It’s been a rough season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Entering Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers were 7-16 and their aging star, Kobe Bryant, was becoming… agitated with his team’s performance.
But Sunday gave LA and Kobe a moment to celebrate. In the second quarter of the Lakers-T’wolves game, Bryant hit a couple free throws to give him 32,293 career points, which pushed him past Michael Jordan as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer.
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker’s game is built on court vision. So when Parker suffered an eye injury (a scratched cornea, ouch!) while partying with friends in 2012, his court vision was less than perfect as he prepared to play for the French National Team in the London Olympics.
That’s when Bollé, an eyewear company that Parker had previously worked with, stepped in with special glasses for the four-time NBA champion. Now, Parker, whose vision is back to 100 percent, is helping the company launch a kids line, Bollé Sport Protective. The glasses (available with prescription or non-prescription lenses) come in cool colors and names like Swag, Dominance, and Baller.
Before his Spurs took on the Brooklyn Nets in New York last Wednesday, Parker sat down with SI Kids to talk about his experience with the eyewear, his hot start from beyond arc, and if he’ll ever come out of his rap retirement.
For 20 years, starting in his native Orlando, Shaquille O'Neal has bought toys for underprivileged kids. Now he has teamed up with Toys"R"US to become "Shaq-A-Claus, their spokesperson in their annual campaign with Toys for Tots, an organization that delivers toys to kids in need during this holiday season.
SI Kids talked to Shaq-A-Claus recently about the campaign, his favorite toys, and some things he's working on that may be in your stocking next year.
Some of the greatest villains in cartoon history are serious ballers. Or at least they are in these pretty great illustrations created by artist Andy McDonald. He has a series of at least five images of bad guys from classic '80s shows like Skeletor (from Masters of the Universe), Cobra Commander (from G.I. Joe), and my personal favorite, Krang (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), caught mid-dunk:
The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is still more than two months away. But today Adidas gave us our first look at what the players will be wearing when they take the Barclays Center court on February 15.
Eastern Conference All-Stars will wear white unis with red, white, and blue stripes, while the Western Conference players will wear black jerseys with the same striping. The typical NBA logo on the top left of the shirt will be encased with a star and the wording “NYC 15” underneath it.
Both jerseys will also have a vertical row of five stars running down the side of the shirt. Each star has a unique design and represents one of New York City’s five boroughs. Per Adidas:
Queens: a pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters
Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city
The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City
Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough
There are dunks. There are great dunks. And there are what-did-I-just-see dunks. This one’s the latter. In last night’s game against the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green set himself up for a dunk by bouncing the ball off of traffic through a crowd of defenders to pull off something you normally only see in video games:
During her first ever baseball game, in 2009, there were three things that made 7-year-old pitcher Mo’ne Davis stick out: her pink glove, her raw talent, and her resolve. Sure, she was the only girl on Philadelphia’s Anderson Monarchs team — the glove was a dead giveaway — but the power of her arm drew a lot of attention, too.
So there she was, facing one of Philly’s top power hitters, an 8-year-old boy from a nearby Parkwood neighborhood youth team. The righthander delivered a fastball to the plate and watched the batter slam a rocket to the outfield in the fenceless ballpark. It was a home run.
“Mo’ne put her head down,” Monarchs coach Steve Bandura remembers. “I went out to check on her. I thought she was crying.”
“She was mad,” Bandura continues. “After that, she struck him out every time he was up to bat. She had good command and a competitive fire, even back then."
Five years later, Mo’ne is no longer sporting the pink glove, but she’s still striking out the boys and drawing attention.
Mo’ne, now a 13-year-old with a wicked 70-mph fastball, became the most talked about pitcher this summer (move over, Clayton Kershaw) when she threw two shutouts in August. The first one advanced the Philadelphia Taney Dragons all-star team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The second one propelled her into the history books, as Mo’ne became the first girl in the 75-year history of the LLWS to pitch a shutout in the tournament. The 5' 4" flamethrower did more than just play a boy’s game. She dominated it, showing the nation that a girl can throw heat, too. She also inspired countless kids to dream big. That is why Mo’ne Davis is the 2014 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year.