Who was better -- Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan?

December 1, 2015

Kobe Bryant is saying goodbye. Tim Duncan isn't -- but he surely will soon. (Right?)

Both players soared over their generational counterparts and won five titles each, albeit in different ways. Kobe flashy, Duncan subdued. Kobe with mountainous highs and abyssal lows, Duncan with a steady run that makes us wonder if he can keep this up for a few more years.

But who was better? Mike and Mike discussed in the video above -- pointing out that it's very hard to choose between the two.

Now it's your turn:

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- How's this for surreal?

Floyd Mayweather sat courtside for Jimmer Fredette's D-League debut on Monday with the Westchester Knicks.

MayweatherIan Begley/ESPN

Surrounded by what had to be the biggest entourage in D-League history, Mayweather ate popcorn, drank soda and doled out advice to Fredette from his seat near midcourt.

"He just kept telling me to shoot it," Fredette said. "And I was like, 'All right, I'll shoot it.'"

Fredette ended up with a game-high 37 points on 12-for-17 shooting in Westchester's win over the Grand Rapids Drive.

Mayweather liked what he saw from Fredette, but he attended the game at the 2,000-seat Westchester County Center to support guard Jordon Crawford.

MayweatherIan Begley/ESPN

Mayweather told ESPN.com that he flew in from Las Vegas on his private jet that morning to make it to Crawford's game.

"He's my mentor," said Crawford, a 5-foot-6 guard from Bowling Green. "He's like family."

At halftime, Mayweather took pictures with fans and signed autographs. He also took some time to praise Crawford, who went scoreless on Monday but had three steals in 15 minutes.

"The Lakers could really use some help. Not taking anything away from any players, but Philadelphia also really needs help. I think Philadelphia and the Lakers should take a look at Jordon Crawford," Mayweather said.

Sounds like the recently retired Mayweather might be angling for a job in Sam Hinkie's front office.

As for Fredette, the 2011 lottery pick is still looking for an NBA home. He's spent time with four teams, most recently with the New Orleans Pelicans, who released him last month.

Fredette is an NBA free agent, but Westchester owns his D-League rights. The 6-2 guard hopes that some success in the D League will lead to another opportunity.

"I know I can play in the NBA, and I can be a very good player in the NBA. I'm excited to be able to start here," he said. "Sometimes you've got to be able to go backwards in order to get back up to where you want to be."

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Kobe Bryant is done at the end of this season, having announced his retirement via a poetic letter on The Players' Tribune on Sunday.

Even though this news is far from surprising -- the 37-year-old has been struggling for several seasons now -- the news of a legend's impending departure always shakes the foundation of sports.

Here is how some notable names reacted:

Post by Russell Simmons.

Meanwhile, off social media, Metta World Peace interacted with his longtime teammate the old-fashioned way: by getting his autograph.

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WATCH: Tom Brady surprises kids in turkey costume

November 26, 2015

With a perfect record and a growing candidacy for 2015 NFL MVP, Tom Brady has a lot to be thankful for.

On Thursday, the New England Patriots QB uploaded a video to his Facebook page of a man, presumably Brady, dressed as a turkey, popping out of a pile of leaves to surprise his kids.

"So thankful for everyone's support this year... Happy Thanksgiving to all! #TurkeyTom," Brady wrote.

Brady's 10-0 Patriots are on the road this week, facing the 8-2 Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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Rapper Jadakiss visited ESPN's Bristol, Connecticut, headquarters this week to hit the First Take debate desk and promote his new album, "Top 5 Dead Or Alive." With an album name like that and a passion for basketball, 'Kiss knew he wasn't going to leave the premises without talking to us about his all-time NBA starting lineup. Here's what the veteran Yonkers musician had to say:

PG: Magic Johnson

Jadakiss: He made me fall in love with basketball. He made me want to be a point guard and have that pass-first mentality in my game. Watching him just gave me goose bumps.

Magic JohnsonFocus on Sport/Getty Images

SG: Michael Jordan

Jadakiss: MJ is the greatest 2-guard of all time, by far.

Michael JordanEd Wagner Jr./Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Images

SF: Julius Erving

Jadakiss: The way he came from the ABA to the NBA. The afro. The legendary dunk. I remember him as a kid, my father and my uncles just sitting around for hours drinking beers, watching games, talking about Dr. J. And his son, J. Erving, was my manager a few years back, so I got a special connection with the Erving family.

Julius ErvingDick Raphael/NBAE/Getty Images

PF: Tim Duncan

Jadakiss: I love Charles [Barkley] but I gotta go with Timmy, the Big Fundamental. He has more rings, he's still playing, and the Spurs have a chance to get another one. That's not a prediction, but you can never count them out.

Tim DuncanJason Miller/Getty Images

C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Jadakiss: He still holds the record for most total points scored in NBA history and did a ton for the culture. His UCLA career was impeccable, his pro career was impeccable. He was just an iconic figure.

Kareem Abdul-JabbarAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

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