The Rundown: Finally Friday

We have that Friday feeling. It’s like finding a $20 in a pocket of your old jeans.



The Last Night’s Game Team

PGA (Professional Golfers Association)

  • Don’t call it a comeback. There were high hopes that in his return Tiger Woods would be competitive this year but the glass is looking half empty. He pulled out of his last golf tournament due to back spasms and cancelled a press conference for this weekend’s tournament for the same reason. We’re not doctors but if you can’t sit in a chair and talk to the press, that’s probably a sign that retirement could be around the corner.

NBA (National Basketball Association)

  • Cha-ching. The NBA All-Star Game is this weekend which prompted Forbes to release their list of the highest paid NBA players (salaries + endorsements). Looks like we need to ask for a raise.
    • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers - $86 M
    • Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors - $62.5 M
    • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, $47.1 M
  • Third wheel? Western conference head coach Steve Kerr has four of his Golden State Warriors on the all-star team and plans to play them together. Will Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder be the odd man out on the court? Westbrook has strained relationship with Warriors’ Kevin Durant after Durant left the Thunder. Nothing like having to be civil with your ex’s hot new arm candy.
  • What does Taco Bell have to do with being able to dribble a basketball? Find out in our five things to know about the NBA All-Star Game.


  • Ice Cube famously said, “today was a good day” and that was yesterday for Canadian tennis player Genie Bouchard.  First she made good on a Super Bowl bet with a Twitter follower. She lost the bet and had to go on a date with him. Surprise surprise, there will be a second date. After that she revealed her spread in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Sideline stat

  • In addition to the list of highest paid players, Forbes also released its annual valuations list of NBA franchises. Despite their recent losing seasons, the New York Knicks are #1 on the list, valued at $3.3 billion. The team at the bottom of the list? The New Orleans Pelicans, worth a mere $750 million.

Coaches’ Corner

  • Sending you off into Friday with a story of a good deed. Last Friday the founder of Little Caesar’s Pizza and owner of the Detroit Red Wings (hockey) and Detroit Tigers (baseball), Mike Ilitch passed away. He was known in the Detroit community for his generosity. In his death, a 1994 story surfaced of how he paid the rent for Rosa Parks after she was robbed.