Welcome to the Monday Morning Schvitz. Listen, after a weekend full of fried food and beer, no one is ready to go back to work. Nothing gets you back to 100% than sitting in the sauna and working up a little schvitz. The MMS will help you pass the time while your passing time at the office.
The Unspoken Benefits of All-Star Weekend
The Chicago Bulls were not represented in Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game, but they were still well represented the rest of the weekend in Los Angeles. Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn participated in the Future Stars game Friday night, Markkanen also competed in the Taco Bell Skills Competition and NBA Dunk Contest Champion, Zach LaVine was part of the broadcast crew during this year’s competition. Why is participation in All-Star Weekend important? They say pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ll let Instagram do the talking:
Recruiting is just as important in the NBA as it is in college basketball. If you aren’t making friends with the other superstars in the league at either All-Star Weekends or Olympic summers, you are at a disadvantage come NBA Free Agency. One of the reasons I was against trading Jimmy Butler was that it left a glaring hole on the roster of a guy who could recruit another star to play in Chicago. Friday and Saturday night eased those worries as we already see Markkanen, LaVine, and Dunn putting in work off the court. Now we just need to see how they play together the last stretch of this season.
All-Star Celebrity Game Collaborations
I’m not the biggest fan of celebrity sporting competitions. It’s painful enough watching the retired Gold Coasters playing pickup Sunday morning at FFC, I don’t need to see a televised version of it. That being said, the game Friday night did give me one thing I know I DEFINITELY NEED to see (and hear) this summer. I’m all here for the Bieber/Migos summer jam of the Summer. Quavo said if he and Bieber were on the same team they would have been the best 1-2 punch ever. Well let’s see that in the recording studio!
The Rays are hiding in the shadow of the Marlins
There’s a lot of hate being thrown at Derek Jeter (all of it warranted) for how he’s come into Miami and lit a stick of dynamite to the roster, but there’s another Florida team that needs some attention for it’s similar roster dismantling. The Rays this winter have traded Evan Longoria, Jake Odorizzi, and DFA’d their lone All-Star, Corey Dickerson while Chris Archer and Alex Colome remain on the trade block. If the roster deconstruction wasn’t bad enough for the fans in Tampa, the team is also pushing the Tampa area to help financially with building a new stadium for the Rays. I am one who totally gets rebuilding when you have an aging roster surrounding only a few stars, so I don’t really have a problem with the moves. My issue is that while you’re trying to be bad on the field, don’t make yourself look equally bad as a rich billionaire to ask for a handout from the city to build a new stadium.
Have a great week, Chicago!