Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
In the here’s something I never thought I’d see category, Terrell Owens turned up at the Australian Open to support his boy Andy Roddick.
Owens and A-Rod met in Miami and became friends.
“I’ve been following him since we became friends. And I was sitting at home last week in Atlanta on a Sunday, obviously late night watching him play in the championship game against [Radek] Stepanek [in Brisbane]. And I just said to myself, ‘I’m just going to go to Australia so I just took a random, spur of the moment trip,'” Owens told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.
One tennis player T.O. won’t be seeing Down Under is A-Rod’s former, ahem, “friend,” Maria Sharapova. She was bounced in three sets in the first round by Maria Kirilenko. Apparently Sharpova hadn’t played a tour match since October, choosing to play exhibitions instead. Nice preparation, Maria.
As for T.O., he was asked who he likes of the four teams left in the NFL playoffs.
“It’s anybody’s game and I think Brett Favre is playing his best football right now,” he said.
And would T.O. ever play Australian Rules Football, that crazy sport with no pads?
“That’s a rugged, physical sport. Our football is violent as it is. But to do what they do without any pads, those guys are nuts,” he said.
T.O. seemed amazed that the Rod Laver Stadium had a retractable roof that closed when it rained.
Asked if he could play tennis, he said: “I think I would do OK…I’m athletic enough to make it happen but I do respect what they do. This is a very challenging game.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.