The Viral Roundup – Draft On Tap Edition
Hello! Welcome to another TGIF (shout-out to Dana Foster!) go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a brand new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Say hello to NBA’s new rookie crop, the NHL Entry Draft is about to go down in the Sunshine State and James Shields gets rocked in San Francisco.
Did You Hear?
The first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft is… Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns. It wasn’t a surprise that Minnesota snapped up the Wildcat, but the Lakers went with a light surprise at #2 by going with Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell over potential franchise center Jahill Okafor. Okafor dropped to #3 and was immediately grabbed by the Philadelphia 76ers who have an even more intriguing frontcourt now with the Duke Blue Devil joining Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel. The Knicks used the fourth overall pick to grab high risk/high reward Latvian 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis and at #5 Orlando chose Crotian forward Mario Herzonja. If you were hoping for a blockbuster trade you’ll be underwhelmed. The most exciting transaction was the Raptors dealing guard Grevis Vasquez to Milwaukee for this year’s second rounder and a lotto protected 2017 first round pick.
Did You See?
Did you see SI writer Andy Benoit’s jackass tweet on Monday where he moaned about how women’s sports weren’t worth watching? It’s okay if you didn’t. The tweet was trash. (#trashtweet) Benoit’s comments prompted an awesome rebuttal from Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers on Late Night with Seth Meyers where they obliterate the guy. It was awesome and you should definitely hit play on the video velow.
Did You Know?
- The NHL Entry Draft goes down tonight in Sunrise, Florida. There’s not much suspense on where the top two picks will go. Generational talent Connor McDavid’s a lock to go to Edmonton at #1 and Jack Eichel will be snapped with Buffalo’s #2 slot. Everything else? That’s where the mystery lies. Draft day will likely be coupled with a number of interesting trades with some interesting names currently rumoured on the trade block. Eric Staal, Patrick Sharp, Cam Talbot and even Evgeni Malkin have had their name tossed about as moveable assets. It should make for an interesting night.
- San Francisco and San Diego engaged in a wild matinee affair on Thursday. The Giants (a one and a half run home favourite) wolloped the Padres 13-8 in a contest that featured San Francisco racking up four triples in a single game for the first time since 1960. Padres starter James Shields suffered his second loss of 2015 getting hammered for nine hits and seven runs in a four inning showing.
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