Good morning.Boxers Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder had a comical, almost awkward, five-and-a-half-minute stare down in absolute silence ahead of their fight next month.
During that time you could have:
Watched Giannis receive 33 free throw violations.
Read the Sprint twice
Listened to “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
In today's Sprint:
⛳️ Torrey Pines gets the US Open.
🏀 KD does it all.
⚾️ Questionable base running.
Trivia:What country has the longest winning streak in the Euros (both qualifying and the main tournament)?
WATER COOLER TALK
⚽️ A Greenpeace protester paraglided into the France-Germany match and nearly crashed into the stands after colliding with the suspended spider cam.
⛳ The US Open gets started today at beautiful Torrey Pines. The favorites? Jon Rahm (+1000), Bryson DeChambeau (+1400), and Dustin Johnson (+1400). But the second most money is on Phil Mickelson (+6600).
⛳ In weirder golf news, a semi-pro was arrested after attacking another golfer while trying to qualify for the Korn Ferry’s Wichita Open.
🏊♂️ Ryan Lochte, once the heir apparent to U.S. swimming, is on the brink of missing the Tokyo Games this summer. His last chance is the 200-meter individual medley.
In an annual announcement slightly less controversial than the CFP selection committee, media voters determined the three different All-NBA teams:
First team: Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic
Second team: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Julius Randle, Joel Embiid
Third team: Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
The financial implications are huge. NBA contracts are stacked with incentives, particularly for young stars. The max salary cap percentage a player can take up is determined by prior year performance. Even supermax deals are tied to All-NBA teams.
For example, Jayson Tatum will miss out on $33M over the next few years after missing the cut. But Luka Doncic, after making the first team two years running, is eligible for a $200M extension.
The bottom line: The 100 media members who vote for the All-NBA teams wield a huge amount of power. For players, missing the list for just one year can mean millions.
#2 Brooklyn Nets114vs. #3 Milwaukee Bucks 108
Kevin Durant (49 pts, 17 reb, 10 ast) knew this game would shape his legacy. No Kyrie. Harden injured. Series tied against a 2x MVP. KD delivered one of the best performances you'll ever see.
KD became the first player in playoff history with 45+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 10+ assists. He also played every minute of the game.