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Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:47 AM
MIAMI — The Miami Heat held a touching pregame tribute Saturday for the those affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Members of the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies gathered at midcourt to hold a large Stoneman Douglas banner while Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd.
“Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland,” Wade said. “We applaud the fearless students that are fighting for their lives. We also make sure that their voices are heard around gun safety. You are our nation’s inspiration. We salute you and we support you.”
The Heat, who on Friday debuted a uniform patch to honor the victims, then honored each of the 17 victims on the video screen before Alex Wind, a Stoneman Douglas student and member of the school’s drama club, sang the national anthem.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Alex Wind sings National Anthem
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Alex Wind delivers a powerful rendition of the National Anthem before the game between the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies.Posted by FOX Sports Florida / FOX Sports Sun on Saturday, February 24, 2018
“It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these patches,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Friday’s game in New Orleans. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization, we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women at Stoneman Douglas. It’s such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear. And we are behind them and this is only the start.”
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM
— The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world.
With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports.
The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone.
Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:46 AM
— Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury on the NBA’s opening night.
Less than six minutes into the game, the guard jump toward the basket for an alley-oop that went tragically wrong.
Hayward’s foot landed at a 90 degree angle from his leg. Players and fans in the stands turned away in angst.
TV cameras recorded the action, before he was taken off the floor in a stretcher.
Hayward’s injury is not the first to make audiences cringe.
Here’s a rundown of some of the most spine-chilling injuries witnessed on a basketball court. Watch at your own risk.
Celtics player Gordon Hayward stretchered off floor in Cleveland after horrific-looking leg injury— 🇺🇸TrumpRussia🇷🇺 (@TrumpEra_2017) October 18, 2017
Feb. 26, 2007: Often regarded as the ugliest injury in NBA history, Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston went up for a layup on a fast break against the Charlotte Bobcats. He had an awkward landing and is knee gave way. Along with a dislocated left knee cap and broken left leg, Livingston tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus. He also badly sprained his medial collateral ligament.
March 31, 2013: In the first half of the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 game against Duke, Rockdale County, Ga.,’s Kevin Ware landed awkwardly after attempting to block a three-point shot attempt by Duke guard Tyler Thornton. Ware suffered an open fracture to his right leg, which protruded several inches out of his shin. He would miss a year of play, but transferred and help Georgia State make the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
Aug. 1, 2014: During a Team USA intrasquad showcase game in Las Vegas, Indiana’s Paul George landed awkwardly while defending a layup. George’s foot was lodged in the basketball stanchion and his lower right leg snapped. Players and coaches were so shaken, the scrimmage was canceled with 9:33 left.
April 3, 2010: Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut drove to the basket for a fast break slam dunk. He hung on the rim afterward and momentum carried Bogut forward, forcing to fall backward. He extended his right arm to try brace his fall. He landed badly and suffered a broken hand, dislocated elbow and sprained wrist. Years later, he would say he no longer could extend his arm fully and still suffered pain.
Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:44 AM
CLEVELAND — The Boston Celtics opened the NBA season Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in his first game with the Celtics, small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury.
The broadcast noted Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle.
Hayward was cutting along the baseline when he jumped for an alley-oop and fell to the floor with his leg bent underneath him.
Warning: The video linked in the below tweet contains footage that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
By video, unfortunately ankle fracture dislocation. Will need immediate reduction, eventual surgery. Will miss most if not all of season. https://t.co/vFsiWVhoce— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) October 18, 2017
Hayward’s leg was stabilized and he was carted off the floor. LeBron James, Cavaliers players and Celtics teammates shook Hayward’s hand before he left the court.
Hayward, the former No. 9 overall selection, visited the Miami Heat, Celtics and Utah Jazz before making his free agency decision, eventually landing with Boston. He spent seven years with the Jazz.
Hayward, who is coming off an All-Star year for the Jazz and made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, shook up the power in the Eastern Conference by adding a legitimate second offensive weapon to a Celtics team lacking one in last year’s playoffs.
Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 12:48 PM
— NBA Hall of Fame forward Connie Hawkins has died at the age of 75.
His family confirmed Hawkins died Friday evening, KPNX reported.
You will be greatly missed, Hawk! pic.twitter.com/eQA3NNUAyT— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 7, 2017
Hawkins, nicknamed "The Hawk," played for the Phoenix Suns from 1969-1973. He was a four-time NBA All-Star and his number was retired in the Suns' Ring of Honor, KPNX reported.