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LAKER NATION IS BACK

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On the heels of early voting, Sunday Night Football, political debates, playing through a pandemic, and everything else going on in the world, the LA Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals Championship inside the first ever “NBA Bubble.” Lakers clinched the game 6 win over the Miami Heat with their 106-93 victory. The Lakers are now tied with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA championship wins in NBA league history; they each have 17 apiece.

This championship was unique and historic in more ways than one. With the burning reminder of former Laker Kobe Bryant’s death, Laker championship drought frustrations, players vocally expressing their thoughts on race and inequality (the Black Lives Movement), and spending months quarantined at Walt Disney Resort playing in the midst of COVID-19, these were all factors and fighting motivation for the 2020 Lakers team. It had been 10 years since the Lakers last Championship win when Kobe lead the team.

This win was Lebron James’ 4th NBA championship title and 4th NBA Finals MVP title (with 3 different teams; Cleveland 2012 & 2016, Miami 2013, and LA 2020).

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Ime Udoka Lands Head Coach Position

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According to ESPN, the Associated Press, and other sources, retired NBA player and former assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Ime Udoka is set to become the Boston Celtics new head coach and the first Nigerian-American head coach in the the NBA. During his time in the NBA Udoka played seven seasons with five different teams before retiring in 2012. Shortly after retirement he joined Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs where he served as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 2013-14 season when they won the NBA title. In 2019, Udoka was the assist coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and last season with the Brooklyn Nets. This upcoming season will be Udoka’s first shot as head coach in the NBA.

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And Another One….

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Simone Biles, aka “the GOAT,” set another record Saturday, May 22, 2021 becoming the first women ever to land the extremely difficult Yurchenko double pike vault move during competition at the GK US Classic in Indianapolis. The move is a roundoff onto a springboard, followed by a back handspring onto the vaulting table, and ending with a piked double backflip into the air to landing. Historically this move has only been completed by just a few male gymnasts.

Biles, 24, successfully defended her GK US Classic all-around title. This was her first competition since October 2019.

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DRAFTED!

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Still elated from winning the 2021 Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship in front of her hometown crowd, San Antonio native, Wagner High School alumna, and Stanford University standout Kiana Williams is moving on up. Just recently Williams received a key to the city and now she is headed to the defending champion WNBA Seattle Storm. Williams was a drafted 18th overall in the second round of the 2021 WNBA Draft. Congratulations Kiana Williams!

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