What Had Happened Was: 6/20/16
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Here is the crazy part about today, amid many surreal moments from an epic Game 7 on Sunday night: There is nothing you can say praising Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James that is too overboard or too much today. Nothing. Best Finals performance we’ve ever seen? Yeah, maybe. Best player of this generation, without question, and maybe more? Perhaps. Most impressive block anyone has ever witnessed? Man, it just might be.
Shoot, if you ask Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Jim Boylan, that ridiculous, soul-snatching swat was even bigger. “That is the greatest play I’ve ever seen,” he told ESPN’s Zach Lowe after the game.
James was so good this series — he averaged 33.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists after going down 0-2 — he broke the math involved. All the numbers kept pointing to an eventual Warriors championship — how many times could they miss wide open 3-pointers? How many times was Stephen Curry going to flounder? How much damn money was Harrison Barnes going to light on fire before he changed course?
The answer? LeBron James. Stop asking your questions.
The Warriors didn’t score in the final 4:39 yesterday, Draymond Green cost the Warriors a pivotal game earlier in the series with a silly suspension, Curry chucked his mouthpiece at a fan and got ejected, Kerr took a $25,000 fine for trashing the officiating and yet — the narrative today shouldn’t and can’t be about the poise that leaked out of the Warriors over and over, not yet. It should be about the man weeping on the court after the game, emotionally spent, pounding the floor because he delivered what he promised to a city that deserved it.
Salute, LeBron. You earned this.
A gleeful and champion JR Smith sprinting to the locker room: "I don't want to hear sh_t all summer! All summer!"
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 20, 2016
REAL LIFE HENNY TEARS pic.twitter.com/85RkEm7lvN
— mohamad (@moesdeph) June 20, 2016
J.R. Smith, ladies and gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/VILj1X5e35
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 20, 2016
We’re just going to take a moment to enjoy social media’s creativity here.
— Infinity War (@iLowkeyB) June 20, 2016
— Chris Manning (@LD2K) June 20, 2016
— We’re getting AJ vs Nak for the strap at Backlash (@WinkWestwood) June 20, 2016
KEHLANI – " hey big Head "
Kyrie : pic.twitter.com/rNF5SSZY6D
— BrazyMario (@TrapHouseMario) June 20, 2016
When you do none of the work and get an A on a group project #NBAFinals https://t.co/g7kns55FVS
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 20, 2016
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 20, 2016
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin spoke with our comrade Mike Wise after the game to discuss James’ “secret motivation”:
Due to popular demand: the full clip of @mcten and @MikeWiseguy discussing Lebron James's "secret motivation" to winhttps://t.co/z7Vjtwzj7m
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 20, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Fifty thousand people attended the vigil for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Thirty years after his death, Len Bias is remembered by the University of Maryland for what he meant to the College Park community and basketball as a whole.
Ayesha Curry’s father was almost arrested over the weekend after Quicken Loans Arena officials nearly mistook him for another man they believed to be entering games without proper credentials.
The Washington Post analyzed past presidential fathers and determined that President Barack Obama is the outlier — who set a benchmark for how to be a good dad while in the White House.
Oh yeah, black dads are more involved with their kids daily than any other racial group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We’ll say it one more time for the folks in the back.
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. OH, WORD
New mural just went up downtown Cleveland pic.twitter.com/gIuHK41PJs
— Agent of NBA Chaos (@World_Wide_Wob) June 20, 2016
2. WELL THEN
Sounds like Cleveland fans stole a fire truck, according to the scanner.
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) June 20, 2016
3. THAT’S MINE, THANKS
LeBron snatching that trophy from Gilbert real quick pic.twitter.com/V4uLSYUtBx
— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) June 20, 2016
Jeff Rivers wrote a moving Father’s Day column on the lessons sports taught him about both his own father and his kids:
Perhaps daddy switched days and hours with somebody else. Perhaps he had to work a double to make up for missed time. I didn’t ask. I didn’t care. I just wanted my dad to see me play and make him proud. Instead, as my team’s leadoff batter, I struck out on three pitches. Later, I went to play left field. A batter hit a single over the third baseman’s head. The ball rolled under my glove and between my legs. The batter scored. My coach pulled me out of the game. That was the last and only time my father ever saw me play youth league baseball. My father died about two years later. After my disastrous game, my father tried to console me. He tried to make me understand how unimportant the game really was. I tried to make him understand how really important I thought the game was: I wanted my daddy to be proud of me.