In a perfect world Jahlil Okafor is a Los Angeles Laker. The story in Los Angeles is not Kobe’s diminishing skills, but rather the upside and the bright future of the next franchise star a big man from Duke. Out east the 76ers are not 0-17 (and dead last in the Atlantic division), but are thinking positive about the future of D’Angelo Russell. Meanwhile, in real life, Jail Okafor made headlines for a Boston street fight. Then came news Sunday morning that he was pulled over by police for going
-LeBron is remaking the Culture in Cleveland via Cleveland.com Early on, the Cleveland Cavaliers are feeling the pressure of LeBron James’ obsession with bringing a title to the city of Cleveland. His teammates might have thought they understood the magnitude of the city’s championship drought and what James’ return truly means, but they had no idea how much James would be in their ear in Year 2 Matt jones edged out Jordan Spieth to win the Australian Open, via ESPN.com Matt Jones talked about the “stress and anxious moments” during his
Update: Watch Starr and Favre at Lambeau Thursday night. Bart Starr is 81 years old and is doing everything he can to be able to walk onto Lambeau field tonight and witness the retirement of Brett Favre’s No. 4 Jersey. According to an ESPN the magazine profile of Starr, with the help of a nurse and assistant and his wife, he’s trying to get himself healthy enough to be there. It will likely be his last trip to Lambeau. “Their ultimate goal is to return him to Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving
Chris Dufresne, Bill Dwyre and Chris Foster, three sportswriters at the Los Angeles Times, are leaving the paper soon, after taking buyouts with the company. Dwyre is a columnist and Dufresne is a nationally recognized college football writer and Foster covers UCLA sports. (h/t L.A. Observed). Dufresne has worked at the Times since 1976 and has been its college sports columnist since 1995. The Times Editor, Davan Maharaj sent a memo regarding the many prominent writers leaving the company: The memo reads in part: Change is a constant for everyone in
Butler put up 144 points against The Citadel to open their 2015-16 season Saturday night in Indianapolis. Final Score 144-71. Entering their second season under head coach Chris Holtmann the Bulldogs look poised to score a whole lot more than they did in a more conservative era under coach Brad Stevens. The 144 points was the most scored in a D-1 game since 1997 and the Bulldogs 73 second point halfs are the most ever in school history. Add to that 64% shooting from the field with 63 rebounds, it was
Indiana reporters have gotten more bold in the past decade. A little more flippant a little more willing to go outside the lines and ask the question that they ask in Los Angeles or another big city. Saturday it happened again-somebody asked Jimmy Harbaugh-hero of the Indianapolis Colts-the first hero ever in the franchises history-the first player ever in an Indianapolis Colts uniform who, as a quarterback took the team deep into a play run-well they asked him if he would be interested in coaching the Colts. He was after
—You are seeing it more and more. Major Networks, of which I consider NESN, are replacing their larger than life, personality-filled broadcasters, with company men. No offense to Dave O’Brien. O’Brien: Knowledgeable baseball man, smooth, but he’s not going to say anything that will really excite you or surprise you. Don Orsillo will surprise you. He entertained legions of Red Sox fans, and baseball fans for that matter, for the last 15 years as the voice of the Red Sox on television. The Red Sox and NESN will not renew
Since July over 500 people have drowned in the U.S. according to the Center for Disease Control, but as the New York Times reports there’s a new safety device aimed at reducing tragedy. Kingii is crowd funded wearable device invented by a man named Tom Agapiades that works as an underwater air bag. It goes for $79 and has raised over 600k to date. Read more at the New York Times
Via the Boston Globe: the “Julian Edelman Rule,” as it were, that will allow the concussion spotters to signal down to the officials on the field and call a medical timeout if a player is exhibiting concussive symptoms but hasn’t had a chance to be evaluated by team doctors.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame would not allow Junior Seau’s daughter to give a speech at his induction ceremony. Recorded in her hotel room in Canton, Ohio, here’s what Sydney would have said. Source: The Hall of Fame Speech Junior Seau’s Daughter Couldn’t Give – The New York Times
Via Luol Deng on Instagram Manute Bol Court was officially opened on August 6, 2015 in Juba, South Sudan. On the list of accomplished I’ve been blessed to achieve, this is very high on my list as one of the most memorable ones. The faces of smiling youth made it an instant success in my book. Thank you to everyone who made this possible#SouthSudanUnite #OnePeople
By Travis Duncan “From high above the western sideline of the Los Angeles Forum, the world’s most beautiful sports theater,” Chick Hearn called Laker basketball games for 43 years beginning in 1965. Hearn passed away 13 years ago on Aug. 5. 2002. Known as the inventor of such phrases as “slam dunk” and “air ball”, Hearn was the last of a generation of broadcasters who were part entertainers, part comedians, part wordsmiths. Sports Illustrated has posted a 1983 profile of the Hall of Fame Broadcaster on its website, which you
Hakeem the Dream, also known as Hakeem Olajuwon never ceases to amaze;
Whether it’s his calm smile as a retired hoops legend now spreading goodwill or if its suiting up in the retro orange and red at the age of 52 in the NBA Africa game in Johannesburg, only to give us a vintage flashback moment with a signature dreamshake (see video below).
The Associated Press caught up with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston in Cleveland this week during a break from a four day rookie symposium.
The expectations in Philly are laughable at best, and the joke on social media Thursday night during the NBA draft was, “What is Philly going to do with all these centers?” Los Angeles drafted D’Angelo Russell ahead of Jahlil Okafor, who for for the better part of the 2014-15 college basketball season was expected to be the No. 1 pick. Okafor tried his best poker face after finding out he was going to the Sixers but no doubt he had thought for sometime he would be in Los Angeles and