Thurs. A.M. Hot Clicks: Terann Hilow; Kobe Scores 60 in Final Game
Kobe Goes Out on Top
Kobe Bryant scored 60 points, took 50 shots and led the Lakers to a come-from-behind victory over Utah in his final game. The game started with a video tribute and ended with Bryant addressing the home crowd. Other highlights: The Lakers gave Kobe a giant ring with 4.87 carats worth of diamonds ... Fans also got a bunch of free stuff ... Shockingly, a lot of famous people were at Staples Center. Even Adam Morrison ... Kanye West attended the game in ridiculous Mamba getup ... The Lakers waited until their final game to pull off the best play of their season ... Most importantly, Kobe has granted the wishes of over 100 Make-A-Wish children during his career.
Warriors Are Good, Too
Somewhat lost in the Kobe celebration are the Golden State Warriors, who won their 73rd game Wednesday night, an NBA record. Stephen Curry reached 400 three-pointers on the season, which is totally nuts when you think about it. The 1995-96 Bulls were good sports about losing their record, though I'm sure Michael Jordan is off crying somewhere. Our crack NBA staff compiled the 73 best plays of Golden State's season and our favorite photo from each of the Warriors 73 wins.
Best Play of MLB Season
Lovely Lady of the Day
Tim in Houston writes in: "Please consider Terann Hilow as the LLOD soon. She has some fantastical pics to choose from." He's right. She does have some fantastical pics and is today's LLOD (click for full-size gallery).
This Could Be Dangerous
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Love These Uniforms
Steph Curry Takes Instagram Photo
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Odds & Ends
Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Kenny Omega take the top three spots in our weekly pro wrestling power rankings ... LOVE when ESPN personalities bash each other on Twitter ... A Liberty University student wrote a 10-page paper on Ray Lewis, which her teacher tore to shreds ... Your daily "Johnny Manziel is in trouble" story ... Soccer + wet field = splash fight ... Good piece on being in the audience at a Price is Right taping ... Wish my dad had built me a mini-garage when I was younger ... Galleries: The Day in Sports (April 13), featuring Kobe Bryant and Golden State, and a Kobe's Last Game collection, with fans and celebrities at the finale.
SI Swimsuit Meets Golden Oldies
While in Miami for SI Swimsuit launch week, we took SI Swimsuit models Kate Bock, Emily DiDonato and Hannah Ferguson to a practice with The Golden Oldies, the Miami Heat's 60-and-over dance team. A good time was had by all.
Wednesday Night in MLB
Nice Biker Alert
Not Donald Trump's Best Moment
Stairway to Heaven vs. Taurus
Led Zeppelin is heading to court over charges that the band stole the Stairway to Heaven intro from Spirit's Taurus. Take a listen and judge for yourself.
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