A statue of Shaquille O’Neal was unveiled at Staples Center Friday, and many Lakers greats showed up for the ceremony — including former nemesis Kobe Bryant. However, even while O’Neal entertained the crowd with his familiar lightheartedness, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stole the show with some well-aimed barbs. This zinger was the showstopper: “Some people thought the odds of Kobe Bryant showing up today were the same as Shaq sinking a free throw.” Bryant and O’Neal, of course, infamously did not get along even while leading the Lakers to three straight championships between 2000 and 2002. However, they have mostly healed their relationship over time, and Bryant complimented his former teammate Friday.
It didn't take long for UCLA superstar point guard Lonzo Ball to make a decision on his future. Soon after his Bruins lost in the Sweet 16 to the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday night, Ball declared he was leaving college after one season for the NBA Draft, according to multiple media reports. Ball is projected as a top three pick and could be the first overall selection.
BOSTON Continuing their strong play at home wont be easy for the Boston Celtics who trail the Miami Heat at the half 58-53. The Celtics came into tonights game having won three straight and 12 of their last 13 at the TD Garden. One of the biggest positives for the Celtics has been the return of Avery Bradley to the lineup.