Osama Bin Laden Rumors
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.
Douglas-Roberts told the Daily News that bin Laden deserved his fate. On Tuesday, Douglas-Roberts tweeted he had grown weary of the discussion. “I’m really tired of all this now though,” he wrote. “I didn’t want all this attention. I had an opinion, some agreed, some didn’t. That should be it.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”