NBA Western Conference playoff picks: Who will win Nuggets-Suns, Clippers-Jazz series?
Of the four teams remaining in the Western Conference playoffs, one has never made it out of the second round. Another team advanced to the conference finals four times but couldn’t get past that round. The other two teams advanced to the NBA Finals only to run into Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.
This season, the path is clear for a potential first-time NBA champion from among the West semifinalists.
That adds another dimension to this season’s Western Conference semifinals when the the No. 2 Phoenix Suns and No. 3 Denver Nuggets meet Mofor Game 1 and No. 1 Utah Jazz meet the No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers for Game 1 on Tuesday.
The Clippers, and their celebrated roster, blew a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets last season and are trying to advance past the second round for the first time. The Jazz advanced to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 only to be denied during the Bulls’ second three-peat.
The Nuggets advanced to the ABA Finals, losing to Julius Erving and the New York Nets in 1976. They joined the NBA the next season and have never advanced to the NBA Finals. The Suns have played in the NBA Finals twice, including in 1993, when they got swept up in the Bulls’ first three-peat.
Former heavyweight champ George Foreman raves about Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul, celebrity fights
Bring on more of the boxing exhibitions, George Foreman said after watching Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul's eight-round fight Sunday night.
“The strangest thing is I’m starting to enjoy these exhibitions a lot more than the so-called competitive fights they put on because there’s no entertainment value to those,’’ Foreman, a former two-time heavyweight champion, told USA TODAY Sports. “These have entertainment value.
“Mayweather turned into the slugger, following the guy around. And (Paul) is as long as Wilt Chamberlain with that jab. It was exciting.’’
Foreman was equally bullish when Mike Tyson returned to the ring for the first time in 15 years in November for an eight-round exhibition against Roy Jones Jr. That night, Jake Paul knocked out retired NBA standout Nate Robinson, fueled the celebrity fights and brought attention to the YouTube celebrities — namely, brothers Jake and Logan Paul.
Jake Paul followed up with a knockout of retired MMA fighter Ben Askren, and the celebrity fights peaked Sunday when Jake’s older brother, Logan, survived eight rounds against Mayweather, the Hall-of-Famer.
S.F. Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper to miss games while undergoing chemotherapy treatment
San Francisco Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper will be stepping away from the booth due to a medical condition that requires him to immediately begin chemotherapy.
"I wanted to let you know that I may be missing a few more Giants broadcasts than usual and I wanted to share what's going on with me," Kuiper said in a statement through the team Monday.
Kuiper, 70, is a former Major League Baseball infielder whose broadcasting career began during his playing days with the Giants in the 1980s. A lifetime .271 hitter, Kuiper became a full-time announcer in his first year of retirement (1986) and has called Giants games since then, with the exception of one season — 1993 — when he was part of the Colorado Rockies' broadcast crew for their inaugural season.
Man shot by police Friday in Park Hill has died
A man shot by police Friday in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood has died, authorities announced Monday.
Police responded around 5:30 p.m. Friday to reports of a man allegedly circling Martin Luther King Jr. Park while firing shots from his car, police said.
Officers instructed the man to drop his gun, but police said he proceeded to threaten them with his weapon.
Multiple officers then shot the man, who was taken to the hospital. The individual killed has not been identified.
Toyota Reaches Settlement Over Workplace Harassment Suicide Case
Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) has apologized and reached a settlement with the family of an engineer, who killed himself due to repeated harassment from his boss.
The 28-year old engineer died by suicide in 2017, after he was regularly abused by his boss. The boss even told him that “It would be better if you died.” His suicide in 2017 was ruled by a regional labor bureau as a job-related death in 2019, entitling his family to compensation.
Toyota has vowed to crack down on harassment in the workplace to ensure employees’ safety. The company also apologized and said that the company are “facing up with true sincerity to the fact that a precious worker’s life was lost.”
Toyota said that it will improve workers’ health care, better evaluate management, educate workers and encourage a workplace culture where employees can speak up, which will prevent future harassment.
“Toyota promises to work on developing people who, each and every one, can take an interest in those around them, under our stance that power harassment should never be tolerated,” the company said in a statement.
The amount of compensation the family will receive was not disclosed.