Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that as a Mavericks minority owner, Williams was “invaluable.” “He had an amazing knack for what fans wanted and always showed his love for the Mavs at every game,” Cuban said. “He will be missed.”
An 11-time All-Star, Baylor averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for his career – one of only four players in league history to average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds – and once scored a career-high 71 points in a game in 1960. The Hall of Famer went to eight NBA Finals, but never won a championship. He retired due to knee injuries early in the Lakers’ 1971-72 championship season. “Elgin defined the forward position for my generation in terms of buckets and rebounding,” former NBA star Marques Johnson told The Undefeated. “Made it a thing to finish with creativity around the basket, reverses, tough-angle spins. Was Eurostepping in the ’60s.”
Before his death, Bryant was in serious talks about creating an animation studio. Bruce W. Smith, creator of the Disney animated show “The Proud Family,” said in an interview with Double Toasted that he and the creator of the “Despicable Me” franchise, Sergio Pablos, sat down with Bryant over dinner to go over future animation projects. “[Bryant] was heavily invested in starting an animation studio. So for the past six months or so Kobe and I have been in deep talks about making that happen,” Smith said. “So we’re together finding artists to galvanize his dream and Kobe was, like they were saying, Kobe was beginning his second act and animation was going to play a huge part in that.”
Pau Gasol: One of the brightest basketball minds that I’ve ever known. I’ll always remember how he used to tell us, during my first years with the @Lakers, at halftime or after the game: “There’s no substitute for hustle”. Wise words. #RIPTexWinter
The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been arrested in California in connection with his death, sources close to the investigation said Friday. The arrest of Sherra Wright-Robinson came after the Dec. 5 indictment of Billy R. Turner in the former basketball player’s death. Turner was a deacon at Mt. Olive No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Collierville, where Wright’s ex-wife was a former member.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said a Sherra Wright was booked Friday night into the Robert Presley Detention Center. Marion said she believes her former daughter-in-law was motivated by money, specifically a $1 million life insurance policy held by Lorenzen Wright.