HoopsHype Osama Bin Laden rumors

June 7, 2011 Updates

The topics discussed included the auto industry, the economy, the future of NASA Glenn Research Center, Osama bin Laden death on the impact of American troop withdrawal and urban education. But before everything got officially started, the president – unsolicited – brought up the topic most Clevelanders have chosen to forget, LeBron James. “Is Cleveland still rooting against Miami?” asked the president as Bibb was taking his seat (and before the cameras were rolling). “Yeah, we're working on that,” replied Bibb, laughing and asking his thought on the series. The president said he expects the Heat to take it. NewsNet5.com

May 3, 2011 Updates

Douglas-Roberts told the New York Daily News his tweets had more than 3,000 mentions around the world, including Utah Jazz guard C.J. Miles, who supported his opinions. He told the newspaper that the celebration Sunday night reminded him of the celebration in Afghanistan following 9/11. "We just looked like the Afghan people, a decade later," Douglas-Roberts told the Daily News. "That’s not what we should be doing, celebrating with beers and all that. That’s just me." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, began just like any other day at Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights, Md., for seventh-grader Kevin Durant. That is, until he and the other students heard a loud explosion in the distance from their classroom. Within hours, Durant would learn that American Airlines Flight 77 – hijacked by terrorists as part of a plot by Osama bin Laden – had crashed into the Pentagon some 12 miles away from his middle school. Nearly 200 people were killed in the attack. Yahoo! Sports

“I heard a big boom and I saw some smoke, and I was like, ‘What?’ ” Durant told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They let us out of school early and they said the Pentagon got hit. My mom said [on the phone] she could see the smoke from her job, so I was worried about her. My grandma came and picked me up and we heard planes flying over. Everyone was scared. It was like something out of a movie. “It was tough for our neighborhood for something to hit so close. Something so important got destroyed and so many people died from it. It was crazy.” Yahoo! Sports

With the death of Osama bin Laden, the NBA has added security precautions for playoff games, and Oklahoma City Thunder fans are urged to arrive early at Oklahoma City Arena for Tuesday night's game against Memphis. "For this round, we will have some additional security measures in place," Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said. "We will be wanding all fans coming into building." Oklahoman

The death of Osama bin Laden prompted officials at Staples Center to add more police officers for Monday’s Lakers playoff game but little else seemed different. Unlike Chicago’s United Center, fans have had to enter through metal detectors at Staples Center since it was built 12 years ago. Officials in Chicago installed detectors Monday for the Bulls’ playoff game against Atlanta. Orange County Register

May 2, 2011 Updates

"It was a powerful moment -- for all of us," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Sunday night's news that captivated the nation. The Heat have honored soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at home games for several seasons, and say Tuesday's game will include an enhanced military tribute. Members of the armed services will unfurl the 50-foot American flag at center court during the anthem, a job typically handled by Heat employees. CBSSports.com

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was watching film Sunday night when he learned of bin Laden's death. Like Spoelstra, he said he appreciated being allowed to put basketball in some sort of perspective for a moment. "It was phenomenal," Rivers said. "It was awesome. It actually put things in their proper place. When you're watching film, you're cussing to yourself, you're writing bad words down on a piece of paper and all of a sudden this comes on, it was awesome. Just like we remember 9/11, I think we'll remember this moment as well. It was just really neat." CBSSports.com

Fans attending the Chicago Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinal game Monday against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center will be required to pass through metal detectors, in accordance with an NBA mandate. The heightened security measures, which will apply for all NBA playoff games from this point forward, come a day after the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces Sunday. ESPNChicago.com first reported the story. Chicago Tribune

The Miami Heat will break from tradition and not have anyone brought in to sing the national anthem before Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Instead, the Heat are encouraging fans to sing it themselves. The announcement was made by the Heat less than one day following the announcement that Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. SI.com

A follower of Douglas-Roberts responded, “@CDOUGLASROBERTS of course it's a f------ celebration,moron....he killed nearly 3,000 Americans” Douglas-Roberts replied, “I'm the moron. Are you a Christian. Would God be happy with you celebrating death? Or is your religion, ‘American’? Sporting News

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