Most NBA fans were surprised this week when Amar’e Stoudemire made his retirement announcement. We weren’t surprised at the retirement itself, given his constant battle with injuries and now age. Nope, we were more surprised with the fact he retired as a member of the Knicks, rather than the Suns, the team he really made his name with. It turns out, Amar’e tried to make that happen first but he didn’t feel the love from Phoenix, so he retired where he was wanted.
Kevin Durant’s free agency decision has been the main topic of discussion during the NBA off season. Everyone has an opinion on Durant joining the Warriors and some people like Charles Barkley have been more critical of him and the decision he made. It seems that Barkley always has an opinion regardless of the topic but there are people like former NBA star, Jason “White Chocolate” Williams, who have their own critical opinion of Barkley.
Lamar Odom’s real family, not the Kardashian’s, attempted to have an intervention for him but he wasn’t having it. Despite the fact many of his family members were ready to participate to hopefully talk to him and help him, reports say as soon as he walked into the room he turned around and walked right out.
Drake and Kentucky’s basketball program have had a love affair since 2009 but like any relationship, there are going to be issues. The school was notified this week that it was being hit with numerous secondary violations, which at the end of the day really don’t mean much, and that Drake was involved in one of them, although he did absolutely nothing wrong personally and neither did the school for that matter.
The 2015-16 season ended with an epic seven game NBA Finals series that saw Lebron make maybe the most famous block in playoff history, which was then followed up by a dagger three pointer from Kyrie Irving to win it all. Those were only two great plays from this past season but there were many more. Today, the NBA released the top 100 plays of the season, a 26 minute video that you won’t want to stop watching. Lebron’s block as you might expect landed at the top of the list but the other plays from guys such as Kyrie, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and many more will have you wishing it was next season already.
James Harden is straight up one of the worst defenders in the NBA. Yes, he can go out there and get buckets with the best of them but when he is the one playing defense, some of those other great players look at him like it’s lunch time and they’re about to feast. It’s perhaps the main reason, despite finishing second in the league in scoring, that he was left off any of the All-NBA teams because his reputation as a one way player echos very loudly around the league. This summer has brought some change to the Rockets and according to Harden, it will create a change in his defense as well.
Multiple WNBA team and players were fined this week for speaking out on social injustice. Sure, the league hid behind the fact that the players violated the uniform code by wearing black shirts that showed support for both the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the police officers in Dallas who lost their lives after being ambushed by a gunman. The league fined teams $5,000 each and fined players who wore the black shirts $500 each but the money wasn’t the point. Even Carmelo Anthony spoke out about the fines and said he did not agree with how they were trying to quiet the players. The league is trying to control what causes players can support because they made all players wear shirts in support of Orlando, when a domestic terrorist opened fire inside a gay nightclub, killing 49 people. Many players have spoken out this week and even in the face of being threatened with more fines, players like Sue Bird and her Seattle Storm teammates are still standing up for their beliefs.
The crowd at the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, a three day non-stop EDM party, went absolutely insane when Shaq took over the turntables. He was on the set for about an hour and stuck with the theme of EDM music and as you will see in the video, he was really into it, along with with crowd. The festival attracts about 180,000 people over the weekend and you can bet seeing Shaq will be one of their favorite parts.
Last night was Team USA’s first exhibition game leading up to the Olympics and they made easy work of Argentina, defeating them 111-74 without much effort. Last night was also the first time Kevin Durant got to play a real game with some of his new teammates from the Warriors in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. It’s still scary to think just how good they will be together next season with Steph Curry but at least for last night, the new mates didn’t think much of it.
Christian Garcia trusted his instincts when he felt something was wrong while working as a bouncer at the “101 Cantina” in Gainesville, Florida. The linebacker on the Gators football team wound up stopping a man from raping a woman and the man eventually was tracked down by police and arrested.