I’ve been blessed to interview a lot of people of the years, which makes me old—not necessarily good. I can’t remember interviewing a more impressive person than Pat Summitt. She’s a unique blend of tough, compassionate, caring and gracious—what a gift she’s been for all of us. I’m thinking good thoughts for you coach.
When you’re coming off a season in which you’ve lost 16 more than you’ve won, it stands to reason that you’d get some kind of help in the draft. In the Nuggets case, they couldn’t shoot to save their lives, or win games last year—so a guy like Jamal Murray makes good sense.
The latest ‘one and doner’ for John Calipari’s mill at Kentucky, hit 41 percent of his 3-pointers and 113 of them overall, which is second on the Wildcat’s all-time single season list. At 6’4, he describes himself as ‘a point guard in a shooter’s body’. Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly calls him a combo guard, but whatever you call him, he should look really good next to Emmanuel Mudiay.
Even though Connelly says he was ‘shocked’ that Florida State’s Malik Beasley was available at the 19th pick, he also described him as a ‘down the road player’, which pretty much sums up the rest of the draft for Denver. Most experts gave them high marks, but, beyond Murray, the full measure of this draft won’t be known for a few years.
What I’m most interested in now, is how the Nuggets build a team out this group fresh out of ‘Romper Room’. There are 8 players who are 21 years old or younger currently on this roster, finding the right kind of veterans to mentor and lead, while giving their charges the room to grow will be a challenge.
Was it Thomas Wolfe who said ‘you can’t go home’? So it is for Troy Tulowitzki on Monday when the Blue Jays come in to face the Rockies. You never know how a fan base is going to react, but you would hope that it would be appreciatively—the guy was a .299 hitter in his 10 seasons in Denver, he was a 5-time all-star and won two gold gloves. Was he always the most agreeable of guy? Maybe not, but he made Denver a much better baseball town and for that—he should be cheered.
As for the Rocks—
Colorado has scored more runs than anyone in the National League, of course they’ve given more than anyone too. The Bullpen was on lockdown in the series finale with Arizona on Sunday, but in their 14 previous innings they’d given up 19 runs, with five homers and allowing opposition to hit .350 against them. In other words, they were no relief at all.
It would be nice to think that the Rockies could make up three games to get to .500 at the All-Star break, because while they’re out of the division race, they’re only 4 ½ games out of a wild card. Of course, the Rockies next nine are against Toronto, San Francisco and the Dodgers.
Stat of the night—
The Dodgers lost to Pittsburgh 4-3 on Sunday, it was just the second time they’d lost a game Clayton Kershaw started. Los Angeles is 14-2 in games that Kershaw starts, they’re 27-34 in the rest of their games.