An Ontario teenager, whose wish of shaking hands with LeBron James came true last Christmas Day, has died following a battle with cancer. At the age of 17, Corey Groves of Brampton was diagnosed with highly aggressive stage four sarcoma cancer in the summer of 2019. He was told he had a year to live. Following his diagnosis, Groves was granted a wish from the Children’s Wish Foundation. Being a superfan of the Los Angeles Lakers, the teenager immediately knew his one wish would be to meet his hero, LeBron James – not for an autograph or a jersey, but simply for a handshake.
John Thompson Jr.’s death in August was a significant loss for college basketball. But the legendary leader’s legacy will be highlighted with a heartwarming gesture this week. Multiple Black head coaches will wear a towel over their right shoulder during their season-opening games to honor Thompson, sources told ESPN on Sunday. Thompson’s towel is one of college basketball’s most iconic images. One head coach, who did not want to be named because he said he wanted the focus to center on Thompson’s legacy, said multiple coaches have committed to wearing the towel — with Thompson’s family’s blessing — throughout the season, not just this week.
Thompson, who died at 78, wore a white towel over his right shoulder as he led Georgetown to great heights throughout his coaching career, which included the 1984 national title and five Big East championships. He coached basketball icons, such as Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson. The idea, per sources, was discussed during offseason meetings that included “a large group of Black head coaches” in college basketball. Those on the calls wanted to find a way to acknowledge Thompson’s life in the first season since his death.
Kobe Bryant is still a titan of industry — even in death — so says Forbes which just ranked him #6 on its “Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities of 2020” list. The NBA legend passed away on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash — but in the months that followed, his estate pulled in an estimated $20 million in earnings, Forbes says. The main source of income is from shoes and apparel — with Nike reportedly raking in around $250 mil annually from Mamba items.
he Pistons, then coached by Vitale, drafted Duerod, a point guard, in the third round of the 1979 draft. In a five-year NBA career, he played for the Pistons, Mavericks, Celtics and Warriors. He averaged 9.3 points, shooting 47.2%, as a rookie with the Pistons. He was left unprotected in the 1980 expansion draft, and picked up by the Mavericks. Playing with the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, he won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 1981.