Welcome to Miguel’s Friday Thoughts! A couple of interesting topics for today. The status on Yankee pitcher Luis Severino, Lebron James is getting zero votes for best player in the NBA, and Colin Kaepernick is making it to the “Madden” edition.
Luis Severino’s MRI exam revealed no structural damage in his shoulder. However, there is still little clarity on what caused the tightness, which led to being scratched from his rehab start last Friday, or when he will be able to pitch again. Severino might travel with the Yankees on their road trip that begins next week so he can visit ElAttrache in Los Angeles to get more of a physical checkup. There are concerns with Severino because he has not pitched in the big leagues since October 2019. Severino signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension with the Yankees in February 2019, but his durability is a problem. Yankees fans and organizations are rooting for Severino to stay healthy. He’s 27 years old, in his prime, and we want to see him become an excellent ace for the Yankees. Severino is a 2-time All-Star, and we hope to become a future Cy Young candidate or winner.
Zero Votes? Zero Votes? LeBron James will have some extra motivation heading into 2021-22 after getting zero votes as the best player in the NBA among a poll of scouts and executives. It is overboard to give LeBron zero votes. Any player of his stature will feel disrespected. LeBron is still playing at a high level despite his age. The man has impeccable strength and conditioning. He’s not showing any signs of slowing down just yet. James was sidelined for much of last season with an ankle injury and still finished with averages of 25.0 points, 7.8 assists, and 7.7 rebounds per game. Those statistics are far away from being “washed up.” LeBron will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. Lakers are favorites to win it all, but chemistry and durability will be their ultimate challenges. We will be tuning in to see if it will work out.
Being on the cover of “Madden” or just participating in the video game is a great honor and privilege. Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick made it into the latest edition of “Madden” despite still not having a team to play for in the NFL. Quite impressive. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback received an 81 overall rating in “Madden 22”, which was released Thursday. That’s better than what more than half of starting quarterbacks in the league received in “Madden 22.”