One of which is who will be elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Nike brought two of the most cerebral athletes together for a couple commercial shoots on Monday.
The Beaverton, Oregon based shoe and apparel conglomerate paired five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and recent Super Bowl champion Richard Sherman. The two star athletes were mutually enthusiastic about the opportunity to work in the same building.
While the details of their advertisements are not public knowledge, it is rather fitting that the two would be featured together—both have had their battles with negative press (whether deserved or unwarranted), both are champions and both are known for being highly intelligent and calculating in their respective sports.
Sherman, who recently won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks took to Twitter to talk about the experience of working with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Black Mamba.
Tweet of the Night: Los Angeles Lakers’ players react to one of the most bizarre games they’ve ever seen
The Los Angeles Lakers have been short on bodies all season long due to an assortment of injuries to key players. In Wednesday’s 119-108 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the shortage reached a new level.
Already without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, and Jodie Meeks, the Lakers also lost Nick Young (knee) and Jordan Farmar (leg) to injuries during the game, which left them with just six able bodies. Chris Kaman, however, was already fouled out of the game when Farmar went out with leg cramps, which actually left them with exactly five bodies.
Then came the king of all bizarre scenarios: Robert Sacre picked up his sixth foul, leaving Los Angeles with four able bodies. Luckily for them, there is a rule (and most of the Lakers weren’t even aware of this rule) that allows the last player to foul out to stay in the game if the team does not have anyone to replace that player. This allowed Sacre to remain in the game with one catch – any foul he picked up was going to be a technical foul.
Talk about something you don’t see every day.
As for the game itself, the outcome was decided early on, as the depleted Lakers got out to a 70-49 lead by half time. Cleveland showed little fight through most of the game, and key players like Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng never left the bench after the third quarter. Steve Blake, who played in just his second game since coming back from an elbow injury, carried the team with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his first triple-double in a Lakers’ uniform. Rookie Ryan Kelly also had a fantastic game with a career-high 26 points.
Durant is a 7-footer with the handle of a guard, the shooting ability of a sniper, the leaping ability of a kangaroo and the rebounding ability of a power forward.
Basically, he’s the player we all created from scratch in a video game as kids with the ratings boosted as high as possible.
Recently, Durant added “Slim Reaper” to his list of nicknames along with “KD” and “Durantula.”
It’s now time for a more appropriate nickname for Durant: “MVP.”