Buzz That Was: Positive signs
In case you were too busy celebrating William and Kate's wedding anniversary (any excuse for a party, amirite?) and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
'We Are One'
Hours after team owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, the Los Angeles Clippers took the court at Staples Center to face the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Emotions ran high, and players were greeted with a standing ovation as they ran onto the floor.
The players, who have called the basketball court their "safe haven" in the chaotic days since the scandal broke, put together an inspired performance behind DeAndre Jordan's 25 points and 18 rebounds for a 113-103 win and a 3-2 series lead. The crowd continued its vocal support throughout the night, even chanting "We Are One" in the fourth quarter.
It was a memorable night, but things could have gone much, much differently. According to reports, the Warriors had planned a boycott of the game had the league not handed down the maximum punishment to Sterling. The team was reportedly planning on participating in warm-ups and introductions, but would have walked off the court together in protest right before tipoff.
'We Are One' II
Just moments after NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling's lifetime ban, the Clippers' website was changed to a simple black backdrop with the aforementioned "We Are One" phrase. The image spread quickly around social media, and the league took notice. A commercial aired during Tuesday's playoff games featuring the slogan and honoring the sentiment.
Red and lovable
While there were countless meaningful tributes regarding the NBA's landmark decision, others, of course, opted for the humor route. Chicago mascot Benny the Bull might have sent the best message to Sterling during Tuesday's Game 5 against the Washington Wizards.
Benny the Bull responds to the Don Sterling controversy | AP Photo pic.twitter.com/AfiS5Infg7- Brandon Wall (@Walldo) April 30, 2014
Unfortunately for Benny, the Bulls were eliminated with a 75-69 loss. Enjoy your offseason, Benny. You'll be missed.
Count me in
If there is a conversation that involves millions of dollars somewhere, Floyd "Money" Mayweather will find a way to get involved. It's like a scientific fact or something. And almost before anyone could voice the "Who will be next owner of the Clippers?" question, the boxing champion was already doing an interview about it.
Floyd Mayweather wants to put "a group of billionaires" together and buy the Clippers. "very, very interested." pic.twitter.com/8Esm6pnUUU- Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) April 29, 2014
Everyone -- from Oprah to Diddy to Oscar de la Hoya -- has been rumored to be interested, so this might be the most fun bidding war since you won that eBay auction in 2007.
Debating whether you should go to the Kentucky Derby this weekend? Please allow Jimmy Fallon to help make your last-minute decision for you with his "Pros and Cons" segment.
Congratulations to anyone who picked 35 seconds as the time it took for the first Donald Sterling joke.
War of words, featuring fondue and lacrosse
Hot feud alert: Perhaps due to their allegiances to the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, Jay-Z and Drake are reportedly exchanging words. Last week, during a broadcast of the opening-round series, Drake said Hova was "somewhere eating a fondue plate." And apparently in the rap game in 2014, that is the ultimate "OH NO, YOU DIDN'T!" Jay-Z responded with a dis line on "They Don't Love You No More," the new song by DJ Khaled: "Haters wanna ball, let me tighten up my drawstring / Wrong sport, boy, you know you soft as a lacrosse team."
And before anyone even had time to realize how lame this beef was, Major League Lacrosse jumped into the fray. The league issued a statement on Tuesday and invited Jay-Z to participate in a game (any game! Please come! We could use any ounce of publicity whatsoever!) and see how tough lacrosse really is. The MLL, of course, continued to capitalize on the moment, tweeting about the issue and talking to any media outlet that would listen.
ADORABLE ANIMAL TIME! During a Division II softball game between Western Oregon and Simon Fraser, a scene-stealing pit bull ran onto the field and promptly began taking the players' gloves. I could tell you more about it, but you probably should just watch it.
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