Floyd Mayweather backs Kyrie Irving’s anti-vaccine stance, ‘America is the land of the free’
Floyd Mayweather has come to the defense of Kyrie Irving. Irving has resisted getting the vaccine, a decision Mayweather said he supports. “Kyrie, what’s up? You only want to be treated fairly,” Mayweather said, referring to Irving’s appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. RELATED: Kyrie Irving spotted playing football with friends amid COVID-19 vaccine holdoutHe then proceeded to read a statement in support of Irving and the right to choose.mlive.com
Kyrie Irving spotted playing football with friends amid COVID-19 vaccine holdout
Kyrie Irving may not be playing basketball with the Brooklyn Nets. But, according to TMZ, he found time to play some pickup football with friends over the weekend. TMZ Sports obtained video of the superstar playing at a high school in New Jersey on Sunday. Irving has been away from the Nets as they prepare for the 2021 season because he continues to resist getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The Nets, one of the favorites to win the NBA title, are set to open the 2021 season at defending-champion Milwaukee on Oct. 19.mlive.com
Elgin Baylor, Lakers legend and Hall of Famer, has died at 86
Elgin Baylor, the Los Angeles Lakers legend, Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA All-Star, has died of natural causes, the Lakers said Monday. "Elgin was the superstar of his era — his many accolades speak to that," Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement to the NBA. pic.twitter.com/zcRhVUSSmx — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 22, 2021Baylor was one of the few players whose career with the Lakers started in Minneapolis where the team had originated to where it ended up in Southern California. The NBA said Baylor was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977 during his time as coach. Tributes started pouring in for Baylor, including one from Lakers great Magic Johnson, who called him a "true class act and great man."cbsnews.com
Lakers legend Elgin Baylor has died at 86
Elgin Baylor, the Lakers' 11-time NBA All-Star, has died. The Lakers said Monday that the Hall of Famer died of natural causes in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter by his side. CBS Los Angeles' sports director Jim Hill has a look back at Baylor's career and legacy.cbsnews.com
Ben Wallace, Chris Webber named finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame
Ex-Detroit Pistons forward Ben Wallace and former Michigan star Chris Webber are up for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame once again. Wallace, a three-time Hall of Fame finalist, helped lead the Pistons to the NBA title in 2004 and was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and four-time All-Star. He helped Michigan reach the Final Four in 1992 and 1993 as a member of the Fab Five before being selected No. The five-time NBA All-Star played one season with the Pistons in 2006-07 before retiring in 2008 with Golden State. The other finalists are Bill Russell (coach), Rick Adleman (coach), Marianne Stanley (coach), Leta Andrews (coach), Michael Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson, and Marques Johnson.mlive.com
NBA star Russell Westbrook scoring big with own philanthropy
Russell Westbrook is known for his magic on the basketball court, his finely honed fashion sense and his media interviews that have spawned memes and GIFs across social media. Last month, he unveiled plans to expand his Russell Westbrook Why Not? Ad___Q: The name of your foundation is called The Russell Westbrook Why Not? That’s where the Russell Westbrook Why Not? ___Q: You recently partnered with the LA Promise Fund to launch the Russell Westbrook Why Not?
Isaiah Thomas returns to score 19 points, US beats Bahamas
Thomas scored 19 points in his first competitive game in more than a year, helping the U.S. to a 93-77 victory over the Bahamas on Friday in a FIBA AmeriCup qualifying game. The 32-year-old Thomas is a two-time NBA All-Star who scored 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics in the 2016-17 season. AdThomas — like many NBA players — had some trouble adjusting to the ball and the way the international game is officiated. Along with Thomas, the other noteworthy name was seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson, who finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Travis Munnings scored 22 points for the Bahamas (1-4).
NBA star Chris Paul says HBCUs are "important to our history"
NBA star Chris Paul didn't attend a historically Black college as a young man, but he has long been a vocal supporter of HBCUs. More than 70% of HBCU students have limited finances, according to the American Council On Education. The Phoenix Suns star will serve as a judge to select 10 current or prospective HBCU students for a new scholarship. For it to be about Winston-Salem State, which is where I had AAU practice as a kid growing up. Paul, who attended Wake Forest University for two years before jolting to the NBA, said he wouldn't rewrite history to attend an HBCU.cbsnews.com
O'Neal hosting SHAQ Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Fans looking for pregame entertainment before the Super Bowl will have another option this year. Shaquille O'Neal will be holding the virtual SHAQ Bowl on Feb. 7. It's one of the few events taking place in Tampa, Florida, since many parties that traditionally take place during Super Bowl week have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The SHAQ Bowl takes the place of Shaq's Fun House, which had been held the past two years in Atlanta and Miami. The SHAQ Bowl also has its own halftime show with Migos and DJ Diesel performing.
Lamentation for sports in 2020: A year of living virally
File-This Jan. 28, 2020, file photo shows a remembrance board at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center in Los Angeles. LeBron, on court, gives heartfelt shout,A declaration: “Mamba out.”Sports still reeling by Super Bowl,Where Patrick Mahomes takes control. Defying odds, even reason,Baseball makes it through its season,Leaving summer and into fall --Bob Gibson ’s time, October ball. Through it all, a truth emerges:Games go on while COVID surgesAnd records fall, that much is clear --Consider Tara VanDerveer. But we’ll toast, of course, don’t think twice --Take a deep breath and roll the dice.
Former Portland Trail Blazers star Cliff Robinson dies at 53
DETROIT Former Portland Trail Blazers star Cliff Robinson has died. Robinsons death was confirmed by the UConn Huskies on Saturday. He played for the Detroit Pistons from 2001 to 2003. In addition to playing for the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers, he was also with the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets during that period. DETAILS: Ex-UConn star, top NBA sixth man Cliff Robinson dies at 53Read More: Sports NewsThe basketball community has lost a Legend.
NBA, NBPA say sparking social change will be goal of restart
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, Chris Paul, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, speaks during NBA All-Star basketball media day in Chicago. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday, June 24, 2020, that dealing with racial matters will be a shared goal during the resumed season. The issues of systemic racism and police brutality in our country need to end, union president Chris Paul said. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)NEW YORK The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that dealing with racial matters will be a shared goal during the resumed season. The issues of systemic racism and police brutality in our country need to end, union president Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder said.
Shaq: 'Never could have imagined' anything like Kobe's death
(AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho, File)Shaquille O'Neal tearfully said Tuesday he never could have imagined anything like Kobe Bryant's death, remembering his former teammate as a great player whose kids called him “Uncle Shaq." O'Neal and Bryant teamed to help the Lakers win three straight championships from 2000-02, but they occasionally feuded and O'Neal was traded to Miami in 2004. O'Neal's comments were his first that were televised since Bryant's death. He has been recovering from the death of his sister, and said he hadn't felt pain like Bryant's death in some time. ___More AP coverage of the death of Kobe Bryant: https://apnews.com/KobeBryant___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports