The Los Angeles Lakers showed Dwyane Wade some love during his trip to Staples Center on Monday night.
The Miami Heat on Monday played the Los Angeles Lakers for the final time this season. The occasion marked the final time Wade and long-time friend LeBron James would be on the court together as competitors, barring an unlikely meeting in the NBA Finals.
The Lakers took the opportunity to play a tribute video for Wade, who embraced James afterward.
— NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2018
Wade is putting the final touches on a Hall of Fame career. He will likely receive other tributes between now and the end of the season after previously announcing this would be his farewell year. This one will probably be among the more memorable.
The Sacramento Kings piled on to the Chicago Bulls’ misery.
The Bulls’ disappointing start to the season continued with a 108-89 loss to the Kings in Chicago. Following the game, a Sacramento player trolled the Bulls with a comment that made reference to the way their new head coach is handling the team.
Kings players walking back to the locker room have obviously been reading Chicago papers – "Uh-oh, another 2 1/2-hour practice for them tomorrow" one of them yelled.
— Sun-Times Basketball (@suntimes_hoops) December 11, 2018
Following a loss to the Indiana Pacers last week, new Bulls head coach Jim Boylen had his players run “suicides” during a two and a half hour practice. Boylen reportedly felt the team was not in good condition.
Right now, it’s easy to pile on the Chicago Bulls, and at least one Sacramento Kings player did just that.
Nikola Mirotić had his night cut short on Monday due to an injury.
During the New Orleans Pelicans’ game against the Boston Celtics, Mirotić was forced to leave with a sore ankle and was ruled out for the remainder of the night by the Pelicans.
Nikola Mirotić (right ankle) will not return tonight vs. Boston.
— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) December 11, 2018
The Pelicans have been bitten by the injury bug lately.
E’Twaun Moore missed Monday’s game with a leg injury. Elfrid Payton will be out for an extended period of time due to a fractured finger. Anthony Davis left Sunday’s game in the first quarter after taking a knee to his hip but was able to return in the third quarter. All in all, the Pelicans are short on depth.
In 24 games this season, Mirotić is averaging 18 points and 9.6 rebounds.
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The Miami Dolphins’ miracle win over the New England Patriots was aided by what proved to be a costly mistake by the Patriots.
With just seven seconds remaining in regulation, and down 33-28, the Dolphins went into their bag of tricks to pull out a miraculous victory. Twitter had fun with the moment afterward, but had the Patriots approached the situation differently, the outcome may not have been the same.
New England decided to prepare for a Hail Mary even though Miami would have needed to make approximately a 75-yard pass to reach the end zone. Throwing a Hail Mary from so far away was unrealistic, which is why Miami went with the hook and ladder instead. Defending for the Hail Mary meant bringing Rob Gronkowski onto the field to play defense. That backfired when Gronk was left on the field to try and tackle Kenyan Drake, who scored the winning touchdown.
After the game, Gronkowski talked about the Patriots’ approach to the final play.
Gronk says the Patriots were playing for the Hail Mary, not the lateral play pic.twitter.com/qvXIecIhJX
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) December 9, 2018
The decision by New England was questioned by some, including Bill Simmons, who thought it was one of the worst decisions of the Bill Belichick era.
Putting Gronk out as a safety just in case a one-legged Tannehill can throw a 75-yards-in-the-air Hail Mary also might be the dumbest moment of the Belichick era.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 9, 2018
There haven’t been many times a Bill Belichick decision has been questioned and criticized. Sunday’s will definitely be on what is a short list.
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The Chicago Bulls’ rough start to the season has included a players-only meeting and players discussing not showing up to practice.
The Bulls suffered their largest defeat in franchise history on Saturday, a 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics. The following day, members of the Bulls held a players-only meeting that had a dispute surrounding it.
Prior to the meeting taking place, there were a few players in a text message exchange who reportedly discussed not showing up to practice.
Per multiple sources, players started a group text exchange debating whether to show up at practice facility today. They ultimately decided to show up and told coaching staff they wanted players only meeting, which was followed by the meeting with coaches.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 9, 2018
Per multiple sources, "veterans" were adamant in group text exchange that team show up today and have meetings. There were "two or three players" advocating not showing up.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 9, 2018
Leading up to the season, the Bulls were pegged by most to not be very good and they are living up to that expectation so far. They are 6-21 on the season and fired head coach Fred Hoiberg after 24 games. Now it’s up to Jim Boylen to right the ship, which may be easier said than done.
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Jalen Ramsey was the subject of jokes on social media after the ridiculous flop he committed on Thursday.
During the Tennessee Titans’ 30-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ramsey and Taylor Lewan got in each other’s faces and appeared to exchange words. There was minimal contact between their helmets but Ramsey reacted as if Lewan shoved him with all of his strength.
Jalen Ramsey brutal head injury. pic.twitter.com/Hxk2Ymle1S
— DraftKings (@DraftKings) December 7, 2018
Afterward, Ramsey was roasted for his reaction to the minimal contact.
How do you flop in football? Ramsey trippin.
— M. (@marcusraymond_) December 7, 2018
Y’all see Jalen Ramsey flop?
— Roman (@rlavender1417) December 7, 2018
Jalen Ramsey think he James Harden with the flop highlights
— Quiet Storm (@TheInfamousMarv) December 7, 2018
Lol. The Jags can’t catch a ball and Jalen Ramsey is a terrible actor. That flop earlier idiot
— Alyse (@apeers31) December 7, 2018
So on the day @goldenglobes nominations were announced, that flop by Ramsey was just inspired stuff.
— Mike Harmon (@SwollenDome) December 7, 2018
Jalen Ramsey gets no stars on that acting performance, most obvious flop ive ever seen
— Kev (@kevyC1993) December 7, 2018
We have seen some pretty egregious flops here at LBS. This one might make its way near the top of the list.
Rudy Gobert’s night against the Houston Rockets was a very short one on Thursday.
After committing an offensive foul early in the first quarter of the Utah Jazz’s game, an unhappy Gobert took his frustration out on a drink that was sitting on the scorer’s table. The result was Jazz center being ejected with 9:13 remaining in the first quarter.
LOL Rudy Gobert gets ejected three minutes into game after going insane and slapping drinks off the scorer's table pic.twitter.com/fpvuDbWg1v
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 7, 2018
From the outset it was apparent this wasn’t going to be Rudy Gobert’s night. He picked up a personal foul just one second into the game. Then he was called for a weak foul after James Harden flopped fewer than three minutes into the game.
The ejection was the first of the season for Gobert.
On Tuesday, Gobert was fined $15,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials following Utah’s loss to Miami on Sunday. There is speculation that the early foul calls were retribution for his previous criticism of the officials.
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One of the newest members of the Oakland Raiders was actually working for a home improvement supply store when he got the call telling him he would be added to the team’s roster.
Back in October, Damontre Moore worked out for the Raiders. At the time, he did not receive a contract offer from the team. Moore, who was drafted in 2013 out of Texas A&M, needed to earn an income while trying to relive his NFL dreams, so he had been working at Home Depot while training and working out on the side.
This week, Oakland came calling after cutting Fadol Brown.
Damontre Moore was working 11-hour shifts at Home Depot when he got the call from #Raiders. “Never lost sight of my dream.” Worked out for team way back in Oct.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 5, 2018
New #Raiders DE Damontre Moore was working at a Home Depot on the night shift, building displays, in Frisco, Texas. Napped after his shift, then worked out to stay ready
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) December 5, 2018
These types of stories are always heartwarming, especially when the player talks about never giving up on their dream. He’s actually not the first pro athlete we know of who turned to Home Depot for a job.
Moore, a defensive end, has spent time with the Giants, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Cowboys during his career. In 52 games, he has recorded 10 sacks.