The 2018 NBA All-Star reserves — as selected by league head coaches — were leaked ahead of Tuesday’s 7 p.m. ET scheduled announcement on TNT.
Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldridge were named Western Conference reserves, according to multiple reports and later confirmed by the NBA.
Rooney’s favorite NHL goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights, and it’s not difficult to see the parallels between them. The manner in which Fleury has carried himself through adversity — remaining a beam of sunshine even after playoff disappointments or frustrating losses or being jettisoned to an expansion team — defines him. He lifts his teammates with his play and his attitude. Rooney did the same for the U.S. Olympic team. Whatever tension her teammates felt as the gold-medal game went to a shootout against Canada, Rooney undercut it by flashing that huge grin before the shootout and, as Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson notes, during it.
“Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you’ll reach!” James wrote. “Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it’s never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you’ve done it!”
“The House you’re about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it(as of now) but 1 more will be added and you should be very proud and honored to be invited inside,” he continued. “There’s so many people to thank who has help this even become possible(so thank them all) and when u finally get your moment(alone) to yourself smile, look up to the higher skies and say THANK YOU! So with that said, Congrats again Young King ????! 1 Love! ”
James will join Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players to score 30,000 points in their NBA career when he does eventually eclipse the number.
Clayton Keller is playing more like a seasoned veteran than a wide-eyed rookie.
He’s also a big reason for the Arizona Coyotes’ late-season surge.