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Cavs Fire GM, LeBron Rumors, KD Prioritizing Winning

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are making headlines this week for some interesting developments. After only 3 seasons, the team decided to part ways with GM David Griffin. Griffin brought the Cavs to three consecutive NBA Finals (and their first Championship in 2016), so the move is widely considered bizarre.

LeBron James tweeted his disappointment in the move saying, “If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland!” Speaking of LeBron, rumors are flying that the new Clippers’ consultant, Jerry West, will try and lure LeBron to LA when he becomes a free agent next summer.

NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, appears to be prioritizing winning by signaling he’ll opt out of his player option but will re-sign with the team in order to free up money for players like Andre Iguodala, Zaza Pachulia and Shaun Livingston. By giving up the big payday this year, KD is expected to sign a longterm deal after next season. Steph Curry is also a free agent and could sign a 5 year $207 million dollar deal, the largest in NBA history.

 

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Warriors Win NBA Championship, Durant MVP

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The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night to win their second NBA Championship in three years. After their devastating defeat last year against the Cavs (when Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit and beat Golden State), the Warriors were determed not to lose their lead. Not surprisingly, Kevin Durant was the unanimous choice for the Finals MVP. He averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and 5 assists during the Series. Durant had to deal with many critics when he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for the Warriors this season, but he was on a mission. He wanted an NBA title and he got it Monday night. As Durant reflected on his move to Golden State, he said “the camaraderie, just the togetherness of the whole organization. That’s what it was about. We just kept — I kept building on that from day one. So that’s what I found when I came here, and I definitely appreciate just the type of people we have here from the top to bottom. So a championship is just a cherry on top.” In one of the niceest moments right after the victory, Durant embraced LeBron in a show of respect, then couldn’t stop hugging his mom Wanda. Warriors 129, Cavaliers 120. CONGRATULATIONS GOLDEN STATE!

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KD Helps Warriors Win Game 3, Bob Stoops Retires

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Kevin Durant came out strong in the 4th quarter and helped the Golden State Warriors win a close game 3 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. For most of the game, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dominated the action with 26 and 30 points respectively, but the Warriors were still down by two with only 50 seconds left on the clock.  KD then grabbed a rebound ran down the court and shot a beautiful 3-pointer to put Golden State up by one. The Warriors didn’t look back and closed out the game 118-113.  The Warriors are now only one win away from capturing the NBA Championship, and considering no team has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win the series, the odds look good for Golden State. Game 4 on Friday night 9:00 pm ET.

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The big news out the college football world is Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops announcing his decision to retire after 18 years as head coach of one of the top ranked teams. At 56 years old, Stoops decided to walk away at the top of his game. 33 year old Offensive Coordinate Lincoln Riley takes over the program as the youngest FBS (formerly called Division 1-A) head coach.

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Warriors Dominate Game 2, Manning Plays Golf With Trump

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The second game of the NBA Finals was close through the first half, but then Kevin Durant and Steph Curry brought their A game and led the Warriors to a 19 point rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  After a sloppy start with too many turnovers, Curry came out strong after the half and ended the game with his first triple-double in post-season play. With the win, the Warriors record the longest win streak in playoff history (14 games so far). Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113.  Game 3 is in Cleveland on Wednesday June 7th 9:oo pm. ET.

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Former Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning denies he’s interested in politics and won’t run for office, but many are speculating about his intentions after his round of golf with President Trump and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

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KD Stands Out In Rout of Cavs, Rihanna Shout Outs

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By all accounts, Kevin Durant was the key to the Golden State Warriors rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Thursday night’s game 1 of the NBA Finals. KD has been known to try and dominate a game, but with the Warriors he’s had to learn to move the ball around, and he showed he can do it. In addition to his 38 points, he also recorded 8 assists and 8 rebounds. When LeBron was asked about the game and who or what stood out, he immediately replied “K.D.” Then continued, “No ifs and buts. It is what it is. We (have) got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us.” Watch Game 2 Sunday at 8:00 pm ET. Golden State 113, Cleveland 91.

Grammy award winner Rihanna also stood out during game 1. Social media went crazy late in the 4th quarter when KD shot a three-pointer and KD looked like he was “staring down” Rihanna. When asked about his intent during his post-game press conference, KD laughed and said he wasn’t going to “fall into that trap”. Rihanna got another shout-out when during the game, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy excitedly mentioned Rihanna walking in front of him instead of calling a LeBron dunk.

 

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Sergio Garcia Wins Masters, Westbrook Makes History, Durant Back, No Room For Pats 5th Banner

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After 73 Majors without a victory, Sergio Garcia won the Masters in a drama filled afternoon. Garcia and Justin Rose were tied heading into a sudden death round on the 18th hole, where Garcia pulled it out to win his first career Major and the coveted Green Jacket.  Congrats Sergio!

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Russell Westbrook made history on Sunday with his 42nd triple-double breaking Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s record for a season.  Westbrook got a standing ovation immediately after this historic feat, but he didn’t let up as the Oklahoma City Thunder still needed to beat the Denver Nuggets, which they did with his buzzer beater shot giving OKC a 106-105 victory.

Kevin Durant was back on Saturday night for the Golden State Warriors. Durant went down 6 weeks ago and many thought he’d be out for the season. It turns out it was a grade 2 MCL sprain and Durant is back for the playoffs and looks like he didn’t miss a beat. Warriors 123, New Orleans Pelicans 101.

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If there weren’t enough reasons for Patriots haters to continue to hate, now they have one more. The New England Patriots can’t seem to find room in Gillette Stadium to fit their 5th Super Bowl Championship banner. When the stadium was built in 2002, they only had one banner, and no one could have imagined Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would add 4 more titles in such a short amount of time.  This is clearly a good problem to have!

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Kaepernick Will Become A Free Agent, Durant Injury Not As Bad

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Colin Kaepernick, the SF 49ers QB who started a nationwide national anthem protest controversy last season will now become a free agent. He’ll test the market with other teams to see what kind of contract he can get. It’s also possible he’ll test the market then work with the Niner organization to come back.

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The update on the Warriors’ Kevin Durant is apparently better than many anticipated. He suffered a grade 2 mcl sprain and tibial bone bruise. I have no idea what that means, but apparently many are relieved it’s not worse and feel Durant could be healthy for the playoffs. There are 20 games remaining in the regular season with the Warriors sitting comfortably at #1 and Durant should only be out for 4 weeks.

 

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Durant Suffers Knee Injury, McIIroy Takes Heat Playing With Trump, Jets Release Revis

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Kevin Durant suffered a knee injury which could impact the rest of the Golden State Warriors season.  The Warriors announced they will release the results of his MRI soon. In the first quarter of the Warriors loss to the Washington Wizards, Golden State’s Center Zaza Pachulia was fouled and accidentally fell into Durant’s leg. An injured Durant would be devastating for the Team.

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Current #3 in the world, Rory McIIroy has been taking some heat for playing golf with President Trump. Some on social media claim he’s making a political statement. According to McIIroy, he was just excited to play with a sitting President. He said,  “I wanted to go there and see 30 Secret Service and 30 cops and snipers in the trees. I mean, it was just a surreal experience for me to see something like that. That was part of the reason I wanted to go and play. It’s not as if we were speaking foreign policy out there. We were talking about golf and the grass that he put on the greens and the grass that he’s putting on the greens at Doral. We talked golf the entire day. I think he was happier to talk golf than anything else that he has to do these days.”

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The New York Jets released 31 year old cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis has been to the pro-bowl 7 times and was such a force in his day, he was nicknamed “Revis Island” for his domination of opposing receivers. Revis will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9th, but he’s still dealing with a run-in last month in Pittsburgh where he was charged with aggravated assault.

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Blitz For Six, Draymond & Curry Wear Cupcakes, Sprewell Sits Next To Dolan

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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are certainly not sitting on their laurels with an amazing 5 Super Bowl wins. Just days after taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Pats filed a trademark application for the phrase “Blitz for Six”. Got to appreciate their confidence.

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Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant knew what he would get some heat Saturday night when he returned to Oklahoma City to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only did Durant put up solid numbers in a decisive 130-114 win, but he and his teammates embraced the taunting. Steph Curry and Draymond Green grabbed a couple of the  “Cupcake” tshirts, distributed at the game and did their postgame interviews proudly wearing them. In case it’s not clear, the “cupcake” reference is supposed to imply Durant is “soft”.

The New York Knicks are trying to deflect their bad press (when they recently ousted Charles Oakley) and attempted to show they appreciate their players, by inviting a number of former Knicks to attend the matchup against the San Antonia Spurs Sunday night. Most notable was former Knick Latrell Sprewell, who sat next to team owner James Dolan. When Sprewell first appeared back at Madison Square Garden in 2003, after his trade to the Timberwolves, he shouted at Dolan resulting in a 25K fine. It’s not clear if inviting the former players Sunday night helped the Knicks image, but at least they had a good night of basketball beating the Spurs 94-90.

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Vikings Zimmer Emergency Eye Surgery, Westbrook Triple Double, Durant Fits In

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Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer underwent emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, and may not be on sidelines when the Vikings play the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night football. The team said they have plans in place to take over coaching if Zimmer is unable to make it. Thursday night’s game features the Cowboys explosive offense, led by rookies QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, matching up against a tough Minnesota defense.

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Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook posted his 4th straight triple double (46th of his career) Wednesday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder fought back to beat the Washington Wizards in overtime. Thunder 126, Wizards 115.

Kevin Durant, who famously left the Thunder  to play for the Golden State Warriors, is fitting in seamlessly with the Warriors crop of veteran superstars (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green). With a current record of 16 wins, 2 losses, Durant said, “I try to think about so much when I’m playing, but sometimes you’ve just got to say ‘Forget it’ and just go. Who cares who shoots? Our offense is so freeflowing that the ball is going to find the open guys. If you move, you get open, you’re going to get shots. Some nights I might have it, some nights Steph might have it or Klay might have it, but I don’t think any one of us really cares if someone shoots more shots than us.”

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