Let’s call it Wednesday.

Posted: May 17, 2023 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The San Antonie Spurs won the National Basketball Association’s draft lottery last night, so they’ll have the #1 pick in the draft, and everything points to them selecting Victor Wembanyama.

Wembanyama is the 7-foot 3-inch 19-year-old who’s been playing in the LNB Pro A league in France. Wembanyama has played the last two seasons for the Metropolitans 92.

It’s kind of interesting that not only Wembanyama, but the apparent 1st pick in the National Hockey League draft Connor Bedard are looked at as franchise changing players.

The Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL’s draft lottery and they’re expected to draft Bedard as they try to rebuild their franchise after the departure of players like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

The Spurs were 22-60 last season while the Blackhawks were 26-49-7 last season. Even with the drafting of Wembanyama and Bedard how far away are these two franchises from not only contending to winning a championship, but actually winning a championship.

Now we’ve seen one star player help start to turn a team around, but it’s going to take more than just one young star player to get a team to a championship. Remember Lebron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, but he didn’t win an NBA championship with the Cavaliers until 2016. James actually won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat before returning to Cleveland and winning a championship.

Obviously, it won’t be a surprise at all if Wembanyama and Bedard end up winning the Rookie of the Year awards in their leagues as a matter of fact it will probably be expected of them. Will just have to wait and see how long it gets them to help their respective teams return to the playoffs and then will have to continue to wait and see if they can help those teams win a championship.

We’re into the conference finals in both the NBA and the NHL.

In Game 1 of the Western conference finals the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 132-126, Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double scoring 34 points grabbing 21 rebounds and handing out 14 assists. Game 1 of the Eastern conference finals is tonight as the Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat.

Over in the NHL Game 1 of the Eastern conference finals is tonight with the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Florida Panthers. The Western conference finals starts on Thursday as the Dallas Stars take on the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

There’s been a lot of talk about where Aaron Judge was looking during Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. There were a number of people who thought that Judge was looking into the Yankees dugout to steal signs. Other people thought that Judge was just looking at his base coaches. To no one’s surprise the Blue Jays took offense to this and there’s been some words exchanged between the two teams.

I can understand one team not being happy with another team stealing their signs if that’s what actually happened, but if the Yankees did find a way to steal the Blue Jays signs, if they did it without breaking any of Major League Baseball’s rules.

Stealing signs is not necessarily a violation of Major League Baseball‘s (MLB) rulebook; it depends how the signs are stolen. At the December 1961 Winter Meetings, the National League banned the use of a “mechanical device” to steal signs. The use of electronic equipment is not specifically forbidden by MLB rules, but in 2001, Sandy Alderson, while serving as executive vice president for baseball operations of MLB, issued a memorandum stating that teams cannot use electronic equipment to communicate with each other during games, especially for the purpose of stealing signs. Before the 2019 season, in an effort to reduce illegal sign stealing, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred instituted specific prohibitions on where teams could position cameras and how instant replay officials can communicate with managers.

Do you have any issues with the Yankees stealing signs if they did?

Don’t forget to look for me on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

  1. Of course Judge justified his glancing into the dugout stating that he was objecting to all the chirping emanating from there when the score was 6-0 late in the game. He also has some Florida property he wants to sell you! As usual, the Bulls didn’t get the luck of the draw on the #1 draft choice which was not a huge surprise. Of course they did get D. Rose back in the day and that was a very fortunate roll of the dice for them! (Florida property #2!)


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