The first annual NBA Awards Show was held on Monday, and it was full of surprises — but one moment definitely took the cake.
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was honored with the inaugural NBA Lifetime Achievement Award during the show. Russell, who spent time as both a player and a coach with the Celtics, received the accolade from five other basketball legends — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Alonso Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.
After accepting the award, the 83-year-old turned to the other stars, pointed to each one of them and whispered, “I would kick your ass.”
Tom Brady’s place in history has long been discussed by fans and analysts, but it seems he’s officially won over his peers.
The Super Bowl LI MVP was voted No. 1 overall on NFL Network’s annual Top 100 Players list, which is chosen by the athletes themselves.
Brady’s opponent in the Super Bowl and league MVP Matt Ryan came in at a surprisingly low No. 10 on the list.
For dedicated sports fans, your team of choice is your team for life. You support them through the ups and the downs, the championships and the last-place finishes, for as long as you live.
This was especially true for Patrick “Pat” Killebrew, who passed away last week from watching his beloved Washington Nationals blow a game.
That’s right — according to Killebrew’s obituary via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the 68-year-old passed away peacefully “after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.”
Former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp plans to donate his brain to science after his death, he revealed to The Players’ Tribune on Tuesday.
Concussions have been a hot-button topic in the football community for the past several years. Sapp, a Super Bowl champion and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, cited fellow Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti as one of the inspirations for his decision.
“His brain — and his body — are starting to fail him,” Sapp said of Buoniconti.
“I’ve also started to feel the effects of the hits that I took in my career. My memory ain’t what it used to be.”
Kevin Durant really, really loves his mother.
After winning his first NBA Championship on Monday night, the Golden State Warriors’ forward made a beeline for his mom, Wanda, and the two shared a sweet moment at half court.
Durant, who famously called his mom “the real MVP” after he won the award in 2014, was also named the MVP of the Finals.
Forbes has released its annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2017, and some of the amounts listed are staggering.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo came in at No. 1 for the second straight year, thanks to his hefty salary and endorsements. His earnings increased by $5 million in 2017, bringing his total annual earnings to $93 million.
The list unsurprisingly had striking similarities to ESPN’s ranking of the year’s most famous athletes, including an identical top 3 of Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lionel Messi.
New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took to the mound at home on Tuesday night to face the team’s historic division rival, the Boston Red Sox.
Tanaka pitched only five innings and gave up five runs on on five hits, including three home runs in a 5-4 loss to Boston — but his performance wasn’t what garnered the most attention during the game.
Tanaka, who was born in Japan, utilizes a translator whenever he needs to speak with his teammates or coaches, including in conversations on the mound while the game is going on.
During the game’s broadcast, Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy said he didn’t believe translators should be permitted.
“I don’t think that should be legal,” he said after Tanaka’s translator paid the pitcher a visit alongside the team’s pitching coach, Larry Rothchild.