7.5.16: The Splash Family

Good morning, team SQ! We hope you enjoyed all of the fireworks this July 4th, including the ones in NBA free agency land… that’s right, we’re talking about Kevin Durant. ICYMI, he’s going to the Golden State Warriors. Let’s start our Tuesday re-watching his top plays from this season:

By the way… Team SQ will be taking a short break while we prepare to provide you with in-depth Olympics analysis. We’ll be back on the 1st of August with all the news you need to know.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Basketball

Like we said in the intro, this weekend was all about NBA free agency. The Golden State Warriors may have lost this season’s title to the Cleveland Cavaliers but they definitely won the off-season. How you ask? Well, yesterday, Kevin Durant announced that he’s leaving  the Oklahoma City Thunder to go to Golden State. Let’s break this down further… that means that the Warriors now have the last three MVPs (KD, and Steph Curry (twice)) to go along with Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. The NBA is just the best.

Keep in mind that while most of the sports world will be debating 3 things: 1) How well will the super Warriors mesh together? 2) What will they be like against LeBron James, and what will the Cavs be like next season? and 3) Will the Oklahoma City Thunder try to trade Russell Westbrook before he likely leaves after next season too?, there is other free agency/trade news as well:

  • The New York Knicks have a new look team — seeing how Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, and Courtney Lee are now on the team.
  • Al Horford is now a member of the Boston Celtics.
  • Kent Bazemore got a great new contract to stay with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Dwyane Wade (is likely to) and Hassan Whiteside re-signed with the Miami Heat.
  • Pau Gasol is about to sign with the San Antonio Spurs.

Soccer

We made it through the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with Portugal beating Poland in penalty kicks on Thursday, Wales scoring a 3-1 victory over Belgium on Friday, Germany beating Italy in penalty kicks on Saturday, and France winning 5-2 over Iceland on Sunday.

Tomorrow, we’ll watch Portugal take on Wales, and Thursday, Germany will play France (both at 3pm EST) in the semi-finals. The winners of these two matches will play each other in the finals on Saturday the 10th.

Tennis

The biggest news of Wimbledon so far is that Novak Djokovic is out! He lost to America’s Sam Querrey after rain delays. Querrey was seeded 28th, so this was a huge win for him. And, Djokovic, the world’s no. 1, has now ended his hopes for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

We’re now headed into the men’s and women’s quarter-finals at Wimbledon. On the women’s side, Serena Williams will play Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaDominika Cibulkova will take on Elena VesninaSimona Halep will play against Angelique Kerber, and Venus Williams will play Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday. On the men’s side, we’ll watch Sam Querrey taking on Milos Raonic, Roger Federer playing Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga playing against Andy Murray, and Lucas Pouille playing either Tomas Berdych or Jiri Vesely on Wednesday (Berdych v. Vesely finishes up on Tuesday).

JUST FOR FUN

A little cheer after the storm
The double rainbow that appeared over Wimbledon on Friday

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Thank you, Pat Summitt
The Tennessee Lady Vols coach passed away this past week
She was the inspirational advocate that made America pay attention to women’s sports

An interesting approach to training
Ex-NFL player Randall Cunningham’s daughter is headed to Rio for the high jump
Vashti Cunningham’s father has been training her, and she says that they are similar athletes

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