The NBA playoffs are the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to making headlines outside of the sports section. Here’s what went down this week at the intersection of sports and pop culture.
LeBron Never Forgets
You may love him or hate him, but no one can claim that LeBron James is a dummy.
King James let out his salty side in response to a reporter’s question after the Cavaliers fell to the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Check out Nina’s ongoing coverage here.) After he was asked “what happened” in the fourth quarter of an embarrassing game, LeBron perfectly recounted the first several plays of the quarter in complete detail without missing a beat.
Seriously, it’s worth a watch.
LeBron was asked “what happened?” during a late Celtics run.
LeBron: **engage photographic memory** pic.twitter.com/0dVGVp6zL2
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 13, 2018
How does it line up with what really went down? Flawlessly, it turns out.
James is widely thought to be one of the smartest players in the NBA. This impressive showing of his photographic memory certainly makes a good case for the idea.
Tristan Thompson Got Yelled At
If you’re a regular reader, you already know how I feel about Tristan Thompson. (Khloe. Girl. Please. You’re better than this.)
The Cavs fell to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night in Boston. After scoring a layup and a foul, Boston forward Marcus Morris had some feeling about Thompson and let him know by screaming in his face.
Marcus Morris let Tristan know pic.twitter.com/uBA8PPfhze
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 16, 2018
The play drew a double technical foul, and the latest NBA playoff meme was born.
Enjoy a few of the highlights. I certainly have.
THE LOVE OF ONE WOMAN SHOULD BE ENOUGH pic.twitter.com/x5cSTmVrl4
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 16, 2018
“KRIS JENNER OWNS YOU YOU BUM” pic.twitter.com/7k5xDuQHAg
— Blog Boyz (@CountOnVic) May 16, 2018
“SHE WAS PREGNANT! AND YOU LEFT HER IN A VULNERABLE STATE!” pic.twitter.com/A8Pjw1dGFH
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports)
Marcus Morris is truly the voice of the people.
Is it 2019 Yet?
Seriously, how good is ESPN’s “30 For 30” series?
It’s about to get even better, as ESPN and Netflix have announced that they’re teaming up for a ten-hour long documentary about the rise of Michael Jordan and the NBA. It’s called “The Last Dance,” and it’s shaping up to be incredible.
Check out the trailer below.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 15, 2018
Both Jordan and the NBA have offered their full support to the project, and are co-producers of the film series. Viewers will get to enjoy content sourced from over 500 hours of previously unseen footage from the Bulls’ final championship run.
“The Last Dance” is slated for release in 2019. I’m already blocking off the entire year, just to be safe.
Photo credit: USA Today