The debate around who deserves to win NBA Rookie of the Year is hotter than it has been in many years, with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons in a dead heat for the honor. Both had outstanding seasons, not only leading their teams to the postseason but also propelling them into the second round. After Mitchell’s incredible performance in the first round to help lift the Jazz over the Thunder in six games, many fans called for him to win rookie of the year.
The Toronto Raptors’ season came to an unfortunate end Monday night with a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a disappointing finish after the team dominated the Eastern Conference and came into the playoffs as the top seed in the conference.
Now that the Spurs’ season is finally over—uncharacteristically early, of course, after their recent first round exit at the hands of the Warriors—conversations around the team will now center around their offseason plans and what they should do with Kawhi Leonard.
For over a century now, American sports have, for the most part, brought people from different races, classes, genders, and political affiliations together. In today’s polarized environment, the simple act of following or rooting for the same team can bring two very different people together, allowing them to bridge partisan or racial or ethnic divides that might otherwise keep them apart.
On the first day of the Green Bay Packers’ offseason workout program earlier this week, quarterback Aaron Rodgers channeled his inner Sam Hinkie and told reporters that “you’ve got to trust the process” when asked about some of the team’s controversial decisions.
Last week’s The Masters at Augusta National — arguably the greatest weekend in sports each and every year — came and went too quickly, but in a short four days, it crowned a first-time major champion in Patrick Reed and proved that American golf is absolutely fantastic right now. For one, Tiger is back.
Nobody ever intended for teams to tag the same player year after year in lieu of coming to an agreement on a long-term contract.
Last week’s bombshell news that several top college basketball programs are the target of an FBI corruption investigation has renewed the debate around the NBA’s age rule and the practicality of the “one-and-done” phenomenon that has plagued the NCAA in recent years.