Kobe Bryant has seemingly opened the door to another successful career after basketball.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that the retired Lakers legend’s short film, “Dear Basketball,” is one of five nominees for this year’s Best Animated Short award.
Peters: I’m going with the Penguins, too. I think they’ll want to head into the postseason on a high note, so don’t look at them to let off the gas pedal too much. The desire to win a third straight Cup, previously unthinkable in the salary-cap era, is palpable for this team. As Brassard settles in over these next few weeks, I’d expect them only to get stronger. Plus Evgeni Malkin has a chance to win the Art Ross (and maybe even the Hart), which adds a little extra motivation for a player who is already playing exceptionally well.
Arledge: Philadelphia is a little more balanced, while Pittsburgh has relied too heavily on scoring. Goalie Matt Murray has been out for two weeks with a concussion, but honestly, he has been less than impressive even when healthy this season.
It’s hard to conjure up a scenario where Bridges fully fails. If the defense doesn’t hold up and his 3-point percentage drops, it’s a potential outcome, but he’s more likely a high-floor talent with the upside of an elite NBA role player, even if the creation skill never comes along.
A deeper dive shows that the real culprit behind the change might have been the NBPA. The three big reasons why the draft won’t be televised, according to Stein:
1) The league does not want to risk embarrassing the last player chosen — or anyone else.
2) The league does not want to put the captains in a position where they might upset teammates by passing over them.
3) The players’ union objected. The union, presumably with considerable input from player agents, is the faction that actually put up the most resistance to letting all this play out in public. Some All-Stars want the draft televised, but some don’t. So the league acquiesced.
Voracek netted his 15th of the season 2:07 into the period to tie it at 1. Nolan Patrick caused a turnover with strong backchecking, passed to Voracek and his shot from the side boards deflected off Pittsburgh’s Derick Brassard and past Tristan Jarry.