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NBA Finals Recap

The Los Angeles Lakers capped off a wild 2020 season by defeating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals.  The Lakers were led by Lebron James, who averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists en route to becoming Finals MVP.  This was James’ fourth championship ring, and fourth finals MVP.

The 2019-2020 NBA season was unlike any seen before it.  The season was suspended on March 11, 2020 after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  With Covid leaving activities across the country in flux, the league remained suspended for months.  Finally, play resumed in July, with the teams staying together in a bubble the NBA organized in Disney World. …

I may never leave the couch again. I’m just doing my part.

If you’ve ever spoken to me in person, which, given that a pandemic struck four weeks after I began taking classes here, you probably haven’t, you might have picked up that I like sports.

A lot.

The logic follows that I like watching sports in person. A lot. In fact, in my 35 years, I’ve been to roughly 600 professional or major college sporting events across the planet. Baseball and a sumo tournament in Japan? Yup. Gaelic football in Ireland? You bet. English and American football in England? Sure, why not? The fact that I have a tendency to revolve travel plans around what sporting event I can see in whichever destination can be a bit irksome for my lovely and very understanding wife, but because I’m among the luckiest men I know, she generally humors me anyway. …

Kobe Bryant Memorial: Recap of an Emotional Night at Staples Center

By Sanjna Shukla

On February 24, 2020, over 20,000 people at the Staples Center and several more around the world honored the life of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.  The date was a special tribute to the No.2 of Gianna’s basketball jersey and to the No.24 that Kobe Bryant made an icon in not only Staples Center, but the entire basketball community.   

The memorial included tributes from several artists, basketball players, and public figures. Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Christina Aguilera performed heartfelt numbers, while Bryant’s good friend Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event. 

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bryant was at the top of the list of candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.…

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