BILL RUSSELL’S BIRD IS THE WORD
The NBA Awards were on Monday night, taking place a timely [checks calendar] two months after the conclusion of the regular season. Trophies were handed out, mild laughs were had courtesy emcee Anthony Anderson, and Rudy Gobert was dressed like a giant highlighter. The true highlight though, came from the crowd during the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Oscar Robertson, courtesy of fellow Hall of Famer Bill Russell, to spherical pundit Charles Barkley, who was on stage to hand out the honor to Roberton.Yep, that’s Russell giving a firm New York salute to Barkley. That’s apparently just how the two roll.
It’s cool, Bill; plenty of the rest of us feel the same way.
NBA PETTINESS NEVER SLEEPS
THE GRICHUK WHO STOLE CHRISTMASI feel no shame over that headline, nor should I.We were *thisclose* to some teammate fisticuffsmanship.
ODDS AND ENDS
Want to know how Nigeria’s excellent World Cup kit came to be? Our Grant Wahl has the answer … Monday’s World Cup action saw some controversial replay decisions via the new Virtual Assistant Referee system … Ex-Pacer Paul George was none too happy about friend and former teammate Lance Stephenson getting cut by Indiana … Speaking of PG, his offseason and career will be the subject of a three-part ESPN documentary starting Tuesday … Ex-Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant is the latest former professional athlete to try his hand at American Ninja Warrior … The families of Steph Curry and Chris Paul faced off on Family Feud … The NFL won’t let a Chiefs lineman with a medical degree put “M.D.” on the back of his jersey.