Kevin Durant knew his life and basketball career were changing forever from the moment he decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer to join the Golden State Warriors. By deciding to join a team that had already won a championship with its existing core, and followed that up by winning a record 73 games last season before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games in the NBA Finals, Durant's every move would be scrutinized and debated, his successes muted and his setbacks endlessly analyzed. Golden State led the league with 67 wins, has steamrollered through the Western Conference playoffs with a pristine 12-0 record, and now is facing a third straight showdown with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals beginning at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
On Saturday, The Base in Roxbury, Mass. welcomed Shirley Burkovich and Maybelle Blair formerly of the All-American Girls Pro Baseball League to talk with young women about their experiences playing professional baseball. Robert Lewis Jr., Director of Base, shared why “A League Of Their Own” still serves as an inspiration to female athletes today and what The Base is doing to help. To learn more about The Base and their work in the Boston community and beyond go to: TheBase.org Watch the video in the player above to hear what Bukovich, Blair and Lewis had to say. Thumbnail photo by Marc DiBenedetto/NESN.com
There were Bill Russell's Boston Celtics against Jerry West and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1960s. Wilt Chamberlain teamed up with West to create one of the most dominant teams of all time, facing off multiple times against Walt Frazier, Willis Reed and the star-studded New York Knicks in the 1970s. The 1980s belonged to Magic Johnson's Showtime Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics. Michael Jordan and the Bulls reigned supreme in the 1990s, Kobe and Shaq's Lakers teams dominated the 2000s, and whatever team LeBron James has played for has owned the current decade. The Cavs and the Warriors are without question the two best teams in the league. They have laid waste to the rest of the NBA, and they