ESPN’s Brian Windhorst just lately sat right down to report an episode Basketball-themed podcast The Hoop Collective, the place he spoke about Kawhi Leonard’s disposition in the direction of opposing NBA gamers, Kevin Durant particularly. Listen right here when you’ve a second.
If you recall, KD truly referred to Kawhi Leonard as a “system participant” after the current-Raptor gained the 2014 NBA Finals MVP award as a San Antonio Spur. The “system” pejorative refers to better-than-average gamers whose play is elevated by elite teaching and structural parts. I feel we will all say that KD was incorrect, or presumably talking out his feelings. Kawhi has confirmed to us all, that he can carry a franchise aside from the Pop-led San Antonio Spurs.
What Windhort infers within the above quote is that Kevin Durant’s criticism in 2014 nonetheless fuels Kawhi Leonard to today. And as we noticed on November 29th, Kawhi Leonard stepped his efficiency ranges up with Kevin Durant within the room. Although Kevin Durant hit a very insane shot to push that contest into additional time, it was Kawhi Leonard’s all-purpose efficiency that shone brightest, as the sport led to a 131-128 Raptors’ win on house soil. If it comes right down to it who you selecting from the line-up: KD or the Claw?
The Oklahoma City Thunder fell far below expectations last season, but that hasn’t discouraged superstar Russell Westbrook at all. The team-up Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul George was speculated to be the Golden State Warrior killing squad, but neither them nor the Houston Rockets could take the Western Conference from the Warriors. Now, with the departure Anthony from OKC to Houston, Westbrook is feeling as confident as ever.
Westbrook recently sat down with ESPN’s Coral Lu to discuss his confidence, fashion, and winning the championship. Lu asks Westbrook what advice he would give to young budding superstars, to which he answered, “I think the motto right now for me is, whenever they feel – obviously in this world there’s going to be people that doubt you, that tell you you can’t do certain things. You’re not able to do it because where you live, or how you grow up. And I think that’s all BS.”
“I believe you tell yourself that, why not you? why not? You can be great, I think it can happen to the best us,” he continued. My job is to make sure these kids here, and all over the world understand that it’s important. And be able to instill confidence in yourself, and not look around for anyone else to give you confidence.”
DJ Khaled will perform during the Overwatch League Grand Finals taking place this weekend at the Barclays Center in New York. Regrettably, the gig only calls for a musical performance by Khaled; he won’t be assigned a round robin opponent in the opening draw. The concert-showing will take place before matchplay on Saturday, as a precursor to the final leg.
DJ Mick and DJ Envy are scheduled to spin throughout the two day event. David Garibaldi, a “speed painter” has been given carte blanche to create a an Overwatch-inspired painting as the field narrows. The artwork will be raffled f to a lucky spectator.
The Grand Finals are essentially molded for team play, which equates to team members collecting points across a leaderboard, the final tally deciding the winning party. Philadelphia Fusion and the London Spitfire have qualified for the Final and will square f for the inaugural Overwatch League trophy. Team captains will have envious task deciding how to split the $1.4 million prize pool, with some players building a case for a greater payout based on year-end performances.
Television viewers can follow these guidelines as the tournament progresses into the later rounds:
Friday, July 27 at 7pm on ESPN and Disney XD
Saturday, July 28 at 4:30pm ESPN3 and Disney XD
Saturday, July 28 at 9pm Re-air on ESPN2
Sunday, July 29 at 3pm Recap show on ABC and ESPN3
Many were rooting for the athlete during this year’s Wimbledon season not only because her obvious talent but also because her being just one victory away from tying Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slams. Another factor that added to the excitement is the novelty her motherhood. Williams and her then-fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their first-born daughter in September 2017. This childbirth was harder than usual and the process, which was overwhelmed with complications, almost cost the new mother her life. As such, Williams has been grinding hard to get her body back into its competitive shape.
Still, it wasn’t enough to keep Germany’s Angelique Kerber from winning the final on Saturday. This marks Williams’ first Wimbledon loss since 2008 when her sister Venus Williams won the title. The tennis star was moved to tears after the match when asked questions about her journey this year. She had some words for all her fellow mothers: “To all the moms out there, I was playing out there for you today and I tried.” When the interviewer referred to her as a supermom, Williams replied that she was “just me”.
Though her speech was full humility, Serena is not ready to throw in the towel:”I look forward to continuing to be back out here and do what I do best.”