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Welcome to "Number One Says," the weekly segment that always shakes things up.
Number One says:
So many moves made in the NBA in the last week; the biggest one being Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors. Durant had been a staple and a household name in Oklahoma City, as he was drafted by the team in 2007, during their final season in Seattle as the SuperSonics. In nine seasons with the Sonics/Thunder, Durant served as the star player; forming one half of a dynamic duo with Russell Westbrook. The duo was a trio when James Harden was with the team. The Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012, only to be defeated by the Big 3 Miami Heat.
This past season was riddled with rumors of Durant leaving OKC, mainly due to the frustration of not being able to get that literal brass ring. Apparently the last straw came when the Thunder held a 3-1 lead over the Warriors in the West Finals, only for the refs to cheat OKC in the last three games. Durant's "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" method of signing with GS has been met with criticism from fans and from analysts, but I'll delve more on that in another segment.
Another big signing came yesterday, when it was announced that Dwyane Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls! Wade was drafted by the Heat in 2003; the same draft that brought in LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. In 13 years in Miami, Wade won three NBA Championships in 2006, 2012, and 2013; the last two as part of the Big 3 with LeBron and Chris Bosh. Wade is from the Chicago area, so the signing is a homecoming for one of the best players in the league. It's become a trend lately, with LeBron returning to Cleveland last year and Dwight Howard signing with the Atlanta Hawks.
Two-thirds of the Yankees' "No Runs DMC" will be heading to San Diego on Tuesday. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller were both selected as part of the American League bullpen earlier this week, and for Betances, this will be his third straight All-Star appearance. It will be the first for Andrew Miller, who was signed by the Yankees as our closer last year. The central part of No Runs DMC, Aroldis Chapman, has performed well this season, but because his season started last month, he is not eligible to be selected. The Yankees have only lost once this season when all three pitch in the same game.
In the CFL, the Lions and Redblacks each improved to 2-0 this season, with the Lions' win coming on the road against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Redblacks traveled to Montréal and defeated the Alouettes to take sole possession of first place in the East. The Argonauts picked up our first win of the season when they defeated the Roughriders in Regina, and the Blue Bombers dropped to 0-2 with their loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
Week 3 begins tonight in Hamilton, as the winless Bombers face off against the 1-1 Tiger-Cats. After that, the 1-1 Argos head to Vancouver to face off against the unbeaten Lions. Tomorrow night, the 2-0 Redblacks will finally play their home opener against the 1-1 Stampeders; Ottawa played and won road games in Edmonton and Montréal. The Week 3 finale will take place in Regina, as the Roughriders will host the Eskimos in a battle of 0-1 teams. The Alouettes are idle this week.
The #1 Burning Question of the Week: On a scale of 1-10, how much trouble are the Yankees in?