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Old Computer TypewriterHi, my name is John Ventola and thanks for visiting my new JV Sport Shots Blog Website. While majoring in journalism in college (LSU), I covered high school sports and college basketball and baseball as a correspondent for The Morning Advocate. A native of south Louisiana, famous athletes like Bob Pettit, Jimmy Taylor, Billy Cannon, Pete Maravich, Ben McDonald and many others left their marks forever in my sports memory bank and changed the Louisiana Sportscape.Although my professional life took a different route and my intended career as a sportswriter never materialized, my true love of sports never wavered. I learned to look at and see more than what was on the surface of an athletic event. Strategy, injury, “team chemistry”, coaching, bad fortune, good bounces, and a myriad of other factors can all play a part in a game. In JV Sport Shots I intend to point out and talk about those factors, the “little things” that makes sports watching a national pastime.Today’s athletes, either professional or amateur (college and high school), are so well trained and coached that there is a slim margin of error between winning and losing. That fact alone keeps everyone attending games, keeps everyone with the “this could be our game/season” attitude. Sure makes the week or following day more tolerable when the game goes in the W column for one’s team.As my dad jokingly ingrained in me: “When you win, everyone loves you. When you lose, only your mother loves you”.

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LSU Needs Strong Conference Showing To Keep Momentum

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Jones Rebuilding Of Program Picking Up Speed

By John Ventola

Kentucky continues to rule Southeastern Conference basketball as Coach John Calipari seemingly recruits at least four or five prep All-Americans annually. Except for a two year national championship run by Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007, the league has been dominated by the Bluegrass Bunch for decades. Continue reading

Hammon Becomes First Female Full-Time NBA Coach

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Females Making Their Pitch For Equality

 By John Ventola

Even though she just became a teenager, it has been a pleasure watching 13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis prove herself worthy of playing on a boys team and showcasing her considerable talent by dominating the opposition at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Davis’ performance is striking proverbial gold for gender equality only weeks after another sports announcement did the same for professional sports. Gregg Popovich, long time coach of the NBA’s world champion San Antonio Spurs, introduced Becky Hammon as the league’s first female full time coach. Continue reading

Free Agency Necessary For Team Success

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Hired Guns

By John Ventola

As National Basketball Association owners and General Managers begin constructing their rosters for next season, their NFL brethren are ready to see what the league’s draft and free agent signings have done for their franchises heading into training camp. While the annual drafts for all sports are the lifeblood of teams, free agency can fill position needs and quickly turn a team previously considered a pretender into a contender. Continue reading

Championship Star Numbers Have Increased

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Top Trio Will Be Triumphant

By John Ventola

As the 2014 NBA version of “the season that will never end” plays out over the next two weeks, the names and number of star players on the championship squad has already been determined. The finals are here. It is Miami General Manager Pat Riley’s dream creation of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh versus San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, now completing their twelfth professional season together. While the number of high marquee names on league championship squads has varied over the years, the number three appears to be the current magic digit that allows teams to dribble into the winner’s circle.

Basketball requires teamwork and winning teams in the NBA generally showcase that Basketball Starsquality on their way to the trophy platform. Although there have been a few cases of one star, two key support players and five or six role players capturing a championship, the trend today is for multi-stars on a squad. While it is rare to have a single player solely responsible for hoisting the title trophy, there have been years where an individual has almost singlehandedly put a team on his shoulders and flashed an ability to make those around him better.

Bob Pettit did that for the 1958 St. Louis Hawks while Wilt Chamberlain used his height and strength to break the unbelievable title streak of the Boston Celtics (Celtics won eight straight and nine of ten from ’57 to 66) and pace the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1967 crown. In 1971 Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) used his sky hook to bring Milwaukee the NBA title. It was a precursor to his future title hauls in LA during his illustrious twenty-year career. Rick Barry’s hot shooting and leadership led Golden State in 1975, and oft-injured Bill Walton held together long enough to lead the Portland Trailblazers to their only championship two years later. Kobe Bryant carried the Lakers to back to back titles in ’09 and ’10 and Dirk Nowitzki zeroed in with his fall back jumpers to lead the Dallas Mavericks the next year. Each guy mentioned had a functional supporting group, but they were the individuals that refused to let their team lose. Continue reading