Loose Balls: Summer doldrums
Meet five pets named for University of Kentucky sports icons because their characteristics and behaviors closely matched up with the players themselves:
Boston Celtics standout Rajon Rondo is considered one of the quickest point guards in the NBA.
"Rondo," the guinea pig, "is very fast. Hard to catch. Very elusive."
Animal owner: Margaret Chapman, 15, of Raleigh, N.C.
Reason for the animal's name: "Rajon Rondo is one of our favorite Kentucky players," said Dana Chapman, Margaret's mother. "(The guinea pig) is so fast and elusive, 'Rondo' just seemed to fit."
Yep, safe to head back to the beach. Before we go, here's three more links worth your time if you need a blast of Celtics reading:
1) Ryan: Stevens has a tough road ahead: A typically fantastic read as the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan ponders the challenge ahead for new Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
2) Cuban on rebuilding Mavs: A fascinating look at how the Mavericks have approached the past couple seasons, including their own transition process. A great read for Celtics fans as Boston begins to navigate its own rebuild, particularly its decision to move on from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, while Cuban won't budge on Dirk Nowitzki.
3) NBA Rooks: The Klynyk: If you need something to take your mind off any concerns about his bout with plantar fasciitis, NBA.com has a fun video recapping Kelly Olynyk's performance at Orlando Summer League.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi weighs in on the responsibility Tom Brady shoulders for the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski's physicality and how New England will use Darrelle Revis.
Play Podcast Buster Olney talks to Alex Speier, Karl Ravech and Justin Havens about whether the Red Sox will move Jon Lester before the trade deadline, pace of play and much more.
Play Podcast NFL Films' Greg Cosell covers the Cowboys' defense, Rob Gronkowski's impact, Darrelle Revis' performance last season, the Giants' talent level and the outlook for the Cardinals.
Play Podcast Buster Olney and Keith Law talk about the Tigers' acquisition of Joakim Soria and whether it's wise to trade within the division. Plus, Matt Gelb on the Phillies' plans.