As Benetti was signing off, Walton said: “I apologize on behalf of the human race for destroying your broadcast, and I hope I don’t ruin your career, which I think I already let that bus go by.” But judging by the reception the game got across social media — it was trending on Twitter most of the night — many people were enjoying it.
The jersey Photoshop no longer is the novelty it was early in the decade. Teams employ graphic designers to create them, media outlets prepare them weeks ahead in anticipation and fans spend their own free time mocking up what a player might look like in their favorite team’s colors. These images have reached such consistent levels of quality that bad renditions are pilloried. The perfectness has even been parodied by SB Nation’s social staff, tweeting out purposefully bad renditions. All for … what, exactly? “A lot of sports content is meaningless and absurd, but that one to me seems crazy,” Moore said. “And yet there’s real value to it, because we’ve seen the interactions that come with. If I was running that social account, I would do the same thing.”
Faigen believes his site’s coverage of the Anthony Davis trade saga performed better because the articles were accompanied by Davis Photoshopped into a Lakers jersey. “That’s something that Lakers fans want to see and want to share,” he said.
Ben Golliver: USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich on being cut from 1972 Olympic team: “I was devastated. Anybody would be. They put me on alternate team, we went to Brazil & Argentina and partied out a—es off. I was young and foolish.”
Gregg Popovich has a devious plan to slow down Patty Mills when Team USA takes on the Boomers in next week’s pre-World Cup exhibition games in Melbourne. The master NBA coach is going to fatten the Australian point guard up. “I’m going to take him out to eat,” Popovich, jokingly told reporters on Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I’m going to fill him up and try to make him fat so he can’t move around so quickly.”
Mitchell is prepared for plenty of Ingles’ legendary trash talk and cheeky play. “He’s always grabbing at you, pulling your shorts and stuff,” said Mitchell, recounting his experience on the Jazz practice court with Ingles. “He’s a fierce competitor and I’m looking forward to it.”