Tiger Woods Rumors
Will Smith was a guest on Thursday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and spoke briefly about his friendship with Michael Jordan, who, along with Tiger Woods, he considers the most competitive person on the planet. According to Smith, Jordan will turn even the most mundane of activities into a competition. “I love being around people with that kind of competitive energy, but like, Mike will compete with anything, though,” Smith said. “If we’re drinking water, Mike be: ‘I’ll race you!'”
Count Warriors head coach Steve Kerr among those keeping close tabs on Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf. “I’m so happy for him,” Kerr said after practice Thursday night at Amway Center. “Mainly just because he’s out there playing.”
Kerr can relate to Woods’ nagging back pain. In the aftermath from a back surgery that resulted in a spinal-fluid leak, Kerr missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season and 11 games of the 2017 playoffs to seek an answer to his pain. Woods has even reached out to Kerr through a mutual friend to offer his support. “I think when you go through a back injury, you understand other people who have been through it,” Kerr said. “Before I had a back issue, I would’ve just gone, ‘Oh, that’s awesome, Tiger’s back.’ Now, it goes much deeper than that. I know the pain he’s going through, even though our situations are much different.
For the second time in his illustrious career, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. The announcement comes a day after SI named NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell as two of the three recipients for its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. James, who dug the Cavaliers out of a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals to bring Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964, is only the second person to win the award (which began in 1954) twice, joining Tiger Woods (1996, 2000). James also won in 2012 after winning his first NBA championship wit the Miami Heat.
Six years after it asked America who the best athletes of all-time were, the Harris Poll released its most recent results on Wednesday, and there’s at least one constant: Michael Jordan. Jordan was once again on top of the survey, followed by Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali, who each moved up one spot from their 2009 rankings. Tiger Woods, who in 2009 held the No. 2 spot, fell to No. 8. Rounding out the top five were Serena Williams, who wasn’t ranked six years ago, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who jumped from No. 8 to No. 5.