NBA stars Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant showed their support for the Women’s soccer team via social media today after an image of the beautiful Sydney Leroux surfaced. Bryant and Durant posted it to their Twitter and Instagram accounts while posting messages about protecting the athlete. The U-20 Women’s World Cup is currently being played on artificial turf as will next year’s Women’s World Cup. This has prompted the Women’s USA team to actively protest playing on the turf.
Here was Sydney Leroux’s response via Twitter about the situation.
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) August 14, 2014
Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant used social media to help raise the attention of the playing field conditions as well.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 13, 2014
Seattle Seahawks Corner Richard Sherman will be holding his second annual ‘Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game’ to benefit his ‘Blanket Coverage’ campaign as well as other local Seattle charities on July 20th.
‘Blanket Coverage’ is a non-profit charity Sherman founded that provides school supplies, clothing and basic necessities to succeed in school to underprivileged children.
Joining the self professed “best corner in the game” will be a who’s who list of local Seattle icons as well as stars from other sports and media. This list includes Macklemore, Kobe Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Tank, and Melyssa Ford. Sherman says more names will be announced.
For more information on Richard Sherman’s Blanket Coverage charity, click HERE.
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Remember Kevin Ware, the Louisville basketball player who suffered that horrific leg injury during March Madness last year? Well, apparently Kobe Bryant approached him with a good-natured wager. At the time, Kobe was also dealing with his own serious injury (torn Achilles tendon), and so he bet Ware on who would get back onto the basketball court first.
Kobe’s still out for the Lakers, but Ware made it onto the court for Louisville’s game against the University of Pikeville last Thursday- making him the winner of his bet with the Lakers’ star shooting guard.
Check out an interview of Ware, where he talks about Kobe, the injury, and the bet:
We often try to pick the best players of all-time, and decide who is better than who. It’s not easy to compare players from different eras, but to make a list of the top ten, you have to try. Here’s my top ten players of all-time.
Honorable Mentions: LeBron James, John Stockton, Hakeem Olajuwon
10. Tim Duncan
Duncan is a part of a Spurs team that has been dominant in recent years, appearing in five NBA Finals, and winning four of them, since 1999. He is the biggest piece in the Spurs’ big 3, and he is loved by the city of San Antonio. Aside from 4 championships (so far), he is also a 2x MVP, a 3x Finals MVP, and a 14x all-star.
Pau Gasol has a contract that’s up at the end of next season, and the 7-footer from Spain hopes that the Lakers’ courtship of perennial superstar center, Dwight Howard, is a sign of the future when it comes to what measures the Lakers will take next season to keep him in place in Los Angeles.
Pau Gasol must have taken the blue pill, because he’s clearly still trapped in the Matrix, believing the Lakers will pull out all the stops to keep him hanging around past this upcoming season. Not to say the Lakers won’t strive to keep Pau in town, but to believe they will put on the display they have for Dwight Howard seems naive.
The chance that Pau exits LA before his contract expires seem exceptionally high, if recent history counts at all. Gasol has been involved in trade rumors for roughly two seasons now, and I wouldn’t expect that to stop if Howard does indeed re-up in Los Angeles for the long haul. There has also been chatter of Pau being amnestied.
Gasol discussed the possibilities on Catalunya Radio.
“I don’t think that Howard re-signing with the Lakers puts me out of the team for sure, but I guess the chances would grow. Gasol said. I know the Lakers are pushing hard trying to keep Howard with a spectacular campaign in Los Angeles, putting banners in key spots.”
Pau also cracked what I assume is a joke when asked about his approaching free agency.
“I hope they (The Lakers) do the same for me next season when I become a free agent…I doubt it.”
The fact remains that Pau is still a pretty great NBA talent, and has plenty of time left to showcase his skill and help a contender win it all. The reality that the Lakers don’t make a move if Howard does commit long term seems low. The Lakers have put themselves in a situation, financially, where they can not afford to bring in much help to put around their core guys. Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard couldn’t get the job done last season, and I doubt the Lakers’ brass has the confidence that they can in 2013-14 without a bit of a shake-up. Pau’s head could be on the chopping block if Howard re-signs.
In lieu of Jason Kidd being named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, that got the brain thinking. Which other current NBA players would make better than average to great head coaches in the NBA. Of course most coaches that are great weren’t always the best players on the court. We still have not seen the likes of Patrick Ewing or Charles Barkley sitting court side as the head man. Alas, here is the top 5 current NBA players that would make great coaches.
5. Rajon Rondo:
Rondo would be the type of coach that would remind us all of John Chaney (Temple Owls). He will work himself up on the sidelines over bad plays and calls on the side lines and have very entertaining press conferences. At the same time, he will have the full attention of his players and in being a point guard will have his team offensively sound. The question with Rondo won’t be if he will succeed or fail, it is what will his win to technical foul ratio be.
4. Dwayne Wade:
He’s the type of coach that many people would scratch their heads when announced but would time and time again prove everyone wrong. That has been the story of Wade’s career since coming out of Marquette and that is what he will bring to the table as a coach. He knows how to win games, he always gives 120% on the court and players can rally around a coach and play how he want them to (which in this case is just like he did). He has that mean streak to where players won’t test him but the tenacity to where the players will respect him. He would be a lot like Doc Rivers as a coach.
3. Steve Nash:
Steve Nash has one of the best basketball IQ’s of his time. He, like many point guards, knows when to make the pass and when to pull up for the jump shot in transition. He has led the league in assists multiple times and has played international basketball to boot. Having played under several different head coaches, Nash has seen how different systems work and can implement them with players that he is given. Of course he would have to find his own Steve Nash to start.
2. Kobe Bryant:
The Black Mamba would be the first “superstar” to succeed as a head coach. He has that Jordan demeanor on the court and like Mike was coached by Phil Jackson. Kobe would bring the new generation up to speed with that triangle offense and add a few more rings to his trophy case. Also Kobe’s intensity would lead him to actually coach his players rather than sit on the bench and watch them screw around. I don’t see many players getting in his face now, I doubt any player he’s coaching would question his methods.
1. Tony Parker:
Straight out of the Greg Popovich school for head coaching, Tony Parker would make a tremendous head coach. He is generally a calm guy but the fire comes out when need be, always makes great decisions on the basketball court and knows when to take over. These are qualities that make a great head coach. Coaches have to know when to bench a star player and when to play the hot hand. Parker knows when he needs to put up 30+ points and knows when its best to dish out 15 assists. It also doesn’t hurt that Parker has played his entire NBA career under one of the greatest coaching minds in league history.
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