Welcome to another edition of the “King’s Court.” In this post, I will be discussing a variety of different topics from the MLB, NBA, and NHL. If you don’t already, be sure to follow me on Twitter @KingEdward15.
4 Games, 2 Cities Series
Interleague play is now a part of everyday life in Major League Baseball with the realignment of the Houston Astros to the American League. Each team will play 20 inter-league games this season. Four of those interleague games will be played between geographic rivals, with each team getting two games at their home park. Rivalries such as the Yankees and Mets, Orioles and Nationals, Cubs and White Sox, and Pirates and Tigers will take place. The various “natural rivals” are fun to watch, especially if the two teams don’t usually meet on a regular basis from season to season.
Bill Russell over Michael Jordan?
Phil Jackson has been in the news quite a bit the last couple of weeks while promoting his new book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” In the book and in interviews Jackson has compared Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, two players he had a ton of success with. He goes with Jordan for various reasons, but said he would flip a coin and take whichever one if it came down to a choice. Something surprising to me was the fact that the Zen Master wouldn’t start his dream fantasy team with MJ, but instead with Boston Celtics great, Bill Russell.
Jackson had the following to say in regards to that: “In my estimation, the guy that has to be there would be Bill Russell. He has won 11 championships as a player. That’s really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships.”
You could essentially go with either player to start an all-time fantasy team with. There isn’t a wrong choice. It just depends on what your preference would be. So if you were to choose any player to start a dream team with, who would you pick?
Each year the NHL Playoffs are exciting. Plenty of series go six or seven games, while others end quickly. This year’s playoffs are no different. In the first round, three series went the distance, two ended in six games, and one finished in a clean sweep. The second round saw both series of the Western Conference Semifinals go seven games, while the Eastern Conference Semis both ended in five. There is nothing better in sports than a Game 7, where the winner advances and the loser is left thinking of things that could have went differently until the next season begins.
Money Can’t Buy Happiness in Los Angeles
Going into this Major League Baseball season, many projected that Los Angeles would rule the baseball world with the Dodgers and Angels. So far, that hasn’t happened. The Dodgers are currently 22-28 and the Angels are 23-29 as of this column. The Dodgers came into the season with the league’s largest payroll of $220 million, while the Angels were seventh with $127 million. The majority of the Dodgers’ payroll stems from a trade that brought in Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett to the City of Angels from Boston. The Angels also did some hefty spending the past couple of offseasons with the signings of sluggers Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The season is still far from over, but if these two teams want to be in contention for the World Series, they have a lot of work to do from now until then.