The Oberlin Review

NBA MVP Vote Must Return to Players, Away from Press

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

November 3, 2017

Just over two weeks into the NBA season, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are already sure to face off in a championship rematch — their fourth straight Finals duel — and once again take all of the suspense out of the league. The 82-game season may not be exciting, but the MVP race has historically added drama to the regular season. Last year was one of the tightest MVP races in history. Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard all had MVP-worthy seasons, and Westbrook ultimately came away with the award after becoming the second player ever to average a triple-double over the course of a season. This year, the race is shaping up to be just as good, with the usual suspect...

Golden State of Mind

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

April 15, 2016

Wednesday night was one many fans of the Na­tional Basketball Associa­tion will never forget. Not only did the Gold­en State Warriors break the 1995–1996 Chicago Bulls’ regular season re­cord of 72 wins by defeat­ing the Memphis Grizzlies 125–104, but prolific point guard Stephen Curry broke his own single-season re­cord of made three-point­ers by tallying his 400th in the third quarter. Simul­taneously, iconic shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game as a Los Angeles Laker, marking the sixth time in his storied career that he has scored 60 or more points in a game. Fur­thermore, Bryant’s efforts helped the Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz 101–96, ef­fectively capping a tumul­tuous...

NBA in Golden Limbo

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

February 19, 2016

As another NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday, the NBA ros­ters officially cemented for the rest of the season. Bar­ring a few possible excep­tions, teams will remain virtually the same until af­ter the NBA Championship this summer, when trades become legal by league guidelines once more and teams look to bolster their talent and productivity for the upcoming season. In past years the trade dead­line has commonly been associated with blockbust­er deals in which franchise players are exchanged be­tween teams, usually to help fulfill championship aspirations or to serve as building blocks for future success. However, this deadline was devoid of any such transactions, a testament to both its insignificance...

Dawn of a Dynasty

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

December 4, 2015

The Golden State Warriors are legit. Starting the 2015–2016 NBA season on a record-breaking 20–0 run has not only validated their rank as former NBA champions but has also revealed the possibility of many more potential championships in future seasons. The Warriors currently rank first in the NBA in points per game and assists, as well as seventh in rebounding. Anyone with even the slightest basketball experience recognizes that this is quite the collection of accolades for any one team to have. The Warriors also have Stephen Curry’s sharp shooting skills in their arsenal. Curry, named the NBA’s 2014 and 2015 Most Valuable Player, is currently the league’s scoring leader, racking up nearly 32 points per...

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