Dominique Is Not Impressed
Reactions are still pouring in from LeBron James' mesmerizing 61-point performance, as everyone from NFL star Adrian Peterson to ESPN trollmaster Skip Bayless have praised King James. Everyone except Dominique Wilkins, that is. The former Hawks legend reminded everyone that the explosion came against the Bobcats, "a sub 500 team with a match up nightmare" and that "it isn't just about slow rotations & poor closeouts. Who made Bron work on the other end w/ Henderson hurt and Al carrying the team?"
Normally I'd call out Wilkins for being the only person (besides Kobe Bryant's crazy fans) who wasn't impressed with LeBron. Dominique, however, was my favorite player growing up, so I put together a photo gallery instead.
That Was Fun
Bad news for Knicks fans who were hoping that Chris Smith would be recalled from the D-League and save the season. It isn't going to happen. J.R's younger brother packed up and left the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks’ D-League affiliate, because he wasn't getting enough playing time. Many believe nepotism was at play from the start and Chris never would've made the D-League if not for his brother. Pistons guard Brandon Jennings even got into a mini-Twitter battle with J.R. about it.
Joba Chamberlain Needs Your Help
The Tigers hurler isn't sure what to do with his facial hair this season and needs your help in making a decision.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Elsa Hosk has a new photo shoot out for Express Swimwear, which seems like a good reason to make her today's LLOD.
Dustin Penner is taking his trade from Anaheim to Washington in stride, despite the fact that the Ducks (91 points) are the best team in hockey, while the Capitals (61 points) are 18th. The forward tweeted President Obama to ask if he could crash at The White House for a few days and then drafted an unofficial petition for Obama to give him an East Wing couch to sleep on.
World Cup Jerseys Wish List
The 2014 World Cup jerseys have been unveiled and they are pretty blah, especially compared to these kits created by graphic designer Rojito.
From the SI Vault
Fritz and Marilyn Peterson, Mike and Susanne Kekich :: AP
On this day in 1973, Yankee teammates Fritz Peterson (front) and Mike Kekich announce they have traded families, including their wives, children and dogs. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are making a movie about the whole ordeal.
Odds and Ends
ESPN's Keith Olberman turned down an invitation to appear on Dancing with the Stars ... Former pitcher Ted Lilly joined the Cubs front office as a special assistant to President Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer ... Former pro wrestler Buff Bagwell is now a gigolo in Las Vegas ... Move over, Ellen. The Simpsons created their own selfie ... The Toronto Raptors brought back the purple for their 20th anniversary logo ... Larry King once did an interview in a bathrobe ... Conan O'Brien will host the MTV Movie Awards ... Ten interesting facts about Hulk Hogan ... How Starbucks can one day replace your bank ... Southern Maine's Rick Chipman just finished his college wrestling career. He's 44-years-old.
Rupp Arena Dance Party
Two Kentucky fans put on a show. (HT BeerMugSports)
Best Soccer Saves of All Time
Shortlist has the best soccer saves of all time, including this miracle by Peru's Angelo Campus during an Under-20 match against Uruguay last year.
Speaking of Amazing Saves
Cody Reichard somehow stops the puck during an ECHL matchup between the Orlando Solar Bears and the Kalamazoo Wings. (HT Guyism)
The Human Highlight Film
Since I led Hot Clicks with a Dominique Wilkins gallery, it only makes sense to end it with this video of his top 10 dunks. Check out his destruction of Larry Bird at the 1:10 mark.