One of sports most popular and important athletes in the world, David Beckham, has announced his official retirement from professional soccer. Details are foggy but Beckham is expected to announce the decision to retire from soccer after this season. Beckham single handily helped take soccer to a new level in America and across the world. He also was one of the most talent players ever.
Salute to David and good look in all of his further endeavors.
OS REWIND: David Beckham H&M Bodywear Commercial
We have a pair of potential closeout games slated for tonight’s NBA action. The biggest game of Kevin Durant’s career is tonight at 9:30pm when they fight for their season down 3-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant’s been playing lights out since the injury departure of Russell Westbrook, which in our opinion he’s been running out of energy down the stretch seen in 5 points combined in the 4th quarter and OT in game 4. Serge Ibaka finally had a breakout game scoring 17 and 14 boards, but he’s going to have to mirror his play once again with Kevin Martin and Reggie Jackson helping Durant to keep their season alive.
The Miami Heat dealing with injuries of their own with guard Dwyane Wade expected to be a game time decision due to re-aggravating his knee. Wade’s had career playoff series low’s in points and production this series and has essentially became team’s 4th option behind Norris Cole. Miami wants this series to end quickly rather than later, as the Bulls are expected to be without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich tonight and a loss here tonight could prompt them to return on Friday for game 6.
Miami 94, Chicago 91 | Heat Win Series 4-1
Memphis 88, Thunder 84 | Grizzlies Win Series 4-1
You can continue after the jump for more in-depth previews of each game.
Miami Heat “center,” Chris Bosh was next to be profiled for E:60. Lisa Salters visited the 8-time all-star’s home in Miami during February before All-Star 2013. Along with his wife Adrienee and closest friends Dwayne and LeBron, the three all discuss how Chris is secretly a funny guy behind the scenes and keeps his professional personality in the public.
Named “Mr. Basketball” in Texas during 2002, Bosh grew up in a rough environment which he used basketball as his escape. He would go on to play collegiately at Georgia Tech which after a stand-out freshman year, he would have to leave his engineer dreams behind and forego a career in the NBA. After the jump you can watch the interview with narrator Lisa Salters breaking down the Heat’s 2011 emotional collapse, his 2012 playoffs injury and coming back to win the championship.
OS REWIND: E:60 – Dwayne Wade
OS REWIND: Our Favorite Miami Heat-STREAK Moments
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The most talked about team all year in the NBA has been the New York Knicks. Tonight their backs are against the walls in a must-win game; and luckily for them, they’re on the road to avoid the boo’s throughout the Garden from the faithful. All eyes are on Carmelo Anthony, as he’s the only superstar remaining from the 2003 not to win a NBA championship. The teams most consistent player this series, Iman Shumpert was scheduled to be out of action tonight but will suit up after positive reports on his knee today from evaluations.
Pacers Defeat Knicks 93-82, Take 3-1 Series Lead | Spurs Win 109-91, Take 3-2 Series Lead
In the 2nd game scheduled for tonight’s hoops, features surprisingly the San Antonio Spurs in a must-win situation of their own a 2-2 series tie with the Golden State Warriors. The winner of game 5 normally goes on win the series generally, but this series hasn’t seen a clear cut favorite with the Spurs stealing game one and winning game 3 before their Sunday collapse in OT in Oakland. A loss here could put them in a hole heading back to the Bay Area against the league’s loudest crowd.
Check after the jump for more previews of the each game.
Next years college basketball season just got a little more interesting today, as the number one recruit in the nation Andrew Wiggins announced he would be attending Kansas in the fall. Wiggins, who many say is the best prospect since LeBron James, had many suitors that included North Carolina, Kentucky & Florida State.
Wiggins is this highly touted for good reason too, as he measures in a 6’7 and is an incredible athlete. He joins a strong team already at Kansas, but the real hype about Wiggins is what he will do the following year in the NBA, as he is highly expected to be the number 1 pick after his 1 year of college.
Check out some highlight film of Wiggins after the jump.
OS REWIND: Scouting Report – Athletes On The Rise
Tonight’s NBA action takes us to some very important game 4′s. The night will begin in Chicago as the scrappy Chicago Bulls will try and tie up the series with the defending NBA Champions Miami Heat. The nightcap will take us to Memphis as the Grizzlies look to take a dominant hold on their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Check out our full preview and weigh in on tonight’s action after the jump.
It’s been just over a year since Chicago’s Derrick Rose played an NBA game. Backlash from his decision to sit out all the season (and playoffs) has been the main story that continues to float around him. After the Bulls’ own Joakim Noah decided to stand up for his fellow teammate, now Craig Robinson also has his back, with a song.
He took his time out from promoting his upcoming movie This Is the End, to be on ESPN’s Sportnation and lend his two cents to the situation. As Rose’s top ten plays of the season played behind him, you could feel Craig inspired by the hate towards Rose. But when will he return? It is not on the horizon as of yet, but Rose will rise.
Watch “A Song For Derrick Rose” after the jump.
The NBA only has game scheduled for today, but lucky fo us it’s from maybe the most exciting series of the 2nd round. The Spurs and Warriors will once again take battle at Oracle Arena in Golden State in a pivotal matchup. San Antonio is trying to take advantage of a beat up Warriors team and take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Steph Curry is a gametime decision after twisting his ankle late in game 3. With the importance of this game we don’t see anyway he will miss it. The Warriors will need to put it all on the line today, as they can’t afford to go back to San Antonio facing elimination.
FINAL: Warriors 97 | Spurs 87
Check out a recap and highlights from an exciting game four, after the jump.
Now comes the time when the NBA Playoffs when it starts to get really interesting. Both of today’s series are even at one game apiece and heading towards high filled drama. The first matchup we will see today is Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder traveling to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies. The second game will take us to Indiana as the Pacers try and hold home court over Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Check out our full preview and weigh in on the games after the jump.
Tonight’s slate of NBA games is very interesting to say the least in our opinion. The Miami Heat gave the Chicago Bulls a school lesson earlier in the week, as we witnessed the largest margin for playoff win-loss differential in NBA history with a 37-point blowout.
In the night cap of hoops, the Golden State Warriors are home after evening the series against the Spurs which they almost blew their double-digit lead again, as San Antonio tried for a late 4th quarter run. Golden State could’ve been back home up 2-0 against the odd-on-favorite Spurs, who are having a hard time dealing with the back-court shooting tandem of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.
Check after the jump for a continuation of the previews.
The NBA Playoffs could really take a turn tonight as we have two pivotal game 2′s. First on the ballot is the Chicago Bulls heading into Miami to take on LeBron James and the one-seeded Heat. The nightcap takes us out to San Antonio for another intense matchup between the Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
Check out after the jump for our exclusive preview of these matchup’s and weigh in with your thoughts on the games.
Heat destroy Bulls in 115-78 victory. Warriors make up for game one with 100-91 victory over Spurs. Both series tied at 1-1.
We hate to use that picture Knick fans but if Paul George and his Indiana Pacers are able to go into the Garden tonight and take game 2, then choke will be the exact word people use to describe the Knicks. That is the first game of an exciting night of NBA action. In the nightcap Kevin Durant will lead the Oklahoma City Thunder against the physical stylings of the Memphis Grizzlies. After last night’s thrilling games we just can’t wait for these games to get under way!
Check out our full preview and let us know your thoughts on tonight’s action after the jump.
Tonight’s arguably our favorite night of the year thus far in postseason game-play featuring two marquee match-ups on the horizon. The Miami Heat, who’ve been resting up for the last week; will host the team that ended their 27-game win-streak, the Chicago Bulls; while San Antonio awakes from their coma to play Golden State.
The Bulls are coming off their emotional series clincher in Brooklyn over the weekend, in which they overcame a 3-1 hole to come back and advance. Their team captain, Derrick Rose who hasn’t played a single minute of action isn’t ruling out his “return” this round; but we’re not expecting to see him on the floor this year.
Rather than join his team on the court for “motivation,” some of us behind the scenes are feeling Rose’s presence around the team will be a distraction this series against their rivaled-Heat. If he doesn’t return back for game 3 against the Heat at home, we advise Mr. Rose to leave the Chicago Bull facilities and let the team be.
Continue after the jump for more analysis for tonight’s double header.
*UPDATE* Bulls Defeat Heat 93-86 | Spurs Rally Warriors 129-127
OS REWIND: Golden State Warriors “Man vs. Machine”
Last night before Floyd Mayweather’s successful defense of his WBC Welterweight title (and capturing of the vacant Ring Welterweight Title) in his fight against Robert Guerrero; he was accompanied to the ring by Lil Wayne. Normally, 50 Cent would have the duties of performing in Floyd’s entrance; but Mayweather decided to tap his new friend Tunechi for those honors last night with Rick Ross and company in the audience as well. You can watch the performance of “No Worries” after the jump now.
OS REWIND: ESPN Conversation With Floyd Mayweather Jr.
OS REWIND: Life+Times Presents: “The Corner” (Robert Guerrero)
OS REWIND: Showtime Mayweather vs. Guerrero (Episode 1) (Episode 2) (Episode 3) (Episode 4)
This comes to no surprise at all as King James has been unquestionably the most dominant player all year. Setting an NBA record back in February for his six straight games of at least 30 points and 60% field goal percentage, and leading his team on 27 game win streak, which was second best of all-time. LeBron joins Bill, Kareem, Wilt, and Jordan as the only player to win regular season MVP four times. Something that accolades his legacy and leads to more discussion about the all time greats.
The Heat are scheduling an awards presentation this Sunday and commissioner David Stern will present LeBron with the trophy itself at the start of their second-round series against the Chicago Bulls tomorrow .
James was honored to receive the award but as playoff cliche’s go, he shrugged it off and said the playoffs and finals are the only thing he’s focused about. Which is good for him, because how far he can distance himself away from other athletes with world titles, is still what everyone is waiting to see from the King.