In the World Cup, Americans everywhere were glued to the TV today at Noon (9amPacific time). The United States needed to either beat the powerhouse Germany or get a tie to advance to the knockout round. They weren’t eliminated with a loss, but they needed help. We kept it even the entire first half, and that’s an accomplishment in and of itself, but early in the second half, Germany put in a beautiful goal to take a 1-0 lead. The US played well, but they couldn’t get the equalizer. Fortunately, Portugal beat Ghana to keep the US’s hopes alive. So the United States survived the group of death, and advanced to the knockout round to play Belgium on Tuesday.
And in the NBA, it was time for the NBA Draft. There was a lot of speculation on who would go #1, but when all was said and done, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected the upside player Andrew Wiggins with the top spot. The Bucks took Jabari Parker at #2, and the Sixers rolled the dice with big man Joel Embiid at the #3 pick.
Later, the Boston Celtics added point guard Marcus Smart to their roster with the 6th pick, and the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed Kentucky star Julius Randle with the #7 pick. Doug McDermott, the leading scorer in college basketball (aka Doug McBuckets), was taken by the Bulls. Earlier this year during the NCAA Tournament, LeBron called UCONN’s Shabazz Napier one of the best point guards he had ever seen. Heat president Pat Riley did whatever he could to draft Napier, and with a crafty trade, he pulled it off. Napier will now be a member of the Heat, and Riley is hoping that that is a good first step to keeping LeBron in town.
And in a sweet moment in the draft, commissioner Adam Silver did an honorary draft pick for Baylor’s Isaiah Austen, whose playing career was announced officially over just days before the draft when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare disease affecting the heart. Austen said he always dreamed of hearing his name called, and the NBA gave him that experience. Just a very classy move.