This Week In Sports: Lakers Hire JJ Redick, Ryan Garcia Gets Suspended & Tyson Jake Paul Fight Postponed

Mike Tyson and Jake Paul’s hyped Netflix fight on July 20th has been postponed due to an ulcer flareup, which caused, “Iron Mike,” to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles.

The fight has been rescheduled for November 15th.

On Sunday, May 26th Tyson became nauseous and dizzy due to an ulcer flare up 30 minutes before landing, his publicist’s office said in a statement. Thankfully Mr. Tyson is doing great,” the statement said. “He is appreciative to the medical staff that were there to help him.”

Tyson is preparing to fight the 27-year-old social media star-turned-boxer Jake Paul this summer at the 80,000-seat home of the Dallas Cowboys. Netflix will carry the fight live, a first for the streaming platform.

These Exhibition fights are wildly entertaining, even though no belt or title is on the line whatsoever. It’s a show for the fans, who adore Mike Tyson and the charasmatic, yet polarizing Jake Paul. 

Texas boxing officials have sanctioned Tyson’s meeting with Paul as a legitimate bout with eight 2-minute rounds and unusually heavy gloves.

Thank God this fight has been rescued, let the Hype train begin. 

Ryan Garcia Is In A Tailspin

The New York State Athletic Commission announced its decision to ban Golden Boy boxer Ryan Garcia for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug, ostarine. NYSAC boxing announced that Garcia has been suspended from boxing for one year.

Garcia, 25, claims that he never deliberately took the drug and was the victim of ‘supplement contamination.’ The boxer forfeited $1.1 million from his latest win against Devin Haney in April. Garcia must also pay a $10,000 fine to the Commission.

Garcia, 25, claims that he never deliberately took the drug and was the victim of ‘supplement contamination.’ The boxer forfeited $1.1 million from his latest win against Devin Haney in April. Garcia must also pay a $10,000 fine to the Commission.

Ryan hasn’t handled the news well.

It’s been a turbulent streak for Garcia since his Apr. 20 majority decision win over Haney, between failing the PED drug test and recently announcing his retirement.

The recent news comes after Garcia’s series of cryptic posts on Wednesday, announcing his intention to retire from boxing immediately.

Ryan Garcia was arrested on Saturday, June 8th for felony vandalism in Beverly Hills for causing approximately $15,000 in damage. According to ESPN, Garcia, 25, wearing a motorcycle helmet, was cuffed up and placed in custody at 5:45 p.m. Based on reports, Ryan caused damage in his hotel room and hallways.

J.J. Redick Named Head Coach Of The Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a four-year contract with JJ Redick to make him the franchise’s next coach. Redick is a fifteen year NBA veteran, who was plucked from the ESPN booth to restore order for the beleaguered franchise.

Lakers General Manager Pelinka became sold on Redick’s ability to connect with players and his basketball IQ and believes surrounding Redick with an elite coaching staff will help shorten his learning curve into his first coaching job, sources said.

Redick moved into the forefront of the search a week ago after the Lakers’ pursuit of Connecticut head coach Hurley was ultimately rebuffed.

The Lakers offered Hurley a six-year, $70 million contract-Hurley humiliated the Lakers by rejecting their offer-one of the premiere brands in sports suffered a black eye upon that stinging rejection.

Redick has absolutely no coaching experience to speak of, fans and pundits are comparing him to Pat Riley. Redick hosts a podcast with LeBron James, so King James is pleased with the move.

JJ Redick might be a better coach than the ghosts of Red Auerbach and John Wooden, but with the subpar roster, does it even matter?

LeBron will be turning 40 Anthony Davis is in his prime, the Lakers need to make one of their signature off-Season deals for a superstar.

The former Duke superstar played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks.

Perhaps Lakers icon Magic Johnson put it best. “Will his transition from star basketball player to head coach end up like Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd, Ty Lue or Doc Rivers, or the former NBA players turned coaches who weren’t successful?”

Jerry West Passes Away

The NBA’s logo Jerry West, Lakers icon both on the hardwood and architect of the 80’s Showtime Lakers passed away on June 12th at 86. Words fail to articulate the importance of this man, who was the first star of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jerry West was known by an honorable title that underlined his legend, both on the court and in the front office: Mr. Clutch.

And so, the NBA is now missing a major contributor who helped shape the league. West died Wednesday at age 86.

“I valued my friendship with Jerry and the knowledge he shared with me over many years about basketball and life.” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “On behalf of the NBA, we send our deepest condolences to Jerry’s wife, Karen, his family and his many friends in the NBA community.”

He played 14 years, was an All-Star 14 times and made All-NBA a dozen times. He averaged 27 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists for his career. At the time of retirement in 1974, he was the franchise leader in scoring at 25,192 points. But that only defined his play on offense.

West stayed with the Lakers, first as coach for three seasons, then as a scout, and finally the GM. The Lakers won five championships in the 1980s with West in the front office and introduced excitement and style with their “Showtime” approach to winning and entertainment.

With the sudden retirement of Magic Johnson and the aging of key players from that era, West and the Lakers endured a handful of unspectacular seasons and then West did perhaps his greatest work. In one swoop during the summer of 1996, he lured free agent Shaquille O’Neal from the Orlando Magic and swung a Draft-day trade for Kobe Bryant.

The shine returned for the Lakers immediately, and within a few years they became the leaders in the NBA once again. The O’Neal-Bryant dynasty produced three straight titles and cemented West as the game’s most astute team builder in the NBA if not all professional sports.

Author: Christopher Floch

Sports Writer l flochchristopher1@gmail.com