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THE UCONN HUSKIES
The best coach in men’s college basketball isn’t going anywhere, and neither is his two-time reigning-champion program. Dan Hurley spurned a reported six-year, $70 million offer from the Lakers to stay at UConn.
Hurley emerged as the top contender for Los Angeles’ vacancy last week, and we spilled plenty of (virtual) ink on why he’d be a great fit with the Lakers thanks to his creative, modern offense. He demands excellence and gets it.
He’s going to continue getting it at UConn, making UConn an obvious “winner” in our winners and losers column. The Huskies — seeking the first three-peat since 1967-73 UCLA — have a strong group for Hurley to lead.
Gary Parrish says Hurley made the right decision. It’s a huge win for college basketball — superstars staying put is always good for a league, and Hurley is a superstar coach — and I can’t wait to see what Hurley and his team have in store.
THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS
In losing out on Hurley, the Lakers embarrassed themselves twofold.
The first failure is the numbers attached to the headline. Six years and $70 million? It’s a big offer until you realize Erik Spoelstra got eight years and $120 million from the Heat. Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich and Ty Lue all make more per year than the Lakers offered Hurley. Heck, even the Pistonsthe Pistons! — gave Monty Williams a fatter deal.
The Lakers are worth more than double the Pistons, according to Forbes. And they’ve shelled out before. Phil Jackson was a top-paid coach. Los Angeles was willing to pay Mike Krzyzewski and, before that, Jerry Tarkanian top dollar.
Now? This low-ball offer proves what’s wrong with the league’s marquee franchise, Sam Quinn writes.
The second failure is with the Lakers’ search as a whole. Before the Hurley bombshell, the reported frontrunner was JJ Redick, a former player who has never coached. So what’s the path? What’s the plan? It’s clear they have neither, Bill Reiter opines.
Does Los Angeles sheepishly circle back to Redick? Pursue James Borrego, who could have plenty of suitors? Jasmyn Wimbish has the latest on a whirlwind coaching search.
The Oilers couldn’t beat Sergei Bobrovsky on any of their 32 shots on goal in Game 1, so when Mattias Ekholm scored on Edmonton’s first attempt on target in Game 2, things were looking up.
Instead, that was Edmonton’s high-water mark. For a second straight game, the Panthers stifled the Oilers’ attack and got plenty of offense, winning 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Panthers are the 55th team to take a 2-0 Stanley Cup Final lead. Of the previous 54, 49 have lifted the Cup. Things are looking good for the Panthers ahead of their long flight to Edmonton.
Scottie Scheffler is the story going into the U.S. Open. He has won five of his last eight starts. He’s doing stuff that hasn’t been done in decades. He’s the overwhelming favorite.
But as Kyle Porter writes in his top storylines, don’t sleep on some of the world’s best not named Scheffler.
Patrick McDonald, meanwhile, has some deeper sleepers as well as nine golfers you should root for. One player makes both lists.
Finally, Kyle breaks down five things to know about Pinehurst No. 2, which he says “has stood the test of time and remains one of the crown jewels in this country.”
We’re nearing the top of our Golazo 100 countdown. We hit on players ranked 40th to 21st Monday, with some aging stars showing they still got it.
There’s plenty of young talent, too (in this somewhat biased writer’s opinion, Cole Palmer is underrated, even at 30th), and James Benge wrote on players who could crack next year’s top 100, including …
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