So… Apparently, not all Sips in Philly were created equal. My bad guys. I had gone to Pagano’s Sips and had a miserable experience a few weeks earlier and made the mistake of assuming that all Sips were just as bad. They aren’t. On Wednesday we went to Sips at Independence Beer Garden and it was amazing. They had $3 Yuenglings, food deals, plenty of shade, and actual bathrooms. I spent $18 on Yuenglings and had a great time. They also had Ping Pong, Corn Hole, and Shuffle Board. I owe everyone an apology for my complaints on Wednesday morning.
If you read Wednesday’s article, then you can safely assume that I had a great night, because I missed Thursday's Blog. I didn’t get home until 4:00 am and had to wake up for work at 7:00 am, so it just wasn’t happening. After Sips at Independence Beer Garden, we went to River Deck for $2 well cocktails–which is probably the most insane deal I’ve ever heard of. I don’t want to go too far into it all; mostly because drinking stories are lame unless something truly eventful happens. Nothing happened worth writing about. We drank too much– if you believe such a thing can ever happen– and had a great time.
Now that I’ve admitted to my wrongdoing, let’s talk basketball. The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russel Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, two first-round draft picks and two draft pick swaps. The Thunder hope to trade Paul away to another team to continue their rebuilding process. I have a feeling moving CP3 will not be easy. The 34-year-old is not aging well and has 3 years left on a ridiculously expensive contract. Some analysts have discussed the possibility of the Thunder buying out Paul’s contract, but I doubt it. The Thunder would have to give Paul the remaining $124 million dollars to buy out the remainder of his contract. There is absolutely no way a team will pay that much in a buyout! I have a feeling they will either take on more bad contracts or keep Paul on the team this season. I know they hate the idea of having the former superstar on roster next season, but there is no way they payout the remainder of his contract so that he can go join the Lakers for the minimum.
Despite having to move CP3, the Thunder have made amazing strides in rebuilding their roster. In the past week, they have acquired eight first-round picks, which is unprecedented in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how the rebuild unfolds, but this could spell problems for the franchise's ability to draw fans. Oklahoma City is one of the smallest markets in the NBA. They rarely appear of TV during the regular season, and the appearances they did have were almost entirely due to their two superstars Russel Westbrook and Paul George. Now that both are gone, fans will have little reason to tune in. They already have one of the lower attendance ratings, and now without a big name, fans have even less of a reason to show up. It will be interesting to see what this rebuild could mean for the future of the franchise both on and off the court.
Russ going to Houston will definitely be dramatic and I can’t wait to watch. He and Rocket’s Guard James Harden had two of the highest usage ratings last season and are both widely considered ball hogs. They both have massive egos and want to be “the guy.” I don’t care if they played together in OKC in the early parts of their careers. They both have developed into ball-dominant players who chase stats and want the spotlight. I can’t imagine this pairing ending in a championship but at the same time, I can’t wait to watch.
I am so excited for the upcoming NBA season. There are no real super teams this year and it feels like several teams have a legitimate chance at winning the finals. I feel especially excited about my San Antonio Spurs after watching Lonnie Walker IV play in the summer league. The dude has balled out the last few weeks and feels like a lock for summer league MVP. Walker stepping into a bigger role this season coupled with the return of Dejounte Murray will be exciting to watch.