Kobe Bryant made his final appearance as a visiting player in Cleveland last night when the Lakers lost to the Cavs, 120–111. The Cavaliers' fans saluted Bryant as he left the game with a big hug from LeBron James:
Bryant's send-off in Cleveland also drudged up reports of a Kobe-for-LeBron trade that never happened back in 2007. At the time, both players were in their primes and the Lakers' star was unhappy, coming off several disappointing seasons. Bryant briefly requested a trade, and according to ESPN, the Lakers tried to accommodate him by offering him straight-up to the Cavs for the young King James.
Cleveland of course said no, but it leaves me wondering what could have been. A James-based dynasty in L.A.? Or a Bryant-James team-up in Cleveland when he hit free agency.
As part of the Big Air event there today and tomorrow (part of the snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour), Fenway Park features a giant snow ramp. The ramp starts high above the outfield wall (about where you'd find some David Ortiz home runs) and ends near home plate. Check out some pictures and the video below.
Former Minnesota Wild forward Zenon Konopka tweeted a photo of his pet bunny holding a sign calling for coach Mike Yeo's firing:
Yeo, for his part, seemed more concerned with the opinion of the bunny than that of Konopka:
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