Kundla was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, in the same class as Mikkelsen.
“That was one of the great highlights of my career,” Kundla said in 2014.
Kundla got his start in coaching at a Greek church and later coached the DeLaSalle High School team in Minneapolis. He spent just two seasons at DeLaSalle before serving in the Navy during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters.
After the war, Kundla took over at St. Thomas, where he went 11-11 in his lone season leading the Tommies. He twice turned down offers to coach the Lakers before finally accepting the job. Kundla remained a fan of the Lakers and has always had high respect for former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, whom he described as “cool.”
Kundla’s wife, Marie, died in 2007. They had six children, one of whom is deceased. Kundla’s grandsons Isaiah and Noah Dahlman played at Michigan State and Wofford, respectively. His granddaughter, Rebekah Dahlman, was Minnesota’s all-time leading high school scorer before playing at Vanderbilt.
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch both are smart enough to know their rebuilding effort won’t have overnight success. The stockpile of young talent for later is more important than forcing the issue now, when it would take a miracle to fly close to the Seahawks and Cardinals’ airspace in the short term.
The big changes include a stopgap QB (Brian Hoyer) and newly-schemed D, meaning patience and clean-up are the watchwords in San Francisco.
On top of all that, players said they felt a certain aura about suddenly being part of a storied team like the Yankees.
“I’m pretty settled in right now, but the first time I came into this clubhouse — it’s eye-opening,” infielder Tyler Wade, also 22, told SN less than two weeks after his first game. “Not many people can say they came in this clubhouse as a player.”
Transitioning to the major leagues comes with its inherent challenges, but many of these young Yankees had an advantage: they all knew each other.
People tend to be nervous when they show up at a new job — or in a new locker room — but seeing familiar faces on the first day helps. Just ask Ji-Man Choi, who broke into the majors as an Angel in 2016 before making his Yankees debut earlier this month.
“For me it was a quick adjustment because I played with a lot of these guys in Scranton earlier in the year,” the Korean first baseman told SN through an interpreter. “I feel like I know the guys well. It was comfortable and was a quick adjustment coming up to the big leagues.”
Question: Ever hit one and wonder how it got over the fence?
Answer: “Maybe a couple. But usually when you’re rounding the bases, you’re not thinking ‘How’d that go out?’ You’re like, ‘Yeah, that just went out. I wish I was a free agent!’”
(Calm down, Reds fans. He was kidding with that last part.)
That said, the Bombers did not have to part with other top-echelon prospects such as Jorge Mateo, Miguel Andujar or Chance Adams. That’s why the White Sox’s grade took a hit.
Diamondbacks get J.D. Martinez from Tigers
Players involved: J.D. Martinez (to Diamondbacks); Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King (to Tigers)
The Spurs didn’t have Kawhi Leonard (ankle) for Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Houston. It didn’t matter
Leonard reportedly wanted to play, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich chose to hold out his star player to ensure his health for a potential Game 7 in San Antonio, and for the rest of the playoffs. And there will be a rest of the playoffs after the underdog Spurs (+8.5) routed the Rockets 114-75 in Houston on Thursday night.
“It feels good when somebody gets in your face,” Millsap said. “The intensity makes us play harder. It’s playoff basketball. We haven’t come out with that type of fire and effort in a long time. To do that in this game was big time for us.”
Wall led the team in assists with seven, but the rest of the Wizards only had nine more, in part due to increased defensive pressure by the Hawks. The Wizards shot 41.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from 3-point range as a result of tighter defense. Bradley Beal had a particularly rough shooting night, going 6 of 20, including 0 of 6 from behind the arc. Schroder indicated there was an added emphasis on forcing anyone not wearing the No. 2 jersey to beat them.
“I got pissed off watching how freely Wall was bringing the ball up,” Schroder said. “I told coach that I wanted to pick him up full court. We wanted to make him give the ball up and close out on shooters.”
Wall didn’t exactly concur with Schroder’s take on why the offense struggled.
“Him picking me doesn’t faze me,” Wall said. “That’s something he’s doing to show his teammates that he is serious or something. I ain’t worried.”
If anyone watching Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series between the Hawks and Wizards thought things were a bit chippy, Paul Millsap would agree.
The Hawks forward, who scored 19 points in Sunday’s 114-107 loss to the Wizards, said Washington turned the game into more of a mixed-martial arts smackdown.
The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA, Millsap told reporters, via ESPN.com. They were physical. When the game is like that, we have to match their physicality. But again, we’ve got to go get some moves and bring them back to the court.
He took some time to develop, but in his fourth year, Green is talked about as being one of the best players in the league. The Warriors forward hopes that he can serve as an example for other players like him.
It’s more that I want to create another lane to the NBA, and these numbers help, he told Sports Illustrated . We can’t all shoot like Steph. We can’t all be 7-feet and move like KD. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something just as important. So many times I watch games and think, ‘Man, why is that guy trying to score like that, he can’t do it.’ But he’s been told his whole life, ‘You have to go get 40 if you want to be one of the top dogs.’ It’s my goal to build a lane where you can be a top dog and you don’t gotta go get that 40. You can go get four and still be a top dog.
The four Green mentions could be an arbitrary number he came up with, but it’s the exact number of points he scored when he recorded a triple-double this season. In fact, it’s the only triple-double in NBA history in which there were 10 or fewer points scored (12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals).
While reaching double digits in those categories consistently may be a rarity, filling up the box score night in and night out is not.
The Cavaliers began shopping Iman Shumpert with the intent of re-signing fellow guard Kyle Korver.
The latter was accomplished Sunday when Korver and the Cavs agreed to a three-year deal worth $22 million, according to The Vertical.
Korver, 36, was traded to the Cavs by the Hawks in January and averaged 10.7 points in 35 games with the Cavaliers. He shot nearly 49 percent from 3-point range, though that dipped to 39 percent in the playoffs.
Still, the 6-7 swingman gives the Cavs a legitimate sniper from behind the arc and a veteran presence to back up starting guards Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith.
The Cavs, who also added Korver’s former Atlanta teammate Jose Calderon this weekend, are now free to continue their plan to send Shumpert — and his four-year, $40 million contract — to the Rockets to clear up cap room for possible future deals.
Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.
Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 9 Tender” was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights. (* or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.)
Even years after retiring, Michael Jordan continues to break records.
A pair of game-worn sneakers sported by the NBA legend during the gold-medal game between the United States and Spain at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles sold for a whopping $190,373 on Sunday and set a new auction record for game-used shoes, ESPN reported.
The black and white Converse included his orthotic inserts and were autographed by Jordan.
“The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia,” Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions, told ESPN.
The previous record, which was also held by Jordan, was for his “Flu Game” sneakers worn during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals between the Bulls and Jazz. The signed “sick” shoes sold for $104,765 in 2013.
With LeBron on the bench, everything is running through Kyrie. He has little to show for it though.
Avery Bradley tries to put Richard Jefferson on a poster but gets rim-stuffed. Almost a nasty flush.
Jerebko airballs a wide open 3-pointer. Crowder and Horford are both on the bench with two fouls.
Olynyk uses his body and inside arm to shield LeBron ona layup. LeBron quickly answers with a reverse layup of his own, spinning around Olynyk.
Jae Crowder is feeling it. He gets a few friendly bounces on his 3-point attempt. Boston leads 20-13.
Love finds LeBron in transition for the flush. Not sure there’s a defense in the world that can stop that.