LeBron James walked off the court, stopped on his way to the bench to shake David Beckham’s hand, then exchanged a few high-fives and quick hugs with teammates.
What, you expected something else?
Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade found themselves back in perfect harmony, keeping their hopes alive for a second straight championship. The Heat will play the Spurs in the finals starting Thursday.
The former N.B.A. All-Star Mookie Blaylock was charged with vehicular homicide in a head-on crash in suburban Atlanta that killed a 43-year-old woman.
No more sitting out stars, and for the San Antonio Spurs, no more sitting around.
Their season, their legacy, their reign atop the NBA was all at stake, and the Miami Heat responded in a manner befitting defending champions — with a blowout.
Even with three consecutive trips to the finals, the Heat, for a good chunk of the series with the Pacers, looked like a team clinging on, with LeBron James at the helm of an aging, fraying cast.
Jason Kidd, who announced his retirement Monday, was a basketball savant who could dominate a game without scoring, who preferred passing to shooting and who elevated his team with his intelligence alone.
Although Jason Kidd, 40, signed a three-year contract last summer with the Knicks, he said all along that he would reassess in the off-season.
Jason Kidd announced his retirement Monday, just two weeks after being benched in the second half of the Knicks final playoff game against the Indiana Pacers.
The shame of it for Jason Kidd, at the end of one of the great careers any point guard has ever had in basketball, is that when he finally got to Madison Square Garden, to the kind of stage and the kind of spotlight his game always merited, he was already pushing 40.