Magic walks away...Dwayne Wade, Nowitzki done...Largest Cowboys paycheck
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To a winner like NBA great Magic Johnson, making lots of money in business is more fun than watching the Los Angeles Lakers keep losing, even with LeBron James. Johnson called it quits as president of basketball operations on Tuesday. He called a news conference without talking to the front office. The Lakers had losing records in the two seasons when Johnson was in charge. He didn’t tie his resignation to the future of coach Luke Walton, who was expected to be fired by Johnson.
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 30 points in the tribute-filled final home game of his career, and the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99. Bam Adebayo scored 19, Justise Winslow scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside added 15 for the Heat. Former President Barack Obama sent a video tribute. Wade has seen 16 seasons as an NBA player, had three championships, an Olympic gold medal, and an almost-annual spot in the All-Star Game and a scoring title.
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has announced that he is retiring from the NBA. The 40-year-old kept his plans secret until the end of his final home game. After speeches from Larry Bird and others he idolized growing up in Germany, Nowitzki told the crowd, “this is my last home game.” Nowitzki played a record 21 seasons with the same franchise, scoring 30 points in his final home game in a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
BOSTON (AP) — The champion Boston Red Sox have stumbled again, losing to the Blue Jays 7-5 at the home opener at Fenway Park. Chris Sale let a Toronto runner steal home, Mookie Betts fanned with two on for the final out. The loss came after World Series rings in a ceremony that included the Super Bowl champ New England Patriots. Boston fell to 3-9.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence is the highest-paid Dallas Cowboys player in history. Lawrence, the club’s best defensive end, signed a five-year, $105 million contract, with $65 million guaranteed, on Tuesday. He then was asked repeatedly to try to reflect on what it means to have a $21 million-per-year average that tops retired quarterback Tony Romo, pass rushing predecessor and franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware and receiver Dez Bryant before him.