John Wall could not have been happy with the Wizards' 108-104 loss to the Lakers Wednesday night. But even in losing, Wall could appreciate one last chance to face Kobe Bryant.
After the game, Wall didn't mince words.
It's true that Bryant's dominating personality hasn't always won him friends around the league, but that attitude also fueled the competitve streak that makes him great.
"Just playing against him, understand when you step on the court with him, you shouldn't be friends with nobody," Wall said after the game. "You should want to try to rip somebody's head off and be the best player on the floor, in the world."
Maybe they're not friends on the court, but where others see Bryant as an "a**hole," Wall appreciates him as a competitor.
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After Andrew Luck turned the sports world upside down Saturday night when the news broke that he was suddenly retiring from the NFL, Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas went in on an analyst who called the decision “the most millennial thing ever.”
Thomas knows what it’s like to go through a long rehab process, suffering a hip injury toward the end of the 2016-17 season that forced him to undergo surgery and limited him to just 44 games over the past two years.
At just 29 years old, Luck is hanging up the cleats after a string of medical issues that have plagued him since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Colts will now be rolling with Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback.
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Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.
After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.
That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.
But Hachimura wasn't finished.
He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.
With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.
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