Oftentimes I find myself complaining about little going on in the sports world during the summer months. Well, on this Thursday, that could not be further from the truth.
The US Open tees off today, which is the universal sign that you only have a couple days left to buy a Father’s Day Gift. Plus, the World Cup is ongoing with Lionel Messi and Argentina getting it done this morning as we wait for a vital game for the United States tomorrow against Slovenia.
At the top of my sports consciousness, though, is game seven tonight between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. I’m a little young to remember the days of Bird, Magic, Chamberlain, Cousy, and Auerbach, but apparently it’s kind of a big deal. Being a ‘Cats fan, though, everything for me revolves around Big Blue.
Yeah, all the implications about the legacies of Kobe, Phil Jackson, Garnett, and Pierce are interesting, but my eyes will be glued to Rajon Rondo. Rondo has not quite performed up to the level of the first three rounds in the Playoffs, but he is still in a position where a big game and a win could land him the Finals MVP award. Clearly, a Laker win means Kobe gets it, but if the C’s win, the best performer tonight from Boston will probably take it home. Even Cards fans should be tuning into to cheer on the Louisville native.
There are other happenings today, so let’s run them down quickly:
-I addressed this topic this morning, but the last 2010 recruiting name to keep an eye on is Royce White, the Minnesota signee who did not play at all this season. John Calipari has said in his camp appearances that they are looking to add one more. If they do, this is likely the guy.
-John Wall was in Washington, DC today working out for his future team. Wall worked out all by his lonesome and displayed, in spite of a stiff back, the speed, explosivess, and ambidextrous dunking we came to know so well. He also had an individual session with the media during which he took another opportunity to challenge the leader of the free world to a game of HORSE.
Is that Sam Cassell? I thought he went back to his home planet when he retired.
-Draft Express is reporting today that the first batch of ten invites to the NBA Draft “green room” went out today. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were obviously on the list, but Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe, and Daniel Orton were not. Patterson will likely be among the 15 or so eventually tabbed to come with Eric Bledsoe as a possibility and Daniel Orton a long shot. All five still figure to be in the top 20 mix, with Orton and Bledsoe potentially spilling into the early 20’s range.
-DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors are slated to face off in New Jersey on Monday in a potential show down for the third pick in the draft. NJ is said to be leaning toward Favors, but a strong Cousins performance like the one he put up in Sacramento this week could turn some heads. In the mean time, check out this piece in the Birmingham News with quotes from Cousins about his goals to show people what he’s all about.
-Lastly, most of the incoming UK recruits are in Lexington for summer classes at this point, with the exception of Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb. Rest assured, though, because both are scheduled to arrive next week.