When John Wall was playing college basketball, he was touted as the next big thing in the sport, the next big-time NBA star. He has perhaps not become LeBron James, but he has become an All Star in his own right, and he’s carried the Washington Wizards to the playoffs. However, he was recently sidelined for Game Two against the Atlanta Hawks, and it showed that Wizards just are not the same team without him. They fell in the game, tying the series at one game each.
LinkedIn reports that while it was perhaps not a blowout, it was a significant win, with the Hawks taking the game by 16 points. That’s a pretty big swing from the Wizards victory in Game One. If Wall is not able to come back quickly, it looks like this series could be all but over for the team.
This really shows one of the biggest problems in the NBA, which is that stars are able to carry teams to wins, but the teams may not be as good as they need to be around those stars. This works while the star in question is healthy and playing well, but it’s a disaster if he is ever injured.
The problems facing troubled Premier League outfit Newcastle United have intensified after main coaching target Steve McClaren turned down the chance to join the Magpies for the last three games of the season. The BBC reports the former England manager has reassured his employers at Derby County he will remain at the club for the start of next season. McClaren had been expected to leave Championship club Derby in favor of a return to the Premier League after a slump in form during the final weeks of the season saw his current charges miss out on a playoff spot after occupying positions in the top six for the majority of the season.
Newcastle have been dragged into a relegation fight after the departure of former manager and general Handy guy Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace at the end of 2014. Pardew’s former assistant John Carver has been placed in charge at St. James’ Park for the remainder of the season, but has seen his team lose eight games on the bounce and criticized his players publicly after their latest defeat. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been the subject of protests over his running of the historic club and his involvement with disgraced Scottish giants Rangers.