"The Stack" 6-26-17

The Stack is back on this Monday with really not a whole lot to talk about. It’s going to be a short post today and we most likely won’t have a blog post every day this week, but with NBA free agency looming, that may change. Now though let’s get to some of the headlines in the world of sports from the weekend for today, Monday, June 26th:

Biggest headlines from the sports weekend

This is the lone item in “the stack” today, but it is filled with a hodgepodge and potpourri of random sports headlines. The NHL Draft was this weekend in Chicago. Sorry to say that even though I’m a big NHL fan I couldn’t tell you anything about these players that went, but I do know that the Vegas Golden Knights had a pretty good draft and people seem to like what the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers did so that is nice.

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their efforts to land Indiana’s Paul George involving the Pacers and the Denver Nuggets in a trade that would send Kevin Love to Denver and George to Cleveland. No deal was made, but the Cavaliers will continue to try. They also appear to be the frontrunners for Carmelo Anthony’s services should the Knicks buy him out this offseason.

The Dallas Mavericks have informed Dirk Nowitzki they will not be picking up his option for next season, but that is a little misleading. The Mavericks intend to work out another deal with Nowitzki that will keep him around past this upcoming season.

By the way, the NBA Awards are tonight I believe on TNT if you’re interested. If Russell Westbrook doesn’t win MVP, the award should be declared a fraud.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby crown in his own stadium when the all-star festivities come to town in a couple of weeks. It would have been very disappointing if Stanton wouldn’t have participated. He’s my favorite to win it.

On Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs extended head coach Andy Reid and shortly after they announced that they fired general manager John Dorsey. Seems a little strange, but perhaps there was a power struggle and Reid won out. Either way, for an organization that has been pretty successful in terms of making the playoffs the past few seasons, the decision to fire Dorsey so late in the offseason is a little bizarre.

I mentioned last week after the U.S. Open both in this blog and on my podcast “The Sports Block” (now on iTunes) that I don’t think golf is in the greatest place right now despite all of the really good players they have, because no one is stepping up and being a star. Jordan Spieth is a star, but he hasn’t done much winning lately especially in majors. The Travelers Championship is not a major, but Spieth was leading going into Sunday so my interest in the tournament was higher than most any other week. Spieth won in a playoff over Daniel Berger and Spieth did it in epic fashion by sinking in a shot out of the bunker for birdie. Berger would miss his long birdie attempt and Spieth won the tournament. This is what golf needs to more of. Guys like Spieth and Rory McIlroy to win. Spieth was leading going into Sunday and that is a good thing for golf. Him winning the tournament is also a great thing for the sport.

Told you there were a lot of different topics and items from the weekend.

Coming up later this week: Reaction to top stories and headlines from the sports world