Following his outstanding supporting work in films like 42, Selma and Moonlight, André Holland steps into the lead role for Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, High Flying Bird, debuting next month on Netflix. Holland plays an agent whose big name players are in the midst of an NBA strike, when he discovers a loophole that may drastically change the future of the game.
Acting legend and Predator co-star Bill Duke turns up for a minute as a coach and eagle eyed viewers will have also recognized Kyle MacLachlan, Zachary Quinto, and Zazie Beetz, who is primed to have another big year with this and Joker. I think this looks pretty damn good, and with the way basketball and the NBA itself is structured being such a racially charged issue, I imagine this is going to inspire a lot of thoughtful debate on the internet.
Just kidding, the countdown to white activists’ heads exploding over rich white people being the villain in yet another movie starts right now. I love a good dose on false outrage to kick off my year. Don’t let me down, internet!
High Flying Bird makes its premiere on Netflix February 8, the same day LEGO Movie 2 hits theaters… Coincidence? I think not!
If you’ve ever played NBA 2K, you’ll know that it’s a fun experience with a lot of diversity and replay value. It’s always really frustrating because the servers crash and you get stuck with teammates who are dicks.
Well, get ready to be teammates with dicks for a full season.
The NBA and Take-Two announced that they are creating a NBA 2K Esports league which will function just like the NBA. That means one guy who is really good and on a great team… will leave that team to join a historically great team.
Little is known about the league at the moment, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver said there will be a regular season and playoffs. They’re also talking about doing a draft. Not every NBA team has signed off on this deal, which means you won’t be playing as yourself on the Cavaliers just yet. But I’m sure those Ohio Horseman jerseys will be pretty sweet.
No word yet if players will have to stay in Trump hotels prior to competition.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies are refusing to stay in Trump hotels in Chicago and New York this NBA season, electing to support Motel 8 instead.
Oh no, instead of staying in one hotel owned by a multi-millionaire, these multi-millionaires are going to stay in a different hotel owned by a multi-millionaire. These are tough problems to have. I’m lucky if I can afford a night at a Holiday Inn.
The NBA better be careful. Trump is going to eliminate all sports featuring minorities and then only hockey will remain.
WHOA! Is the Kardashian Kurse actually real??
While things are going well for the athlete, the same can't be said for brothel owner Dennis Hof!
On Friday, on the anniversary of LO's overdose, Hof discovered that his Reno three-story house had burned to the ground! What insane timing!
Apparently, the state of Nevada issued a controlled burn, but the fire got out of hand and eventually destroyed Dennis' property!
According to the brothel owner, he believes Khloé Kardashian and members of her family have placed a curse on him. To avoid any more drama, he hopes to move to a remote island later this year.
We can't make this stuff up, people!
[Image via WENN.]
Watch The US Men’s Basketball Team — Except For No-Fun Carmelo Anthony — Sing Along To Vanessa Carlton Lyrics On The Way To The Olympics!
This is too good!
Team USA is heading down to Rio de Janeiro right now to compete in the Olympics over the next few weeks, and while most of the country's men's basketball team is having the time of their lives, one guy is NOT feeling it.
Carmelo Anthony was clearly not in the mood when the men's basketball team started singing the classic song A Thousand Miles, by Vanessa Carlton, on the plane to Brazil today!
First, watch NBA stars Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving get it going by really going all in on the performance -- including a little bit of air piano -- below:
@jimmybutler back at it.... Looking like Willie BeamenA video posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on Jul 30, 2016 at 8:51am PDT
And what of Melo, you ask?!
Well... he was SO not here for this!
Ch-ch-check out his HIGHlarious reaction (below)!!
Melo ain't having it...😂A video posted by DeMar DeRozan (@demar_derozan) on Jul 30, 2016 at 8:48am PDT
That is TOO funny!!
We can only hope that Carlton isn't offended by Melo's lack of participation! LOLz!!
What about U -- are U tuning into the Olympics with us later this week?!
[Image via Instagram.]
"She dumped him weeks ago."
While the insider gave no further explanation for the breakup, the Houston Rockets player's trip to a strip club last month probably didn't help the situation.
Miz Kardashian and Harden began dating last July and things were heating up until her husband Lamar Odom survived an overdose at a Las Vegas brothel.
Ever since Odom's health scare, the Kocktails With Khloé host has been by Lamar's side during his recovery.
Another one bites the dust.
[Image via WENN.]
Kobe Bryant Surprised Taylor Swift At Her LA Concert Friday Night — See What The Hoop Star Did To The Pop Star!
This is so cool!
Taylor Swift has been inviting all of her famous besties on stage and surprising the audience during her 1989 World Tour recently, and at each tour stop the audience has gotten more and more into all the famous people sharing the stage with T-Swift!
Well now the tables have been turned on her, because Kobe Bryant just gave Tay-Tay a great surprise during her Friday night gig at El Lay's Staples Center!
That's the building where Bryant's team, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers play, of course, and the Lakers have won a lot of championship banners that are hanging in that arena. So it's only fair if Kobe did the same for Taylor, right??
Ch-ch-check out the banner surprise via Tay-Tay's Facebook page (below)!!
That's right -- most sold out shows in Staples Center history!!
Oh, and if Kobe weren't enough for Taylor's El Lay concert Friday night, Ryan Tedder from One Republic also showed up to perform with Taylor and give the fans yet another thing to adore!
With several more shows coming in El Lay for Tay-Tay... who knows what'll be next?!
[Image via Taylor Swift/Facebook.]
Talk about being shot down!
On Saturday, basketball star Matt Barnes was caught gushing about Rihanna claiming that he and the B*tch Better Have My Money singer were in the "crush" stage of their relationship.
"Rihanna is my friend right now, so we'll see where it goes. It just passed the crush stage a little bit."
Which would make sense since as he is still technically married to Gloria Govan.
However, it appears that RiRi is 100% confused by these romantic rumors linking her with the Memphis Grizzlies player.
On Sunday, the starlet took to Instagram to shut down any notion that she and Matt were an item or that they even actually knew each other.
#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacterA photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Aug 16, 2015 at 2:31pm PDT
Ouch! Matt, we think that the Grammy winner is the last person you should be crossing right now.
Though we're not surprised that the Barbados beauty commented on these rumors as she's recently been spotted getting cozy with Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton.
Nonetheless, it seems that Rihanna isn't rushing to label herself as any man's main slice.
And why should she?? She is totally SLAYING it right now.
What do U think of this recent rumored pairing?! Did Rihanna really never meet Matt?
SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!
[Image via Brian To/La Niece/WENN.]
She must be his good luck charm!
That's because the 31-year-old was spotted cheering her NBA boo on at his Pro-Am League semi-final on Saturday.
The Houston Rockets shooting guard scored a staggering 25 points to help his team make it to the Drew League finals with a score of 83-72!
Khloé sported a red floral top over an otherwise black outfit with sunglasses -- just in case anyone couldn't tell it was her on the sidelines.
Good luck at the finals, James!
[Image via Cassy Athena/London Ent/Splash News.]
Shaquille O’Neal Fires More Shots At Scottie Pippen — Listen To Him Rant About Not Letting ‘Bums’ Like Pippen ‘Disrespect’ Him!
The altercation between the NBA veterans went into its second round this week when the former LA Lakers star put his former Chicago Bulls rival on blast yet again!
On Monday, O'Neal spoke out on the social media beef on his podcast The Big Podcast with Shaq, and he had this to say:
"I don't let bums disrespect me. He was a great player but I'm the bridge, he's the water. He will always be under me. Every now and then he will rise to the occasion to get to the same level as the bridge but when reality kicks in, I'm the bridge, he is water, he is under me. Scottie Pippen can't disrespect me."
So, we guess this feud isn't necessarily water under the bridge for Shaq, despite that spot on metaphor.
The 43-year-old went on to say that he wasn't looking to call anyone out with his initial Instagram picture where he claimed the best Lakers players from every era would beat the Bulls biggest stars.
But after Pippen seemed to take it personally with his response, Shaq wouldn't back down from his belief that, "we would beat em by fifty."
Take a listen to the podcast (below) to hear Pippen being called out at the 3:45 mark:
[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]
Everybody get up, it's time to slam now! We got a real jam goin' down, welcome to the Space Jam!
Sorry, we just had to get that out of our systems!!
While there wasn't much evidence that the followup flick would ever actually happen, the NBA star sent out a tweet today that has our hopes higher than ever! He wrote:
Fans were quick to take the tweet as a sign that Warner Bros. was picking up Space Jam 2; however, nothing has been officially confirmed just yet!
LeBron just had a pretty successful stint on the big screen in the romantic comedy Trainwreck, so there's also a chance that he's looking for his next step into the movie biz!
Whether or not that next step is the giant leap into Space Jam 2, we have no idea.
But we can hope!!!
The NBA has all of its attention on who is going to go first and second in the draft and what type of an effect those players will have on their respective teams, but the players that go at the end of the first or even second round can be just as important in some cases.
Most people are eyeing the players on teams like Kentucky and Duke, which both have several players that will be going high and it’s all but guaranteed that Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor will take the top 2 spots.
However, there are other players sprinkled throughout the league who have made a difference for their team, and in some cases simply gained the attention of the public through their outstanding play during the NCAA tournament.
Ahead of the NBA Draft, take a look at 7 great NBA prospects that could surprise some people:
Dez Wells (SG, Maryland)
Wells was held back a bit last year with Melo Trimble taking center stage as a freshman, but the senior guard has remained with the team until his senior year and is ready to make the leap to the NBA. He has been with the team in both the ACC and the Big Ten, which could certainly be tough on a player but he terrorized teams in both conferences, even giving the Michigan State Spartans a loss on their home court for the Terrapins’ first game in the conference. Wells is a great shooter and he can do it all as a bigger guard capable of driving to the basket and grabbing rebounds as well.
Ryan Boatright (PG, Connecticut)
His story is extra special as a player who stuck with UConn until his senior year through the controversy and wanted to come back for a championship. He helped lead the Huskies to a championship in 2014 along with standout guard Shabazz Napier, but Boatright is an excellent shooter to watch out for as well. He is a smaller guard and although his final season with UConn wasn’t the greatest, he certainly has what it takes to be a guard similar to Stephen Curry when making the jump to the NBA.
Branden Dawson (SF, Michigan State)
Dawson was one of the difference makers on the Michigan State Spartans and had some amazing games during his 4 years with the team. Commentators would often say something like “If Branden Dawson has a great game, the Spartans will certainly be able to get a win tonight,” and his points and rebounds stats were good enough to rival anyone in the NBA as someone who will be able to compete with the best when he makes the switch. He was the big man that they needed and helped lead Michigan State to yet another Final Four for coach Tom Izzo in 2015.
Rakeem Christmas (C/PF, Syracuse)
The Syracuse team has had its ups and downs over the past few years including the academic controversy that kept them out of the NCAA tournament in 2015, but Christmas has remained a powerful and significant [...]
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Stephen Curry is a NBA Champion now but in 1992 he was getting airplane rides from Muggsy Bogues. @videogames
Stephen Curry has quickly developed into the most popular and most fun to watch player in the NBA. However, prior to his NBA stardom, he was hanging out in the locker room as a kid with his dad.
Does everyone remember receiving airplane rides when they were a kid or possibly giving them to your own kids? The most fun that any kid can have is when they are being “flown around” by an older adult and Steph Curry was lucky enough to get airplane rides from former NBA star Muggsy Bogues.
Everyone remembers Muggsy Bogues right? He was the point guard for the Charlotte Hornets for several years and known for his size (or lack thereof), and even had an appearance in the hit animated film Space Jam.
Of course, now that Stephen Curry is all grown up, his own child has become the NBA’s cutest and attention-stealing kid. His daughter, Riley Curry, has gained the attention of everyone around the country with her post-interview stealing sweetness and appearing in the stands with the family during every game.
Stephen Curry’s dad, Dell Curry, played with Muggsy Bogues from 1988 until 1997 on the Hornets and they both joined the team at the same time. Steph was raised in Charlotte and the time that his dad played with Bogues made up the first nine years of his life, a significant part of anyone’s childhood.
Most recently, the Curry family was on a drive together, and his wife Ayesha recorded a video of Steph singing and drumming along to Phil Collins‘ “In The Air Tonight” while driving, later posting it to Instagram.
Stephen Curry continues to gain the attention of fans all over whether it is through his playing on the court, his daughter’s cuteness or his own cuteness as a little boy in the Charlotte Hornets’ locker room.
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Andre Iguodala may not have been the biggest star on the Golden State Warriors over the course of the regular season, but he made it count when it came to the NBA Finals.
After an impressive MVP performance, his son showed him how proud he was when it came to Father’s Day. Iguodala is a veteran player in the league and has played with 3 different teams since 2004, but never reaching the NBA finals until this year.
He was able to share the moment with his son after the game when the team was celebrating and receiving the trophy. This was also the time when he was given the MVP Award, a much-deserved honor that he earned through his work during the series.
Months before he won the NBA title or the MVP Award, Andre Iguodala’s son had made a sculpture of the Larry O’Brien Trophy for him and decided to wait until Father’s Day to give it to him, paired with a sweet card that said “Dad of the year.”
This kid is amazing. Although I don't celebrate many holidays, he sculpted this Larry O'Brien Championship trophy back in April in art class. Saved it until Father's Day to give to me. This might be my new favorite trophy. #HappyFathersDay #MyNinja
Of course, his son, Andre Tyler Iguodala II did not know that his dad would already have the real thing and thought it could even work as a consolation prize, but a handmade trophy from your son is certainly more special and Iguodala even said in the caption that it might be his new favorite trophy.
What more could an NBA player ask for on Father’s Day? In the past week, he has now received a handmade Larry O’Brien trophy from his son, a real Larry O’Brien Trophy, and the Bill Russell Finals MVP Trophy. It’s safe to say that the Iguodala family is having an amazing time in celebration right now.
Andre Iguodala was able to bring his son and his wife during the Golden State Warriors’ celebration parade that took place on Friday and thanked the fans while having the time of his life.
To our awesome fans… THANK YOU! #dubnation
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Draymond Green has been having a great season as a supporting member of the Golden State Warriors team that is primarily led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He will be a free agent soon, but he should remain with the Warriors for a while.
The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from their first NBA championship in 40 years, due in large part to the defense of Draymond Green as well as his impressive offensive numbers in the NBA finals especially.
However, Green is getting ready to be a free agent soon and while his options will be open, the Warriors fans would certainly love to see him stay put. He has proved that he can play just about any position on the court and he is an important asset to the franchise.
Draymond Green just barely missed out on the Defensive Player Of The Year Award this year after an impressive year and he played center recently in a gamble of a lineup, while also guarding Lebron James and with his size, he seems to be able to do pretty much anything.
Golden state Warriors GM Bob Myers had a message for fans who might be concerned about him leaving when saying, “Tell the Warrior fans they shouldn’t worry. The only thing I can say is we really like our core. Obviously, they’ve achieved a great amount of success so far this season. Our hope is to keep them together.”
The Warriors could match any offer that he is given and choose to keep him around for a long time if they want to continue the success that they have been having. It was recently reported that Jerry West threatened to resign if the team gave up Klay Thompson and they don’t want to lose Green either.
Draymond Green and the rest of the Golden State Warriors will be playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 6 of the NBA finals tonight and currently lead the series 3-2.
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What a big ole' momma's boy!
After being fouled by Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, the Cleveland Cavaliers small forward found himself sliding into a cameraman and cutting his head open on the equipment!
LeBron was a bit shaken, but eventually returned to the game after getting quick treatment...
But not before his mother Gloria Marie James gave him some of the best medicine -- a kiss on his booboo to make it better!
Ch-ch-check out the adorable mother-and-son moment (below)!!!
And for those of you who care, the Warriors ended up beating the cavs 103 - 82.
[Image via Winston Burris/WENN.]
Stephen Curry has proved once again why he was chosen as the league’s MVP, although unfortunately for him and the Golden State Warriors, his outstanding performance came too late in the game.
The All-Star MVP guard has struggled for much of the NBA finals behind the aggressive defense of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ unlikely hero Matthew Dellavedova. However, he had a big 4th quarter in game 3 and tied the record for most 3-point shots made in a quarter in the NBA finals.
Curry nailed 5 3-point shots in the 4th quarter, scoring a total of 17 points in the quarter, although due to the large deficit and Cleveland’s determination to win, it was not enough for a victory, losing 96-91 in a dramatic finish.
Stephen Curry has been hassled by multiple defenders throughout the finals and for whatever reason, he and the Warriors just can’t seem to break through the tough Cavaliers defense, even when stacked with injuries to star players like Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
The previous record for the number of 3-point shots made in a single quarter of the NBA finals was set by the veteran master at it of course, Ray Allen. He did it while playing for the Boston Celtics in the second quarter of their game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012.
However, when Curry did it, the accomplishment was much more impressive since the Warriors were down by 20 at one point before the big comeback and he needed to play like his MVP-worthy self if his team was going to have any chance at coming back.
"This is going to be a hard fought series and I have to have a large part in it" – @StephenCurry30 #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/MTDzkTQJC7
— NBA (@NBA) June 10, 2015
Despite his awful start to the game with only 3 points at the half, he did score 27 points by the end of the game, almost up to his normal average, making 10 of his 20 field-goal attempts and seven of his 12 three-point attempts.
Stephen Curry has now made 32.4 percent of his three-point attempts and 39.7 percent of his field-goal attempts during the series, averaging 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and a whopping 5.3 turnovers.
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Dwyane Wade and Lebron James have certainly enjoyed some good times together as friends on and off the court as well as their multiple trips to the finals together. Now they get to experience them in a different way with Wade
Now the two All-Star players get to experience the NBA finals in a different way with Wade serving as a commentator during halftime and after the game. What makes it even more special is that he even gets to interview his former teammate and offer some interesting insight about him during the game.
Lebron James had yet another amazing performance in game 3 with plenty to talk to his former teammate about after it ended. He finished with 40 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists, putting up huge numbers and he has actually scored more in the first 3 games than anyone else in the history of the NBA finals.
LeBron's 123 points this series are the most points scored through the first 3 games of an #NBAFinals (41.0 PPG) pic.twitter.com/65b8fuCC1I
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) June 10, 2015
Dwyane Wade has clearly been having fun watching his former teammate dominating the NBA finals and although he doesn’t have the expertise of the other analysts, he had some good questions for James after the game as well.
He asks James what his mindsight his at this point and how he is feeling about the series, adding that he sees him playing even better than when he was with Miami, playing at an unbelievable level while averaging 41 points per game.
James mentions that he was disappointed in finishing third in the MVP voting, but still won’t admit to that being his other motivation in winning the series.
He is dominating the series and doing much more than just scoring, playing a part in nearly every point that the team scores.
LeBron James has scored, assisted, or created 200 of the Cavaliers' 291 points through the first 3 games of the #NBAFinals. Beyond unreal.
— Synergy Sports Tech (@SynergySST) June 10, 2015
Dwyane Wade has hinted that he may opt-out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer. With the way that he relates to James throughout the interview and their history on and off the court, it certainly makes us wonder whether they will end up reuniting on the court.
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Matthew Dellavedova had the game of his life last night, but following the game, he was experiencing severe cramps and needed medical help.
He was unable to talk to the media because he was receiving in IV in the building before being taken to the local hospital in an ambulance for more treatment, something that will certainly not sit well with Cavaliers fans.
The last thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers possibly need is for their breakout star to get injured and his physical play on the court is rivaling of anyone. His play in game 3 was unreal, recording 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, in addition to his aggressive defense on Stephen Curry.
In addition to a career playoff high 20 Pts, Matthew Dellavedova limited Steph Curry to 5-of-12 shooting in Game 3. pic.twitter.com/PZRkuo0xqX
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 10, 2015
Matthew Dellavedova’s defense on Curry has been a bit unbelievable as he was able to hold him to only 3 points in the first half of game 3 and played incredibly aggressive defense throughout much of the first 3 games, until Curry scored 24 points in the second half of game 3.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are already stacked with injuries, which makes NBA fans wonder how they are even continuing on this surprising run that they are on.
Once Kevin Love went out, some people thought they might not make it past the Bulls, then they beat the Bulls and Hawks before losing Kyrie Irving, which could have caused them to not have a chance against the Golden State Warriors, but the Cavaliers have found their unlikely hero in Dellavedova.
The backup Australian point guard has been highly praised for his physical play, and Lebron James gave him some more after the game when saying, “He’s going to give everything he’s got. His body, he’s going to throw his body all over the place. And he’s going to compete at a high level however many minutes he’s out on the floor.”
Matthew Dellavedova’s played so hard physically that he needed to be taken to the hospital, and luckily the next game is in Cleveland, and for the sake of him and his team, hopefully he will be all rested up and able to play on Thursday.
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Jimmy Kimmel’s popular mean tweets segment is back and brings a number of hilarious reactions from NBA players in the NBA playoffs edition. Star players are featured in a different way and some of them can take a joke while others cannot.
The segment is used to expose the bad opinions of celebrities or athletes from random users on Twitter. It has people read mean tweets that have been written about them and while most people will just get a good laugh out of it, some of them can actually take it to heart, feeling that they are too mean.
The latest issue aired last night on Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel following the conclusion of the first game of the NBA finals. It featured players both that have been elimintated and still competing including Blake Griffin, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry.
I love Mean Tweets. This is definitely the best one from the NBA edition pic.twitter.com/7sHq7Kxqf9
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) June 5, 2015
Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” have been going for years and seems to be just as good as the last one every time. Of course, not everyone will be able to enjoy this one, but surely most NBA finals will get some good laughs out of it.
With the NBA finals now underway, fans will want to do anything that they can in order to gain access to NBA related content and this is a great example of that.
Some former NBA players such as Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose, and Reggie Miller are featured as well with some odd jobs targeted at them including poking fun at Magic’s teeth and Reggie Miller’s style, not relating to basketball at all.
http://t.co/dMGpSXxvgs 50 Cent Stars In New Air Bud And NBA Players Read Mean Tweets http://t.co/QGBr4oYE1v #JimmyKimmel
— Jimmy Kimmel (@JKimmel_News) June 5, 2015
Commentators and former coaches Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are also featured, making fun of both of them as basketball voices and most fans will probably agree that their commentary can be quite odd at times.
Jimmy Kimmel’s mean tweets feature a fun collection of players and reactions in the NBA playoffs edition and is definitely worth checking out for any fan of the NBA.
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Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis will all be appearing on the cover of NBA2K16 in a way like never before. It is the first time that more than one player has ever been featured on the cover of a game with different versions.
It only makes sense that more than one player would be chosen to grace the cover after such a competitive race for the MVP throughout the 2014-2015 season that saw Stephen Curry winning the highly-coveted award, with James Harden coming in second and Anthony Davis also finishing in the top 5.
The 2K series likes to take it to another level when competing with its rival NBA Live and is doing everything in their power to beat their rivals. In addition to featuring 3 superstars on the cover, the game will also feature Oscar-winner Spike Lee as the game’s director.
Stephen Curry is the reigning MVP and while most people would probably expect to see him on the cover, it is nice to see other stars joining him as well. All 3 players have been a part of multiple All-Star teams together and a part of Team USA.
#BeTheStory in #NBA2K16, ft @StephenCurry30 @JHarden13 @AntDavis23 on covers! Pre-order today https://t.co/L6CyhAWdZj pic.twitter.com/r2ycIXlVL0
— NBA 2K 2K15 (@NBA2K) June 4, 2015
Spike Lee is known for his directing and screenwriting, but this is the first time that he has been a part of a videogame’s creation. He is serving as the director with his creativity being used for the game’s MyCareer mode, which allows users to create a player and take them through the challenges of the NBA, both on and off the court.
The mode has been a unique experience for years on the 2K franchise, but with Lee’s creativity and involvement, it should make the game even more fun for basketball fans. He shot about 12 hours of in-game drama that fans will get to experience in the unique game mode.
Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis have likely dreamed of being on the cover of a game for a long time and now they get to share it with each other.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers did something quite odd when they decided to hang a banner in order to promote their trip to the NBA finals. Rather than concentrating on more stars who will play, injured players are featured on the banner.
Lebron James is the leader of the team, and of course he is featured on it, but along with him are Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. What exactly were they thinking with those selections?
The banner is being used to get fans around the city pumped up for the series against the Golden State Warriors, but it doesn’t seem like that is going to have the same effect with James’ supporting players featured. Varejao has been out since December with an Achilles injury and fans who wait until the playoffs to watch may have even forgotten about him at this point.
Sharp. #ALLinCLE pic.twitter.com/4mNpw4FHU8
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 3, 2015
Along with the banner that was posted by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ official Twitter profile, the hashtag #AllinCLE was posted, alluding to the fact that everyone in Cleveland has played a part in their run to the finals and even the injured players will be there to support Lebron James and co.
Kyrie Irving has been with the team since entering the NBA and has had some good performances in the post-season along with players like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson, which makes this banner feel very odd for fans of the Cavaliers and anyone else who has been watching the NBA playoffs.
In addition to Varejao being out, Kevin Love will not be competing in the NBA finals after being injured in the first round with a shoulder injury. Perhaps the team just wants everyone to know that their injured players are just as much a part of the team as everyone else and that they shouldn’t be forgotten.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have built their current team around Lebron James after bringing him home, but surely there are more fitting players to accompany him on the promotional banner.
Update: more banners have been made available already.
Look! More banners. And more to come. #ALLinCLE pic.twitter.com/RprOhys2MF
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 3, 2015
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Could Tobias Harris really be the most underrated free agent in the NBA? While most people might see that and think it is some kind of weird joke, it can be argued that he is among a new type of small forward and playing in a different way, making him a unique player to target in free agency.
While there is no way that he will be competing for league MVP or listed among the top players in the league, he has proven over his short NBA career that he can contend with and guard the best players around.
He is a small forward playing for the Orland Magic in his third year from Tennessee and has been averaging the type of statistics that only a handful of NBA players have been able to do at his age, believe it or not.
Tobias Harris, at age 22, averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds, while also shooting 35% from behind the arc over the course of the 2014-2015 season, something that only Kevin Durant, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh were able to do at the same time.
The case can be made for him being the most underrated free agent in this infographic from Nowsourcing, which also refers to him as the NBA’s best kept secret. As the graphic shows, he seems to be able to do it all, and at 6’9 and 235 pounds, he is big for his position, helping him at the defensive end as well.
According to the infographic, there is a shift in the game of basketball that Harris is a part of, being referred to, not as a typical small forward, but a new idea of the versatile forward. Of course, he is not the only one who achieves these types of stats, but while the forward position used to be simply about inside scoring and rebounding, now perimeter shooting is also key.
"We have a great relationship … He's a very, very good person & a very, very good player." – Skiles on @Tobias31: http://t.co/bYt7HyRG4l
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) May 29, 2015
Tobias Harris is being utilized in a new era of the NBA that will focus more on analytics and a term called player efficiency rating, rather than just bringing in stars for their scoring power. As arguably the most underrated free agent in the league, he could end up anywhere by the start of the 2015-2016 season.
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Steve Nash certainly knows a bit about shooting after his 19 years in the league and his precision as a shooting point guard. Many people have already begun to argue about whether Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter of all time, and Nash has given his input.
The former NBA star played for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers and he also earned the MVP Award twice in his career, the highly coveted award that Curry won for the first time recently.
Stephen Curry is an elite player that only seems to be getting better and can do just about everything imaginable on the court, making shots that Nash wouldn’t even dream of taking in some cases.
Steve Nash has high praise for the young point guard with a bright future ahead of him saying “Steph takes it to another level. He has no trouble taking a step-back and making it. You add that to all the other shots. It could be a clincher in this game of deciding who’s the best.”
Curry has helped to completely turn around the Golden State Warriors franchise in recent years and this season they had their best record in franchise history. He continues to set and later break his own records with 3-point shooting and will be playing in his first NBA finals in a matter of days.
Clearly it’s not something that can be officially decided, but Nash thinks that Curry may already be the best shooter of all time. When asked about the idea, he said, “The only pause I have is from fear of being ignorant. Am I missing someone? Does he need to play longer or do it longer? Does he have to do it in the playoffs more years? But my first reaction is, ‘Why not?’ He’s as good as anyone I can think of on every level—pure shooting, array of shots, percentage, getting hot, plays to the end—he checks all the boxes.”
As Steve Nash alludes to, there is no other player who has been able to shoot with such ease and accuracy off the dribble and from such a deep range. He continues to impresses fans and critics all the time, and he has an impressive 73.5 percentage on catch-and-shoot jumpers in the playoffs, rising above the pressure.
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Dwyane Wade has a fair amount of experience being a part of the NBA finals, but generally fans will see him playing on the court rather than evaluating the other players as a commentator.
It will be odd for fans to see him in the new position, but at least Wade will be able to participate in the NBA finals in some way since his team was a bit of a disappointment this year and didn’t even make the playoffs.
This year, he will be a featured analyst in the broadcast booth during the coverage of the NBA finals. He will join ESPN on ABC for the pregame and halftime shows during games 2 and 3 of the finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
Dwyane Wade will be put in an interesting position and able to offer up some good insight as the former teammate of Lebron James, who is competing in yet another NBA championship series, hoping to get his 3rd ring.
3x Champ @DwyaneWade to join ABC for #NBAFinals coverage: http://t.co/OC5DOwlUjt pic.twitter.com/aXfQ8y3hn5
— NBA (@NBA) June 2, 2015
Wade and James played together for several years on the Miami Heat and also won 3 NBA championships while developing a longtime friendship. The two of them played in each of the past four NBA finals as members of the Heat and now James will be doing it with his old team, hoping to win another.
The Miami Heat star will also be providing studio commentary for games 6 and 7 if those games are necessary. Judging by the way that the Warriors and Cavaliers both finished off their recent opponents, it should make for an interesting match-up between the two teams and it is a highly anticipated one.
Dwyane Wade on NBA Countdown for The Finals? Yes, please.
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) June 2, 2015
Dwyane Wade will clearly have a bias going into the series with his old teammate on one of the teams competing, which could complicate things, but it wouldn’t be the first time that a commentator has had a friend on one of the teams that they are covering.
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Klay Thompson has returned to the team’s practice, although that doesn’t confirm anything about his condition yet. He is a tough player and clearly does not want to miss any of his first chance at playing in the NBA finals.
The All-Star guard for the Golden State Warriors went down during an ugly play in game 5 against the Houston Rockets, although luckily they were still able to win the game.
Thompson had a major collision with Trevor Ariza that had fans witnessing Ariza’s knee go right into Thompson’s head and he was diagnosed with a concussion days later. He attempted a return to the game, but he was bleeding as he tried to go back in and was forced to get stitches in the locker room as his team finished off the Rockets in game 5.
Klay Thompson makes up arguably the best backcourt in the NBA along with recent MVP-winner Stephen Curry and when the two of them play at their best, it is virtually impossible to stop the Warriors.
With his concussion diagnosis, he is currently listed as out for game 1, but depending on his evaluation on Tuesday morning, there is a chance that he could still play the full series.
The fact that he was able to practice on Monday is a great sign for him and Warriors fans, but nothing is for sure until Tuesday. It would certainly help to have him, but luckily the Warriros have an excellent bench as well, and if there is any team that can play without a star player, it is the Warriors.
According to the NBA’s concussion protocol, he must be checked out and found to be suffering from no after-effects following his first practice before he can be cleared to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening game of the NBA finals.
Klay Thompson has been a great presence in the backcourt for the Golden State Warriors all season long and would be fortunate to have him for game 1. The NBA finals begin on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET and the first game will be played in Oracle Arena in Oakland.
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Klay Thompson is officially out for the NBA finals until further notice. For the sake of the Warriors and their fan base, hopefully he won’t have to miss too much of the series.
He suffered an ugly concussion during the Warriors’ game 5 win over the Houston Rockets. The Warriors didn’t face much of a challenge with the Rockets and would have swept them if it wasn’t for the outstanding first quarter that the Rockets had in game 4, preventing the Warriors from being able to come back.
He will not return to the court until he goes through the NBA’s concussion protocol, which could keep him from playing in at least one game of the finals series.
THIS JUST IN: Klay Thompson is diagnosed with a concussion and will not return to the court until he is cleared. (via @warriors)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 29, 2015
Klay Thompson’s diagnosis came after extensive examinations over the past two days according to the team. The league’s concussion protocol that he needs to go through will require him to pass several exercise tests symptom-free before he can return to game action.
While they continue to win and closed out the series against the Rockets on Wednesday, in terms of injuries, it hasn’t been a pretty sight for Warriors fans. In addition to the hard hit on Thompson in game 5, Stephen Curry also hit the floor hard and luckily he didn’t have a concussion and was somehow able to return during the same game.
The All-Star guard’s original diagnosis was a right ear laceration and he was immediately cleared to return to the game. However, blood was pouring out of his ear just as he was getting ready to return to the court and he was forced to head to the locker room for stitches.
The Golden State Warriors finished off the Rockets in 5 games and are now ready to face off with Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals starting on June 4th.
Klay Thompson was hit hard on the play that caused his concussion and may be forced to miss at least one game of the series. However, the one thing that the Warriors have going for them is that they are a strong team all-around and are favored over the Cavs to win.
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Dwight Howard, disliked by many, has been known to be one of the most aggressive players in the league for many years. As a result, he continues to spar with players around the league, and his latest flagrant foul will have him paying the consequences at the start of next season.
The somewhat embarrassing post-season tale of the Houston Rockets finally came to a close on Wednesday night as the Golden State Warriors advanced to face the Cleveland Cavaliers after an easy game 5 victory, with the Cavaliers defeating the Atlanta Hawks in 4 games.
Howard struggled for much of the series against the Warriors and took his frustration out on other players on more than one occasion. In game 5, one foul, in particular, was upgraded from a common foul to a flagrant. Despite being out of the playoffs, in a situation that clearly doesn’t happen often, he will be suspended for game 1 of the 2015-2016 season.
Dwight Howard’s malicious play in question occurred when he took an elbow to Andre Iguodala’s throat, clearly frustrated with how the game had been going. It is a mystery how it did not get called as a flagrant foul in the first place, but thankfully the officials corrected their mistake and will punish him for next season.
"I really don't know what a flagrant foul is anymore." – Jeff Van Gundy, after Dwight Howard's foul on Andre Iguodala pic.twitter.com/qAJiXfbCxC
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 28, 2015
The foul occurred late in the game and the Rockets were forced out of the playoffs just minutes later with the Warriors winning 104-90. The series was up and down including some huge victories for the Warriors, a couple of close games, and only one win from the Rockets after a huge performance from James Harden.
In addition to Howard’s continued aggression, Harden provided some embarrassment for the Rockets in game 5 with a record number of turnovers in a single playoff game, a total of 13.
Dwight Howard suspended one game for that forearm to Iguodala's neck in Game 5. Video: http://t.co/Q2BJLSReED pic.twitter.com/PQGQtrTfbq
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 29, 2015
Dwight Howard will miss out on the always anticipating first game of the NBA season, but other than that, the punishment will not have much of an effect on the team. He will be back for game 2, and should have another great season with the team.
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Lamar Odom Tweets For The First Time In About A Year — Is This The First Step To Getting Khloé Kardashian Back?!
This is such a good sign!
That's because the 35-year-old finally used his Twitter for the first time in almost a year!
He accompanied the tweet with the following pic:
Once a Laker, always a Laker!
We're hoping that seeing Khloé out and about was what got Lamar back to tweeting, but that could just be some wishful thinking.
Do U think this could be the first sign of a rekindling relationship??