What Had Happened Was: 5/26/16
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Was that a basketball game or just a another back-alley beatdown? Yeesh.
A day after headlines and talk shows were asking the question — Should the Cleveland Cavaliers be worried with the series tied 2-2? — LeBron James answered back with two words: Nah, bruh. Cleveland led by as many as 43 (!) Wednesday night and the 31-point margin after the second quarter marked the largest halftime lead in conference finals history.
Let’s be real here: The game was a tough watch, so huge props to Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Mike Breen for keeping the broadcast call interesting. The trio discussed the best television shows of all time, Ernie Johnson giving Charles Barkley that work in a 3-point contest, and even whether the Philadelphia 76ers might still be playing right now if they had James. Also, they were honest:
Jeff Van Gundy's analysis in the fourth quarter of a 112-71 playoff game: "If you're just tuning in, TUNE OUT."
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) May 26, 2016
With apologies to Canada on the front end, we’re just going to leave these right here.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 26, 2016
For real I'm done trying to fight this. Y'all got it man smh pic.twitter.com/VoFnQI36oA
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) May 26, 2016
The Cavs tame the Raptors!https://t.co/rV6vNnPgky
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 26, 2016
— Jason Donnar (@jason_donnar_03) May 26, 2016
BREAKING: Melo Trimble is returning to Maryland, sources told @CBSSports.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 26, 2016
* Cue “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ’s *
The University of Maryland-College Park community sat on pins and needles as it awaited word of what two-year starter Melo Trimble would decide to do. Would he stay for his junior season or would he go to the NBA draft?
Well near the 22nd hour, word came down that he decided to stay. Trimble is the face of the Terrapins’ program and led the team in scoring (14.8 points per game), assists (4.9), free throw percentage (.868) and steals (44). Maryland looks to have a solid backcourt with Trimble, Dion Wiley returning from injury, Jaylen Brantley and incoming freshman Anthony Cowan.
Kofie and Rhiannon may have to partake in the Running Man Challenge — it’s only right.
TRYING TO CATCH THAT FADE?
Y’all remember Rougned Odor, right? The man with the furious fists.
Well, despite giving Jose Bautista fat lips and generating tons of coverage, not much was known about Odor after the fight … other than his past fight(s). Now though, thanks to our ESPN comrade Calvin Watkins, we do know more. Much more.
Watkins spent time getting to know the player’s family in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where Odor was born, and learned about his upbringing, how he learned the game and why his teammates love him so damn much. Here’s some more from Watkins:
He learned the game at an early age from two uncles, one of whom played briefly in the big leagues, and a grandfather who played professional ball in his homeland. One uncle, Rouglas Odor, is the hitting coach for the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians Triple-A affiliate. His other uncle, Eddie Zambrano, played with the Chicago Cubs in the early 1990s and minor league ball with Banister in the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ farm system.
“I’ve always been like that, even when I was a little kid,” Odor said. “My dad always told me and my uncles to play hard all the time, respect your teammates and play hard. That’s what I do.”
FOR THE CULTURE
- The Starz series Power just dropped its official trailer for the new season. We won’t spoil it for you, but one of the main characters better watch his back, because he ain’t just anybody.
- Slick Rick put out The Art of Storytelling on this day in 1999 (his first album he released after prison). Kanye West and Outkast released “Jesus Walks“ and “Roses” in 2004, respectively. Today was a good day for music ya’ll.
- GQ did an exclusive, jailhouse interview with Bobby Shmurda about “guns, drugs and murder,” and also about whether “the justice system fundamentally misunderstands the world of rap.”
- Manuel Moniker’s reaction to becoming a member of TCU’s class of 2020 will make your day. (As will the dance that follows him and his family’s initially jubilation.) Everyone should be this overjoyed to get into their school of choice.
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, released an absolutely hilarious satirical video about Islamophobia on social media yesterday.
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 MY GOD!
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 26, 2016
2. BARBER CHRONICLES
When your barber messes up and you don't want your boys to see cause you know you'll get roasted pic.twitter.com/eqId2Hh9ML
— Eric Fawcett (@Efawcett7) May 25, 2016
3. ALLS MY LIFE…
The Cavs gon' be alright.https://t.co/0iAoyjN3TQ
— Cycle (@bycycle) May 26, 2016
Before there was social media, folks had to write op-eds and give public speeches to challenge one another’s points of view. And that’s exactly what our own Justin Tinsley chronicled in his document of the war of words between MLB Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and civil rights leader Malcolm X.
“I disagreed with Malcolm vigorously in many areas during his earlier days, but I certainly agreed with him when he said, ‘Don’t tell me about progress the black man has made. You don’t stick a knife 10 inches in my back, pull it out three or four, then tell me I’m making progress.’ ” – Jackie Robinson
When your team is up by 33 but you remember you still live in Cleveland lol pic.twitter.com/1B1QfjPNgC
— Dont Hate The H3at (@DontHateTheH3at) May 26, 2016