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Duncan’s body seemed to be saying that around 2010. Given the status of his left knee, surgically repaired in the summer of 2000, his decline seemed to come at an appropriate time. Duncan reacted by changing his diet, and he continued to go to the Spurs’ practice facility to work on his game. But just as his athletic career began in swimming, he continued to search for ways to vary his activity. When he hasn’t been lifting tractor tires, he’s been boxing. James Leija has monitored the latter. He will again starting next month, and he thinks it is this dedication that saves Duncan. Leija says Duncan is like Floyd Mayweather in that he never stops training. “Most guys get hurt because they are out of shape and trying to get it back,” Leija said Saturday. “Tim never gets out of shape.”
Sure, it’s the Warriors who are ahead 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals, but Floyd Mayweather is the one taking home $200,000 from their win. The undefeated boxer tweeted a picture after midnight Sunday morning of a betting stub good for a $400,000 collection off a $200,000 take. Behind 40 points from Stephen Curry, the Warriors beat the Rockets 115-80 in Houston.
Game 7 of the Spurs/Clippers NBA playoff series drew 4.8 million viewers on TNT Saturday night, down 18% from Grizzlies/Thunder last year (5.8M) but up 7% from Bulls/Nets in 2013 (4.4M). Keep in mind last year’s game was the second part of a rare Game 7 tripleheader. The Clippers’ last-second win earned the fourth-smallest audience for an NBA Game 7 in the past five years — since Bucks/Hawks in 2010 (3.1M) — ahead of only Clippers/Grizzlies in 2012 (4.6M), Bulls/Nets in 2013, and Hawks/Pacers last year (3.6M). There have been 15 NBA Game 7s over that span, including nine in the first round. Spurs/Clippers was likely impacted by the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao boxing fight. While the fight did not begin until well after the game’s conclusion, the lead-up potentially stole away a few viewers.
The most important gift, it seems, is the bond that has formed between Thomas and Mayweather, 12 years his senior, who regards him as a young protege, their different sports notwithstanding. Both men are 5-foot-8 and infinitely pugnacious. That was the starting point before they actually met. “He’s 38, so he’s very old, but he treats me like a little brother,” Thomas said. “It’s weird sometimes. I think, wow, I’m close friends with Floyd Mayweather. Probably the best boxer of all time. But we’ve connected since that day we met. “He came to games in Sacramento, he was always at our games when we played the Lakers and Clippers. He came to games in Phoenix. Ever since that day I went to see him work out, he’s said, ‘I’ve seen you come to support me, so I’m going to support you.’ ”
Their friendship started five years ago, after Thomas attended a Mayweather workout in Las Vegas. Mayweather, a devoted basketball fan, immediately spotted Thomas in the crowd, arranged a meeting through a mutual friend, and took his new friend to a show. All in the same day. “We went to a Robin Thicke concert later that night, and since then, we’ve talked almost every day,” Thomas said of a friendship that has redefined the meaning of gift-giving.
There were plenty of celebrities at Barclays Center night for Saturday’s festivities. The list included rappers Nicki Minaj, Common and Ludacris, singer Rihanna, comedian Kevin Hart, tennis icon John McEnroe, boxer Floyd Mayweather, actors Adrian Grenier and Michael Rapaport and director Spike Lee.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were both at the Miami Heat game last night – sitting across the court from each other.
Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been nominated for the 2014 ESPY awards, according to the list of nominations released today. Durant has been nominated in two categories, best male athlete and best NBA player. Westbrook has been nominated for best comeback athlete. Also nominated for best male athlete were Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather told reporters Tuesday he was interested in buying the Clippers with a group of investors. “When it comes to business, what better than two minorities? The commissioner wanted to see more minority ownership in the NBA,” De La Hoya said. “If he wants more minorities involved in the NBA, what better than me and Floyd to be part of a potential ownership group? “I love Los Angeles and I am the face of Los Angeles, and what’s better than to be part of that ownership group of the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles is my home. I was born and raised here and it would be an honor to be part of the ownership group.”
Boxing’s Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, wants to jump on the Los Angeles Clippers bandwagon. De La Hoya, founder and president of the promotional company that bears his famous nickname, said Tuesday he would be very interested in going in with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling, the Clippers owners who has been banned for life and fined $2.5 million for racist remarks.
He also defended Sterling, whose racist comments were documented in an audio released over the weekend and ultimately led to his ban and a $2.5 million fine from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “I don’t have nothing negative to say about the guy,” Mayweather said. “He’s always treated me with the utmost respect, he has always invited me to games, always. And he always says, ‘Floyd, I want you to sit right next to me and my wife.'”
Asked if he would then move the Clippers to Las Vegas, Mayweather said, “No, we’ll leave the Clippers right where they’re at. Actually when I’m not boxing, I’m at the games all the time anyway, because I can walk to the games (from his Los Angeles home).” The undefeated fighter, who faces Marcos Maidana on Saturday in a Showtime pay-per-view event reiterated, “Me and my team want to buy the Clippers. And we can afford the Clippers.”
“I can’t come in here talking about Mayweather only going to get 3% or 4%,” Mayweather, a huge Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers fan, said at the MGM Grand. “I got to get a solid percentage. But do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do. We’re very, very interested in buying the Clippers.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr., the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, said Tuesday that he and some other investors would be seriously interested in buying the embattled Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling, who was banned for life by the NBA for racist comments and may soon be forced to sell the franchise by NBA owners.
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