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LAST week’s biggest story was easily the NBA draft. We saw things hold to form for most of the draft with Markelle Fultz (1st), Lonzo Ball (2nd), Jayson Tatum (3rd), Josh Jackson (4th) and De’Aaron Fox (5th) all cracking the top five. Familiar names filled out the rest of the lottery with Malik Monk slipping down to the Charlotte Hornets at 11th.
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AS is the way most draft nights, there were plenty of draft picks that swapped homes, along with some established players. The flurry of pick swaps saw Sacramento trade the 10th pick (Zach Collins) for the 15th (Justin Jackson) and 20th selection (Harry Giles), while the Nuggets sacrificed moving back 11 spots from 13th (Donovan Mitchell) to 24th (Tyler Lydon) to add Utah big man Trey Lyles. The most notable player moved was easily Jimmy Butler, with the Chicago Bulls sending pick 16 (Justin Patton) and their former ‘face of the franchise’ to Minnesota, in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the 7th overall pick (Lauri Markkanen).
LAST night saw the NBA elite crowned at the first NBA Awards night, for their 2016-17 achievements. To no-ones surprise most of the favourites claimed the trophy in their respective field with Russell Westbrook (Most Valuable Player), Draymond Green (Defensive Player of the Year), Mike D’Antoni (Coach of the Year), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Most Improved), Eric Gordon (Sixth Man Award) and Malcolm Brogdon (Rookie of the Year) all winning awards.
- CHRIS Paul and Blake Griffin advised the Clippers they would opt out of their deals, making them unrestricted free agents. Will they hang around or are the destined to bounce from LA?
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- A move from Indiana for Paul George seems like a matter of time now. The Celtics, Cavaliers, Lakers and Wizards have all been mentioned as possible new homes for George, should a trade be made.
- YESTERDAY we were given another reminder that it’s Lavar Ball’s world and we are just living in it. The polarising father of the Ball brothers entered the WWE ring with ‘The Miz’ and ripped his shirt off looking somewhat like a rabid dog during an interview.
THE NFL revealed the top 10 NFL players voted by the players heading into next season. Each NFL player voted to determine the top 100 for 2017 with Tom Brady becoming the first player to finish atop the list in two different years (2011, 2017). Von Viller (2nd) and Julio Jones (3rd) rounded out the top three.
DEREK Carr received a pay day the likes of which has never been seen before in the NFL. His record breaking five year, $125 million dollar deal will make him the highest paid player in NFL history.
- KANSAS city head coach Andy Reid has been given an extension on his contract, but GM John Dorsey has been let go by the organisation.
- SAINTS defensive tackle Nick Fairley he been placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, effectively ending his 2017 season. Medical tests revealed he has a heart problem that may prematurely end the career of the former 1st round pick.
- VIRAL workout videos of James Harrison are almost a weekly occurrence now. This week the Steelers linebacker was captured playing playing a game of volleyball, no biggy right? Only thing is Harrison and his teammates were using a f*cking medicine ball!
THE Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to chalk up a 10 game winning streak led by their lethal offense. Before a loss to the Angels on Monday, LA had scored 61 runs during their streak with Cody Bellinger responsible for batting in 15 of them, along with six home runs during that stretch.
A pair of legends had jersey retirements in the past week with Mark Buehrle (Chicago White Sox) and David Ortiz (Red Sox) honoured by their respective franchises. Buehrle is 6th in games started, 8th in wins and innings pitched and 5th all-time in strikeouts in White Sox history, while Red Sox fan favourite Ortiz ranks first in multiple batting records from the designated hitter position including the most hits (2,192) RBI’s (1,569) and home runs (541) of any DH ever.
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- WHILE the NL West continues to dominate baseball all is not rosy with one of the 47+ win teams. Colorado have lost seven straight, yet they still own the 5th best record in baseball.
- THE MLB All-Star voting closes on Thursday with plenty of spots still up for grabs. Bryce Harper (3,617,444) leads all players with Aaron Judge, Charlie Blackmon and Daniel Murphy all in the 3 million+ vote club as well.
The Best Of The Rest
DID we just watch one of the greatest round’s of AFL ever? Two games decided by a point, three games ending with last minute shots on goal that dictated the outcome and the top of the table being upset by the 17th place team. That’s going to be hard to top.
JORDAN Spieth continues to wow the golfing world after holing this bunker shot to win the Travellers Championship over the weekend. He beat out playoff competitor Daniel Berger with the epic birdie, which drew one of the loudest cheers ever heard at a golfing venue.
CONNOR McDavid celebrated his 100 point season by capturing the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP. Last week also saw the Las Vegas Golden Knights construct their inaugural roster for season 2017 making Cody Glass (6th overall) the franchises first ever draft choice and bringing notable names like Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal to the team.
AND finally Ice Cube’s BIG3 tournament for retired NBA players got underway over the weekend. The first round of the 10 week competition drew a 15,000+ crowd to the Barclays Center as Allen Iverson, Al Harrington, Mike Bibby, Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams all took to the court. The gameplay was rather physical and seemed to drag slightly, but there was no doubt it was well accepted by fans.