was simply too inexperienced and lacked mental toughness.

Surprisingly, none of these teams made our worst fan bases in sports.  Their people still backed their team.

Worst Fan Bases In Sports

All quality sports fans know, that there is nothing worse than a bad sports fan. Even worse than a bad sports fan is a bad fan base. The following five fan bases are the worst there is in ALL of professional sports, for the reasons outlined below.

1. The Philadelphia Eagles

There is not much here that has not been said before. The Eagles fan base is one word, terrible. From their legendary assault on Santa Claus to cheering when Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Michael Irvin was taken off the field with what turned out to be a career ending injury, the Eagles fan base is about as bad as it gets.

2. The Miami Heat

Even during the multi-year period in which King James took his talents to South Beach, the Miami Heat fans left much to be desired. From failing to sell out games despite the Kings’ presence to consistently showing up in the middle of the first quarter, or later, the Heat fans ultimately proved themselves unworthy of LeBron’s greatness. All of the above does not even account for the bandwagon jumpers who quickly abandoned the team after LeBron returned to Cleveland.  When the franchise started they had one of the worst teams in NBA history.

3. The Jacksonville Jaguars

Questions abound regarding whether or not Jacksonville could or still can ultimately sustain an NFL team. 20 plus years into the franchises existence the answer would be appear to be a resounding NO. Things have gotten so bad in Jacksonville, that the franchise now plays a yearly home game in London. While the product on the field certainly has left a lot to be desired, in a market where there is little else, logic would still dictate that the Jags would have a strong fan base, apparently not.  No surprise here, they will be one of the worst teams in 2016.

4. The Arizona Coyotes

Formerly the Phoenix Coyotes, but does it really matter? Hockey in the desert has had its issue from day one, and while one would assume there are some knowledgeable hockey fans in the Valley of the Sun, they are likely few and far between. While the arena is not centrally located, the Coyotes fan base still leaves a lot to be desired in all aspects of what being a fan really means.

5. The Sacramento Kings

Somehow the Kings are still in Sacramento, and shockingly they are getting a new arena. While this is all fine and dandy, the Kings fan base has been terrible for quite some time and left a fair amount to be desired even in the days of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, and before them Mitch Richmond. The fans of the Kings make one really wonder why on earth the franchise ever moved from Kansas City in the first place.

Worst Collapse in Sports History

One of the worst collapses in sports history was actually very lucrative for the player who benefitted from it.  It was a tennis match between a male chauvinist and a female athlete. The winner was Billy Jean King who beat the ostentatious and highly touted tennis exhibitionist Bobby Riggs in 1973 and won $100,000.

Bobby Riggs challenged Billy Jean King to a game of tennis contending that female athletes were not as equal as men in athletics competition even if the odds were in favor of the woman due to the age of the man. He finally succeeded in getting Billy Jean King to agree to the challenge by offering a prize of $100,000. He made that challenge after the collapse of tennis player Margaret Court against Bobby Riggs. Margaret Court was a respectable female tennis player who faced Bobby Riggs in a male versus fesmale atheletic challenge and was humiliated by losing six to two and six to one.

Billy Jean King had repeatedly rejected Bobby Riggs challenges until the purse was up to one hundred thousand dollars and winner take all. Not able to withstand such a tempting offer, Billy Jean King accepted Bobby Riggs challenge. The game was broadcast on live television with thousands of viewers anxious to see Billy Jean King, a good female tennis player, trounced by Bobby Riggs a professional tennis player who had won numerous awards and made a profession of playing challenge tennis matches. The viewing crowd of tennis buffs and sexist sides were stunned literally when Billy Jean King showed superior female strength against the formidable Bobby Riggs who had come out on the court seemingly condescending to Billy Jean King. The crowd watched as Billy Jean King with a slight smile and amazing strength beat the pants off of Bobby Riggs with a score of six to four, King, six to three, King, and six to three, King.

The sexist Bobby Riggs was not a happy camper on September 20, 1973 as a woman beat him at his own game in Houston, Texas, in the Astrodome. The viewing audience was estimated at over forty thousand people although to those watching and the subsequent growth of women’s tennis, it seemed like millions. The collapse of Bobby Riggs a self avowed male chauvinist athlete in front of such a viewing audience changed the world of tennis forever.