For the first time in his life, he would venture out of his basketball bubble. “Basketball was out,” he says. “So I thought, Let me go out and see this world I’m in.” Later that summer, on an annual overseas Nike trip, Durant rented a mountain bike in Madrid. He spent an afternoon tooling around the city. He dined at an outdoor café and lounged on a stoop. He people-watched.
Before the trip, he decided he would take on the name “El Terrible” (pronounced El Te-ree-blay) while overseas. I recall it as a takeoff on enfant terrible, but Ainge isn’t certain. “I do remember giving myself the nickname ‘El Terrible,’ ” he said. “But I don’t even remember how it happened. I think I said it to somebody, and then it just got out. I just sort of had fun with it. I taped it onto my practice jersey. “You know me, I was just joking around. I knew just enough Spanish to get myself in trouble. I heard that on the Spanish broadcast, they even referred to me one time as El Terrible. I was dying laughing when I heard that.”
Madrid’s 2020 Olympic bid committee says it has appointed Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol to act as one of its spokesmen. In a statement issued Tuesday, the committee says Gasol, one of Spain’s most well-known athletes and a two-time Olympic silver medalist, will address the International Olympic Committee during Madrid’s final presentation in Buenos Aires next month.
He said Bynum completed his rehab before he was videotaped dancing in Spain about two weeks after Philadelphia’s season ended. Bynum is set to attend this weekend’s Formula One race, the British Grand Prix. Bynum is friends with series driver Lewis Hamilton.
Krzyzewski, 66, has a 62-1 record with USA Basketball, and his tenure will now be extended to coach in the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Madrid and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has stayed confident since the end of the 2012 Olympics that he could persuade Krzyzewski to return. He waited until the end of Duke’s season in March to court Krzyzewski. In an interview on Saturday, Colangelo said he would not begin contacting other candidates until Krzyzewski said no.