Jalen Rose has a nice job as one of the top NBA commentators for ESPN. At Thursday night's NBA draft, Rose stretched his credibility to its limit -- and some would argue he went far beyond the limits of reason.

Throughout the broadcast, Rose punctuated the night's events with strange noises and celebrations blurted out-of-turn. But nothing was better than his string of player comparisons, which were a mix of extreme hyperbole and senseless commentary.

His observations often seemed based on nothing but a quick five-second glimpse of an incoming rookie, followed by some excited sputtering of famous names from the NBA's past.

Basically, Jalen Rose turned his job of interpreting the NBA draft into a word association game. It was awful journalism, but great television. And several NBA players chimed in on the performance.


One of Rose's best/worst moments came at the 22nd overall pick, where the Chicago Bulls picked Arkansas' Bobby Portis. Sure, it looked like a good pick, given that some had projected Portis as a lottery pick and he fell all the way to the lower third of the round.

But Rose was quick to overstate Portis' potential. He immediately compared him to Rasheed Wallace, a four-time NBA All-Star who might make it into the Basketball Hall of Fame someday.

The apparent equation Rose used: Portis' height + shooting range + crazy streak = Rasheed Wallace.

So when you break down the math, you can see how easy this game is. But some players still took issue.



In fact, Rose had a player comparison for almost every player selected in the first round. Karl-Anthony Towns? Patrick Ewing! Willie-Cauley Stein? Tyson Chandler! Sam Dekker? Wally Szczerbiak!

Yahoo's Kelly Dwyer offers a simple guide for approximating the strategy Rose was using to assess incoming players:


But if you're expecting Rose to regret his actions, guess again. At the draft's conclusion, he heard the criticism his comments were getting. But no one could ruin his mood:


Congrats to this year's NBA draft class, which, according to Jalen Rose, is filled with future All-Stars and Hall-of-Fame players. Good luck filling those shoes.

As part of its celebration of Father's Day, ESPN's NFL Twitter account sent out this seemingly harmless tweet:


The tweet looks innocuous at first glance, but a closer inspection reveals another picture. In a league in which roughly two-thirds of the players are African-American, only one of the eight men featured in the photo is black. That would be Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, himself a father, noticed this and called out ESPN:


ESPN did have diverse programing on Father's Day, and this tweet wasn't meant to represent the NFL's racial breakdown, but it might have been prudent to include more African-American players.

Hawkins' son, Austin, has become a viral sensation over the past year thanks to a couple of cute videos.

Hawkins himself is coming off a strong year for the Browns, as he posted career highs in receptions (63) and receiving yards (824).

In a popular segment called "Superlatives," Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon dedicated part of Wednesday night's show to featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks. The comedy bit uses less-than-flattering pictures and pairs them with creative, funny captions.

It's always a well-received bit, even when viewers don't know the people in the photos, usually because the pictures and captions stand on their own. Imagine the type of photo paired with the superlative, "most likely to star in Aladdin on ice." Hint: It's shockingly close to what you would expect.

Anyways, all is fair in love and comedy. On Thursday, the Lightning shot back at Fallon with a legitimately great superlative of their own:


Beyond being great exposure for the NHL, this has proven to be a worthwhile exchange. No word yet on whether Fallon has seen it, but if he finds the response funny it might make an appearance on his Thursday night show.

Here's the full segment, if you haven't seen it:

President Obama's first Twitter chat Thursday -- #AskPOTUS -- was focused on climate change, but there are also some conversation about student loans, the trade bill and ... the NBA. Here's the president responding to questions about the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers, and the Bulls' firing of coach Tom Thibodeau:



Secretary of Education Arne Duncan played basketball at Harvard when Thibodeau was an assistant coach for the Crimson. Duncan endorsed Thibodeau to the Bulls during the hiring process in 2010.

When it comes to tweeting at Nike, be careful what you wish for.

Last week a 23-year-old man named Charles Henderson, who goes by the Twitter name "ShoeDealer," asked a simple question:


Even though Henderson didn't tag Nike in his post, it appears as though someone on the company's social media team noticed the tweet.

Henderson told SoleCollector.com that he tweets at the Nike Store's Twitter account often, inquiring about Nike's cork sneakers and the "Oreo" Flyknit racers:



This week Henderson found a package on his doorstep from Nike. This is what he was expecting:



This is what he got:


"I kinda laughed but I realized that this is really dope," Henderson told SoleCollector.com about the prank. "They care that much."

The Nike Store had this to say about the troll job:


It appears Henderson eventually got his hands on the Oreos:


Determined not to let a natural disaster get the bulk of the media's attention, Colin Kaepernick inserted himself into the chaos consuming Texas, posting an insensitive photo to Instagram regarding the flooding that shut down the Houston area Monday night.

Kaepernick has recently embraced the hashtag #7tormsComing, which is his personal pledge to be a force on the football field next season. (Kaepernick wears No. 7 for the San Francisco 49ers.) He uses it in a number of different ways, many of them meaningless except to show his consistent focus on his football goals.

After the flooding in Houston, though, Kaepernick used the hashtag in a different way -- to tease the city and playfully suggest that the disaster was a product of messing with the quarterback.

The weekend flooding has killed at least two people, with at least 40 more people still missing.

Kaepernick deleted the post from his Instagram feed soon after publishing it. He used Twitter to apologize:


Between his football and his poor PR judgment, though, isn't it somewhat poetic that Kaepernick has nicknamed himself after a natural disaster?

According to the Twitter bio for the account @NYPDMTN, Deputy Inspector John B. Hart is the commanding officer for that precinct of the New York Police Department. On Wednesday, as David Letterman had his farewell show, Hart had the chance to take a photo with Peyton Manning outside the theater.

Hart posted the photo on Twitter, and the way he chose to describe Manning in the text of the tweet is classic New York:


As long as Eli's brother trails Eli in the category of Super Bowl rings, this kind of treatment is going to come with the territory, especially when that territory is New York City.

President Obama again showed his devotion to the White Sox this week when he joined Twitter -- @POTUS -- and followed every major pro team in Chicago except the Cubs. Obama picked up more than 2 million followers himself in the first three days of having an account. (For what it's worth, the Cubs have less than 600,000.)

Another newcomer to Twitter is Tony Romo. If there's one thing that the president and Cowboys quarterback have in common, it's a legion of trolls waiting to pounce on their accounts.

Who else should enter the Twitter fray? We consider on this episode of The Rundown:

Remember, kids: There's a reason elevators have capacity limits. If you were to, say, pack 24 college baseball players into a single elevator, you shouldn't be surprised if the elevator, hypothetically speaking, broke down and trapped all 24 of you inside.

Funny enough, this recently happened to Nebraska's baseball team. In Minneapolis to take on conference rival Minnesota, no less than two dozen of them crammed into an elevator for reasons unknown. Perhaps they were going to be late for practice. Perhaps the hotel's continental breakfast was about to shut down for the day.

The motivation is unimportant. What is important: those Huskers totally got stuck.


Fortunately, smartphones were on-scene to capture the mayhem:



Lastly, here's video of the sardines finally getting unpacked:


That's great to hear the team learned its lesson. Of much greater concern: that this lesson needed to be taught in the first place.

All it took was one tweet for Jessica Korda's dream to come true.

The 22-year-old golfer realized that she and her idol, Taylor Swift, were both going to be in Japan this week. So, with nothing to lose, Korda sent out this tweet:


To Korda's amazement, Swift responded:



Korda ended up going to the show and even got a picture with Swift:


In one of her acts during the concert Swift used a golf club as a prop. Korda got this video, which was retweeted by Swift to her nearly 60 million followers:



Korda and Swift's friendship goes back a few years. In 2012, when Korda was getting her start on the LPGA tour, she attributed her composure during a win at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open to Swift's song "Enchanted." Swift heard about the shout-out and sent Korda a bouquet of flowers.

Over the years Korda has been known to tweet about her love of Swift's music:




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