Kevin Love: People were stopping to listen in to Russ digging into me. Russ always attracted a crowd, even then. He was smiling ear to ear. I could tell he didn’t necessarily mean it as a compliment. Before I could say anything, Russ went on. “Damn, how big are those Jordans?” He was already testing me. I knew I was going to like this guy.
Kevin Love: At night, Russ would jump up from bed and turn the dial way up — and then five minutes later I would sneak over and turn it back down. One time I offered a compromise — “How ‘bout 71 degrees?” “Seventy-three,” Russ replied. “Final offer.” See what I mean? Dude is stubborn. Over time, I got to see another side of Russ, too. Like the first time he talked to me about a girl named Nina. She was on the women’s basketball team. He would go on and on about her. Just last summer, I got to see Russ and Nina get married. That just about sums our Bruins team up. All these years later, we’re like family.
Shaquille O’Neal was back at LSU on Saturday, cutting up in Death Valley during breaks of the Tigers’ SEC West battle with Mississippi State. The LSU legend has long been a passionate supporter and active fan of the football program, making a few appearances at Tiger Stadium every year and always delivering a great performance when given the opportunity. On Saturday, Shaq lifted an LSU cheerleader like it was nothing and started bench pressing her for the fans.
DeAndre Ayton, the 7-footer projected as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, verbally committed to Arizona on Tuesday evening’s edition of SportsCenter. Ayton, a native of the Bahamas who plays for Hillcrest Prep (AZ), also considered Kentucky and Kansas.