“Kobe’s support for the WNBA and women’s basketball along with his passion for helping young girls and boys follow their dreams made him a true legend for our sport. We admired him not just as a legendary basketball player, but as a father, a youth coach, and a role model for future generations of athletes.” — WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a statement … [Read more...] about Reaction to the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant
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We often immortalize athletes through their accolades, their success in their craft and the ripple they cause when their name is merely dropped into a conversation between fans. As much as those achievements hold weight in the timeliness of that exchange, they quickly become the anchor of that athlete’s legacy when his or her life is taken too soon. With the loss of Kobe Bryant, we mourn the death of an all-time great who didn’t just cause ripples with every splash from an off-balanced shot beyond the arc against a double-team, but also generated a tidal wave in the spirit of the game that would continue to carve out the future of basketball. … [Read more...] about Abby Hornacek: Reflecting on Kobe Bryant’s legacy
If you’re an Angels fan, surely, a lot. But how many Angels fans do you even know? And the rest of us rarely come across Trout at all. We might see him when he comes into town to play our team. But otherwise? His games don’t usually start until 10 p.m. ET. The All-Star Game gets worse ratings every year. Despite all his dominance, his team has only made the playoffs once, way back in 2014, and it lost all three games it played. The Angels, a middling team outside of Trout, are rarely featured in national television broadcasts. Mike Trout plays baseball like no one has ever played it, and the odds are excellent that most of you have seen him play once, maybe twice. Is that because of Mike Trout? Is that because of baseball? Is that because he plays in Anaheim? This is a question baseball needs to figure out. And quick. … [Read more...] about Mike Trout May Be the Greatest Baseball Player of All Time. And Hardly Anyone Even Knows Who He Is.
We absolutely knew this whole time. We wanted to create a balance of relationships that feel stable and feel like they could break. We wanted to make this relationship feel stable so that we could really go and have fun from it from a dramatic storytelling point. A lot of us has had this experience in the writers’ room — it came up a lot — that we were dating somebody and it turned out they were married or in a long-term relationship, just these shocking things that are embarassing but way more common than we think. The ability to use this as a jumping point to really explore, “What is their situation? Who is this guy?” When Jose says, “It’s not what you think,” what is it, then? We have answers for all of those things. We walked through the other side. Like in that episode when they’re supposed to go out and Jose canceled, one dream of mine is to go into Jose’s perspective in a flashback and see why he canceled and what was … [Read more...] about ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Boss Talks Sophie’s Choice, Bette’s Election, Directing Season 1 Finale
The drama didn’t dampen the spirits of the performers, especially Lizzo, who picked up her first of three awards —she was nominated for eight — after her jubilant performance of “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts,” which she dedicated to the late Kobe Bryant. … [Read more...] about Grammys 2020: Big Looks for Billie Eilish, Tyler, the Creator as Stars Praise Kobe Bryant