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One of the biggest stories in the NBA coming into the season was the talk of Dwight Howard wanting to move on to greener pastures. Initially, it was reported the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets were two teams that Howard would be interested in playing for. However, in recent weeks, there has been talk about Chicago being a potential destination as well. I’ve listened to a lot of fans call into radio shows and they seem to be in favor of bringing the all-star center to the Windy City. However, while the thought of having a dominant big man with Howard’s talents is intriguing, I’m not ready to buy into the notion that he can take us to the next level.

 

There is no doubt that Howard is the most dominant player at his position in the league today. He averages over 20 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks per game. Needless to say, these numbers are impressive, but there is a downside to this equation as well. First of all, the Bulls would have to give up several pieces in order to acquire Howard. It would be safe to say that the Magic would ask for Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and possibly a third player as well. Luol Deng provides the team with a great all-around game on both ends of the floor and Noah is capable of averaging a double-double when he plays aggressively. In my opinion, giving up these players would not be a wise move for the organization.

 

Secondly, Howard has publicly questioned the effort of his teammates on more than one occasion this year. I realize it can be frustrating when your team loses by a large margin or you are not satisfied with how the team uses you in the late stages of a game. However, Howard should keep those comments in-house rather than publicly voicing his displeasure. The group of players currently on the Bulls’ roster are a tight-knit bunch, who play well together and have each others’ back. When things don’t go well, they accept responsibility as a team rather than throwing each other under the bus. I think that bringing in Howard would definitely disrupt the chemistry this team has forged over the past few seasons.  So with that being said, acquiring Howard would probably do more harm than good.

 

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Knicks’ Owner James Dolan Bans Heckling Fan

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan apparently has some thin skin when it comes to heckling over his horrendous run at the top of the Knicks empire.

According to TMZ, Dolan was heckled by a fan during the closing minutes of Saturday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings in which the fan told a departing Dolan to “sell the team.”

That didn’t sit well with Dolan, who called the mad rude and abruptly banned him from attending anymore Knicks games and followed it up by having the man escorted out of the building by security.

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NBA Announces Partnership with Puma

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The National Basketball Association has officially announced that they have agreed to a multiyear partnership with Puma, who will now be recognized as an official marketing partner of the NBA, according to an official league statement.

“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA to bring PUMA to the next level in our reentry to the basketball market,” Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at PUMA, said in a statement. “This partnership is a testament to the continued resurgence of PUMA within the basketball industry.”

Per the new agreement, Puma will not be allowed to feature athletes in their respective NBA uniforms and team logos has the brand looks to regain it’s once prominent presence in the NBA.

“PUMA played an important part in the early footwear culture of the NBA,” Dan Rossomondo, NBA Senior Vice President, Media and Business Development, stated.

“As PUMA expands its presence in the basketball market with new player relationships and a new line of basketball sneakers, becoming an official footwear partner of the league was a natural next step to help amplify the brand’s return to the category.”

The NBA has been busy with partnerships as of late. Just last week we reported on their new deal for the NBA G League and Twitch, where Twitch streams will now broadcast NBA G League gameplay, and Twitch streamers will be allowed to participate, via a unique partnership with them.

 

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NBA G League Back on Twitch

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If you’re looking for more reasons to check out one of the endless amount of Twitch streams, look no further as the NBA G League is bringing real-life, live, professional basketball back to Twitch.

The NBAGLeague’s official channel on Twitch, stated the following about their renewed partnership with the popular streaming platform:

“Thanks to a new partnership, you can now watch and co-stream any NBA G League game that is streamed on Twitch on your very own Twitch channel! So bring your hot takes, play-by-play, stat breakdowns, and fan rants because it’s your chance to put your unique spin on the broadcasts”

The news means even more attention will be put on the Twitch marketplace, and one would assume that there may be interest in the future in leveraging Mixer streams as well, if there isn’t already talk of that occurring.

The focus on co-streaming is particularly interesting as it brings a new level of interaction to NBA G League action, and a way for fans, and other Twitch streamers, to get in on the action like never before via a new co-streaming element.

Per an official press release: “Co-streaming is a feature unique to Twitch which allows a streamer to share another channel’s video feed, but with their own commentary and community. The result is a more personalized social experience. If you’re a streamer and want to give co-streaming a try, you can find a commentary-free broadcast to use on your co-stream”

This could be, potentially, a big tool for Twitch streams featuring NBA G League content to get incredible exposure, and a way for the NBA to market G League action on other Twitch channels, and via other niches, such as IRL streams.

Furthermore, it presents a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on female streamers who have a passion for broadcasting, or sports commentary.

On the surface, it seems like a win win for all involved.

Everything kicked off, officially, on February 8th, but here is the remaining schedule of games.:

UPCOMING TWITCH SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET)

Saturday, Feb. 9 — 8:30 PM — Memphis Hustle vs. Texas Legends
Friday, Feb. 22 — 8 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, Feb. 23 — 8:30 PM — Iowa Wolves vs. Texas Legends
Friday, March 1 — 8 PM — Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, March 2 — 2 PM — Capital City Go-Go vs. Raptors 905
Friday, March 8 — 8:30 PM — Raptors 905 vs. Austin Spurs
Saturday, March 9 — 7 PM — Windy City Bulls vs. Greensboro Swarm
Friday, March 15 — 8:30 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Texas Legends
Saturday, March 16 — 7 PM — Erie BayHawks vs. Canton Charge
Friday, March 22— 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Saturday, March 23 — 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors

Viewers can watch the original broadcast at on the NBA G League’s official Twitch channel, or they can choose to watch Twitch Partners and Affiliates who are planning on co-streaming the NBA G League this year.

 

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