TDR: Time to say goodbye
* Off the bench *
* Leading off *
- Omg so many basketball things. Following the Men’s Basketball National Championship on Monday, the NBA really took center stage last night with Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki playing the final home games of their careers. D-Wade scored 30 points during the Heat’s route of the Sixers, but most notably he took a tumble into John Legend and Chrissy Teigan who were sitting court side with his wife Gabrielle Union. John Legend was soaked in his drink and Dwyane’s face is s’cute when he realizes what he did. Oh, celebrities having fun. But yeah, solid career for Mr. Wade.
- Meanwhile, Dirk’s final night in Dallas was suuuuuper emotional. He finally acknowledged it was the final game of his career, but he didn’t even realize what his team had in store for him. His teammates gave him all the shot opportunities, so the 21-year NBA veteran finished with a season-high 30 points. Five of his childhood NBA idols (including Charles Barkley and Larry Bird) came out onto the court after the game to say a few words. It was a super emotional night, with Dirk breaking down in tears at one point after the arena showed a video honoring his charity work. What a guy! Dirk confirmed after the game that it was his final game, and he will be hanging it up. Helluva career, bud.
* Keep your eye on the ball *
Welp, that was a weird way to quit a job. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson abruptly resigned during a weirdo press conference before the Lakers’ final home game of the season. He didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka about his decision before his big announcement. Basically, he said he wasn’t having much fun, and he really just wants to have a nice time and be Mr. basketball ambassador. The team had a rough season, so yeah, I don’t think it was really fun for anyone involved. He referred to himself as a free bird who had been handcuffed. As sudden of a transition as this might be, me thinks it is probably 100% better for everyone involved if Magic gets back to being a free bird having fun.
Surprise, surprise. One of Duke’s phenom freshmen has officially declared for the NBA draft. We’re sorry Duke, but RJ Barrett is not coming back to school for his sophomore year. As expected, Barrett tossed his name into the ring to be selected in the upcoming draft, where he is projected as a top two pick (second only to his teammate, Zion). Congrats, RJ. You’ve got a long, successful career ahead.
* Overtime *