Kobe Bryant steals spotlight on historic sports day

April 14, 2016 – 3:42 am by Zach Rastall
Christina House/Los Angeles Times

Christina House/Los Angeles Times

April 13, 2016: A night that deserves to live on forever in NBA lore.

Kobe Bryant played the final game of his Hall of Fame career, the Golden State Warriors surpassed the 1995-’96 Chicago Bulls with their 73rd win, Steph Curry became the first player in NBA history to make 400 3-pointers in a single season and Duje Dukan made his highly-anticipated debut for the Sacramento Kings.

There was plenty going on in the world of sports on Wednesday. The second week of the MLB season is in full swing and the NHL postseason got underway, which included a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory for the St. Louis Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks (called by the incomparable Doc Emrick).

But make no mistake: The night belonged to the NBA.

In Oakland, the Curry and the Warriors continued their pursuit of 73 wins against the Memphis Grizzlies. They had little issue with the Grizzlies, cruising to a textbook 125-104 victory to reach 73-9.

And as if that astonishing team accomplishment wasn’t enough, Curry made a little individual history of his own.

Curry finished the night with 46 points on 15-of-24 shooting, including going 10 of 19 from 3-point range. More importantly, that meant he finished the season with a jaw-dropping 402 3-pointers made. To put that into perspective, the previous record, set last season by Curry, was 286. At this point, we’ve all become at least a little numb to his awe-inspiring greatness, but that stat should completely boggle your mind. Curry broke last year’s record back in late February, giving him another month and a half to thoroughly shatter his previous mark. No other player in NBA history had reached 300 3-pointers in a single season. Curry surpassed 400.

Report: NBA owners expected to pass rule to allow ads on jerseys for 2017-18

April 12, 2016 – 3:46 pm by Will DeWitt


According to ESPN, NBA owners are scheduled to pass a vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season.

If approved, the ads would be placed in a 2.5-by-2.5-inch patch on the left shoulder. During an interview last month, NBA Comissionor Adam Silver told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the ads won’t affect the competition, and that by allowing ads on jerseys, the NBA additional investment opportunities with marketing partners who want to attach themselves to the teams and players.

“But once they put their name on the jerseys, they’ll then use their media to promote the NBA extensively. That’s probably the greatest reason for us to do it,” Silver told Nichols.

According to the article, the original proposal was presented to the owners in February during a meeting at the All-Star Game in Toronto, and the proposed plan was for teams to keep 50 percent of the sponsorship money from the jersey ads and for 50 percent to be added to the revenue-sharing pool for all teams.

Voting is expected to take place at this week’s board of governors meeting in New York on Thursday and Friday.

A small patch on a jersey won’t be too unsettling for fans watching the game. However, this could create some potential hesitation from fans who are weary about buying a jersey with an ad on it.

Cam Newton looks dangerous playing water polo

April 12, 2016 – 10:46 am by Will DeWitt

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Marco? Polo?

Neither, it’s Cam Newton.

Even though he’s off the gridiron, Newton is no “fish out of water.” He looks to be in tip-top shape while playing water polo in Los Alamitos, California.

This photo was shared via USA Water Polo on Twitter. You can see that Newton is sporting his No. 1 cap, but what’s capturing people’s attention is the powerful frame he is boasting in the pool.

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Saints commentator Hokie Gajan dies at 56

April 12, 2016 – 1:41 am by Hickey


It has been an absolutely brutal and sad week for fans of the New Orleans Saints.

Two days after former defensive end and team captain Will Smith was shot and killed in New Orleans, the team’s longtime radio color commentator, Hokie Gajan, died at age 56 following a bout with cancer. Ironically, Smith and Gajan were already scheduled to be inducted together into the Saints Hall of Fame next month.

Gajan had been the team’s color commentator on the Saints Radio Network since 2000. His announcing style could best be described as “guy sitting at the barstool next to you” with a side of “country boy who made his way into the big city by hitching a ride on the rails,” both of which made him a perfect fit for both New Orleans and its lesser-inhabited environs. His name, which is also an only-in-Louisiana thing, was affixed to him as a child when he had to get stitches after falling and hitting his head dancing to the Hokey Pokey.

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Saints coach Sean Payton: “Our city is broken.”

April 11, 2016 – 5:58 pm by Will DeWitt

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Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, continues to be unsettled after the death of former defensive end Will Smith who was senselessly shot Saturday night.

On Monday, in his first interview since Smith’s death, Payton plead for more gun control. Although it might be an unpopular belief within the state of Louisiana, he said, “so be it.”

Payton is not looking for stricter laws on regulations. Instead, if it were up to him, we’d live in a country that disallowed guns altogether.  Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Thomas Bryant to return to Indiana for sophomore year

April 7, 2016 – 1:46 pm by Will DeWitt


Indiana’s biggest question was answered Thursday as news broke that Thomas Bryant will return to Bloomington for a sophomore season.

This is great news for the Hoosiers. Bryant’s return will help the team absorb the loss of senior point guard Yogi Ferrell.

By putting off the NBA for at least another year, Bryant will anchor a strong frontcourt that arguably could be the best in the Big Ten in 2016-17.

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Big East basketball refuses to be killed off

April 6, 2016 – 10:28 pm by Hickey


Grigory Rasputin was a certifiable Russian weirdo and certifiable Russian badass. The mystic/royal family whisperer known as the “Mad Monk” survived stabbing, poisoning, being shot three times and beaten with a dumbbell before he was finally drowned in a frozen river at the end of 1916.

And in this way, Rasputin is a lot like what used to be known as the Big East Conference. The powers of college football conspired to kill off the basketball-first league, which was a dead weight on the gridiron. This was as it should be– culturally, college basketball is the top priority for athletic programs in the Northeast. Football comes a distant second place.

The old Big East was perpetually competing with the ACC and Big Ten as the best conference in basketball before it was broken up in 2013. But even though the league’s old mainstays were scattered in three different directions after the breakup, the Big East’s staying power is proving to be even stronger in death than it was in life.

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ESPN’s Michelle Beadle unhappy with network for Greg Hardy interview

April 6, 2016 – 5:54 pm by Will DeWitt

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According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, ESPN’s Michelle Beadle “feels dirty” that the network gave Greg Hardy an interview.

In a nutshell, Hardy’s interview did not go over well. He showed no remorse for any of his actions.

“Pictures are pictures, and they can be made to look like whatever they want to,” Hardy told Schefter, per ESPN.com, regarding images apparently showing bruising on Holder’s body. “I didn’t say I didn’t do anything wrong. That situation occurred and that situation was handled, but as a man you can’t avoid situations that aren’t your fault or are your fault.”

Beadle feels that the interview was just as bad for ESPN.

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