Former San Diego Padres star and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away today at the age of 54 after battling cancer for the past several years. He’ll be remembered as one of the best hitters in the history of Major League Baseball. That part of his sports story, you probably already know. We’re here to tell you about the other part, the one involving his basketball career and how he was drafted by an NBA team.
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After the Spurs clinched the title last night, folks from around the NBA reacted to their victory on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of our favorite tweets from last night.
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/ Jun 16, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Kawhi Leonard is as soft-spoken as they come. Whether this is premeditated to present an air of mystery or a real discomfort with the limelight, Kawhi is now a star after becoming the youngest player since Magic Johnson to win the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award, which means he’s permanently in the public’s eye. His teammates showed their appreciation for the ascending star by holding up a single hand during the trophy presentation, commemorating some of the biggest hands in the entire Association. Read More »
The San Antonio Spurs have won a fifth NBA Championship in 47 seasons. The win was fueled — in a large part — by upcoming star Kawhi Leonard who became the youngest Bill Russell Finals MVP since Magic Johnson won a pair — in 1980 and 1982 — before turning 23. Despite Kawhi’s ascension, it seems 2014 regular season MVP Kevin Durant responded negatively to a tweet claiming Kawhi was a superior player to Paul George. Read More »
/ Jun 16, 2014 / 10:30 am
The San Antonio Spurs are your 2014 NBA Champions, so check out commissioner Adam Silver performing his first championship ceremony as he hands over the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Spurs owner Peter Holt, general manager R.C. Buford, coach Gregg Popovich and the amazing Spurs players covered in champagne. The best-run franchise in the NBA has added another piece of hardware to their trophy case. Read More »
The better team won. Going into the 2014 NBA Finals, many conceded the Spurs — with their league-leading bench — were the better team, but the Heat had the best player in LeBron James. The Spurs team proved far superior than the lone brilliance of James, defeating the Heat four games to one with Sunday night’s 104-87 victory in Game 5 to claim the NBA Finals that slipped out of their fingers last year. Read More »
/ Jun 13, 2014 / 4:45 pm
The Spurs have been dominant during the past two games in Miami, and Kawhi Leonard has played a huge part in both of their blowout wins. After scoring just 18 points in the first two games of the series, he put up 29 points in Game 3 and was the best player on the court in last night’s win. The Spurs are now up 3-1 in the series and have a chance to clinch on Sunday, which is also Father’s Day. If they do, it will be bittersweet for the Spurs forward after what happened six years prior.
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/ Jun 12, 2014 / 10:57 pm
The Spurs had another spectacular first half in Game 4, stretching their lead on Miami to 19 before the break. After another beautiful display of ball movement from Popovich’s bunch, a Patty Mills corner three-pointer actually drew iron and bounced high in the air. Except, nobody put a body on Kawhi Loenard as he came through the lane untouched to jump and flush the two-handed jam. Read More »
/ Jun 11, 2014 / 10:45 am
Kawhi Leonard, that soft-spoken 22-year-old out of San Diego State University, scored a career-high 29 points in San Antonio’s Game 3 win. He was unstoppable in the first quarter as the Spurs set the tone for a dominating win and Kawhi rose to the occasion after two subpar games to start the series. Read More »
/ Jun 11, 2014 / 1:11 am
Danny Green, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
The San Antonio Spurs were on fire in a first half when they set numerous NBA Finals records while jumping out to a 71-50 lead. They connected on 25 of their 33 attempts from the field for an NBA-record 75.8 field goal percentage including a ridiculous 13-for-15 (86.7 percent) performance in the first period for the most gruesome throttling by a road team since the 1996 Bulls took a 21-point first-half lead in Seattle. Read More »