After the Clippers, reportedly, made the moves they did to shore up their team and keep the Los Angeles Lakers from building what they thought, apparently, would be a dynasty, the Lakers rebounded in a big way by signing DeMarcus Cousins on a one year $3.5 million contract. ‘Boogie’ played for the Golden State Warriors this past season, but his time in Oakland was marred by injuries. It’s a gamble, to say the least, but if it pays off, the Lakers will have the best, most potentially dominant front court in the league. They also have taken a slight gamble in bringing back point guard Rajon Rondo to the team. The temperamental former Celtic is said to be on a similarly low deal, worth around a million dollars less, than that of Cousins. If either man is able to regain his foothold, then they will surely open themselves up for a bigger contract down the line either in L.A. or elsewhere. While these seem like desperate moves, this is the way the Lakers had to go after missing out Kawhi Leonard to their crosstown rivals.
Well, if you blinked you missed it. Zion Williamson, the first pick of the NBA Draft last month, has seen his time called on his summer league season already after it was announced that he had bruised his left knee in his debut game against former Duke teammate RJ Barrett and the Knicks. The knock- it’s hard to call it an injury- is not thought to be major at all, but this move is definitely a precaution to keep him from any more possible harm.
While seemingly everyone is treading water in the entire National League at the moment, barely hovering above or below .500, the Washington Nationals remain making up ground. They won again on Saturday afternoon thanks to a typically dominant Max Scherzer performance. Their star pitcher improved to 9-5 on the season by pitching seven innings with 11 K’s and allowing no runs as his side strolled to a 6-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. Kurt Suzuki contributed with a two-run blast in the second inning, part of them pushing the lead to 4-0 and essentially all but killing it off right then and there. They are now six games back of the Braves in the NL East and have won eight of their last ten to easily be the momentum team in the NL.
It’s not often that we wade into political waters here, but Lionel Messi’s red card on Saturday in Argentina’s Copa America third place match with Chile is very notable largely because it was his second red card ever. On top of that, his team actually played well, for the first time in a long while, to record a 2-1 win and take down the ‘bronze.’ However, it was his words post-game after the scuffle with Gary Medel that had seen him ejected from the game in Brazil that will leave people talking. The Barcelona man has accused referees of corruption, which is sure to leave many wondering if he is indeed right or just merely using a diversionary tactic.