IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Young Kings begin new era; Bonds honored by Giants
Special to The Union
NEW ERA FOR KINGS: Young and old. The Sacramento Kings have some players making a name in the NBA Summer League. Buddy Hield looks impressive. Put the Kings’ youth with recent veteran additions Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill and you get a provocative combination. Looks like the formula for a better season.
KD IS UNUSUAL: Say what you want. Kevin Durant is not the normal athlete. He takes a drastic reduction in pay to allow the Golden State Warriors to keep the team together. Andre Iguodala, Zaza Pachulia and Shaun Livingston stay because Durant enables it. Additionally, instead of opting out this year, he signs a 2-year deal. Worth noting in today’s age.
PAYROLL DILEMMA: Even with Durant’s large concessions, the Warriors spend $135.8 million on 14 players for 2017-18. With the luxury tax penalty, they will shell out a total of $172.7 million. General manager Bob Myers notes, “You have to balance spending with running a business with trying to win championships.” With that said, all of the pieces are again in place for perhaps even a better season.
BONDS GETS SPOT: Barry Bonds is on the Giants’ Hall of Fame wall. He is the 49th player to achieve the honor. He smashes 762 home runs over his storied, yet controversial, career. This includes 586 over 15 years as a Giant. The hot-and-cold relationship between Bonds and the Giants has thawed. A big ceremony a week ago at AT&T. Now an advisor for the Giants. A necessary move by the G-Men.
ALL RISE!: What a show. Aaron Judge shows why he is a rising star. In Monday’s Home Run Derby, he has to best Justin Bour 23-22 in the first round. Absolutely no power shortage for the friendly Judge as he cruises to the championship with a pair of 500 feet-plus homers in the second round. No contest.
NOT AGAIN: The American League continues its domination of the mid-season All-Star Game, winning 2-1 in 10 innings. It is a five-game winning streak. One of these years the hex against the National League will be broken. However, they fail again. It is a pitcher’s duel. It is a good thing it did not go farther as both benches had been exhausted by the time it ended.
HONORING LATIN AMERICA: With this year’s MLB All-Star classic in Miami came a great twist. They honored past (and present) players from all over Latin America. It was great to see their influence on the game. Ex-Giants Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda were both in the spotlight. Great to see them there. It is a part of a rich heritage.
SEE YOU IN A YEAR: The AVP Beach Volleyball event in San Francisco is always a classic. No Nevada Union grad Ali Daley McColloch but husband Kevin McColloch puts on a show to remember. Ali is expecting in September. She sits and watches. The promises of next year when they are both in the mix again is exciting. If you like volleyball, not an event to miss.
MARLINS CONTINUE WITH LITIGATION: A year later, the Miami Marlins continue full-speed-ahead with litigation against season ticket holders who did not re-up as promised. The customers claim the team did not fulfill its obligations to them. The team claims a deal-is-a-deal. They foreclose on one ex-holder’s property. Isn’t there a better way to resolve this? Bad press as it makes the team look shoddy. Too bad they just swept the Giants.
JORDAN MORRIS BIG IN GOLD CUP: He comes up huge in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer tournament. It is a must-win versus a feisty Martinique squad. Having tied Panama in their first match 1-1, Jordan, MLS Rookie of the Year in 2016, nets two crucial goals in a 3-2 win. The USA needs to up their game, but they lead their pool with a pivotal match at 7:30 p.m. tonight vs. Nicaragua. FS1 has the action.
LA LANDS OLYMPICS: It is not a customary move by the IOC, but it appears they have awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles. Paris looks to be the front runner for 2024 with L.A. likely to host in 2028. The economic feasibility has become more difficult based on skyrocketing costs for host cities. It is a good idea. L.A. in a decade!
LIVAN HERNANDEZ BROKE: The ex-Giants pitcher files for bankruptcy. He earns more the $53 million during a 17 season career, but now shows assets of $50,000 vs. debts of between $500,000 and $1 million to 49 creditors. He last pitched in 2012. Details of the collapse have yet to be revealed.
FINAL THOUGHT: If Venus Williams wins at Wimbledon, you must feel happy for her … with all she has gone through.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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