It’s been a tough start of the season for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook. He fractured his hand late last month, which required surgery. He’ll be sidelined for a few more weeks at least. But there’s a bright spot in the all-star’s fall. On Saturday, Westbrook stops by Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger in a memorable role as a… 14-year-old basketball player?
You’ll have to watch the show to find out what that’s all about. But earlier this week, SI Kids learned a little more when we talked with Westbrook about his role, what it was like filming the episode, and the Nick Shows he watched as a kid.
Check out the Q&A below, but first, watch this exclusive clip from the episode:
Good luck trying to catch Devin Hester. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and return specialist leaves a trail of defenders flat on their faces, breaks tackles, and leaps over linebackers on his way to the end zone. That instinct for making people miss is how Hester — widely considered the best kick returner ever — became the first player in the NFL to score a touchdown on the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl, in 2007.
Seven years later, Hester is still making history. In September, he broke the NFL mark for most career return touchdowns (20). It's fitting that Hester — who in breaking the record surpassed his childhood idol, Hall of Famer Deion (Prime Time) Sanders — now plays for the Falcons, a team with the catchphrase "Rise Up." It's in his nature to do just that.
"I've had some victories and faced adversity," says Hester, who is 31 years old. "But no matter what, you have to keep working to reach your goals."
Hindsight is a beautiful thing. It allows us to see everything so clearly, making everything we should have done in the past seem obvious. It works in all facets of reality, and it is equally as effective in the fantasy world. If only we knew that Calvin Johnson would suffer an ankle injury or that DeMarco Murray would launch an assault on the record books, we could have adjusted our draft boards accordingly. Alas, we will always have to rely on foresight when filling our fantasy rosters.
At the same time, hindsight does not give us a window into everything we need to know. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future performance, even within the same season. The history of fantasy is littered with players who lit up scoreboards in the first half of the year, only to fall off dramatically in the second half. It takes a combination of hindsight and foresight to accurately predict what will happen the rest of the season once we are midstream.
With that, allow me to present the SI.com First Round Redraft. The following is meant to reflect what the first round would be if you were starting a league from scratch right now. What players have done to this point of the season is important, but equally as important is what they will do for the rest of the year. The goal is to combine hindsight and foresight into an all-seeing eye that grants us the sort of fantasy omniscience heretofore only dreamed of by the most brazen of fantasy owners.
This year is Batman’s 75th anniversary. Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the character in 1939 and introduced him in Detective Comics #27. Since that first appearance, Batman — and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne — have gone through a lot of changes. If you’re a Batman fan, then you know that today he’s one serious superhero. Whether it’s in comic books, video games, or movies, he seems to be all business, all that time. And that business is taking down really bad bad guys and stopping really complex plots to destroy Gotham City.
But the Dark Knight wasn’t always so, well, dark. He always fought crime, but Bats found time to do other things, too. Like face off with the Joker in a surf contest! That’s right: Batman and his arch nemesis the Clown Prince of Crime duked it out while hanging ten. The battle happened on TV during the third and final season of the colorful, campy, super fun Batman TV series that aired on ABC from 1966-1968. You might not know the show, one, because it’s old, but, two, because it has never been available on DVD or Blu-Ray. Until now.
Batman: The Complete Television Series is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, which gives us the perfect opportunity to take a look back at a less gloomy period of Batman’s past — when he battled evildoers as well as played sports!
The 2014 NHL season is still pretty young, but Boston Bruins right winger scored an early favorite for goal of the year agains the Devils last night. And it’s so wild, so beautiful that it will be very hard to top.
It’s the kind of insane goal players make up to one-up a buddy but they’ll never be able to pull it off. And there’s no use trying to describe it. It must be seen to be believed:
Major League Baseball's awards season is in full swing, and last night it announced a couple big ones. New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu were named the 2014 National League and American League Rookie of the Year, respectively, and they both won decisively.
During Chris Bosh's senior year at Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas, it was normal to find him shooting hoops in the gym. After all, he was a McDonald's All-American who had led the basketball team to an undefeated season and a state title. But Bosh raised some eyebrows when he camped out in the computer lab before practice to play around with Adobe Illustrator, learn HTML, and lead classmates in robot design.
"The kids would ask, 'What are you doing here?' " recalls the 6′ 11″ Miami Heat center-forward, who participated in computer graphics and engineering clubs. "They saw my height, and I guess they thought the only place I belong is on the court."
Bosh didn't mind the question. He understood the stereotype that comes with his size and talent. He just wasn't going to live up to it. "I had some free time before practice. I filled that time learning about computer graphics," Bosh says. "I like trying different things that challenge me."
Things like advocating for computer science education, establishing a men's tie line, and his insatiable appetite for reading make him an unconventional athlete. And when he's on the hardwood, his versatility makes him a nontraditional big man. While most NBA pros his height live in the low post, you can catch Bosh beyond the arc, comfortably spotting up to take a three-pointer.
Today, the 30-year-old continues to challenge himself. When Miami's Big Three disbanded this summer, Bosh, the third option behind LeBron James (now with the Cleveland Cavaliers) and Dwyane Wade for the past four years, became the team's go-to guy after he re-signed with the Heat. "It's what I wanted. Just like with all of the other stuff I do, I want to push myself and see what I can do," Bosh says. "I'm ready to be the leader of this team."