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Monday Quickies: Anthony Davis’ First NBA Title Edition

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John Calipari finally has a former Wildcat on the board with a NBA title.

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

After several long months of battling in the NBA bubble for the post-season’s title, Los Angeles Lakers star and former Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis was crowned a champion on Sunday evening. The Lakers took down the Miami Heat, 106-93, in Game 6 to clinch the best-of-seven series.

Davis’ teammate Lebron James was (to no surprise) named NBA Finals MVP. Another teammate of Davis’, former Wildcat Rajon Rondo, won his second title of his career (2008, Boston Celtics). Lakers head coach (and UK Alum) Frank Vogel also received his first ring as a coach.

For Davis, he becomes just the eighth player in the history of basketball to win a NCAA, NBA and Olympic championship. He was arguably the most dominant player on the floor through multiple stretches of the finals and with free agency pending, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be going anywhere. James looked as good as ever in the bubble and the Lakers now have flexibility to upgrade at a few areas of “need.”

It wasn’t in front of the Staples Center crowd, but there’s still nothing like winning your first NBA title. And for Davis, he can now say he’s an NBA champion. Unless Father Time comes unexpectedly knocking on James’ door, the opportunity for Davis to add another title is just around the corner.

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Quickies

LeBron James claims fourth Finals MVP; only Michael Jordan has more - ESPN

Brace yourselves for a few months of more “GOAT” debates.

Returning two years after injury, Alex Smith proves triumphant even in loss - USA Today

Pretty amazing moment for Smith and his family.

Atlanta Falcons fire coach Dan Quinn, GM Thomas Dimitroff after 0-5 start - ESPN

What other decisions are around the corner?

Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow welcome Chris Oats back home - Kentucky Sports Radio

Continued prayers for Chris Oats and his road to a full recovery.

Michael Thomas to miss Saints game after altercation with teammate at practice - ESPN

The Saints would probably appreciate it if their star receiver could get back on the field.

Explaining Dak Prescott’s compound fracture and ankle dislocation - USA Today

Huge prayers for the face of the Dallas Cowboys.

49ers bench struggling Jimmy Garoppolo for C.J. Beathard vs. Miami Dolphins - ESPN

San Francisco might be in trouble, in more than one way.