From rags to riches. As everybody predicted, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Ben Simmons #1 and the L.A. Lakers selected Brandon Ingram #2 in the NBA Draft. (Don’t know who these guys are? Check out yesterday’s post here). The Boston Celtics tried to shop their #3 pick up until the last minute, but nobody wanted to make a deal. So the Celtics surprised everyone by picking California freshman Jaylen Brown, who is athletic but had a disappointing season last year. A lot of Celtics fans booed and hissed because they thought the team should go with Kris Dunn, a highly touted prospect from Providence. Instead, Dunn was picked by the Minnesota Timberwolves at #5 and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield went to the New Orleans Pelicans at #6. Both Dunn and Hield looked surprisingly fly in their J.C. Penney custom suits, and Dunn even remembered to give Penney’s (and Gucci) a shout out during his emotional interview.
The definition of insanity is… To try bust out of their playoffs rut, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic. After taking basically the same team to the Western Conference Finals 4 times in the past 5 seasons and never winning a championship, it was probably time to try something new. So far folks like the deal for OKC, because they are getting a great defensive player in Victor Oladipo and a cheaper imitation version of Ibaka (like basketball Tofurky!) in Ersan Ilyasova. This trade will also help the Thunder free up some money to entice superstar Kevin Durant to stick around.
Two teams slipping. Last night the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-7 in 10 innings, to avoid a complete 4-game sweep by the White Sox. Both teams are really riding the struggle bus lately, after starting out the season hot. The Red Sox have been suffering from pitching inconsistency and the White Sox had serious buyer’s remorse after acquiring pitcher James Shields (from the San Diego Padres) earlier this month. Fortunately for the White Sox, after 4 truly horrific and embarrassing starts, Shields actually had a decent night yesterday. Yay?
Seen and Heard
The Michael Phelps of basketball. A few members of the U.S. Olympic basketball team were revealed, yesterday. Among them was New York Knick Carmelo Anthony, who will be donning the red, white, and blue for the 3rd time. With some luck, he could be the 1st men’s basketball player to win 3 Olympic gold medals. Carmelo’s said can’t wait for the opportunity to compete, because he wants to remember what “success feels like.” Aww… sad and true. The rest of the roster will be revealed next week, but don’t expect to see too many of your favorite players on the list. NBA players have been dropping like flies to rest or recover from injuries, including stars LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, and Chris Paul.
Copa America Centenario. The U.S. was whooped by Argentina in the semifinals, but we still have a chance at 3rd place. Tune in this Saturday at 8pm to cheer on the home team as we take on Colombia. In the finals, Argentina will play Chile this Sunday, 8pm on Fox Sports 1.
The Euros. The elimination Round of 16 starts this weekend with games all day Saturday and Sunday on ESPN!