I'm back! Since my last time of writing, I was in multiple weddings, got married myself and went on a lovely honeymoon in France. To say it has been a whirlwind is an understatement. My wife and I got to attend a few Women's World Cup matches in France (U-S-A!) but because of the time difference, I was forced to watch both game's 5 and 6 of the Finals many hours after they aired. I already knew the score and that injuries were coming in both games, but still watched because it is the Finals. Both games were classics, but I have to say, the injuries cast a shadow over the whole series. I tried to not let that effect my enjoyment, but it was hard not to knowing the injuries were coming. Congrats to the Raptors on their historic win and get well soon KD and Klay.
Obviously, the basketball world has been focused on Twitter and the like in the last week or so, trying to keep up with free agency. Sunday night, the 30th, was one of the wildest nights in league history with news of deals flying in left and right. Kemba to Boston, Kyrie to Brooklyn, Jimmy to Miami and then not and then to Miami again. It was feverish stuff and no doubt fun to follow. I do hope, though, that June 30th and July 1st don't become the most popular days on the calendar for basketball fans. The games are great and the reason teams make moves in the first place. I hope that perspective holds, but I am afraid it will not.
Ok, so what has been happening with this site? Well, during the week of the wedding and honeymoon, nothing. But, since I have been back I have spent this past week updating the site in a variety of ways. I fixed any broken video links, cleaned up a few typos but most of all updated the lists. The Franchises and Coaches list saw minimal changes, but you can go look at those to see where your favorite team or coach ranks. I added two entries to the Moments list, both are buzzer beating game winners in the playoffs. Damian Lillard's comes in at #37 and Kawhi Leonard's landed the lofty spot of #18. The biggest updates were to the Players list, though. The beauty of having a living list is you can update it each year as players add to their legacies and add seasons to their longevity. This year we have two new entries in Kemba Walker and Rudy Gobert, as they make the top 300, knocking off Geoff Petrie and A.C. Green.
Also, we will have a new podcast out next Wednesday. On that episode, I will talk more about our Players list and some of the updates, as well as a bit about free agency. The hope was that Kawhi Leonard would have announced his decision by this past Wednesday so that I could record then, but that obviously wasn't the case, so we are pushing it to next week. I am hoping he stays in Toronto to run it back and give us an additional contender, but I have a feeling he ends up in L.A. Anyway, be on the lookout for a new podcast episode next Wednesday and another Friday Musings a week from today in this space. Happy Summer League, everyone!