Big men and bad feet go together like, well, Lennon and McCartney. The list of NBA centers who retired prematurely or spent time on the disabled list because of ankle or foot problems includes Yao Ming, Marc Gasol, Joel Embiid, Brook Lopez, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Andrew Bogut and, right here at home, DeMarcus Cousins.
It was a good day to be an Atlanta sports fan Thursday. The Hawks were off, the Braves were off and Liberty Media's Braves stock dropped only 23 cents, which isn't bad for the Hector Olivera of the New York Stock Exchange (overall down from $36 to $15.80 per share).
Wearing headphones and sweats, J.R. Smith, the one Cleveland player without any restrictions on where or when he can shoot, finished his pregame warmup by stopping near half-court and launching a shot.
After 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant played his final game on April 13, 2016, scoring an incredible 60 points against the Utah Jazz. Former opponents and the Mamba himself are reflecting on his NBA accomplishments.