Happy Sunday folks! Welcome to another edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly where we take a look at something good, something not so good, and something just flat out ugly from the past week in sports.
Let’s dive right in!
The Good: NBA All-Star Draft
For the second year in a row the NBA All-Star Game will consist of two teams drafted by the two players who had the most fan votes. Unlike last year – this year’s draft was televised and it did not disappoint. We got to see Shaq mispronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo’s name, a fair share of LeBron tampering jokes, and an unexpected Westbrook for Simmons trade.
The format was straightforward with the impeccable Ernie Johnson of TNT leading LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo through the proceedings as LeBron racked up an arguably superior team of soon to be free agents while the Greek Freak leaned on international players.
So here’s to the NBA and TNT for not overthinking this one.
The Bad: Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin’s Road Trip
The NBA trade deadline is an exciting time of year with teams making moves to position themselves for the future or for a playoff run. But it’s not always great to everyone. Some players are transplanted from their homes, others are cut by their teams, and others are on four teams in 96 hours.
Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin started the week as Portland Trailblazers before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then 72 hours later the pair was shipped down to join the Houston Rockets only to be traded to the Indiana Pacers less than a day later. And finally after spending a grand total of 8 minutes with the Pacers, the pair was released and are now free agents.
All in all a troubling stress filled week for both so here’s to hoping that these young players find a new home soon.
The Ugly: Arizona Basketball
Last year amidst an FBI probe into a series of high profile College Basketball teams, reports broke the news that the FBI allegedly recorded Arizona Basketball coach Sean Miller on a wiretap regarding a $100,000 payment to former player Deandre Ayton.
Now fast forward – ONE WHOLE YEAR LATER – and nothing has happened other than coach Miller taking a brief leave from the team and then – RECEIVING A STANDING OVATION UPON HIS RETURN. That is until this past week when reports came out that FINALLY the NCAA is investigating the University of Arizona basketball program. Celebrate accordingly folks.
They say slow and steady wins the race but this is just getting ridiculous.