PLAYER OF THE DAY

Aaron Rodgers (NFL) is the star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, ‘Game of Thrones’ extra, State Farm actor, but not a great beer-chugger. A few weeks ago, Julian Edelman started a trend, per se, of chugging beers on the big screen at the Bruins playoff game to rile up the home crowd. During the Milwaukee Bucks game last night, Packers linesman David Bakhitiari chugged two beers before the camera panned to Rodgers. Rodgers attempted to chug his beer, but didn’t have it in him to finish. Bakhtiari wanted to show him how it’s done, so he chugged a third beer. Rodgers would have preferred whiskey, and he would have preferred a different GoT finale. Although he was an extra, he had thoughts on who should have sat on the iron throne. It may be the off-season but we sure have seen a lot of Aaron Rodgers recently.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Kawhi Leonard is Peaking
Did you miss him?
(NBA) 
The Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals last night. Things weren’t going their way for the first two games in the series, but the Raptors are now just one win away from the NBA Finals, which could be the first Finals appearance for the franchise. Leonard has been training for this moment since last summer, and it is paying off right now — he led the Raptors with 35 points, hitting the 30 point mark for the fourth time this series. Fred VanVleet had a big couple of days as well. His second child was born the day before Game 4, and he put up 21 points off the bench in Game 5.

Toronto can close in a home-Game 6 on Saturday, but Giannis and the Bucks will not go down without a fight.

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Don’t Mess With Klay
You’re probably right, but why?
(NBA) 
The All-NBA teams were announced last night, and there were some surprises. Klay Thompson is a pretty even guy, but he found out he hadn’t been selected to an All-NBA team — while in an interview — and his reaction was priceless. Washington Wizards Bradley Beal also did not qualify for an all-NBA team which cost him $30 million, but he had the luxury of not finding out during a live interview. After the fact settled in his mind though, he realized he’s still in a decent spot. He’d “rather win a championship than be third-team All-NBA, so it’s all good.”

Unfortunately for Klay, though, he won’t be able eligible to sign a five-year supermax contract worth $221 million with the Warriors once he becomes a free agent on July 1. Instead, he will be eligible for a five-year max deal worth $191 million. The media (who votes for the all-NBA teams) just cost Beal and Klay a slim $30 mil, but it’s all good.

The three NBA MVP Finalists: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and Paul George, alongside Warriors superstar Steph Curry and Nuggets center Nikola Jokic were named first team. If you followed All-NBA teams at all in the past 11 years, you may notice a big name missing. LeBron James was selected to the third-team, the first time he was not voted to the all-NBA first-team since 2007. He did just extend his All-NBA selections to 15 consecutive seasons, tying him for most in NBA history. You win some, you lose some…

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ON THIS DAY

In 1979, Tracy McGrady, aka T-Mac, was born. McGrady was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017. McGrady entered the NBA right out of high school, and was selected as the ninth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. Although a promising young player, he wanted to get out of the shadow of his teammate and cousin Vince Carter. He left to play for the Orlando Magic in 2000 and was awarded Most Improved Player in 2001. He went on to be an MVP contender two years later. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, and two-time NBA scoring champion. McGrady is a familiar face in the NBA, as he played for various teams, in various roles, until announcing his retirement in 2013.


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