A Midsummer Night’s Fever Dream
There’s a point during each summer where sports fans go a little stir crazy. They’re so sick of watching fluff pieces and repetitive baseball highlights, they fill their time with rampant speculation.
This year, that time is here prematurely. Social media has to take some of the blame. And locally, not having a viable Major League Baseball contender has allowed people to waste their energy on drivel.
Like, for example, the report that Paul George is recruiting Klay Thompson to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s right, a member of the Indianapolis Pacers is rumored to be reaching out to the Golden State Warriors deadeye about what he’s going to do in the summer of 2019.
And some fans are taking it seriously, because nothing could possibly change after two full seasons. Not in NBA free agency.
Then, there was the crucial conversation Steve Kyler started by leaving Draymond Green off his ballot for Defensive Player of the Year. Kyler’s reasoning: He didn’t want to send the wrong message to kids by voting for a guy who he deems to be of questionable character.
Kyler earlier wrote that he thinks Green is a dirty player who was too wild on the court to be worthy of an end-of-season award. This is the same rock-solid reasoning that failed to prevent Dennis Rodman from winning DPOY twice.
Kyler’s was a bad, self-serving take, and since it’s stir-crazy season, he received the requisite amount of outrage online that he no doubt craved.
Which brings us to the third and final story that drove sports fans crazy on Wednesday: Andre Iguodala is garnering plenty of interest ahead of the July 1 opening of free agency.
While I’d like to mock the people upset about this, I can’t. Iguodala was a huge key to the Warriors’ success the last three years, and it would be far from ideal if another team poached him. But he’s said he wants to stay, and that’s all that matters until he signs somewhere else.
Now, go enjoy your championship already, Dubs fans.