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Rebound & Rant: Victory Edition

Ken "K-Train" Crites

An early RotoWire contributor from the 90's, K-Train returns with the grace of Gheorghe Muresan and the wisdom of Joe Gibbs. Tweet him @KenCrites or e-mail him at Ken won the FSWA 2014 Humor Article Of The Year award. He's also the 2015-16 champion of the prestigious RW NBA Keeper League. Ken still owns a RotoNews shirt.

Thatís right, this is the VICTORY EDITION!!! Why, you ask? Iíll tell you why. Because RotoWireís Basketball Podcast has, for the second year in a row, won the Fantasy Sports Writerís Associationís award for ďBest Podcast, All/MultisportsĒ. Boom and Double-Boom!

Congrats to Nick Whalen, Alex Barutha, James Anderson, D.J. Trainor, Shannon McKeown and yours truly!

And yes, Soccer Czar Andrew Laird, Iím going to be obnoxious about it:

If you are not listening yet, itís time to do so NOW.

No Victory For Lopez
The Bulls lost to the Kings Monday, 104-98. Center Robin Lopez only saw 13 minutes, before apparently begging for the refs to throw him out of the game:

Come on, Robin, you were facing a hobbled Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos. This should have been a nice stat night for you, especially with Lauri Markkanen out. This isnít one of your silly mascot battles.

The guy who is winning in Chicago is power forward / boxer Bobby Portis. In the three games since Nikola Mirotic left the lineup, Portis has posted 12.0 points, 12.3 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.7 made threes. Sure, Markkanen missed those games too, but Portisí upside canít be ignored. If heís available, you gotta grab the 22-year-old.

Giannis Smells Victory
I donít have much fantasy insight regarding the Bucks, but I really want to show you this Greek Freak dunk:

Yes, he. Jumped. Over. Tim Hardaway Jr. That is nuts.

By now, youíve certainly noticed that Jabari Parker has returned. The Bucks are clearly bringing him back slow, as he averaged just 17 minutes per game in his first three games back. Considering he was out for essentially a full year with that knee injury, the gradual minutes are certainly understandable. With Malcolm Brogdon until late March, I expect Parker to start killing it in a few weeks. Now might be the time to try and buy low on him should inpatient owners be getting cranky over his gradual return.

Oh No Unicorn!
As if losing DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and Kevin Love wasnít crappy enough, now Kristaps Porzingis goes down. Ugh.

Does it strike you as odd that the Knicks traded Willy Hernangomez a day AFTER the Unicorn gets injured? Isnít this the time when the Knicks need more bigs, not fewer? This doesnít speak well for Hernangomez. Sure, he asked to get out of town when dropped from the rotation, but wouldnít 12-18 minutes a night quickly heal all wounds? Something else must be wrong with his game. Honestly, are you telling me Willyís defense is WORSE than Enes Kanterís? Maybe that is indeed true.

But who cares. What you really need to do is drop everything you are doing and scoop up Michael Beasley from your waiver wire. The Knicks are now officially awful and will give Beasley big minutes and plenty of shots from the four spot. Grab him now.

Well, thatís it for my Victory Edition. This fantasy train wreck has hit the END OF THE LINE! CHOO-CHOO!

(BTW, if you enjoy this little column, give our AWARD WINNING Friday NBA podcast a try, where I usually join Shannon McKeown and D.J. Trainor for some epic NBA conversations.)
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