Could it really have been any other way?
Friday night Scottie Pippen will rightfully take his place along side the game’s all-time greats in the Hall of Fame. He will be introduced at the induction ceremony by Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan was enshrined last year. We can only hope that his introduction speech for Pippen is as entertaining as his induction speech last year. Jeff Van Gundy and Bryon Russell take cover.
Pippen is getting a second introduction, and Jordan a second as well, as part of the 1992 Dream Team. That was the team that changed how America dealt with its Olympians, sending our best professionals not just college kids. (Much like the also-to-be-inducted 1960 team changed who we sent from AAU kids to college players.)
Pippen is rarely mentioned without Jordan. His career and profile was both helped and overshadowed by Jordan. People asked why LeBron James would want to go to Miami and “be Pippen,” as if being a guy with six rings and one of the 50 greatest players of all time was somehow an insult. Pippen is an all-time great getting his just rewards. And MJ welcoming him to the hall just seems fitting.
Last May, Magic Johnson tweeted that the Lakers chase LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan in free agency. All three players were still under contract with their teams until July 1.
In response to that apparent tampering, the Lakers announced Johnson had asked the team to remove his title of Vice President.
Too little, too late.
William Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn of ESPN:
Outside the Lines learned this week — and confirmed with a senior Lakers official — that the NBA fined the team over Johnson’s communiques about players under contract to other teams.
If Drake got the Raptors fined for tampering by pitching Durant during a concert, the Lakers deserved this fine.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are dating. There are mixed reports about whether they’re engaged.
No matter their exact terms of their relationship, it brings increased attention to the Cavaliers – who are already in the spotlight as LeBron James‘ team and the defending NBA champions.
LeBron might not welcome increased scrutiny.
Gabriella Ginsberg of Hollywood Life:
LeBron James hasn’t been happy that Tristan Thompson is dating drama magnet Khloe Kardashian, and we hear that the teammates had a locker room showdown before the Cavs’ home opener game.
“Tristan isn’t taking any crap from his teammates anymore. As far as he’s concerned, Khloe’s coming to every damn game she chooses,” the insider reveals. “Tristan told LeBron straight up before last night’s game that Khloe was coming and that was that.”
There’s nothing wrong with LeBron, as a friend, advising Thompson about his personal life. They share an agent, Rich Paul, and that obviously means a lot to LeBron.
But at a certain point, LeBron should back off. Neither coworkers nor friends have a right to determine who someone dates.
76ers players are unsure how to respond to their franchise blocking Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem because she wore a “WE MATTER” jersey.
Justise Winslow is seemingly trying to nudge Philadelphia in a certain direction.
The Heat forward posted a photo with himself and the 76ers’ Jerami Grant raising fists and captioned it “WE MATTER”:
I’m unsure when this photo was taken, but my best guess is after the Miami-Philadelphia preseason game – which was preceded by the national-anthem singer kneeling during her performance.
Was Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha making the smart play to beat the defender or just showing off?
Either way, I’m glad he did it.