Usain Bolt Rumors
James Harden followed up a 40-point triple-double by going coast to coast for a go-ahead layup with 2.4 seconds left that handed the Nuggets a 125-124 loss at the Toyota Center. The defeat trimmed the Nuggets’ lead for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference to a mere half-game over Portland. “I felt like Usain Bolt,” Harden said of his hero’s finish.
James collected 24 first-place votes, beating out a pair of Olympic legends: Michael Phelps (16) and Usain Bolt (9), the fastest men in water and on land who are not accustomed to finishing behind anyone. Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the NL MVP who led his team to its first World Series title since 1908, tied for fourth with Golden State star guard Stephen Curry, last year’s winner. Cristiano Ronaldo, Von Miller and Andy Murray also received votes. James joined Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to win twice. Jordan won it three straight years from 1991-94.
Need more evidence that Paul George is seemingly all-in on playing in the upcoming Olympics? The Pacers’ star appears in Gatorade’s new ad campaign featuring athletes who are all expected to compete in the Olympics coming up in August down in Rio de Janeiro. The 26-year-old joins Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, and April Ross in a new commercial titled, “Never Lose the Love” where these professional athletes show how they are “fueled by that moment where they first fell in love” with their sport.
“He was watching Usain Bolt videos on running techniques,” a grinning Mills said on Friday. “He is that diligent in terms of trying to understand every aspect of his body, every aspect of getting better and stronger. He’s a unique guy in that regard and it will allow him to become the best player he can be.”
When the NBA released its rosters for All-Star Weekend’s Celebrity Game, one name stood out above all others: Usain Bolt, legendary Jamaican sprinter and six-time Olympic gold medalist. As Kelly Dwyer noted last Friday, Bolt loves to play basketball, even if he’s pretty bad at it. In the Celeb Game, we could see one of the world’s best athletes in an unfamiliar setting. Bolt was not particularly impressive in his East squad’s 58-38 loss, but he did contribute the highlight of the night. In the final minute of the first quarter, the 6-5 Bolt streaked down the court and took a long-range pass. After collecting himself (read: committing and uncalled traveling violation), Bolt rose up and finished a two-handed slam. Check it out in the video above.