Yeah, the intro is still a work in progress. I was going to work on it this weekend but you know, I just didn't. It's still going to be a video or audio thing in some way, shape or form; maybe I'll figure that out today. Alright, time for the Minute.
Tony Parker announces his retirement
I never liked the Spurs growing up because I was always rooting for the Suns out West, but I respect the hell out of them. With Gregg Popovich on the sidelines and Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker running it on the court, they pulled in four titles and were staples in the playoffs literally every year. I'm going to keep this brief, but congrats to Tony Parker on a Hall of Fame career. He was on the cover of NBA LIVE 09 and I ran that shit constantly on my PSP. Try and run up on me when I'm using the 2008-09 Suns, I dare you. With the upcoming season being Vince Carter's last, I think that'll close the books on the legends of my childhood, sans LeBron (does KD count?) The Spurs' Big Three is officially gone, Kobe's gone, Shaq's gone, Boston's Big Three hung it up, damn. Thankfully the league is in the best hands it's ever been in because the NBA is only going to get crazier over the next few years.
Cheers, Tony Parker.
KD is a game-time decision tonight for Game 5
Game 5 is tonight in Toronto and the Warriors are down 3-1, so the odds of them elongating the series are looking tough. KD hasn't played since he went down with a calf strain against the Rockets, which honestly seems like months ago, and his return has been shrouded with uncertainty. His status seems to always be up in the air but today Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that KD looked "great" in practice and would be a game-time decision tonight.
I don't think he's coming back, at least not tonight. IF the Warriors can steal this game and head back into Oakland only down 3-2, maybe KD comes back to try and force Game 7. He's got a massive payday coming up and he'll be 31 in the fall; gotta think long-term sometimes. I'm over the shitting on KD going to the Warriors because he chose the best basketball situation and made them significantly better. If they drop this series, their core of Steph, Klay, and Draymond will be 1-2 in Finals series without KD; not exactly a dynasty. I think I saw that they're 1-7 in their last eight home Finals games without KD, and it's important to keep in mind that he's won the last two Finals MVPs. The Warriors, probably the best team ever assembled, aren't the (once) feared dynasty they've become without KD.
Just saw a tweet from the Warriors' NBC Sports account that sources told one of their reporters that KD will play tonight. I haven't seen anything from Woj, Shams, or the official Warriors account so I'm not fully bought in yet.
David Ortiz stable after being shot in the Dominican Republic in an attempted robbery
This will probably be the first and last "Baseball" section of the Minute, but this couldn't be ignored. I've fallen off the baseball wagon hard in the last few years even though I try and keep a general knowledge, but younger me was all about the MLB. I've always loved the Red Sox and naturally Big Papi was one of my favorite players of all-time (Brian Wilson takes the cake as the favorite). Last night while watching Big Little Lies (more on that in a bit) I got a notification that Papi had been shot in the Dominican Republic. I was instantly shocked because 1. how big of a piece of shit do you have to be to do that and 2. I wasn't sure if he was OK. Reports continued to flood in that he was shot in the leg during an attempted robbery and was stable and recovering after surgery. It goes to show that horrible things can happen no matter how famous you are, but I'm glad he's doing alright. Get well soon, Papi.
Big Little Lies is back and Meryl Streep will forever live in my nightmares
This is the first show since Succession (new trailer for season two dropped last night) last summer that I'll be able to follow weekly. The first season of BLL was fucking awesome and season two got off to a great start last night. If you haven't watched any of it yet, catch up before next Sunday; you can knock it out in a day or two easily.
BLL is definitely my favorite show on TV right now and the fact that I have to wait a full week in-between episodes is excruciating. Don't worry, though, we're going to be bringing you a weekly podcast about the show throughout the duration of the season. Can't wait, it's gonna be a fun time. The Monterey 5 are back and trying to cope with the "murder" (that's what it'd be classified as, right? It wasn't premeditated and he deserved it so I don't know) while Meryl Streep tries to investigate what actually happened to her son. I'm trying to be as vague as possible in case somebody hasn't watched it yet. Streep is obviously a world-class actress and she brings her usual bravado (did I use that right?) and goes full out, perfectly nailing the role of a mysterious figure who seems like she'll go to some freaky lengths to solve her son's death. At one point in the episode she lets out an absolutely blood-curdling scream that I can't erase from my mind. I'm going to need to have my AirPods (I had them before they were cool) in 24/7 because when I'm not pumping something through them, I hear Meryl screaming bloody murder. A lot of groundwork was laid for what seems to be a crazy next few weeks, so for like the hundredth time, do yourself a favor and watch.