Welcome to the 15th edition of Tuesdays with Mitch. We’re turning a corner in the sports calendar. Basketball is done. Hockey is done. Football hasn’t started. We have just entered the dog days of summer when baseball is the only thing going on. Almost…
The Nuggets hired Brian Shaw as their new head coach to replace George Karl. I don’t have a whole lot of insight on Shaw, but I think it has to be considered a success for the Nuggets. Shaw was one of the hot names in coaching circles this offseason and the Nuggets got the guy who was probably their first choice to take over. Shaw has won five championships in his career, three as a player, two as an assistant. That alone is a pretty impressive resume. It will be interesting to see how much the playing style differs from the fast-paced days of George Karl.
There’s always great optimism when hiring a new coach, but after Karl’s surprise firing and Masai Ujuri leaving, all the sudden the Nuggets have a rookie GM and a rookie head coach leading one of the youngest teams in the NBA. That doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence. Again though, I think it is wise to make a change, simply because the only thing the Nuggets risk giving up is boring first-round playoff exits.
This piece from ESPN on Shaw’s remarkable journey is worth your time.
The rough road trip for the Rockies that I said had the makings of a season-changing disaster started with them going 0-5. (Sometimes it’s almost like I know what I’m talking about.) They won the next two and there are two in Boston remaining, tonight and tomorrow. They can finish the trip at 2-7 or 3-6 or 4-5. At this point I’m hoping for a split in Boston, and coming home at .500 to regroup.
Since nobody watches hockey anymore, here’s all you need to see from the absolutely incredible Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, wrapped up in a neat three minutes.
Two goals in 17 seconds on the road in a clinching game of the Finals? That’s about the craziest damn thing I’ve ever heard.
The middle of overtime in a Stanley Cup Finals game is not the best time to cut to cheap local commercials.
I was cruising around Twitter after the Heat beat the Spurs in Game 7 on Thursday and found some pretty legit pictures and gifs and videos.
Here’s ESPN’s ninjas getting real creepy behind the scenes.
Bill Simmons is one of the few ESPN employees who can get away with badmouthing the network for which he works because he’s one of the top dogs. And juuuuuust as he was about to bring up the debacle that LeBron and ESPN took a lot of justifiable heat for (see what I did there?), the cameras went black. Hard to believe that was a coincidence.
Excellent and gutwrenching picture of a sad Tim Duncan
Dwayne Wade looks pretty drunk:
Here’s rap superstar Drake being told he can’t enter the Heat locker room.
Whoever’s holding the camera is sure a douche.
Check out Birdman’s unreal shades:
Classic freaking birdman right there.
Dan LeBetard had an epic, 10 minute rant after Game 7. Kind of strange for a “columnist” to be such a homer. Stranger still, for anyone to play the “disrespect” card when referring to the Heat. Still pretty funny though.
And my favorite one of all is Chris Bosh struggling with the postgame celebration as much as struggled with the actual game.
In other news, I follow the Iron Shiek on Twitter along with 305,000 other people. It’s fascinating. The former pro wrestler sends out incredibly vulgar, mostly nonsensical tweets about anything happening in pop culture or sports. He doesn’t like Hulk Hogan. He likes the cold beer. He calls people Bubba (which I have since stolen). Once you learn to speak his language, it’s usually pretty hilarious.
There has always been kind of a mysterious vibe to the whole thing though. Is this really him? There were pictures that made it clear the Iron Shiek was actually around. I always wondered if he was actually sending these tweets or they were coming from brilliant handlers who created a strange Twitter character. An insightful article came out Sunday that (kind of) helps answer some of these questions. Pretty interesting stuff. It’s all being done to help raise funds to create a documentary on the guy.
Here’s some good sportsish long reads from the past week:
Really interesting profile on Serena Williams from Rolling Stone.
An oral history of the 2003 NBA Draft is insightful stuff from ESPN.
Here’s a video of a guy making fun of the government and screwing with people:
And finally, I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this video, but it’s just captivating. I mean, I can’t look away.
There is so much going on. Kids ripping off their shirts and sticking out their tongues. Admit it, you were hoping they brawled. Twenty bucks says each one of those kids grows up to a lunatic.
Happy Tuesday everybody, see ya next week.
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