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I think the media is blowing the Boston Red Sox visit to the White House a little bit out of proportion. It seems to be the lead sports story of the day, and as the Sox have been my favorite team for 40 years, I figured I should say something. The team said it wasn't a problem that only the white Red Sox went to the White House and the minority players (and manager) did not, so I will take them at their word. After all, I am not in their clubhouse. I will say, though, I think it was disappointing the team did not act as a team. I've spent my entire life playing sports, watching my father coach, and writing about sports, and I can tell you from firsthand experience, the best teams are the teams that move as a complete unit. So, either all the Red Sox should have gone to the White House, or none of them should have. No matter the choice they made, it certainly would've saved them from the firestorm they created by going about it the way they did.
With Kevin Durant out, the Golden State Warriors suddenly look beatable in the NBA playoffs. The Houston Rockets are going to have to win twice to dispatch the defending champions, but I just feel like they have an actual chance of doing that without Durant on the court. He had been the Warriors’ best player in these playoffs, so maybe his disappearance opens the door for James Harden and company? Maybe …
The Los Angeles Lakers’ inability to find a new head coach gives me an idea — why not let LeBron James be the player-coach? Okay, I know I've suggested this before, but I think he’s up to the task and really, everyone will assume anyone they hire to oversee the team will be his puppet anyway. So why not just go ahead and give him the job?
It was probably a good thing the Boston Celtics were knocked out of the playoffs. I don’t think any sports fan wants to see the city of Boston with every major sports trophy (although I kind of think that would've been cool).
If Durant is gone for the rest of the playoffs, could Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers actually reach the NBA finals? Of course, Portland still has to get past the Denver Nuggets, but I certainly would like the Blazers’ chance in a series against a Durant-less Golden State team.
Albert Pujols hit a home run Thursday in Detroit and drove in the 2,000th run of his career in the process. If you are keeping track, Pujols joins Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to ever amass 2,000 RBIs. It was interesting to me that Barry Bonds was not on this list, but further research revealed he is actually fifth all-time with 1,996. So, he would’ve been there if only he’d gotten another week or so to play.