With LeBron James and Anthony Davis linked up on the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers also are working their way toward making a massive splash.
NBA free agency opens up Sunday, with many superstars around the league hitting the open market. Among them is NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who reportedly is “seriously considering” returning to the Toronto Raptors, and will meet with his former team last before signing anywhere. But Leonard also has been linked to the Clippers and Lakers with a return to his Southern California roots the most likely scenario should he decide not to head back North.
But Leonard alone likely does not put the Clippers immediately in contention in a stacked Western Conference. Leonard reportedly has given “strong indications” that he is interested in pairing with Jimmy Butler, and it appears the Clippers are exploring that possibility.
Leonard wants to be joined by a top-flight free agent if he decides to leave Toronto for the Clippers and Butler's rugged two-way game makes for an intriguing pairing. Clippers adviser Jerry West is also a known admirer of Butler
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2019
A Leonard-Butler duo certainly would make give the Lakers-Clippers rivalry a shot in the arm. Of course, there are rumors that it’s just as likely Leonard will end up with the Lakers to form a super trio with James and Davis.
Thankfully, we’ll soon find out how things will shake out.
Nick Wright is as much of a one-note bozo as any of today’s vomit-inducing, rinse-repeat pop stars.
(We’re omitting the Jonas Brothers from that group, because their new song, against all odds, is kinda sweet.)
Anyway, Wright, who basically is to the Celtics what Max Kellerman is to the New England Patriots, is no fan of Danny Ainge. Essentially, the FS1 talking head things the Celtics general manager gets too much credit, and should be criticized for failing to put his franchise over the hump.
Now, most would look at the Celtics reportedly signing Kemba Walker as a positive, considering there wasn’t much they could do about Kyrie Irving going back on his preseason promise. Once it became clear that Irving would bolt, the aging and ring-seeking Al Horford reportedly set his sights on leaving Boston as well, and justifiably so. Blaming this all on Ainge is ludicrous; he did his best to build a superteam, and it all fell apart.
Again, given the hand they were dealt, the Celtics should be commended for luring another star free agent to Boston. Is it the ideal scenario? No, but it’s better than being the Charlotte freaking Hornets.
But Wright obviously doesn’t see it that way.
Check out his predictable reaction to the Walker reports:
Very happy Kemba is getting a deserved payday.
And anytime you can switch out Al Horford & Kyrie Irving for a smaller, slightly less effective Kyrie Irving, you obviously gotta do it. The genius Danny Ainge strikes again! https://t.co/sKEmBxpR8v
— nick wright (@getnickwright) June 29, 2019
We get it, Nick: You hate the Celtics. And judging by how you talk about the Patriots, it’s safe to say you hate all of Boston sports. Obviously, you’re not alone on that one.
By the way, there’s a chance Wright winds up eating enormous crow once NBA free agency wraps up. Despite rumors of Horford’s inevitable exit, the door reportedly is “still ajar” for the star center to return to Boston.
Well, hopefully the Brits dig the long ball.
After the Yankees put on an offensive show to kick things off in their London series against the Red Sox, it was Boston’s turn to pour it on to open things up on Sunday.
Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez clubbed back-to-back home runs off New York “opener” Stephen Tarply, then Christian Vazquez joined in on the party to help Boston take a 4-0 lead after one frame at London Stadium.
Bogaerts kicked things off with a two-run dinger.
Double Bogie. #LondonSeries pic.twitter.com/ZuKonpY7OF
— MLB (@MLB) June 30, 2019
Back-to-back. #LondonSeries pic.twitter.com/ZpzzGZ9ujd
— MLB (@MLB) June 30, 2019
Two batters later, Vazquez cashed in, sending one over the wall to right field.
The Red Sox picking up right where they left off yesterday #LondonSeries pic.twitter.com/0By4R5DREa
— ESPN (@espn) June 30, 2019
The two sides combined for six home runs in the opener on Saturday, and it appears the long ball is very much in play again on Sunday.
One of the sports world’s premier power couples was at it again this weekend.
Green Bay Packers quarterback was among those who participated in the Baha Mar Showdown, an annual celebrity golf showcase in the Bahamas. And, unsurprisingly, Patrick’s girlfriend, retired NASCAR star Danica Patrick, was there to watch.
Also unsurprisingly, Patrick took to Instagram to show love for her “stud” boyfriend.
Take a look:
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A post shared by Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) on Jun 29, 2019 at 5:10am PDT
That’s not the best photo to come out of Baha Mar Showdown, though — not even close.
Check these out:
QBs on the course! @AaronRodgers12 x @BrettFavre
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) June 29, 2019
The hearts of Packers fans are beyond full.
All indications point toward the Boston Celtics having their next point guard.
Boston reportedly is expected to sign free agent Kemba Walker to a max contract when NBA free agency opens on Sunday, completing a changing of the guard from Kyrie Irving.
Irving, who is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, had what can only be described as a disastrous two-year tenure in Boston, with Celtics fans seemingly infuriated by everything the All-Star does at this point. And it seems that the Celtics may have had their eyes on a Walker-Irving swap much earlier than this offseason.
According to a report from The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett, the Celtics “would have been willing” to trade Irving for Walker over the past two seasons.
“One league exec who’s dealt with the Celtics even went as far as to tell the Herald he knows for a fact the club would have been willing to trade Irving for Walker during the past two years. If he’s right, it would indicate the Celts knew there were issues with Irving’s approach to leadership and general ability to help cool the fires of young players whose image might have surpassed their actual abilities following the 2018 conference finals run.”
It certainly seems that Irving never was the right fit in the C’s locker room and consistently bumped heads with some of the younger players on the roster.
Seems that we’ll never truly know if this trade ever was an actual possibility, but with Walker likely ending up in Boston anyway, it’s safe to say Celtics fans will be happy with this outcome as well.
New England Revolution HomeGrown Product Justin Rennicks Makes First MLS Start On Saturday Night Against Houston Dynamo
For any MLS team the heartbeat of their franchise is their youth and the ability to produce HomeGrown players.
New England is no different with plenty of HomeGrown Players apart of the first team including players like Diego Fagundez and Scott Caldwell. A more recent Academy success story is South Hamilton, Massachusetts native Justin Rennicks.
Rennicks who signed with the first team this past off-season after playing two seasons with the Indiana Hoosiers made his first MLS start on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo. Rennicks, 20-years-old, has started to make a real name for himself not only in MLS but around the world.
He scored a sensational game winner in the U-20 World Cup for the U.S. over France and then had a goal in New England’s U.S. Open Cup run. Rennicks scored 38 goals and 25 assists in over 100 appearances across all levels in the Academy made one appearance prior to Saturday with a 45 minute performance against the Columbus Crew SC back on March 9th.
In his first MLS start Rennicks put in a solid shift and appeared very comfortable given the moment and the magnitude of the game.
“It was good. I had a bunch of nerves, but at the end of the day, it’s just another game,” said Rennicks. “I’m going out there and playing my game, so that’s what I did.”
“It all clicks in after practice,” said Rennicks. “I mean, that’s why we practice. You go out there, you play the game, and you’re connecting the lines. You translate it from practice to the game. It’s all making sense. You kind of just play along from there.”
Solid First Start For Rennicks, Plenty Of Room For Improvement
His Head Coach, Bruce Arena, liked what he saw from Rennicks as well but pointed out there is a long way to go in his development.
“Good job. He’s a hard worker. He has to get used to playing in games at the senior level, at this pace. His first touch has to get a little bit better, but he gave a good effort. He’s a handful and we’ll continue to see him throughout the season and, hopefully, he continues to move forward as a player.”
The Academy Product also notes he could have played better but given it was his first MLS start it was a solid performance.
“There’s a bunch of things I think I could have done better,” said Rennicks. “It was my first game that I got to start in. It was hard going out there, but I think I should have done better in certain situations. I was happy with the result, obviously. Just all good all around.”
Rennicks was subbed off after 61 minutes in favor of Cristian Penilla who ended up setting up the Teal Bunbury game winner in stoppage time. Saturday was a great chance for Rennicks to get into the game given the quick turnaround from Wednesday’s match with 6 total changes to the starting XI.
But given all that has occurred for Rennicks in the past month there is a very good chance Revolution fans could see the forward on the pitch with more consistency going forward.
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If Tom Brady’s kids start displaying potty mouths, we’ll know who to blame.
Brady on Saturday shared a video of himself golfing in parts unknown. After apparently slicing his tee shot, the New England Patriots quarterback blurts out some obscenities, which were censored in the video.
However, the coarse language wasn’t censored for the children who were just a few feet away.
Take a look:
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When you forget the kids are in the cart #isthiscustomminesofftherack
A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jun 29, 2019 at 3:21pm PDT
Hey, it happens. Golf.
Brady and the Patriots are scheduled to open training camp July 25. You can bet the soon-to-be 42-year-old will let the f-bombs fly shortly after taking the field.
NBA media and talking hits love to say that the Boston Celtics are not a legitimate destination for marquee free agents. Despite landing Al Horford in 2016, Gordon Hayward in 2017 and receiving a fake commitment from Kyrie Irving in 2018, Boston has a reputation for being unpopular among NBA stars.
So, why is Kemba Walker reportedly set on signing with the Celtics once free agency opens? Believe it or not, the 29-year-old believes the Celtics are (gasp) a strong franchise with a great future.
Check out this tweet from Celtics reporter Jeff Goodman:
Source close to Kemba Walker told me that primary reason for the All-Star point guard choosing Boston was chance to go deep in playoffs — and play with talented guys like Tatum, Hayward and Jaylen Brown. Doesn’t feel as if he has to do it all by himself – which was case in CLT.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 29, 2019
Signing Walker would help the Celtics send an important message to the rest of the NBA, that they’re not ready to rebuild and still are an attractive destination for stars. Now, if Boston could lure back Al Horford (which reportedly remains a possibility) the Nick Wrights of the world really would look stupid.
Don’t throw away those Al Horford jerseys just yet, Green Teamers.
The Boston Celtics reportedly have planed for the star center to walk when free agency opens Sunday. However, there remains a chance that Horford re-signs with Boston after all, NBA insider Keith Smith reported late Saturday night.
Take a look:
With all the mystery and uncertainty surrounding Al Horford and what exactly is out there for him, don't slam the door closed on a return to Boston for him. How? Unclear. But that door is still ajar just a little bit. No bridges have been burned or feelings hurt on either side.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 30, 2019
Is it possible that Horford, once fearful of a Celtics rebuild, now has new hope with Kemba Walker reportedly set to sign with Boston? Perhaps. Maybe reports of his immature departure were a tad premature all along.
In any event, NBA fans are in for a wild week, and it all starts Sunday.
The Boston Red Sox need a victory Sunday night in London to avoid a series case of traveler’s remorse.
The Red Sox will take on the New York Yankees at 10:10 a.m. ET in the finale of the Major League Baseball London Series. Boston suffered an embarrassing 17-13 loss in Saturday’s series opener.
Alex Cora will send lefty Eduardo Rodriguez to the hill while the Yankees will counter with lefty Stephen Tarpley. Boston begins the day 10 games back of New York for first place in the American League East.
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees game online:
When: Sunday, June 30 at 10:10 a.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN