Sports rivalries are as old as competition itself. They elevate a player’s game. They make for good stories. And, if you’re Guillermo from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” they’re great for comedy. Every year before the NBA finals, the media is allowed to attend and interview players for their programs, whether it’s late night television or a local affiliate news show. For the last six years, fan favorite Guillermo has attended media day and scored several great interviews.
As Kimmel pointed out, Guillermo has “talked to everyone,” including superstars Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant.
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They’ve all welcomed Guillermo’s brand of humor with open arms.
But there’s one interview Guillermo hasn’t been able to score: LeBron James.
Events across the world have been canceled because of Covid-19. This includes concerts, music festivals, Pride parades, and major sporting events. Yet, for high school seniors, their high school will end without the same traditions that many have enjoyed like prom and graduation.
LeBron James celebrated the graduating class of 2020 on a special night on television.
“You should’ve had a real graduation, I know. You should’ve had an incredible senior year, I know that as well. But you made a sacrifice, and you did it to keep your community safe and healthy,” James said during the broadcast.
James continued: “Our school are our safety net. Our people build our communities. To the class of 2020, as you celebrate tonight, do not forget your safety net. Every teacher, every coach, every pastor, they along with your friends and family got you to this moment. And now, it’s time to go to a new place.”
The special was filled with celebrities and public figures offering students words of encouragement as they close this chapter of their lives.
“Congratulations to everyone graduating,” Bad Bunny told the class of 2020 in Spanish. “I know that we are going through a very difficult and strong time for use, but we have to stay strong and don’t forget to be thankful and smile, even though I know that sometimes we don’t even want to smile. We have to look for a way to do it and stay positive.”
The musician added: “Work hard on everything that you set out to do, on all your goals, but remember that it doesn’t matter what we achieve. The most important thing is to respect each other. It’s respect and the values that we put into practice day to day that say who you are. They are what define us as people. Success is not measured in money. Success, to me, is the experiences and memories that we carry in our hearts forever.”
Zendaya gave the students, and teachers, a special message for the commencement ceremony.
The actress gave a special shoutout at the beginning of her speech to teachers. Zendaya noted that her mother is a teacher so she has first-hand knowledge of how hard teachers are working during this time. Hosting classes via Zoom with children is not the easiest way to teach in the world.
Zendaya then turned her talk to the graduating seniors. While the viral outbreak has interrupted the lives of billions of people, graduation is not the only defining moment of being a high school senior. Instead, Zendaya tries to remind the graduating class of 2020 that it is a series of life events that define your senior year. There is so much that people go through from the time they start school to the time they finish that truly define them and their experience. One moment, while memorable, is not the only thing that makes senior year the experience it is.
The class of 2020 was treated to a special shoutout from President Barack Obama.
Pres. Obama started by giving the students the same tired and true line. He highlighted how the adults that are making decisions are not all-knowing and are in fact learning as they go. This is something that we have all heard when we were younger but, for some reason, coming from Pres. Obama, it sounds empowering and calming. It really reminded people of what a president should sound like when addressing the American public.
Pres. Obama did call on the students to act differently then they had seen from some people in power. Specifically, Pres. Obama wanted to let students know that there was a right and a wrong way to respond to major events.
“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think,” Pres. Obama told the seniors. He added. “Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up.”
The special ended with a performance from the Jonas Brothers and Karol G.
“Taping our performance was amazing to me,” Karol G told Billboard about her performance. “I enjoyed it as if it were my own graduation. To have the opportunity to reach so many people, give them a good time despite all we’re going through, to celebrate with them this special date … It meant a lot to me.”
As Los Angeles firefighters worked through the night this Tuesday, to squash the blaze that has already burned through 600 acres, at least eight homes, and has caused damage to six, basketball star LeBron James thought of a simple and heart-warming way to help —and it involved hi love of #TacoTuesday and Mexican food.
LeBron James Sent Tacos To Getty Fire First Responders
The Los Angeles Lakers star rented out a taco truck to feed first responders on Tuesday, a gesture that was welcomed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, “Thank you @KingJames, for generously sending a taco truck to support our @LAFD firefighters, first responders, and partner agencies working to fight the #GettyFire,” Garcetti, wrote on Twitter.
The city of Los Angeles is close to James’ heart, and so is Taco Tuesday, his favorite day of the week.
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on August 15, James’ company LBJ Trademarks filed the application for future potential business ventures, including downloadable videos, podcasts, marketing, blogging and online “entertainment services, namely providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos and social media posts in the field of sports, entertainment, current events and popular culture.”
Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Patent Office didn’t approve of James’ patent request, and his attempt to trademark “Taco Tuesday” was denied because the phrase was already a “commonplace term.”
While the NBA star couldn’t acquire Taco Tuesday for his own personal gain, it was pretty awesome to see James using the term for good.
Mariscos Jalisco confirmed on Instagram that James had indeed rented out their services, and a rep for the Mexican food truck told The Blast the athlete paid $3,000 from his own pocket, to feed about 150 officials on the scene.
“Shout out to @KingJames for generously sending over a taco truck to support our LA firefighters, first responders, and law enforcement folks that have been on the front lines fighting the #GettyFire,” California Governor Gavin Newsom, wrote on Twitter.
Mariscos Jalisco is a famous Boyle Heights Taco Truck.
Though Garcetti didn’t share many details about the food truck, highly-rated Mariscos Jalisco took to Instagram to share the news. The taco truck shared their location as Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Mexican mobile restaurant is actually pretty well-known in the Hollywood circle and have hosted taco parties at John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s home in the past. After receiving James’ call, the truck got to work and cranked out over 600 tacos for the 150 officials at the scene, and we’re told nobody went hungry.
LeBron and his family were one of many families who were forced to evacuate after the Getty Fire broke out early Monday.
“Man these LA ???? aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! ????????♂️,” he wrote on Twitter on the harrowing night he was forced to evacuate.
“It’s just challenging at that hour, getting my family, getting my kids, getting everybody and having to evacuate at such a rapid rate,” James said, who after getting an evacuation alert at 1:30 a.m., packed up and found temporary lodgings at around 4 a.m. Monday morning. “You don’t really have much time to think about what you can get, or what you can do,” he said in an interview about the whole experience.
He also tweeted a message of support for the firefighters and police officers racing to the scene.
“My best wishes as well to the first responders⛑ right now doing what they do best! ????????????????,” he wrote.
In Northern California, firefighters are battling the Kincade fire, the state’s largest active wildfire.
In NorCal,first responders and evacuees in Sonoma County have been receiving hot meals courtesy of chef José Andrés’ non-profit World Central Kitchen, along with chefs Tyler Florence and Guy Fieri. On the menu for Tuesday, the organization tweeted that chef Chris Cosentino has been roasting up some local pumpkins.
The fires ignited as Southern California was facing an extreme fire danger due to strong winds. Red flag warnings were in effect across California.
For the first time ever, an “extreme red flag warning” was in effect in Southern California for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Gusts as high as 80 mph were expected. In Northern California, the massive Kincade Fire has grown to more than 76,000 acres. By Wednesday morning, it was 30% contained and had damaged or destroyed about 200 homes and other buildings. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, said about 365,000 homes and businesses were without power after the utility cut electricity to some areas to avoid starting new wildfires.