Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s June 22nd — 173 down, 192 to go.
And 12 till July the 4th.
YESTERDAY: The Rangers fell to the Blue Jays 7-5 at home; Joey Gallo hit an inside-the-park home run. At the College World Series, LSU beat Florida State 7-4 in an elimination game
TODAY: It’s NBA draft night for Jarrett Allen (ESPN, 6). At the CWS, it’s LSU-Oregon (2, ESPN) in an elimination game, followed by TCU and Louisville. The Astros are at the A’s (2:35) and the Rangers host the Blue Jays (1:05).
TOMORROW: The Rangers are at the Yankees (12:05 p.m.).
June 22 has a sports history. On this date, Astros, Rockies and Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile died at the age of 33 (2002); the Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks in Game 7 to win the NBA title (1994); New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young tied the MLB record with his 23rd straight loss (1993); Eric Lindros was taken No. 1 in the NHL entry draft by the Quebec Nordiques (1991); Tom Seaver retired (1987); Argentina beat England 2-1 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Diego Maradona‘s “Hand of God” and “Goal of the Century” goals (1986); Pete Rose recorded his 3,772nd career hit, moving past Hank Aaron into second place on the all-time hits list (1982); and John McEnroe famously screamed “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!” while protesting a line call in a first-round Wimbledon match (1981).
Today’s sports birthdays: Danny Green (30), Ian Kinsler (35), Brad Hawpe (38), Champ Bailey (39), Kurt Warner (46), former Orlando Magic guard Darrell Armstrong (49), former NFL tight end Eric Green (50) and Clyde Drexler (55). Pete Maravich would have turned 70 today. Other notables: Cindy Lauper (64), Meryl Streep (68) and Kris Kristofferson (81).
TODAY’S TRIVIA: … isn’t a trivia question. Just some did-you-knows regarding June 22 sports history:
1. Neither the Astros, Rockies nor Cardinals have retired Kile’s No. 57 — but they also have never given it to a player since his death five years ago.
2. McEnroe’s “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS” rant was voted fans’ top Wimbledon moment of all time in a 2010 poll.
3. There were just as many NBA Hall of Fame referees as there were players in that 1994 Finals series between the Rockets and Knicks. Hakeem Olajuwon (2008) and Patrick Ewing (2008) both made the Hall as did refs Dick Bavetta (2015) and Darrell Garrettson (2016).
4. Lindros was drafted first overall by the Nordiques in 1991, but he never played for Quebec; he spent 1991 prepping for the 1992 Winter Olympics, in which he won a silver medal for Canada, and then was part of a trade at the 1992 draft that sent him to the Flyers.
(Thank you, Wikepedia.)
TOP OF THE MENU: Jarrett Allen.
Where and when will his name be called tonight?
Deep but lacking elite star power, this year’s NBA draft will feature one Longhorn, as Allen follows former UT standouts like Durant and Aldridge and Turner and Thompson. And Allen’s selection will mark the first time a Central Texas high school graduate has been drafted since the Cleveland Cavaliers took Westlake’s Chris Mihm with the seventh overall pick of the 2000 draft.
Mock drafts have Allen going in the teens, more in the 16-20 range. Here’s a sampling of some of the more notable ones, grouped in ascending order of the picks:
No. 11: Chicago Bulls
Sports Illustrated: “Allen’s best-case scenario involves him becoming a drive-deterring, shot-blocking force who can anchor the back line of a team’s defense and flash to the rim for pick-and-roll finishes … but the start of Allen’s pro career could get rough as he tries to acclimate to the physicality of the NBA game.”
No. 15: Portland TrailBlazers
NBADraftroom.com: “A long and talented post player who controls the paint on both ends of the floor. Not a sexy pick but could develop into a long term starter at center and has a lot of untapped potential.”
No. 16: Chicago Bulls
Newsday: “Some team will fall in love with Allen’s size — 6-11 with a 7-5 1/2 wingspan — and will realize (a) how much he improved during his one season at Texas and (b) how little the Longhorns’ roster helped Allen showcase his skills.”
No. 17: Milwaukee Bucks
CBS Sports: “At the very least he can be an intimidating, explosive low-post presence. That’s a pretty nice floor.”
USA Today: “Allen would be a traditional choice. With no ideal point guard available, taking another ridiculously long, athletic big man could fit with the already existing plan in Milwaukee.”
Denver Post: “There are still some raw elements to Allen’s game, but his physical tools could make him the interior defensive complement to second-team all-NBA forward Giannis Antetokounmpo that Milwaukee needs to take the next step.”
No. 18: Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Times: “Allen can be an inside presence for the Pacers. He has a 7-foot-5 wingspan, and that will help him to score down low.”
NBC Sports: “Not a position of need, but too much potential to pass up at this point. … He could develop into a Clint Capella-style NBA big, but he’s got a lot of work to put in to get there.”
Kevin Lyttle, American-Statesman: “Allen, the Longhorns’ one-and-doner from St. Stephen’s, could go anywhere from 15 to 26. ”
No. 20: Portland TrailBlazers
The Sporting News: “Allen has some high offensive upside — he is raw but is a strong finisher in the paint and needs to add a jumper.”
Expect plenty of draft drama, between trades and how wide open this draft is. Recent Longhorns who’ve been drafted:
2015: Myles Turner, 11th overall to the Pacers
2011: Tristan Thompson, 4th overall to the Cavaliers
2011: Jordan Hamilton, 26th overall to the Mavericks (then traded to the Nuggets)
2011: Cory Joseph, 29th overall to the Spurs
2010: Avery Bradley, 19th overall to the Celtics
2010: Damion Jones, 24th overall to the Hawks (then traded to the Nets)
2010: Dexter Pittman, 32nd overall (2nd round) to the Heat
2008: D.J. Augustin, 9th overall to the Bobcats
2007: Kevin Durant, 2nd overall to the SuperSonics
What’s being written out there about the Longhorns? Not much. Our own Cedric Golden, however, caught up with Trey Hardee, who at 33 is hoping there’s one more Olympic decathlon in him.
AROUND THE BIG 12: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram advanced tonight’s TCU-Louisville elimination game at the College World Series by suggesting the Horned Frogs look to last year’s Coastal Carolina title team for inspiration. TCU’s not saying who’ll start tonight’s game, though. The paper also looked at the Big 12’s options in tonight’s NBA draft. The Waco Tribune-Herald took a look at Baylor forward Johnathan Motley’s draft prospects. The Trib also wrote about Baylor baseball players’ various summer baseball plans. Lincoln Riley is facing his first crisis; suspended OU safety Will Sunderland was charged with felony burglary on Wednesday. Here’s the Oklahoman’s report. OU also is looking to upgrade its baseball and softball facilities.
AROUND THE HORNS:
Men’s golf: Former Horn Omar Uresti shot a 3-under 69 to win on the second hole of a playoff for the 50th PGA Professional Championship in Oregon.
Swimming and diving: The men’s and women’s teams were named Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association for recording at least a 3.0 GPA. Eight men were named scholar all-Americans — P.J. Dunne, John Shebat, Clark Smith, Sam Stewart and honorable mentions Jared Butler, Imri Ganiel, Sean O’Brien and Austin Temple — and 13 women (Claire Adams, Olivia Anderson, Lauren Case, Madisyn Cox, Anelise Diener, Alison Gibson, Tasija Karosas and Remedy Rule, plus honorable mentions Quinn Carrozza, Maggie D’Innocenzo, Brooke Hansen, Jordan Surhoff and Brynne Wong).
Women’s tennis: Assistant coach Courtney Dolehide resigned on Wednesday after three years with the Longhorns program. She’s entering the MBA program at Georgetown University.
On June 22, 2008: George Carlin died. And former First Lady Pat Nixon in 1993. And Fred Astaire in 1987. And Judy Garland in 1969.
On June 22, 1942: Congress formally adopted the Pledge of Allegiance. And the first five minutes of elementary school were forever changed.
On June 22, 1941: Germany turned on the Soviet Union, breaking their World War II non-aggression pact when Adolf Hitler orders an invasion. It was known as Operation Barbarossa.
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