Common was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and sat down for a fun interview that talked Oprah and Michael Jordan.
Oprah of course because Common left her hanging at the Oscars in the most hilarious moment of the night (en route to his win with John Legend for “Glory”.)
Common saves face by explaining what he was thinking to Kimmel below.
He also recalls the well-known tale of being a ball boy for Michael Jordan, but Common adds a new story from those times too.
And finally, he was also on Jimmy Kimmel to promote his new movie — the first time I’m hearing about this, might I add — Run All Night with Liam Neeson and Ed Harris. Common will play an assassin contracted by Ed Harris’ character to find and kill Liam Neeson. You can see an exclusive clip of Common’s role at the end of the video above, which reveals Common doesn’t have great negotiating skills, ha! The full trailer is below. I’m in on this one. Liam Neeson and a movie-long chase scene? How can you not be?
As expected tonight, Kobe Bryant scored the 8 points he needed to pass Michael Jordan for 3rd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Though the milestone didn’t happen at home, it did happen in poetic fashion at the free throw line. Kobe’s first points in the league were from the free throw line and tonight, he sinked the first free throw to tie MJ and another one to pass him.
In a classy move, the Timberwolves paused the game for a couple of minutes as the fans in attendance applauded, teammates and opponents gave him dap, and Wolves owner Glen Taylor presented Kobe with the record-breaking game ball. Watch it all above.
The Lakers went on to win 100-94 with Kobe leading the Lakers with 26 points.
Michael Jordan issued a gracious statement as well, as follows:
The first double digit slate of NBA games were tonight and League Pass has their usual free trial 1st week. Between that AND the thrilling Game 7 of the World Series, it was all a lot of awesome to consume.
Starting off the night was the earliest game of the night — Milwaukee visiting Charlotte for the latter’s first official game as the Hornets again. The honey comb floor and the teal jerseys were so lovely to watch (moreso than the Knicks playing offense and defense, that’s for sure). On top of the beautiful aesthetics, the Hornets came back from 24 points in the 2nd half to force overtime, then eventually get the win.
A big reason: Cardiac Kemba!
Above, his game-tying 3 with a second remaining — a pretty, high-arcing shot that you were definitely rooting to go in, and also had the feeling that it actually was.
Here’s 2K’s new video — the always entertaining debate of who’s in your starting 5, or as they phrase it, “Unbeatable 5” resumes as sit-downs with KD, MJ himself, Steph Curry, and Shaq reveal who’s in theirs. I give the edge to MJ’s of the 4 (esp. over Steph’s 3-guard backcourt, haha).
Who is in your Unbeatable 5? I dropped mine on our Gowhere Community, weigh in here too.
Too cold. Caught this on the busy Twitter feed today via Hooped Up as artist Rudi Gundersen from Trondheim, Norway concocted this eye-catching art of rookie MJ mid-flight in his first slam dunk contest in monochromatic purple form. This has to be turned into a print/poster. Love that monochromatic splash.
Now you want to watch some vintage MJ Dunk Contest highlights, right? I gotchu…
Baseball’s biggest superstar Derek Jeter is in the midst of his farewell tour this season and it’ll hit its apex so far in these next couple of days as the baseball season hits its halfway point with the All Star Game in Minnesota. Perfect time for Jordan Brand to honor its athlete as they bring together some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment to tip their cap to the Yankees shortstop. Literally. There’s more hat tips in this commercial than I give out per week here on Gowhere, ha.
Among the stars in the commercial: (starting in the hip hop world) Jay Z, Action Bronson, then ya got Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson & Jeanie Buss, past Yankees legends like Mariano Rivera and Joe Torre, and even Michael Jordan himself. Really well-done spot that deserves a hat tip itself. Enjoy above as well as the All-Star festivities that I’m actually looking forward to for the first time in awhile.
BONUS: Another baseball x music commercial that dropped today is SportsCenter’s new one starring Metallica. These don’t get old, only more funny.
About a month ago, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of “The Shot” here on Gowhere, that why not keep it going even if the number isn’t as round as 25? Today, 22 years ago, marks “The Shrug” in which Michael Jordan added to his legend with a Game 1 Finals-record setting performance for Points in a Half (35) and 3-Pointers Made in a half (6). One of my earliest memories is Marv Albert saying, “Did you see that look?” shortly after MJ shrugged after his 6th 3-pointer. I get goosebumps just reliving this again above in a well-worth it 13 minute cut-up of said record-setting 1st half.
A couple bonus random notes from the video: 1. a random lane violation is spliced in the first 3 minutes – the relevance of which I can’t decide besides being randomly hilarious. And 2. the quick interview with Michael’s driver/personal assistant George by a 90s flat-topped Ahmad Rashad. I’ve heard George mentioned in old MJ interviews, but we got to hear the incredible story from George himself about how the two met when Michael first flew to Chicago in 1984 after getting drafted by the Bulls. The team failed to send a driver to O’Hare and George’s passenger cancelled on him, enabling the two to find and help each other out. Ha! What a cool story, bro.
Alas, relive the OG “Shrug” above… before there was Kanye’s to you young readers…