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June 21st, 2019

Here are some thoughts on the 2019 draft:

WINNERS

New Orleans. Starting with Zion Williamson, the Pelicans had a lot to gain. The Anthony Davis trade turned into a haul of draft picks. Adding a young, big talent in Jaxson Hayes will pay dividends in the long run. Nickel Alexander-Walker provides an outside scoring threat.

Atlanta. The tandem of DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish will help up front, adding defensive help. Bruno Fernando is a nice pickup in round two. If Reddish can consistently contribute, he will be a big plus.

Boston. Brad Stevens may lose Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier, so they stockpiled guards Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters. All three were stars on their college teams. Then add solid forward Grant Williams, the SEC Player of the Year and this is a nice group.

New York. RJ Barrett will be a star in the Big Apple. He can score, rebound, pass and defend. Iggy Brazdeikas has potential down the line.

Washington. A sleeper pick adding Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield. They also kept Brad Beal.

San Antonio. Luka Samanic was a factor in the combine. I love Keldon Johnson at 29 as a steal. Quanndary Weatherspoon is a nice second round choice.

Memphis. Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke will be instant impact players.

LOSERS

Houston. No picks in this draft.

EARLY SURPRISE

Cameron Johnson to Phoenix at 11. An experienced player and outstanding shooter with good range. Thought he would go around 20.

LATE SURPRISES

Nassir Little to Portland at 25. A lottery pick type of talent. Only averaged 18 minutes a game last season, he will blossom.

Keldon Johnson to San Antonio at 29. Spurs get another star late.

Bol Bol to Denver at 44. He has something to prove and you cannot teach height.

WHAT HAPPENED?

As usual, a number of early-entry players did not get picked. Teams stash foreign players and that cuts the number of youngsters chosen.

Think about some of these players who starred in college and did not hear their name called: Naz Reid from LSU, Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett of Syracuse, Shammorie Ponds of St. John’s, Moses Brown and Kris Wilkes of UCLA, Louis King of Oregon, Luguentz Dort of Arizona State, Jonta Porter of Missouri, Dedric Lawson of Kansas, and Zach Norvell of Gonzaga.

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June 19th, 2019

The NBA draft is Thursday and everyone has an opinion on what to expect.

 

I am excited because there is a lot of talent available. Zion Williamson will go number ne and the top three appears to be set. After that, it is a crapshoot.

 

Here are my projections of what I think should happen on Thursday. Enjoy the draft, baby!

 

  1. New Orleans Zion Williamson, Duke
  2. Memphis Ja Morant, Murray State
  3. New York RJ Barrett, Duke
  4. New Orleans DeAndre Hunter, Virginia
  5. Cleveland Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
  6. Phoenix Colby White, North Carolina
  7. Chicago Cam Reddish, Duke
  8. Atlanta Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
  9. Washington Sekou Doumboya, Limonges
  10. Atlanta Jaxson Hayes, Texas
  11. Minnesota Nassir Little, North Carolina
  12. Charlotte Romeo Langford, Indiana
  13. Miami Kevin Porter Jr., USC
  14. Boston Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
  15. Detroit Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
  16. Orlando Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
  17. Atlanta Goga Bitadze, Mega Bemax
  18. Indiana Bol Bol, Oregon
  19. San Antonio Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State
  20. Boston Tyler Herro, Kentucky
  21. Oklahoma City PJ Washington, Kentucky
  22. Boston KZ Okpala, Stanford
  23. Memphis Matisse Thybulle, Washington
  24. Philadelphia Carsen Edwards, Purdue
  25. Portland Bruno Fernando, Maryland
  26. Cleveland Nickel Walker-Alexander, Virginia Tech
  27. Brooklyn Cameron Johnson, North Carolina
  28. Golden State Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
  29. San Antonio Naz Reid, LSU
  30. Milwaukee Ty Jerome, Virginia
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June 17th 2019

I celebrated my 80th birthday last week and the sport world celebrated several championships.

The Toronto Raptors beat injury-plagued Golden State to win the NBA title. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant. Guys like Pascal Siakam and Fred Van Vleet stepped up their games. Congrats to first-year head coach Nick Nurse on the championship.

The St. Louis Blues won th Stanley Cup title, winning game seven in Boston. Ryan O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe as Playoff MVP, and Jordan Binnington was brilliant in goal.
Gary Woodland made a number of clutch shots in winning the US Open golf tourney.
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June 10th, 2019

I celebrated my 80th birthday and was treated to great sports action. 

Rafael Nadal continued to show his dominance on clay, winning his 12th French Open

Kawhi Leonard showed his greatness as the Raptors won twice at Golden State.

Rory McIlroy showed his greatness with a 61 to win easily in Canada.

Sir Winston won the last triple crown race of the year at the Belmont.

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June 3rd, 2019

The Golden State Warriors showed heart on Sunday. The fought to a road win despite injuries to Key Thompson and Kevan Looney. They already were without Kevin Durant. The Finals are now tied 1-1.

The heavyweight boxing division has had several big names dominating. Deontay Wlder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury were the three big names.

Fans wanted to see Wilder-Joshua or a rematch of Wilder-Fury, which was a wild draw.

So much for a Deontay Wilder-Anthony Joshua heavyweight mega-fight. Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world by beating the previously-unbeaten Joshua at Madison Square Garden. Back to the drawing board for the Brit.

Ruiz Jr. was like Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson. He came in as a huge underdog. He shook up the heavyweight division.

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Quote of the Week

“This Rock Chalk Jayhawk team is getting better and better and no doubt will be a legit contender to win it all.

 -Dick Vitale