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Kyle Korver saved a turtle

Jul 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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Hope you like stories like these, ’cause you’re getting a lot of them from now until the lockout’s over.

Last May, Kyle Korver was driving down a rural Pennsylvania road. He saw a friend dealing with what looked to be a bloody mess on the side of the road. So he pulled over to help. He found his friend, local DJ Pierre Robert, trying to save a snapping turtle with a cracked shell.

Korver sprang into action. From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Meanwhile, another car pulled over to help. It was Kyle Korver, an ex-76er who plays for the Chicago Bulls. Korver, a friend of Robert’s who still spends time in the area, coincidentally was driving by.

“There was blood everywhere,” Korver said in an interview. “I didn’t think [the turtle] was going to make it.”

Korver fetched a shopping bag from his SUV. Robert picked up the snapping turtle – a dangerous maneuver, Schubert later told him – and put it in the bag.

Robert placed the turtle on the backseat of his car, next to Lucy, his golden retriever.

“I’m talking to the turtle saying, ‘Don’t give up, turtle. It’s not too late,’ ” Robert said.

via A turtle, a DJ, an ex-76er, and a second chance –

The turtle survived and was recently put back into the wild with a nasty, but functional, but partially missing shell. All’s well that ends well.

Well, outside of the fact that Korver went on to get torched defensively in the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to LeBron James in five games. I can hear you all now. “I bet LeBron James never saved a turtle!” Or better yet, “LeBron was going to save a turtle, but couldn’t. It was the fourth quarter!”

Also, definitely click through to see the photo of Robert and then think about Korver and he being friends.

Life is weird in a lockout.

(HT: BDL.)

  1. metalhead65 - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    so is part of working for lebron talk I mean pro basketall talk mentioning his name in every story? or trying to make people change their opinion of him? because you guys are wasting your time and readers time because it is not going to happen unless he changes from the arrogant it’s all about me attitude. and what you said about him was true and funny!

  2. thestudiokida - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Cool, I saved a kitten this week. It’s mom had died so I snatched up the kitten and found an adoption group that promised to get it healthy and find it a home. Good stuff.

  3. cosanostra71 - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    is there any need to have to defend LeBron in an article about Kyle Korver and a turtle?

    • david8726 - Jul 2, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Get a sense of humor. It was a funny reference.

      • goforthanddie - Jul 2, 2011 at 4:40 PM

        Yeah, it was funny. But you know what’s better than making fun of an attention whore? Ignoring their existence. And there’s nothing we can say about leb that’s any more abusive than his play in the finals.

  4. Colin Zvosec - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Matt’s no dummy. If he simply writes about Korver saving a turtle, it gets a few hits. Throw LeBron’s name into it and BAM! Now people are commenting.

    It doesn’t matter if LeBron is involved or not. It’s all about getting views and comments.

    • david8726 - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:28 PM

      How do you figure?

      LeBron isn’t mentioned in the title at all, nor is he in the stories photo. People are clicking to read about Korver and the turtle. LeBron is just mentioned as part of a throwaway joke at the very end of the article.

      You wouldn’t know there’s LeBron content in the article unless you did a search that says “LeBron” (in which case you have no right to complain since you’re looking for LeBron content) or if you clicked the article on your own.

  5. bhester1906 - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    How the hell could u find a way to put lebron James on this story? U r trying too hard

  6. smackingfools - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Actually I clicked on it because ‘I like turtles!’

  7. dirtybird2020 - Jul 3, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Lebron is in the same shoes as that turtle, dallas figured out how to crack his shell, hes still hurt and let go into the wild(traded) if they dont win next year hahaha but it more likely bosh will be traded! Bum for life!

  8. asublimeday - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Lebron saw the turtle, but couldnt do it on his own, so even though the turtle waited til Lebron brought some friends, Lebron still couldn’t save the turtle.

  9. fouldwimmerlaik - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    He saved a turtle, but he still can’t hit a three point shot. When the pressure is on, Korver goes into his shell. (Ha, ha! Get it? I had a turtle reference int that!! Ha, ha!!!!)

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