Keldon Johnson Already Considered the Steal of the NBA Draft

After a disappointing 4 point start, Keldon Johnson has been lighting up the NBA Summer League. Performances of 29 points and 19 points since then has made him one of the most impressive players from this year’s draft. He is even drawing the highest praise from member’s of his own organization like the Spurs’ own Becky Hammon.

“The steal of the Draft.” That is one hell of a compliment. Seeing what Keldon Johnson has done so far should make ever Spurs and Kentucky fan excited for what he can accomplish in this year and in his future career. So much raw ability mixed with the great developer of talent that Gregg Popovich is will make him a star in the near future. I am sure falling in the Draft has motivated the hell out of him.

Of course, Becky Hammon is an assistant for the Spurs so take what she says about her own players with a grain of salt. Keldon may not be the steal of the draft overall. I think that award goes to Carsen Edwards and the Celtics. But the steal of the first round? Absolutely. Just about every analyst had Johnson going in the late teens. Almost no one saw him dropping in to the 20’s much less all the way to 29. Always proud to see former Cats prove everyone wrong.

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Keldon Johnson Shows Out in Summer League Against Grizzlies

Keldon Johnson had a disappointing start to his NBA career. In his Summer League debut, he only posted 4 points. The Kentucky and Keldon Johnson haters were riding pretty high seeing such an underwhelming performance. I’d like to see all of them now after his game on Tuesday versus Memphis.

The 29th overall pick dropped 29 points, 7 boards and 3 assists. Basically by Summer League standards, He. Went. The hell. Off. Falling so far in the draft must have gotten to him, because he looked like this game was personal. Take a look at the highlights:

There’s that outside game we always knew he had. Also, seeing Keldon Johnson consistently getting out in transistion, especially when he is leading the charge, is going to be one of the most fun things to watch this summer.

Gregg Popovich has a way of figuring out exactly what was wrong with a player and turning them entirely around in 24 hours. And he just proved again why he is the best coach in the NBA. If Pop takes Keldon under his wing and develops him the same way he built Kawhi Leonard, then Joshson could end up being one of the league’s best players. (yes, I know that is a hot take after one good game in the Summer league.)

Harry Kane Injured

Very, very bad news for Tottenham Hotspur. Looking poised to make a championship push, or at least finish above Chelsea, Spurs has lost their top goal scorer, Striker Harry Kane.

In last weekends match versus Manchester United, Kane suffered an ankle injury which took him out of the competition. Upon further examination, it has been decided that the ankle ligaments will keep him out until early March.

This is a huge blow to Tottenham. Without Harry Kane, who looks like if Ryan Gosling were athletic and not a complete liability at cornerback, Spurs will have to rely on Fernando Llorente. He is one of the better back up options in the EPL when he is not always tripping over himself, but he is also not the Golden Boot candidate that Kane is. The injury will keep Kane out of both legs of the Round of 16 Champions League matchup with Borussia Dortmund and the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final versus Chelsea.

Tottenham is also missing Son Heung-min who is on international duty with South Korea in the Asia Cup. Missing these two will could prove to be very problematic heading into late January and February.

EPL Kick Fix: Matchday 13

The EPL is finally back. With what seemed like the eight international break this month coming to an end, we finally get club soccer back. More soccer actually happens during the break, but it always seems like so much less. Thankfully, we get the EPL and Champions League back this week. Keep an eye out for an article about why I hate the International Break so much.
Either way, big week for the EPL and especially my Spurs.

Tottenham vs. Chelsea– 3:1
Kane and Alli start us off right by both having goals in the first 20 minutes. Both goals assisted by Erikson who had his best game in a while. See what happens when we play our best players against the best teams? Take notes Pochettino. After a very exciting start, there was a serious lull in the middle of the game. This was brought to an end when some wanker from Chelsea tried to keep up with Son on a breakaway. Poor sap never had a chance. There was one more line of defense on this play, David Luiz A.K.A. The Big Useless. He did absolutely nothing as Son put away an easy goal. Finally some changes are made to the Chelsea line up and Giroud scores their only goal all but too late. Depending on who you ask, Chelsea should have won this game. If you ask smart people though, Spurs ran away with it. Great result to put us in the top 3 of the table.

Manchester City vs. West Ham United– 4:0
Not a whole lot to talk about here. Again, just your normal, weekly domination from Man City. Is blowing out every team even fun for the fans anymore? I’m sure it is, but City will get their fair chance at close games when they underachieve in Champions League yet again.

Liverpool vs. Watford– 3:0
Just like the Man City match, this one was pretty cut and dry. Liverpool came, saw, and conquered from start to finish. Salah added another goal in his defense of the Golden Boot which I fully expect. Alexander-Arnold put away an amazing free kick from well outside the box which made my jaw drop. Firmino added insult to injury with the final goal in the 89″. The part of this game I loved the most, though, was when Jordan Henderson was sent off for his second yellow. He made his wild tackle and instead of pleading his case, he just showed himself the door. I am not sure if he even looked at the official. 

Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace– 0:0
Manchester United is 7th in the most recent EPL Table and this did not help at all. Right now, Man U wouldn’t even get into Europa League. I find that hilarious. If they want to get over this hump and start resolving the plethora of problems they have, then they need to start winning games especially against bottom table teams. Personally, I hope they keep drawing and losing. More room for Spurs up top.

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth– 2:1
Good win for the Gunners. I don’t have too terribly much to say about this game except for one goal. It was by Bournemouth, but into their own goal. Lerma was trying to block a cross or something and ended up landing the perfect strike into his own upper corner. Gotta hand it to Arsenal, they really let the other team give them this game.

Weekly Awards:
Bloke of the Week: David Luiz (Chelsea)- watched and/or stood still while Tottenham scored three goals on him. He was in the vicinity of all three and definitely should have had more of a say in them. This is why I have dubbed him “The Big Useless” and Bloke of the Week.
Brilliant Lad: Christian Erikson (Tottenham)- Best game he has had in a while. Had two assists in a very important win for Spurs. Moves into sole possession of third place and only 5 points behind the leader, Man City.
Absolute Firecracker: Tie between Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) for his Own Goal and Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) for his beautiful free kick.

Christian Pulisic Needs to Move to EPL

Even at the age of 20, Christian Pulisic has already established himself as the greatest American soccer player of all time. I know that isn’t the most impressive thing in the soccer world, but he was a teenager just a couple of months ago. Don’t come at me and say the best player is Donovan, Dempsey or Wynalda. They are bench players at best compared to Pulisic. Not hot, homeless garbage like Alexei Lalas, but replaceable nonetheless.

Pulisic has seen a cut in his playing time this year at Borussia Dortmund. He needs to get out of there and he needs to get out soon. Even if Bayern come knocking, I think he should make a move to the English Premier League instead. Pulisic has an incredible amount of potential. In order for him to reach that potential, he needs to be on a better team playing consistently better competition. Dortmund and the Bundesliga cannot provide that. While Dortmund has a very good development program (just ask Bayern), they have done all that they can do.

He needs to make the move at the end of the season, but not just to anywhere. It needs to be to a top 6 team (Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham). He also needs to be allowed to play his Right Wing position, not the everything role he is forced into with US Soccer. Pulisic has proven with Team USA that he can shine without support, but he needs to be surrounded by good players if he is going to be consistent.

I see this as the most likely destination. Salah will most likely be bought in the very near future. They are going to need a great, young talent to replace him at RW. Pulisic will not be able to pick up right where Salah left off in terms of goals, but he would be a great fit.

Manchester City
He would have to take a cut to his playing team (yes, even more than now), but he would shine in that offense.

This would be awesome for Pulisic. I love the idea of him as Hazard’s counter-part. Also, the club will need a new winger soon since Real Madrid has said that Eden Hazard is on their short-list.

Okay, I would go absolutely insane if this happened. Spurs has had some serious problems with injuries and having a consistent RW. Pulisic could really use a prominent role that Spurs could give him as a chance to develop.

Manchester United and Arsenal
Cannot see him going here. These clubs have a history of misusing attacking players and not getting much production out of them. I am willing to argue this with anyone.