LeBron in LA, MLB too many K, new super models on the way

By Mike Ashley


LeBron in LA, MLB too many K, new super models on the way

LABRON: Has LeBron watched the subsequent Laker signings and wondered how he somehow ended up on the Isle of Misfit Toys?

OH, VERY YOUNG: Trae Young, as the Atlanta Hawks will learn, is not as big as Steph Curry and is not really a point guard. I’m not sure whom in the NBA he can guard. Maybe Adam Silver?

FLOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: Whether or not Brazil wins the World Cup, there’s comfort that Neymar secured an Academy Award nomination.

WHIFF: At the halfway point of this season, there have been more strikeouts than in the entire 1980 season. At this very moment, a Big Leaguer is striking out somewhere.

RELISH THE OPPORTUNITY: Why isn’t a hotdog-eating contest part of the pageantry around the MLB All-Star Game?  I coulda been a contender.

RENOUNCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Thank heavens the Pelicans picked him up, but I felt bad when the Lakers ‘renounced’ the rights to Julius Randle. Doesn’t being renounced seem particularly harsh?

TIMEOUT FOR TRIVIA: LeBron eventually hopes to join the short list of guys that have won NBA rings with three different teams. Right now there are two of them. Can you name them?

HIT IT TO THE GUY IN THE BROWN SOCKS: Nationals’ 19-year-old LF Juan Soto was the National League Rookie of the Month and is one of the most patient hitters you’ll ever see. He also often fields like a church leaguer.

BOOGIE NIGHTS: Golden State loses JaVale McGee’s 9.5 minutes and 4.8 points per game and goes right out and signs DeMarcus Cousins (25.2 points, 12.9 rebs, 5.4 assists). The NBA needs some sort of tariff on free agents going to the Warriors.

WALK-ONS: Not only has Sports Illustrated cut back to once every two weeks, now SI is having an open call for swimsuit models for their next swimsuit issue. While I’m all for the free market, I was unaware of any super model shortage.

BRAWLATHON: I heard something about Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker launching a Kickstarter campaign at the FIBA championships.

MET LIFE RETIREMENT: Imagine being the Mets comptroller that gets to cut a $1.9 million check to Bobby Bonilla every July 1. Bonilla retired in 2001. He’ll get that payment on his deferred contract until 2035. Don’t laugh, Braves fans. Atlanta is paying Bruce Sutter $1.12 million a year until 2021. He hasn’t pitched since 1988.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Robert Horry and John Salley, that’s the list. ‘Big Game’ Bob won seven titles, two with the Houston Rockets, three with the Lakers and two in San Antonio. Salley won four. He did it twice in Detroit, once in Chicago and came out of retirement to sit on the bench for another one in LA with Phil Jackson.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mike Ashley has covered college athletics for over 30 years. He has worked in the athletic departments at Virginia Tech, Radford University and Marshall University, in addition to freelance work from his Northern Virginia home. Ashley has also worked as a stand-up comic, and has been a regular on many radio stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. His work appears in Terrapin Times (covering the University of Maryland), NCAA programs, Blue Ribbon YearbooksAthlonLindy’s, and on bathroom stalls in major sporting venues. He has also co-authored a book on the golden age of Virginia Military Institute football, “Best Regrets: VMI’s John McKenna and The Lost Age of College Football.” Previously, the Salem, Va., native has helped author books on the New York Yankees, Emmitt Smith, Maryland’s 2002 NCAA basketball championship, and published a book on the history of Radford University.

William Roth