How the Lakers’ teaching search turned embarrassing; Panthers take 2-0 sequence lead with a dominant Recreation 2 win

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One of the best coach in males’s school basketball is not going anyplace, and neither is his two-time reigning-champion program. Dan Hurley spurned a reported six-year, $70 million supply from the Lakers to remain at UConn.

Hurley emerged as the highest contender for Los Angeles’ emptiness final week, and we spilled loads of (digital) ink on why he’d be an important match with the Lakers due to his artistic, fashionable offense. He calls for excellence and will get it.

He’ll proceed getting it at UConn, making UConn an apparent “winner” in our winners and losers column. The Huskies — searching for the primary three-peat since 1967-73 UCLA — have a robust group for Hurley to guide.

  • Alex Karaban returned after testing NBA Draft waters.
  • Hassan Diarra and Samson Johnson have been key position gamers on final yr’s crew, and Solomon Ball and Jaylin Stewart ought to step up.
  • UConn added key transfers Aidan Mahaney (Saint Mary’s) and Tarris Reed (Michigan), ranked fortieth and eightieth, respectively, in Kyle Boone’s switch portal rankings.
  • Liam McNeeley, Ahmad Nowell and Isaiah Abraham are incoming freshmen. All three have been top-100 recruits per 247Sports, with McNeeley, a late addition, ranked tenth.

Gary Parrish says Hurley made the fitting choice. It is an enormous win for faculty basketball — superstars staying put is all the time good for a league, and Hurley is a celebrity coach — and I am unable to wait to see what Hurley and his crew have in retailer.

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🏀 And never such an excellent morning for …

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In dropping out on Hurley, the Lakers embarrassed themselves twofold.

The primary failure is the numbers hooked up to the headline. Six years and $70 million? It is a massive supply till you notice Erik Spoelstra obtained eight years and $120 million from the Warmth. Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich and Ty Lue all make extra per yr than the Lakers provided Hurley. Heck, even the Pistonsthe Pistons! — gave Monty Williams a fatter deal.

The Lakers are value greater than double the Pistons, in keeping with Forbes. And so they’ve shelled out earlier than. Phil Jackson was a top-paid coach. Los Angeles was prepared to pay Mike Krzyzewski and, earlier than that, Jerry Tarkanian prime greenback.

Now? This low-ball supply proves what’s improper with the league’s marquee franchise, Sam Quinn writes.

  • Quinn: “There isn’t any world wherein their model of an all-in supply for a head coach ought to be smaller than Detroit’s. That it was reveals why Hurley was in all probability proper to cross on this job. The Lakers both do not perceive or are willfully ignoring the league’s present teaching market. In the event that they weren’t prepared to pay Hurley market-rate, would they’ve shelled out for prime assistants? Would they’ve paid for the infrastructure it will have taken for him to implement his complete program?”

The second failure is with the Lakers’ search as an entire. Earlier than the Hurley bombshell, the reported frontrunner was JJ Redick, a former participant who has by no means coached. So what is the path? What is the plan? It is clear they’ve neither, Invoice Reiter opines.

  • Reiter: “The Lakers appear as an alternative to be working as if hiring an NBA head coach is like scrolling by means of Netflix for a film on a Friday evening. A ‘let’s simply see what grabs us’ is not precisely a sound solution to run an NBA group. There are penalties for this sort of slipshod, public, throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks method.”

Does Los Angeles sheepishly circle again to Redick? Pursue James Borrego, who may have loads of suitors? Jasmyn Wimbish has the most recent on a whirlwind teaching search.

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🏒 Panthers take 2-0 Stanley Cup Closing lead behind unlikely hero

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The Oilers could not beat Sergei Bobrovsky on any of their 32 pictures on purpose in Recreation 1, so when Mattias Ekholm scored on Edmonton’s first try heading in the right direction in Recreation 2, issues have been wanting up.

As a substitute, that was Edmonton’s high-water mark. For a second straight recreation, the Panthers stifled the Oilers’ assault and obtained loads of offense, profitable 4-1 to take a 2-0 sequence lead.

  • Niko Mikkola tied issues within the second interval. Moments after almost placing the puck in his personal web, Mikkola fired previous Stuart Skinner on the push for simply his second purpose of the playoffs.
  • Then got here the Evan Rodrigues present within the third interval. First, he regained possession deep in Florida’s offensive zone, and his deflected shot beat Skinner stick aspect to offer the hosts the lead.
  • He doubled the lead 9 minutes in a while the facility play with a terrific redirect. It snapped Edmonton’s streak of 34 consecutive energy performs killed.
  • Rodrigues now has three targets within the Stanley Cup Closing. He had three within the Panthers’ prior 17 postseason video games.
  • Aaron Ekblad offered an empty-netter to offer Florida its second straight three-goal win.

The Panthers are the fifty fifth crew to take a 2-0 Stanley Cup Closing lead. Of the earlier 54, 49 have lifted the Cup. Issues are wanting good for the Panthers forward of their lengthy flight to Edmonton.

⛳ U.S. Open storylines, sleepers, extra

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Scottie Scheffler is the story going into the U.S. Open. He has gained 5 of his final eight begins. He is doing stuff that hasn’t been executed in many years. He is the overwhelming favourite.

However as Kyle Porter writes in his prime storylines, do not sleep on a number of the world’s greatest not named Scheffler.

  • Porter: “It is Collin Morikawa — not Scheffler, nor Xander Schauffele nor Rory McIlroy nor anybody else — who has been within the remaining pairing on Sunday at each the Masters and the PGA Championship to date this yr. In principle, the U.S. Open ought to be the foremost he performs one of the best, too. …  If Morikawa has been forgotten, Brooks Koepka is barely remembered. Koepka’s finishes on the final six U.S. Opens wherein he is performed appear to be this: Win, Win, 2nd, T4, fifty fifth, T17.”

Patrick McDonald, in the meantime, has some deeper sleepers in addition to 9 golfers it’s best to root for. One participant makes each lists.

  • McDonald: Sahith Theegala — Taking part in within the penultimate pairing Sunday, the free-swinging proper hander skilled his first style of main competition earlier than falling off the tempo to a T12 end. A pleasant consequence at Memorial has set the stage for Theegala’s arrival at Pinehurst the place his creativity and shot making ought to permit him to get within the combine.”

Lastly, Kyle breaks down 5 issues to find out about Pinehurst No. 2, which he says “has stood the take a look at of time and stays one of many crown jewels on this nation.”

⚽ Golazo 100: Getting old stars spotlight No. 40-21

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We’re nearing the highest of our Golazo 100 countdown. We hit on gamers ranked fortieth to twenty first Monday, with some getting older stars displaying they nonetheless obtained it.

  • 40. Luka Modric, midfield, Actual Madrid “Modric is used sparingly by Carlo Ancelotti in La Liga, however within the UCL his capability to alter video games can nonetheless come in useful.”
  • 36. Cristiano Ronaldo, ahead, Al-Nassr “A 35-goal league season in Saudi Arabia helps and will tee him up properly to play a extra significant position with the Portuguese in Germany than he did on the FIFA 2022 World Cup.”
  • 22. Toni Kroos, midfield, Actual Madrid“Kroos delivered one masterclass after one other over the course of the 2023-24 season … He’ll simply go down as one in every of his technology’s greatest gamers, and might be missed.”

There’s loads of younger expertise, too (on this considerably biased author’s opinion, Cole Palmer is underrated, even at thirtieth), and James Benge wrote on gamers who may crack subsequent yr’s prime 100, together with …

  • Benge:Warren Zaire-Emery, Paris Saint-Germain — It might sound too early for the French crew to make room for an 18-year-old, however a lot the identical was mentioned when Zaire-Emery was breaking into the Paris Saint-Germain crew, the teen firmly establishing himself as an answer for what had been the champions nice downside place for thus lengthy.

📺 What we’re watching Tuesday

Phillies at Crimson Sox, 7:10 p.m. on TBS
🏀 Lynx at Aces, 10 p.m. on NBA TV

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