Welcome back to another edition of King’s Court. Plenty has happened in the world of sports in the past week, with a number of high and lows. So without further ado, The Court is in session.
Troublesome Offseason for New England Tight Ends
The New England Patriots are usually kept out of media light during the offseason unless they make a transaction, but this offseason is filled with question marks around their two star tight ends. Let’s start with Aaron Hernandez, who has been in the media a lot lately. Hernandez has been in the center of an investigation of the murder of Odin Lloyd. He has yet to be ruled out as a suspect after Lloyd’s body was found Monday in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home. To make matters worse, the tight end’s cell phone and surveillance system were destroyed. According to ABC News, a team of house cleaners were hired to clean Hernandez’s mansion on Monday. These aren’t good signs for the former Pro Bowl tight end, the Patriots organization, or the NFL. I hope for his sake, he was not the one who shot Lloyd, but as of now, it’s not looking good.
Then we have Rob Gronkowski, who has had his fair share of injuries and surgeries this offseason. One of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, he recently underwent back surgery, leaving his status for week one up in the air. After being injured in the Patriots’ playoff run this year, he has not been able to shake the injury bug, especially the one to his forearm, which has been worked on numerous times. I’m sure the Patriots aren’t panicking and expect him to make a full recovery. If he is not able to play at the beginning of the season, and Hernandez isn’t on the field, expect New England to have backup plans, with Bill Belichick once again turning no-name players into household names.
The On-Again, Off-Again Trade
The Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics have been in talks this past week to make a major trade. The Clippers are trying to acquire future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett and his head coach, Doc Rivers. In return, the C’s want DeAndre Jordan and at least two first-round draft picks. The talks have been going back and forth since Saturday. Whether this trade happens or not, something needs to happen soon. The Clippers are trying to bolster their team in hopes to re-sign Chris Paul this offseason. If this trade does not happen, there is no way that Rivers can return to be the head coach of the Celtics. If I was a Boston player or fan, I wouldn’t want him back after he stated he would like to coach the Clippers.
Lord Stanley’s Cup is up for Grabs
The first four games of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have been sensational. The series is currently tied at two heading back to Chicago on Saturday night. Three of the four games have gone to overtime, including a three-overtime Game 1 history-maker. If you are a hockey fan, you are probably loving this series as much as I am. Can the Blackhawks continue to play their game or will the Bruins set the tone the rest of the way? Either way, buckle up for the remainder of this series, whether it ends in six or goes the distance.
Miami Heat Fans Leave During 4th Quarter of Game 6
During the fourth quarter of a do-or-die Game 6, Miami Heat fans (if that’s what you would call them) were making their way to the exits. The Heat eventually won the game and forced a Game 7 (more on that later) and those fair weather fans were not present to see it. The Heat trailed going into the fourth quarter before LeBron James took over. Down by five with 28 seconds left to go, they continued to fight and forced overtime, eventually winning the game. Chris Bosh told those that left early to not even bother showing up to Game 7, suggesting instead that they stay home and watch. I agree 100% with Bosh. Why would you leave during a potential closeout game of the NBA Finals? It’s The Finals, not some meaningless game in December! And from another standpoint, I’m sure those tickets weren’t the cheapest in the world either.
Congratulations to the Miami Heat
The Game 7 mentioned above was a great game that saw the Miami Heat successfully defend their NBA championship from a season ago. LeBron James was named the MVP and is one of just three players in NBA history to win consecutive league MVPs and NBA championships. The other two? Bill Russell and Michael Jordan. That’s some good company to be in.
The Heat battled back in the face of adversity in Game 6 to force a Game 7 in order to conclude one hell of a series and a remarkable NBA season. Shane Battier came up huge for the Heat, going 6-8 on three pointers. Erik Spoelstra deserves a hell of a lot more credit than he will likely receive. A lot of people might think it’s easy to coach the world’s best player and his supporting cast, but it is no easy task.
Unfortunately for the San Antonio Spurs, there must be a loser. Until Thursday night, Greg Popovich and Tim Duncan had never lost a Finals series. After blowing Game 6, where they would have raised banner number five, the Spurs had another chance, but could not capitalize. Duncan had a chance to tie the game late, but missed a shot he has hit countless times. The devastation in his face during his post-game press conference made me feel for him.
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