Tag: National Basketball Association

Washington Wizards Demand Justice, Accountability and Equality in Team Photo

Photo: Ned Dishman/NBAE (Getty Images) In every American household, Black, white, or otherwise, picture day is kind of a big deal. Advertisement It’s the perfect opportunity to not only drown your scalp in pink lotion and stunt in those Easter clothes that won’t fit this time next year, but to commemorate your accomplishments and perhaps […]

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Sorry, LeBron. I Wanna See Russell Westbrook In the Play-In Tournament

Photo: Will Newton (Getty Images) OK, so maybe I was wrong. Entering Monday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the battered and bruised Los Angeles Lakers (37-28) were clinging for dear life to the 6th seed in the Western Conference. A win would propel them to the 5th seed—and a likely first-round slobberknocker against either […]

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Following Split With Nike, Vanessa Bryant Honors Gianna’s 15th Birthday With Philanthropic ‘Mambacita’ Line

Gianna Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, attend the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nev.Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) On May 1, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant—also nicknamed “Mambacita” for the love of basketball she shared with her father, NBA legend Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant—would’ve turned 15 years […]

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DMX’s Public Memorial to Be Held at Barclays Center

DMX performs on stage during the Live Nation presents Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour on September 1, 2016.Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Live Nation (Getty Images) The public memorial for Earl “DMX” Simmons will be held in Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Advertisement According to Variety, DMX’s manager confirmed the public memorial will be take place […]

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It Looks Like Kobe, Nike Are Headed for Divorce

Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Getty Images) Prior to his tragic death in January of 2020, there were rumors that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had every intention of severing his long-standing relationship with Nike. How do I know this? Because psssst…I reported on it in December. Advertisement And now four months later, ESPN and CBS […]

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Scottie Pippen Shares That His Firstborn Son Antron Has Died at the Age of 33

Retired NBA player Scottie Pippin walks the runway during the Kith Sport fashion show on September 7, 2017.Photo: Brian Ach (Getty Images) On Monday, Scottie Pippen shared some tragic news via Twitter. His eldest son Antron died this past Sunday at the age of 33. Advertisement “I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye […]

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LaMarcus Aldridge Retires Due to Irregular Heartbeat

Photo: Sarah Stier (Getty Images) Wow. On Thursday, Brooklyn Nets forward LaMarcus Aldridge announced on Twitter that after 15 seasons in the NBA, he’ll be retiring due to an irregular heartbeat. Advertisement “My last game, I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat. Later on that night, my rhythm got even worse which really worried […]

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Jayson Tatum Reveals He’s Still Battling COVID-19 Complications, Now Uses Inhaler

Photo: Andy Lyons (Getty Images) Dismissing the severity of COVID-19 is a dangerous game. There are those who believe the virus is merely an inconvenience, an impediment that’s robbed them of cookouts and day parties. But for millions of others, it’s either been an outright death sentence or has significantly impacted their day-to-day lives. Advertisement […]

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The Denver Nuggets Lost More Than Jamal Murray, They Just Lost Their Only Shot At an NBA Title

Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets is helped off the court after an injury in their game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on April 12, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images) Athletes love to tell you that they don’t fear anything but God and taxes, but there […]

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Steph Curry Moonwalks Past Wilt Chamberlain to Become Golden State Warriors’ All-Time Scorer

Photo: Ezra Shaw (Getty Images) It’s been a long-ass season for Steph Curry. The current incarnation of the Golden State Warriors (26-28) doesn’t exactly strike fear in the hearts of opponents, which means every night, the Baby-Faced Assassin has to go supernova just to give his team a fighting chance at victory. Advertisement So with […]

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Kyrie Is Not Your Negro

Photo: Emilee Chinn (Getty Images) As Kyrie Irving made abundantly clear this weekend, the n-word isn’t for everybody. Advertisement While there are people like myself who can’t recall the last time they didn’t deploy it as a term of endearment, a convenient expression of excitement or confusion, or a final warning before violence ensues, there […]

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Random Acts of Shaqness: Shaq Pays Off Engagement Ring for Man at Jewelry Store

Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images) I don’t pride myself on a lot of things, but aside from my mutant ability to consume an extraordinarily high volume of crab legs, I genuinely try to be kind. Advertisement I say “please” and “thank you” when applicable; I ask waiters, “How are you doing today?,” I don’t cuss […]

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Kevin Durant Returns From 23-Game Absence Just to Remind Everyone the NBA Finals Are Over Before They Even Begin

Photo: Sarah Stier (Getty Images) Kevin Durant, who was last seen getting fined $50,000 for calling some attention-starved white boy a “pale pasty cum guzzling bitch,” made his triumphant return to the court last night. Did you hear? Advertisement After missing the last 23 games with the left hamstring strain from hell, KD came off […]

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Is It Friday? Because Paul Pierce Managed to Get Fired on His Day Off

Photo: Asanka Ratnayake (Getty Images) Paul Pierce has had a week, and it’s only Tuesday. The former NBA star turned heads over the weekend when he went live on Instagram to document a night of twerking, neck massages, and general debauchery. Apparently, the sports analyst forgot he worked for the House of Mouse, and on […]

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I Ain’t One to Gossip, but Paul Pierce Might’ve Had a Mid-Life Crisis This Weekend and Was Stupid Enough to Put It on IG Live

Screenshot: @PaulPierce Disney is notoriously strict when it comes to the behavior of its stars both on and off-screen, and while I’m not sure if those same rules apply to ESPN employees—the sports juggernaut was acquired by the House of Mouse back in 1995—I would imagine that after his actions this weekend, NBA great Paul […]

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Brooklyn Nets Prepare for Inevitable Battle With Los Angeles Lakers by Acquiring Final Infinity Stone, LaMarcus Aldridge

Photo: Ronald Martinez (Getty Images) As hoop heads wait for the inevitable championship showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, the Nets made a power move over the weekend with the acquisition of seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. Advertisement Aldridge, who agreed to a buyout with his previous employer, the San Antonio Spurs, joins […]

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The Day Sports Stood Still Proves Athletes Reserve the Right to Be Human, Too

Image: HBO For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a symbiotic relationship with sports. Advertisement Whether it was throwing the football around in my neighbor’s backyard as a child, or getting clowned at basketball tryouts as an 8th grader because my sneakers had holes in them, or my father chasing me […]

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Miami Heat Become 1st NBA Team to Announce Fully-Vaccinated Sections for Fans, Beginning April 1

A view of the Miami Heat logo on the court during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena on May 22, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Mike Ehrmann (Getty Images) I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last week, and I’ve barely […]

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5 Players Who Are As Good As Gone Before the NBA Trade Deadline

Photo: Andy Lyons (Getty Images) Do you know what today is? Yes, I know it’s Thursday and your child support is due, but more importantly, today is the NBA trade deadline—the magical day in which teams throughout Adam Silver’s lucrative kingdom make a last-ditch effort to either acquire assets or strengthen their rosters before Kyrie […]

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Houston Rockets End 20-Game Losing Streak, But Please Keep Coach Stephen Silas In Your Thoughts and Prayers

Screenshot: @LeagueAlerts Stephen Silas doesn’t deserve this. After 20 seasons on the NBA’s sidelines, concealing other coaches’ deficiencies and orchestrating the most efficient offense in the history of the league, the 48-year-old son of Paul Silas was rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that far too often eludes his Black peers: He finally became a head […]

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn: Why Do We Keep Treating Migrants Like Humans?

Photo: Tom Williams (Getty Images) Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is known for saying insensitive, racist-y, fucked up statements. Advertisement He blamed the insurrection on the Capitol on “lax security,” called then-President Trump’s second impeachment “awfully vindictive,” “completely unnecessary” and “ill-advised,” and doesn’t believe that there is systemic racism. But his comments Monday might take […]

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NBA Great Elgin Baylor Dead at 86

Photo: Gus Ruelas (AP) Elgin Baylor, who played for the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers during his illustrious 14-year career, has died. He was 86 years old. Advertisement According to the Lakers and ESPN, he passed away peacefully on Monday from natural causes while surrounded by loved ones, including his wife, Elaine, and daughter, Krystal. […]

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, It’s—Blake Griffin Is Dunking Again?!

Photo: Harry How (Getty Images) Thanks to a global pandemic that has completely defecated on how we conceptualize time, December 2019 feels like eons ago. Hell, I don’t even remember what I got for Christmas that year. But with a little help from Blu Ivy’s Internet, I can tell you some of the biggest moments […]

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It Was Fun While It Lasted: LaMelo Ball Out for Season With Fractured Wrist

Photo: Jared C. Tilton (Getty Images) Unlike his obnoxious-ass daddy, Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball is a welcomed sight on my 85-inch TV screen and an absolute joy to watch on the court. But because the basketball Gods won’t allow us to have nice things, this happened on Sunday against the Los Angeles Temecula Clippers: […]

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Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number: Rookie Anthony Edwards Makes NBA History With 42-Point Explosion

Photo: Steph Chambers (Getty Images) I don’t know what in the hell Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards ate for breakfast on Thursday. But if it makes him play like he did last night, trust and believe his teammates and coaches will be force-feeding it to him every morning for the rest of his life. Advertisement […]

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‘I Should Have More Than Four’: LeBron James Offers His Two Cents on the MVP Debate

Photo: Lintao Zhang (Getty Images) Sustained excellence has its perks, but it can also be a bit of a curse. Because when you routinely excel at something, the general populace tends to take it for granted. Advertisement Enter LeBron James, who last I checked, is somehow averaging 25.8 points, eight dimes, and eight assists per […]

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Introducing Not a Sports Show: The Show for Fans Who Need a Little More Than Just Sports

Photo: FICTO.TV (Getty Images) Teena Marie and Rick James are cool, but we all know the greatest duo of all-time is sports and beer. That’s why Anheuser-Busch—more commonly known as the folks behind Budweiser, Bud Light, and your drunken college dorm antics—has joined forces with Panay Films to bless us with Not a Sports Show. […]

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Patrick Ewing Has 99 Problems, and Getting Harassed by Security at Madison Square Garden Shouldn’t Be One of Them

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) Ask any hoops head who’s the greatest New York Knick of all-time and you’ll get one of three answers: Walt Frazier, Willis Reid, or Patrick Ewing. (Jerome James is also an acceptable answer.) Yet despite being the centerpiece of the franchise for 15 years—13 of which the team made the […]

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HBO’s The Day Sports Stood Still Has All the Ingredients for Must-See TV

I think we can all recall the exact moment when the coronavirus disrupted our day-to-day lives. And for many of us, that confusion, dread and uncertainty has lingered in the 12 months (and counting) since. Gone are mainstays like concerts or family nights at the movies, and they’ve been replaced by outdoor-only dining as bustling […]

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New Docuseries Moment of Truth Revisits Murder of Michael Jordan’s Father

Screenshot: IMDb TV For years, the circumstances surrounding the death of James Jordan, father of NBA legend Michael Jordan, have been shrouded in mystery, but now, a new docuseries is on the way that seeks to uncover the truth behind the murder that disrupted the Chicago Bulls’ 1990s basketball dynasty. Advertisement  Moment of Truth presents […]

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