A few items you may have missed that are worth a quick look:
Call it a Metta World Peace Tweety:
Not the ending we wanted. The team that played together won! Congrats OKC.Laker fans thanks for your support:)
— Metta WorldPeace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 22, 2012
Nine of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter in the minutes after the Thunder eliminated the Lakers were game-related:
Western Conference Finals
Maybe Next Year
Among the other highlights was “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison’s big, fat rose for the Lakers. Harrison began his TV career in Oklahoma City, where he went to college on a soccer scholarship.
On a non #Bachelorette note Thunder up!Congrats OKC! Thks for taking care of the lakers!
— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) May 22, 2012
Sacramento’s Jimmer Fredette offered this post-game analysis:
Great western conference finals match up of contrasting styles!
— Jimmer Fredette (@jimmerfredette) May 22, 2012
Meanwhile, Derrick Williams of the Timberwolves called it with about 7:30 to play and the Thunder up by 15.
This Spurs / Thunder series is going to be one of the best in a while.
— Derrick Williams (@RealDwill7) May 22, 2012
There were the (printable) zingers during and after the game:
Coach Mike Brown is going to do his postgame interview from the unemployment office
— Not Brian Scalabrine (@BScalabrine24) May 22, 2012
#IdTradeGasolFor the last man on the toronto raptors bench
— AJ Sargent (@BertoClicq) May 22, 2012
Bynum and Gasol have no idea they have already been traded.. #14FeetOfNothing
— The Slammer (@SlamStevo) May 22, 2012
Even Zaza Pachulia was feeling it:
I hear OKC fan noise here in Atlanta.
— Zaza Pachulia (@zaza27) May 22, 2012
• Now that the Orlando Magic have fired Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with Otis Smith, the next move is yours, Dwight Howard, writes Mike Bianchi. (Orlando Sentinel)
• John Lennon had many talents, shooting a basketball was not one of them. (You Tube via Buzzfeed)
• Katherine Legge hopes to get a leg up on the competition at the Indy 500 but has no interest in replacing Danica Patrick as the “female face of the Indy Car series.” (Detroit News)
• NASCAR announces the five inductees to its 2013 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, sadly one person not on that list will be the late Tim Richmond, even though he should be, writes Tom Sorenson. (Charlotte Observer)
• It’s time to clean up collusion in baseball, fantasy baseball that is. (The Hardball Times)
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