2012 NBA Draft: Picks 15-60
6.29 The Cooler

Kentucky Owns The First 2 Picks Of The NBA Draft; LeBron Almost Lost His Finals MVP Trophy

By 06.29.12

Whatever you think of the Warriors’ draft of Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green and something called Ognjen Kuzmic, it was not a good day for coach Mark Jackson. He was reported to be the target of an extortion attempt from an ex-stripper he was having an affair with six years ago. She and an accomplice had phone recordings of messages he left and explicit photos of him as the blackmail. After he paid off one attempt, they supposedly came back for more and then he went to the FBI. The Warriors, his wife and four kids, and now everyone else are aware of the investigation. Bad, bad stuff in the Bay Area. What makes it worse? Apparently Jackson and his wife are co-pastors of an L.A. church, too. … You thought we were done with LeBron for a while, but here’s two awesome news bits since the title: He almost lost his Finals MVP trophy already; and he took a photo with a couple on their wedding day. Yeah, he just obliged when they asked him after spotting him in their Miami hotel. Even better was how immediately after getting the Finals MVP trophy after Game 5, he thought he’d lost it. Among the wave of title hats, Team No Sleep shirts, Juwan Howard telling everyone they’d won it for the Fab Five and Chris Bosh drowning himself in bubbly, LeBron was panicked. No one took his trophy like he feared, not that it would have mattered. After the playoff run we’d have remembered who dominated it, trophy or not. … Other news we expected since the Finals’ Game 5 clincher came to fruition Thursday when Dwyane Wade pulled out of consideration for the Olympic team. He’ll have knee surgery. … For all of Calipari’s recruiting gold, Delonte West was going harder this week on Twitter. His target: Deron Williams. West’s pitch included: “Real talk…I know it’s a Lil more mOney over der but u home here” and “we can win the weastern conference no problem.” Solid. Gold … If you’re a video game fan like us your top game is probably a hoops title. So what was music to our ears was that 2K Sports is dropping NBA 2K13 Dynasty Edition on Oct. 2. You get a ball, Skullcandy earbuds and a skin for your XBox controller along with an All-Star add on for the game. That last part alone has us very intrigued. … We’re out like Calipari’s recruiting pitch.

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