Welcome back once again to another edition of King’s Court. Another sports week has flew by us, but not without a ton going on. With everything going on with Aaron Hernandez, to the NBA Draft and all the rumors that surrounded it, you can tell right there how crazy this week has been. Court is in session.
UCLA Baseball Adds to School’s Prestige
The UCLA Bruins baseball team won its first nationals championship in school history on Tuesday night as they defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs. UCLA added to its own record of 108 school national titles with title number 109. It was hard to imagine that in all the years of UCLA’s historic sports teams that this was the first in baseball. The Bruins ended the season with 11 straight wins. Starting pitcher Adam Plutko was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player. He won two games in the tournament and allowed two runs in 13 innings pitched. Congrats to the UCLA baseball team.
Weird Week at Wimbledon
Three favorites to win at Wimbledon are no longer in the tournament. Rafael Nadal opened the week by losing in straight sets to Steve Darcis. If you are wondering who that is, you’re not the only one. Roger Federer, the reigning, defending Wimbledon champion lost to 116 ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky. On the women’s side of things, Maria Sharapova – who had a little squabble with Serena Williams earlier this week– was knocked off by Michelle Larcher De Brito in straight sets. De Brito was ranked 131 in the world. The conditions were wet on Wednesday when the two latter upsets occurred. It might not be how we wanted to see Wimbledon happen, but it sure makes for great television when upsets occur.
David Stern’s Final Draft
On Thursday night we watched NBA Commissioner David Stern’s final time announcing the draft picks. With seven months remaining in his tenure, Stern had quite the comical night. He was greeted by a chorus of boos before making the surprise selection of Anthony Bennett by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Shortly after, Stern returned to the podium and said to the crowd, “I can’t hear you.” Stern, who has been doing the drafts since 1984, was surprised at the end of the first round by Hakeem Olajuwon, whom was the first pick Stern announced. To me, Stern is the best Commissioner in all the four major US sports. The things he has done for the league in terms of turning it into an international phenomenon is nothing short of brilliant. Farewell David Stern and may you enjoy your retirement.
The Chicago Blackhawks are on top of the Hockey World
On Monday night the NHL season officially came to an end as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in game 6 to win the Stanley Cup. It looked like Boston would be forcing a game seven as they were up 2-1 until the wildness occurred. Down 2-1 with 1:16 left, the Blackhawks were trying to get a tying goal in hopes to send the game into overtime. Well they got that goal and then another one 17 seconds later. In a matter of moments, the Bruins went from forcing a game seven, to getting another overtime game to being defeated for the Cup. Patrick Kane was named the Con Smythe Award winner and is just the fourth American to win the award. A thrilling playoff run that saw the Blackhawks fight back from down 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings, is unfortunately over. Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The End of an Era
The Big Three Era is officially over and so is the Paul Pierce Era in Boston. The Celtics, who clearly are in rebuilding mode, traded Pierce, Kevin Garnett- who waived his no-trade clause- and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. In return the Nets sent Boston three unprotected first round picks throughout 2014, 2016, and 2018. The Nets will also send Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evan and Keith Bogans. Ray Allen left for South Beach in the offseason; Doc Rivers went to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week, and now this blockbuster NBA trade. The next question is where the Celtics go from here. Will they build around Rajon Rondo or ship him away as well? Only time will tell, but if you are a fan of the Celtics, don’t expect an 18th championship anytime soon.
The Drama of the New York Yankees
This week was not a good one public relation wise for the New York Yankees. It all started when Alex Rodriguez tweeted out on Monday that he was “cleared” to being rehab assignment games. When General Manager Brian Cashman caught wind of this, he was not happy. Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com “Alex can shut the f—k up.” Whoa. It isn’t often you hear someone from a front office to say such things. A-Rod then contradicted himself in a conference call with Yankees’ officials saying he didn’t know when, if at all, he would be able to return this season. Rodriguez also believes the Yankees are trying to obtain insurance on the $28 million that the team owes him for the season. Are Alex Rodriguez’ days as a member of the New York Yankees numbered? We will have to wait and see about that.
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