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.
There were multiple Celtics players unhappy after Suns second-year guard Devin Booker dropped 70 points on them Friday night — and count former Suns Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green among them. But Jae Crowder took to the comments section of the official NBA Instagram account to voice his displeasure. When the NBA posted a photo of the Suns celebrating Booker’s accomplishment, complete with Booker holding up a sheet of paper with “70” written on it, Crowder commented, “NEVER SEEN SO MANY GUYS HAPPY AFTER AN ‘L.’” Booker quickly fired back with “you can’t guard me.” Savage. Crowder then walked back his comment a bit: “I WAS TALKING BOUT THEM DUDES AROUND YOU. BUT ILL SEE U NEXT YR.!” OK, Jae. It’s
John Wall scored 37 points, Bradley Beal added 27 and the Washington Wizards began a challenging road trip by beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-115 on Saturday night. Wall scored 18 in the first quarter when the Wizards shot 82 percent, and Washington held on down the stretch to avenge an overtime loss to the NBA champions last month. Kyrie Irving added 23 points and Kevin Love 17 for Cleveland, playing at home for the only time in a seven-game stretch.