Rant Sports' 5 Things You Need To Know: February 12th, 2014

By Devin O'Barr
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The NBA is moving  very fast as the regular is now nearly 3/4 finished for most teams. Naturally, a bulk of high-profile franchises have struggled up to this point and the blame game is becoming more and more popular — especially Los Angeles Lakers. Here’s quick rundown of the biggest sports stories as we prepare for on February 12th, 2014:

The 2013 NBA Draft is turning out to be a rather lame group. We all knew that the class wasn’t exactly full of superstars, yet Anthony Bennett (the first-overall pick) has looked so bad that’s its a wonder he was draft at all. Check out how his big game on Tuesday could be the first step in changing his legacy:

Anthony Bennett Still Has Chance to Re-Write Narrative With Cleveland Cavaliers

Moving on from an NBA team with 19 wins such as the Cavs,  we now shift our attention out west with the Portland Trail Blazers; a team that sits near the top of the western conference with a 16-36 record. Nevertheless, Portland’s most recent slide has me questioning what the Trail Blazers really bring to the table:

Portland Trail Blazers Revert To Old Ways, Can’t Be Trusted Moving Forward

Michael Sam is still the biggest story in sports right now, but Sam’s most biggest  worry involves a family member. Sam has never had a great relationship with his father, so here’s why Sam’s dad is having a tough time coming to grips with his son’s public announcement:

Michael Sam’s Father Having Trouble Accepting News About Son Being Gay

The 2014 Winter Olympics are great and all, but it’s time for us NHL fans to see some hockey once again! Thankfully, the men’s tournament should be starting up rather soon. Take a look to see why Team USA needs to get Patrick Kane involved early and often throughout the tournament.

Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Needs To Be Team USA’s Offensive Star

Steve Nash is a 40-year-old point guard playing for arguably the worst team in the NBA. Nash hasn’t been his usual self since signing a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and here’s why a recent string of injuries are sure to sway Nash toward retirement at the end of this season.

Steve Nash Leaves Game Early in Los Angeles Lakers Loss to Jazz, Fueling Retirement Talk

So, I hope you enjoyed this detailed update of the biggest/most intriguing sports stories that you need to know before the calendar flips to February 13th. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow as we give another great rundown of the current sports landscape.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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