Roundup: Big Pac-12 footprint on NBA Finals
The Pac-12 will be well-represented in the NBA Finals this year not just on the court, but on the staffs as well. Remember former Cal basketball player Theo Robertson? He’s a video intern for the Warriors, and Jeff Faraudo caught up with dude earlier this week.
Oh and don’t forget about former Arizona hooper Luke Walton, now an assistant with the Dubs. Walton is using his NBA Finals experience as a player to help prepare Golden State players for the big stage. The Warriors do not have a single player on their roster that has previous NBA Finals experience.
One more NBA Finals link for today – SB Nation’s Tim Cato and Satchel Price write that Golden State’s bet on Klay Thompson over Kevin Love has paid off. The Dubs could have traded Klay for Love but opted to keep their shooting guard.
USC men’s golf lost in the NCAA match play final to LSU Wednesday, earning its highest finish (second) in program history. Our guy Tyson Winter has the nuts and bolts.
Yahoo Sports informs us that quarterback Asiantii Woulard is transferring from UCLA, as Woulard stated as much on Twitter Wednesday. The clears up the UCLA QB race a tad, with much of the focus now on Josh Rosen and Jerry Neuheisel.
Former Stanford basketball player Jason Collins recently compared Tony Dungy's homophobic comments to Donald Sterling's racist comments in an interview he did with USA Today about an international study on homophobia in sports. Last summer, Dungy said he wouldn’t draft the openly-gay Michael Sam because he “wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”
Former Utah pitcher Tyler Wagner made his MLB debut Sunday with the Milwaukee Brewers, going 3.2 innings in his first start in what turned out to be a 17-inning marathon victory over Arizona. Kyle Goon gets the reaction from Wagner in the article linked above. Wagner is currently back down with Double-A Biloxi, and how about this – Saturday will be Biloxi’s first home game at its new ballpark; they have played 55 straight road games thus far. That’s some road trip. #OnlyInTheMinors
Oregon State baseball rookies KJ Harrison, Drew Rasmussen and Mitch Hickey were named Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball. Connor Letourneau notes that this (three frosh AAs) is a single-season high for Oregon State.
The Kansas City Chiefs have moved De’Anthony Thomas to receiver, reports Tyson Alger of The Oregonian. The Black Mamba was a running back for the Chiefs in 2014.
Doug Haller features Arizona State wide receiver Ellis Jefferson, who should have a bigger role in 2015 than the 11-catch, 144-yard, two-touchdown season he produced in 2014. Good stuff on him living with Mike Bercovici, Jordan Simone and DJ Foster.
CUBuffs.com’s B.G. Brooks whips up another good feature, this one on Colorado women’s basketball player Alina Hartmann. The Germany native had some trouble adjusting to the American game in her freshman season last year but has really started to pick things up. She will play with the German U20 team this summer.
Kevin Gemmell examines Washington football’s non-conference schedule in 2015. At Boise State should be a juicy opener for obvious reasons.