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Kobe Bryant has been relatively quiet as the NBA Finals have worn on, and now we know what he’s been doing. He was caught on camera at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, taking in the Angels’ Sunday game against the New York Yankees. For The Win

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If their paths ever do cross again, Glenn DiSarcina believes his old Birmingham Barons teammate would remember him. But they roam different galaxies. DiSarcina lives in Shirley and is the baseball coach at Groton (Mass.) School. Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player ever -- and most famous .202 hitter in Double-A baseball history -- is majority owner of the NBA's woeful Charlotte Bobcats. The two were teammates 19 years ago, riding through the Southern League in a $350,000 luxury bus provided by a Birmingham, Ala., tour company in exchange for Jordan appearing in a magazine advertisement. The Saratogian

On the team bus and inside the Barons clubhouse, Jordan was just one of the guys, says DiSarcina. He just had a lot more walking-around money. The team had a Dominican catcher named Rogelio Nunez. Jordan took it upon himself to help Nunez improve his English. He offered Nunez $100 each time the catcher correctly spelled a baseball term that began with a certain letter. Jordan would give Nunez the letter the day before and tell him to study overnight. Unbeknownst to Jordan, Nunez's studying consisted of going to his English-speaking teammates for a cheat list of possible terms. "I think he made $2,000 before Michael caught on," says DiSarcina. The Saratogian

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Bo Jackson, the former Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals outfielder who threw out the first pitch Monday at U.S. Cellular Field, defended Bulls star Derrick Rose for taking the deliberate course back to the court after ACL surgery last May. "I am quite sure that Derrick is going to come back when he needs to," Jackson told reporters in the press box during a wide-ranging conversation. "I couldn’t say either way whether he should or not. Derrick will know when it’s time to come back. I think he has handled it very well. It seems like the people who are having fits about this are you guys. "Derrick has handled it well. He is a new dad and seems happy. Why push it? Between the media and the public pushing him he should come back, he should come back ... what if he did come back and reinjure himself? Then you’re going to point fingers at the staff of the Bulls saying he shouldn’t have come back. You guys can’t have it both ways. Let him heal, come back home and when he comes back home, welcome him." Chicago Tribune

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"I've always kind of wished him the best and wanted him to do well because I was in that same position, people saying you can't win one, you can't win, you don't show up under pressure," said James, who won his first title last season in his ninth NBA year while Rodriguez won his one World Series with the Yankees in 2009 in his 16th season. "It was good to see him actually play the way he played when they actually won it. He was a big reason why they won it. "You always hear the saying, ‘What have you done for me lately?' It sucks that it had to come to that, that one of the greatest baseball players of all time is actually scrapped out of the lineup when he's still capable of playing baseball. I think we all think he's capable of still doing it. It's like, ‘What happened?"' FOXSports Florida

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The Rangers’ situation right now is remarkably similar. They were one strike away (twice) from a World Series title but failed to slam the door on the St. Louis Cardinals. They followed that up with one of the worst late-season collapses in baseball history, allowing the Oakland A’s to rally from 13 games back to win the AL West, and then losing the wild-card game to ex-Rangers manager Buck Showalter’s Baltimore Orioles. “It’s painful, incredibly painful,” Cuban said, reflecting on his experience and imagining how Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels and the rest of folks in the Rangers’ front office feel. “They’re probably still not leaving their houses to go out and see the world. Don’t eat as much pizza delivery as I did.” ESPN.com

October 17, 2012 Updates

The New York Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was a world away. But the struggles of his friend Alex Rodriguez were not. "We spoke a couple of days ago," Bryant said of Rodriguez, whom he befriended on the set of a commercial a few years ago. "You can only control what you can control. You go out there and do the best job you can. If they take you out of the lineup, it's really on you to be a good teammate and support the other guys, which he's good about doing." ESPN.com

But that's not exactly what Bryant said when he called Rodriguez, who was benched for Game 3 on Tuesday night because he's hit .143 in the ALCS and .130 in the playoffs with no RBIs. No, that conversation went more like this: "I just say to him, 'You're Alex Rodriguez. You're A-Rod. You're one of the best to ever do it,'" Bryant said. "I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, 'Hell with it' and just do your thing. "Hopefully the next game they'll kind of give him a chance, maybe put him back at third and let him respond to the pressure, which I think he'll do." ESPN.com

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Ozzie Guillen's self-imposed probation stemming from April's five-game suspension doesn't extend to sensitivities involving the struggles of Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. A day after having vowed to be done with Twitter, the outspoken manager wasn't backing off his shoot-from-the-hip style of expression, saying Wade's behavior toward Heat coach Erik Spoelstra during a Thursday loss "can guarantee a fight." "I will kick his ass," Guillen told reporters Friday. "Well, I won't say I'll kick his ass. They'll kick my ass because they're bigger than me, and I'm older. But I will take my chances. Some people have to understand our job." ESPN.com

May 15, 2012 Updates

We’re still more than a few weeks away from some team claiming the Larry O’Brien trophy, but we can go ahead and crown the undisputed champ of professional sports leagues on Twitter. The NBA wins in a runaway. The NBA’s Twitter feed has a robust 5 million-plus, and counting, followers (5,011, 814 as of this morning). That dwarfs the National Football League’s 3,332,082, Major League Baseball’s 2,044,861 and the National Hockey League’s 1,166,503. NBA.com

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