Shaq, Kobe reveal source of past beef at all-star weekend

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant got together for a ‘Players Only’ special on TNT and revealed what caused the dominant duo to split in 2004.

The pair won three straight titles from 2000 to 2002, but fell apart against the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

“I admit, a lot of times, I didn’t come into camp ready, because that’s just how I got down,” Shaq said. “My thinking is, I don’t need to get ready for dunking. I don’t need to get ready. I’ll get ready when I get ready. Because I had you, I was able to just chill out in the summer, do what I do.”

Kobe quickly replies, “See, that’s what pissed me off. That was it right there.”

Living legends @SHAQ & @kobebryant sit down for a conversation surrounding their relationship through the years & three consecutive championships

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— NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2018

Bryant has long been known as one of the hardest workers the league has ever seen, while O’Neal being such a unique physical specimen allowed him to at least think he could coast through the regular season and play his way into shape. Kobe estimates he spent close to “10 hours in the gym,” while Shaq spent his time “recovering from the Hack-a-Shaq,” by eating burgers, enjoying summers in Orlando and time with the family.

It’s a shame, really. The pair were arguably more dominant than Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, or even Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but apparently the difference in off-season habits created a rift too powerful to overcome.

Kobe describes wanting to go to practice as soon as possible knowing he had to be ready to argue and fight, knowing there was a chance he could get beat to a pulp, but that …read more

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Ron and Don: Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk is like Bruins’ Brad Marchand

Matthew Tkachuk is having himself quite the sophomore season and he’s gaining a reputation as one of the peskiest skaters in the league to play against.

Don Cherry likes what he’s seeing out of the young Calgary Flames forward and alluded to the apple not falling far from the tree.

“I remember his dad [Keith Tkachuk]. Boy, was his dad tough. He could throw ’em and [Matthew] can throw ’em pretty good,” Cherry said during the Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday. “Good little hitter. I give him the ultimate compliment: he reminds me of [Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand] and I can’t say anything better than that.”

Not everyone would consider a comparison to Marchand to be a compliment, but Cherry sure does. Marchand’s ability to get under his opponents’ skin is uncanny but his impact on the ice is undeniable. His 1.29 points per game is second only to Nikita Kucherov for the NHL lead.

Tkachuk is quickly developing a similar reputation with 21 goals, 20 assists and 47 penalty minutes in 56 games heading into Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers.

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BYU women’s basketball: Cold-shooting Cougars lose 66-60 to San Diego

PROVO — At times, statistics pretty much tell the entire story, and did so in BYU’s 66-60 loss at the hands of San Diego on Saturday.

The Cougars (15-12) shot just 33 percent from the field, with the visiting Toreros (15-12) taking advantage, leaving the Marriott Center court loudly celebrating the win.

“We weren’t making shots we normally make, and they had kids on their team step up and make shots,” summed up BYU leading scorer Cassie Devashrayee, who managed 15 points in the loss, but on just 4-13 shooting from the field.

Yet again, Devashrayee warranted the focus of the opposing team’s defensive scheming, which she’s grown accustomed to with every game played. What she’s not grown accustomed to is her teammates struggling to make shots, with many of those shots coming with open looks.

Starters Brenna Chase and Malia Nawahine went 4-16 and 4-13 from the field, respectively, as shots seemed to just rim out time and again during the most inopportune times.

Case in point would be Chase, who managed to swish through an open 3-pointer with just 1:03 remaining to cut the lead to 61-60, but a possession later failed to repeat the make from exactly the same spot on the court. Chase’s second attempt came off a brilliant block on the defensive by Sara Hamson, but it came up just short.

“We had some opportunities to win this game but just didn’t make plays when we had to make them,” said BYU coach Jeff Judkins. “There was just a couple of plays we needed to make, and, for whatever reason, we didn’t make it.”

Other notable misses down the stretch included Devashrayee having two shots rim out in the game’s final two minutes, one on a driving layup and the other on an open 3-point attempt.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

Spencer Dinwiddie Wins His First-Ever Taco Bell Skills Challenge

The “Small” team broke its multi-year losing streak in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as first-time competitor Spencer Dinwiddie dominated Lauri Markkanen in the final.

Dinwiddie defeated Buddy Hield and Jamal Murray en route to the title.

Marrkanen had to go through Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid.

.@SDinwiddie_25 wins the #TacoBellSkills and brings the 🏆back to the guards! pic.twitter.com/nHAcE86w06

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2018

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