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"The Stack" 7-6-16

Kevin Durant has left Oklahoma City for Golden State to form a mega team. Thunder fans are upset and this probably doesn't leave the NBA in a great state with superstars choosing to join other superstars to win championships rather than try and win them on their own. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Durant has left Oklahoma City for Golden State to form a mega team. Thunder fans are upset and this probably doesn't leave the NBA in a great state with superstars choosing to join other superstars to win championships rather than try and win them on their own.
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kris Bryant is one of the four Cubs infielders who will start in the All-Star game next week in San Diego. It is only the second time in history this has happened joining the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.
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The Stack is back after a nice holiday weekend off and we have a few headlines to get to that happened while we were away.  They don’t include Sam Querrey pulling off the huge upset at Wimbledon over #1 Novak Djokovic.  Querrey pulled off the win despite enduring a rain delay that postponed the remainder of the match after he was up two sets until the next day.  Djokovic certainly did not look himself.  Now let’s take a look at the rest of the major headlines for today, Wednesday, July 6th:

 

Kevin Durant leaves for the Bay Area

 

The 4th of July won’t be the same ever again for many Oklahoma City Thunder fans after Kevin Durant announced he was leaving them for the Golden State Warriors.  Durant will get a two-year, $54 million deal.  While he didn’t do a “special” and let the world know he was taking his talents down by the bay, Durant does not come out of this looking all that great.  He has every right to go where he wants in free agency and seek as much money as he can get, but if the entire desire was to win a championship with all-star caliber players all around him then job well done.  This is the team that beat Durant’s Thunder team.  They were a few minutes away from clinching the series win in game six.  I guess if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.  Durant looks incredibly weak with this move and this isn’t great for the NBA.  Superstars seem so dead set on forming mega teams with trios of players to win championships instead of doing it on their own.  Why is that good for the NBA when we essentially know the two or three teams that will have a shot to win the NBA Finals next year?  I’m talking about Golden State, Cleveland and perhaps San Antonio.  Again, Durant handled his free agency very well.  It seemed though if he picked any team other the Warriors there wouldn’t be a huge issue, but the fact that he is going to a team with the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, well that just doesn’t make Durant look very tough.  I had a big issue with LeBron James leaving for Miami when he made his “Decision” and I have a problem with where Durant is headed.

 

The big question now for the Oklahoma City Thunder is where do they go from here.  Russell Westbrook is now all but certain to leave the team following this season with Durant leaving.  The Thunder need to trade him and get some good value for him and there are a number of places that make sense like the Lakers in L.A. and the Knicks in New York.  Some wild cards include perhaps Boston and even Minnesota.  The Thunder need to get some value for him.  With Victor Oladipo acquired from Orlando it looked like the Thunder had the pieces in place of a team that would vie for a championship.  Now they look like a team that will struggle just to make the playoffs.  Sad times in the OKC.

 

Cubs infield to start at All-Star game

 

For just the second time in MLB All-Star game history, a team will have the entire starting infield from one baseball team.  It happened in 1963 with the St. Louis Cardinals and it is happening again this year with the Chicago Cubs.  Anthony Rizzo (first base), Ben Zobrist (second base), Addison Russell (shortstop) and Kris Bryant (third base) will all start for the NL at the All-Star game in San Diego next week.  No issues here with the decision.  The Cubs have been the best team in baseball this season by leaps and bounds and despite the recent struggles of the team in the last couple of weeks, this team is loaded with tremendous young talent.  I think there is a young man by the name of Theo Epstein, the Cubs GM that deserves a tremendous amount of credit for this.  The Cubs still have to finish off the deal and win the World Series to end the curse, but Epstein’s vision is certainly being displayed in fine fashion and the great season is bound to continue for the Cubs in the second half of the season too.  Just have to worry about the postseason now.

 

UEFA EURO 2016 update

 

My Iceland squad, your Iceland squad is done in UEFA EURO 2016 after getting their doors blown off 5-2 by host country France.  Germany survived penalty kicks 6-5 to get by Italy.  Wales and Portugal round out the semifinalist teams.  That means we get to see more Cristiano Ronaldo L.  Oh well.  He’s a great player and Portugal will have to do their best to get by a Wales team that has impressed immensely so far in the tournament.  That match will take place today at 3 PM ET on ESPN.  Germany and France meet tomorrow at 3 PM ET on ESPN.  We are getting down there!

 

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