Here's a cool bit nugget of trivia about Andrew Wiggins and Justise Winslow. Each of their dads once had Hakeem Olajuwon as a teammate. Mitchell Wiggins played with Olajuwon in the NBA on the Houston Rockets. Rickie Winslow was part of the Houston Cougars' Phi Slama Jama team that went to the Final Four with Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Check out more of the conversation between Wiggins, the reigning NBA rookie of the year, and Winslow, a projected first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft:

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Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns is projected to go to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the top overall pick in the NBA draft. It's a hectic time for Towns, but he squeezed in a visit to the E3 convention in Los Angeles. We caught up with Towns to talk about his outlook on the NBA, his favorite video game and an imaginary friend named Karlito. Because he is from New Jersey, we also had to ask him about going to White Castle.

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In an interview with the French sports magazine L'Equipe, Michael Jordan said he's pretty sure he could beat players on the Charlotte Hornets, the team he owns, if they played him one on one. Jordan is 52.

Perhaps not to be outdone, Herschel Walker made an appearance Thursday on WFAN radio with hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton and said he can compete in the NFL today. Walker is 53.

"Running backs today don't play every play," Walker said. "They only play, like, a couple of plays and they go out of the game."

Walker also said he could contribute as a kickoff returner.

"The last time I ran a 40, I ran a 4.3," Walker said. "That was like a year ago. That was when I had not been doing any track work."

Walker was an All-American in track at Georgia. He also participated in the Winter Olympics as a bobsledder. More recently, Walker has competed in MMA, winning both of his bouts, but the most recent was more than four years ago.

"I know I could still play if I wanted to play," Walker said of football. "I thought about it, but I'm still fighting. I've gotta get out of the fighting first. Once I get out of the MMA stuff, then I may go back and play. I want to be the George Foreman of football."

Here's footage of the WFAN segment:

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is working with the Capital One Cup, a competition that honors the top Division I athletic programs each year. Playing for Minnesota, Winfield was the College World MVP in 1973. He tallied 3,110 hits and 465 home runs in his 23-year MLB career. He was also one of the first athletes to start his own foundation. ThePostGame caught up with Winfield for his thoughts on baseball, a Yankee prospect with similar skills to his and more.

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ThePostGame: Why don't you tell a little bit about what you're doing with Capital One Cup?
DAVE WINFIELD: Well, as a former college athlete, Capital One was looking for a representative that could talk about their program called the Capital One Cup. This is the fifth year of existence and they're really recognizing and honoring Division I athletic programs for their success on the field. They support athletic and academic pursuits. It's a great relationship that we’ve established, and I'm letting people know about it. At the end of the year, during each year, they compile points for winning programs. If you're a national champion you get 60 points. If you're 1 through 10 you get a certain amount of points. At the end of the spring programs, you add them up and the winning men's program will get $200,000 and the women’s will do the same. Right now, we're at the College World Series and the two men's teams that are close to achieving this status: Ohio State is No. 1 because of the football championship and the wrestling, but Virginia is right on their heels and they have a very good chance of overtaking them at the end. On the women's side, Stanford is in the lead and Florida has a chance to overtake them because of the track and field championships. When it's all over, there’s a trophy and there’s the money for the program and they get honored at the ESPY’s in July.

TPG: What memories do you have from playing with Minnesota in the College World Series?
WINFIELD: The whole experience is branded in my mind. It was actually the last time that Minnesota, a northern team, had been to the World Series. They were champions, could you believe, in 1960 and 1964. So in 1973 it wasn't so far off. We lost to the two teams that went for the championship. USC was the ultimate champion and Arizona State came in second. We lost to those two teams. The last one I'll always remember. My last game in college I was pitching a one-hitter going into the ninth. We're up 7-0. When relief came into pitch, we gave up the lead and lost 8-7 and that was it. It was heartbreaking but it was still a memorable experience for all involved and all the guys on the team will remain friends, people I love and respect. That's what I remember. I went as hard as I could and as long as I could and then my next step, a week later, I signed with the San Diego Padres and off to the next level of my career.

TPG: You were drafted by teams in three different sports. How was that process for you, garnering attention from all of these teams?
WINFIELD: It was a very good thing. The Vikings kind of came out the blue, but they saw me up close and they said, 'The guy is big, strong, good hands, can run. Maybe he'd like to be tight end for Fran Tarkenton and the Purple People Eaters.' It was a wonderful honor, but I'll leave that to someone else. In basketball, I knew I'd get drafted. We had five guys off our Minnesota team get drafted. We had a good team. Baseball, I knew I'd get drafted, so to look back, I don't know if anyone has been drafted in three sports since. I don't know if I'd recommend all that it took to be in a position to be drafted like that. In fact, nowadays, parents start funneling their kids into one sport when they're 8 or 9 years old and that's no good. Let the kid play all kinds of sports to see what they’re good at, what they like and not burn them out. That's kind of what happened to me and I just had a wonderful opportunity.

TPG: And you knew baseball was where you wanted to go right away?
WINFIELD: It was, but you can't say that when you're negotiating. I said, 'If you don't let me go to the major leagues when you draft me, I'm going to go play basketball.' That’s how that played out. Basketball is the secondary sport, but I love it. I watch the playoffs, know all the guys, hang out with them. Football was more of a spectator sport. I'll leave that to someone else.

TPG: One of the goals that you had was to start a foundation. This was something a little unprecedented for athletes back then, so can you go through the process of starting your foundation?
WINFIELD: You have to think, in 1973 athletes weren't the multi-millionaire types of people that you see today. I was very grateful and thankful that people supported me all the way up to the professional level, so the first thing I did was give $1,000 out of bonus, which wasn't that much money back then, for a scholarship program in my home of St. Paul, Minnesota. Last weekend, we had the 39th annual scholarship dinner in St. Paul, so I'm very happy about that. It's still in operation. My foundation was a more complex, more sophisticated, multi-city approach to giving back. I did that for 22 years and then I said now my foundation has to be my kids, and to take care of them. It’s something that you have to be committed to and I was because I appreciated people helping me be successful. There’s some steps you must follow, with paperwork and meetings and all that stuff. But if you’re committed, that’s the way to go.

TPG: Are you happy to see the philanthropy in sports now, with many athletes starting foundations?
WINFIELD: Definitely. Their agent probably instructed them that this was a good way to endear yourself to a community and if you’re committed, these are the steps to take. I’m glad they’re doing it. They’re successful in life, so to give back, to be thankful, to be gracious like that, it’s a good thing. It’s a big component in being a good person, so I’m glad to see some many people doing. When I started doing it, I had no clue that it would catch on and that this would be something they’re instructed to do. You plant a seed and you see it flourish.

TPG: I hear you're a big fan of Giancarlo Stanton. What do you like about him?
WINFIELD: He’s from Los Angeles and he lives out here and I got the chance to meet him before he became the big star that he is, the highest paid player in the game. I just appreciate a big man being able to perform at a high level. Baseball is an intricate sport. The compact guys usually have an advantage, but when I see a big guy that can perform, that can run, that can field, that can throw. He’s one of the many that I appreciate. There’s so many good guys in the game. I see Mike Trout play a lot. I see Clayton Kershaw. I can look around the league. I see good guys that give back. Robinson Cano does a lot of good things. Derek Jeter, who I’ve known for many years, he’s the icon of the game. He's gone now, but others will take his place. I’m just very happy to be close to the game and get to know these guys very well.

TPG: What did you think of Derek Jeter's final season and the fanfare that went with it?
WINFIELD: How do you say it? He had a fairy-tale career. It's like you couldn't script it. How do you come through in the clutch all the time? How are you on a winning team so often? And I don't say this out of envy of jealousy of being upset' there's no one holding grudges against Derek. How do you play in New York for 20 years and escape unscathed? Unprecedented. He had a heck of a career and he’s entitled to do whatever he wants in life now and he’s enjoying himself.

TPG: I hear there's a prospect getting a few comparisons to you. Have you heard about Aaron Judge at all?
WINFIELD: Oh yeah. I got a chance to meet him during spring training. With the Players' Association, we go see every ball club and meet every person and tell them their rights and what they must do in the workplace. I said, 'Who's this Aaron Judge?' You think I’m a big guy; he's Paul Bunyan. He's like 6 foot, 8 inches, but stealth, strong and smooth in the outfield. I haven't seen him play, but a lot of people say he’s a young Dave Winfield. He’s another young guy that I’m going to follow. Aaron Judge.

TPG: I'm going to try to get some predictions out of you now. Do you have a favorite for the College World Series?
WINFIELD: No, I don't have a favorite. I respect all these teams being there. I know the coach at Virginia. I’ve spoken at this school before and they have a great fundraiser and program. I could look at Fullerton, a California team. I can’t say flip a coin because there’s eight teams, but just let the best team win and have some fun guys.

TPG: The same goes for the MLB season. Do you have any teams that you like so far?
WINFIELD: Being in California, I watch teams like the Dodgers. I think the Padres are going to put up a strong effort before the season is over. They've come a long way. Again, I try not to have as many favorites. Working with the Players’ Association, I see all the guys and all of the teams and I just wish them well and hope that they’re healthy and play a long time and take care of business. No real favorites anymore.

Brandon White has been so inspirational to his peers on the skateboarding scene in Southern California that they've started learning another language to connect with him: Sign language. White was 2 when severe ear infections left him deaf. He found his calling in skateboarding, which is somewhat of a surprise because it is usually a sport that requires all the senses. This is what makes his prowess on a skateboard all the more remarkable.

Here's more of White's story and how he and his friends have developed a special bond.

The movie Where Hope Grows features a former MLB player who has a drinking problem and broken family relationships after bombing out with the Detroit Tigers. He finds redemption and a second chance from an unlikely source -- a grocery clerk with Down syndrome whose nickname is Produce.

Just based on the trailer, this movie already delivers a memorable line. When Calvin, the washed-up ballplayer, asks Produce how he's doing, the response serves as a simple but powerful reminder to count your blessings:

"Even when I'm doing bad, I'm doing good."

David DeSanctis, who portrays Produce, has Down syndrome, and he had no acting experience when he auditioned for the part. But he memorized 130 lines and one of the producers, Milan Chakraborty, says DeSanctis learned how to work a set like a pro.

"Just like Rudy and Hoosiers, when given the opportunity, people -- all people -- can amaze you," says Chakraborty, an Indiana native.

The movie, written and directed by Chris Dowling, premieres Friday. Getting it made was its own underdog story.

"I read it in 2009," Chakraborty says. "For years people -- Hollywood 'experts' -- said, 'Don't make this movie. No one will care. How are you going to get someone to play like they have Down syndrome?' It took partnering with two other visionary producers, one of which I went to college with, and an investor, that believed into putting good out into this world. Even after making it, some theaters are not even willing to take us, even if we have an organization pre-buying 500 tickets. Why? Because they want one more screen for The Avengers, Mad Max and Pitch Perfect 2. It really is the story of David vs Goliath."

The Special Olympics World Games, which will be held this summer in Los Angeles, has endorsed the movie because of the way it is "promoting acceptance and inclusion and breaking down the barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities."

"David grew up a part of the Special Olympics and we want to bring awareness to athletes of all shapes and sizes and abilities," Chakraborty says. "They are all champions. People can do good and do well."

Notable sports stars have become big fans of the film after seeing it and meeting DeSanctis at early screenings.

DeSanctis and Tim Tebow

DeSanctis and Jeremy Lin

DeSanctis and Albert Pujols with family

DeSanctis and Kyrie Irving

The film also hit Angels star Albert Pujols on a personal level because his oldest daughter, Isabella, has Down. Pujols watched the film for the first time in December, and he found it so inspiring that he arranged for a special screening during Spring Training in Arizona. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was among those who attended, and he loved it:


Here's an interview from the MLB Network with Kristoffer Polaha (Calvin) and DeSanctis, who talks about being an Angels fan:

Eric Calhoun is a dedicated baseball fan. He will ride the bus from his home in Los Angeles to watch USC play 30-40 times a season. If the Trojans are out of town, Calhoun will find a bus to catch games at UCLA or Loyola Marymount.

Did we mention that Calhoun is blind?

"It means a lot for me to go to these baseball games," says Calhoun, who was born blind and moved to California from the Virgin Islands when he was 5. "It means a lot because I get to meet some of the parents. I get to meet some of the players. I get to meet some of the scouts. But best of all, I get to find people who understand me and understand what my plight is and they don't question and they don't complain. The one thing that I get out of the ballpark that I can't get from anywhere else is solitude. It feels good to actually feel the wind in my face and feel the smells of the hot dogs and actually eat a hot dog and nachos and enjoy a baseball game without having to be pressured."

Now, 40, Calhoun has become a fixture at college baseball games in Southern California. Sometimes he will even take the bus to San Diego.

His mom, Lorine Calhoun, says Eric is comfortable with his blindness because he never had sight in the first place.

"Well, Eric was born blind, and there is a big difference between born blind and becoming blind," she says. "Blindness is like wearing a shirt to him. He has it on and that's how he was born. Now Ray Charles, he became blind. Well, there's a difference there. He has seen things and can recognize things. But Eric ... he was born blind."

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Bob Knight forgot to silence his cellphone before giving a speech to a retirement community in Carmel, Indiana, and thanks to video from the Indianapolis Star, we now know what the Hall of Fame coach's ringtone is.

It is the absolute perfect selection for a man who makes no apologies for who he is and what he stands for: "My Way" by Frank Sinatra.

The video of the speech runs 13 minutes, and Knight gets the first of two calls at the 1:16 mark.

In typical Knight fashion, his time with the residents of The Barrington swerved from the funny to the serious, from the profane to the emotional. Star reporter Dana Hunsinger Benbow writes that after he told the story about how one of his Texas Tech players is finally getting his degree, "tears welled up in Knight's eyes."

"I asked him 'Why did you decide to come back to school and get a degree?'" Knight told the packed room of retirees. "He said, 'Coach, let me tell you. Somebody told me that in all the years that you coached you only had two kids that didn't graduate and, coach, I didn't want to be one of them.'"

Jose Romero already had a Raiders logo tattooed on the top of his head. With some room available on the side, Romero wanted some ink to honor the Dodgers. He decided a sweeping view of Dodger Stadium would be perfect, and he went to Jose Guijosa of Killer Tattoos in Los Angeles to craft it. The process took seven hours, and Guijosa also included the Dodgers' interlocking-letter logo next to Romero's right ear. Check out the details:

Jerry Angelo was general manager of the Chicago Bears from 2001-2011. Angelo hired coach Lovie Smith, who led the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006 season. He also spent time as a scout for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. He spoke with ThePostGame about his role on draft day and his thoughts on this year's draft.

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ThePostGame: Would you like to tell me what you're doing with Thuzio?
JERRY ANGELO: Sure. They asked me prior to the Super Bowl if I would be their guest speaker at one of their members-only events so I said yes. So it was an opportunity to get back to Chicago, and it really was a great venue, entertaining a number of clients. We had approximately 50 people from all walks of the business life. Male, female, young and old. A very good entrepreneurial-type crowd. We headed downtown to one of the renown steakhouses in the private room. It was very casual. We had a long Q&A. I was able to let my hair down a little bit with no cameras or media taking notes. We had fun with it, but very first class setup and a very enjoyable evening. They have another one coming up, and I'd pay to go to this one with Lance Briggs. They usually get animated, marquee sports figures an they’re right on the money with Briggs.

TPG: What would you do on draft day as a general manager?
ANGELO: Everything is pretty well set a few days before the draft. Your boards are all set. We have them in terms of your strategies. You've pretty much talked over all the scenarios, all the what-ifs. If this happens or a player comes that you weren't expecting, if you get a trade call when you’re on the clock, how far down would you go and still get a quality player? All those types of scenarios you have to flesh out. So most of the time, 48 hours before the draft, it’s more now kind of catching your breath. You're excited obviously. You’re anticipating what could be, and you’re probably fielding some calls and making some calls to get a feel for what’s going to happen not only in the first round, but following rounds. Maybe there’s some trade talk as well and just posturing yourself in the event that you may want to do something on draft day.

TPG: What role do you have in the evaluating process of these prospects? What do you look for for a team to draft a certain player?
ANGELO: I’ve said this, but drafting talent is easy. Drafting talent with character and a good medical is the challenge. There’s a lot of things that the media don’t know. They’re looking more or less at the talent and that's how they’re drawing their conclusions for the most part, not all but most. But there's more to it. Your doctors have to pass the players on the physicals. There's some grey with the players; how much risk, certainly the character has to be determined. Each team has to make their own decision on that. It's very challenging, because when you draft a player, you are making a big investment and for that investment to pay dividends, it’s got to be in the league. You want players to have careers. You just don't want a guy for a year or two and you're looking for the same guy again in a couple of years in the draft process.

TPG: What positions do you feel are overvalued or undervalued in the draft? How important is the quarterback position?
ANGELO: Quarterback speaks for itself. It’s hard to win without one, so you've got to have somebody. There's probably a dozen teams that don't have an established quarterback leading them. Those are the teams and those first two picks will be one of those dozens teams. I don't look at it necessarily as the value of the position. It’s the quality of the player. You want to bring in quality players and the team that has the most quality players usually wins. Again, it's not an exact science. We've heard that cliché a number of times and that’s accurate. Every year is a different year. The field changes and it's a different year, so you have to be able to adapt and adjust. We all want to get good players, players we can win with. That’s the bottom line.

TPG: There’s a debate about the No. 1 pick, so if you were the general manager of the Buccaneers, who would take with that pick?
ANGELO: Right now, Winston looks like he’s got the pole position. Just given the fact that he’s prototypical of what you look for. He’s got it and he’s been groomed in a pro-type offense where Mariota hasn't been. That's not to say he's not going to be a fine quarterback, but there's more projection going on for him. Both are quality prospects. Mariota did an unbelievably good job at the combine, running in the [4.4 seconds]. Good size, quick release, a lot of things to work with. But Winston is just farther along because of the system. He's more poised and probably ready to go.

TPG: Are there any players you see as sleepers in this draft?
ANGELO: That's a tough one. I don’t study the draft as if I were running a team. I stay more focused on the top picks. But those sleeper types, I’m going to leave that for the scouts to find those. I did find one player that’s pretty interesting. He's not a sleeper. The offensive lineman out of Florida State [Cameron Erving]. He’s got an interesting resume, being on defense, having starts at tackle and then center. He's got nice size, he’s got a lot of versatility. It will be interesting to see where he goes. He’s supposedly going to go somewhere in the late first, early second round, but he seems like he could be a sleeper in terms of teams getting him a little later. He may bode very well once he gets into the league because of his versatility.

TPG: Do you have any memories from the NFL draft that stand out?
ANGELO: I've got a lot of great memories. I've certainly been fortunate to be around a lot of great players that we drafted. To single any one out, I really can’t sit there and do not and be unfair to somebody else. I’ve always had great scouts and they’ve done a good job doing their homework and always presented our staff with quality players and we certainly had a good amount of them over my career.

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