The Bachelor: Top 3 at the Halfway Point

So we are about halfway through this season of the Bachelor. Although Arie is unbearable at times, there are still great women that this goon can pick from. Arie is hardly an upgrade to Nick, and it just isn’t that hard to be better than that guy. After long hours of thinking and analysis, I’m able to confidently reveal my top three women this season. My number one choice was easy from the beginning, but the two to round out my top picks took some thought. Let’s get right into it.

Seinne The Bachelor

1. Seinne – This girl is absolutely amazing. She is the obvious standout of the group. I fell in love with her on the one-on-one date. She’s absolutely stunning, while also appearing to be the most down to earth. To be honest, I don’t want Arie to pick her because she deserves so much better. I’m going to name two other favorites, but they just don’t compare to this girl. I probably wouldn’t be watching this season without her. This girl rivals my all-time favorite from Nick’s season, Kristina Schulman, and I never thought that would be possible. So Seinne, if you ever see this (not a chance in hell you will), please give me a shot. I’m not kidding everyone, I want this girl to meet my mom.

Lauren B The Bachelor

2. Lauren B – Again, I have to emphasize, Seinne is the frontrunner, and it’s not close. However, there are other women who are also great and they, unfortunately, don’t have the choice but to be compared. So let’s talk about Lauren. It doesn’t take much time to realize how gorgeous she is. Based on Arie’s history after being on the Bachelorette, I believe that Lauren B is his type. She has moments where she says some cringe-worthy stuff, but it’s easy to look past it during her conversations with Arie. She would just be a solid choice and I can see it. She was close to falling into my third spot, but the more I see her, the more I like her.

Tia The Bachelor1

3. Tia – This girl is very easy to like. She’s all-around pretty great. Similarly to Lauren B, she can say some things that I just don’t like. She had a pretty nice one-one-one date with Arie, but she didn’t stand out enough for me to put her at second. If a girl isn’t able to wow you in their own one-on-one, then it can be hard to make them a favorite. However, I liked Tia from the beginning so she already made her impression on me, and it was good enough to make her top three. She has a southern accent, which for me doesn’t change her ranking. But if you’re into that, this girl is for you.

I don’t see my favorites changing anytime soon. Seinne really couldn’t do anything to change my mind, while the other two are just better than the rest after them. The only thing I can do now is hope Seinne is not chosen and becomes the next Bachelorette. So there you have it. Arie should either pick Lauren or Tia, and also make the show more watchable by sending home Krystal ASAP.




What are the Hornets doing?

Apparently, the Charlotte Hornets are looking for a trade partner for Kemba Walker, and it makes no goddamn sense to me. The Hornets need to rebuild, having no shot to make the playoffs anytime soon. But trading Walker just doesn’t seem like a good move, as he isn’t even making that much compared to the other bums on the team. Walker’s contract is $12 million a year for this year and the next. This makes him the SIXTH highest paid player on the Hornets. Dwight Howard, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Cody Zeller are all above Walker on the payroll. The Hornets are not only trading away their best player, but also their best contract. Walker is perhaps the only bright spot in the entire Charlotte Hornets organization, and from what I’ve seen, the return for him might not be so good. The top contenders in the league right now simply don’t need a point guard. The Hornets have shown interest in a trade with the Knicks, but the Hornets are also looking to shed a bad contract along with Walker. The contracts above Walker are absolutely awful, but Walker is a steal. A player in his prime for only $12 million a year, averaging nearly 22 ppg and 6 apg is a no-brainer for any team, except the dumbass Hornets. So to all the teams in the league: take advantage of Charlotte immediately and go get Kemba Walker and take one of those bad contracts. It’s completely worth it. I can’t bring myself to understand what is going on with the Hornets. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Hornets have had 6 lottery picks since Michael Jordan became the owner. Walker is the only one to be an all-star. The Hornets’ front office is clearly a joke and every team should be taking advantage of their stupidity. Nothing in return for Kemba Walker will make the team better than what it is. Charlotte is destined to go from bad to shitty, and they seem more than happy to just let that happen. Besides the Pacers stealing Oladipo and Sabonis from the Thunder, this could be one of the biggest steals for a team that I can remember. I hope to see Walker land with a team in either conference who is in the bottom half of the playoff picture to make a first-round series more interesting, and I hope to see the Hornets become even worse over the next few years due to their ridiculous decisions.

Should the Lakers even want Paul George?

Free agency 2018 could potentially mark the beginning of a new era in Los Angeles. With expiring contracts and the availability of big-name players this summer, the Lakers have the opportunity to become a playoff team. While there are plenty of options, Paul George seems to be the fan favorite in LA to come home and play alongside the young core of the Lakers. But should the Lakers want Paul George?

First of all, let’s talk about who can’t be signed to new contracts for the Lakers for this summer to be a success. Brook Lopez, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Corey Brewer. These 3 combine for nearly $50 million in the last year of their current contracts. None of these guys deserve the money they are making now and are not essential for the Lakers that are clearly building for the future. Julius Randle, who has been in trade rumors for what seems like forever, is on the last year of his contract, making about $4 million. However, Randle is only 23, and he will have a solid career as a power forward in the NBA. The Lakers need to seriously consider trying to keep him around.

Now, this is where the other options come in to play for the Lakers. There are two players that I see fitting in best with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Julius Randle. Those players are none other than Demarcus Cousins and Avery Bradley. But why pursue Avery Bradley and not Paul George? The answer to this is simple. The Lakers are arguably always the center of attention in the NBA media. I can already imagine all of the stories and articles regarding the tension between Paul George and Demarcus Cousins. I just don’t see these two working well together. If George plays for his hometown Lakers, he will want to be the leader, and to be honest, I wouldn’t blame him. I don’t see Cousins taking the backseat to Paul George.

Avery Bradley and Demarcus Cousins just make sense to me. Lonzo and Cousins seem like the perfect match. Lonzo will create on offense and Cousins will feed off of it like we’ve never seen from him before. Bradley, a great defender and good scorer, will also fit in naturally. If they can keep Randle, I like the potential that the Lakers would have, while also being a strong team in the bottom half of the playoff picture in the West. But no matter what happens, the Lakers cannot mess up this summer. The money they have available can be spent poorly in free agency. We see it all the time, teams overpaying players is the trend. The Lakers need to be aggressive with the better free agents and make something happen. There is only one name that could POTENTIALLY (I’m not sure I see this) complicate things for the Lakers: LeBron James. If he shows any interest in the Lakers, they don’t have any other reasonable option other than making it happen.

Time to Eliminate NBA All-Star Fan Voting.

With the new vote count among Eastern Conference guards, it has become clear that fan voting has turned into a popularity contest. I could go on and talk about why Ben Simmons isn’t a top 3 guard in the East, but I’m going to dismiss that for now. Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas are actually in the top 10. Yes, I already checked if you were wondering, this is indeed the voting for this year. Dwyane Wade, who doesn’t start, and Isaiah Thomas, who has played 3 games, are ahead of Bradley Beal. I honestly don’t give a shit about Bradley Beal, but he sure as hell deserves to be in the all-star game above those two, as he averages almost 24 ppg. Unfortunately, most of the fan voting occurs on social media, which allows people to simply retweet to vote for undeserving players. Obviously, there are more Cavs fans due to LeBron James and their recent dominance of the Eastern Conference than there are fans of Bradley Beal.

The fans have officially made a joke out of what it means to be an all-star in the NBA. Luckily, fan vote does not solely determine who makes the all-star game. There is plenty wrong with the current vote count, and if this is any reflection of who ends up making it, things are going to get bad for the NBA. It’s time for the NBA to realize fans can’t even handle the ability to vote for players that deserve all-star status.

And also, if you think Ben Simmons is a top 3 guard in the East, please seek help.