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Monday Headlines: Keldon Johnson Edition

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A few days ago, there was a ton of slander in the direction of former Kentucky Wildcat Keldon Johnson and his addition to Team USA for The Olympics. “Critics” were calling for Ja Morant or Trae Young to be added to the team instead of Johnson and couldn’t believe the decision that was made. It’s indeed still early, but man did they have a little bit of crow served up on Sunday evening.

In his exhibition debut with Team USA, Johnson was the spark his team needed before heading to Tokyo for The Games. He put up 15 points in his 17 minutes off the bench, scoring 10 of his 15 in the third period and making huge effort plays on both ends of the floor.

His hustle, athleticism and willingness to grind both ends of the floor brings so much value to Team USA. He’s also in incredible shape and had been practicing with Team USA before his addition to the team, so there’s already some continuity there.

Of course his former coach took to Twitter to recognize the strong efforts by Johnson.

The Olympic Games will begin Friday, July 23rd and just when the entire world began to question the capability of this team, they snag a credible victory over a heavily experienced Spain team on their way to the games.

Tweet of the Day

A few days late on this... but this is too great to pass up.

Quickies

Who could be a super senior in 2022? - Cats Illustrated

What’s your prediction?

Devin Booker still fully committed to playing in Olympics - Vaught’s Views

Team USA could certainly use his spark.

Collin Morikawa, yet again, proved he is fast learner in winning The Open - ESPN

The poise this young man has is incredible.

The Importance of Kentucky’s Week 2 Matchup vs. Missouri - Kentucky Sports Radio

A 3-0 start would be huge for Kentucky.

Adding WKU transfer Kennedy Sullivan a big boost for UK pitching - Vaught’s Views

A UK softball team that made lots of noise this year gets even stronger.

U.S. women’s gymnastics alternate tests positive for COVID-19 - ESPN

More COVID obstacles for Team USA at the Olympics.

Bucks’ character, resiliency has them one win from an NBA title - USA Today

Can the Suns extend the series tomorrow night?

Pirates swipe 3 runs off bizarre mistake by Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker - ESPN

Define implosion, they said.