A weekend with no NBA? Seems rather weird, but there was major news from the NBA that The Stack will be talking about today as well as other top stories from the weekend so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, June 24:
Doc Rivers going to L.A.
The back and forth, on-again off-again trade talks between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers regarding head coach Doc Rivers has finally reached a conclusion. Just when it looked like the Clippers were going into a different direction, something changed and the Clippers finally pulled the trigger, sending a 2015 first round pick to the Celtics for Rivers. Rivers will sign a three-year deal worth $21 million. Once the trade is approved, and the NBA most likely will approve the deal, don't expect the Clippers to be done wheeling and dealing. This is just the first of many deals I would predict. The Clippers will most likely make a run at Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce, making the Clippers the Celtics of the west. They are also trying to land Dwight Howard which means DeAndre Jordan's time with the Clippers may be coming to an end. All of this in an attempt to keep Chris Paul in L.A. with the Clippers. It likely will. The Clippers are showing they are serious about building a championship contender. Owner Donald Sterling has always been tight with his money and everyone knows it. This move shows he's serious about making the Clippers the team to beat in the western conference. A lot has to happen for this to happen, but one domino has already fallen. Expect more to follow suit.
Blackhawks can win cup tonight
The Chicago Blackhawks kept the momentum of their game four thrilling win up Saturday night with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins Saturday night. Each team lost stars in Saturday's game. Jonathan Toews missed the third period for the Blackhawks with what the team is calling an "upper body injury" following a hit by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron hopes to play in game six after he exited game five in the second period with an undisclosed injury. He went to a hospital for observation. The Blackhawks lead the series 3-2 which means the Stanley Cup will be in the building tonight for game 6 (8 PM ET on NBC). The Bruins hope that it goes back to Chicago, but not with the Blackhawks celebrating with it. They want to go back to Chicago themselves. Boston needs to find their defensive grove again. Seems as though Chicago has broken through the Bruins defense making Zdeno Chara more of a liability than an asset. Back in their own building though, Boston regains the mojo and forces a game seven in this fascinating Stanley Cup Finals. Will be a fun night on the ice tonight.
Aaron Hernandez update
To this point, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hasn't been arrested. That should soon change with police obtaining a warrant for his arrest for obstruction of justice. Why that hasn't been served yet remains puzzling to many. Some believe that this is a scare tactic by police to try and get Hernandez to cooperate more with the murder investigation of Odin Lloyd. Over the weekend police went into Hernandez's home and emerged with roughly 15 evidence bags. While the investigation has been going plenty fast, it seems like police are hitting a road block. Hernandez likely will be charged with more than just an obstruction of justice charge, but this is clearly taking time. Hernandez is going to be charged with more crimes I have a feeling. It's just whether or not that comes with a murder charge or not. There will be plenty more to come out on this hopefully today and definitely later this week. We haven't heard the last of this case.
The third grand slam of the season is about to get underway in London. Perhaps tennis' most prestigious and anticipated grand slam of the season starts today at the all-England club. On the men's side, Rafael Nadal drew a five seed which seems strange given that he won the French Open. That may help Nadal in reaching the finals, but there are certainly other challengers. Britain's own Andy Murray certainly will be ready for the challenge and is looking for the Wimbledon title. Novak Djokovic is certainly a favorite. Almost weird to think that Roger Federer's dominance at this tournament has come to an end. Don't think Nadal will win this one. My money is on Dkojovic or Murray and I'll take Djokovic.
As for the women, there is certainly some drama leading into the opening round between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. According to Williams, in a story published in Roling Stone magazine, there was a misunderstanding with the writer about over a comment about Sharapova's personal life. Sharapova obviously didn't take too kindly to that and Williams says she has since apologized to Sharapova in person. Those two are the ones to watch for at Wimbledon. Williams is on a hot streak. Sharapova would love to dethrone Williams. Until that happens, you have to take Williams to win Wimbledon.
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