We interrupt your March Madness viewing experience to give you our weekly update of Who to Watch
Welcome Back! Another great week in sports, no? Yesterday we saw Ichiro play his final game of baseball, as he retired following a two game series in his native Japan; cheers to a wonderful career. Mike Trout signed a contract extension that was worth exactly $100 million more than the one Bryce Harper signed just weeks ago, and his deal will run one less season than Harper’s (for you math wizards, Trout will make over $35.8 million per season between 2021 and 2032). In basketball, we saw another matchup between the Sixers and Celtics, with Philly beating Boston for the first time since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Isaiah Thomas played his first game in the TD Garden since he was traded by the Celtics in August 2017. Standings in the NBA remain very fluid, as battles for seeding are still occurring with less than 3 weeks remaining in the season. James Harden had another 50-point game (57 to be exact), and Giannis had one as well on Sunday. In football, we saw longtime Packer Clay Matthews sign with the Los Angeles Rams, and Blake Bortles joined the Super Bowl runner-ups as well. Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Miami Dolphins, continuing his journeyman career, and TE Jared Cook joined the New Orleans Saints.
And finally: if your brackets are not perfect, that’s okay! You won’t see a college player below, but we as a staff recommend Mr. Zion Williamson (tonight at 7:10 PM) and Mr. Ja Morant (Saturday) for your college basketball viewing pleasure this weekend.
In a night that will be remembered for the return of Isaiah Thomas to the TD Garden, and a loss for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving reached a career benchmark. Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets marked Kyrie’s 500th regular season game as an NBA player.
Kyrie has been in the NBA since the 2011-2012 season, and has 6 All-Star appearances, an All-NBA selection (third team), an NBA Rookie of the Year trophy, and an NBA championship to his name. At 26 years old (his 27th birthday is Saturday), he’s had a great career thus far.
Anyway, I’m going to break down Kyrie Irving’s first 500 regular season games in a peculiar way (because that’s how my mind works): by the coaches he has played for. Kyrie has played for 5 coaches during his career, and it may surprise you just how close the amount of regular season games he has played for each is.
You’ll see that shortly, as well as his stats during his time with these coaches, and the record of his teams over the years, all presented in chronological order.
Listen, I’m not the biggest college sports guy. I think the last full college game of any kind I watched was Deshaun Watson carrying Clemson to a national championship two years ago. As for watching a BC game or any game involving colleges in Massachusetts, I haven’t watched a full one since Tyrese Rice played for BC a decade ago. I might have watched a Reggie Jackson game awhile ago but who knows?
Welcome back to Who to Watch. Congratulations to LeBron James, who passed Michael Jordan to move up to 4th overall on the all-time scoring list on Wednesday. He is now 1,333 points away from passing Kobe Bryant for 3rd, 4,618 points points away from passing Karl Malone for 2nd, and 6,077 away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 1st, and with the way he keeps his body in shape, he could be the all-time leading scorer in the NBA before it’s all said and done; too bad he won’t make the playoffs anytime soon (sorry Kerm). In other news, the Celtics look like they came back to life this week, the Rockets look SCARY good (sitting pretty in the third seed out West), the Trail Blazers are pretty good themselves good (don’t tell Fredy) and Trae Young has been phenomenal. There are some great playoff races in the NBA, such as the battle for seeds 3 through 5 in the East, the battle for the final three playoff spots in the East taking place between five teams, and the mess in the West for seeds 3 through 8, where only three and a half games separate all teams involved. Oh, and Antonio Brown was a Buffalo Bill for a few hours.
Upcoming we have a match between the Lakers and Celtics tomorrow night, college basketball conference tournaments will kick into high gear, and NFL free agency will begin next Wednesday. Keep an eye out for all of that!
Here’s who you should be watching over the next week: