Shai Gilgeous-Alexander received a rude wakeup call Saturday morning. The former UK point guard discovered he is leaving Los Angeles, just as Kawhi Leonard rolls into town. Instead of playing with one of the best players in basketball, he has to share a ball with the person who could not share the ball with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook.
The news comes a month after the Clippers said Shai was not on the table for a trade. That all changed when Kawhi called.
Is there a silver lining? SGA will once again get to team up with Hamidou Diallo. Patrick Patterson and Nerlens Noel will also be in the picture. That’s better than nothing. Now that OKC has unloaded a star to acquire a ton of assets, it all but ensures Billy Donovan will be looking for a job in a year. College basketball programs will be on their hands and knees, begging Billy to lead their team.
The move will haunt SGA for the foreseeable future, but our friend Aaron Torres will feel the effects for the rest of his life.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George just legit ruined my wedding. Also, congrats to the Clippers on the 2020 and 2021 NBA championships
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) July 6, 2019
Sorry, Torres, but there’s no need to fret. You still did it! Congrats! Your marriage will certainly outlast the basketball love affairs in LA.
Some Good News for AD
The Unibrow will not get to create a superteam with LeBron and Kawhi, but they did add an excellent piece on the outside. Instead of moving to LA to team up with Leonard, former Raptors shooting guard Danny Green has signed a 2-year $30 million deal with the Lakers. Pieced together with Kuzma and potentially Rajon Rondo, the Lakers have what it takes to win a title.
The next free agency domino to fall — DeMarcus Cousins. It will be interesting to see where Boogie fits into the equation. Could a reunion with Davis happen in LA? It’s possible.
Summer League Rolls Along
Instead of spoiling a post that will recap all the action from last night and tell you when the Cats are playing today, enjoy Tyler Herro’s highlights from the California Classic.
19 PPG | 4 RPG | 3 APG
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) July 5, 2019
Richie Leonard Commits to Florida
The Cocoa, Fl. native announced he’s staying home. The offensive guard is UK’s third decommit to flip to Florida. Dan Mullen has turned Mark Stoops into his own personal scouting service. I guess if you can’t beat ’em on the field, the only way to undermine the dominant program is to try and steal their recruits.
Greatest. Caption. Ever.
If you’ve ever dealt with UK parking, you can relate to defensive end T.J. Carter’s most recent post.
When you watching the ticket man to make sure he don’t give you a boot pic.twitter.com/5ANkEuDfla
— Tj® (@TjCarter_) July 5, 2019
Katie Reed nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
On the same day she made SportsCenter’s Top 10, Katie Reed became a candidate to win a prestigious national award. The former softball star has been chosen as the University of Kentucky’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year.
“I can’t think of a worthier nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year than Katie Reed,” Mitch Barnhart said. “She has been a standout on the field since the moment she first put on a Kentucky jersey and is one the best students I have had the pleasure of knowing. She has adopted the Bluegrass as her second home and fully embraced being a positive role model for so many in our community. During her four years at UK, Katie grew into a leadership role not only on her team, but also for all our 500-plus student-athletes. She has a bright future ahead of her and she will always be a Wildcat.”
The nominees will be narrowed to nine finalists in September before the winner is selected in October.
Coco Gauff is Rolling
The 15-year old tennis sensation from Florida continues to shock the world. Playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon, Gauff rallied from a pair of match points to win in three sets — 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 — and advance to the fourth round on Monday where she will face former No. 1 Simona Halep.
Watching Gauff is incredibly entertaining, almost as entertaining as this post-match press conference.
What a way to start a press conference. pic.twitter.com/TLLILGRBXy
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) July 4, 2019