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There will never be another like you. The game won’t be the same without you. Thank you for all the great memories. Thank you for always giving it your all, night in and night out. Thank you for playing through injuries even when you didn’t have to. Thank you for always putting the fans first and never disappointing them. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for the game of basketball. Thank you, Kobe Bryant.

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Tim Duncan, this man is what every person who wants to be a NBA player should aspire to be. He did it right and did it perfectly. Humble, but mighty. Hard working and talented. Tim Duncan had it all and did it all. There will never be a class act like this in the league again. I will definitely miss this man and watching the nba finals knowing he won’t be there is sad. Happy Retirement Timmy!

Dear Basketball,

From the moment

I started rolling my dad’s tube socks

And shooting imaginary

Game-winning shots

In the Great Western Forum

I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —

From my mind & body

To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy

Deeply in love with you

I never saw the end of the tunnel.

I only saw myself

Running out of one.

And so I ran.

I ran up and down every court

After every loose ball for you.

You asked for my hustle

I gave you my heart

Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt

Not because challenge called me

But because YOU called me.

I did everything for YOU

Because that’s what you do

When someone makes you feel as

Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream

And I’ll always love you for it.

But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.

This season is all I have left to give.

My heart can take the pounding

My mind can handle the grind

But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.

I’m ready to let you go.

I want you to know now

So we both can savor every moment we have left together.

The good and the bad.

We have given each other

All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next

I’ll always be that kid

With the rolled up socks

Garbage can in the corner

:05 seconds on the clock

Ball in my hands.

5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,

Kobe

Source: theplayerstribune.com

Before there was @sagansense, I was a driven basketball player since about the 4th grade. Junior Varsity to Varsity; Syracuse University basketball camp all-star; 8 years coach/assist. manager of York Suburban High School’s summer basketball camp for 3rd - 8th grade; and committed Los Angeles Lakers’ fan since the days of Nick Van Exel. Basketball has and will always remain my first love, and a form of therapy in my life.

Now, inspired by some of the same players I was, my son Landen has picked up the game; and amidst the situation between his mother and I, has grown into the activity as a form of therapy on his own through focus and dedication (along with some coaching and encouragement from his father of course…). It’s unfortunate I won’t be able to take him to see Kobe play beyond this season. However, I digress.

Thanks for the inspiration and the memories, Black Mamba. Now, go learn some science and support those who are helping to inspire young minds to change the world while playing in it.

Farewell, Kobe.

The Cavaliers' newest reinforcement is a 28-year-old center who hasn't played since famously retiring 2 years ago

(Tony Dejak/AP)
The addition of Andrew Bogut didn’t go as planned for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Just 58 seconds into his debut with the Cavaliers, following a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers, Bogut broke his leg, ending his season and his tenure as a backup enforcer for the Cavs.

On Monday, the Cavaliers found his replacement, signing 28-year-old center Larry Sanders to act as a backup big man.

The signing will be an interesting one to watch for the rest of the NBA. Sanders was considered an athletic, talented, up-and-coming big man with the Milwaukee Bucks for six years before he famously retired from the league in 2015, citing off-court mental issues and other interests. Sanders had failed several drug tests while in the NBA, and after retiring, checked himself into a mental-health hospital for anxiety and depression, according to ESPN.

That was two years ago. Sanders hasn’t played since and has seemingly only generated casual interest from teams as his name floated in comeback rumors.

Now, the Cavs are asking him to play a fairly important role, though it may not seem that way. Sure, Sanders won’t be asked to anchor the defense or perhaps even play on a consistent basis. But the Cavs are thin in the middle and lack a true paint-bound presence that can gather rebounds, finish easy shots, and deter opponents from attacking the basket. Tristan Thompson currently shoulders a heavy amount of that burden. Chris Andersen, another backup center, tore his ACL early in the year, before the Cavs traded him. Channing Frye may be the only other true big man on the roster, and he doesn’t fit the mold of a defensive enforcer.

According to ESPN, scouts say Sanders is slimmer than he was a few years ago and the timing is off, but he still has an intriguing natural athleticism. While it may take time for him to re-gain form, as has been seen time and time again in the NBA playoffs, even the 15th man on the roster can make a huge difference. The Cavs are hopeful Sanders can give them that type of boost down the road.

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❝ DID YOU HEAR THAT JOURNEE SIMMONS IS ON THE REAL WORLD: BAD BLOOD? SHE’S  21 YEAR OLD THAT’S FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS. MAYBE IT’S JUST ME BUT SHE LOOKS LIKE N/A’S TWIN. I EVEN HEARD THEY CALL HER THE BENEVOLENT ON THE SHOW. THAT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE OF HER ASPIRING WAYS BUT SHE’S ALSO SHY. ❞

— ❛ AUDITION TAPE. 」

  • Journee walked inside the room taking a seat in front of the camera popping my gum as she flipped her hair our of her face. Listening to the producers instructions nodding her head that she understood adjusting her posture she looked into the camera pushing her hair back “hey, hey let me introduce myself my name is Journee Simmons the daughter of a lawyer and a retired NBA basketball player and the oldest out of five children. I’m 21 years old and born in Houston, Texas just like auntie Yonce.” Journee leaned on her right arm as she began to think of what else to say “I graduated early at the tender age of 16 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia for college on a full academic scholarship. I attended Clark Atlanta University pursing a degree in fashion design and merchandising, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.” Getting comfortable in her chair Journee leaned back releasing a deep breath “I tend over think and analyze everything, I become nervous when things are not going as planned. I have to know what’s happening, how, who, what, when and where at the times. I need to predict the outcome so I can make a formal decision on whether or not I will do it. I came here to try something new and to step out of my comfort zone I was actually shocked at myself for even signing and actually getting to audition to be on the show. I think my biggest downfall is caring more about others than myself, I always put people before myself and make sure they’re okay before making sure that myself is okay. I’m hoping by coming here I can learn to loosen up and actually just enjoy what the shows offer and maybe even learn from others that are on the show.”

— ❛ WE KNOW YOU GOT BAD BLOOD. 」

  • Elijah Carter ( Ex Boyfriend ) Elijah was my first everything, first kiss, boyfriend, relationship, and the one who took my virginity. Our relationship didn’t last long after I found out he had all his guy friends come over and hide in the closet and watched us have sex. They filmed and released it all over campus, that was the most embarrassing thing to happen to me in my life. 
  • Darius Daniels  — ( Ex Friend with Benefits ) We met at a frat party and ended up hooking up later that night. It quickly became apparent that we were better off as friends. We both came to an agreement that we would be friends with benefits since we didn’t plan on taking this relationship any further. Being the native freshman girl I let Darius talk me into doing something that made me uncomfortable promising me that no one would know about it. But the next day everyone around campus knew what happened and a video of what happened when around.
  • Capree Johnson — ( Ex Best friend ) Growing up we were super close and the best of friends I had actually start growing feelings for her when we were in middle school. Then when we got to high school everything started changing between us, she made everything into a competition, always trying to be number one volleyball and basketball, try to be number one in academics no matter until I graduated early and went our separate ways, I could tell she was jealous of me the whole entire time but what doesn’t know still to this day is that I was secretly jealous of her.  
The Cavaliers' newest reinforcement is a 28-year-old center who hasn't played since famously retiring 2 years ago

(Tony Dejak/AP)
The addition of Andrew Bogut didn’t go as planned for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Just 58 seconds into his debut with the Cavaliers, following a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers, Bogut broke his leg, ending his season and his tenure as a backup enforcer for the Cavs.

On Monday, the Cavaliers found his replacement, signing 28-year-old center Larry Sanders to act as a backup big man.

The signing will be an interesting one to watch for the rest of the NBA. Sanders was considered an athletic, talented, up-and-coming big man with the Milwaukee Bucks for six years before he famously retired from the league in 2015, citing off-court mental issues and other interests. Sanders had failed several drug tests while in the NBA, and after retiring, checked himself into a mental-health hospital for anxiety and depression, according to ESPN.

That was two years ago. Sanders hasn’t played since and has seemingly only generated casual interest from teams as his name floated in comeback rumors.

Now, the Cavs are asking him to play a fairly important role, though it may not seem that way. Sure, Sanders won’t be asked to anchor the defense or perhaps even play on a consistent basis. But the Cavs are thin in the middle and lack a true paint-bound presence that can gather rebounds, finish easy shots, and deter opponents from attacking the basket. Tristan Thompson currently shoulders a heavy amount of that burden. Chris Andersen, another backup center, tore his ACL early in the year, before the Cavs traded him. Channing Frye may be the only other true big man on the roster, and he doesn’t fit the mold of a defensive enforcer.

According to ESPN, scouts say Sanders is slimmer than he was a few years ago and the timing is off, but he still has an intriguing natural athleticism. While it may take time for him to re-gain form, as has been seen time and time again in the NBA playoffs, even the 15th man on the roster can make a huge difference. The Cavs are hopeful Sanders can give them that type of boost down the road.

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The Cavaliers' newest reinforcement is a 28-year-old center who hasn't played since famously retiring 2 years ago

(Tony Dejak/AP)
The addition of Andrew Bogut didn’t go as planned for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Just 58 seconds into his debut with the Cavaliers, following a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers, Bogut broke his leg, ending his season and his tenure as a backup enforcer for the Cavs.

On Monday, the Cavaliers found his replacement, signing 28-year-old center Larry Sanders to act as a backup big man.

The signing will be an interesting one to watch for the rest of the NBA. Sanders was considered an athletic, talented, up-and-coming big man with the Milwaukee Bucks for six years before he famously retired from the league in 2015, citing off-court mental issues and other interests. Sanders had failed several drug tests while in the NBA, and after retiring, checked himself into a mental-health hospital for anxiety and depression, according to ESPN.

That was two years. Sanders hasn’t played since and has seemingly only generated casual interest from teams as his name floated in comeback rumors.

Now, the Cavs are asking him to play a fairly important role, though it may not seem that way. Sure, Sanders won’t be asked to anchor the defense or perhaps even play on a consistent basis. But the Cavs are thin in the middle and lack a true paint-bound presence that can gather rebounds, finish easy shots, and deter opponents from attacking the basket. Tristan Thompson currently shoulders a heavy amount of that burden. Chris Andersen, another backup center, tore his ACL early in the year, before the Cavs traded him. Channing Frye may be the only other true big man on the roster, and he doesn’t fit the mold of a defensive enforcer.

According to ESPN, scouts say Sanders is slimmer than he was a few years ago and the timing is off, but he still has an intriguing natural athleticism. While it may take time for him to re-gain form, as has been seen time and time again in the NBA playoffs, even the 15th man on the roster can make a huge difference. The Cavs are hopeful Sanders can give them that type of boost down the road.

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