A man who quit his law job at 49 says if you want to retire early, your income is only part of it

A man who quit his law job at 49 says if you want to retire early, your income is only part of it

In his new book “ Retire Before Mom and Dad,” Rob Berger, a deputy editor at Forbes, says that income has much less to do with achieving financial independence than we give it credit for.

Berger, who founded the personal-finance site DoughRoller.net, retired at age 49 from his career as a lawyer. He had saved up (and invested) an amount equal to 25 years’ worth of his annual expenses — the magic number for reaching financial independence, he writes.

“Level 7 is the Ultimate Financial Freedom. It’s here that you can completely retire from work if you so choose,” Berger writes. “Or, if you’re like me, you can work on projects you love while still earning an income. The choice is yours.”

But Berger says a high salary doesn’t explain his ability to leave work earlier than the average person. The amount he needed to save was dependent on how much he spent each year, and he kept his expenses relatively low.

“We are conditioned to define financial success based on a fat paycheck. Yet

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What Does Team USA’s Disastrous Say About the Future?

What Does Team USA’s Disastrous  Say About the Future?

Team USA will play Poland on Saturday for the chance to finish in 7th place in the FIBA world cup. This comes after a disastrous 48-hour stretch that included back-to-back losses to both France in the quarterfinals and then Serbia in the consolation bracket. Even if the U.S. can win Saturday—the game in Beijing will be played at 4:00 a.m. EST—the Americans are assured of their worst finish in a major competition since 1992, when NBA players began participating. 

So what does it mean? 

1. Team USA should be much better by next year’s Olympics. In the 24 hours since the Serbia loss, I’ve seen a number of smart people shrug their shoulders at all this. Elite American players decided not to play, and a hard-working-but-obviously-flawed roster failed. It’s not a referendum on the state of the game, and it’s not even necessarily a reason to worry about the 2020 Olympics. The smart money says that the chance to avenge this year’s loss and play on the Olympic stage—in a massive Asian market, no less—will be enough to convince at least a few A-listers to play next summer. 

Here are the players who stayed home this year: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Victor Oladipo, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, C.J. McCollum and Paul George.

The players the U.S. sent to China instead: Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Marcus Smart, Joe Harris, Myles Turner, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee and Harrison Barnes.

If even two or three players from the first group join the second group, Team USA should be fine in 2020. I’m hoping that Lillard, McCollum, and Beal all go to Japan. Maybe LeBron joins them. Maybe a healthy KD uses the Olympics to reintroduce himself to the basketball public. We’ll see. There are also younger options who will deserve consideration (Jaren Jackson Jr., Trae Young, DeAaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, Zion Williamson), not to mention a few wild card options (Zach LaVine, D’Angelo Russell, Bam Adebayo, John Collins, Gary Harris, Otto Porter) who could make sense if Jerry Colangelo is loo

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Everything You Need to Know About NBA 2K20

Everything You Need to Know About NBA 2K20

The basketball game of the year has arrived. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the upcoming NBA 2K20 edition. HYPEBEAST has rounded up the standout features to look out for in the latest game, from the impeccable soundtrack to the rising rookies on the cusp of greatness.

Cover

The cover stars for the latest edition of NBA 2K20 are Dwayne Wade on the Legend Edition and Anthony Davis on the Standard and Deluxe Editions. Wade’s appearance on the Legend Edition comes after he officially retired from the sport at the end of the season. This is Davis’ second appearance on the cover after he appeared on NBA 2K16 alongside Steph Curry and James Harden.

Dynamic Duos

NBA 2K20 reveals some of the league’s best players in their latest uniforms, including dynamic duos James Harden and Russell Westbrook sporting their Houston Rockets jerseys and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the fiery colors of the Brooklyn Nets. In honor of one of the most surprising trades of the free agency, 2K Games also unveiled Anthony Davis in purple and gold for a reinvigorated Los Angeles Lakers team alongside LeBron James.

Soundtrack

This year’s installment features cuts such as Post Malone’s “Wow” Remix with Roddy Ricch and Tyga, Offset’s “Legacy” with Travis Scott and 21 Savage. Juice WRLD’s “Hear Me Calling,” Gunna’s “Big Shot,” TroyBoi and Billie Eilish’s “MyBoi” remix and, of course, “Sandra Rose” by Toronto Raptors superfan and brand ambassador Drake also appear on the playlist. On top of the initial release, 2K confirmed that it will continue to expand the soundtrack listing with songs from both mainstream and underground artists.

The Next Neighborhood

NBA 2K’s playful, social location gets a slick makeover for 2K20. As well as being the perfect place to hone your skills, it also serves as the best place to earn exclusive gear, such as new animations, name plates and character outfits. 2K Compete Events also return, featuring a greatly expanded selection of casual multiplayer modes such as Dodge Ball Rodeo and Red Ball Blue Ball Extreme. Following the success of Don C and Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo in last year’s game, 2K continues to bridge the gap between fashion and gaming by collaborating with an array of brands for NBA 2K20. This year’s edition will feature the likes of Just Don, Fear of God, Rhude, Chinatown Market, Staple Pigeon, Diamond Supply and many more.

Player Ratings

2K has revealed the ratings for the top 20 players in the upcoming game. Similar to last year’s ratings, LeBron James remains at the top spot with 97 overall, followed by his new West Coast rival and recent 2019 NBA Finals MVP and champion, Kawhi Leonard. Rounding out the top five are MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and James Harden all with a rating of 96.

Rookies

Zion Williamson hasn’t even made his NBA debut yet and already the New Orleans Pelicans forward has made big waves in the community. The acclaimed 19-year-old rookie is one of many exciting prospects starting their NBA career this season. Play as Jaxson Hayes, Brandon Clarke and many more, unlocking their potential abilities in season mode.

WNBA

NBA 2K20 features all 12 WNBA teams that are available in the Play Now and Season modes. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm had their faces and signature play styles captured for NBA 2K20.

NBA 2K20 is out now for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. Pick up your copy here.

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Jameis Winston Still Doesn’t Quite Have This Pep-Talk Thing Nailed Down

Jameis Winston Still Doesn’t Quite Have This Pep-Talk Thing Nailed Down

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No matter what becomes of the rest of Jameis Winston’s career, I think it is safe to say that the first thing he will be remembered for is the multiple accusations of sexual assault that have been made against him. But the second thing—well, that’s the crab legs. But the third thing he will be remembered for is probably his infamous “eat a W” pregame speech, in which he attempted to fire up his horrified teammates by shouting and chomping on his own fingers. Perhaps Winston is aware of what his legacy is shaping up to be, and perhaps that explains this awkward moment from last night’s game against the Panthers:

Winston’s problem here is not barking what amounts to no

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LeBron James Tries To Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday,’ Proving He Understands Trademarks Better Than Ohio State

LeBron James Tries To Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday,’ Proving He Understands Trademarks Better Than Ohio State

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While the legal community and the world at large have spent the last several weeks snickering at Ohio State’s bumbling effort to trademark the word “The” for the purpose of dangling another merchandise license in front of a crowded market, LeBron James has quietly embarked on his own wacky adventure with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ohio. Os on both ends and in the middle you have to be high to think these are protectable marks. But the big difference is LeBron knew exactly what he was doing.

Ohio’s favorite native son — except from 2010-2013 — attempted to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesdays” which he’s taken to using in a number of fora. This might sound just as stupid and quixotic as Ohio State’s attempt to lockdown a definite article, but scratching beneath the surface, the King James application actually makes a lot more sense.

The USPTO rejected the “Taco Tuesday” application, as one might expect, as too commonplace to deserve trademark protection. And that’s exactly what James wanted. As ESPN explains:

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LeBron James was denied the trademark for ‘Taco Tuesday’ but says the outcome was still a victory

LeBron James was denied the trademark for ‘Taco Tuesday’ but says the outcome was still a victory

LeBron James’ effort to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday” has failed.

According to ESPN, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused James’ application, saying that “Taco Tuesday” is “a commonplace term.”

Still, James was reportedly pleased with the outcome. “Finding ‘Taco Tuesday’ as commonplace achieves precisely what the intended outcome was, which was getting the U.S. government to recognize that someone cannot be sued for its use,” a spokesperson for James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

James applied for the trademark after he began posting Taco Tuesday posts on his social media channels, showing his family enjoying, you guessed it, tacos on Tuesdays.

Read more: LeBron James won’t be in the NBA Finals for the first time in 9 years, but he is super excited about Taco Tuesday

Many scoff

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LeBron James’ Attempt to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ Has Been Denied

LeBron James’ Attempt to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ Has Been Denied
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LeBron James’ latest business venture gets rejected – cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – LeBron James can keep pushing “Taco Tuesday” on his social media accounts. But he won’t be making any money off of it in terms of exclusivity.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied James’ application to trademark the term “Taco Tuesday” through his company LBJ Trademarks. Not surprisingly, the USPTO deemed the

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LeBron James’s ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark Request Denied

LeBron James’s ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark Request Denied

“Taco Tuesday” got bad news on Wednesday.

More specifically, the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned down the basketball superstar LeBron James’s attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.”

The patent office said that the phrase was “a commonplace term, message or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment.”

It cited several news articles that showed that “Taco Tuesday” is used widely “to express enthusiasm for tacos by promoting and celebrating them on a dedicated weekday.”

The patent office also pointed to the similarity of “Taco Tuesday” to another trademark already in existence, “Techno Taco Tuesday,” which is held by an entertainment company in Las Vegas. The office said “merely omitting some of the wording from a registered mark may not overcome a likelihood of confusion.”

A spokesman for Mr. James said Wednesday night that his lawyers were still looking over t

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Kobe Bryant criticized after calling out one of his girls youth basketball players for missing a game for a dance recital

Kobe Bryant criticized after calling out one of his girls youth basketball players for missing a game for a dance recital

Kobe Bryant is not a fan of participation trophies.

On Tuesday, Bryant shared an image of the fourth-place trophy the youth girls basketball team he coaches won two years ago, writing in the caption that the players all wanted to “throw it away” after their disappointing finish. Bryant told them to keep the trophy as motivation.

On Wednesday, Bryant went a step further, sharing an image of the team after winning the trophy. In the original caption that accompanied the post, Bryant wrote, “Here’s our fourth place ‘winners’ picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pi

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Kobe Bryant dunks on the children he coached because they made fourth place

Kobe Bryant dunks on the children he coached because they made fourth place

Kobe Bryant continues to make regrettable life decisions. 

The NBA star turned youth basketball coach was not happy about his team taking home fourth place two years ago, so he brought it up again on Instagram. The Mamba League doesn’t look particularly happy either. 

To celebrate the Mamba League’s 115-27 victory, he decided to remind everyone of the time they lost against the team they had just won against. Bryant posted what can only be described as a perfect snapshot of prepubescent disappointment on Instagram: a group photo of the team holding their fourth place trophies. 

His original caption was impossibly passive aggressive, and called out one player for missing the game for a dance recital.

“So that should tell you where her focus was at this time,” he snarked. “The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up.”

The beauty of coaching also includes dunking on your young mentees, apparently. Here’s the original caption, as immortalized in a Sports Illustrated screenshot

Here’s our fourth place “winners” picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at this time. From the original 7 we have added a player TWO years YOUNGER (6th grade now), a player who’s team in our area folded and a player who’s family moved here from Tennessee. The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up. That journey continues #Mambas

After backlash for being, for lack of a better phrase, kind of a dick, he clarified that “doing a dance to miss the game isn’t a bad thing.” 

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Team USA hit with stunning loss in the FIBA that comes with a worse fate

Team USA hit with stunning loss in the FIBA  that comes with a worse fate

Team USA was knocked out of the 2019 FIBA world cup by France on Wednesday in a stunning, 89-79 loss.

The loss ends a 58-game international winning streak with NBA players by the U.S.

The short-handed U.S. roster went down by as much as 10 vs. France in the third quarter before rallying behind the play of Donovan Mitchell, who scored 14 of his 29 points in the period.

After taking a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, however, France than rallied, going on an 18-5 run, spearheaded by the play of three NBA countrymen, Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, and Frank Ntilikina.

The 2019 roster was the weakest in recent memory for U.S. Basketball, with notable withdrawals including James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Bradley Beal, and more.

Read more: The NBA’s best players are dropping out of the first Olympics qualifying event at an alarming rate

An already-thin roster relying on veterans and young players

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The Knicks’ 21-year-old French guard helped bury the US at the with the type of game that could portend a career-changing season

The Knicks’ 21-year-old French guard helped bury the US at the  with the type of game that could portend a career-changing season

The New York Knicks may have been the only team that got some enjoyment of Team USA’s early exit at the hands of France at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Third-year Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina played a key role in helping France end USA Basketball’s 58-game win streak with NBA players in international basketball.

Ntilikina could state his case for having been the best guard on the floor in the fourth quarter, ahead of even stars like Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell. The 21-year-old Ntilikina helped swing momentum back toward France in the final frame with his full-court pressure on Team USA’s guards, plus a surprising dose of offense, including a buzzer-beating dagger with 2:15 left to play.

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Dennis Rodman says Kim Jong Un is not like ‘people portrayed him to be’

Dennis Rodman says Kim Jong Un is not like ‘people portrayed him to be’

In his post-NBA life, perhaps nothing has garnered Dennis Rodman so much attention as his ties to North Korea.

Rodman, a Hall of Famer, has visited North Korea several times, beginning in 2013 for a basketball exhibition, and formed a friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Rodman has drawn criticism for his ties to Kim, including when he called Kim “a friend for life” and when he seemingly defended Kim and North Korea’s infringements on human rights in an angry rant on CNN.

Read more: How former basketball star Dennis Rodman became an unlikely presence at the Trump-Kim summit

While speaking to Business Insider to promote the new ESPN documentary “Rodman: For Better or Worse,” Rodman said that Kim is “not that type of person that you think that people portrayed him to be.” Rodman, explaining what he would tell U.S. President Donald Trump about Kim if he had the chance, said Kim is “cool and pretty nice.”

“If you sit down and talk to him with lunch and then shoot the s— with

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Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it’s Not Time to Panic Yet

Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it’s Not Time to Panic Yet

The United States got its proper comeuppance in China. On Wednesday evening in Dongguan, France defeated the U.S., 89-79, in the quarterfinals of the FIBA world cup, ending the American men’s team’s 58-game, five-title winning streak in major international tournaments that dates back 13 years.

The loss is embarrassing for the U.S., but it’s not a surprise. France took the world cup seriously, as four of its NBA players, including reigning two-time NBA defensive player of year Rudy Gobert, were in the starting lineup. During the 34 minutes that Gobert — who finished with the game with 21 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots — was on the court, France outscored the U.S. by 26 points. That’s incredible.

The French team benefitted from prior international experience. Gobert, Nicolas Batum, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets, and Nando De Colo, a former member of the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors, all played together for a French team that lost by just three points, 100-97, to the U.S. in the 2016 Rio Olympics. That U.S. team featured Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and a litany of NBA All-Stars. This one had Derrick White, Marcus Smart and Mason Plumlee. Fine players all, but not exactly the type of premier NBA talent fans have grown accustomed to seeing.

Only two 2019 NBA All-Stars, Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton, made the trip to China. Many more top-name players, like James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, CJ McCollum, Damian Lilllard and DeMar DeRozan, either declined invitations or withdrew from the team. All-time players like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard were never seriously in the picture.

This is America’s earliest exit from an international tournament since the 2002 World Championship, which was a low point in the country’s hoops history. That team fell in the quarterfinals before losing the fifth place game to Spain. After that disaster and an unbecoming showing at the O

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The NTWRK’s Next Drawings Feature Two Matthew Senna-Designed Jordan Sculptures

The NTWRK’s Next Drawings Feature Two Matthew Senna-Designed Jordan Sculptures

NTWRK, the mobile shopping experience backed by LeBron James and Live Nation, is teaming up with Los Angeles-based conceptual artist and designer Matthew Senna on a pack of his signature Bronze sculpture Air Jordans. Dubbed as Study 001 and the Study 004, Senna crafted a new set of bronze replicas featuring the Air Jordan 1 and the A

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Ohio State’s Attempt to Trademark ‘THE’ Was Refused, Thankfully

Ohio State’s Attempt to Trademark ‘THE’ Was Refused, Thankfully

We should all send thank you letters to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for doing the right thing and stopping Ohio State in its tracks with its ridiculous plan.

That plan was to trademark the word “The,” as in The Ohio State University. The school wanted to put the three-letter word on apparel for sale. 

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Dennis Rodman talks the modern NBA, advice for today’s athletes, and LeBron vs. Jordan

Dennis Rodman talks the modern NBA, advice for today’s athletes, and LeBron vs. Jordan

Dennis Rodman’s impact on the NBA has gone beyond his Hall of Fame career.

Though few players in NBA history can match Rodman’s defensive tenacity, energy on the glass, and all-around hustle, his outsized personality helped usher in a new era in the NBA. Rodman’s colorful hair, tattoos, piercings, and off-the-court, larger-than-life brand, in some ways, paved the way for today’s players, many of whom show their personalities and build an off-court brand for themselves.

Before the debut of ESPN’s new “30-for-30” documentary, “Rodman: For Better or Worse,” Rodman spoke to Business Insider about his career, the modern NBA, his advice for today’s stars, Michael Jordan and more.

Note: The below conversation is an excerpt from a longer interview and has been edited for length and clarity.

Scott Davis: Does anybody in the NBA today remind you of yourself?

Dennis Rodman: I think the only one that reminds me of myself, that I study, that really wants to win and win and win, I say Draymond Green. Even though I talk s— about him a lot, I think he’s probably the only one. He’s more like me. He can shoot a little bit, but he can’t shoot, but he does everything else good.

Draymond Green.
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But I just think that the passion of the game of basketball is not what it used to be. I think the driving force for basketball today, I think kids go to the NBA, get a s— load of money and then all of a sudden that’s it. And they look at it as the money’s guaranteed no matter what I do. If I play halfway decent, then I get all this money.

And so I understood that the game was more than just the money. It’s about, you know, your goal is to win a championship. Your goal is to make people happy. That’s the key. That’s the key. A lot of players, I think a lot of players don’t have that ambition to do that.

Davis: Going back a moment — why do you talk s— about Draymond Green?

Rodman: That’s just busting his balls. That’s just to see what he says about that, you know. I commend him for staying with Golden State for $25 million a year. I said I wish I was like you, Draymond, getting $25 million just to do what you do. I probably got like a quarter of what you’ve got, what I was doing.

Davis: What do you think of the player empowerment era in the NBA, where players are increasingly taking control of their careers?

Dennis Rodman wishes players would focus more on basketball.
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Rodman: Well, that’s the day and age now. Everyone wants to be their own corporation. Everybody wants to sit there and control it themselves. A lot of people can’t do that. I mean, even billionaires can’t control themselves. They need people to help them along the way and stuff like that.

I think if players can understand that, I have all these opportunities now. Okay, great. You need someone to delegate those things for you, and then if you got people that’s going to go out there for you, that you trust, then great. Your main job is why you got there: play basketball, play the hardest you can play, and go out there and win for the people and make sure that you are satisfied, too. Go show the people that you can go out there and give 110% every night.

And don’t say that you are hurt and then next thing you know, you come back two weeks later. I mean that just don’t sit well with me at all. You get a rest; you get rest now. We never took a break when we played. We played every game, pretty much most of the game, and we won, and we loved the game, we loved the passion of the game. I just wish players could just focus on playing the game when the season is going on, instead of worried about how they could make money off the side during the season and just concentrate on the season.

Davis: I’m curious about your response to that because you were a player who really showed your off-court personality and y

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California state assembly unanimously passes bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements

California state assembly unanimously passes bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements

If the legislation is signed into law, it will be a “game changer,” NBA superstar LeBron James recently said on Twitter.

The Fair Pay to Play Act would allow college athletes in California to sign endorsement deals; earn compensation based on the usage of their name, image and likeness; and sign all types of licensing contracts that would allow them to earn money.

These college athletes would also be able to hire an agent licensed by the state to represent them in any deals.

The state Senate overwhelmingly voted 31-5 in favor to pass the bill in May, but since it has been amended since then, it will soon go back for a vote in California’s Senate where it is expected to pass. It will then move to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

SB 206 was introduced by state Sens. Nancy Skinner and Steven Bradford, and if Newsom signs SB 206 into law, it would go into effect on January 1, 2023. Newsom, Skinner and Bradford did not respond to requests for comment via email.

The debate over NCAA amateurism and the money that the NCAA and schools generate through college athletic programs has raged on for years. Current NCAA amateurism rules are put in place to distinguish college athletes from professional athletes.

For the 2017 fiscal year, the NCAA reported $1.1 billion in revenue. Considering all the money that t

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California to force NCAA to pay athletes

California to force NCAA to pay athletes

The NCAA is notionally an “amateur” league, but the only thing amateur about it is that the athletes (who risk their health and even their lives) are unpaid, while the universities effectively own and operate wildly profitable pro sports teams.

California state senator Nancy Skinner [D] has cosponsored the The Fair Pay to Play Act, which entitles California college athletes to get paid for “the use of their name, image and likeness.” The bill — popular with both labor activists and free market ideologues — passed the Assembly on Monday 72-0. Governor Newsom is expected to sign the bill in the next 30 days, and it would go into effect in 2023.

The NCAA and the colleges that back it strongly oppose the legislation. Athletes like LeBron James strongly support it (and James has received public support from Bernie Sanders: “College athletes are workers. Pay them.”).

The colleges say it spells the end of California’s participation in collegiate sports, predicting that California teams will be excluded from national play (they don’t mention the possibility that other states will pass legislation similar to California’s).

Reducing the importance of college sports to America’s universities would be a net positive; American higher-ed has been wildly distorted by sports, with budgets and resources allocated to sports as a way of making alumni happy, without regard to the actual educational priorities of the institutions.

Skinner expects opponents to mount court challenges during that time, but she also anticipates a growing corps of allies.

Similar bills are in their infancy in state legislatures in Washington and Colorado, and United States Representative Mark Walker, Republican of North Carolina, introduced a federal bill this year that would allow college athletes to be compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness.

Skinner sees her bill as a catalyst rather than an end unto itself.

California Lawmakers Vote to Undo N.C.A.A. Amateurism [Billy Witz/New York Times]

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LeBron James — Er, Ron — Hand-Delivers Pizza to Some Very Excited Customers in New Ad

LeBron James — Er, Ron — Hand-Delivers Pizza to Some Very Excited Customers in New Ad
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Last-Hurrah Quesadillas & 9 Other Recipes We’re Cooking This Week

Last-Hurrah Quesadillas & 9 Other Recipes We’re Cooking This Week

Hey there! If we haven’t met: Hi, hello, I’m Emma. I’m a writer and recipe developer here at Food52.

For the past couple months, our test kitchen has been working hard on late fall and early winter recipes. While the temperature has been hovering near 100°F, we’ve been roasting turkeys, simmering chili, and opening a ton of cans of pumpkin puree (did you know you can find these in the supermarket all year round? You can!).

But outside of work, we’ve been doing just the opposite.

In this new weekly letter, What We’re Cooking This Week, I’m going to be sharing all the recipes our editorial team is making—and thinking about, and talking about—off-duty. Come dig in.


T-Minus 14 Days Until Fall…

The weather is cooling off soon (thank goodness), which means I’m taking advantage of every moment that I can get with my grill. Cue: EmilyC’s Grilled Potato & Green Bean Salad. It’s on deck for my dinner tonight, backed up by a few soft-boiled eggs. My husband will be taking a video of me cooking (I should probably tell him this at some point), so come hang out with me on Instagram (@emmalaperruque), and BYO beans.

…Which Means Corn Is Still a Thing

These corn quesadillas from our contributor Grant Melton just jumped to the top of my wishlist. They’re inspired by Mexican street corn, spiced with jalapeño and chile powder, gooey thanks to two types of cheese, and served with a limey crema. Beer, not optional.

Possible Burger

Every time I open Pocket, turn on NPR, or walk from Penn Station to our office (shoutout to the combination Dunkin Donuts–Baskin Robbins on 7th Ave.), I stumble upon another advertisement for a meatless yet “meaty” food. I’m all about eating less meat, but I’m just as interested in plant-based substitutes as I am in—wait for it—actual vegetables. These (cheese-stuffed! panko-breaded! deep-fried!) ’Shroom Burgers from Shake Shack are better than ground beef. And

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’s €162M EUR Nike Contract Details Revealed

’s €162M EUR Nike Contract Details Revealed

Details surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10-year contract with Nike has surfaced, and unsurprisingly the numbers are impressive.

The Portuguese football star, who currently plays for Juventus, gets a basic annual fee of €16.2 million EUR (approximately $17.8 million USD) from the U.S. sporting goods company, reports Spiegel. Originally signed in 2016, Ronaldo’s 10-year-deal wit

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Chris Bosh: It’s a championship or bust situation for LeBron and the Lakers

NBA Champion Chris Bosh joins today’s show to discuss expectations for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Bosh explains why expectations are high for LeBron and Anthony Davis.
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Predictions for Exiled Former NBA Lottery Picks

Predictions for Exiled Former NBA Lottery Picks

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    The NBA offseason saw an unusual amount of movement among stars. But over a dozen recent lottery picks also changed teams through trades and free agency.

    Most hadn’t previously appeared to be on the right path toward reaching their potential, making them expendable earlier than expected. 

    We predicted how a change of scenery will affect the following young players’ careers after they were either dealt to or signed by new teams. Only players selected in the 2014 draft or later were considered.

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    Drafted: No. 2 in 2017

    Prediction: Revives stock, but not star potential 

    Injuries haven’t helped Lonzo Ball, but a change of scenery should.

    He’ll benefit from playing with a younger core of teammates to whom he can better relate and without the pressure of having to impress or please LeBron James and the demanding, enormous Los Angeles Lakers fan base. 

    Jrue Holiday, Derrick Favors and JJ Redick are lower-maintenance/profile veterans to develop under. Holiday also adds supplementary scoring and playmaking without being overly ball-dominant, creating a balanced mix of on- and off-ball work for Ball.

    His passing and defense will continue to drive his impact, but he should also be feeling looser this season, which should translate to another spike in three-point percentage.

    However, I wouldn’t bet on Ball suddenly reaching the star expectations that initially came with being the No. 2 pick. A new team won’t unlock the scoring ability that is typically needed for a guard to reach star status in today’s NBA. He lacks the shooting creativity, dribble-jumper attack and explosion to separate inside the arc. 

    Ball figures to revive his stock in New Orleans, but as a high-end role player who’ll continue to be valued mostly for his basketball IQ, facilitating, defensive instincts and three-point ability.

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    Drafted: No. 6 in 2015

    Prediction: Fits, becomes more appreciated 

    After four seasons, Willie Cauley-Stein’s strengths and limitations are well-defined. They won’t change much over the years since they haven’t dating back to his freshman season at Kentucky.

    For the Sacramento Kings, paying for the rim-running and finishing wasn’t worthwhile. That’s different for the Golden State Warriors, who lacked an above-the-rim presence at the 5 and already had plenty of scorers to mask Cauley-Stein’s inability to create or shoot. 

    He racked up the sixth-most dunks in the NBA last year, and the Warriors’ skill players will also optimize his ability to pick up easy baskets. His stats might fall slightly in Golden State, but he’ll be more valuable than he was in Sacramento. 

    I wouldn’t bet on Cauley-Stein opting into the second year of his deal, which would pay less than $3 million. He’ll revive his value this season by playing to his strengths on a team that wins games even without Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson.

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    Drafted: No. 11 in 2018

    Prediction:  Finishes the year as starting point guard

    It seemed safe to assume the Oklahoma City Thunder would trade Chris Paul after they landed him in the Russell Westbrook deal, which followed the team’s acquisition of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the Paul George trade. Those roster moves signified a change of direction and strategy. But Paul is still on a roster that has a low ceiling, an up-and-coming sophomore point guard and a boatload of draft picks that point to a rebuild.

    I wouldn’t expect Paul to start games for the Thunder in March and April, though it’s unclear how his exit or fade will occur. Maybe OKC can eventually facilitate a trade or shut him down early and use load management. 

    Somehow, Gilgeous-Alexander will finish the year running the team’s offense, assuming a core of a 34-year-old Paul, Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams won’t be enough to threaten the top teams in the West.

    Oklahoma City will eventually want to prioritize its newest long-term cornerstone by giving him lead-guard reps. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.3 assists in 26.5 minutes last year, splitting his time almost evenly between point guard (50 percent of his possessions) and shooting guard (49 percent). 

    Though Paul will start the season with the Thunder, look for Gilgeous-Alexander to wind up seeing more time on the ball. The Thunder will want him to gain experience making decisions and improve his off-the-dribble scoring and playmaking. 

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    Drafted: No. 5 in 2015

    Prediction: Finds a suitable reserve role

    Exciting flashes of athleticism and scoring have kept hope alive for Mario Hezonja, but erratic decision-making and inconsistency have made him expendable to the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks.

    He’ll fit in better with the Portland Trail Blazers, a veteran playoff team whose second unit could use some of his potent offense, even it remains volatile. 

    His playing time will still fluctuate based on which Hezonja shows up that day since the bad one creates frustration with silly shots and turnovers. The good one can lift Portland’s bench and inject the lineup with confident shot-making, slashing and defensive playmaking. 

    Hezonja will continue to go through highs and lows with his third team since he was drafted No. 5 overall in 2015. But his highs this year will feel more impactful now that his particular strengths are needed by a winning team.

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    Drafted: No. 2 in 2016

    Prediction: New team, same Brandon Ingram

    Nothing about Ingram’s new situation raises concern about his fit. Nothing suggests the game should come any easier, either. 

    Again, he’ll be featured as a secondary or tertiary scorer, and he should be able to match last year’s 18.3 points per game. Ingram has made subtle strides creating and executing inside the arc, raising his two-point field-goal percentage and total two-pointers made in each of his first three seasons. 

    Most notably, he appeared to make the biggest jump executing in traffic during the 2018-19 season, going from 23.9 percent to 48.1 percent in the paint from the restricted area to the free-throw line.

    A three-ball would take Ingram’s scoring attack to another level, but minimal progress through three seasons doesn’t fuel a lot of optimism. He also might be off to a slower start this offseason while recovering from thoracic outlet decompression surgery to fix an issue that caused a blood clot in his right arm. 

    Assuming he eventually regains his health and strength, Ingram should still emerge as a key scoring weapon in New Orleans’ rotation and overall rebuild. But it’s difficult to imagine him making that leap to stardom in 2019-20.

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    Drafted: No. 4 in 2017

    Prediction: Change of scenery doesn’t help 

    Trending toward bust status through two seasons, Josh Jackson begins a new chapter with the Memphis Grizzlies after the Phoenix Suns traded him in a small salary dump. And sometimes, a change of scenery is needed. 

    It won’t be enough in this case, at least based on where he wound up.

    Jackson goes from one young team to another. The spacing and veteran talent to play off won’t be there in Memphis. He shouldn’t count on more open three-point looks or easier scoring opportunities in the half court.

    Jackson hasn’t improved his shooting or decision-making, finishing last year at 32.4 percent from three with 183 ass

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Marcellus Wiley: Glass helmet venture is a side effect of LeBron having the ‘Midas Touch’

Marcellus Wiley: Glass helmet venture is a side effect of LeBron having the ‘Midas Touch’

Marcellus Wiley joins TJ Houshmandzadeh, LaVar Arrington and Jason Whitlock to discuss LeBron James’ newest business venture: glass football helmets.
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These 10 NBA Stars Over 30 Are Defying Father Time

These 10 NBA Stars Over 30 Are Defying Father Time

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    Eighty-seven of the NBA‘s 351 players who played at least 40 games in 2018-19 were 30 or older.

    A report from the Guardian in 2015 noted the average career of an NBA athlete spans just 4.9 seasons, and an NBA roster survey found the average age was 26 last season.

    Still, some athletes possess that rare, generational level of skill that keeps them in the upper echelon of NBA talent well into their 30s. 

    Below are 10 players that continue to defy their age and instead put together seasons worthy of All-NBA-level consideration. 

    And we’d like to wish a very happy birthday to James Harden (8/26/1989)! He just missed the cut.

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    Age: 34

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 33,350

    Postseason Minutes Played: 3,800

    Father Time has not typically been kind to athletes of Chris Paul‘s size (6’0″, 175 lbs) and waning athleticism. As an elite-level one-on-one scorer and creator, he relies on strength and IQ to create separation at this stage of his career. Mileage and wear and tear have taken their toll, as CP3 has missed at least 21 games the past three seasons.

    Paul’s decline has been undeniable, at least in terms of efficiency. His effective field-goal percentage of 50.8 was his lowest since 2010-11, his last in New Orleans. His point total was the second-lowest of his career, as he played second fiddle to James Harden. His playoff totals were even murkier.

    But his effect on the floor keeps him in the upper echelon, as he ranked fourth in real plus-minus among point guards and 12th overall. Paul was also third in both steals per game and assists per game.

    While his shooting touch may continue to regress, his overall on-court impact remains the same. When he plays, his team succeeds, and that should remain true in 2019-20 with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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    Age: 34 

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 46,235

    Postseason Minutes Played: 10,049

    We wouldn’t question the King, right?

    A more surprising plot twist in Space Jam 2 would have LeBron serving as the leader of the alien invasion rather than earth’s greatest hope. That’s because there is nothing human about racking up over 56,000 minutes in both regular and postseason play without suffering a noteworthy injury beyond last season’s strained left groin.

    It’s possible that James could move into seventh all-time in regular-season minutes played in 2019-20, behind just Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes.  

    Still, LeBron’s record-breaking chain chugs right along after he put together season averages of 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games. No other player reached each of those totals. 

    Many will point to LeBron’s waning defensive effort as their largest point of contention, but LeBron still finished ninth in the NBA in real plus-minus. 

    LeBron’s days as the unquestioned King may soon be over, but there is no question that he will be a top-10 player in 2019-20.

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    Age: 34

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 32,764

    Postseason Minutes Played: 2,668

    One of the more consistent and durable players in the NBA, LaMarcus Aldridge has played 55 games or more in each season since his career began in 2006-07 and has played 69 games or more every year since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. 

    He made his seventh All-Star team in 2019 after posting averages of 21.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and and 2.4 assists with a 52.2 eFG. Aldridge’s defensive rating did slip from 103.3 in 2017-18 all the way to 111.0 in 2018-19, by far the lowest of his career (106.8). This significant dip could be tied to the losses of Danny Green and Dejounte Murray but requires monitoring, nonetheless. 

    His BBall-Index impact scores showed his worth on both ends. Aldridge finished in the 94th percentile or better in points over expectation, play impact plus-minus, real plus-minus and regularized plus-minus. 

    It would be foolhardy to expect a major Aldridge regression in the 2019-20 season.

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    Age: 33

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 26,781

    Postseason Minutes Played: 2,984

    Kyle Lowry’s numbers also dipped in 2018-19. His points per game (14.2) marked a seven-year low, and his eFG (51.8 percent) was its lowest since 2015-16.

    However, he was second overall in assists per game (8.7) and fifth in real plus-minus among point guards (15th overall). At an increased workload (37.5 minutes per game), he was more productive in the playoffs, helping the Raptors claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

    As Lowry approaches 30,000 minutes played, he’ll inevitably begin to decline, but he has several miles left and should have one payday left in him next summer.

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    Age: 33

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 25,785

    Postseason Minutes Played: 4,159

    A large-bodied post player shouldn’t age this gracefully, but Al Horford enjoyed his most efficient season in his 12-year career in 2018-19. Horford shot above league average from beyond the arc (36.0 percent) on three attempts per game and finished with a 58.6 eFG on 10.6 field-goal attempts per game. 

    But his effectiveness goes beyond his modest 13.6 scoring average. Horford’s 4.43 real plus-minus ranked him seventh in the NBA among 4 and 5s as well as 18th overall. 

    And when the lights shone brightest, Horford stepped up to the plate, recording a plus-19.4 net-rating swing in last year’s playoffs. The Philadelphia 76ers

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Denver Nuggets MVP candidate looks different in NBA 2K20, drawing player outrage

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NBA 2K20 continues to push the boundaries of basketball simulation games year after year, but unfortunately for one of the NBA’s MVP candidates in the 2018-2019 season, his character design does not live up to player’s expectations.

NBA 2K20 recently launched for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. The jury is still out on the game’s new features for this year’s edition, but one thing is for sure — players are outraged over the design of the Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic.

Jokic averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game in the 2018-2019 NBA season, with a 51.1% field goal percentage and an 82.1% free throw percentage. The Nuggets center received his first All-Star selection, was named to the All-NBA First Team, and was fourth place in the voting tallies for MVP.

Jokic’s prominence as one of the NBA’s

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I stood semi-naked in a futuristic metal chamber filled with -120 degree Celsius air, and I’d do it again anytime

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Baby, it’s cold inside.

Embrace that cold. That cold is good for you.

At least that’s what proponents of cryotherapy claim. Cryotherapy emerged around 2015 as a recovery method for elite athletes like LeBron James and slowly found its way into mainstream wellness culture.

For 2-5 minutes, clothed only in socks, Crocs, and gloves, you stand in an insulated cryochamber that is filled with air that ranges between -120 and -150 degrees Celsius. Suppos

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Antonio Brown asks for ‘release’ in Instagram post after Raiders reportedly void $30 million in guaranteed money

Antonio Brown asks for ‘release’ in Instagram post after Raiders reportedly void $30 million in guaranteed money

Antonio Brown has once again aired his grievances with the Raiders over social media and might have finally prompted the end of his time in Oakland before playing a single snap with the team.

After posting a bizarre YouTube video that included a phone call shared with head coach Jon Gruden on Friday night, Brown posted an image to Instagram on Saturday morning that read, “You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what’s best for you.”

In the caption of the photo, Brown wrote “I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines. Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years. ‘I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.’ Release me @raiders.”

Read more: Antonio Brown posts wild video with a recorded call from Jon Gruden asking ‘Do you want to be a Raider or not?’

It initially appeared that Brown’s post came so

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Texas forced the LSU band to sit in the nosebleed seats in the pettiest move of the college football weekend

Texas forced the LSU band to sit in the nosebleed seats in the pettiest move of the college football weekend

The LSU Tigers faced off against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in the biggest game of Week 2 of the college football season.

The stage was set for a classic game at Texas Memorial Stadium, but the visiting fans had a tough time enjoying the game — not because of what was happening on the field, but because of their seats.

According to WBRZ Baton Rouge, LSU was allocated just 3,000 tickets to the game on Saturday, all of which were in the uppermost level of the stadium.

Read more: LSU football unveiled its state-of-the-art $28 million locker room, complete with luxury sleep pods

With a capacity of more than 100,000, this meant that the remaining 97,000 fans in attendance would likely be cheering on the Longhorns.

The light allocation of tickets to the visitors w

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NBA 2K20 Review: Gameplay Videos, Features and Impressions

NBA 2K20 Review: Gameplay Videos, Features and Impressions

2K Sports

It’s fitting that NBA 2K20’s coverstar Anthony Davis went to Hollywood to join LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers.  

One of the offseason’s big moves vibes well with a Hollywood-style offering from developer Visual Concepts in the MyCareer mode, not to mention the general true-to-life broadcast presentation quirks and quality-of-life tweaks. 

Unlike Davis and LeBron, 2K has gone unchallenged for a while now, and 2K19 wasn’t any exception (82 on Metacritic). But 2K20 isn’t some veteran kicking back on a fat contract, as it offers more of a LeBron-type contender trying to keep the crown thanks to a dialed-in focus on fan feedback and lacking areas. 

     

Gameplay

We’re a few years into the new motion system in the NBA 2K series, and it finally feels like things are where they were always meant to be from the onset. 

Specifically, there is no more ice skating. It might sound silly, but the weight and sudden movements of some of the globe’s fastest athletes have always felt a bit off. Those at the controls of the series clearly heard this, as the motion engine has seen another tweak that is noticeable upon booting up the game for the first time. 

This works in tandem with a few other alterations to really bring things together. Changes to the sprint button are a big starting point to mention. In the past, slamming down sprint didn’t have much in the way of ill consequences. 

That’s not true anymore. Using sprint without considering it as most have in the past now has a big impact on stamina, to the point even a real-life workhorse like LeBron can get gassed and need to head to the bench.

This is a fun shift moving everything closer to a simulation experience. But perhaps even better, it presents another layer of strategy because now slamming on the sprint when making a cut or on a fast break is more meaningful and requires precise timings to make it work. 

Another system working with these other two points is the distinctive dribbling alterations. This will throw off even longtime players at first. In the past, every player on the digital court dribbled the same, minus a few modifiers via moves. 

That’s also not true anymore. LeBron handles the ball differently than a point guard or a clumsy center in real life, and that’s reflected here. It isn’t the biggest change to the gameplay experience, but it combines well with the motion and sprint tweaks to really improve the overall feel. 

Add it all up, and as a brief example, there is no longer some big center like Joel Embiid shooting down the floor to block a speedy point guard on a breakaway because of turbo-button abuse. 

Fittingly, team styles match real life better. Many teams seemed to perform the same way, especially in the hands of the A.I. Now, the Golden State Warriors are aggressively pushing it up the floor and taking more outside attempts. The teams that like to bang in the paint seem to focus on that aspect more. 

Defens

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Dwyane Wade Says He’s Going to Work Out with LeBron James Before Lakers Games

Dwyane Wade Says He’s Going to Work Out with LeBron James Before Lakers Games
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Former NBA guard and surefire future Naismith Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade may be enjoying his retirement, but the ex-Miami Heat superstar will still be present at NBA games this season as he helps friend and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James prep pregame.

“You’re definitely going to see me out there,” Wade told Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times. “I’ll be there early to work out with LeBron before the game starts. I just want to stay around it and be as involved as I can.”

The 13-time All-Star averaged 22.0 points per game over 16 NBA seasons, winning the NBA Finals three times. Wade, James and Ch

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Wade plans to work out with LeBron before games

Wade plans to work out with LeBron before games

Dwyane Wade may have recently retired from his NBA playing career, but he plans to be on the court with Lakers star LeBron James at Staples Center often in the coming season.

Wade, who is now living in suburban Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to work out with his former teammate before games, both at the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo and at Staples.

“You’re definitely going to see me out there,” Wade said. “I’ll be there early to work out with LeBron before the game starts. I just want to stay around it and be as involved as I can.”

Wade also said he

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LeBron James says he was ‘literally shedding tears’ when he found out that Nike would be naming a new building after him

LeBron James says he was ‘literally shedding tears’ when he found out that Nike would be naming a new building after him

Nike announced on Thursday that it would name its newest building at its main campus in Beaverton, Oregon, after the NBA superstar and career-long Nike athlete LeBron James.

The LeBron James Building, as it will be known, will house Nike’s Advanced Innovation team, a “state-of-the-art Sport Research Lab,” a full-size NBA basketball court, a 200-meter track, a 100-meter straightaway, and a turf training pitch.

Read more: LeBron James went bonkers at his son Bronny’s AAU tournament, dunking in the kids’ layup line and celebrating so hard he lost his shoe

James shared the news of the Nike building on Instagram, telling his followers that he cried when he found out about

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Anthony Davis Says LeBron James Told Him He Wasn’t Fun Enough for ‘Taco Tuesday’

Anthony Davis Says LeBron James Told Him He Wasn’t Fun Enough for ‘Taco Tuesday’
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 13 :  Lebron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a press conference on July 13, 2019 at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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We’ll have to wait to see LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ chemistry on the court.

However, it appears their Taco Tuesday chemistry could use some work.

Davis revealed that LeBron told him that his energy was a little lacking for their Taco Tuesday video while responding to a Twitter question Friday.

“Taco Tuesday was great. … LeBron does it every Tuesday. I’ve been invited once. You know, he said I wasn’t fun enough, so hopefully I get invited back soon and make you guys laugh.”

Davis appeared in a Taco Tuesday video in July and was, admittedly, more

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30-year old pitcher made his MLB debut after 10 years in the minors and struck out his brother in his first game

30-year old pitcher made his MLB debut after 10 years in the minors and struck out his brother in his first game

Brian Moran made his long-awaited major-league debut on Thursday night and turned it into a family moment that only sports can bring.

After playing as a minor-league journeyman for a decade — a stretch including numerous teams, Tommy John surgery, and even some time spent in independent leagues — Moran was called up to join the Miami Marlins during the final weeks of the season.

As fate would have it, the timing of his call-up meant that in Moran’s first game up, his brother, Colin, would be in the opposing dugout as a third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The elder Moran entered the game in the fourth inning in relief.

After forcing a groundout against the first batter, Brian got to face off against his younger sibling. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time that two brothers have faced each other as batter and pitcher while one was making his debut.

Brian’s first pitch went wildly into the dirt, but he calmed down and

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Antonio Brown posts wild video with a recorded call from Jon Gruden asking ‘Do you want to be a raider or not?’

Antonio Brown posts wild video with a recorded call from Jon Gruden asking ‘Do you want to be a raider or not?’

The drama surrounding Antonio Brown’s start with the Oakland Raiders took another bizarre turn on Friday night after the star wide receiver posted a video that included a call with head coach Jon Gruden to YouTube.

After exchanging greetings, Gruden can be heard first empathizing with Brown’s situation and then asking him what exactly is going on.

“What the hell is going on man?” Gruden asks Brown.

“Just a villain all over the news, man,” Brown replies.

With orchestral music playing in the background, news clips of reporters asking about Brown’s tenuous start with the Raiders begins to play.

Read more: Antonio Brown’s bizarre offseason continues as the Raiders star receiver complains on Instagram about $50,000 fines for missing practice

“You’re not a villain,” Gruden says. “You’re just … You’re the most misunderstood f—ing human being in my entire life that I’ve ever met,”

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LeBron rallies support for Fair Pay to Play bill

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A bill that would let college athletes in California profit from endorsements has a high-profile backer: NBA superstar LeBron James.

The bill, SB 206, called the Fair Pay to Play Act, would prohibit schools in California from taking away scholarships or eligibility from college athletes who use their celebrity to make money. Senate Bill 206 has cleared the state Senate and is awaiting a vote by the full California State Assembly.

James tweeted his support Thursday.

The Los Angeles Laker

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Nike Names Its New Advanced Innovation Building After LeBron James

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Nike announced in 2015 plans to expand its World Headquarters campus in Beaverton, Oregon, and four years down, the company is about to construct its sixth new building — the new home to the brand’s Advanced Innovation team. In honor of the basketball legend who has been a Nike athlete since 2003, the company has decided to name the structure the LeBron James Building.

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LeBron James Backs CA Bill to Allow College Athletes to Earn Sponsorship Income

LeBron James Backs CA Bill to Allow College Athletes to Earn Sponsorship Income
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on after the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Oregon Ducks 42 to 20 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Count Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James among those in California who support Senate Bill 206.

James tweeted his support for the bill that would allow college athletes to market their likenesses and make money from endorsements and sponsorships:

According to the website for Sen. Nancy Skinner, who represents California’s Senate District 9, SB 206 won bipartisan support in a 31-4 vote of approval by the state Senate in May.

The website says the bill “punches a hole in unfair rules that exploit college athletes and allow the NCAA, universities, TV networks, and corporate sponsors to pocket huge sums.”

The website further explains athletes could earn money from their likenesses starting in 2023, and it would not impact their scholarship eligibility. What’s more, athletes could hire agents during their collegiate careers, although colleges would not be permitted to sign high schoolers to advertising deals to help recruiting.

“NCAA rules disproportionately harm students from low-income families,” Skinner said. “And they’re particularly unfair to female

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Nike Names New Building at World Headquarters After LeBron James

Nike Names New Building at World Headquarters After LeBron James

The LeBron James Building is the sixth new building at Nike’s World Headquarters.

The newest building at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. will be named after three-time NBA champion LeBron James, the company announced Thursday.

The LeBron James Building will be the new advanced innovation building for the apparel company and

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LeBron James Calls for Support of California Student Athlete Compensation Bill

LeBron James Calls for Support of California Student Athlete Compensation Bill

The Fair Pay to Play Act would allow student athletes to earn compensation in connection to the use of their name, image and likeness. 

LeBron James tweeted his support for SB-206, California’s “Fair Pay to Play” Act on Thursday. The bill would allow student athletes to earn compensation in connection to the use of their “name, image or likeness,” according to the National Law Review

“Everyone is California- call your politicians and tell them to support SB 206!” James tweeted on Thursday. “This law is a GAME CHANGER. College athletes can responsibly get paid for what they do and th

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Jordan Brand Reveals Air Jordan 1 PEs for NFL’s Opening Day

Jordan Brand Reveals Air Jordan 1 PEs for NFL’s Opening Day

Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season is only a few days away. To hype up football fans around the world Nike has just unveiled its lineup of Air Jordan 1 PE cleats to be worn during the first matches.

Although the Jumpman sponsors 21 players in the NFL, only five silhouettes have been revealed thus far: Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs, Earl Thomas of the

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LeBron James, a Fan of Tacos, Seeks to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’

LeBron James, a Fan of Tacos, Seeks to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’

Twenty-five other filings, including the request by LBJ Trademarks LLC, are pending or dead.

Taco John’s, which did not respond to a request for comment, has been known to aggressively protect its claim on the term. But policing the use of “Taco Tuesday” is likely a futile endeavor: just Google “Taco Tuesday” and the name of any medium-sized or larger big city. Hundreds of restaurants, bars, and cantinas use the alliterative phrase to promote taco and drink specials on their menus, flagrantly ignoring a federal trademark.

In Los Angeles, which may be the taco capital of the U.S., the news of the N.B.A. champ’s filing was met with frowns, guffaws or shrugs.

At Trejo’s Tacos o

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Taco superfan LeBron James is trying to trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ slogan

Taco superfan LeBron James is trying to trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ slogan
  • NBA star and taco superfan LeBron James filed a trademark for “Taco Tuesday” in August.
  • Records show the company sought protections for the term for “downloadable audio/visual works,” “advertising and marketing services,” “search engine marketing,” “blogging,” and podcasts.
  • The slogan has been owned for 30 years by Taco John’s, a taco chain from Wyoming that has roughly 400 locations in 23 states.
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NBA star and taco superfan LeBron James filed a trademark for “Taco Tuesday” in August of this year.

LBJ Trademarks, a company James owns, made the trademark filing with the patent and trademark office in mid-August, according to USA Today.

Records show the company sought to protections of the term for “downloadable audio/visual works,” “advertising and marketing services,” “search engine marketing,” “blogging,” and podcasts.

James has made multiple Instagram videos professing his love for tacos on Tuesday, including one after he failed to qualify for the

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LeBron James & Uninterrupted Introduce Glass Helmets for NFL Players

LeBron James & Uninterrupted Introduce Glass Helmets for NFL Players

For their latest endeavour, basketball superstar LeBron James and his media company Uninterrupted have launched the Glass Helmet Project, which aims to empower and encourage young football players.

Even big league NFL players are constantly covered by helmets, making them usually unrecognizable, both as an athlete and the people they are off the gridiron. To combat this, Uninterrupted’s Glass Helmet Project aims to tackle “The Helmet Effect” and to give fans the opportunity to connect and appreciate the athletes behind the masks for more than a football player. As noted by James himself, the new see-through helmet is to allow an athlete to be seen and heard, unlike the current football helmets which cover the athletes’ faces. “Because they are, at the end of the day, they are people as well,” James shares. The helmets were designed by Victor Solomon.

In the video above, Maverick Carter, CEO of Uninterrupted, Andrew Hawkins, and Solomon discuss the importance of being seen and heard in today’s game.

For more sports news, FIFA unveiled the 2022 World Cup emb

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LeBron James Venture UNKWN to Open Wynwood, Miami Boutique

LeBron James Venture UNKWN to Open Wynwood, Miami Boutique

Streetwear retailer UNKNWN, the fashion venture co-founded by LeBron James, Jaron Kanfer, and Frankie Walker Jr., is set to open a new location in Miami this December right in time for Art Basel 2019. The boutique will be located in the city’s Wynwood district and will feature an experiential concept across 10,000 square feet, which includes 4,000 square feet of courtyard spac

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Lil Nas X explains why he came out at the height of his career — and his fans are defending his choice

Lil Nas X explains why he came out at the height of his career — and his fans are defending his choice
  • Lil Nas X talked about why he chose to come out at the height of his career on an episode of LeBron James’ new HBO talk show “The Shop.”
  • After the “Old Town Road” rapper explained that he grew up “to hate this s—,” in reference to being gay, comedian Kevin Hart interjected and asked why.
  • Lil Nas said that “if you’re really from the hood, you know,” and added that he wanted to show that “the cool dude with the song on top of everything” coming out meant it “doesn’t really matter.”
  • When a clip of the episode was posted on Twitter, the “Old Town Road” rapper’s fans began to defend him and call out Hart for coming on too strong.
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Lil Nas X got candid about why he chose to come out as gay on an episode of HBO’s “The Shop” — and his fans have taken to Twitter to defend him.

On the talk show, which is executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James, Lil Nas was joined by a

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NBA & Nike Offer the Air Force 1 High in “Lakers” & “Clippers” Colorways

NBA & Nike Offer the Air Force 1 High in “Lakers” & “Clippers” Colorways

With the 2019-2020 NBA season tipping off in less than two months, the league teamed up with Nike to offer team-inspired iterations of the Air Force 1 High. The first two models pay respects to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers — a rivalry set to reach new heights with LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard going head-to-head on October 22 — arriving in each team’s dis

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New NCAA agent requirements are rooted in racism — just like everything else the NCAA does

New NCAA agent requirements are rooted in racism — just like everything else the NCAA does

It’s been a year since the NCAA decided to allow college basketball players who want to test the waters of the NBA draft to consult with an agent without losing their eligibility, a move generally seen by outside observers as an important step toward fair treatment of these student-athletes.

However, whenever anything the NCAA does seems even remotely positive or athlete-friendly, youd better believe there’s a catch. This week, that catch came in the form of ridiculously over-the-top regulations that appear custom-targeted toward dampening the influence of one of the few black agents at the top of the game: Rich Paul, LeBron James’ long-time agent and business partner.

On Tuesday, the NCAA issued a memo clarifying that if an underclassmen wants to retain his NCAA eligibility — meaning he wants the ability to return to college if, after consulting with agents and working out for teams, he thinks his draft stock would be improved by spending another year in school — then any agent he talks to must meet three criteria: They must pass an in-person exam administered

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The NCAA Has Caved On The Rich Paul Rule

The NCAA Has Caved On The Rich Paul Rule
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Just a week after the NCAA tweaked its agent rules in a way that sure seemed to specifically target Rich Paul for exclusion, the organization has caved, changing the rules a second time to ensure Paul will still be able to represent college basketball players who are testing the waters of the NBA.

The old rule change was a tweak on a transformation last year that allowed players considering the NBA Draft to retain the services of an agent without killing their eligibility. At first, all NBPA agents were fair game, but last week’s new criteria required a bachelor’s degree, among a few other qualifications. The new-new criteria, however, eliminates that controversial requirement that would have excluded Rich Paul, who represents some of the NBA’s best players but never went to college.

“While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria,” the NCAA wrote in its statement—the closest it came to acknowledging the perception that the rule was specifically aimed at Paul.

As soon as the rule change became public last Tuesday, multiple NBA stars tweeted their criticisms—including Paul’s most famous client, LeBron James.

And just this morning, Paul himself wrote an op-ed for the Athletic pointing out that the rule will exclude people from disadvantaged backgrounds—many of whom are people of color—and questioned what exactly a four-year degree was supposed to prove about a

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The new NCAA agent requirements are rooted in racism, just like everything else the NCAA does

The new NCAA agent requirements are rooted in racism, just like everything else the NCAA does

It’s been a year since the NCAA decided to allow college basketball players who want to test the waters of the NBA draft to consult with an agent without losing their eligibility, a move generally seen by outside observers as an important step toward fair treatment of these student-athletes.

However, whenever anything the NCAA does seems even remotely positive or athlete-friendly, youd better believe there’s a catch. This week, that catch came in the form of ridiculously over-the-top regulations that appear custom-targeted toward dampening the influence of one of the few black agents at the top of the game: Rich Paul, LeBron James’ long-time agent and business partner.

On Tuesday, the NCAA issued a memo clarifying that if an underclassmen wants to retain his NCAA eligibility — meaning he wants the ability to return to college if, after consulting with agents and working out for teams, he thinks his draft stock would be improved by spending another year in school — then any agent he talks to must meet three criteria: They must pass an in-person exam administered

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Colin Cowherd disagrees with LeBron posting a photo of himself amongst Kobe, Magic, Shaq and Kareem

Colin Cowherd disagrees with LeBron posting a photo of himself amongst Kobe, Magic, Shaq and Kareem

Colin Cowherd disagrees with LeBron James posting a photo of himself amongst Shaq, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Hear why Colin thinks LeBron has ‘something to prove’ to Los Angeles.
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Rob Parker is not buying Kareem’s comments that LeBron James has nothing to prove with Lakers

Rob Parker is not buying Kareem’s comments that LeBron James has nothing to prove with Lakers

Rob Parker discusses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s comments on LeBron James re-posting a picture on Instagram of himself with Los Angeles Lakers greats. Hear why Rob thinks Kareem is giving LeBron a pass.
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Compound Gallery Set to Celebrate NBA Players’ Voice Awards in South Bronx Exhibition

Compound Gallery Set to Celebrate NBA Players’ Voice Awards in South Bronx Exhibition

Set Free Richardson‘s Compound Gallery in the South Bronx is celebrating the National Basketball Players Association’s fourth annual Voice Awards in its latest exhibition.

NBA players are the only people who can vote in the Voice Awards and cast their bids based on a multitude of factors such as MVP and Most Respected Awards to the Freshest, Best Side Hustle, and People’s Champ Awards. The players highlighted in artworks — and celebrated for their awards — include LeBron James, Kevin

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Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson & Thomas Middleditch Star In Sheldon Candis-Directed ‘NBA 2K20’ Trailer For LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment

Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson & Thomas Middleditch Star In Sheldon Candis-Directed ‘NBA 2K20’ Trailer For LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment

Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson and Thomas Middleditch have teamed up for a project. However, slightly unusually, it’s a story for a basketball video game rather than a feature film.

The Luther star, Luke Cage star and Silicon Valley star appear in the When The Lights Are Brightest trailer, which was directed by Sheldon Candis (Baltimore Boys) and produced by SpringHill Entertainment, which was set up by James and Maverick Carter.

The trailer dropped during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show at Gamescon in Cologne, Germany.

Elba plays a coach, Dawson stars as a player adviser and Middleditch as an agent. Other faces in the trailer include Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris and Scottie Pippen. James and Carter also ap

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Clippers Rumors: Ex-Cavs HC Tyronn Lue Close to Joining LA as ‘Top Assistant’

Clippers Rumors: Ex-Cavs HC Tyronn Lue Close to Joining LA as ‘Top Assistant’
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue on the sidelines during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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The LakersClippers rivalry is reportedly about to add another wrinkle.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Tyronn Lue is set to join the Clippers as an assistant under coach Doc Rivers. Lue was the Lakers’ (and LeBron James’) top choice to replace Luke Walton, but talks broke down over contractual structure and the team’s desire for Lue to hire Jason Kidd as an assistant coach, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

After making the Finals in each of his first three years as an NBA head coach, including winning the 2016 championship, Lue was fired after an 0-6 start with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. He previously served as an assistant under Rivers from 2011 to 2014 with the Boston Celtics and Clippers.

The Clippers’ signing of Kawhi Leonard and trade for Paul George in July set the

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LeBron James Is Looking to Trademark “Taco Tuesday”

LeBron James Is Looking to Trademark “Taco Tuesday”

LeBron James is making headlines outside of the NBA in his recent trademark filing for the phrase “Taco Tuesday.” The basketball superstar and entrepreneur’s LBJ Trademarks LLC company was reported to have filled for the trademark on August 15 with the intentions to use it for “advertising and marketing services” across social media platforms and podcasts.

While this is not the first time James has shown the world his love for tacos, it does prove to be an interesting direction for him as he ventures in businesses outside of the sport of basketball.

For more news, Lewis Hamilton la

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The W.N.B.A. Is Putting on Some of the Best Pro Basketball in America

The W.N.B.A. Is Putting on Some of the Best Pro Basketball in America

As the W.N.B.A.’s ownership structure became more complicated so, too, did its narrative — especially because neither the N.B.A., nor the W.N.B.A., nor any of its teams will disclose complete financial information. The W.N.B.A.’s attendance peaked at almost 11,000 fans per game in 1998, its second season; its current average is 6,800, a drop of close to 40 percent. But all young leagues struggle to sell tickets. The N.B.A., founded in 1946, is 73 years old; when it was about the age of the W.N.B.A. now, Wilt Chamberlain played his legendary 100-point game in 1962 in front of roughly 4,000 spectators. And because the league is small, a single franchise’s decisions can make an outsize difference: Last season, the New York Liberty owner, James Dolan, moved the team from Madison Square Garden, where it averaged 9,000 fans per game, to the Westchester County Center, which holds 4,400, forcing at least a 50 percent drop in attendance. (The team has since been purchased by Joseph Tsai, a founder of Alibaba; Tsai recently took control of the Brooklyn Nets, in the N.B.A., but where the Liberty will play next season is unclear.)

Gate receipts, while critical, do not solely determine a franchise’s value. The fact that since 2009 W.N.B.A. teams have been sold but not shuttered hints that, at the very least, they aren’t incurring debt. They might well be attracting fans new to basketball who then go to N.B.A. games. They may also, through creative financial arrangements, like paying rental fees to facilities controlled by their owner (a common practice in men’s sports), claim tax-deductible losses while legally generating revenue elsewhere. In fact, in

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NewsWatch: September is the worst month for stocks — and it’s even gloomier after a downbeat August

NewsWatch: September is the worst month for stocks — and it’s even gloomier after a downbeat August
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August is typically a weak month for stock market performance, and September is the only month that, on average, is worse for equity-market prices See full story.

Tesla’s unveiling of a pickup truck is right around the corner

CEO Elon Musk said the electric pickup truck will rival both the Porsche 911 sports car and the standard bearer Ford F-150 pickup. See full story.

When LeBron James chose Nike in 2003, he gave up $28 million — it could end up making him $1 billion

A look at the 4 best financial decisions LeBron James has made. See full story.

Everything coming to Netflix in September — and what?

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Redick, Iguodala and Under-the-Radar NBA Veterans Who Aren’t Done Yet

Redick, Iguodala and Under-the-Radar NBA Veterans Who Aren’t Done Yet

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    We all know veterans such as LeBron James and Steph Curry are going to put up huge numbers in 2019-20, barring injury. But what about some of the equally seasoned but less heralded players?

    You know, the guys teams may not have built their offseasons around acquiring but who could be deciding factors in close games and come playoff time. 

    That’s who we’re looking for here, and we’ve identified 10 such players, listed in descending order by age.

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    Age: 42

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 45,491

    Postseason Minutes Played: 3,033

          

    This isn’t a pity entry—Half Man, Half Amazing can still get it done in his bench role. Last season, he played 76 games for the youth-led Atlanta Hawks, averaging a respectable 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in just 17.5 minutes per game.

    Don’t take our word for it. Just ask New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin, who openly recruited Carter on national television to join and help lead his new squad:

    “Our big thing with Vince, and I think this is true of all veterans … when you go into a situation with other young players, the most important thing for you as a leader is that you’re playing significant minutes. And because you’re capable of doing that, the fit for him is find a team where he can do that. I hope we’re that team in terms of the one you’re drawn to.”

    He can still get up there with the best of them too, showing that his all-world athleticism hasn’t completely disappeared. He’s of course no longer a star or a starter, but as a spot contributor and locker room leader, you could do a lot worse than Vinsanity.

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    Age: 35

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 37,034

    Postseason Minutes Played: 4,724

             

    There’s a sizeable difference in age from VC to Andre Iguodala, but you could say that with Carter and just about anyone. Iguodala is plenty seasoned (15 seasons) and coincidentally went from an Olympian to a role player like Carter too.

    Of course, had he been on any other team than the Golden State Warriors the past six seasons, he would have assuredly put up more robust stat lines. He sacrificed individual glory for team success, and there’s always room for someone like that—especially when that someone can play lockdown perimeter defense and make plays when needed.

    But defense isn’t Iguodala’s only strong suit. Iggy shines brightest on the grandest stages, as evidenced by his Finals MVP in 2015 and his three-point shooting numbers in 2018-19. After shooting 40.1 percent during 68 regular-season games on 61 attempts from the corner, Iggy converted 47.1 percent of his 34 postseason looks from those spots.

    It’s unclear where he’ll wind up this coming season, but he’ll be a positive presence to whatever lineup he joins.

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    Age: 35

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 21,660

    Postseason Minutes Played: 2,910

          

    JJ Redick has only gotten better, if anything, over the last few years, and he recorded a career-high 18.1 points per game last season.

    He’s no longer just a standstill shooter like he was coming out of Duke many moons ago, although he’s still one of the game’s most lethal at launching from deep (39.7 percent last season on 8.0 attempts). That includes 42.9 percent from the corners, where Lonzo Ball should look to get him involved early and often.

    Redick’s overall impact greatly affected the Philadelphia 76ers on both ends. His real plus-minus put him eighth in the NBA among shooting guards, and each of the Sixers’ five best lineups included him on the floor in 2018-19.

    Despite landing sizeable contracts in his last few stops, he’s not generally thought of as a game-changer. It didn’t help that he recently signed with the New Orleans Pelicans—not exactly a go-to free-agency destination despite the Zion Williamson hoopla.

    In New Orleans, he should continue to have a bright green light whenever he touches the ball, and expect Zion to pull defenders off him, just like Joel Embiid did in Philly the last couple of seasons.

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    Age: 34

    Regular-Season Minutes Played: 18,596

    Postseason Minutes Played: 2,101

          

    Don’t expect Joakim Noah to remain unsigned for long. He showed at the end of last season with the Memphis Grizzlies that he still has plenty left in the tank as a defensive disruptor, tenacious rebounder and clever passer.

    Noah finished 23rd in the NBA in defensive real plus-minus among centers, and his per-36 numbers (15.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists) suggest he can still be an effective backup 5 in the right situation.

    He disappeared from sight after his disastrous, injury-plagued stint with the New York Knicks in 2016-17 and 2017-18, but he can still be a vocal leader and box score-filling contributor, even if it likely won’t be with the Los Angeles Lakers after some speculation he’d team up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis…at least for now, as Dwight Howard‘s “summer” contract is unguaranteed.

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    Ben Margot/As

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Toronto Raptors Are Bringing Back the Original “Dino” Jersey

Toronto Raptors Are Bringing Back the Original “Dino” Jersey

Raptors fans have something special to look forward to for this coming NBA season as it has just been announced that the team will be bringing back its nostalgic “Dino” basketball jerseys. Worn from 1995 – 1998, the Dino jersey featured a home jersey in white with a large red dribbling velociraptor and purple stripes. The away jersey was done in purple with white stripes.

Worn by the likes of Vince “Air Canada” Carter, Tracy “T-Mac” McGrady, and Damon “Mighty Mouse” Stoudamire, the Dino Jersey will be rel

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Cavaliers Rookie Dylan Windler Is Ready To Take The Next Step In His Career

Cavaliers Rookie Dylan Windler Is Ready To Take The Next Step In His Career
2019 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

MADISON, NJ – AUGUST 11: Dylan Windler #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses for a portrait during the 2019 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on August 11, 2019 at the Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly

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While the Cleveland Cavaliers are only projected to win around 24 games next year, it should still be fun, albeit losing, basketball. The team’s offense should look fluid and inventive under new head coach John Beilein, who will find ways to innovate all the youth on the Cavaliers’ roster. Rookie forward Dylan Windler, who Cleveland nabbed with the twenty-sixth pick out of Belmont, should see a lion’s share of minutes right out of the gate. This is due to the fact that other than Windler, the only other small forwards on Cleveland’s roster are Cedi Osman and Sindarius Thornwell. But, Windler seems level-headed coming in to contribute right away for the Cavaliers.

“I wouldn’t say I feel the pressure yet,” said Windler. “I try not to set too high of expectations for myself since it’s my rookie year. But, I’ll do everything I can every night to get better and do the things I can to contribute to the team.”

Windler envisions himself making immediate contributions on offense in catch-and-shoot situations, off-ball cutting and plenty of pin downs. In a sense, Windler will be utilized in Cleveland’s system similarly to how the Utah Jazz feature Joe Ingles. Windler agrees with that sentiment and shared that Ingles was a player he drew a lot of comparisons to coming out of Belmont. He believes this is because of their ability to pass, especially in the pick and roll as well as their mutual ability to stretch the floor.

Windler isn’t joking about his ability to stretch the floor. During NBA Summer League play in Salt Lake City, Windler hit a deep three-pointer against the San Antonio Spurs that caught the attention of nearly every Cavaliers fan. Swagger is the plus-sized sister to confidence and Windler showcased plenty of that for the Cavaliers while on the floor and will continue to do so through training camp and eventually the regular season.

But, before then Windler has a bit of down time and after a fairly hectic summer, he’s glad to be able to unwind. Not too long ago he finally has settled into a permanent situation in Cleveland after living the suite life out of a suitcase for a while. When he finds the time, he wants to explore Cleveland – especially its world famous food scene. But, he shared that it already feels a bit like home due to how similar it feels to his hometown of Indianapolis. Other than that, Windler also made his first big purchase with his NBA paycheck too, a Tesla Model S, something that he has wanted for a while.

Windler has also been using his time off the hardwood to get closer with his fellow rookie teammates. He had already become familiar with the former Vanderbilt point guard and fellow rookie Darius Garland. While at Belmont, Windler said he would sometimes practice with Garland who was then playing for nearby Brentwood Academy. Fast forward to now, and the bond between the two has only grown stronger. The same can be said of the relationship between Windler and fellow rookie Kevin Porter Jr., who bonded during their time togeth

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LeBron James seeks to trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ for his entertainment brand

Lakers superstar LeBron James has filed a trademark application for the term “Taco Tuesday,” apparently to capitalize on the popular Instagram videos in which he — often with friends and family — exults in his passion for eating tacos on Tuesdays.

According to the U.S. Patent and

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The LeBron James media reaction proves a point I was trying to make – David Griffin | The Jump – ESPN

The LeBron James media reaction proves a point I was trying to make – David Griffin | The Jump – ESPN

New Orleans Pelicans EVP David Griffin joins Jorge Sedano, Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin to further clarify his comments in Sports Illustrated about his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, and to preview the 2019-20 NBA season with rookie Zion Williamson.
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LeBron dedicates basketball court at his school in hometown

LeBron dedicates basketball court at his school in hometown

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James went back to school and back in time on Wednesday.

Joined by four high school teammates, the NBA superstar dedicated a multicolored outdoor basketball court at the I Promise School, which he founded last year for underprivileged children in his hometown.

James took a break from his starring role in “Space Jam 2,” currently in production, to spend time with the kids and support his family foundation.

Before taking the court for a quick pickup game against the youngsters

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Mayans M.C. returns with an action-packed premiere

Mayans M.C. returns with an action-packed premiere

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Frankie Loyal (left), JD Pardo, Richard Cabral, Michael Irby

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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, September 3. All times are Eastern. 


Top pick

Mayans M.C. (FX, 10 p.m., second season premiere): Season one of Mayans M.C., the Sons Of Anarchy spin-off from Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, took us for a bumpy ride—the series inherited the ponderousness and pacing issues of its predecessor along with several of its characters, including Marcus “El Padrino” Alvarez (an impassive Emilio Rivera) and Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon). But the story of the Mexican biker gang and the two brothers (J.D. Pardo and Clayton Cardenas) who made the Mayans their found family offered fertile ground for an exploration of migration and identity. Mayans M.C.’s “border story” is unlike any other on TV, and the season-two premiere, “Xbalanque” (speaking of brothers), wastes no time engaging with the current roiling debate about immigration. The episode picks up eight months after the events of “Cuervo/Tz’ikb’uul,” with EZ (Pardo) now a much more willing participant in the Mayans’

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NBA 2K20 Demo Available Now, But It’s A Little Unusual

NBA 2K20 Demo Available Now, But It’s A Little Unusual

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A demo (of shorts) for NBA 2K20 is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can download it to begin creating and testing out multiple MyPlayer builds, which you’ll then be able to take into the full game once it’s released in a couple of weeks time.

It’s an unusual demo, letting you explore a character creator more than the on-court action. You can adjust badges and attributes to create different player archetypes, and once you’ve done enough tweaking you can hop into a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, to test out how your MyPlayer handles.

2K recently dropped a new trailer for NBA 2K20’s career mode, giving

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Chris Haynes: The Clippers will drive LeBron James to be the ‘best he’s ever been’ next season

Chris Haynes: The Clippers will drive LeBron James to be the ‘best he’s ever been’ next season

Chris Haynes strongly believes LeBron James will be ‘as motivated he’s ever been’ next season. Hear why Chris thinks the Los Angeles Clippers will drive LeBron to succeed.
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‘NBA 2K20’ Story Mode Trailer Showcases Star-Studded Cast: Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, and More

2K Games has granted LeBron JamesSpringHill Entertainment creative control and production rights over NBA 2K20’s MyCAREER cinematic narrative, and the trailer above showcases the franchise’s new story “When The Lights Are Brightest.”

This year’s MyCAREER focuses on the personal story of NBA prospect Che on and off the court, showcasing the importance of having mentors in the sport, the pressures of being an athlete in our current social climate, and more.

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Michael Jordan Is Still King of the NBA’s Richest Sneaker Deals

Michael Jordan Is Still King of the NBA’s Richest Sneaker Deals

Michael Jordan is still widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time. While the debate is and forever will remain ongoing, however, there’s little arguing which NBA player — former or present — is most influential when it comes to sneakers.

To this day, Michael Jordan rakes in an estimated $130 million annually from Jordan Brand, Forbes reports, making him the top earner among NBA player sneaker deals. Far behind Jordan is LeBron James and his $32 million from Nike. MJ hasn’t played a professional game in over a decade and a half, but more Jordan Brand shoes are still being sold than every other signature line from current NBA players combined.

Forbes goes on to point out that sneaker deals are the biggest endorsement for most NBA players, accounting for the majority of their off-court earnings. Nike and Jordan continue to dominate the league, as almost 75 percent of players in the NBA wore Nike or Jordan sneakers last season. Nike and Jordan Brand look to carry on their supremacy by signing the latest up-and-coming talent, including this year’s overall number one pick, Zion Williamson.

There are 14 current or former NBA players with at least $9 million shoe deals, ranging from Michael Jordan ($130 million) to Klay Thompson ($9 million). Nike and Jordan Brand

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After 9 months without a team, the basketball world seems to have turned its back on Carmelo Anthony

After 9 months without a team, the basketball world seems to have turned its back on Carmelo Anthony

When Carmelo Anthony was unceremoniously released from the Houston Rockets in November after just 10 games, a league source (only half-jokingly) said Anthony’s best option moving forward was China.

Few could have predicted at the time that Anthony, a 10-time All-Star and likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, might have fallen out of the NBA so suddenly. But nine months after his release, it looks more and more like his time in league is done.

As of this writing, with the scramble of free agency weeks in the past, Anthony remains unsigned. It’s unclear how many teams even sniffed around Anthony this summer.

The latest rejection came this week, when Anthony, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, “expressed interest” in a spot on the bare USA Basketball roster heading into the FIBA world cup. He was rejected, with USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo even calling Anthony a potential “distraction.”

Read more: The NBA’s best players are dropping out of the first Olympics qualifying event at an alarming rate

“I love Carmelo,” Colangelo told Mannix. “He made a great contribution. He was a very good international player. But for where we are and what we’re doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. I understand why the request was made. He’s trying to reestablish himself. I think that has to be done in the [NBA].”

Anthony appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” last week and gave his most open interview yet about being dismissed by the Rockets, his NBA career, and his future in basketball. Anthony said Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told h

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Report: Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins Suffers Possible Knee Injury

Report: Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins Suffers Possible Knee Injury

Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn left ACL after test results confirmed the diagnosis and a surgery timeline is in the works.

Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn left ACL after test results confirmed the diagnosis and a surgery timeline is in the works, agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Cousins tore his ACL. Wojnarows

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‘Lightning Magazine’ Taps Danner Archives for 8068 Boot Release

Lightning Magazine digs deep into the Danner archives for a special collaborative release on the bootmaker‘s iconic 8068 silhouette.

Limited to 200 pieces, this decommissioned model from 1979 sees a taller cut of 8 inches rather than Danner’s more modern 6-inch cut — this is what the staff at Lightnin

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Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin: ‘I Knew I Was Gonna Leave’ as Soon as Cleveland Won 2016 Title

Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin: ‘I Knew I Was Gonna Leave’ as Soon as Cleveland Won 2016 Title

Griffin left the Cavaliers in June 2017 after three seasons as Cleveland’s general manager.

Former Cavaliers general manager and current Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin was integral in building the Cavaliers’ 2016 championship team, but he didn’t exactly enjoy himself during his three-year run leading Cleveland’s front office.

“Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin told Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”

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LeBron James Wants To Trademark “Taco Tuesday”

LeBron James Wants To Trademark “Taco Tuesday”
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One of the more endearing qualities of LeBron James is his relentless pursuit of maximum corniness, especially when it’s around his family. This has been on display throughout the summer in the form of Instagram stories of his family celebrating Taco Tuesday—or, more accurately, TA-CO TUEEEEESDAYYY. For the uninitiated, here’s one such occasion featuring Anthony Davis as a special guest:

Unfortunately, the part of LeBron’s brain that’s dedicated to turning everything into a brand eventually kicked in and, with each passing week, the meals began to seem more like a marketing ploy to sell branded merch—like in the above video and in this one too—than to celebrate the wholesome nature of tacos. Those suspicions became official on Saturday when lawyer Josh Gerben discovered that LBJ Trademarks, LLC, which belongs to LeBron, filed a trademark for the phrase Taco Tuesday on Aug. 15.

Here’s a screenshot of the filing:

Even mo

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John Elliott & Nike Reveal Release Dates for Three New LeBron James Icon QS Collabs

After several months of hype and anticipation, the rollout strategy for John Elliott‘s Nike LeBron Icon “Parachute Beige” was finally revealed, unveiling September 3 as the sneaker’s official release date. Now, Nike is announcing plans for the debut of three new LeBron James Icon QS collaborations with John Elliott.

Specifically, John Elliott and Nike’s three new joint takes on the LeBron James Icon QS silhouettes were created to give wearers a versatile range of shoes for a wide variety of environments and situations, including busine

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LeBron James Files Trademark Request for ‘Taco Tuesday’

LeBron James Files Trademark Request for ‘Taco Tuesday’

LeBron James wants to own the phrase “Taco Tuesday.”

According to lawyer Josh Gerben, one of James’s companies, LBJ Trademarks, submitted the required paperwork to trademark the term on Aug. 15.

The application states that James wants to trademark the phrase for “advertising and marketing servic

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LeBron James files ‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark

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LeBron James has made “Taco Tuesday” his own this summer, posting Instagram stories with family and friends and shouting the words at the top of his lungs. Pretty soon, the phrase may actually be his. 

LBJ Trademarks, LLC — one of James’ companies — filed to trademark “Taco Tuesday” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Aug. 15, records show

The filing says the trademark will pertain to downloadable audio/visual works; advertising and marketing services provided by means of indirect methods of marketing communications, namely, social media; podcast services; 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. 

James has been touting Taco Tuesday via his Instagram stories for months, with it taking off this summer. Newly acquired Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis also made it for one of the dinners. 

Recent trademark attempts in the sports world have included Tom Brady vying for “Tom Terrific,” which was denied by the USPTO because it could be confused with MLB Hall of Famer Tom Seaver’s nickname. 

Ohio State University is attempting to trademark the word “the” in cases the article is placed in front of “Ohio State University.” 

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LeBron James’ Sweet Note To Wife Savannah: I ‘Got All The Luck In The World’

LeBron James’ Sweet Note To Wife Savannah: I ‘Got All The Luck In The World’

LeBron James shared a sweet message to his wife, Savannah, a philanthropist, in a post on social media on Wednesday, after the couple celebrated Savannah’s birthday earlier this week. 

“Some got no luck and some got all the luck in the world,” the Los Angeles Laker wrote in an Instagram caption accompanied by a photo of Savannah. “I definitely got lucky with you [that’s] for sure!”

In another Instagram post on Aug. 27, which is Savannah’s birthday, James gushed over his beautiful “queen.” He said “words can’t express” his appreciation for her and their j

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LeBron James Files to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ After Viral Social Media Posts

LeBron James Files to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ After Viral Social Media Posts
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James recently filed a trademark for the term “Taco Tuesday.”

According to Josh Gerben of Gerben Law Firm, the filing was made by James’ LBJ Trademarks LLC with an eye toward using Taco Tuesday for a number of different things, including podcasting:

LeBron’s affinity for tacos is well known, as he often posts about Taco Tuesday on Instagram:

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John Elliott’s Nike LeBron Icon Is Releasing in Pink & Triple White Colorways Next Month

John Elliott’s Nike LeBron Icon Is Releasing in Pink & Triple White Colorways Next Month

John Elliott continues his collaborative partnership with LeBron James and Nike, as the menswear designer is gearing up to release three more colorways of the LeBron Icon.

The three-member collaboration began in 2016 with an exclusive LeBron Soldier X, followed by a complete collection in 2018 featuring the Icon QS. Now, the Icon is returning in pink and white colorways, as well as a tan iteration. The muted colorways are punctuated with translucent panels, as the sneaker boasts the midsole tooling of the LeBron 8.

The pink and white John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icons release September 13 through John Elliott and September 14 via Nike. The tan version then launches October 9.

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Don’t Lose Hope: These NBA Standouts Started Slow and Turned It Around

Don’t Lose Hope: These NBA Standouts Started Slow and Turned It Around

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    NBA stars rise on different schedules.

    Some are no-doubt elites almost from the beginning. LeBron James entered the Association as a 20-point scorer. Luka Doncic just debuted like no one had since Oscar Robertson. Stephen Curry kicked off his career by wowing with three-point volume and efficiency.

    But plenty of budding ballers needed more time to develop. And despite our current obsession with instant gratification, it’s OK if a prospect isn’t ready to rise right out of the gate.

    In fact, if you find yourself waiting for an NBA youngster to overcome a slow start, take solace in knowing the following five NBA standouts already blazed that trail.

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    Kyle Lowry‘s career trajectory is the road never traveled.

    The Memphis Grizzlies used the 24th pick to get him in the 2006 draft, then they shipped him to the Houston Rockets less than three years later. The Rockets coaxed better numbers out of him, but they also sent him packing three-plus years after he arrived.

    He had developed a reputation for not playing well with others—”Me and authority didn’t get along,” Lowry told ESPN’s Jordan Brenner—and didn’t have the production to justify the trouble. When he headed north of the border in 2012, he brought along career marks of 10.4 points and 4.8 assists per game on 42.0/33.0/78.3 shooting.

    Neither he nor the Toronto Raptors were sure about the other. As he wrote for The Players’ Tribune, “I figured I’d do my thing and show my talents, but in two years I would become a free agent and I’d be gone.”

    The Raptors, meanwhile, nearly sent him to the New York Knicks in 2013 before New York bailed at the last minute.

    But Lowry and the Raptors became the Association’s surprise success story. They entrusted him with a starting gig and later the keys to the franchise, and he responded with on-court leadership and stat-sheet awesomeness. Since joining Toronto, he ranks among the NBA’s top 20 in points (8,623, 20th), assists (3,506, eighth), three-pointers (1,223, seventh), steals (746, 11th) and win shares (62.9, 11th).

    He made his All-Star debut in his ninth NBA season (2014-15), and he hasn’t been left out of the festivities since.

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    Khris Middleton knew about starting and stopping long before he harnessed the defense-shedding ability to change speeds.

    After building an NBA buzz over two-plus seasons at Texas A&M, his third campaign was disrupted by a meniscus tear. He only lost a month of games, but the damage went far beyond that. He wasn’t the same player, and his draft stock tumbled from first-round lock to the 39th selection of the 2012 talent grab.

    His NBA career started the way myriad second-rounders’ have: on the bench and far off the national radar. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe recalled, “Middleton fell behind fellow rookies Kyle Singler and Kim English.”

    For context, English’s last NBA appearance came in April 2013, and Singler amassed a 7.5 player efficiency rating over his final four seasons.

    After his rookie year, Middleton was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Milwaukee Bucks to help match money in a Brandon Knight-Brandon Jennings swap. He was a different player with the Bucks, averaging 14.5 points on 45.0 percent shooting (40.5 percent from deep) over his first three seasons before a hamstring tore completely off the bone and delayed his fourth for three-plus months.

    But Middleton again rose in the face of adversity, proving just how powerful perseverance can be in this league. He averaged 20 points for the first time in his age-26 season. He made his first All-Star appearance the following year and was the primary supporting actor in Milwaukee’s rise to become a 60-win powerhouse.

    He’s a secondary scorer and playmaker who can lead the offense in either discipline, a shifty isolation creator, a lethal long-range shooter and a versatile defensive weapon. No one could’ve seen this ascension coming.

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    Paul Millsap was the 47th pick of the 2006 draft and a member of the 2006-07 All-Rookie second team. In almost any circumstance, that would make him a rapid-starter.

    But context is critical. Weighed only against his draft slot, sure, he did more than expected early in his NBA career. Change the expectations to what he has become, though, and you never could’ve foreseen Carlos Boozer’s former backup becoming a four-time All-Star.

    Plus, you should read nothing into Millsap’s All-Rookie nod. Those rosters were comically bad. Randy Foye, Jorge Garbajosa and Andrea Bargnani all grabbed first-team slots, while Millsap was joined on the second team by Walter Herrmann, Adam Morrison, Tyrus Thomas and Marcus Williams. Some participation trophies are harder to get than this distinction.

    Early-career Millsap was mediocre. He provided energy and smarts off the Utah Jazz’s bench, and he rarely s

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All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s Career All-Star and All-NBA Honors

All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s Career All-Star and All-NBA Honors
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Already near the top of the all-time leaderboards in numerous categories, LeBron James has passed some of the game’s greatest players, and even more legends are about to be bumped down the rankings. Here’s where the series stands:

Part I: James’ total regular-season and postseason minutes

Part II: James’ total blocks, steals and rebounds

Part III: James’ total assists and turnovers

Part IV: James’ advanced stats, including PER, win shares, VORP and box plus/minus

Part V: James’ total three-pointers and free throws

Part VI: James’ total points and field goals made

In Part VII of All the King’s Records, we look at where James could finish his career in total All-Star games and All-NBA teams.

      

Career All-Star Game Projections

When predicting James’ stats and awards both for this season and beyond, I’ve based his numbers on 71 games played per season, as that’s the average number of games he’s played over the past five years. That allows him to miss 11 contests per year for injury or rest.

His final career projections for all stats and awards came under the assumption he’ll play five more years, meaning a retirement at age 39 following 21 total seasons.

James currently sits in a four-way tie for third in career All-Star games, joining Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett with 15 total trips. James didn’t get named an All-Star as a rookie in 2003-04—that remains his lone year without an All-Star nod—but he had the fourth-most votes among all East guards. The Cavs were just 20-33 at the break, but James’ 20.4 points, 5.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds at the time were All-Star worthy. Despite not making the team, James did agree to play in the Rising Stars game, where he led all rookies with 33 points.

If James does play five more seasons, he’ll need to be named an All-Star every year to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record of 19 appearances. Kobe Bryant is the only other player ahead of James, with 18 selections in his 20 total seasons. The ever-popular Bryant was voted a starter in the 1998 All-Star Game despite coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time, and he likely would have tied Abdul-Jabbar with 19 had the 1999 All-Star Game not been cancelled due to the lockout-shortened season.

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The only time Abdul-Jabbar missed the All-Star Game was during the 1977-78 season, when he was sidelined for 20 games after he broke his hand punching an opposing player two minutes into the season opener. Abdul-Jabbar was fined a then-record $5,000 of his estimated $600,000 salary.

As long as the league doesn’t have another lockout and James doesn’t throw any punches, he’ll have an advantage over the only two players he’s still chasing.

From a productivity standpoint, James doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

The 34-year-old forward averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 35.2 minutes per game last season, the 15th straight season he’s averaged at least 25.3 points. As long as he’s on the court, James will likely put up All-Star-worthy numbers over the next five years.

Even if his production pl

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Rivals sense chance to end US reign at FIBA – Philippine Star

Rivals sense chance to end US reign at FIBA  – Philippine Star

Rivals sense chance to end US reign at FIBA world cup

(Agence France-Presse) – August 30, 2019 – 12:37pm

SHANGHAI – Basketball’s world cup launches on Saturday in China with two-time defending champions the United States missing their biggest stars and looking uncharacteristically vulnerable after surrendering their long winning streak.

The chief threat to the LeBron James-deprived Americans looks likely to come from Serbia, but Spain, France, Australia and Greece — led by NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo — are all snapping at Team USA’s heels.

A total of 32 countries will begin in eight groups of four spread across cities in China, from Shenzhen in the south to the capital Beijing, where the final will be held on September 15.

Just a few days ago, the US under respected coach Gregg Popovich is an odds-on favorite to make the final and win it for the third time in a row, no matter the opponent.

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Michael Jordan Tops ‘Forbes’’ List of the Biggest NBA Shoe Deals

Michael Jordan Tops ‘Forbes’’ List of the Biggest NBA Shoe Deals

Forbes has just released its list of the biggest NBA shoe deals for the past fiscal year ending in May 2019. Topping the list this year with an earning of $130 million USD is the G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan. Even though Jordan retired over 20 years ago, his partnership with Nike under Jordan Brand has continued to dominate the footwear scene, leading to multiple silhouettes and colorways selling out within minutes. According to Forbes Michael Jordan is worth a whopping $1.9 billion USD, with $1.4 billion USD coming from corporate sponsorships.

Jordan beat out the others on the list by a landslide, earning quadruple that of the second highest-earning pla

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Bizarre NBA 2K20 trailer sells the excitement of lootboxes

Bizarre NBA 2K20 trailer sells the excitement of lootboxes

A lot of people really hate lootboxes. This mechanic has players spending money to get a random assortment of digital items similar to packs of baseball cards. But this business model has drawn the ire of players who hate the idea of spending money without knowing what they’re going to get. And yet, someone must like these things because why else would publisher 2K Games make a trailer for its upcoming NBA 2K20 basketball sim that highlights just how much fun it is to get random items from lootboxes in a video game?

Earlier this week, 2K published a video that shows off many of the new features in NBA 2K20’s MyTeam. In this mode, players build dream teams by collecting cards. And you collect cards by opening up randomized card packs. This mode type first came to prominence in FIFA Ultimate Team from EA Sports. But this deck-building mode has proliferated throughout the entire sports genre. Today, it’s even in management-style sports sims like Out of the Park Baseball.

But while modes like MyTeam are all about getting those rare cards featuring legendary players, publishers like EA have focused on how this mode enables fans to “build their own teams.” 2K Games, however, is focused on somethin

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Frances Tiafoe Wants to Become the LeBron James of Tennis

Frances Tiafoe Wants to Become the LeBron James of Tennis

In 2001, 22.7 million people tuned into CBS to watch the US Open women’s final between Serena and Venus Williams. Last year’s finals however, now on ESPN, between Serena and Naomi Osaka, attracted 3.1 million viewers, while the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martín del Potro drew in 2.1. Although last year’s numbers are up from the previous year, tennis, especially American men’s tennis, is still far from its heyday of the ‘90s and 2000’s.

Luckily for us, Serena — who is still a favorite to win this year’s Open, 20 years after the first time she captured the title — is arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, male or female, and has inspired a new generation of young athletes of both genders. Among them is a young, up-and-comer by the name of Frances Tiafoe.

Tiafoe, 21, was born and raised in Maryland to parents who immigrated from Sierra Leone. His father worked as a custodian at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, and was given a spare office where he spent some of his nights after a long day on the job. Tiafoe, along with his twin brother, weren’t in the tennis program, but often stayed the night with their father, sleeping on a massage chair that was stored in a closet. Eventually, a six-year-old Frances was seen by coaches pounding tennis balls with every-growing ferocity against the facility’s hitting wall every morning and night, and was soon admitted to the Center.

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Flash forward to the present day and Tiafoe is now one of four American men in the top 45, three of which are 21 years of age, and is already being compared to greats like Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. He has a powerful serve and an equally-powerful, but rather unorthodox forehand, as well as the charisma, intensity and billion-dollar smile that American fans love to see.

Last year, Tiafoe lost in the second round of the US Open, and earlier this year he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, his best Grand Slam finish yet. Looking to end the 2019 Majors season with a successful run at this year’s Open, the budding superstar athlete sat down with us at Amex’s Fan Experience Center to talk about his career, what he hopes to accomplish in Flushing, the state of American tennis, becoming the LeBron James of his sport, and much more.

How do you feel coming off Winston-Salem?
I feel good. The last couple of weeks have been good. I played well in Cincinnati as well, beating [Gaël] Monfils and had a tight match with Bautista [Agut]. And Winston was also good. I’ve been playing pretty good. I’ve been more aggressive, trying to get some good matches under me. But now I’m here and it’s definitely time to pop off.

What parts of your game have you been focusing on heading into the US Open?
Ultimately, trying to be in a good head space, take care of my strategy and playing on my terms, playing aggressive, taking it to my opponents, and playing off my front foot. I want to make sure I’m coming to the net, having a lot of energy, really just taking it to my opponent, and playing to win, not to lose. No fear, and playing my ass off, competing for every point.

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What would make this US Open a successful one?
If I can get to the second week, I’ll be extremely happy, because I haven’t had the best stretch lately. If I can get some wins under me; it’s all about confidence, you know, you get one, two wins then you start feeling good, and that’s when good things happen. In the early rounds you got to shake off those nerves and just keep going from there.

What feelings or emotions do you have being American and playing in the US Open?
It’s more excitement, you’re anxious, you just want to get out there and get going. This is where the Americans got to make a big push because we haven’t had massive runs, making it to the finals or anything like that, so everyone’s looking for that. But the fans will be behind us. And the energy, you can’t beat it, being in New York and all. Even in the city, when you’re just kicking it, you feel it. There’s good vibes out here.

Do you have any plans for your downtime here in NYC?
My girlfriend is coming, so she’ll probably make me do some date night stuff with her — I’ll probably take her around the city. But I like to be pretty low-key when I’m playing, but then after, we’ll have some fun and enjoy the city a little bit.

How would you define the current state of American tennis?
Right now, it’s in a pretty good space. There’s a lot of young guys playing well. Obviously it’s not what it was, but I think now or in the next year and some change, Americans will be pushing for a [Grand] Slam. I had a great year at Australia, and there’s [Taylor] Fritz and Reilly [Opelka], there’s a ton of guys playing great. So if the stars align, and they take the opportunity, it’s kind of like a “why not” thing.

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You’ve said in the past “I want young kids to play tennis because of me.” How important is it for kids, and especially kids of color, to see someone like yourself on court?
I think it’s a massive thing. I mean, I would love to see more people of color playing tennis, but it’s not easy, it’s an expensive sport — rackets, training, travel, clothing, etc. But that’s why I’m here, to maximize my time and give those kids an opportunity. I was one of those kids and I got that opportunity, I took it, went balls to the wall, and now I’m here. It’s gonna take guys that are not just thinking about themselves but the young kids too.

Venus and Serena, who have long championed this movement, are mentors of your’s, correct? What have you learned from them?
Greatness, that’s pretty much it. All they care about is being great, and how they carry themselves, it’s pretty interesting. They’re much different than I am, they don’t really converse with any other competitors at all, it’s kind of just them, they ride for each other and are there for each other. They’re very professional. But off-court, they kick it, they have a good time. They’re very chill, they’re almost like little kids out there.

Do you feel you face any heightened challenges being black in a sport dominated mostly by white athletes?
I don’t think about it like that. I just go with what I want to do; I have my certain goals and that’s pretty much it. Honestly, I feel more love in that sense, because

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La curiosa celebración de Griezmann utilizando confeti e imitando a LeBron James

La curiosa celebración de Griezmann utilizando confeti e imitando a LeBron James

Antoine Griezmann tuvo ayer su debut soñado con el Barcelona. El francés salvó al Barcelona cuando este iba perdiendo por un gol a 0 con dos goles, y sobre todo el segundo de su cuenta particular fue un golazo. Además, llamó la atención su celebración, en la que imitó al gran Lebron James.

Tras marcar su primer gol, Griezmann no pudo hacer la celebración que tenía pensada, ya que era el empate, pero sí pudo hacerla en su segundo gol, que era el 2 a 1 y ponía al equipo por delante. En ella se fue a una esquina, donde

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400 Years of Black Philanthropy, From the Days of Slavery to the 2019 Morehouse Graduation

400 Years of Black Philanthropy, From the Days of Slavery to the 2019 Morehouse Graduation

When African American businessman Robert F. Smith declared during a Morehouse College commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt of the entire 2019 graduating class of about 400 young men from the historically black school, he provoked a frenzy. Footage of the jubilant graduates immediately went viral, with an outpouring of hot takes on what the news meant.

As a historian of philanthropy, here’s what caught my eye: Smith said that he was making this roughly US$40 million gift on behalf of eight generations of his family with American roots.

On top of paying tribute to his ancestors, I see this generous act as an extension of the underappreciated heritage of African American philanthropy that began soon after the first enslaved Africans disembarked in Virginia in 1619.

Robert F. Smith told the Morehouse College class of 2019 to applaud their own families and communities for helping them succeed.

Strong tradition

The West African people put into slavery brought cultures of giving and sharing with them across the Atlantic. In 1847, for example, enslaved Africans in Richmond, Virginia, donated money through their church to Ireland’s potato famine relief efforts. I believe that their ways of looking after others and pooling resources to survive forms the basis of giving by African Americans today.

And while Oprah Winfrey and basketball star LeBron James bring visibility to black philanthropy in unique ways, it’s important to realize that they contribute only a small share of the at least $11 billion African Americans give to charities each year.

Despite the toll that four centuries of slavery and discrimination have taken on black earnings, African Americans regardless of their economic status have long given generously of their money and time.

Black women

I have written extensively about the historical roles of black women as the creators, innovators and purveyors of African American philanthropy. In my forthcoming book about Madam C.J. Walker, the early 20th-century black entrepreneur philanthropist commonly known as the first American self-made female millionaire, I’ve documented this history through her gifts and those made by her peers – other black businesswomen and leaders of clubs.

Before Smith’s announcement, Winfrey had already donated at least $12 million to Morehouse, enabling more than 400 men to graduate debt-free. A $21 million gift to establish the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture made her its biggest donor – Smith’s own $20 million gift was also among the top three.

Countless other black women, from all walks of life, give of their time, talent and money generously through their churches, clubs, sororities and giving circles – groups of people who pool charitable money for nonprofits they collectively choose to support. Black women also made August Black Philanthropy Month, an international celebration of giving by people descended from Africa.

Smith has said his mother, Sylvia Myrna Smith, set him on a path of generosity. A high school principal, she instilled in him the habit of giving through her annual ritual of donating to the United Negro College Fund to help young people of color gain a

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Tyga, YG and Blueface Share the Music Video for “Bop”

Tyga, YG and Blueface Share the Music Video for “Bop”

Only a little over a month since Tyga dropped his seventh studio album Legendary, but the hip-hop hitmaker is already back with a new single. “Bop” teams up Tyga with YG and Blueface for a West Coast banger that should hit strip clubs throughout the coast. The video showcases the trio alo

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LeBron James Already Is Slam-Dunking ‘Clueless’ NCAA Over Agent Mess

LeBron James Already Is Slam-Dunking ‘Clueless’ NCAA Over Agent Mess

With much help from King James’ $52 million worth of endorsements and 45.3 million followers on social media, ESPN.com crowned the basketball superhero of the Los Angeles Lakers as the world’s second-most famous athlete behind Cristiano Ronaldo. But the NCAA …
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Kim Kardashian & Ellen DeGeneres Amongst Celebrities With Most Fake Instagram Followers

Kim Kardashian & Ellen DeGeneres Amongst Celebrities With Most Fake Instagram Followers

Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, BTS and Kim Kardashian have had their Instagram and Twitter accounts examined by ICMP for fake followers.

The investigation shows that Ellen DeGeneres has the highest amount of fake followers in the showbiz celebrity category, with 58% of her Instagram followers being fake. BTS came second with 48% and Kourtney Kardashian came third with 49% — the percentage being respective to the number of fake followers they have to their total follow count.

Kourtney Kardashian’s sisters, Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian, both had 44% of their followers listed as

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Buying or Selling NBA’s Hottest Offseason Takes

Buying or Selling NBA’s Hottest Offseason Takes

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    With training camps in the NBA set to open next month, it’s time to play truth or fiction on some of the hottest takes.

    Many were ready to crown the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers with their additions of Anthony Davis, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. The New Orleans Pelicans were winners as well after landing Zion Williamson with the first overall pick and getting so much back for AD.

    Others, like the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets, lost significant pieces in Kevin Durant and Kemba Walker, sparking some spicy takes as well.

    Which claims are legit?

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    With the Wizards coming off a 32-50 season and franchise point guard John Wall likely to miss the entire 2019-20 campaign with an Achilles injury, All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal will continue to dominate trade chatter.

    The problem? The Wizards want to build around the 26-year-old, not trade him with two years left on his contract.

    General manager Tommy Sheppard said the following, per ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski“We need to show him that we are about building this the right way, that we aren’t going to have character-deficient guys around him. We are going to surround him with guys he wants to play with. He saw that right away in free agency with us bringing back Thomas Bryant.”

    The Wizards have “no plans to engage in trade talks,” even if Beal rejects a three-year, $111 million max contract extension.

    While it’s admirable to want to build around Beal, it’s not a realistic option. After trading Otto Porter Jr. for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, the Wizards let both new players walk in free agency this past summer. They also shipped off starting power forward Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans for reserve wing Wesley Johnson in a salary-saving move.

    Even in a weak East, the Wizards won’t make the playoffs, no matter what kind of numbers Beal puts up.

    His trade value will never be higher than it is right now. The Wizards could completely reboot their franchise with trade offers from teams like the Pelicans or Denver Nuggets.

    Verdict: Buy trading Beal and starting the rebuild

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    After just missing the playoffs last season with a 39-43 record, can the Hornets really sink to the bottom of the NBA just by losing one player?

    This isn’t downplaying Kemba Walker’s impact, of course. The All-NBA point guard led the Hornets with 25.6 points, 5.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game, and a team-high 31.5 percent of all plays ended with Walker when he was in the game.

    Charlotte will get some of that offense and playmaking back with the addition of former Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, who signed a three-year, $56.7 million deal. The Hornets also selected Kentucky forward PJ Washington 12th overall in the draft.

    Despite those additions, the Hornets can absolutely still be the NBA’s worst team.

    Remember, Charlotte also saw shooting guard Jeremy Lamb sign with the Indiana Pacers, and Walker and Lamb ranked first and second on the Hornets in scoring and win shares (combined 40.9 points and 12.7 WS). Meanwhile, backup point guard Tony Parker retired, and Frank Kaminsky signed with the Phoenix Suns.

    Even adding Rozier (14.2 points, 4.6 assists, 38.7 percent shooting per 36 minutes last season) won’t be enough to put Charlotte in the playoff picture again.

    While FiveThiryEight‘s CARMELO predictions put the Hornets above the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers, both the Knicks (RJ Barrett, added depth and overall talent) and Cavs (Darius Garland, healthy Kevin Love) make strong cases for passing Charlotte in the standings.

    Unless Miles Bridges and Malik Monk make huge leaps, it’s hard to envision the Hornets finishing anywhere but the bottom. 

    Verdict: Buy, although the Cavs and Knicks should challenge

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    After reaching the past five NBA Finals and winning three of them, the Warriors dynasty appears to be on life support after losing Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins, Shaun Livingston, Jordan Bell and Quinn Cook this offseason. Klay Thompson will also miss most of the 2019-20 season recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Finals.

    This, combined with an even better Western Conference, may mean the end of Golden State’s reign, though Thompson doesn’t agree, per ESPN’s Cari Champion:

    “I think that’s a little premature to say there’s no more dynasty. I mean, we still have Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP. Draymond Green

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Yessssssssssssssssss, Dwight Howard Is Joining The Lakers

Yessssssssssssssssss, Dwight Howard Is Joining The Lakers
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Because it has been true for longer than I have been alive that the NBA is more fun when the Lakers are interesting, the news that Dwight Howard will be joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis on a Lakers team that is very serious about contending for championships is extremely welcome. This is not likely to make the Lakers any better, and there’s a very real chance that it will make the Lakers worse. But they will for sure be interesting!

The Lakers will start either Howa

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From breakups to makeups: NBA reunions that defied expectations

From breakups to makeups: NBA reunions that defied expectations

Dwight Howard is on his way back to the Los Angeles Lakers, after agreeing to a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies.

While the move wasn’t a surprise given recent developments — specifically the Lakers losing DeMarcus Cousins to a torn ACL and the Grizzlies having little interest in keeping Howard on the roster after acquiring his contract earlier this summer — it’s shocking to anyone who remembers how poorly Howard’s first stint with the Lakers went.

The former Defensive Player of the Year joined the Lakers in 2012 and was supposed to be part of a superteam with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, who was also traded to Los Angeles that summer. Instead, head coach Mike Brown was fired after a 1-4 start, Howard and Bryant reportedly feuded in the locker room (which led to a staged photo that did nothing to stem the rumors) and Bryant tore his Achilles tendon with two games left in the season. As a final indignity, Howard was ejected from his final game as a Laker, a 103-82 loss to complete the San Antonio Spurs‘ four-game sweep in the first round.

Howard signed with the Houston Rockets in the summer of 2013, and when he and Bryant next met on the court, Bryant famously called Howard “soft,” something the center told Fox Sports 1 that he “hated” Bryant for at the time.

Yet, despite all that history, Howard will once again don a Lakers jersey as he tries to help the team win its first NBA title since 2010.

The reunion between Howard and the Lakers is far from the first in NBA history to come after a bad breakup.


A three-time MVP, Malone had led the 76ers to a title in 1983, but his 1985-86 season ended early due to a fractured orbital bone. Fearing Malone’s best days were behind him following a season in which he’d feuded with coach Matt Guokas, Philadelphia traded him to the Washington Bullets in exchange for All-Star big man Jeff Ruland and Clifford Robinson. “We’re far better equipped to deal at a championship level than 24 hours ago,” 76ers general manager Pat Williams said at the time. He was wrong. The 76ers fell from 54 wins to 45, as Ruland continued to struggle with injuries. Meanwhile, Malone proved he was far from done, making the All-Star team in each of the next three seasons.

After stints in Washington, Atlanta, and Milwaukee, Malone returned to Philadelphia for the 1993-94 season. Serving as a backup and mentor to rookie Shawn Bradley, Malone played 55 games in what would turn out to be his second-to-last NBA season. The 76ers posthumously retired Malone’s No. 2 jersey earlier this year.


The No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 draft by the Orlando Magic, We

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The ’90s NBA Star Your Favorite Player Resembles Most

The ’90s NBA Star Your Favorite Player Resembles Most

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    The NBA is in a perpetual state of evolution, and its superstars are no different.

    Today’s hardwood heroes are better conditioned, more versatile and as skilled as ever. But they’re also built from a foundation formed long before their big league arrivals.

    Each current star has a historic doppelganger, although not by appearance but rather play style and production. These aren’t exact replicas, since the Association has changed considerably, but they are different chapters from the same book.

    With the 2010s down to their final months—can we get some flying cars already?—we caught the nostalgic bug, so we’re looking back to the 1990s for yesteryear’s version of today’s elites.

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    Giannis Antetokounmpo is the face of positionless basketball. He has spent at least 6 percent of his career at all five positions and had everything but center as his listed position.

    His range of potential comparisons stretches as far as one’s imagination.

    His former coach, Jason Kidd, said, “He can be Magic Johnson and KG [Kevin Garnett],” per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix. His recent teammate, Pau Gasol, detailed shreds of Russell Westbrook (downhill pressure), Shaquille O’Neal (speed, skill, physical dominance), Kevin Garnett (intensity and aggressiveness) and Kobe Bryant (focus, approach, competitive fire) in a piece for The Players’ Tribune.

    Antetokounmpo is an amalgam of all of the above and more, but Garnett comes closest to sketching the blueprint.

    While ’90s NBA coaches more strictly adhered to positional designations, Garnett forced them to think outside of the frontcourt box. In his first season, he saw 52 percent of his playing time at the 5. By his sophomore campaign, he logged 37 percent of his minutes at the 3. In his third go-round, it was 82 percent at the 4.

    Garnett could lock down the interior or shut down smaller players on the perimeter. He had handles, a knack for shot-creation seldom seen in someone his size and explosive athleticism, a combination that made him a formidable offensive player on the perimeter even without a three-ball. Antetokounmpo just turned that model into an MVP award.

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    Before Stephen Curry could conquer the NBA, he had to revolutionize it.

    That means his fingerprints will forever be on the league. It also means appropriate comparisons don’t really exist.

    Phil Jackson caused a stir when he linked Curry to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 2016, but it wasn’t entirely off-base. In terms of play style only, Abdul-Rauf played a similar game built on handles, pull-up shooting and an emphasis on the deep ball.

    But comparing a two-time MVP with a zero-time All-Star feels preposterous. Not to mention, Abdul-Rauf’s lack of accolades makes him ineligible based on our criteria.

    Enter Mark Price. While hardly a Curry clone, Price, a four-time All-Star, helped pave the path for a below-the-rim point guard to dominate with outside shooting, expert vision and fearless attacks, as Joe Posnanski detailed for NBC Sports:

    “When you look back at Price highlights, you can see some of the early sketches of what Steph Curry would become. Price would slip between defenders. Price would unleash the quickest shot around. Price would make passes to teammates who did not even know they were open. And, of course, Price had a glorious shot.”

    Price never climbed as high as Curry or matched his volume, but the shooting efficiency was a mirror image. Price compiled a 47.2/40.2/90.4 slash line over his 12-year career. Through 10 seasons, Curry’s career line sits at 47.7/43.6/90.5.

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    Anthony Davis is unfair.

    His size-skill combo is absurd, especially when it’s all powered by turbocharged explosiveness. He’s a former guard in a center’s body, and he has maintained his old perimeter talents while wreaking havoc on the interior as a shot-eraser, glass-cleaner and lob-crusher.

    Show that paragraph to a hoops addict in the ’90s, though, and they’d swear you were describing David Robinson. The San Antonio Spurs legend blazed an almost identical trail to the top back then, logic-defying growth spurt included.

    “Robinson was 5’9″ his junior year of high school, grew to 6’7″ in his senior year, then up to 7’1″ while at the Naval Academy,” ESPN’s Andre Snellings wrote. “Davis was 6’3″ as a junior in high school but hit 6’10” by the time that he graduated. Both players retained much of the quickness and skill of their shorter selves even after they attained their full heights.”

    Robinson took a longer route to the pros, spending four seasons at the Naval Academy and another two in the service before his debut. When he finally arrived, he was shot out of a cannon. Over his first seven seasons, he averaged an incredible 25.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 3.1 assists. Over the past three seasons, Davis has tallied 27.5 points, 11.6 boards, 2.4 rejections and 2.7 dimes.

    Both wrecking balls in the open court and too big, quick and strong for anyone to comfortably cover in isolations, each was a walking cheat code.

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    Kevin Durant is the first of his kind.

    He’s essentially a 7-foot scoring guard, only his game has matured to the point he also fills secondary roles as a playmaker, rebounder and shot-blocker. The history of the Association shows no one quite like him, and those who perhaps come closest—George Gervin, Tracy McGrady—don’t fit this exercise, since neither made an All-Star appearance in the ’90s.

    But the final three of Larry Bird’s 12 All-Star selections came in the decade, which is perfect since he’s the better comparison in terms of impact and ability.

    “He and KD had a lot of the same skills,” ESPN’s Jalen Rose said on Get Up!. “They both could dribble, pass and shoot. They both could knock it down from three. They both could play from the post. They both did their best to compete defensively.”

    Durant has more hops, Bird was the superior distributor, but they reached a similar level of across-the-board dominance.

    Each is a member of the vaunted 50/40/90 snipers club. Both are among the four players to post career marks of 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists and 49 percent shooting. Each has at least one MVP trophy from the regular season, the Finals and the All-Star Game.

    These are two of the greatest this game has ever seen, and they share more similarities than you might think.

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    Ever catch a clip of Joel Embiid clowning a defender in the post or otherwise flashing impossibly fluid footwork for his size and think you stumbled on an old clip of Hakeem Olajuwon?

    So has The Dream.

    “I can see myself [in him],” Olajuwon said in 2017.

    That didn’t happen by accident. As Embiid wrote for The Players’ Tribune in August 2018, he watched a DVD featuring Olajuwon and other legendary NBA bigs “probably … every single day for three years.”

    Embiid attacks the hardwood like he’s pining for the lead role in an Olajuwon reboot. It’s all there: the ball fakes, the shoulder shakes, the unnatural agility, the comfort away from the basket, the rim protection. Even the backstories are the same—born in Africa, late starts in basketball, footwork and agility honed on soccer fields.

    Olajuwon made his first All-Star Game as a rookie; Embiid was selected the first time his body held up for 40-plus games. Olajuwon’s career-high scoring average was 27.8; Embiid just posted a best-for-now 27.5. Olajuwon made nine All-Defensive teams; Embiid just made his second in three years.

    Olajuwon earned 12 All-Star selections, 12 All-NBA honors and a pair of world championships. Embiid has a chance to follow those footsteps and maybe make it even farther.

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Real Footage Of College Basketball Games From 1939

Real Footage Of College Basketball Games From 1939

Before Steph Curry, before LeBron James, before Michael Jordan, before the modern 3-point line, before the NBA/ABA merger, before blocks and steals were recorded, before World War II…

Wait, what?

This vintage clip of a news broadcast from Madison Square Garden will bring you basketball unblemished by any of those aforementioned factors… because when it was recorded none of them had happened yet.

 

A far cry from the pseudo-professional super athletes

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Royce White calls out LeBron, says Carmelo Anthony is being ‘blackballed’ | Jalen & Jacoby – ESPN

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LeBron James has played with many former All-Stars past their peak — Here are all 14, ranked

LeBron James has played with many former All-Stars past their peak — Here are all 14, ranked

LeBron James has played with plenty of stars in their primes, but the list of former All-Stars who have joined his teams after their best days is even longer.

Following recent reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are considering signi

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All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s All-Time Points and Field Goals Rank

All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s All-Time Points and Field Goals Rank
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As LeBron James enters his 17th NBA season, Bleacher Report is taking a look at where the four-time MVP sits in the history books in several statistical categories now, after his projected 2019-20 season and following the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.

Already near the top of the all-time leaderboards in numerous categories, James has passed some of the game’s greatest players, and even more legends are about to be bumped down the rankings. Here’s where the series stands:

Part I: James’ total regular-season and postseason minutes

Part II: James’ total blocks, steals and rebounds

Part III: James’ total assists and turnovers

Part IV: James’ advanced stats, including PER, win shares, VORP and box plus/minus

Part V: James’ total three-pointers and free throws

In Part VI of All the King’s Records, we look at where James could finish his career in total points and field goals.

Points: 2019-20 and Future Projections

When predicting James’ stats both for this season and beyond, I’ve based his numbers on 71 games played per season, as that’s the average amount of time he’s spent on the court over the past five years. That allows him to miss 11 contests per year for injury or rest.

His final career projections for all stats came under the assumption he’ll play five more years, meaning a retirement at age 39 following 21 total seasons.

Perhaps the most interesting NBA record—more than games played, rebounds, assists or even titles themselves—is total points.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has held this record since April 5, 1984, when one of his patented sky hooks pushed him past Wilt Chamberlain for first all time. Since that night, Abdul-Jabbar added 6,966 points before he retired, raising his record mark to 38,387.

To reach that total, it took Abdul-Jabbar 1,560 games over 20 seasons, and he became the first player in NBA history at that time to play for two full decades.

While players like Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan came close, James has the best chance of any to top Abdul-Jabbar.

James already sits No. 4 overall after 16 seasons, and he passed Jordan on the all-time scoring list in March. He now trails only Bryant, Malone and Abdul-Jabbar, in that order.

Like Bryant, James had the advantage of entering the NBA straight out of high school and could begin accumulating stats at age 18. Abdul-Jabbar played three years at UCLA, and Malone spent three at Louisiana Tech.

While James began his career as the focal point and leading scorer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bryant only started seven total games during his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging just 11.7 points per game.

Despite this slow start, Bryant still had a chance at passing Abdul-Jabbar for first place before tearing his Achilles in 2013 at age 35. He would go on to play just 107 total games over the next three seasons.

For James, getting this early lead over Bryant in scoring is one thing—maintaining his health is another.

Because of his early entrance and high usage in the NBA, James has consistently been the youngest in history to reach every significant scoring plateau. His latest major milestone was the 30,00




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White: ‘Blackballed’ Melo left hanging by LeBron

Former NBA first-round pick Royce White believes Carmelo Anthony has been “blackballed” by the league, and he thinks LeBron James is partly to blame.

“‘Melo is absolutely being blackballed,” White, who plays in the BIG3 league, told Fanatics View on Saturday. “He’s one of the realest in [the league]. … He’s given too much to the game for them not to allow him to play or for them to kind of culturally just make an agreement that he’s not good enough anymore. All of us here that played the game at the highest level know how good Me

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White: ‘Blackballed’ Melo left hanging by LeBron

White: ‘Blackballed’ Melo left hanging by LeBron

Former NBA first-round pick Royce White believes Carmelo Anthony has been “blackballed” by the league, and he thinks LeBron James is partly to blame.

“‘Melo is absolutely being blackballed,” White, who plays in the BIG3 league, told Fanatics View on Saturday. “He’s one of the realest in [the league]. … He’s given too much to the game for them not to allow him to play or for them to kind of culturally just make an agreement that he’s not good enough anymore. All of us here that played the game at the highest level know how good Melo is.”

Earlier this month, Anthony told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on First Take that he felt “the game didn’t want me back” after he was released by the H

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‘Madam CJ Walker’: Bill Bellamy Joins Netflix Limited Series

‘Madam CJ Walker’: Bill Bellamy Joins Netflix Limited Series

Bill Bellamy (Def Comedy Jam, Insecure) has joined the cast of Madam CJ Walker, a four-part limited series starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James. It’s slated for premiere in 2020.

Written by Janine Sherman Barrois, Elle Johnson and Nicole Jefferson Asher, Madam CJ Walker tells the untold, culturally important, and highly relevant story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam CJ Walker (Spencer) and how she overcame hostile t

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The Lakers Already Have A Center

The Lakers Already Have A Center
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Hey, remember back in mid-July, when the Lakers traded the moon and stars for one of the most talented young players in the NBA? Remember that? Remember when the team and the player did their big introductory press conference? Remember during that press conference, when that player—who is listed by the NBA as standing 6-foot-10, and who has a 7-foot-6 wingspan, and whose tremendous defensive value is derived overwhelmingly from his world-class ability to close off the paint and discourage, alter, and block shots at the rim—looked over at his new head coach and said, “If it comes down to it, Coach, and you need me to play the five, I’ll play the five”?

I bring that up for a very specific reason:

It was bad enough when the Lakers were making eyes at Dwight Howard as a replacement for the physically ruined DeMarcus Cousins. Howard is a greatly diminished goof with a long track record of irritating his teammates and a more recent track record of being too broken down to take the floor for an NBA team, but at least he looks impressive in an NBA uniform. Noah hasn’t been a good or relevant NBA player in at least five years. Speights peaked as an NBA player at “useful,” and that was four years ago, and it was in a cushy bench role on the most star-loaded team in modern NBA history. Marcin Gortat was actively bad and easily replaceable last season, in Los Angeles, in the same damn building where the Lakers play.

These are not credible rotation options for a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Most irritatingly, they are being considered not because the Lakers desperately need some hulking intimidator to bang on the block with, like, Clint Capela, but because the excellent natural center

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Report: Ex-Cavaliers HC Ty Lue Signs Contract to Join Clippers as Top Assistant

Report: Ex-Cavaliers HC Ty Lue Signs Contract to Join Clippers as Top Assistant
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Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will be back on the sidelines in 2019-20 after agreeing Tuesday to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

Lue will be a top assistant under head coach Doc Rivers. 

This ends a wild offseason for Lue, who seemingly had a chance to become head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

When former Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams dropped out of the mix in L.A. to take the Phoenix Suns‘ job, Lue seemed like the clear front-runner. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that the two sides engaged in negotiations to make Lue the franchise’s next coach.

However, negotiations hit a bump in the road in early May.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Lue and the Lakers had reached an “impasse.” Marc Stein of the New York Times added the team wanted to shape Lue’s assistant coaching staff rather than letting him do so himself.

The Lakers’ initial offer was for three years, according to Haynes, which lined up with LeBron James’ remaining contract. Per Haynes, Lue wanted a five-year contract.

As the two sides were unable to find common ground, Lue withdrew from consideration, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

A few months later, Lue joined the Lakers’ Staples Center co-tenants.

After spending 11 seasons in the NBA

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From Eric Garner’s death to firing of NYPD officer: A timeline of key events

From Eric Garner’s death to firing of NYPD officer: A timeline of key events

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Eric Garner’s cry of “I can’t breathe” became a battle cry for the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality.
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NEW YORK – NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill on Monday announced the firing of the officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold moments before his 2014 death.

The announcement of Daniel Pantaleo’s firing came just weeks after the five-year anniversary of Garner’s death.

A timeline of key events:

July 17, 2014: Eric Garner dies in a confrontation with Pantaleo after the officer placed him in what appeared to be a chokehold. Police had suspected Garner of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on the street on New York City’s Staten Island. The confrontation is caught on amateur video, including Garner’s words “I can’t breathe,” which become a rallying cry among protesters.

Aug. 1, 2014: The city medical examiner’s office rules Garner’s death a homicide caused by neck compressions from a chokehold.

Aug. 23, 2014: Over 2,500 people march on Staten Island in protest of Garner’s death.

Sept. 19, 2014: Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist hired by Garner’s family, agrees with findings that a chokehold caused Garner’s death. Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, says that Pantaleo used a “seatbelt” maneuver and that the neck compressions were likely caused by lifesaving medical procedures.

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Dec. 3, 2014: A grand jury weighing whether to indict him finds “no reasonable cause” to bring charges against Pantaleo, triggering protests. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says federal authorities will conduct a civil rights investigation.

Dec. 20, 2014: A gunman ambushes two New York City Police officers in a patrol car and shoots them to death before killing himself. Authorities say Ismaaiyl Brinsley announced online he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for Garner’s death.

July 13, 2015: Garner’s family settles a lawsuit against the city for $5.9 million.

July 11, 2016: Garner’s siblings lend their voices to a song titled “I Can’t Breathe” that was released for the second anniversary of his death.

June 21, 2017: Garner’s family, along with Al Sharpton, meet privately with Justice Department officials. They are told the investigation is still active.

April 19, 2018: Federal civil rights prosecutors recommend charging Pantaleo.

July 16, 2018: The New York Police Department says it will allow disciplinary proceedings against Pantaleo, saying it’s run out of patience with federal authorities’ indecision.

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July 21, 2018: Disciplinary proceedings against Pantaleo begin.

May 13, 2019: After many delays, the NYPD disciplinary trial begins for Pantaleo.

May 14, 2019: The NYPD official in charge of training recruits says the restraint technique Pantaleo used on Garner “meets the definition” of a chokehold. The practice was banned in the 1990s.

June 6, 2019: The disciplinary hearing for Pantaleo ends. It can take up to three months before an administrative judge recommends a punishment to the police commissioner.

July 16, 2019: Federal prosecutors say they will not bring charges against Pantaleo, a decision made one day before the five-year anniversary of Garner’s death.

August 19, 2019: NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced the department’s decision to fire Pantaleo, more than five years after Garner’s death. Pantaleo will not receive pension. Later in the

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Rookies see Reddish, not Zion, having best career

Rookies see Reddish, not Zion, having best career

Zion Williamson has been hailed as the next big thing in the NBA, but his colleagues in the incoming rookie class aren’t sold on the idea that the No. 1 overall pick will have a great NBA career.

In the league’s annual survey of rookies, players were asked which member of the 2019 class would have the best career. Williamson received only 5% of the votes.

Cam Reddish, Williamson’s teammate at Duke, garnered 19% of the votes. Reddish went to the Atlanta Hawks with the 10th pick of the draft.

Reddish was followed by Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies with 16% of the votes and De’Andre Hunter of the Hawks with 11%.

Williamson was tied with RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks, Coby White of the Chicago Bulls and Williamson’s teammate on the New Orleans Pelicans, Jaxson Hayes.

It was the sixth straight year that a Duke player finished first in the category, with Reddish following in a line that includes Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017) and Wendell Carter Jr. last season.

The survey was posted Monday on NBA.com.

Wil

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Baby Rose Announces New “August 5th” Single & Album Release Date

Baby Rose Announces New “August 5th” Single & Album Release Date

Following Baby Rose’s new visual for her single “Mortal,” the R&B singer returns with a new track and album release announcement.

Baby Rose shared “August 5th” for her birthday, a track that allows her to travel through the years, reminiscing about the past while looking forward to a life full of constant changes. The Atlanta-based singer explained that “the so

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Watch New Trailer for NBA 2K20 MyCAREER Story Produced by LeBron James

Watch New Trailer for NBA 2K20 MyCAREER Story Produced by LeBron James
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The LeBron James-produced trailer for the NBA2K20 MyCAREER mode dropped Monday with the video game set for a Sept. 6 release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC:

This year’s MyCAREER follows a collegiate star’s attempts to play in the NBA after quitting his team in support of an injured teammate who had his scholarship taken.

The trailer featured a who’s who of Hollywood and NBA celebrities, including actress Rosario Dawson, actor Idris Elba, actor Thomas Middleditch, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anth

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Kevin Durant vs. Larry Bird: Who’s Higher on the All-Time SF List?

Kevin Durant vs. Larry Bird: Who’s Higher on the All-Time SF List?
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Contrary to the opinion of plenty of 1980s-era NBA fans, LeBron James took the “NBA’s greatest small forward” mantle from Larry Bird some time ago. Now, another modern 3 may be nipping at Bird’s heels.

Midway through the 2015-16 season, ESPN compiled a ranking of the greatest 3s ever. At that time, which was before Kevin Durant‘s Golden State Warriors stint, the top five read: LeBron, Bird, Julius Erving, KD and Elgin Baylor.

Over the last three years, Durant has added an awful lot of legacy points. In discussions about where he stands in the history of the game, supporters can point to two NBA titles and two Finals MVPs.

But is that enough for him to leapfrog Bird on the all-time small forward list?

Statistically, there’s an argument he already has. In a blind poll that presented the career numbers of Bird and Durant free of context, the latter edged the former:

The voting gap widened regarding their five-year peaks:

Is this just a case of “points-per-game Twitter” overwhelming the rest of the voters? Or, are we in an era when shooting efficiency is valued more than ever? Or, are the voters right? Maybe Durant is just better.

Of course, that take can’t be backed up with just a blind poll. To truly determine who’s higher on the all-time small forward ladder, we’ll have to dig deeper into five categories: scoring, shooting, playmaking, defense and accolades.

Grabs electronic shovel. Let’s do this.

               

Through the end of Bird’s final NBA season, 1991-92, his scoring average of 24.3 ranked 12th all time. His career relative scoring average (points per game minus the league average for individual points per game at the time) was plus-12.2.

Bird was undoubtedly one of the best scorers ever. But his game was more than just numbers:

The level of bravado it takes to both say that and go out and do it is hard to find anywhere else—and it was far from a one-time thing. Bird’s trash-talking exploits are legendary.

His teammate, Kevin McHale, told The Dan Patrick Show the following story about a game in which the Celtics had relinquished a big fourth-quarter lead (h/t USA Today):

“So we have an out-of-bounds play, I’m taking it out and Larry says ‘I’m going to bust off the play and I’m just going to shoot a three.’

We’re down two. I’m like ‘no, don’t do that. Let’s shoot a two, please. Go to the hole, try to get fouled. Let’s just get into overtime, see if we can’t win this game.’

And Larry says ‘nah, I’m just going to bust a three on them.’ I’m like ‘oh my God.’ So he tells the Phoenix bench, tells the coaches ‘yeah, I’m just fixing to bust a three on you guys and just go home. I’m tired of this.’

And he gets the ball, jumps out, busts the play, gets the ball at the slot, shoots the ball. As the ball is in the air, he kind of turns toward the Phoenix bench and yells ‘told you so,’ and starts running to the locker room. It went in.”

Confidence is a huge part of scoring. Bird had it in spades, and he had a way of leveraging it to take over games in a way few had before him.

Through 1991-92, Bird’s 52 games of at least 40 points ranked 11th all-time (five of those games came in the playoffs). And in one of those regular-season contests, he dropped 60.

One of his opponents that night, Atlanta Hawks big man Scott Hastings, described the experience to the Boston Globe‘s Chad Finn.

“Larry was so on fire, and there was nothing we could do. I’ll [bet] you eight different members of our team guarded him. In fact, after the game, a bunch of us were having a beer in the French Quarter and trying to add up how many he got on each one of us. ‘He only got 14 on me blah-blah-blah, yeah, he got just 12 on me.’ We totaled it up after everybody talked and I think it came out to 32, so how it got to 60, we never solved that one.”

Legends like that will surely be memorialized for Durant as well. Perhaps 20 to 30 years from now, one of his exploits as a scorer will require its own oral history.

Durant’s scoring average of 27.0 points ranks fifth all-time, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain (30.1), Michael Jordan (30.1), Elgin Baylor (27.4) and LeBron (27.2). His relative scoring average is plus-15.8.

What may be most impressive about Durant’s scoring is the consistency. He’s played 988 total games in the regular season and playoffs combined. He’s scored at least 20 in 847 of those games. Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James and Karl Malone are the only players who had more through their first 12 seasons.

Think about that. In nearly nine out of every 10 games Durant has played in the NBA, he’s gotten to at least 20 points.

That level of consistency somehow gets better in the biggest moments. KD has reached 20 in 14 of the 15 NBA Finals games he’s played. He got to 25 in 13 of those games.

The only time he failed to reach 20 was Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors a couple of months ago. He played 12 minutes in that contest before leaving with a ruptured Achilles.

There’s no telling what will happen with KD’s remarkable consistency upon his return from that injury. But to this point, Durant isn’t just the best scorer in this comparison, he’s also arguably the best scorer ever.

He can score from all three levels in a variety of ways. Jumpers, floaters, post moves, thunderous dunks, slashing. You name it, he’s got it. And what really sets him apart is the efficiency.

But before we dig into that, let’s tally this category for KD.

Durant 1, Bird 0

            

In terms of career numbers, Durant tops Bird in two-point percentage (53.2 to 50.9) and t

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NBA Rookie Survey 2019: Zion Williamson to Win ROY; LeBron Wins Favorite Player

NBA Rookie Survey 2019: Zion Williamson to Win ROY; LeBron Wins Favorite Player
New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson runs upcourt during the team's NBA summer league basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, July 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)

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NBA.com’s John Schuhmann shared the site’s annual survey of the league’s rookie draft picks on Monday, and unsurprisingly, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is the pick to win Rookie of the Year.

Williamson, who won the Naismith Player of the Year Award in his lone season at Duke, received 35 percent of the vote. Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant wasn’t far behind at 27 percent, and New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett and Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish each tallied 5 percent.

NBA.com also polled rookies on their favorite NBA player, and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James won for the third consecutive time and fourth overall. He landed 38 percent of the vote, with Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant second at 20 percent.

The entire list of winners and survey questions is as follows:

Rookie of the Year: New Orleans Pelicans F Zion Williamson (35 percent)

Best Career: Atlanta Hawks F Cam Reddish (19 percent)

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‘NBA 2K20’ MyCareer Trailer: Story Features In-Game Film Produced By LeBron James

‘NBA 2K20’ MyCareer Trailer: Story Features In-Game Film Produced By LeBron James

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LeBron James

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NBA 2K20 will again feature a story in its MyCareer experience, and it is produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The dynamic duo teamed with 2K to create what could be the most dramatic story ever associated with the MyCareer experience. Here is a look at the trailer:

I had an opportunity to get in some hands-on time with NBA 2K20, and to take a look at the MyCareer experience which includes this story. I’ll be able to break down the experience on Wednesday, so be on the lookout for more information on almost every mode.

As for the trailer, it is packed with star power. Veteran actor and Golden Globe Winner Idris Elba, veteran actress Rosario Dawson, NBA Hall-of-Famer Scottie Pippen, former Family Matters star Jaleel White, New Orleans Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma, James, Carter and others can all be seen in the preview above.

With each story, your MyCareer player is given a nickname. In the past, we’ve seen Frequency Vibrations, DJ and last year it was A.I. In NBA 2K20, your character will go by Che, though you’ll still be able to use the face scan technology or sculpting to create your MyPlayer.

Some have grown a bit tired of the story in the MyCareer journey.

It has felt a bit forced in the past. The task of upgrading your character takes on a life of its own, and at times the pre-determine

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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson, NBA 2K Agree to Multiyear Contract

Pelicans’ Zion Williamson, NBA 2K Agree to Multiyear Contract
New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) smiles during the team's NBA summer league basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, July 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)

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The upcoming release of NBA 2K20 will be significant for Zion Williamson, who has agreed to a multiyear partnership with 2K Sports.  

On Tuesday, 2K announced a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans rookie that will make him a key part of game initiatives, consumer events, brand creative, and social activations.

“I’ve played NBA 2K my entire life and it’s an honor to officially join Team 2K,” Williamson said. “I’ve dreamed of being a part of the game and joining this global phenomenon, where people around the world can play as me. I’m ready to put my imprint on basketball culture and be a part of the team that represents what’s next in the sport.”

Jason Argent, senior vice president of basketball operations at NBA 2K, said the partnership with Williamson was a no-brainer because he “represents the best of the NBA’s up-and-coming talent and we are excited to welcome him to Team 2K.”

Williamson is arguably the most-hyped rookie to enter the NBA since LeBron James in 2003. The former Duke star is taking advantage of his initial fame, annou

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Kuzma: I’m ‘capable’ of being Lakers’ third star

Kuzma: I’m ‘capable’ of being Lakers’ third star

LAS VEGAS — Kyle Kuzma was fast asleep in a Shanghai hotel when his manager woke him up in the middle of the night to tell him the Los Angeles Lakers had traded for Anthony Davis.

In a blockbuster trade, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart — once considered the future of the Lakers — were dealt to New Orleans for the Pelicans’ All-Star big man in June.

Kuzma, now the final young Laker standing from the core group that Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka assembled, says he’s ready to become that third star LeBron James and Davis will need after free-agent target Kawhi Leonard opted to join the LA Clippers in free agency.

“I don’t feel no pressure, but I believe that I am capable of being that superstar,” Kuzma told ESPN. “I put a lot of work in. My progress through my journey shows that I can be there. I developed every single year, dating back to college, and I don’t see that development stunting at all.”

Kuzma added, “Last year I didn’t shoot the ball well, and I still averaged almost 20 [points per game]. If I can shoot the ball well and keep developing the facets of my game defensively, I don’t see why I can’t [be that third star].”

From making it out of the tough environment of Flint, Michigan, to becoming a little-known, late-first-round draft pick out of Utah, Kuzma noted how he has continually beaten the odds and exceeded expectations.

Currently on the USA Basketball training camp roster, the 24-year-old hopes to launch himself into the biggest season of hi

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LeBron James Criticized for Reaction at Son’s Basketball Game — Sparks Online Parenting Debate

LeBron James Criticized for Reaction at Son’s Basketball Game — Sparks Online Parenting Debate
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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Team USA Roster and Lakers Minicamp

NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Team USA Roster and Lakers Minicamp
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 06: Derrick white handles the ball during the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp at Mendenhall Center on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus on August 06, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The dog days of the NBA offseason have nearly brought the rumor mill to a halt.

This feels less like the calm before the storm than it does the final summer snooze before a long, grueling winter. Most teams have finished reshuffling their rosters, meaning the heavy lifting is done until training camp opens.

That said, the Association never stops making noise.

Between Team USA workouts and a possible superteam taking a potential step toward title contention, the latest round of rumors could have long-lasting effects.

                       

2 Promotions Coming for Team USA Youngsters?

With a small army of stars declining invites for Team USA ahead of the 2019 FIBA Basketball world cup, an opportunity was created for newcomers to make their marks.

San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White is doing just that and will reportedly be promoted from the select squad to the world cup roster as a result, per Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher:

Derrick White is being invited to LA when Team USA reconvenes there next week, a program official told me, which essentially means he has been promoted from the select practice squad to the world cup roster. (Look for Marvin Bagley to be promoted as well.) One coach told me White was the best player on either team in the Day 2 scrimmages, and on Day 3 I saw him damn near replicate t

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Anthony Davis: Lakers Win NBA Championship If They Had Signed Kawhi Leonard

Anthony Davis: Lakers Win NBA Championship If They Had Signed Kawhi Leonard
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 03:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center on March 3, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis may have left Purple and Gold fans wondering what could have been following his appearance on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Davis said fans and analysts could have written the Lakers in as champions if they signed Kawhi Leonard this offseason after Kimmel asked him if he was upset the reigning NBA Finals MVP joined the Los Angeles Clippers instead.

It should be noted that Davis was laughing and joking with Kimmel in a light-hearted interview, so this comment wasn’t a serious guarantee. The Kentucky product also clarified he would never be upset at another player for getting paid a

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NBA Christmas Day Schedule: Lakers vs. Clippers, Rockets vs. Warriors Lead Matchups

NBA Christmas Day Schedule: Lakers vs. Clippers, Rockets vs. Warriors Lead Matchups

The Warriors will host the Rockets in another high-profile Christmas Day matchup.

The battle for Los Angeles will headline the NBA’s Christmas Day slate in 2019-20 as the Lakers face the Clippers at the Staples Center, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James will be making his 13th-straight appearance on Christmas on Dec. 25. The Clippers will be making their first appearance since 2016, with Kawhi Leonar

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RIMOWA Releases Custom NYC MetroCards for “Never Still” Campaign

RIMOWA Releases Custom NYC MetroCards for “Never Still” Campaign

After tapping LeBron James, Kim Jones and Yuja Wang for the launch of its “Never Still” campaign, RIMOWA has now teamed up with NYC MetroCard on the second installment of the campaign.

Building on the campaign’s creative concept of “no one builds a legacy by standing still,” the latest release sees the luggage manufacturer reimagine the primary payment method for th

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The NCAA Is Requiring NBA Agents to Have Degrees. That’s Stupid.

The NCAA Is Requiring NBA Agents to Have Degrees. That’s Stupid.

The NCAA released a memo to agents on Monday instituting new certification criteria — and one of them was a bachelor’s degree.

The memo, obtained by ESPN, also requires agents to have professional liability insurance and NBPA certification for a minimum of three consecutive years and to have completed an in-person exam at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November.

According to ESPN, some people have begun referring to the college requirement as the “Rich Paul Rule” after Rich Paul, who represents NBA stars including LeBron James, Ben Davis, and Anthony Simmons. Paul started working with James shortly after high school and never graduated from college. The new rule would mean that Paul couldn’t represent any of the new underclassmen trying to enter the draft.

The measure has proven to be controversial, but the NCAA released a statement defending it on Wednesday.

“Although some can and have been successful without a college degree, as a higher education organization, the NCAA values a college education and continues to emphasize the importance of earning a degree,” it states. “We were guided by recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball — which spoke with the agent and advisor community — that the NCAA certification process should be more stringent than current processes.”

Sorry — but this is so, so stupid. In fact, the very reason why agents should not be required to have a degree can be found in the NCAA’s own argument that they s

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What version of LeBron James will the Lakers get next season? – Silver Screen and Roll

What version of LeBron James will the Lakers get next season? – Silver Screen and Roll

If the four major U.S. sports were broken up and then categorized as members of the X-Men, the NBA would undoubtedly be the shape-shifting mutant Mystique.

Like its blue counterpart, the league has thrived by possessing the ability to shuffle through several forms, overhaul its playing style and transform rosters and organizations at head-spinning rates, with this wild offseason being just the most recent example.

But for LeBron James, a player who has both helped shape and spearhead modern basketball into it’s most current state, it has conversely been dominant consistency that has propelled his teams and himself above the competition in the ever-changing NBA landscape. Until last season, at least.

During the 2018-19 campaign — and for the first time in over a decade — a James-led team was unable to make it to the postseason. He missed the most games in his career (27) due to a groin injury. And ended the year averaging his fewest minutes per contest (35.1) ever.

Beyond the quantifiable indicators mentioned, and even if we’re discarding another drama-soaked Lakers season, James also unfathomably looked… mortal… on the floor. For maybe the first time ever. His explosive bursts to the rim were less frequent, his thrilling chase-down blocks almost non-existent and his long relied upon extra gear seemingly was lost.

As a result, the natural question that now arises in the minds of the Lakers’ fans and opponents alike is whether these indicators were merely a pothole in what will continue to be an otherwise clear road, or the first signs of James’ expected eventual decline?


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How and why did LeBron look different last season?

First, let’s not forget that even in a season many have been quick to classify as a “down year,” James still put up 27/8/8 on a nightly basis like a T-800 come to life and programmed to get buckets, drop dimes and snag rebounds. He may not have been the newest model of star, but he was still a reliable and impressive one.

With that said, the manner in which he got his storied counting stats and how effective he was in doing so does offer clues as to what’s still to come for the King, and why his widely-reported decline may have been slightly exaggerated.

At age 34, and after logging 46,235 (regular season) minutes, there is logistic and predictive reasoning for why James’ efficiency dipped (ex. his lowest true-shooting percentage since 2015).

In his first season with Los Angeles, James had the highest frequency of his shots come from behind the arc, while also posting the lowest percentage of mid-range looks of his career, according to Cleaning the Glass.

This combination of possessing a quick trigger from three and steering away from less non-paint twos also led to his highest Moreyball rate (a player’s percentage of field-goal attempts that come either from behind the arc or in the restricted area; 72.8 percent for James) ever.

While it’s possible that James may have simply chosen to take a more analytically inclined shot selection in an attempt to adapt to the way the league plays now, who he was playing with also likely played a large role where hi

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The best and most surprising NBA Christmas Day matchups

The best and most surprising NBA Christmas Day matchups

What are the best NBA Christmas Day games this year?

The full 2019-20 NBA schedule will be revealed during The Jump on Monday (3 p.m. ET on ESPN), but we already have the matchups for the biggest day of the regular season.

The 2019 slate will feature plenty of star power and revamped rosters, including Anthony Davis and LeBron James vs. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. The five games:

Los Angeles Lakers vs. LA Clippers

Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors

Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers

Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors

New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets

Our NBA experts answer the big questions about the five matchups, identify the biggest surprises and make bold predictions about the games and the teams involved.


Which Christmas Day game are you most excited to watch?

Tim Bontemps: Bucks-Sixers — and, to me, it isn’t close. While the Western Conference next season is going to be a dogfight, Milwaukee and Philadelphia are the massive favorites to finish atop the East. They appear destined for a showdown in the conference finals. Combine that with the fact that both teams have young superstars (Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee, and Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in Philadelphia) who could be playing against one another for years to come, and this could be the start of an annual Christmas tradition. Sign me up for that.

Bobby Marks: Pelicans-Nuggets. Understandably, everyone will be focused on Los Angeles, but I am taking one of the best teams in the West (Denver) versus Zion Williamson and a New Orleans squad that could contend for one of the final playoff spots.

Malika Andrews: The Battle of Los Angeles. This could be the first time we see the new-look Clippers take on the AD/LeBron Lakers. Just one game likely won’t dictate if the Clippers can become the new kings of L.A., but it will be fun nonetheless.

Kevin Pelton: Bucks-Sixers. Obviously, all eyes will be on the Staples Center co-tenants who will square off against each other. Given the depth of contenders in the West, however, I think it’s more likely that Milwaukee and Philadelphia will be a preview of a playoff series — specifically, the most likely outcome for the conference finals at this point. These teams played a thriller in April on TNT won by the Bucks, but the Raptors denied us a meeting in last year’s playoffs, so we haven’t seen them square off since.


Which of the 10 teams are you most surprised to see included?

Marks: Toronto. Despite winning the NBA championship last year, the inclusion of the Raptors feels a year late and almost like a makeup for previous Christmas Day omissions. Toronto should be a playoff team if the roster stays intact but certainly not one of the top 10 teams in the NBA — let alone top four in the East.

Pelton: Denver. The Pelicans are the odd team out, as they’re more likely to miss the playoffs than make t

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These are the 20 best players in the NBA, according to ‘NBA 2K20’

These are the 20 best players in the NBA, according to ‘NBA 2K20’

This summer has provided one of the wildest NBA off-seasons in league history, with multiple superstar players joining new teams for the 2019-20 season. Fans will have to wait a few more months to see stars like Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving line up with their new squads, but “NBA 2K20,” the world’s most popular basketball video game, i

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USA White vs. USA Blue Basketball Roster, TV Schedule, Live Stream

USA White vs. USA Blue Basketball Roster, TV Schedule, Live Stream
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 06: Gregg Popovich and Kemba Walker look on during the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp at Mendenhall Center on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus on August 06, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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USA Basketball has a much different look as it prepares for this year’s FIBA world cup in China.

Longtime coach Mike Krzyzewski is gone. Several top players, including James Harden, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard, have decided not to play. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are also out with injuries.

So as USA Basketball enters its exhibition schedule ahead of the world cup, which gets underway August 31, there are some questions surrounding the team, now led by longtime San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Will the U.S. win the world cup for the third straight time after their victories in 2010 and 2014? Or will another country, such as Canada or Spain, unseat the two-time defending champions?

The United States’ five exhibition games, beginning with Friday’s intrasquad scrimmage between USA White and USA Blue, should help give an indication of how the team will fare in China.

Heading into Friday’s match, here’s a look at information for that game, USA Basketball’s roster and more.

                  

USA Basketball Scrimmage Information

Date: Friday, Aug. 9

Time: 10 p.m. ET

TV: NBA TV

Live Stream: NBA.com/NBATV

           

USA Basketball Roster

Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat center/forward

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics forward

Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers forward

Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks center

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors guard

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks forward

Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz guard

Mason Plumlee, Denver Nugge

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UTA, Klutch Launch Sports Division Headed By LeBron’s Agent

UTA, Klutch Launch Sports Division Headed By LeBron’s Agent

One of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, UTA, has invested in Klutch Sports, which represents LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It also named Klutch CEO Rich Paul head of its new UTA Sports division.
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Ranking the Top Team USA Showings Since Epic ’92 Dream Team

Ranking the Top Team USA Showings Since Epic ’92 Dream Team

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    This summer’s roster at USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas will not be nearly as star-studded as previous years’ teams since many of the biggest stars on the initial list of camp invitees pulled out for a variety of reasons.

    Still, with a major tournament about to tip off and just one year out from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it’s worth looking back on the legacy of dominance by the United States men’s national team, which began with 1992’s legendary Dream Team.

    That team, which took home the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, was a virtual All-Star squad comprised of NBA legends, the likes of which, as much as they’ve tried, has not been seen since then.

    All seven Olympic teams dating back to 1992 are ranked in this top 10, along with the three most important and influential FIBA World Championship teams, whose legacies are inextricably linked to the Olympic squads. A combination of star power, tournament success and historical significance are taken into account in the rankings.

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    The final Larry Brown-coached team’s disastrous showing in Athens led to a full revamp of the USA Basketball program. On paper, the 2004 team had no shortage of talent—including Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and up-and-comers LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony—but that didn’t translate to on-court success.

    Team USA lost its tournament-opening game by 19 points to Puerto Rico and lost once more in group play before ultimately falling to Argentina in the semifinals and defeating Lithuania in the bronze-medal game.

    For most teams, a third-place finish would be something to celebrate. But USA Basketball’s history of dominance set the bar high, and this group did not live up to those expectations in Greece.

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    After the 2004 debacle, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took over from Larry Brown as head coach of the USA Basketball program. The 2006 squad kept the young core of James, Anthony and Wade and added fellow young stars Chris Bosh, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard to the mix.

    However, the revamped roster didn’t translate to increased tournament success at the FIBA World Championship.

    The USA team went undefeated in group play but lost to Greece in the semifinal game, and Greece went on to be blown out 70-47 by Spain in the title game. The Americans did avenge their 2004 Olympic loss to Argentina in the third-place game, which was a small consolation.

    The 2006 tournament represented some forward progress, but it also showed the program still had work to do.

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    At the turn of the century, USA Basketball was in a period of transition.

    Most of the second Dream Team had aged out of the program, with Gary Payton as the only holdover from the 1996 squad. They stuck with the tried-and-true formula of drawing from the pool of NBA stars, but that pool was relatively weak in the immediate post-Michael Jordan era.

    The 2000 team was headlined by young superstars Kevin Garnett and Vince Carter, alongside veterans like Payton, Steve Smith, Jason Kidd, Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway. The star power wasn’t nearly as overwhelming as it was in the years before or since, but the U.S. still went undefeated in the tournament to capture its third straight Olympic gold medal.

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    A relatively run-of-the-mill dominant squad in the Coach K era won the gold medal in Serbia without much trouble.

    The 2014 team didn’t have the wall-to-wall star power of its predecessors—NBA role players Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Rudy Gay got roster spots—but there were still plenty of big names like Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving, who were just coming into their own as NBA superstars.

    Derrick Rose, working his way back from missing most of the previous two seasons with knee injuries, used the 2014 tournament to regain his footing. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson used it as a precursor to the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, and James Harden‘s recent run of dominance also kicked off that summer.

    Unfortunately, the most memorable part of this team’s run actually came before the start of the tournament when Paul George suffered a broken leg during an inter-squad scrimmage in Las Vegas that caused him to miss most of the 2014-15 season. The team still had enough firepower to overcome that massive loss and cruise to a gold medal in the world cup.

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    One of the most loaded Olympic squads outside of the two Dream Teams featured many of the NBA’s biggest stars.

    LeBron James, Stephen Curry and James Harden sat out, but Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George made the trip to Brazi

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Bron’s Still Record Holder for Rookie Shoe Deals, but Zion’s New King of Jordan

Bron’s Still Record Holder for Rookie Shoe Deals, but Zion’s New King of Jordan

Zion Williamson’s Jordan Brand contract is worth $75 million over five years.

Williamson’s deal, reported by Adam Zagoria of Forbes, is among the highest guaranteed contracts Nike has agreed to. Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Cristi are among a group of players who have larger deals.

                        

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NBA Rumors: Latest Updates on Carmelo Anthony Free Agency, Tyronn Lue

NBA Rumors: Latest Updates on Carmelo Anthony Free Agency, Tyronn Lue
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) vie for position during a free throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in New York. The Rockets won 119-111. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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While the upcoming FIBA world cup will swiftly become the largest news around the basketball community, NBA teams are always trying to bulk up their benches.

And one likely future Hall of Famer is still looking for work.

Ten-time All-Star and veteran bucket-getter Carmelo Anthony hasn’t given up on a return to the NBA. Given how quickly the latest update went from notable to forgettable pretty quick, it’s understandable if you might have missed it.

Elsewhere, the once-leading candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers coaching job is reportedly headed to Hollywoodjust not to the franchise many expected.

               

Carmelo Practicing with Nets Players

As recently as 2017, Anthony posted his 14th consecutive year of scoring at least 20 points per game. Since then, though, he’s tumbled from stardom in unceremonious fashion and only made 10 appearances with the Houston Rockets in 2018-19.

Melo’s NBA story might not be finished, but the setting is unknown.

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According to Ian Begley and Anthony Puccio of SNY, the 35-year-old recently participated in informal team workouts and scrimmages with Brooklyn Nets players in Los Angeles.

Begley and Puccio added the respective interest levels between Carmelo and the Nets are unknown, noting the team already has the maximum of 15 players on guaranteed contracts. Still, that didn’t stop the rumor mill from spinning.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post slowed the excitement, citi

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5’9″ Kid Throws Down A Wicked Slam Dunk From Standing Position

5’9″ Kid Throws Down A Wicked Slam Dunk From Standing Position

Dunking a basketball usually gets easier the closer you get to the rim, which is why when you think of prolific dunkers, you usually think of guys like LeBron James (6’8″), Michael Jordan (6’6″) or Shaquille O’Neal (7’1″).

Which is why this 5’9″ kid going full Vince Carter is so freaking impressive. Look at this vertical:

 

That’s Chi, an amateur jumper/dunker. If you visit his Instagram profile, jumpsbychi, you might find other videos of him completely destroying the rim. Like this:

 

Or even this:

 

Or, uh, this video of him jumping straight into his ceiling:

 

He’s amazing, and an inspiration to short kings everywhere.

As a final celebration of his amazing athleticism and skill, check out this mixtape from Chi’s YouTube channel:

 

Chi, you are a hero.

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Dennis Rodman’s first TikTok video is equal parts charming, confusing

Dennis Rodman’s first TikTok video is equal parts charming, confusing
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You probably know Dennis Rodman from one of his many iterations: defensive anchor on multiple legendary NBA teams, nWo member, star of some perplexing action films, Celebrity Apprentice contestant, and, most recently, cannabis cryptocurrency pitchman and good friend to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. You maybe don’t know about TikTok, but the gist is this: It’s Vine, but with licensed music that’s ostensibly for making lip-synching videos but is usually used for, well, other purposes. Here, via Jack Kennedy, is what happens when you combine TikTok with its newest user, Dennis Rodman.

Yes, that’s a five-time NBA champion slapping away at what appear to be concepts that he, presumably, does not support, all to the sounds of Owl City’s “Fireflies.” Some of these make sense, such as Rodman boxing out the word “Shaq,” against whom Rodman played notably tenacious defense. LeBron James and Rodman’s careers never overlapped, but hey, this is Rodman’s TikTok, so “LeBron” gets slapped away with ease. Simil

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Drake Teams Up With LeBron James’ Uninterrupted For Canada Expansion

Drake Teams Up With LeBron James’ Uninterrupted For Canada Expansion

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 05: (L-R) Lebron James and Drake attend the Drake And Lebron James Pool Party In Toronto For Caribana 2017 on August 5, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin)

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Drake means business, and he’s adding another business endeavor to his long list of successes in entrepreneurship. The Toronto rapper inked a deal with LeBron James’ digital platform Uninterrupted to launch a new entity in Canada, becoming the first international expansion for the brand. Uninterrupted, a digital-athlete platform, was founded by LeBron James in 2015 in partnership with Maverick Carter, as well as with the help of investors like Warner Bros. and Turner.

The 6 God will now become part owner in the business, and serve as a promoter for the new extension partnership.

Scott Moore is leading the company as CEO while Vinay Virmani is acting as chief content officer. Uninterrupted Canada will expand its content with coverage focusing on Canadian athletes and their fans and producing that content in different formats such as long form features and shorts.

Drizzy, who recently executive produced HBO’s Euphoria, has been longtime friends with James, who has made a number of business deals since he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. The two powerhouses previously linked up in 2017 for the document

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Watch the First ‘NBA 2K20’ Gameplay Trailer

Watch the First ‘NBA 2K20’ Gameplay Trailer

News of Zion Williamson’s multiyear deal with 2K made waves earlier this week, and now the much-awaited basketball game has released its first trailer for the upcoming NBA 2K20 edition. The sizzle reel showcases several of the NBA’s heavy hitters and glimpses of top players clad in their respective team uniforms, including new Brooklyn Nets duo Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

LeBron James and 2K20 cover star Anthony Davis are also featured in their Los Angeles Lakers gear, complete with meticulous visual details like Davis’ signature smirk. Houston Rockets star James Harden is seen alongside freshly-traded teammate Russell Westbrook, who just joined the squad last month.

Other highlights include Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, as well as the Los

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Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo Among Five Cast in Octavia Spencer Netflix Series

Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo Among Five Cast in Octavia Spencer Netflix Series

Tiffany Haddish and Carmen Ejogo are among five actors who have been cast in the forthcoming Netflix limited series “Madam CJ Walker” about the black hair care pioneer and mogul.

The four-part series hails from executive producers LeBron James and Octavia Spencer, who will also star as the titular Madam. The series is inspired by the book “‘On Her Own Ground’ “by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter.

Haddish will play Lelia, the smart and feisty daughter of Sarah Breedlove (Madam Walker) and her late first husband. Raised by her single, hard-working mother, she is eager to be independent. After falling in love and marrying the feckless John Robinson, she frequently finds herself coming to her husband’s defenses. Meanwhile Ejogo will play Addie, a hairstylist and former friend of Sarah Breedlove. Addie is described as a savvy business woman herself, who parlays her good looks and s

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The 2019-20 NBA schedule is out — here are the most anticipated games after a summer that rocked the league

The 2019-20 NBA schedule is out — here are the most anticipated games after a summer that rocked the league

The 2019-20 NBA schedule has been released.

After a hectic offseason that saw several stars change teams and several teams make b

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Woj: Zion Williamson’s Jordan Brand Contract Richest in History for NBA Rookie

Woj: Zion Williamson’s Jordan Brand Contract Richest in History for NBA Rookie
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 20: Zion Williamson is interviewed after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Ryan McGilloway/NBAE via Getty Images)

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New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson ended months of speculation when he announced Tuesday he signed with Jordan Brand. In the process, he made history.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williamson’s endorsement deal is the largest annual shoe contract in NBA history. The New York TimesAdam Zagoria reported Tuesday the deal is worth $75 million over seven years.

The total fails to eclipse the agreement LeBron James inked with Nike in July 2003. Darren Rovell of ESPN reported at the time James signed for seven years and at least $90 million.

When the time came for him to make a decision, everyone expected Williamson to collect a king’s ransom.

Sonny Vaccaro, who worked with Nike, Adidas and Reebok, told ESPN’s Nick DePaula in April he thought the race to sign the former Duke star would be “the biggest bidding war ever done.”

DePaula reported Tuesday “multiple competitor brands had offered the rookie sensation more than $10 million annually in their negotiations.”

Williamson signed with a Nike-affiliated brand despite his well-publicized mishap that led to a right knee sprain in a Feb. 20 loss to North Caro

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The NCAA is ‘hypocritical and absurd’ for applying new ‘Rich Paul Rule’ – Max Kellerman | First Take – ESPN

Max Kellerman blasts the NCAA for implementing new requirements for the agents of NBA draft hopefuls. Kellerman says the NCAA has no business being involved in athlete representation and calls the new rules “stupid” and “condescending.” Ryan Clark adds that the criteria is blatantly in response to how Rich Paul and his clients, including LeBron James, have taken control of their NBA careers.
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Agencies Klutch, UTA partner to add sports wing

Agencies Klutch, UTA partner to add sports wing

Klutch Sports Group, the Rich Paul-founded agency that has such clients as LeBron James and Anthony Davis, is partnering with United Talent Agency in Hollywood in a deal that adds a sports wing to the company.

The deal allows Klutch to keep its own branding. Paul also becomes the head of UTA Sports.

The agreement may also provide another outlet for sports stars to pursue media opportunities. James is set to star in “Space Jam 2” along with a number of

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Agencies Klutch, UT partner to add sports wing

Agencies Klutch, UT partner to add sports wing

Klutch Sports Group, the Rich Paul-founded agency that has such clients as LeBron James and Anthony Davis, is partnering with United Talent Agency in Hollywood in a deal that adds a sports wing to the company.

The deal allows Klutch to keep its own branding. Paul also becomes the head of UTA Sports.

The agreement may also provide another outlet for sports stars to pursue media opportunities. James is set to star in “Space Jam 2” along with a number of

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Jalen Rose Reveals NBA Stars Involved in Exclusive $10K Fantasy Football League

Jalen Rose Reveals NBA Stars Involved in Exclusive $10K Fantasy Football League
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during a timeout in the first half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

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If you want to join a fantasy football league, all you need is access to good wireless. 

If you want to join Jalen Rose’s fantasy football league, apparently all you need is $10,000 and a place among NBA royalty.

The 13-year NBA veteran and current ESPN basketball analyst revealed during the network’s fantasy football marathon on Tuesday that he’s part of a league that includes a who’s who of current and former NBA players and their representatives:

Rose name-dropped Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, who have since departed.

Per Rose, KD “got upset and left the league.”

James partnered with someone R

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LeBron James And Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted Teams With Drake To Expand To Canada

LeBron James And Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted Teams With Drake To Expand To Canada

Uninterrupted, the athlete-focused entertainment brand created by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, is expanding outside the U.S. for the first time, teaming with Grammy-winning rapper, uber-sports fan and Toronto native Drake to launch Uninterrupted Canada.

The new venture will be led by CEO Scott Moore, most recently president of Rogers Media’s Sportsnet, and chief content officer Vinay Virmani, who will oversee creative operations and the development of the platform’s athlete-driven storytelling, content, events and merchandise.

Uninterrupted Canada has already signed an exclusive first-look deal with Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka, which will include a fashion project. Also on the slate is motivational series Height Doesn’t Have Heart with All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman, recently traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets. Uninterrupted Canada will also distribute c

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Bronny James shouted out Steph Curry after hitting a trick shot 3-pointer from the bench during warmups

Bronny James shouted out Steph Curry after hitting a trick shot 3-pointer from the bench during warmups

Earlier this summer, LeBron James made headlines with a few impressive dunks in the layup lines ahead of his son Bronny James’ game.

The trend might run in the family, as this week, it was Bronny stealing the show while awaiting the start of one of his younger brother Bryce’s games.

Read more: LeBron James went bonkers at his son Bronny’s AAU tournament, dunking in the kids’ layup line and celebrating so hard he lost his shoe

Before one of Bryce’s games in Las Vegas this week, Bronny was passed a ball while sitting just off the court. Bronny took it and drilled a three from his seat without breaking a sweat.

After his make, Bronny called out “STEPH!” as a shout out to Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who as made pre-game trick shots something of a staple in his time with Golden State.

It’s not the first time that LeBron’s

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Michigan mocked rival Ohio State University after the Buckeyes filed a trademark request for the word ‘The’

Michigan mocked rival Ohio State University after the Buckeyes filed a trademark request for the word ‘The’

Ohio State University caught a jab from a rival after news broke that the school had filed a trademark request for the word “The.”

While casual fans refer to the school simply as Ohio State or in some cases “OSU,” it’s formally known as “The Ohio State University.” Extra emphasis is placed on the “The,” as shown by any former Buckeye that goes on to play in the NFL and lists their alma mater during televised starting lineups.

Read more: Colleges spend more money on coaches than scholarships for student-athletes

According to university spokesman Chris Davey, the decision to file a trademark request was made to protect the school’s brand.

“Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” Davey said in a statement to The Columbus

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Ohio State basketball lands commitment from LeBron James’ nephew, Meechie Johnson Jr.

Ohio State basketball lands commitment from LeBron James’ nephew, Meechie Johnson Jr.

It’s early, but Ohio State is already making noise for the basketball Class of 2021.

As reported by 247Sports, the Buckeyes received their second commit for 2021 in the form of four-star combo guard Meechie Johnson Jr. A 5-foot-11, 160-pound combo guard from Garfield Heights High School (Cleveland, Ohio), Johnson picked Ohio State before he received formal offers from the likes of Big Ten competitors Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin, among other programs that expressed interest.

Johnson has long been tracked as a top prospect both because of his natural talent and his connection to the NBA’s most famous star: He is Lakers star LeBron James’ ne

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LeBron dedicates court at I Promise School

LeBron dedicates court at I Promise School

AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James has dedicated a basketball court at the school he founded for underprivileged children in his hometown.

Joined by his close friends and former teammates from nearby St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, James helped unveil a multicolored outdoor court a

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NBA Experts Overlook LeBron’s New-Look Lakers

NBA Experts Overlook LeBron’s New-Look Lakers

The Lakers, even with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, don’t have enough to win it all.
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NBA Legends You Forgot Played for That One Team

NBA Legends You Forgot Played for That One Team

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    In this era of increased player movement, superstars playing their entire careers with one team are few and far between. Gone are the days of Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird staying with one team for their decade-plus-long careers.

    Not every legend of past eras only had one team, though. Most are closely associated with one franchise, but even some of those greats had less-than-memorable stops elsewhere.

    When you think Hakeem Olajuwon, you think Houston Rockets. When you think Patrick Ewing, you think New York Knicks. But both of those legends, and plenty of others, played the tail ends of their careers in other cities that most fans would rather forget about.

    Here are 10 of the best players in NBA history—in jerseys you probably forgot they ever wore.

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    Wade’s half-season with the Cleveland Cavaliers was only two years ago, but most fans have already tried to repress it from their memories. His one-year Chicago homecoming, while awkward, at least made some level of sense given his ties to the area.

    Wade signed a two-year, $48 million deal with the Bulls after negotiations with the Miami Heat broke down. After his first season in Chicago, the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to Minnesota and entered a full rebuild, and Wade agreed to a buyout and reunited with close friend/former Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland.

    Despite the potential excitement of a LeBron-Wade reunion, Wade’s stint in Cleveland never felt right, down to his jersey number choice. He didn’t fit well in Cleveland, the Cavs struggled out of the gate, and they underwent a major shakeup to reshape the roster around James at the deadline.

    As part of those changes, they traded Wade back to Miami. He re-signed with the Heat the following summer, announcing that he would be retiring at the end of the season and giving fans one more year to enjoy him where he should be: in south Florida.

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    Most people would rather forget about the final year of Hakeem Olajuwon’s legendary career. 

    His playing days at large saw him win two championships and an MVP award with the Houston Rockets and become one of the greatest centers in NBA history. He played 17 seasons with Houston, but he turned down a new contract with the Rockets after the 2000-01 season.

    Houston was looking to go in another direction—rebuilding following the retirement of Charles Barkley—and didn’t want to pay big money to the then-38-year-old Olajuwon, whose production had been declining for the past few seasons.

    Olajuwon was traded to Toronto for a first-round pick and a second-round pick, and he signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Raptors. His lone season up north was forgettable: He averaged a career-low 7.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and started in just 37 of the 61 games he played as he dealt with back problems.

    Olajuwon retired after that season.

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    The writing was on the wall for Iverson’s career after a disastrous stint with the Detroit Pistons in 2008-09. Shortly after the start of the season, he was traded from Denver to Detroit in a deal that sent former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups to the Nuggets, which made the trade unpopular with Pistons fans from the beginning. Iverson was a bad fit in Detroit, not taking well to a bench role, and he found that offseason that the market for him had dried up.

    Iverson went the majority of the 2009 offseason without a home, eventually signing a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies shortly before training camp began. But just like in Detroit, Iverson didn’t warm up to the idea of coming off the bench. He appeared in just three games with Memphis, averaging 12.3 points in 22.3 minutes per game, before leaving the team for “personal reasons” and eventually being waived.

    Iverson signed with the Philadelphia 76ers for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, at least providing the opportunity to bring his career full-circl

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The ESPN Daily: Rise of the robots, paging the real QBU, and how can Kawhi have all that power?

The ESPN Daily: Rise of the robots, paging the real QBU, and how can Kawhi have all that power?

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Moving pieces … We’ve got a week until MLB’s July 31 trade deadline, and it’s about time for contending teams to make their biggest decisions of the year. A whole bushel of players could be on the move, including some iconic names. We’ve got the full list of potential deals right here, from ace starters to big bats. Read More

Kawhi the pioneer … Kawhioneer? I think that works. Might workshop it a bit. Anyway, it has been a fact for a while that NBA superstars have an extreme amount of influence over roster-building, but Kawhi Leonard’s power moves this offseason brought it to a new level. What else can you say about a star so powerful that his influence led to another team to trade their own superstar? Zach Lowe examines what this new level of power means for the NBA as a whole. Read More

U sure about that … Will the real [insert position here] U please stand up? Whether it be WRU, QBU, DBU or even O-Line U, a slew of schools proudly claim to produce the most talent at each position. From Twitter handles to practice shirts, you wouldn’t have to dive deep into the college football realm to find out who touts their program’s pedigree as superior. It’s an on-going — and often heated — debate that deserves answers. So with the help of ESPN Stats & Information, we turned to the numbers to reveal who truly deserves each moniker. Warning: The findings may shock you. Read More


SAY WHAT?

Rise of the robots … Like all technological advancements, robots are really only as good as the manner in which we use them. On the plus side, robots allow us to automate many dangerous or thankless tasks, freeing up our time for the pursuit of art or science or just leisure. On the negative side, they might rise up and turn us all into human ba

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Which player had the best sneakers at summer league?

Which player had the best sneakers at summer league?

As Zion Williamson continues to delay his expected landmark shoe-deal decision, the rest of the 2019 NBA rookie class has been stalled. A majority of the 2019 first-round picks entered summer league without having inked a shoe deal, allowing for a variety of lesser-known players to unexpectedly make their mark with their footwear.

With his older sibling’s first signature shoe launching just as Las Vegas Summer League tipped off, Dallas Mavericks forward Kostas Antetokounmpo served up the on-court debut of brother Giannis‘ Nike Freak 1 sneaker, in four different colorways no less.

Of the four colorways donned by Kostas, one in particular holds extra meaning for the brothers: The white, red and gold pair with a “Roses” theme honors their late father, Charles.

“We were in the process of designing this shoe as a team when his father passed away unexpectedly,” Nike vice president Kevin Dodson said during the preview episode of SneakerCenter on ESPN+. “That just started to take on a more significant reference point for that call out.”

As Giannis and his brothers met with Nike’s team of designers over the past two years to pepper in additional signature touches and nuances, the recently crowned NBA MVP mandated a series of family nods.

The names of all four of his brothers appear along the heel. “Charles + Veronica” can be found along the arch, speaking to the parents’ support of the family. Most important, the phras

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In the wildest summer in NBA history, teams went all-in on superstars like never before and took league-altering risks

In the wildest summer in NBA history, teams went all-in on superstars like never before and took league-altering risks

The summer of 2019 could go down as the riskiest offseason in NBA history.

A unique set of circumstances, including a loaded free-agent class, a surplus of cap space across the league, and a suddenly evolving hierarchy set the stage for a busy summer. What unfolded next was a hectic scramble that saw many teams go all-in to acquire star players.

Read more:NBA free agency has exploded. Here are the biggest signings so far and the best remaining players.

Unlike some blockbuster moves in previous years, several teams put a lot on the line to add stars to their team. The results of some of these deals could have ramifications down the line.

The race began before the draft even took place as the Los Angeles Lakers gave up a historic haul to land Anthony Davis. They traded three young players in Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart, plus three first-round picks and a pick swap with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Paul George.
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The Los Angeles Clippers topped that price in a trade for Paul George, sending Shai Gilgeous Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and seven first-round picks — including two pick swaps — to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Landing George allowed them to sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency.

Read more: The Clippers reportedly decided to make the biggest trade for a superstar in NBA history because they feared the Lakers forming a Big 3 with Kawhi Leonard

Both teams essentially mortgaged their futures for the present.

Other teams didn’t wager so much, but still gave up assets to land stars.

The Houston Rockets traded Chris Paul, two first-round picks, and two pick swaps to land Russell Westbrook. Westbrook’s fit with James Harden is questionable, but he essentially represents a talent upgrade over Paul.

The Miami Heat traded a first-round pick, Josh Richardson, and Hassan Whiteside in a four-team deal to land Jimmy Butler. They are now reportedly weighing a trade for Chris Paul.

The Golden State Warriors managed to complete a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant, acquiring D’Angelo Russell in return. Doing so cost them respected veteran forward Andre Iguodala and two first-round picks. There is speculation that Russell will eventually be used in a trade to acquire more pieces. In the meantime, he is an All-Star guard to pair with Stephen Curry.

Even the Nets paid a price to acquire Durant and Kyrie Irving. They had to trade a first-round pick to dump Allen Crabbe to open up the necessary cap space to sign two stars this summer.

That move won’t cost them future assets, but adding Irving and Durant represents a risk. The former left two team

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Zion signs multiyear partnership with NBA 2K

Zion signs multiyear partnership with NBA 2K

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has signed a multiyear partnership with NBA 2K that includes appearances at consumer events, social activations and various in-game initiatives.

Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, joins a list of elite, active NBA athletes with similar deals, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry and James Harden, as well as NBA legends Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal.

Specifics of Williamson’s deal were not disclosed, but previous activations include appearances at game launch and promotional events, local market activations and participation in segments on 2KTV, the in-game broadcast that appears before games and during halftime. Other athletes with these deals have also appeared on the cover of NBA 2K games. Davis will appear on the NBA 2K20 regular cover, with Wade on the front of the Legend edition version of the game.

“I’m excited to officially join Team 2K and be a part of this global phenomenon, where people around the world can play as me,” Williamson said in a news release. “I’m ready to put my imprint on basketball culture and be a part of the team that represents what’s next in the sport.”

Williamson is rate

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Griffin: I have a ‘positive relationship’ with LeBron

Griffin: I have a ‘positive relationship’ with LeBron

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin clarified comments he made about the challenges of building a title contender around LeBron James during their three seasons in Cleveland together, saying Friday that he maintains a “positive relationship” with James.

In a Sports Illustrated story published Thursday, the former Cleveland general manager called his experience with those James-led Cavaliers teams “miserable” and questioned James’ desire to win.

On ESPN’s The Jump on Friday, Griffin said he did a poor job of framing a conversation about dealing with the “noise” surrounding those teams.

“The fact that there was so much scrutiny in everything that we did, when I was speaking about being uncomfortable and being miserable, it was my inability to deal with that media scrutiny,” Griffin sa

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How We Got Here: Rise and Fall of the Oklahoma City Thunder

How We Got Here: Rise and Fall of the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden in three straight years. But over the last 10 years, the Thunder have had many ups and downs.

Watch the video above to see the rise and fall of the OKC Thunder.

   

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Report: LeBron won’t swap off No. 23 until 2020-21 season

Report: LeBron won’t swap off No. 23 until 2020-21 season

Earlier this offseason, LeBron James teased a return to No. 6, by way of passing No. 23 along to incoming Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis.

But, per a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, that swap will have to wait for the 2020-21 season:

When the Lakers inquired with the league about the jersey change, they were informed the March 15 deadline had past, sources close to the situation told Yahoo Sports. How

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LeBron James praises agent Rich Paul who quickly helped bring an end to NCAA’s ‘Rich Paul Rule’

LeBron James praises agent Rich Paul who quickly helped bring an end to NCAA’s ‘Rich Paul Rule’

LeBron James is celebrating the NCAA’s decision to reverse its decision on the controversial “Rich Paul Rule” that the organization announced one week earlier.

The rule was part of an NCAA memo outlining requirements for agents representing college players who are debating whether to return for another year of college basketball. James dubbed the rule “The Rich Paul Rule” after his agent and friend, Rich Paul.

One condition was a bachelor’s degree. The rule would have prevented Paul and other agents who did not attend college from representing some of the most talented players in the world.

Read more: LeBron James calls out NCAA over new rules that would prevent his agent and friend Rich Paul from representing players just out of college

On Monday, Paul responded to the NCAA with an op-ed for The Athletic, arguing that it was not just him that would be affected by this rule. Also, potential future generation

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Simone Biles reasserts herself as greatest gymnast ever with sixth U.S. national championship

Simone Biles reasserts herself as greatest gymnast ever with sixth U.S. national championship


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SportsPulse: Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast her sport has ever seen and over the weekend she further cemented herself alone at the top.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another national title for Simone Biles? Been there, done that.

But a move on floor exercise so difficult no other woman has done it and very few men even try it? Now that made it a night to remember.

Biles landed her triple twisting-double somersault Sunday, getting so much height on the move the folks in the first half-dozen rows had to crane their necks to see her. An NBC replay showed she was actually above its boom camera, which means someone could have parked an SUV on the floor and Biles would have cleared it easily.

Take that, NBA Dunk Contest participants.

And unlike Friday night, when she had too much adrenaline and pitched forward, needing to put her hand down to avoid landing on her head, she landed perfectly upright. The back of one of her heels was close to the out-of-bounds line, but she lifted it with such catlike quickness and no flag was raised.

Biles was beaming when she landed. Rightfully so.

“I was so relieved,” she said of the triple double. “Today I was very, very pleased.”

When she came back to gymnastics after taking a year off following the Rio Olympics, it wasn’t because she wanted more medals or had anything left to prove. She’s won every meet she’s entered dating back to the 2013 nationals — and often by large margins — and her sixth U.S. title tied a record that has stood since 1952.

She won five medals in Rio, four of them gold, and has more world titles than any other gymnast, male or female.

No, Biles wanted to challenge herself, to see how much she could wring out of her otherworldly talent. In doing so, she is pushing the boundaries of the sport beyond where anyone could ever imagined.

In this meet alone, she’s done two skills that no one else has ever tried. The triple-double on floor exercise gave her a score of 15.1 — a rarity on events besides vault for the women. She also did a double twisting, double somersault dismount on balance beam Friday night.

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NBA Schedule Released: Westbrook’s Return to OKC, LeBron vs. Kawhi Lead Matchups

NBA Schedule Released: Westbrook’s Return to OKC, LeBron vs. Kawhi Lead Matchups

The full NBA schedule was released for the 2019-20 season on Monday, which allows hoops fans to mark their calendars for the six-month stretch before the 2020 postseason.

The league’s slate of opening night and Christmas Day games were reported last week. LeBron James and the Lakers will face Kawhi Leonard to open the regular season on Oct. 22, and the Rockets will head to San Francisco to battle the Warriors on Dec. 25

What other games can basketball fans look forward to in the regular season? Here is a brief look at the top games in each month of the 2019-20 season:

October

Bucks at Rockets – October 24, 8 p.m. ET, TNT

The two top finishers from the MVP race in 2018-19 square off after Giannis Antetokounmpo defeated James Harden for the award last season

Mavericks at Pelicans – October 25, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Which young core is more promising moving into the next decade? Luke Doncic and the Mavs, or Zion Williamson and the Pelicans

November

Celtics

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LeBron James’ Agent Rich Paul Rips NCAA’s New Rule for Systemic Control

LeBron James’ Agent Rich Paul Rips NCAA’s New Rule for Systemic Control
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Agent Rich Paul wrote an op-ed piece in The Athletic on Monday, ripping the NCAA for its new rule requiring players to hire agents with a four-year degree in order to test NBA waters and maintain their eligibility.

Paul, who does not have a four-year degree, says the rule will prevent people like him—those from disadvantaged backgrounds and people of color—from taking an alternative path to representing players. 

“Requiring a four-year degree accomplishes only one thing — systematically excluding those who come from a world where college is unrealistic,” Paul wrote. “Does anyone really believe a four-year degree is what separates an ethical person from a con artist?

“Let’s also be clear that once the NCAA requires a four-year degree for athletes ‘testing the waters,’ it’s only a matter of time until this idea is socialized, no longer questioned, and then more broadly applied. We all know how this works. Unfair policy is introduced incrementally so people accept it because it only affects a small group. Then the unfair policy quietly evo

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Christmas Day ‘Battle of LA’ among 8 NBA games to mark on calendar – Sportsnet.ca

Christmas Day ‘Battle of LA’ among 8 NBA games to mark on calendar – Sportsnet.ca

The NBA released its full 2019-20 regular-season schedule on Monday with a number of highlights including the return of many stars who changed teams in the off-season and one of the most anticipated Christmas Day games in recent memory.

Here’s eight games to mark on your calendars for the coming season:

Dec. 25: Clippers vs. Lakers

Christmas Day won’t be the first meeting between these two teams this coming season (they’ll square off on opening night on Oct. 22), but it’ll likely be the most significant, at least unless they see each other in the playoffs.

Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are, seemingly for the first time ever, both considered primetime teams with equal star power on both sides in LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the Clippers.

It’s a “Battle for L.A.” we’ve never seen before on the NBA’s most important regular-season day in the marquee timeslot of 8 p.m. ET.

This will be a game where a statement is made by either club.

Nov. 14: Mavericks vs. Knicks

Though it’s only been about six months, given the rapid nature of movement in the NBA, Kristaps Porzingis’s trade demand and subsequent move to the Dallas Mavericks feels like a lifetime ago, especially because he hasn’t played since Feb. 6, 2018 recovering from an ACL injury.

Regardless of his checkered-looking health, the Mavericks still signed the 24-year-old seven-footer to a five-year, $158-million max contract. It was a surefire sign of confidence his health woes will be put behind him and, along with 2019 rookie of the year Luka Doncic, will restore Dallas’ former glory.

On the flip side of this equation, the Knicks will likely be hoping for the exact opposite to happen. New York traded Porzingis for, essentially Dennis Smith Jr., a bunch of spare parts and additional cap space to try to lure a marquee free agent in the off-season of which they failed.

Porzingis’s return to Madison Square Garden will be very interesting because he was probably the one thing the Knicks could bank on as hope for their future before allegedly requesting a trade.

Porzingis will get a crack his first crack at revenge on Nov. 14 and get a chance to leave Knicks fans bawling like that kid who did the same when New York first drafted him in 2015.

Nov. 15: Jazz vs. Grizzlies

As the old expression goes, “If you love someone, let them go.”

That’s exactly what the Memphis Grizzlies did when they traded franchise icon Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors at the trade deadline to give him a shot at winning a championship (of which he made good on) and did so

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Ranking the Greatest Houston Rockets Since 2000

Ranking the Greatest Houston Rockets Since 2000

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Career Marks with Houston (2012-Present): 2017-18 MVP, seven-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, two-time Scoring Champ, one-time Assist Champ, 29.0 PPG, 7.7 APG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 36.4% 3PT, 26.5 PER, 0.239 WS/48

James Harden has more than a little bit of work left to do before he can bypass Hakeem Olajuwon on Houston’s all-time list, but he’s the clear choice for No. 1 since 2000.

Not only has Harden been selected to six All-NBA teams, but he has also been on the first team in five of the past six years. He’s the only Rocket to earn first-team honors since Olajuwon in 1996-97.

Harden has averaged at least 25 points in each of his first seven seasons with the Rockets, and he has pushed that rate north of 30 while winning the scoring title each of the past two years. He made at least 175 three-pointers in all of those seasons, including an unreal spike to 378 triples in 2018-19. He didn’t quite break Stephen Curry‘s record (402 in 2015-16), but he’s now on the list with Curry as the only players to make at least 300 in a season.

And that’s just the points. Add in the assists and rebounds and his seven-year averages with Houston are so absurd that the only other players in NBA history to hit those marks in even one season are Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

His win sha

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Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi: ‘WNBA finds a way to mess it up’

Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi: ‘WNBA finds a way to mess it up’

PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi doesn’t hold back.

When the face of the WNBA has an opinion, she shares it. When she talks, people listen.

Even in a season in which she has played sparingly as she continues to find her way back to the court after back surgery in April, Taurasi has a lot to say about the past, current and future states of the WNBA.

But even though Taurasi, who’s in her 16th season in the league, has plenty of opinions on how much she and everyone else in the WNBA is getting paid, how the league treats its players and how the stars are (not) promoted — along with a laundry list of other topics — she admittedly doesn’t have the answers.

Those, she told espnW, need to be found by the league.

With the WNBA All-Star Game getting the Las Vegas treatment this weekend, and new WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert expected to hold her first news conference before Saturday’s game (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET), the league is ready to take center stage. But the biggest issues — player salary (the rookie minimum is $41,965, and the veteran maximum base is $117,500), playing year-round to supplement incomes, and the collective bargaining agreement — will also be in the limelight and hot talking points.

Taurasi sat down with espnW and shared her thoughts on some of the WNBA’s most pressing issues. The Q&A has been edited for clarity and length.

espnW: How do you feel about the pay disparity in the WNBA?

Diana Taurasi: It’s just so sad to me. You know, 15 years in, it’s just such a sad thing to talk about. We had to go to a communist country to get paid like capitalists, which is so backward to everything that was in the history books in sixth grade. And even then, even within our pay scale, it doesn’t make sense. On a team, you could have seven players making the same amount of money. That doesn’t make sense to me.

espnW: The percentage is off, right? Is that the biggest argument?

Taurasi: Something’s missing. I don’t know. I don’t know what the solution is. But what’s going on now, it’s not

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All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s All-Time Rank in Advanced Stats

All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s All-Time Rank in Advanced Stats
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Dallas Mavericks on November 30, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As LeBron James enters his 17th NBA season, Bleacher Report is taking a look at where the four-time MVP sits in the history books in several statistical categories now, after his projected 2019-20 season and following the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.

Already near the top of the all-time leaderboards in numerous categories, James has passed some of the game’s greatest players, and even more legends are about to be bumped down the rankings. Here’s where the series stands:

Part I: James’ total regular-season and postseason minutes

Part II: James’ total blocks, steals and rebounds

Part III: James’ total assists and turnovers

In Part IV of All the King’s Records, we look at where James could finish his career in four different advanced stats, including player efficiency rating, win shares, value over replacement player and box plus/minus.

               

Player Efficiency Rating: 2019-20 and Future Projections

When predicting James’ stats both for this season and beyond, I’ve based his numbers on 71 games played per season, as that’s the average amount of time he’s spent on the court over the past five years. That allows him to miss 11 contests per year for injury or rest.

His final career projections for all stats came under the assumption he’ll play five more years, meaning a retirement at age 39 following 21 total seasons.

From scoring to passing, rebounding to blocking shots, James has long been one of the most efficient players every time he steps on the court.

His player efficiency rating, or PER, has certainly reflected that.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the game against the LA Clippers on January 31, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,

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James’ career PER of 27.59 is second all-time, trailing only Michael Jordan. James led the NBA in PER every season from 2007-08 to 2012-13 and has ranked in the top eight every year outside of his rookie season.

The purpose of PER, as stated by its creator, John Hollinger, is to rate a player’s per-minute productivity. It measures positive accomplishments (field goals, free throws, three-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals) and subtracts negative ones (missed shots, turnovers, personal fouls).

PER typically favors high-usage players that contribute in a number of different statistical categories, like James. Other positive contributions, such as overall defense, shot deterrence and screen setting are not factored in.

Unlike previous stat categories in this series, James can actually move down the list with a lower PER season since this is an average instead of a cumulative stat.

For James to pass Jordan’s career record, the 34-year-old would have to register a PER well above Jordan’s record of 27.91, a mark James has reached just one time in the past five years. James’ PER of 25.6 last year was his lowest since the 2006-07 season.

James’ PER over the past five years (27.1) shows a slight decline from his career mark (27.59), meaning he likely won’t pass Jordan for first overall.

Instead, James’ biggest threat comes from teammate Anthony Davis, who’s third all-time with a PER of 27.42. Given Davis’ recent surge (28.5 PER over the last five seasons) it appears he’ll eventually surpass James at some point during his career, bumping James down to third.

James’ Current Rank: No. 2 all-time

Projected 2019-20 Rank: No. 2 all-time

Projected Career Rank: No. 3 all-time

           

Win Shares: 2019-20 and Future Projections

James ranks fourth all-time in career win shares, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Karl Malone.

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Win shares takes the number of wins a team records and tries to appropriately spread the credit a



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‘Space Jam 2’ Finds New Director, Replaces Terence Nance with Malcolm D. Lee

‘Space Jam 2’ Finds New Director, Replaces Terence Nance with Malcolm D. Lee

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When it comes to Space Jam 2Terence Nance is out and Malcolm D. Lee is in. Nance has departed the project due to creative differences, and now Girls Trip director Lee will take over to helm the sequel to the 1996 animated/live-action hybrid that people seem to love for some reason. LeBron James is starring in this follow-up, which will presumably see him teaming up with the Looney Tunes for more basketball-based hijinks.

Deadline broke the news regarding Malcolm D. Lee taking over as the Space Jam 2 director. Per their reporting, the departure of original director Terence Nance was “amicable, and essentially the filmmaker and the studio/producers had different takes on the creative vision for Space Jam 2.” While I have no emotional investment in anything having to do with Space Jam, I will say it’s a bit of a

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Griffin: Building around LeBron was ‘miserable’

Griffin: Building around LeBron was ‘miserable’

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin detailed the challenges of his three seasons working with LeBron James as Cleveland Cavaliers general manager, saying the experience was “miserable” and questioning James’ winning instinct in Los Angeles.

Griffin told Sports Illustrated for a story published Thursday that the annual challenge of building a title contender around James was too stressful, even if it did result in a championship in 2016.

“Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin said. “Literally the moment we won the championship, I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”

Sources close to James told ESPN on Thursday they were “shocked” at Griffin’s characterization of the superstar. James seemingly addressed the Griffin story via a tweet Thursday without mentioning him by name.

Former NBA center Kendrick Perkins, who played with James in Cleveland in 2014-15 when Griffin was the general manager (and in 2017-18 when Griffin no longer worked for the team), suggested Griffin should direct his disappointment at Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, not James.

Griffin and a person close to James spoke to each other after the SI story was published, sources told ESPN, and Griffin expressed that some context was missing behind his comments. James’ camp encouraged Griffin to clear up his stance on the record, sources said.

James’ contract structure with the Cavs might have contributed to the “inorganic” roster construction to which Griffin alluded. Upon returning to Cleveland for a second stint with the franchise in 2014, James signed a one-year deal with a player op

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Tops List of Athletes Making the Most Money from Instagram Posts

Tops List of Athletes Making the Most Money from Instagram Posts

Social media specialists Hopper HQ have just released a whole range of statistics related to Instagram, and among those numbers is a list of the top-earning athletes based just on the amount they can charge per post on the social media platform. Coming first place — probably to no one’s surprise — is Juventus player and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward has a colossal following of 176 million Instagram users, and is estimated to be able to demand close to $1 million USD per post.

While most of the top spots have been occupied by A-list football players, a few athletes from other sports did manage to make it o

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Video: Watch Bronny James, Zaire Wade Throw Down Dunks in Sierra Canyon Warm-Ups

Video: Watch Bronny James, Zaire Wade Throw Down Dunks in Sierra Canyon Warm-Ups
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 09: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat son, Zaire Wade, introduces his father prior to the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 09, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Sierra Canyon boys basketball will be making headlines this year with LeBron James Jr. (Bronny), Zaire Wade and five-star forward Ziaire Williams suiting up for the 2019-20 season.

In fact, the team is already producing highlights during layup lines at preseason practices:

The 6’7″, 175-pound Williams is ranked as 247Sports‘ No. 7 overall recruit in the class of 2020. The 6’2″, 175-pound Wade is a 3-star point guard who transferred from American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. Bronny James, a 5’10”, 185-pound point guard, will be entering his freshman year.

Wade is the son of recently retired NBA legend Dwyane Wade, while Bronny James is the son of four-time NBA MVP and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.

Per Andrew Joseph of For The Win, James received positive marks fr

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Kyle Kuzma Says He Can Be a ‘Superstar’ Next to LeBron James, Anthony Davis

Kyle Kuzma Says He Can Be a ‘Superstar’ Next to LeBron James, Anthony Davis

Kuzma averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in his first season with LeBron James in 2018-19. 

Kyle Kuzma said he can be the Lakers’ third “superstar” next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis on Wednesday. 

Kuzma is the lone holdover of Los Angeles’ previous young core entering 2019-20. Kuzma’s former teammates Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart are now in New Orleans after being dealt for Davis in June. 

“I don’t feel no pressure, but I believe that I am capable of being that superstar,” Kuzma told ESPN’s O

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WATCH: Disney will reboot ‘Home Alone’

WATCH: Disney will reboot ‘Home Alone’

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Tuesday during the company’s financial quarterly investors conference call that it will create “re-imagined versions” of “Home Alone” and “Diary of the Wimpy Kid.”
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LeBron James calls out NCAA over new rules that would prevent his agent and friend Rich Paul from representing players just out of college

LeBron James calls out NCAA over new rules that would prevent his agent and friend Rich Paul from representing players just out of college

The NCAA’s newly released rules regarding the qualifications to represent players testing the waters of a jump to the NBA have caught the eye of LeBron James.

On Monday, the NCAA issued a memo outlining criteria that agents would have to meet to represent college players who are debating whether to return for another year of college basketball or make the leap to play professionally, either in the NBA, in the G League, or internationally.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, those criteria include a bachelor’s degree, National Basketball Players Association certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance, and the completion of an exam taken in person at the NCAA office in Indi

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Colin Kaepernick posted a video saying he has been ‘denied work for 889 days’ and still wants to play in the NFL

Colin Kaepernick posted a video saying he has been ‘denied work for 889 days’ and still wants to play in the NFL

Colin Kaepernick wants the world to know that he’s still ready for his next opportunity in the NFL.

In a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Kaepernick said that he’s been at the gym “5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years.”

“Still Ready,” Kaepernick concludes, before a montage of him lifting plays.

Kaepernick, who began the protests against police violence and systemic racism by kneeling during the national anthem, opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season and planned to find a role with another NFL team, but offers for a new starting job never came. In February 2019, he reached a settlement with

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NCAA Explains New Agent Rule After LeBron James, Chris Paul Criticize Change

NCAA Explains New Agent Rule After LeBron James, Chris Paul Criticize Change
FILE - In this March 18, 2015, file photo, the NCAA logo is at center court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, for the NCAA college basketball second and third round games. Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. Yahoo said Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Duke's Wendell Carter and Alabama's Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

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The NCAA recently implemented the so-called Rich Paul Rule, which requires agents looking to represent student-athletes to have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree, among other criteria.

The NCAA subsequently issued a statement on its new policy Wednesday:

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the new rules require not only a bachelor’s degree but also at least three years of NBPA certification as well as an in-person exam at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

Per Jeff Borzello of ESPN, agents must also “agree to cooperate with the NCAA in connection with its investigation and analysis of possible rules violations, even if the alleged violations are unrelated to [their] NCAA-agent certification.”

The NCAA said in a memo the new rules, which went into effect on Aug. 1, were implemented “to protect the collegiate eligibility” of the student-athletes, via The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie:

The new rules got the attention of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, who went from high school straight to the NBA, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul:

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NBA Names the Best 15 Players of the Past Decade

NBA Names the Best 15 Players of the Past Decade

The NBA has just announced its pick for the best 15 players from the 2010s, helping to squash those frequent “Kobe vs LeBron” debates.

Dubbed the “NBA All-Decade Team,” the 15 players have been divided into three different teams based on their performance over the past 10 years. Each team includes two backcourt players and three front-court players.

Making the first team is LeBron James, who entered the league back in 2003, along with Stephen Curry, who undoubtably single-handedly changed the game over the years. The two power

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The Power of Nike’s Marketing Department

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The NCAA’s New Agent Regulations Sure Look Like They’re Targeting Rich Paul

The NCAA’s New Agent Regulations Sure Look Like They’re Targeting Rich Paul
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The NCAA, continuing its bid to desperately cling to the archaic model of amateurism for as long as it possibly can, sent out a memo to NBA agents on Monday attempting to reassert its control over whom men’s college basketball players can hire when thinking about going pro. While a rule change in 2018 allowed players considering the NBA Draft to retain the services of an agent without torching their future eligibility, a revision for next year significantly tightens the language around which agents can be NCAA-approved. The original rule covered all NBPA-certified agents, but the new one limits some of those formerly acceptable options:

The rule, on its face, does look more-or-less innocuous for almost any established NBA agent—though traveling to Indianapolis to take an exam sounds like a pain in the neck. But for Rich Paul—whose clients include LeBron James, Anthony Davis, John Wall, Draymond Green, and Ben Simmons—this new rule puts him at an obvious disadvantage when trying to represent new players. That’s because Paul got his start when he was 21 years old and had a chance meeting with 17-year-old LeBron James, and never attended college. Clearly, he didn’t need it to become successful, but this superfluous requirement specifically works to exclude him from opportunities at representing any college player who’s on the fence about leaving.

What t

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NCAA issues rules for agents; LeBron responds

NCAA issues rules for agents; LeBron responds

The NCAA issued a memo to agents Monday, outlining new certification requirements to represent players testing the NBA draft waters.

In the memo, obtained by ESPN, the NCAA outlined new criteria for agents: a bachelor’s degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November.

The bachelor’s degree requirement has led some to refer to it as the “Rich Paul Rule.” Paul, who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, among others, and recently brought his Klutch Sports Group under the United Talent Agency umbrella, began working with James a couple of years after high school and didn’t graduate from college.

According to the new NCAA criteria, Paul wouldn’t be able

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Ben Simmons: Australian casino denies racial discrimination of NBA star

Ben Simmons: Australian casino denies racial discrimination of NBA star

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Ben Simmons posted a video on Instagram which he has since deleted

An Australian casino has denied an apparent assertion by NBA player Ben Simmons that he was denied entry to the venue due to racial discrimination.

The Philadelphia 76ers star posted a video online on Monday of himself and friends at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

In the now-deleted video, Simmons appears to say that he and his black friends were asked for identification whereas his white friend was not.

The casino said it “strenuously rejects” any claims of discrimination.

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LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Top NBA.com’s 2010’s All-Decade Team

LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Top NBA.com’s 2010’s All-Decade Team
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets’ James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard were named to the All-Decade First Team for the 2010s by NBA.com on Monday.

They combined to earn 36 All-Star Game appearances, 34 official All-NBA selections and 10 NBA championships over the past 10 years.

Here’s a look at NBA.com’s other choices:

            

Second Team

Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)

Carmelo Anthony (Free Agent)

Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)

Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)

         

Third Team

Dwyane Wade (Retired)

Kobe Bryant (Retired)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers)

LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)

         

The 2010s in the NBA will likely be most remembered by the rise of superteams.

Although the trend began when Kevin Garnett and Ray Alle

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Instagram’s ‘huge booty’ problem keeps getting worse

Instagram’s ‘huge booty’ problem keeps getting worse

According to a report by Tenable, a cybersecurity research firm, many of these “porn bots” are coming up with new techniques to avoid being detected by Instagram’s security systems. This may come as a surprise, but that includes using lines from Game of Thrones in their image captions — which tricks Instagram’s systems into thinking they’re being written by a real person, not a bot. Facebook says the challenge with this is that it needs to ensure that the methods it puts in place to fight spam, as well as other inauthentic engagement, doesn’t end up affecting real people. For instance, Facebook said, it’s difficult to train technology to tell the difference between a Game of Thrones comment coming from a normal user like you and another from an account that might be fake.

But these porn bots aren’t just using po

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10 things to know about the FIBA – TSN

10 things to know about the FIBA  – TSN

LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball opened training camp Monday for the FIBA world cup, which starts Aug. 31 in China. Here are 10 things to know about the tournament and the Americans’ quest for an unprecedented third gold medal in the event.

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WHAT IS IT?

The world cup is a 32-team tournament running from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15, and used to be called the world championships before a rebranding after the 2010 event. The 32 teams heading to China qualified for the event over the past couple years, and were randomly drawn into one of eight different four-team groups. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the second round.

WHY THE SCHEDULE SWITCH?

World Cups are an every-four-years event, just like the Olympics. Except this time, five years have passed between World Cups. The primary reason for the extra year is because FIBA, basketball’s governing body, wanted to avoid having its world cup in the same year as FIFA, soccer’s governing body, holds its world cup for men. So there was no world cup of basketball in 2018, shifting instead to this year.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Besides the world cup itself, the tournament is a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There are seven teams — two from the Americas, two from Europe and one each from the Africa, Asia and Oceania regions — that will qualify for Tokyo based on their finish at the world cup. Another four spots will be decided in qualifying in July 2020. The only spot clinched already for the 12-team bracket i

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AP source: Warriors, Draymond Green agree on 4-year, $100M extension – Sportsnet.ca

AP source: Warriors, Draymond Green agree on 4-year, $100M extension – Sportsnet.ca

Draymond Green entered this off-season vowing that the Golden State Warriors would remain a contender for NBA titles. His opinion hasn’t changed.

Green and the Warriors have agreed on the terms of a four-year extension worth nearly $100 million.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, first reported the agreement, citing Green’s agent, Rich Paul.

Green’s new deal will start with the 2020-21 season, so he is under contract through 2023-24. Klay Thompson signed a five-year, $190 million extension with the Warriors last month, and Stephen Curry is under contract through the 2021-22 season, so three major pieces of the Warriors’ half-decade of success are now locked up for at least three more years.

“I think everybody thinks it’s kind of the end of us,” Green said in June, after the Warriors lost a six-game series to Toronto in

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LeBron James Reportedly Has Two Priorities: To Team With Bronny And To Own A Franchise – Fadeaway World

LeBron James Reportedly Has Two Priorities: To Team With Bronny And To Own A Franchise – Fadeaway World


LeBron James is arguably the greatest player in the modern era, with three championships and four MVP awards, and he has the chance to improve those statistics with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have gone through some major roster changes this offseason, including trading for the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. The franchise has given away a lot for Davis but it may be what turns the team into a championship contender.

Many people believe that LeBron doesn’t have the same passion for winning that he had with the Cavaliers. New Orleans Pelicans General Manager, David Griffin, is one of those people who believes that he hasn’t got the same hunger anymore.

“I don’t think he’s the same animal anymore about winning,” Griffin told Sports Illustrated.

David Griffin knows the four-time MVP well from when he was the General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The “pressure to win” turned out to make Griffin miserable, that

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LeBron isn’t ‘same animal’ about winning, Griffin believes – NBCSports.com

LeBron isn’t ‘same animal’ about winning, Griffin believes – NBCSports.com

By now, you know the set up for the upcoming NBA season. 

The Warriors, fresh off five straight NBA Finals appearances, are wounded, limping into the new campaign without Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins. Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn ACL and is expected to be out until at least the All-Star break.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Western Conference got better. Anthony Davis joined LeBron James with the Lakers. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George teamed up on the Clippers, Russell Westbrook now is a Rocket and Mike Conley now calls Utah home. 

With the Warriors licking their wounds, many expect James and the Lakers to battle the Clippers for

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David Griffin Clarifies Comments About LeBron James’s Time in Cleveland

David Griffin Clarifies Comments About LeBron James’s Time in Cleveland

The current Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations spent three seasons with James in Cleveland.

David Griffin clarified his controversial comments about LeBron James in which the former general manager told Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer he was “miserable” trying to construct championship rosters in Cleveland around the superstar during their time together with the Cavaliers. Griffin also said he didn’t “think [James is] the same animal anymore about winning.”

During an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Friday, Griffin said the quotes were in reference to fears he had as a member of the Cavalie

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Lakers Rumors: Latest on Carmelo Anthony and David Griffin’s LeBron Comments

Lakers Rumors: Latest on Carmelo Anthony and David Griffin’s LeBron Comments
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after scoring a three-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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It has undoubtedly been a whirlwind offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers. A year after adding superstar LeBron James, they managed to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. This gave the Lakers one of the top duos in the entire league and the core of a potential title contender.

Yet, Los Angeles also got left at the proverbial altar by Kawhi Leonard, who chose to join the cross-town Clippers. With the Clips also acquiring Paul George, it’s debatable whether the Lakers are even the best team in L.A.

The Lakers have done an admirable job of filling out the roster with quality role players, though, adding the likes of Danny Green and DeMarcus Cousins. While missing out on Leonard certainly hurt, there is upside with the roster, and there is potentially room for one more star player.

The Lakers have an open roster spot, and, According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, they’re still targeting former Golden State Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala.

For the Lakers to get Iguodala, however, they’d first need the Memphis Grizzlies to agree to dealing him, which they aren’t looking to do. Could Los Angeles fill that open spot with Carmelo Anthony instead?

While there has been some chatter about Anthony wanting the ki

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Anthony Davis says LeBron James sent him an ecstatic text message about ‘finally’ getting him to the Lakers within 10 minutes of the trade

Anthony Davis says LeBron James sent him an ecstatic text message about ‘finally’ getting him to the Lakers within 10 minutes of the trade

When Anthony Davis was finally traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers, it didn’t take long for him to hear from LeBron James.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Davis said he received a text message from James within 10-15 minutes.

“[James sent a] long text: ‘Yeah, bro! We finally got you now!'” Davis said, recalling the text. “He was excited. That was a good feeling just to have someone like that be one of the first people to te

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Former Cavs GM David Griffin says building around LeBron James was ‘miserable’ and he knew he would leave as soon as they won the 2016 championship

Former Cavs GM David Griffin says building around LeBron James was ‘miserable’ and he knew he would leave as soon as they won the 2016 championship

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said that his time as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers was once filled with excitement, but took a drastic turn when LeBron James joined the team.

Griffin became the team’s GM in February 2014 and James rejoined the team that July.

In a story with Sports Illustrated on Thursday, Griffin spoke about his experience leading a team centered around James. Having James on the team was at one time a celebrated thought, but after the pressure set in, Griffin said it was overwhelming.

“The reason is LeBron is getting all the credit and none of the blame. And that’s not fun for people,” Griffin said. “They don’t like being part of that world.”

Season after season, anything less than a championship wasn’t good enough. Griffin needed to build a championship-caliber team around James that required a hefty cap sheet that resulted in the team losing $40 million.

“Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin said. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”

Through

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David Griffin And LeBron James Are No Longer Pals