Larry Bird Rumors
Tatum, 19, is third on the Celtics in scoring, averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting a team-best 46.8 percent from 3-point range. The teenager of few words has 579 points through Boston’s 41 games this season, which is the fifth-most for a Celtics rookie behind Larry Bird, Dave Cowens, Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker. “It just shows the cohesiveness of our team, how we came together from obviously losing one of our best players on the first night and still be able to accomplish what we have. Hopefully, we can keep it going,” Tatum said.
The figurative: Durant made the shot over Cavaliers forward LeBron James, a man that has served as Durant’s idol, competitor and mentor all in varying stages of his life. Since then, Durant told GQ in November that he viewed that moment as James “passing the torch to me.” Durant clarified this week what that play meant. “I saw a lot of people took that out of context: What I’m saying is when somebody passes the torch, they’re letting you in the room,” Durant said. “You got LeBron. You got [Dwyane Wade]. You got [Carmelo Anthony]. You got Paul Pierce. You got Larry Bird. You got Dr. J all in a room. It’s my turn to be in there with them and enjoy being one of the best players in the world. It wasn’t the fact that I took it from LeBron and he’s gone now. Obviously he’s still around.”
David Aldridge: You played against him [Kobe Bryant] a few times. What was that like? Klay Thompson: It was always one of my favorite games, because he was the guy I watched the most growing up. So to always play against him was a huge moment for me. And he faced that every night. That’s why he was such a great player. Like the guys like Michael Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, Larry Bird, they faced the opponent’s best game every night. He showed up every night, and always embraced the challenge and the competition. So it’s just some of my favorite moments as a player. I’m going to get to tell my kids one day that I got to compete against Kobe.
Brad Turner: Pop continued on Kobe: “One of the greatest players of all time. It’s not just his talent or his physical skills. He mind was on a par with Michael and Larry and Magic, guys like that. They thought the game, they knew what was going on. And then on top of that, he had a really phenomenal competitiveness. So it’s not just the talent. It’s the mind and the grit, the guts, the who he is and the way he wanted to compete night after night, which is what made him Kobe Bryant.”