By: Lucas Kochevar
The coaches openings have been very frequent as several spots have opened and been filled. The following spots are the jobs available:
- New York Knicks
- Phoenix Suns
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Hornets
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Orlando Magic
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Toronto Raptors
This is a drastic increase in the number of openings compared to recent years. The most coveted job has to be the Bucks as they have the best player out of all these teams in the "Greek Freak" other wise known as Giannis Antetekoumpo. This Bucks job is a very intriguing one as they have all the pieces to be great, however, they were very underachieving. The Raptors are also a very interesting job as they were just the first seed in the East. The Raptors and Bucks are both rumored to have former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer as the top candidate.
The spots that have been filled include New York, who hired David Fizdale. The Hawks found their coach in Lloyd Pierce, Sixers assistant. The Grizzlies kept their interim coach, J.B. Bickersteiff. The Charlotte Hornets hired James Borrengo from the Spurs. The other openings are still the Suns and Magic. These jobs have interesting aspects, but they are just not very attractive with limited pieces.
By: Lucas Kochevar
The NBA Playoffs are on pace to start on Saturday with all the match-ups set up. The playoff schedule is all below in the photo and the anticipation is certainly there. Make sure that you tune in to ESPN, ABC, or TNT for the action!
A couple of big sporting events happened over the past couple of weeks. March Madness concluded for both the Men's and Women's tournaments. The Masters also went down is Augusta.
The women's tournament started as UCONN being the dominant team and likely favorite as they always are. The Uconn women did, in fact, dominate everyone. Including a beatdown of over 50 against SMU. Uconn did make it to the Final Four, where they faced off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game ended up going into overtime, where they won 91-89 because of a buzzer beater by Arike Ogunbowale. Ogunbowale scored 27, while her teammate Jackie Young poured in 32 points. Notre Dame went on to face Mississippi State, who beat Louisville in overtime. Once again Arike worked her magic and drained a buzzer beater cementing her legacy in Women's tournament history.
The men's tournament was a roller coaster ride with the usual upsets and Cinderella stories. Loyola Chicago and Michigan were two teams that no one realistically believed would make the Final Four, but they both clinched the trip. Michigan came out on top over the Ramblers. Loyola came out strong, but their luck ran out and Michigan turned it on to advance to the championship. On the other side of the bracket Villanova obliterated Kansas as they manged to break the record for most three-pointers in a Final Four game. The Wildcats advanced. Villanova faced off against the Wolverines and managed to control the game thanks to Donte Dimencizo. Donte came off the bench and immediately gave them a spark. He finished with 31 points, which is the most points by a bench player in championship game history.
Patrick Reed. A name that no one would have picked to win the Masters. However, he defied the odds and managed to win his first major. Reed managed to do fantastic on his first couple of rounds and he managed to fight off very good runs by Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, who got 2nd and 3rd respectively. Reed finished at -15. Other notable gofers include Tiger Woods, who finished +3, and Rory Mcllroy, who finished -9.
By: Lucas Kochevar
The Final Four is among us!
The March Madness is almost coming to an end and the field of 64 has been narrowed down to just four teams. This year has been everything the common sports fan could ask for with exhilarating games and breathtaking moments. The four teams are all very different and they each have their own story. The Final Four teams are the Michigan Wolverines, Kansas Jayhawks, Villanova Wildcats, and Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. First things first, let's take a dive into how each of these teams got into this position.
Michigan started off this tournament by facing Montana and they handled them accordingly, 61-47. The next round turned out to be the toughest game on their journey to the Final Four. The Wolverines played Houston and Houston was winning a majority of the game, but a freshman shooting guard named Jordan Poole heaved almost a half court buzzer-beater for the win. The next round was against Texas A&M. Michigan dismantled the Aggies, 99-72, and moved on to play Florida State, who was fresh off of a win over one-seeded Xavier. Michigan handled their business once again by beating Florida State and punching their ticket to San Antonio.
Michigan is going to be facing off against the Cinderella story of the year. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and Sister Jean. Sister Jean has been the symbol of this March Madness as its hard to read something about the tournament without her turning up once. The basketball, however, should be recognized for their fantastic games. The Ramblers overcame the odds as they have had to win their first two games off of buzzer-beaters. The first win was against Miami (FL) and the second win was against Tennessee. The third round was against Nevada. Loyola was winning the game for the most part, but a late Nevada push made it seem inevitable that they would fall, but they held on to win by one point. In their Final Four clinching game they played Kansas State and shot lights out and won their trip to San Antonio as well.
Villanova making the Final Four is not a huge surprise as they were ranked as a one seed for a reason. They were the best team coming into this year and they maintained that status throughout the year. Nova dominated their path to the championship by taking teams out like Radford, Alabama, and Texas Tech. The biggest challenge, however, came in the third round against West Virginia because of West Virginia’s nonstop defensive pressure. The WIldcats did overcome this and won the game easily in the second half.
Kansas making the Final Four is not a major surprise either as they are ranked as a one seed in their region. Kansas started their journey by taking out Penn with ease. In the next round they were pushed by Seton Hall, but they came out with a four point victory. The next round came down to some key plays also with Clemson pushing Kansas. The Jayhawks did end up winning by four again. The biggest, perhaps best game, in the tournament came when Kansas played Duke. The game was very back and forth with momentum swings for both teams, but it came down to Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, who scored 32, to make the difference. Newman single handedly carried the Jayhawks to the Final Four by scoring almost all of the points in overtime.
The Final Four is going down in San Antonio this Sunday with Loyola facing Michigan first. That game is going to be followed by Villanova and Kansas. This Final is shaping up to be one of the most exciting college basketball games off all-time as we have many stories and exciting players that will be on the big stage this weekend. Good luck to all the teams involved!
Michigan 75, Loyola-Chicago 69
Kansas 68, Villanova 63
Kansas 78, Michigan 66
By: Lucas Kochevar
Okay, to start off I am sorry for my long hiatus but I am here to stay now and I will be honest. I have taken a step back to really reflect on my accomplishments and what I want to do moving forward. I am in a state now that I am ready to hit the ground running. I am ready and I believe that I want to pursue basketball as my full time coverage sport. In due time, the Website will be completely revamped into a full on basketball website. Some questions might include
What about the other sports?
I will still cover the other sports but I plan on putting it into a miscellaneous category and it will be organized into a whole section
Why only basketball?
I have always liked basketball the most and lately I have found a true passion and love for the game and I want to pursue it full time as of right now.
What kind of basketball articles will there be?
I hope to touch on all different types such as player evaluations, team evaluations, opinion pieces.
This will be a change for the better as my heart will truly be in it. Basketball is my love and I cannot wait for this change as this will be a great transition. Thank You. The change will be known in the next couple of weeks. Can't wait to talk basketball with you guys.
After a Christmas break and vacation, we are back and I will catch everyone up on all the new from here on out starting with the NFL Playoffs to the College Football Championship. The Basketball will return. Wins and Wings, hopefully, can be back once I have a day off from my day job. The website should be functioning at full force. Make sure to tell all people that I am back and news will be coming back. Lets Go!
By: Lucas Kochevar
As many of you know, there has not been any activity on the site in a couple of days. Obviously, the podcast is behind but the audio was bad and echoed , which made it awful. The podcast will return this week. The Thanksgiving week has been my break for the year as there was not a lot of news. The next time off will most likely be Christmas, but I wanted to update the readers on my absence. Be sure to look out for the new articles in the next couple of weeks.
UPDATE: I have also been sick for over a week which I am now better so keep looking folks.
The LK Sports Talk Podcasts are back!! After a break the podcasts will return and it will be a special return as I present the podcast premiere for a series named Wins and Wings. The podcast is meant for a good, relaxing time as we should all just eat wings and talk about sports. The Wins and Wings podcasts is an NFL specific podcasts as I will be talking about the shield on a week to week basis. Hopefully, I can have guests on the podcasts including new editor Corbin Fricker. A DISCLAIMER THAT IS MADE VERY CLEAR IS THAT THERE ARE NO POLITICS ON MY PODCASTS. I believe that politics belong nowhere near sports so if there are any political things going on in the NFL you will not hear that here. I am strictly a football guy, not a politics guy. Please make sure that you check out Wins and Wings in the podcast section and check weekly.
By: Lucas Kochevar
The state of LK Sports Talk is at a pretty good point right now. It is hard to believe that I have been working on this website for a year and it has been a blessing for me. I have some scheduled articles like the Falcons recaps and the NBA Power Rankings. Any other articles are not scheduled like a 'Let Me Explain...' may or may not be there. The podcasts are still lacking due to the large production of them. They will be here and there, but i cannot promise any dates or anything like that. I still am doing the website alone with a few friends editing here and there. Some of the people know my opportunity. If you do not know, I am a sports editor/staff writer for my school website at The Lambert Post. This is where you can find the origin of my CFB Game of the Week. I just wanted to take the time to thank the readers and please, please make sure you share this website. I want to get the LK brand out there into the world. Thank You!!
By: Lucas Kochevar
This is my first actual video on the website as I do not have to upload anymore audio to Soundcloud. There are some errors and that is due to the fact that I have been trying to convert the file over to Movie Maker. I expect to have a much better product next time. I hope to get out episodes every Friday as I get a true schedule. All new episodes will be posted in the LK Sports Talk Podcasts section. On this episode of the LK Sports Talk Podcast, Lucas take an in-depth look at trade scenarios for Kyrie Irving, Falcons Training Camp, and more!! Make sure to share with your friends and help make the LK Brand grow.