Green Is Golden, the Tigers Are Prowling, but a Tiger Is Lost
By Alex LaGrone
Now that the NBA Finals are over let's look at a couple of story lines. Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, capped off a standout third, NBA season, with a triple-double (16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assist) helping the Warriors win the title over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For the season, Green finished second in voting for most improved player and defensive player of the year. He was also named to the leagues all defensive first team.
Green has won at every level in his career. He's won the Big Ten tournament title his senior year at Michigan State and also reached two Final Fours after winning two state championships at Saginaw High.
And now Green, the kid who showed up at MSU from Saginaw with baby fat, has turned himself into a rising star and a NBA champion.
LeBron James of the Cavs fell short in these finals. The Cavs, playing mostly with seven players, were unable to keep up with the Warriors and its deep bench.
"I ran out of gas, I gave all I could give, stated James. The Cavs were short handed when they lost two starters due to injuries, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, made the best decision of the finals when he inserted Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup. Iguodala went on to become the finals MVP.
What's wrong with Tiger and the Tigers. Let's start with the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are in third place and trying to keep pace with the improved and feisty Kansas City Royals.
The Royals are one of the top teams in the American League. They have talent from top to bottom in their lineup. They do many things well, especially on defense. The offense is not that bad either. They can score runs in more ways than just the long ball (home runs). They run the bases well to go along with a good pitching staff.
On the other hand, the Tigers have a lot to feel good about. They have Miguel Cabrera, pitcher David Price, J.D Martinez, Victor Martinez (the all-Martinez wrecking crew) and the return of pitcher, Justin Verlander.
Pitching and defense rule in today's Major League Baseball, but this Tigers squad is built to succeed primarily on the power hitting game. If the Tigers can be more consistent they can catch the Royals for first place.
Tiger Woods is considered the greatest golfer of all time and a great success story dominating what is regarded as an all white sport. The question is, what has happened to Tiger (who hasn't won a major tournament since 2008)?
Tiger has pointed out that some of his struggles are due to some injuries; i.e lower back, neck, knee along with a change in his golf swing. However, some of his challenges may be mental as well. He hasn't been the same since his well publicized marital fallout.
Either way it would be great to see Tiger get back to his old form and win a couple more tournaments.