Congrats to the Golden State Warriors.
Last night they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 to win the NBA championship. They won the series 4-2. I bet the Warriors number one fan Sweetie is happy.
The Warriors were led by this year’s NBA MVP Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. Andre Iguodala was named the MVP of the series. This was the first NBA championship for Golden State in 40 years. They last won the championship in 1975 when they defeated the Washington Bullets, now the Washington Wizards. Back then the Warriors were coached by Al Attles, who was one of the first African American coaches in the NBA.
I have to say that the 2015 NBA playoffs and finals had some of the most enjoyable games I’ve seen in a long time. And speaking of the Washington Wizards, it would be nice to see them in the finals next year 🙂
As of today the Golden State Warriors lead the Western Conference Final Series 3-0 against the Houston Rockets. One of the many fans, also known as Dub Nation, who’s happy about this is 105-year-old Sweetie. She turns 106 on June 12.
Sweetie stations herself there for Warriors games because she likes to be alone and free to yell at the TV as loudly as she wants. Her cat, Coco Chanel, will sit beside her, as always, but doesn’t mind the hubbub. Coco Chanel, it seems, is used to some noise when it comes to Sweetie’s Warriors.
“Every time I holler at the team, she just looks up at me,” Sweetie, still sprightly and spunky well over a century after her birth, told Mashable on a recent afternoon while wearing a bright yellow Warriors shirt. “And I holler at them a lot. I tell them: ‘Go get that ball!'”
Even though the Warriors won their last NBA championship in 1975 Sweetie didn’t become a Warriors fan until the early 1990’s. While Stephen Curry is the MVP of the NBA her favorite player is Draymond Green.
But her favorite player? That would be third-year forward Draymond Green. The fiery, emotional leader has become the soul of this year’s Warriors squad, while vastly outplaying anyone’s expectations for him when he was a second-round draft pick out of Michigan State.
“He came a long ways, you know what I mean?” Sweetie said. “I like Green’s style.”
Check out more about Sweetie at Mashable.
I had a chance to see the last few minutes of the Cavaliers/Bulls game on ESPN. With the game tied at 96-96, Derrick Rose hit a three pointer that won the game for the Chicago Bulls. The facial expression on Derrick is priceless.
He’s like “yeah I got it.” 😐
Looks like Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant is out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury. Sad to hear this. Kevin is one of my favorite NBA players.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot.
The Oklahoma City Thunder had said last week he likely would be shut down for the season. The team was trying to figure out why his pain remained long after he was supposed to be able to play.
General manager Sam Presti said Friday the team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the four to six months.
Yesterday during lunch I was checking out some news sites and saw that former NBA player and award winning smooth jazz musician Wayman Tisdale passed away earlier that morning. He was 44 years old and had been battling bone cancer for the past two years. Wayman is survived by his wife Regina, three daughters and a son.
After reading a couple of news articles about Wayman’s death I headed over to Pandora Radio and created a Wayman Tisdale radio station. I was introduced to his music while listening to Smooth Jazz 105.9 years ago.
Wherever Wayman Tisdale went, whatever he was doing, chances were he was smiling.
Tisdale was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma in the mid-1980s before playing a dozen years in the NBA and later becoming an accomplished jazz musician.
But those who knew Tisdale, who died Friday at a hospital in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla., recalled not only his professional gifts but a perpetually sunny outlook, even in the face of a two-year battle with cancer that took his life at 44.
“I don’t know of any athlete at Oklahoma or any place else who was more loved by the fans who knew him than Wayman Tisdale,” said Billy Tubbs, who coached Tisdale with the Sooners. “He was obviously, a great, great player, but Wayman as a person overshadowed that. He just lit up a room and was so positive.”
Jeff Capel, the current Oklahoma coach, noted Tisdale’s “incredible gift of making the people who came in contact with him feel incredibly special.”
After three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale played in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. The 6-foot-9 forward, with a soft left-handed touch on the court, averaged 15.3 points for his career. He was on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.
Gov. Brad Henry attended Oklahoma at the same time Tisdale did and later appointed him to the state’s Tourism Commission.
“Oklahoma has lost one of its most beloved sons,” Henry said. “Wayman Tisdale was a hero both on and off the basketball court. … Even in the most challenging of times, he had a smile for people, and he had the rare ability to make everyone around him smile. He was one of the most inspirational people I have ever known.”
State senators paused and prayed Friday morning after learning of his death.
Check out the entire ESPN article here.
You can also check out more articles about Wayman Tisdale:
Wayman made his music debut in 1995 by signing with Motown subsidiary MoJazz. His debut cd was titled Power Forward. He would eventually record seven more cds. His latest cd, Rebound was released last year. One of the songs from that cd is Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up featuring Toby Keith.
And check out this video promoting his Way Up cd.
RIP Wayman Tisdale
Spike Lee has a new documentary that premiered at the 2009 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival yesterday in New York City. Kobe Doin’ Work puts the spotlight on Los Angeles player Kobe Bryant. The documentary follows Kobe during a game against the San Antonio Spurs last year.
None of Lee’s beloved Knicks merited game-in-the-life treatment, but Kobe Bryant did. Lee first persuaded Bryant, to whom he gave a DVD of “Zidane.” Then he got approvals from the N.B.A., the Lakers and Coach Phil Jackson.
“Phil gives me a lot of love,” Lee said Monday during an interview in his office at New York University, where he is artistic director of the graduate film program. “He plays it down, but the Knicks are still his team.”
On April 13, 2008, when the Lakers played San Antonio at Staples Center, 30 cameras, 12 of them ABC’s and 18 of them Lee’s, followed Bryant from myriad angles in the next-to-last game of his M.V.P season for “Kobe Doin’ Work.” The 90-minute documentary will be shown Saturday at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Festival and make its television debut on ESPN on May 16.