Earlier this week, ESPN and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Sacramento Kings’ interest in hiring an executive above Vlade Divac. Divac is the Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the Kings. He has constantly been criticized and ridiculed for several of the Kings’ roster moves. These include the Nik Stauskas trade and the DeMarcus Cousins deal, most notably. Divac has the reputation of being one of the nicest guys in basketball.
This NBA offseason has been a wild ride. It’s been so wild that we’ve completely forgotten just how top-heavy and boring the NBA proved it was after this postseason. That’s what happens when fireworks have been going off on a daily basis like the 4th of July was a month long. Now that the dust has mostly settled and we’re turning off Woj and Shams notifications to avoid being updated about players like Ekpe Udoh finding teams, we know one thing:
Heading into the 2017 season one thing is clear: Vegas loves the Chicago Cubs’ odds at winning back-to-back World Series’. According to the Vegas based sports betting website Bovada, the loveable losers from Chicago have the best odds at winning the 2017 World Series at +400. Followed by the Boston Red Sox at +500. Then the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians at +800. Given how well the North Siders have performed over the last two seasons and how well Theo Epstein has the team set up for the future, +400 odds doesn’t sound too crazy. I’d argue that it is crazy and the real favorite has the same odds as the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros at +1400, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
We’ve talked a lot about the “fly-ball revolution” lately — the idea of elevating and making hard contact to increase production. Yonder Alonso has used it to his benefit, as have players like Mike Moustakas and Brett Gardner.
If you’re like me, you enjoy when fights break out in the middle of NBA games. If you were an NBA general manager, and you had to put together a team of NBA players that you would want on your side during a fight, these would be the guys. Ones that can throw haymakers, choke someone out, or if need be, punch a fan. These players would be the All-Stars for a go-to-war team.
We are about to enter the NBA offseason lull period. Most of free agency’s dominoes have already fallen, and the hottest acquisitions have been officially announced. As we hit the middle of July, the last piece of the expected offseason madness is Carmelo Anthony’s 2017–2018 team. ESPN’s The Jump has “Melo Watch” entering Day 15.