“Larry Bird 2.0”: Former NBA Star Lauds Luka Doncic and His Pure Talent in the Modern Game

The 2019/20 NBA season saw the rise of a phenomenon in Luka Doncic. The 21-year-old had a spectacular rookie season last year, but he competed in the playoffs for the first time this season and was nothing short of brilliant. Luka’s notable performances in his first two years with the Dallas Mavericks are already earning him comparisons with greats like Larry Bird and Pete Maravich! 

The Mavs have been incredibly boosted by the signing of Luka Doncic. Fitting into the NBA proved to be a seamless transition as Luka’s already proved his talents in Europe. He won the EuroLeague title and the MVP award in 2018. 

His flair for passing, supported by a dominant shooting hand, makes him unguardable on the court. Luka has earned plenty of reverence from his head coach Rick Carlisle, who expects him to come back stronger next season just like how the legends did it. 

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Para-badminton star Manasi Joshi using blade in preparation for Tokyo 2020

Manasi Joshi won gold at the 2019 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel ©@joshimanasi11

Reigning world para-badminton champion Manasi Joshi is using the prolonged spell of no competitive action to master a new blade.

India’s Joshi had to have her left leg amputated following a road accident in 2011, but is now gearing up for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo where para-badminton will make its debut.  

The Games was scheduled to take place this summer only to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, speaking to The Times of India, Joshi is looking to make the most of the situation by getting used to a prosthetic leg designed for Para-athletes.

The 31-year-old, who won gold at the 2019 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel, has been walking with the blade and hopes to be able to start running later this month.

“Running was part of my daily schedule before I met with an accident,” Joshi said.

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Freeport’s greatest basketball players No. 10: Brian Hildebrand ’ahead of his time’ – Sports – Rockford Register Star

Elwanda Tulloch

Thirty years ago, most 6-foot-7 small-town basketball players stayed in the paint.

Not Orangeville’s Brian Hildebrand.

“He was ahead of his time,” former Orangeville coach Brian Benning said. “He was so versatile with his range. That’s what caught the eye of the college scouts. He was silky smooth with the most beautiful shot you could ever envision. Just a beautiful textbook jump shot.

“He had great range and great touch around the basket as well as medium range and long range. We didn’t have him shoot many long-rangers. We didn’t need to, but, boy, he could.

“He could do pretty much everything, and he could do it very well. That was really uncommon for someone his size back in the late 1980s and early 90s. He was a pioneer. He would fit in today’s game even better than he did back then. His game traveled well. He could play inside,

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