If you could draft anyone for your basketball team, who would be your top pick? Maybe one of the best young basketball players in the world. That makes sense. But how about the best closer in baseball history?
Yeah, that sounds silly, right? Not to the Harlem Globetrotters.
By Vidur Malik and Lauren Shute
Thousands of people from all over the country packed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night to catch a glimpse of the NBA’s future. The home of the Nets was the site of the 2013 NBA Draft — a night of excitement and suspense for players and their families, and a party for the fans.
There was a festive energy at Barclays, with fans mingling with each other and predicting who their team would pick. There was no clear-cut number-one pick in this year’s draft, so there was an air of mystery over who would go first.
“It’s pretty cool not knowing if you ask me,” Luke M., a 13-year old Cleveland Cavaliers fan from Ohio, said before the draft began.
The next generation of the NBA takes center stage tonight at the 2013 NBA Draft, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Get ready for the night's events by checking out these SI Kids NBA Draft this story from the 2013 NBA Draft Media Day, held in NYC yesterday. Some of the top prospects in the draft met members fo the press and talked about joining the NBA, their excitement and even fashion!
And be sure to also check out interviews with three future NBA stars expected to be picked high in the first round of the draft.
Fourteen-year-old Will Thomas has raised more than $100,000 for U.S. veterans. The funds are used to provide support for families of soldiers lost in action, medical and living expenses for veterans, and memorials to those who have fallen in the line of duty. But to Will, the desire to help is about a lot more than just money.
Will's real mission is to show appreciation and support for U.S. special-operations forces — a select class of elite soldiers from the Army, Navy, and Air Force that is frequently asked to take on dangerous yet highly important assignments.
To understand why Will chose this cause, you have to flash back to 2011. Back then, Will was your average 12-year-old boy living in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C. Will loved sports. He was a middle infielder and pitcher in baseball and a shooting guard in basketball.
The cutting edge of women's surfing is not on the famed North Shore of Oahu or the reef breaks in Indonesia's Mentawai Islands. In this moment it is at Lakey Peterson's family home in Santa Barbara, California, where the 18-year-old executes a rodeo flip while seated in a tastefully upholstered white chair.
"It's essentially just a backflip," she says, holding an imaginary surfboard's rails. "So if I'm riding right, my back is facing the lip, and I just huck myself back toward the beach" — now she is bending over backward in the chair, flipping in her mind — "then you land backward, and spin out." And keep riding. She has yet to land a rodeo. No woman has in competition, and she wants to be the first. You shouldn't bet against her.
IndyCar drive Charlie Kimball learned he had type I diabetes six years ago, but he's never let that diagnosis slow him down
Every time Charlie Kimball passes under the checkered flag he isn't just finishing a race. He's reminding everyone that diabetes won't control his life. Kimball now competes in one of racing's most prestigious series, but just six years ago, his childhood dream of IndyCar glory nearly came to an end with a diagnosis — type 1 diabetes.