‘Overlord’ Review

The only thing worse than Hitler and a bunch of Nazis. Would be killing those said Nazis only to have them become zombies. Overlord was a ton of fun.

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A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.


This guy would give Two-Face a run for his money. Overlord is your classic B-Movie fun, with some actual A-Movie material. No one and I mean no one will tell you that during World War II people were having a good time. What history doesn’t want you to know is that the Germans were actually experimenting and trying to create the perfect soldier in the form of well a zombie. Okay, that part isn’t true, but this movie is a part zombie thriller, part revisionist war-drama and an all around gore slugfest. Sometimes you need to just check your brain off and enjoy an entertaining zombie war movie. But the thing is, as the movie progressed I started to like it more and more, and when it was finished I was kind of wanting more.

So when the film begins it wastes no time thrusting you into this world. We start on the eve of D-Day where Boyce (Jovan Adepo) and his fellow platoon are paratroopers who are about to be sent in to destroy a German radio tower. The US cannot advance any further until that radio tower has been destroyed, so when the plane is shot down and only a handful of soldiers survive, the task now seems next to impossible to pull off. The opening sequence of Overload was so impressive. It’s one of my favorite sequences of the entire year, and for such a small movie, director Julius Avery did a remarkable job. Surviving alongside Boyce is Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell), Chase (Iain De Caestecker) and Tibbet (John Magaro). Now one of the reasons I felt this movie worked so well was because I liked the cast. There are only a few people in this movie, so you really go on a journey with them, so if you dislike them, or they were poorly cast, I think it takes away from the experience. But they all have their quirks and traits, and I just thought they all worked really well. Along the way, they meet a young women Chole (Mathilde Ollivier) who helps them in their fight against the Germans. Now you can’t have a movie about killing Nazis without one badass one now, can you? That honor bestows upon Wafner (Pilou Asbaek) who people might recognize as Euron Greyjoy in that little tiny show called Game of Thrones. He’s the boss man in a little tiny village where Chole is keeping the US soldiers safe, but when Boyce stumbles upon a secret military lab and discovers that, well they be cooking up zombies, he needs to inform Corporal Ford. When he finds some sort of serum he takes it with him, not before reuniting with his pal Rosenfeld (Dominic Applewhite) who is hooked up to some sort of machine waiting to be experimented on. Also the entire time I could have sworn Dominic Applewhite was Timothy Chalmet, it’s uncanny how much they look alike. After a successful rescue, they head back to the village where well you guessed it, all hell breaks loose. One of the soldiers gets infected with the serum, Chole’s little brother gets kidnapped and now time is running out. Everyone’s arc is flushed out nicely, each getting their “moment” to shine, but Wyatt Russell and Adepo are the standouts. Obviously having Kurt Russell has your father is going to help you, but I’ve liked him ever since 22 Jump Street. If I had it my way, I would want Wyatt Russell to play Green Arrow in the DCEU.

Again being a smaller movie, I didn’t expect crazy over the top action set pieces, especially after the opening moments of the film. But the one thing that keeps you going is the intrigue to what is actually going on, and the banter and the back and forth between our heroes. That is what works so well in Overlord, and one of the reasons I think it is critically successful. But that being said, when the action does it, it hits hard. The ending is quite enjoyable, and it really keeps you on your toes. Yes, this is a B-Movie so things are going to cheesy, but it’s done in such a fantastic way, that I found myself not giving a crap. I was entertained the entire runtime of Overlord, and in certain moments I was thinking this movie is pretty damn cool. All the silliness and campiness that goes on is to be expected, but since there are such few characters and you really get invested into all of them, it’s easy to overlook that stuff.

If you like zombies, and you hate Nazis then this movie will be right up your alley, and it’s a boatload of fun.

Check ya later.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Overlord = 75/100

‘Toy Story 4’ Teaser Trailers

Only Pixar can incorporate an animated fork and make a billion dollars from it.

Woody must have gone to Canada because he looks high as a kite in the picture. The toys are back! Honestly who knew all the way back in 1997 when the first Toy Story dropped it would spawn 3 sequels and be a billion dollar franchise. Kind of crazy when you really think about it. Did we honestly think that 22 years later Woody and Buzz Lightyear would still be our lives?

So the first teaser is simply the toys enjoy life, holding hands, until they all realize that they are rejoicing with Forky. I’m not lying, the Forks name is Forky. Tony Hale will be providing the voice and it seems like a match made in heaven. It also brings up a ton of questions, like why is this Forky a toy? Is everything in the Toy Story universe alive? Will this be a cross over with Sausage Party? One thing is certain, this will tug on our heartstrings like no other. Apparently Tom Hanks couldn’t even function his last day doing voice work. So prepare to cry like a baby.

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Then we had the second trailer, which was far superior in my opinion Meet Ducky and Bunny, the new cool kids on the block. Voiced by the iconic duo of Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key, this trailer was hilarious and it seemed so far off brand from what we are used to in the Toy Story universe.

I have no idea what’s in store for our toys, but it appears they will be going on a road trip and will find out even more what it truly means to be a toy. Probably insanely heartfelt stuff going on and will have some emotional gut punches.

https://youtu.be/HxXY4dv3ILQ

‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer

We are all about to be Billy Madison. Sitting around with a bunch of children. This generations Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

When news broke that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the legend that is Pikachu, the world and myself really didn’t know how to react. But after watching the trailer and looking at this adorable picture, I can’t help but say I’m totally on board. Growing up Pokémon was a big part of my life, at one point in time I was one of the worlds best card players – probably, and I really fell in love with these characters. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to have a live adaptation of these beloved creatures.

I’m getting a vibe of Who Framed Roger Rabbit here, probably a little bit less dark, but they honestly couldn’t have picked a better person to voice Pikachu then good old Ryan Reynolds. But I’m so used to him playing Deadpool that I thought he was going to drop an F-bomb. This is going to be massive at the box-office. And if it turns out the movie is actually quite good as well, this could turn out to be a juggernaut. It looks like a lot of fun, and it was great seeing some of my old favourites again, mixing in some great jokes.

I will always have a soft spot for Pokémon, I’m sure a lot of people my age do. It was some what resurrected with Pokémon Go a few years ago, but this trailer just put a smile on my face maybe it’s because Reynolds was voicing the title character. I will for sure be there opening weekend, like I said this movie is going to be MASSIVE.

Here’s the trailer.

https://youtu.be/1roy4o4tqQM

‘Suspiria’ Review

This is a dark atmospheric journey, that will mess with your mind, body and soul. It did not help that I was totally stoned. Suspiria drags you to the depths of hell.

As darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.


So yes I got stoned for Suspiria. For someone who never does that, I felt to get the full experience of this film I needed to be a little under the influence. Boy, it did not disappoint. It’s legal here in the Great White North, so if you have a problem with that, take a hike!

But any who, Suspiria is a remake of the 1977 classic that was really genre defining when it was released. If you go back and watch the original you will notice the use of bright and vibrant colours and the use of colour is so highly regarded for that film, that going into the new version I expected the same. This movie is not at all like its predecessor when it comes to the colour scheme, rather I found the movie to be mostly dull. A lot of grey and beige, I guess it makes sense as this is 1970’s West Germany, but still to go from one extreme to another, probably through off a lot of fans in the process. I went into Suspiria with a open mind, I usually don’t go see movies like this, this is an art house film, with a ton of layers, symbolism and metaphors that are thrown into your face. After sleeping on it and really thinking hard about it today, I enjoyed Suspiria for what it is and if you don’t mind the run time of just over 2 hours and 30 minutes and enjoy the horror genre, I would recommend this movie for you.

I won’t go to deep into the plot or details of it because I don’t want to spoil anything, but like the original, it’s about a dance company that doubles as a breeding ground for Witches. We have Susie (Dakota Johnson) the new girl from Ohio, who sweeps the studio off their feet within seconds of her audition. Mainly her teacher Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), who is a world renowned dancer and someone the girls at the company greatly respect. They immediately form a close and unique bond, and just in a few short days, Susie is dancing in the lead role for the company. Now I mentioned that this dance company is run by witches, so when I mean dance, they are secretly performing rituals, because these witches need the perfect sacrifice in order to resurrect their master. So Susie befriends a few of the girls in her class, one girl in particular Sara (Mia Goth) who over time becomes suspicious to her surroundings and what might be going on behind the scenes. You see one girl has “gone missing” Patricia (Chole Grace Moretz) who has found compassion and friendship in an 80 year old psychotherapist Josef (Tilda Swinton). Throughout the movie I knew something was up with this old man, he didn’t look right, it wasn’t until after the movie I found out that Tilda plays the role. She’s playing two parts here. It really just threw me off because something didn’t look right. Whether it was the makeup or the mask she was wearing, it didn’t look great and it was taking me out of the movie completely. So when Patricia goes missing, Josef takes it upon himself to investigate which ultimately leads him to Sara. They discuss the possibility of the Madame’s being witches.

Speaking of witches and witchcraft. This is a horror movie and there is some extreme graphic nature throughout. Without giving it away, there’s a scene which involves a room full of mirrors and some torture that well is the energize bunny because it just keeps going and going. Remember that Simpson’s episode, “Stop! Stop it! He’s already dead!” – yeah this is the equivalent to that. After about 30 seconds I was like this poor girl has had enough, 3 minutes later, I was telling myself – WHY IS THIS STILL HAPPENING? Without doubt the scene that will be stuck in my head for a long time and it’s the scene you will remember most when walking away from this movie. That was the highlight of the film for me, because the rest of the movie is so overstuffed and filled with fluff. It was hard to keep track of what was really going on, who was who and what these witches were even doing in West Germany to begin with. There is zero and I mean zero backstory or even acknowledgment of where they came from or how long they have been here, and I found that to be annoying. This movie is so long, and the fact they didn’t even decide to address that tells me the director Luca Guadagnino who is coming off Call Me By Your Name maybe bit off more than he could chew with Suspiria. It’s just so congested and at times confusing and I just think a few seconds to explain itself could have done wonders for the overall product.

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Dakota Johnson, but I must say, she impressed me here. I throughly enjoyed her overall performance in Suspiria, and I almost feel like she was the perfect choice for this role. Her quiet demeanour, and the way she moves and her body language really spoke volumes to me. She honestly kind of saved the movie from being a complete and utter train wreck. Her chemistry with Tilda Swinton is also great, she is another standout among the cast. Although I found it totally unnecessary that she play the role of Josef, for the reasons I mentioned above. The performances are certainly not the downfall to Suspiria. Pacing issues, bloated-ness and overall a lack of structure in the film making are the reasons this movie just isn’t as a whole, very good. Yes, there are some great moments of horror and fear to be had, some intense and gruesome deaths, but I expect that in a horror movie. What I want and what needs to happen in order for that genre to be successful is a well put together film. That isn’t achieved here with Suspiria, and I found myself lost for the most part.

All things considered, I’m happy I saw it. I went outside my comfort zone with this one and I believe some people will love it. But for the average movie-goer, this will not be their cup of tea. There’s also one witch that looks identical to Tina from Bobs Burgers, so maybe this is some sort of prequel or something, I dunno.

Check ya later

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Suspiria = 60/100

Toronto Raptors Team Preview

Going to be a fun ride. Don’t even think about next year. Enjoy Kawhi Leonard.

Last Seasons Record – 59-23

This Seasons Record – 65-17

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Kawhi Leonard is worth six more wins, right? He has to be. Yes, this is a little late, but writing over 20,000 words for the NBA season takes time. The Raptors are flying out of the gate. They are off to the best start in franchise history with a 6-0 record. Not only does this team have a new life, but everyone is playing what appears to be on another level. Lowry, JV, and Siakim have all improved in the offseason yet again. Lowry is leading the league in assists per game or was after their last contest. Kyle Lowry, leading the league in that category, are you kidding me? When the trade happened everyone was head over heels about Kawhi coming to Toronto and rightfully so. But the guy who has figured out time travel, and one of the biggest key factors in their success is Danny Green. He is playing at such a high level right now, and his basketball IQ, which is through the roof is making things really easy on the offensive end for our guys. This team is truly going to have a special season, and we all need not worry about what next year holds, but just enjoy this fabulous ride this team is going to provide us for the next 7 months.

Key Additions and Subtractions 

Imagine being in a relationship with someone who was so good to you, who improved yearly and then you wake up one day and it’s over. What happened with DeMar DeRozan in the summer was a bummer. But sports is a business and the organization saw an opportunity and went for it. You have to do these things in sports, you must make difficult decisions. Trading away DeMar and getting Kawhi Leonard in return is a once in a lifetime thing. Jakob Poeltl went to San Antonio with DeMar and Danny Green came alongside Kawhi. So far the trade has worked out well for both teams and I couldn’t be happier. DeMar is killing it with the Spurs right now, and yet again has improved in the offseason and is out for blood this year. It just makes me happy seeing him be successful, but that was a no-brainer. He went to one of the best franchises in all of the sports and is learning day in and day out from Greg Popovich. Other than that, the Raptors didn’t make any moves. They resigned Fred VanVleet and they know that they are chalked full of young talent and are primed to make a move in the East with LeBron James now out West.

Year Long Question – How good can Pascal Siakim become?

When it’s the offseason in the NBA, every player heads to Los Angeles. Or at least it seems like that. Siakim was one of those guys. He was seen playing pick-up ball with some of the best players in the world this summer. I have insanely high expectations for him this year. The NBA is kind of built for him now, he can be the perfect stretch 4 or even the stretch 5. He has been working on his shooting since he came into the league and thrives off those corner threes. But his ball handling is getting better and he is able to get to the rim at a really efficient rate. I think that in order for the Raptors to truly reach the goals they want to reach, a lot of that is going to fall on the shoulders of Pascal. If he continues to develop and improve this season, not only will it be great for the Raps, but I think he could be in the running for the Most Improved Player Award.

Fan Mindset

This is just not the city of Toronto celebrating, but the entire country. Yes, no one actually died, but after 15 years LeBron James has finally moved to the Western Conference. The ultimate Raptors killer. The man responsible for us being eliminated year after year in the playoffs. So when we all heard the news that he was taking his talents to LA and was going to be playing for the Lakers, well Raptor fans everywhere rejoiced in song and dance. He’s gone, baby! We can finally rest easy at night knowing that we don’t have to run into him come playoff time. This team should fear no one in the Eastern Conference, and it really is theirs for the taking. I know when LeBron signed with the Lakers, my mind immediately went to the thought that the Raptors are now primed to make the NBA Finals.

Bold Predictions, Sponsored By Nate – The Raptors win the most games in the league this season.

Maybe it’s because I’m a week late in doing this, but the Raptors are one of the two last remaining undefeated teams in the NBA. Actually, the other team is the Bucks who they play Monday night. They are playing such terrific basketball right now and doing it in a fun and meaningful way. Everyone is getting their shots, and when we need a bucket, someone is stepping up. We have won games with a depleted bench, and we are scoring more than 110 points per game. This team will thrive on defence as the season continues I believe, but right now we are simply outscoring teams. I think the Raptors will win 65 games and finish with the best record in the NBA. That could bode well if they make it to the finals for home court. I’m already so excited like Jessie Spano excited.

Utah Jazz Team Preview

Last Seasons Record 48-34

Thus Seasons Record 48-34

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How about this guy? Perhaps the real rookie of the year, but that is beside the point. When you lose your franchise player only to stumble onto something and someone truly special, it really feels like a miracle. Last year was kind of a rollercoaster for the Jazz. They came out the gate staggering but really found their true form around the midway of the year. They even won a playoff series against the Thunder. A team with two top 20 NBA players. Donovan Mitchell took the NBA by storm last season, and the Jazz and their fans are hoping he is in fact, the real deal.

Key Additions and Subtractions 

The Jazz didn’t get a serious makeover this offseason, why would they? They went to the playoffs and drafted a potential superstar in the making. However, they did draft Grayson Allen, the Duke standout. He wants to make an impact on the league. He doesn’t want to become another bust. He has some of the right tools to really help a team but will need to become stronger and a better defender. I’m excited to see what kind of player he can become. Will he be JJ Redick or will become the next Jimmer Fredette? Only time will tell, but it should be an enjoyable ride. Dante Exum will next to take a leap this season and Joe Ingles if this team wants to build off last years success. If those two guys can step up, this team could make some serious noise. They should be one of the better defensive teams in the NBA.

Year Long Question –  How good can they be defensively? 

Rudy Gobert is coming off the defensive player of the year award and he wants another. This Jazz team prides itself on defensive and that is due to their head coach. They are chalked full of great defensive players and will need that all year round if they want to be a top tier team in the West. If they can try to hold teams to around 97-102 points per game, this team could do great things. They have enough firepower offensively that they can play with the best of them.

Fan Mindset

I know that last year Donovan Mitchell set the NBA world on fire last season, but in my opinon, he isn’t the most important player on the Jazz. That honour belongs to the Spanish Samauri Ricky Rubio. That’s right, ever since he has come over to the Jazz he has really turned it around. Ricky is a fantastic defender and distributes the ball better than almost anyone in the NBA. This team struggled last year when Ricky wasn’t in the lineup. He’s super important to getting everyone else involved and like I mentioned he isn’t a defensive liability on the court. He’s matured so much the last few seasons and has really figured out his identity in this league. If he goes down, expect fans to react the same way Cuba Gooding JR did in this iconic scene. I hope you don’t have to go through that painful experience.

Bold Prediction, Sponsored By Nate – Quinn Snyder wins Coach of The Year

He was on the brink of winning this award last season. He is a great young minded coach in this league. The Jazz are on the rise and if they keep improving and winning games, I don’t see why this award isn’t his for the taking this season. Now they would have to win more games this year than last and potentially get into that 3rd seed. That could be tough work, Denver looks like they are on a new level this year, and you can’t count out the Spurs. But it’s called bold prediction for a reason. This should be another fun season for Jazz fans, and I’m curious to see the development of Mitchell.

San Antonio Spurs Team Preview

Dark horse MVP?

Last Seasons Record – 47-35

This Seasons Record – 52 -30

What a whirlwind the off-season was for these Spurs. In fact, the last few years have been not rough, but, emotional. For two decades we watched Tim Duncan dominate the NBA, be the face of this franchise and become one of the best 10 players of all time. We thought he was passing the torch to Kawhi Leonard. The finals MVP, we all thought this was a for sure thing. Kawhi was the prototypical Spur. Well a lot can happen in a single season. The Spurs that we knew are no more, and they traded Kawhi away for a pretty damn good basketball player. This is going to be so weird for fans.

Key Additions and Subtractions.

Unless you were living under a rock, you know, as I just mentioned that Kawhi Leonard is now a Toronto Raptor. Danny Green is also a Raptor and Tony Parker decided to take his talents to Charlotte. Manu Ginobili decided that he was done with basketball all together and retired. That is an INSANE offseason. That is so much lost, so much leadership and culture gone from this franchise. They got back DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl, both grey players, but I don’t know if it’s enough to fill that empty void. Not because they aren’t good enough, but unless they got LeBron, no other player is capable of making up for this much loss. So this is going to be a whole new ball game with the Spurs, but if there’s one man for the job it’s coach Pop.

Year Long Question – Can DeRozan reinvent himself?

Being a life long Raptors fan, I will miss DeRozan, but we got Kawhi for him. So I can’t be that upset. That being said, he is a terrific ball player. He has gotten better every single season he has played. This year will be no different. With a new coach and a new system I’ve curious to see how he does. I think he will become more pass happy and really thrive off cutting to the basket. Coach Pop won’t always rely on him and lean on him for late game buckets. That showed the other night in LA. So if he can reinvent his game a bit, become more efficient, there’s no telling how much he can accomplish this year. If the Spurs have a magical season and perhaps get a top 3 seed, DeMar could be in the running for MVP. At least that’s what I think.

Fan Mindset.

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Like I mentioned, the house was cleared this offseason, but they brought in a stud with DeRozan. Coach Pop knows the way of the force, he knows how to be a winner and he knows how to mould and shape a player. So he’s Yoda, and DeMar is a young Luke. He knows he has these powers, but he’s never had the proper teacher. This could be a great marriage and fans want that to be the case. This team had won 50 games for almost 20 straight years, all they know is winning. They aren’t ready to give this all up, and how can you blame them? They have been NBA royalty for so many years and every franchise wants what they have. Yes they have 5 rings, but it’s the consistency that is so damn impressive. So don’t think Pop is going to sit back and just let this team die. He’s got to much pride and he’s to damn smart. When Luke figured out how to use to the force, he became the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy. Can the same be said for DeRozan? Can’t wait to find out.

Bold Prediction, Sponsored By Nate – Spurs are a top 4 seed.

I know above I only have them winning 52 games. But this is the bold prediction section so it’s different. Look this is the Spurs. They won 47 games last year and Kawhi played in 9 of them. I repeat he played in 9 games and he wasn’t even fully healthy. They are good no matter what. They have unreal systems and schemes and DeRozan led Toronto to a lot of wins. If no one else gets hurt, this Spurs team can easily sneak into that 4th seed.

Sacramento Kings Team Preview

At least Fox is looking good!

Last Seasons Record – 27-55

This Seasons Record – 32-50

Good old Sacramento. The place we’re dreams and careers usually go to die. I’m kidding Kings fans, but it feels like 50 years since this team has been relevant. The biggest what if franchise, arguably should have won 2 titles, at least one for sure. But that’s all in the past and this team is looking to build a strong and bright future. De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley are great pieces to work off of, the only question is. Can they keep these two guys happy enough to make them stick around. Winning and a sense of direction need to occur in order for that to become a reality. De’Aaron Fox who I dubbed “Lefty Westy” is off to a great start. He really could be a special player and he is the reason why I am tuning in to Kings games. He needs to become a player, because he’s the reason the Kings passed on Doncic in the draft.

Key Additions and Subtractions.

Much like every single season, the Kings went through some roster changes in the offseason. It’s the MO, it’s what they do best. Guys don’t really want to stay there. I’m sorry but most players these days want to be around a winning culture. Vince Carter parted ways just after one season. They added rookie stand out Marvin Bagley, Yogi Ferrell and Ben McLemore is back to where it all began. A younger team with some serious upside. They just need certain guys like Skal and Buddy Hield to take that next step.

Year Long Question – Can Harry Giles figure it out?

The kid went to Duke. He was a first round draft pick. All the pieces were in place for him to become a productive NBA player. That really hasn’t happened yet, but that was due to injuries and lack of play. Things could be turning around for Giles and if that happens, all sorts of doors could open up for the Sacramento Kings. They need this, they need this guy to become a stud. They need to almost start getting lucky. They won’t be signing any big name free agents, because like I said. Big time free agents want to go to a culture of winning and with the prospect of winning a ring. That won’t be the case in Sacramento for a long time. But building through the draft and hitting on picks is the first step in the right direction.

Fan Mindset.

https://youtu.be/MROilVRwQAI

You’re watching old memories. Memories you don’t think anyone has lived. How could someone have lived them. Most people only know the Kings to be, well the Kings. So when you find out that someone has in fact lived these memories…..GODDAMMIT!

So here’s the thing. The Kings might have one of the worst records in the league. But guess what? They don’t get a first round draft pick this year. If it’s the first overall pick it goes to Philly. Anything after that, it goes to Boston. The rich get richer and well Sacramento is just shit out of luck. I don’t want that to happen, I want the Kings to get around the 6th pick this year. It would be awful to see the Celtics get the 2nd overall pick and end up with Zion on their team. But that must be frustrating. That’s why I picked this scene. Kings fans probably go home and watch old YouTube clips of the good old days. Mike Bibby, Chris Weber, times when the NBA used to fear them. So this is their reaction, when they find out this horrible god awful news.

Bold Prediction, Sponsored By Nate – They will win more games than last year

For a team like the Kings, it’s really difficult to go bold. What do I go bold about? They are just a below average franchise who are lacking any kind of star power, for now. So my prediction is, the Kings won’t be as bad as they were last season. In fact, they will won more games. Please, for the love of god, win more games. Do we really need the Celtics getting better? Everyone hates them already, that’s the last thing we need. So Kings, it’s time, time to restore a little faith in your fans. Win some games!

Portland Trailblazers Team Preview

Evan Turner is the Instagram MVP

Last Seasons Record 49-33

This Seasons Record 48-34

The quiet team in the NBA. Portland, who no one really pays attention too. They might as well be Canadian. They go about their business, no one ever thinks they’re a threat, but low and behold they end up in the playoffs every single year. Yes last year they got their butt kicks and eventually swept, but hey, making it is more than 15 other teams can say. They still have one of the best backcourt dips in the entire league and want to continue to build on that. But I think there’s a trade looming in the future. One of those players could be heading to Hollywood…

Key Additions and Subtractions

The Blazers really wanted Carmelo Anthony to come to Portland, but ultimately that didn’t happen. Instead they had to settle for Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry! All jokes aside, both are great outside shooters and the way the league is going, if you don’t have outside shooting you really don’t stand a chance. So they should help, and Stauskas actually torched the Lakers and was a big spark for them off the the bench. They lost their big man Ed Davis, who really found a home in Portland and turned his career around. That will be a big loss, but other than that, not much else happened with this team. They are built on the backs of their guards and will continue to do so until they can either sign a free agent or make a trade. This team will be competitive for years to come, so building in the draft can prove to be difficult.

Year Long Question – Can Nurkic continue to grow?

Everyone knows just how good Denver’s big man is. Jokic is ripping up the NBA. It was only a few short seasons ago that I was getting these two players mixed up. Well one has vastly surpassed the other, but that doesn’t mean Nurkic can’t improve his game. If Portland wants to take another leap and finish as the 3 seed again, they will need to develop into a strong and reliable NBA big man. Work on his passing abilities and become the player Portland wants him to be. There are so many similarities between his game and Jokers so it makes sense to compare the two. Denver is off to a hot start because of their big man and he’s helping them make a name for themselves early in the season. If Nurkic can have that fuel him, then it could be a great thing for this franchise.

Fan Mindset.

https://youtu.be/YcbZKza_zUg

Sometimes they just feel invisible, like a ghost. Portland just wants to be loved. They just want to be respected. And most of all, they just want to be recognized. They were the 3rd seed in the Western Conference last season. They won 49 games. Yet, it appears that everyone has already written them off completely and that they probably will struggle to make the post season. This is all fine and dandy, the West did get better. LeBron James came over, but one thing this franchise does well is consistency. Lillard and CJ are capable of taking this team to the playoffs again. They are both remarkable players. This team and their fans just want the NBA to give them some credit, and maybe talk about them, just a little bit.

Bold Prediction, Sponsored By Nate – Dame get traded to the Lakers

Everything might be going swell in Portland, but it might not be going according to plan over in La La Land. That being said, Magic Johnson and LeBron won’t be having any of that. So with that being said, they might eye Dame for a blockbuster move. How would you feel to have Lonzo Ball be apart of this roster? I think he will be the first one off the chopping block. It would be so weird to see them do this, that would be 3 of their lottery picks gone. But Dame could be the side kick that LeBron needs in LA.

Phoenix Suns Team Preview

Last Seasons Record – 21-61

This Seasons Record – 27- 55

Remember Charles Barkley’s epic and hilarious rant about the Phoenix Suns? Go YouTube it if you don’t know what I’m talking about. A former member of the Suns he’s just upset about where the franchise has gone. And considers you fans the best in the world. But a lot has changed since then and these Phoenix Suns are slowly but surely on the rise.

Key Additions and Subtractions.

Everyone knows that the Suns got the prize possession in the draft. DeAndre Ayton, the new Shaq has officially had his coming out party. He’s going to be really special and it will help this organization reach the playoffs once again, just not right now. Trevor Ariza, Jamal Crawford and Ryan Anderson all joined the Suns in the off-season. Some via trade while Crawford decided to sign with them right before the season began. In that trade they lost the human body bag that was Brandon Knight and lottery pick from just a few years ago Marquese Chriss. They are built a little differently and Ariza could bring some much needed defensive help and together with Crawford should provide some much needed veteran leadership. Things won’t get much better this season, but you gotta start somewhere and they have fantastic young pieces to build around.

Year Long Question – Can Josh Jackson stay consistent?

The 4th overall pick just a year ago had an up and down rookie season. I guess that happens for most NBA rookies, but he had a particular hard time being consistent. He showed great flashes and that’s exactly why the Suns drafted him where they did. In order for this team to continue growing and continue achieving new heights he will need to figure out where he belongs. Devin Booker and now Ayton will be the cornerstones of this franchise, but we all know you need more than 2 stars to win in this league. Josh Jackson can be that guy, he just needs to put in the work. Overall he needs to up his rebounding numbers and be able to pour in about 15-17 points a night. Can he do it? The Suns are notorious for sending lottery picks away, I wouldn’t be shocked if he plays bad this season if it could be his last in a Suns uniform.

Fan Mindset

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That’s right. I picked one of the most famous quotes of all time. It’s true. This past year and getting Ayton is just one small step for this organization. Keeping him around and building around Ayton and Booker will be one giant leap for this franchise and it’s fans. Phoenix wants nothing more than to cheer for a good team, hell a competitive team. It’s been a while since that has happened, we all miss the days of Steve Nash running up and down the court and shooting within 7 seconds or less. But those days are long gone. Devin Booker and Ayton can be a formidable duo in this league and Booker has already proven he is one of the best scorers in the league. He dropped 70 points last season and he could have gotten more. Ayton is already turning heads. Now let’s hope it’s not fake, some people think the Moon Landing was fake. Don’t fake out your fans, don’t get their hopes up only to crush and demolish their dreams. They deserve better than that.

Bold Prediction, Sponsored By Nate – Devin Booker goes for 60 plus.

What a heat check guy he is. He can get hot and when he does, look out. 70 seemed like it was nothing for this kid and I think he wants to try and reach it again. February 2nd against Atlanta. I’m calling it now. Booker will go for 67 points. If this actually happens, much like you readers, I’ll be scared too.