The surprise move of the NBA offseason isn’t LeBron or Melo opting out of their contracts. It’s that Jason Kidd got traded.
Kidd spent last season — his first as a former player — behind the bench coaching the Brooklyn Nets. But he decided to show us that trades aren’t just for players. A strange series of events that began last Friday ended today when the rare coach trade: Kidd is headed to the Milwaukee Bucks for two second-round picks. The Bucks fired head coach Larry Drew organization Monday morning, after the deal with the Nets was reached. The Nets, meanwhile, are suddenly in need of a new bench boss.
Five years ago, 10-year-old Ethan King traveled to Mozambique, Africa, with his father. Dad repairs non-functioning water wells in impoverished African villages, so when he went to rural Mozambique in 2009 Ethan tagged along.
To help pass the time while his dad worked, Ethan would kick around a soccer ball that he brought with him. The local kids took notice of the ball. They loved soccer, but Ethan discovered they played with makeshift balls made of trash, plastic bags and twine.
Ethan shared his ball with the other kids and invited them to play. Five kids joined at first, then 50. And when Ethan saw how thrilled they were by the sight of a real soccer ball, a life-changing idea was born.
Now 15, Ethan is the founder of Charity Ball, an organization he began in 2010 that donates new soccer balls to kids in developing nations. When someone donates $25, a child in a developing country is hand-delivered his or her own brand-new, quality soccer balls.
The World Cup knockout round began this weekend, with Brazil, the Netherlands, Colombia, and Costa Rica all moving on to the quarterfinals. Here are some of the must-see top plays from the matches!
The 2014 NBA draftees all have long and promising careers ahead of them. Some of them may be future All-Stars or even Hall of Famers. But for now, these guys are just getting used to being in the spotlight.
Let’s meet some of the first round draft picks you might not know much about!
Dante Exum (No. 5, Utah Jazz)
From the land down under, Dante Exum, the “international man of mystery” as John Rothstein appropriately coined him, went No. 5 overall to the Utah Jazz. This 18-year-old guard from the Australian Institute of Sport joins Kyrie Irving, Andrew Bogut, and Luc Longley as only the fourth player from Australia to be selected as a lottery pick.
“It’s an unbelievable experience. Words can’t explain. It’s just great,” Exum said.
When the Jazz selected Exum, many were left wondering how Trey Burke and Exum would fit together.
“I think I already spoke to him, and he’s excited to have me, and I’m excited to be there. I know we’re both going to give up something a little so everyone’s happy,” said Exum. Who is giving up what? Will Burke relinquish his starting position? Time will tell.
Fun fact: Exum’s father was a North Carolina Tar Heel in the early 1980s.
Group play of the 2014 World Cup is officially over, and from the opening match to the final day, it did not disappoint. The Group of Death lived up to its name, the Brazilian humidity lived up to its expectations, and now it’s time to buckle our seatbelts for the knockout rounds. Before we get there, though, let’s see what went down in the final week of the group stage.
When the Los Angeles Lakers called Julius Randle’s name with the No. 7 pick last night, Carolyn Kyles, his mother, had no words. “She couldn’t really say anything. She was just screaming,” Randle said after coming off the stage.
For the 30 men whose NBA careers began last night, family represents the support system that got them up on that stage. And now they have the chance to give back.
“My mom’s been my biggest fan since day one, she’s always been there for me,” Randle said. “It definitely will mean a lot to take care of her and pay her back for what she’s done.”
You can argue whether the injured Joel Embiid went too high, whether Dario Saric should’ve been taken by the Magic (before that trade, of course) or if Zach LaVine slipped too far. But you absolutely cannot argue that the best pick of the 2014 NBA Draft was made by the NBA itself between Adreian Payne going to the Hawks at No. 15 and the Bulls’ No. 16 selection.
Baylor’s Isaiah Austin was on track to start his NBA at the Draft. Then on Sunday he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Marfan syndrome. And that meant Austin would never play competitive basketball again.
But even though the heartbreaking news kept Austin from entering the NBA, it did not keep him from hearing his name called in New York on Thursday night.