Buzz That Was: A Whirlwind Bromance
In case you were too busy watching the football uniform-wearing dog on loop all day (JUST ME?) and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
Phil it up!
Phil Jackson was officially announced as the new president of the New York Knicks on Tuesday, after what felt like a lifetime of speculation. The legendary coach and former Knicks player addressed the media, and Spike Lee, during a televised news conference at Madison Square Garden. Jackson, of course, said he was thrilled for the "wonderful opportunity," wants to create a winning team, thinks Carmelo Anthony is great and blah, blah, blah. Did you really expect him to say anything else at a news conference? Regardless, this was clearly the high point in a season full of lows for Knicks fans, and now they have grand expectations going forward.
For all the NY Knicks fans that thinks Phil Jackson is going to make them champions overnight! pic.twitter.com/o7Bo3toHSh- NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) March 17, 2014
It was perhaps James Dolan, the controversial owner of the team, who made the biggest revelation on Tuesday when he shared something that seemingly everyone on the planet knew but James Dolan.
"I am by no means an expert in basketball," Dolan said. "I'm a fan, but my expertise lies in managing companies and new businesses. So I think I'm a little out of my element when it comes to the team."
Congrats, James. The first step is always admitting you have a problem.
According to the New York Times, Dolan wooed Jackson to New York with an ATV-riding, bonding weekend and other bro-tastic excursions. Let's hope the two new besties are still on speaking terms this time next year.
'Something they taught me at Duke'
Struggling with your NCAA tournament bracket? In a sentence I never thought I would write, J.J. Redick is here to help! The Los Angeles Clippers guard and former Duke standout provided some truly profound advice on perfecting your March Madness strategy. Turns out, all you really need is a big enough piece of paper and a pencil.
And stay tuned for Episode 3: "How to be a Universally Hated College Basketball Player." Step 1: Go to Duke ...
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Miami Heat. Typically all eyes would be on LeBron James as he faced his former team, but, alas, he was nowhere to be found. Instead some dude named LaBron James showed up and dropped 43 points -- including 25 in the first quarter -- to lead the Heat to a 100-96 victory.
You can call him whatever you want, but he's still going to play like the LeBron James who has won four of the past five MVP awards.
Pearl of wisdom
Officially marking the first time Auburn men's basketball is relevant in March in more than a decade, Bruce Pearl agreed to become the team's next head coach. The former Tennessee coach signed a six-year, $14.7 million deal on Tuesday. And while the NCAA sanctions committee may not love the hire, the Auburn students and fans sure did. Pearl was greeted like One Direction at a middle school when his private jet landed at the airport.
The love continued at his introductory news conference and will surely continue until next season begins and everyone remembers it's still Auburn basketball. WAR EAGLE!
Just watched Bruce Pearl introduction at Auburn...guy owns a room. Stakes raised in SEC. Can't imagine it not working pic.twitter.com/FnEXh1EGP0- Jim Dunaway (@jimdunaway) March 19, 2014
America's 435th-favorite reality show couple, Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker, welcomed a baby girl named Vivianne Rose on Tuesday. The newly signed New York Jets wide receiver and his singer wife, stars of E!'s aptly-named "Eric & Jessie: Game On," have been documenting the pregnancy on the show. And it looks like all your wishes and prayers have been answered because they even filmed the birth to air next season. Because NOTHING IS PRIVATE ANYMORE. We can now all impatiently count down the days until that very-special episode. Thankfully both of their Twitter and Instagram accounts will document every moment of every day until then. WHEW.
Overrated Down Under?
In Australia for their season-opener this weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers posted a picture of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and a koala bear that they promised would "shut down the Internet." While I love Scully and adorable animals as much as anyone, my Internet is still working just fine. Thanks anyways, Dodgers.
Shut down the Internet: pic.twitter.com/z2vlYQ9ko5- Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 19, 2014
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