Welcome back to the seventh edition of King’s Court. I have been on a two week hiatus dealing with various personal matters, but I’m back and better than ever. A lot has happened since I last published King’s Court, but I will mainly be focusing on things that occurred this week in the sporting world. Without further ado, court is now in session.
Tuesday night marked the final time we will see the number 42 in an All Star game as it was New York Yankees’ iconic closer Mariano Rivera’s final one. After Neil Diamond performed “Sweet Caroline” in the eighth inning, “Enter Sandman” by Metallica played over the speakers in Citi Field and out came Rivera to pitch the eighth. However, when Rivera got to the mound, there was nobody on the field as his teammates and the National League stood by their respective dugouts to join the crowd in a two minute standing ovation, a true showing of respect. Rivera went on to pitch a perfect eighth inning and was named the All Star Game MVP, being the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez to in 1999 to win the award.
Let Johnny Football Be
Johnny Manziel seems to always find himself in the media in some way, shape, or form. Whether it is his play on the field or winning the Heisman Trophy in his freshman campaign to sitting court side at an NBA game, he is in the news. This past week he once again made headlines by being sent home from the Manning family summer football camp for allegedly oversleeping. Many members of the media criticize him for what he chooses to do off the field, which isn’t right to me. Manziel is human just like the rest of us and he is only 20 years old. He will make mistakes that appear to be childish, but a lot of people do. So at the end of the day, just let him live his life and hopefully he can make a career out of being a football player.
Andrew Bynum: Small Risk, Big Reward
The Cleveland Cavaliers are rolling the dice on free agent center Andrew Bynum, but with minimal risk. Bynum and the Cavs agreed to a two-year $24.5 million deal, with the second year being a team option. Bynum has been plagued with knee injuries throughout his career, but when healthy many consider him to be the best center in the game. He sat out all of last season for the Philadelphia 76ers due to injury after being acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers. He got more attention for his hair than he did anything else. If he can remain healthy and get back to his days of post dominance, this will be one hell of a signing for the Cavs, especially being paired with rising star Kyrie Irving. In his last active season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. This could be a move that puts the Cavaliers in title contention.
Kovalchuk Leaves NHL for KHL
If the New Jersey Devils weren’t in rebuilding mode before, they certainly are now as center Ilya Kovalchuk decided to retire from the NHL and return home to Russia to play in the KHL. This move left many, including myself mind boggled as he left $77 million on the table to return home. In 816 career NHL games, Kovalchuk scored 417 goals and racked up 399 assists. The Devils now need to turn to young prospects in order to be back in contention for the Stanley Cup.
Metta Comes Home
After being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers this past weekend, Metta World Peace is heading home to play for the New York Knicks. The Artest formerly known as Ron signed a two-year deal with the first year being guaranteed and a player option for the second year. He will make $1.6 million per year according to multiple sources. As a Lakers fan, I am sad to see World Peace go. He was a fierce competitor for the Lakers and even saved the team by putting in a layup after Kobe Bryant threw up an air ball to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. Good luck in the Big Apple, Metta. You will be missed in dawning the purple and gold.
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