Donald Trump has a Hall of Famer on his side.
Trump held a rally in Duluth, Minn. on Wednesday, and there was one attendee who stood out from the rest — literally. Basketball Hall of Famer Kevin McHale was spotted in attendance, and he was in quite close range to the president.
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Say it ain't so, Kevin. pic.twitter.com/8fdIxL7w8b
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McHale’s wife is a vocal supporter of Trump but deleted her Twitter account after the photo of her husband at the rally began to circulate.
McHale’s support of Trump comes at a time when the president is under fire for leading a highly controversial border patrol policy that many deem unethical. That was among the subjects the president addressed at his rally.
McHale, who is from Minnesota and went to college at the University of Minnesota, was a seven-time All-Star for the Boston Celtics. He has worked in the NBA as a front office executive. He also served as the head coach of the Timberwolves and most recently, the Rockets.
McHale was involved in a beef with his former player James Harden last year.
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Zhaire Smith’s draft stock is rising, to the point that he’s now being talked about as a potential top-10 pick.
ESPN’s Marc J. Spears reported on Wednesday night that the Philadelphia 76ers are “very interested” in Smith with their No. 10 overall pick.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 21, 2018
They’re not the only ones who like him. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor says the Los Angeles Lakers also like Smith.
Maybe the Lakers can use picks 25 and 39 as ammo to move up for Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith, who they like and worked out on Monday at their practice facility. https://t.co/UqQpVKWqBP
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 21, 2018
Smith was a freshman at Texas Tech last season. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent. He was ranked highly on our list of the best sleepers in the draft.
- Zhaire Smith
The Los Angeles Lakers acquiring another second-round pick in Thursday’s draft has many wondering what they’re up to. The thinking is that they like a lot of players in this year’s draft and would rather have an extra pick from this year’s pool of players than next year’s, especially with a big free agency period looming. One player they could have their eye on is Arizona’s Allonzo Trier.
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk reported on Wednesday that the Lakers brought in Trier this week for a second predraft workout.
The Lakers brought Arizona's Allonzo Trier in for a second workout this week, according to league sources. The Lakers are looking to improve their shooting and Trier shot better in the second workout than his first according to sources. The 6-5 guard's stock could be rising.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 21, 2018
Youngmisuk also speculated that Michigan’s Mo Wagner is another player they could like.
Trier spent three seasons at Arizona and was a top scorer. He averaged 16.8 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting. He also made nearly 38 percent of his threes. Trier missed time as a sophomore and junior due to banned substances being found in his system.
The Lakers hold the Nos. 25, 39 and 47 picks in the draft.
The Houston Astros have one of the best lineups in baseball, and they showed it off during Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Astros went back-to-back-to-back in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday, doing so for the first time in 10 years. Their Nos. 1-3 hitters in the order all went deep in a row: George Springer, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve. All three came off Rays pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who remained in the game despite giving up the three homers. Amazingly, Eovaldi got three straight outs to end the sixth after the barrage of homers. It was Altuve’s second homer of the game as he also hit one off Eovaldi in the fourth.
Here’s video of the homers:
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And some stats behind them:
#Astros go back-to-back-to-back
George Springer: 107 mph, 437 feet
Alex Bregman: 97 mph, 352 feet
Jose Altuve: 112 mph (!), 443 feet
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) June 21, 2018
Fans and reporters lit up on Twitter after the homers, as you could imagine. Here’s a look at the reactions:
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The Atlanta Hawks hold the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but they reportedly have interest in moving down.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix, the Hawks are eyeing Trae Young if they do move down in the draft.
Atlanta has explored moving back in the draft, with an eye on OU’s Trae Young, league sources told @YahooSports. Hawks have fielded numerous calls for the No. 3 pick.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) June 21, 2018
Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley III are the players most commonly mentioned in connection with the top three picks. One report from ESPN said that the Hawks were targeting Doncic at No. 3.
Perhaps the Hawks are trying to drum up trade interest with this story. There are teams sitting behind them who are said to have interest in Doncic, so maybe they want them to bring their best offers to the table.
Young is expected to be among the lottery picks, but there has not been talk of the former Oklahoma star going anywhere in the top five.
The Los Angeles Lakers have picked up another pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday that the Lakers acquired the No. 39 pick in the draft from the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Lakers have acquired the 39th pick in Thursday’s Draft from the 76ers, league source tells ESPN. Lakers will send Philly its 2019 second round pick via Bulls and cash.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2018
The Lakers also have the Nos. 25 and 47 picks in the draft, so this gives them another second rounder.
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Longtime former Tennessee Volunteers announcer John Ward died on Wednesday, the school announced.
Ward was the “Voice of the Vols” from 1965-1999, announcing the team’s basketball and football games. He served as the announcer for the 1998 football team that won the national championship.
Tennessee has lost its Voice. pic.twitter.com/ayqMRqH6wU
— Vol Network (@VolNetwork_IMG) June 21, 2018
He was well known for his “Give him six … touchdown, Tennessee!” touchdown call.
Prior to getting into broadcasting for the Vols, Ward worked in advertising and radio.
You can listen to some of his best calls here:
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Cassius Marsh continues to make it clear just how much he dislikes everything about the New England Patriots.
Marsh, a 25-year-old defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, had a brief stint with the Patriots last year that culminated in him being waived in November. He ripped the team last month by saying there was “nothing fun” about playing for them.
On Wednesday, Marsh tweeted about how much he hates Patriots fans and sarcastically took a shot at Boston.
It’s official y’all! Patriots fans hate me just as much as I hate them guess I’ll just have to avoid the wonderful city of Boston whatever shall I do?
— Cassius Marsh (@KingCash_7191) June 21, 2018
Marsh, who is from California, clearly is no fan of the Pats. Of course, there’s always more to the story. In this case it’s that Marsh was cut after a halftime tirade over playing time.