The Miami Heat star showed up at a teenager’s prom as a big surprise.
Nicole Muxo is a huge fan of the NBA player. He called her up during the dance and told her to have a good time. Moments later, he walked up to her onto the dance floor.
Can you say what a perfect night?
The high school senior at Archbishop F. Coleman Carroll High School in Miami had proposed a date to Wade via a YouTube video. She never heard back from him. But he did send a direct message to her via Twitter, asking about the location “just in case.”
He actually had a night off after a great fourth quarter win Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls.
So he went on to make it a night Nicole would never forget.
“I was so surprised. I didn’t expect it at all,” she told CBS Miami.
He danced with her and even met the family. He didn’t stay for long, but definitely made Nicole’s night.
“I’m going to remember it forever,” she beamed. “This was definitely the highlight of my senior year.”
Nicole has been a persistent fan, asking her favorite athlete to attend other high school events. This time it paid off.
“She continued to go for it no matter how many times I told her I’m going to be busy she continued asking if I’m going to come,” Wade said.
*Oh dang, Jalen Rose admitted to purposely injuring L.A.’s baddest mamajama on the court, Kobe Bryant (don’t hate). During an interview with Grandland.com, the former NBA star said he did it during the Finals in 2000.
Rose confessed that he was getting way crucked up and emotional (because they were going to lose) during game 1. He couldn’t hold it together and finally cracked.
“Kobe Bean Bryant goes up for a jump shot out on the right wing,” he said, describing the terrible, awful moment. “I contest the jump shot. Kobe lands on my foot. He hobbles off and actually misses the next game. If it was up to me, he should’ve just missed the whole series. I would’ve had a championship ring and it would’ve been no harm, no foul.”
And then he was asked if he did it on purpose.
“I think I did it on purpose. I can’t say it was an accident.”
Well, he didn’t get what he wanted in the end – a ring – sucker.
*James Harden, Eric Maynor, Nick Collison and Daequan Cook did something Kobe Bryant and the Lakers couldn’t do – make big plays down the stretch to hold off Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.
The four Oklahoma City reserves teamed with Kevin Durant to turn a slim lead into a big one in the fourth quarter, riding it to a 106-100 victory Thursday night that knotted the NBA Western Conference finals at one game each.
“We had a good start to the fourth quarter,” Durant said. “You can’t mess that chemistry up. Coach made a good decision by doing that.”
*Not only is Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum not surprised to see the Lakers down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks in their Western Conference semifinal, but he believes the Lakers’ problems are “deeply rooted” and they have to overcome “trust issues” with each other.
An irritated Bynum vented for six minutes in front of his locker after the Lakers’ 93-81 loss to the Mavericks and said the team has plenty of work to do off the court to dig itself out of the hole it is currently in.
“It’s deeply rooted at this point,” Bynum said of the team’s problems. “It’s obvious we have trust issues. Unless we come out and discuss it, then nothing is going to really change. We have to come in and have a good session [Thursday], which I believe we will, and correct things. If not, we’ll go home.”
Bynum’s “trust issues” stem from his teammates’ inability to communicate with one another on the court and help each other out defensively. Bynum was often seen yelling and signaling to his teammates to talk during the game.
The Cavaliers head coach was let go in the wee hours after his five-year run failed to yield an NBA championship. The Cavaliers fired him before a midnight deadline Sunday night to avoid paying him his full $4.5 million salary for next season.
Cleveland was booted from the playoffs two weeks ago by the Boston Celtics, who upset the NBA’s top regular-season team in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. According to ESPN.com, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert decided to fire Brown after an organizational review that began following the Cavs’ exit from the playoffs.
“After a long and deep analysis of all of the factors that led to the disappointing early ends to our playoff runs over the past two seasons, we concluded that it was time for the Cavaliers to move in a different direction,” Gilbert said in a statement released today by the team. “The expectations of this organization are very high and, although change always carries an element of risk, there are times when that risk must be taken in an attempt to break through to new, higher levels of accomplishment.
“This is one of those times.”
Brown guided Cleveland to the playoffs in each of his five seasons but failed to bring home an NBA championship. He was the NBA’s coach of the year last season after guiding the Cavs to 66 wins. But, Cleveland lost to Orlando in the conference finals, and it was assumed he would have to get the team closer to a championship to keep his job.
Brown, who had one year left on his contract, could end up hired immediately by one of five other NBA teams searching for head coaches.
ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher reports:
Cleveland’s next move will be an interesting one. Because of LeBron James’ uncertain future, it’s possible the Cavs would want his input into their next coaching hire, assuming the two-time MVP is still considering re-signing with Cleveland when free agency opens after midnight on July 1. The Cavs will have to search for a new coach not knowing if James will be back and would have to go into the draft and free agency without a coach.
Lakers power forward Pau Gasol is fouled by Suns forward Grant Hill in the first half of Game 3 on Sunday in Phoenix (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times).
*(Via LA Times.com) So much for keeping up with the Celtics.
The Lakers blinked before their Boston counterparts did, many times in fact, getting shoved aside by Amare Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns, 118-109, in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday at US Airways Center.
Something funny happened on the way to a 3-0 series lead, though the Lakers weren’t giggling after Phoenix ended their eight-game winning streak and closed to within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Tuesday in Phoenix.
The Lakers were flummoxed by the Suns’ zone defense, got another no-show from injured center Andrew Bynum (two points, two rebounds, four fouls) and witnessed the return of Lamar Odom to playoff mediocrity, the 6-10 forward coming perilously close to a single-single with only 10 points and six rebounds after starting the series with a strong two-game push.