Baseball legend, Ernie Banks, passed away Friday at the age of 83. Of course I never got the chance to see Ernie Banks play, but growing up, I've heard stories from my grandfather about Mr. Cub. Ernie Banks played 19 season in the MLB (1953-1971) all for the Cubs. He entered the league at the age of 22 and by 28 he was a back-to-back NL MVP recipient. Banks is also a member of the 500 HR club with 512 career long balls and a .274 career batting average. Banks was one of the golden boys for the MLB, well respected by everyone around the league and had a smile that could give a city hope. We send our condolences to the Cubs organization and the family of Mr. Ernie Banks. 


In the 2014 edition of Five Percenters, I ranked Klay Thompson as one of the top 5 shooting guards in the league. So far this season Klay is averaging 22 points, being a main contributor on the best team in Basketball right now. Friday night, Klay dropped 37 points in the third quarter, going 13-13 from the field, breaking Melo's and Iceman Gervin's record for most points in a quarter, which was 33. He finished with a cool 52 points, which is obviously a career high for him, shooting 64% from the field and 11-15 from the behind the arc. Don't forget about his 2 steals and 4 blocks. Some people argued my decision to put Klay top 5 SG, I wonder if they're still arguing. 


James Harden right now is the MVP. His team may be underachieving but you can't really blame him for that. I think he will continue to play at a MVP level for the remainder of the season but a MVP like playoff is what I want to see from Harden. 


(courtesy of ESPN.com)

(courtesy of ESPN.com)

The last time the Hawks lost, it was December 26 to the Milwaukee Bucks. The last time they had back-to-back losses, it was November 17-18. I'm still puzzled on how they are doing this and I have to admit, they might be legit. All I can say is, don't gas out come April. 

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