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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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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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NBA Finals Tonight, LeBron Racist Incident, Penguins Up 2-0, Nike’s Ridiculous Lawsuit


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The NBA Finals start tonight and, not surprisingly, the Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 3rd straight year. Golden State won two years ago and Cleveland claimed last year’s title. Shockingly, LeBron James will be playing in his 7th straight NBA Finals (4 with the Miami Heat (winning 2) then 3 with the Cavs (winning 1). For the complete best of 7 NBA Finals schedule, click here.

While LeBron is busy preparing for one of the biggest games of his life, he had to respond to a racist incident. According to the police department, someone spray painted the N-word on LeBron James’ home in Brentwood, Los Angeles Wednesday morning. LeBron wasn’t there at the time as he’s in SF preparing for the Finals, but police are looking into video footage to see if they can catch the perpetrators of this hideous crime. In an interview during media day, LeBron told the media, “No matter how much money you have, how famous you are, how much people admire you, being black in America is tough.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to take a 2-0 lead over the Nashville Predators in the second game of the best of seven Stanley Cup Finals. Penguins 4, Predators 1.

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Nike’s tag line, “Just do it” is iconic and has inspired many athletes and non-athletes alike. But in a ridiculous turn of events, a Russian hypnotherapist, Marina Rybnikova, is suing the company for an ad inspiring women to be all that they can be. She reportedly believes“Women need to be beautiful, not made of ‘bruises and punches.” This woman is seeking $9300 for causing “moral harm”. OY!!!

 

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Cavs To Face Warriors In NBA Finals, Lonzo May Work Out W/76ers, Penguins And Predators Stanley Cup

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The Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs were determined to close out this series. LeBron brought his “A” game and made history by surpassing Michael Jordan for most career points in the playoffs. Cleveland is now heading to the Finals to face the Golden State Warriors for an unprecedented third straight year. In NBA history no 2 teams have met in the Finals three years in a row. The best of 7 Championship begins June 1st, 9:00 pm ET. Cavs 135, Celtics 102.

The rumor mill has Lonzo Ball, considered one of the top picks in the NBA draft, potentially working out with the Philadelphia 76ers before the June 22nd draft. The Boston Celtics have the first pick in the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers the second with Philly picking third. Lonzo has already declined to work out with Boston, and Lonzo’s controversial Dad, LaVar, stated he only wants his son to play for the Lakers, so it will be interesting to see how this develops.

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It took two overtimes for the Pittsburgh Penguins to triumph over the Ottawa Senators in the playoffs. They will now face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins are the first team since 2008 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in consecutive seasons. The best of 7 series will begin on Memorial Day.

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Cavs Stomp Celtics In Game 1, LaVar Ball Wants $3Bill, Gisele Talks Brady Concussions

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A well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers stomped the Boston Celtics on the road in game one of the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James added 38 points and looked unstoppable, while Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson had career high postseason 32 points, 12 rebounds and 20 points, nine rebounds respectively. Cavs 117, Celtics 104.

The highly controversial LaVar Ball is now saying he wants $3 Billion for his shoe company, Big Baller Brand.  Fox reporter Kristine Leahy, who’s already had a run in with LaVar, mentioned he would need to market to women if he wants his company to be successful. LaVar dismissed the idea then later verbally attacked Leahy and said, “I never disrespect women, but I tell you what, if you act like that, something’s coming to you and it’s OK.” LaVar also told Fox’s Colin Cowherd, he wants his son Lonzo to play for the Lakers (who have the #2 pick in the draft).

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In an interview with Charlie Rose, Gisele Bundchen mentioned hubby Tom Brady had a concussion last year he never reported to the team. In fact, Gisele not only said he had a concussion, but had concussions (plural) over the years. Brady hasn’t missed playing a game since 2008, so the report he’s had a head injury (injuries) is something the NFL and NFL Players Association will look into.

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LeBron Leads Cavs To Series Win, Rest Of First Round Games

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With his historic 21st consecutive first round playoff win, LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a first series sweep of the Indiana Pacers. In a 106-102 win, James recorded his 43rd 33 point, 10 rebound game. Cavs are now headed to the 2nd round of the Eastern Conference.

To round out the Eastern Conference first round, the Bulls/Celtics series is tied 2-2 with game 5 on Wednesday, and the Milwaukee Bucks/Toronto Raptors series is tied 2-2 with game 5 on Monday. The Washington Wizards are up 2-1 over the Atlanta Hawks with game 4 on Monday.

In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 and could wrap up the series with a win over the Portland Trailblazers on Monday. The rest of the Conference games are played on Tuesday with the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies tied at 2-2, the Houston Rockets up 3-1 over the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers tied 2-2 with the Utah Jazz.

For the full schedule, click here.

 

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Cavs Historic Comeback In Game 3, Bucks & Grizzlies Win, Tiger’s 4th Back Surgery

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The Cleveland Cavaliers made playoff history by coming back from a 25 point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers. LeBron James made it happen with a triple double of 41 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. LeBron keeps setting records, and with the win he moved ahead of Kobe Bryant in the NBA’s playoff scoring list. After the game he said, “I just don’t settle for being not as great as I can be. The only thing that matters is (winning) — that’s what I’m here for.” The Cavs now lead the series 3-0. Cleveland 119, Indiana 114.

In other playoff news, the Milwaukee Bucks won big at home against the Toronto Raptors giving them a 2-1 series lead. Milwaukee 104, Toronto 77.

After Grizzlies’ coach David Fizdale’s complaint about the refs in game 2 favoring the San Antonio Spurs, he received a $30,000 fine. His team and the fans fed off  his intensity and came back strong to take game 3. Memphis 105, San Antonio 94.

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Tiger Woods went under the knife again to alleviate spasms and pain. The procedure was Tiger’s 4th back surgery. He has not played in a major tournament since 2015, and it’s unclear if he’ll be healthy enough to compete again.

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USA Finals Of World Baseball Classic, LaVar Ball Upsets LeBron, Newton Surgery, Soccer Star’s Blunder

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The USA Team will face Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. This is the first time Team USA has made it to the finals and the game is winner-take-all. Good luck!

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LaVar Ball, the outspoken dad of the three Ball brothers, has gone too far and made LeBron James upset. LaVar said the 12 year old LeBron Jr (who is already getting attention from many top college basketball programs) will have a tough time because his dad is so famous. He implied that as a dad, he gets to spend more time working with his sons (and not just hiring them a trainer). He said, “Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.” LeBron is very protective of his family and wasn’t too happy having anyone talk about his son. He responded by saying, “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

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Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton will undergo rotator cuff surgery next week. He’s expected to start working out with the team 16 weeks after the surgery, but fans are nervous he might not be the same next season.

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Ghanian soccer star Mohammad Anas interview after his recent game where he was named Man of the Match went viral when he thanked his wife (and girlfriend!). Oops. Watch here for what NOT to do in an interview.

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National Signing Day, Carson Palmer Signals Bye Bye Arizona, Oakley Says Barkley Drinks

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Connor WedingtonFor all college football fans, today is a big day. It’s National signing day and recruited high school prospects from around the country will be sending in (via fax machine which probably seems a bit antiquated to a high school student) their official letters of intent.  Not only is choosing the right school a big deal for the recruited athlete, but the schools know they have to fill in roster spots with players able to start in their first or second year, especially with players leaving early to play in the NFL. Not all players wait until National signing day to announce their intentions, and some players even get creative. One of the best announcements I’ve seen is Sumner’s Connor Wedington (who decommitted from Washington then announced his pick with….no spoiler, watch the video to find out!)

In NFL news, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer pulled his kids out of school, put his house up for sale and has moved out of the state. Palmer may be signaling he’ll retire. If that’s the case, the Cards need to find a QB ready to play. Many are speculating Dallas QB Tony Romo may be a good fit, but that could be tough call for the Cowboys as the Cards are NFC rivals.

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As suspected, the drama between Charles Barkley and LeBron James hasn’t gone away. Former NBA All Star Charles Oakley, who has a history with Barkley, added fuel to the fire when he tweeted, “I love everything LeBron James said about the hater he needs to stop drinking at work. TNT can I stop by and get a drink?” LeBron’s buddy, Chicago Bulls Guard, Dwayne Wade even got into the action criticizing Barkley, “We all have flaws. But when your flaws are a little bit more, you should shut up.”

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LeBron’s Barkley Rant, Shanahan Loses Playbook, Brady Tears Up

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LeBron James went off on former NBA Superstar and TNT analyst Charles Barkley. Barkley has been making snide comments about James for awhile now saying James is “whiny” and will never be included in the top 5 stars in NBA history.  After yet another Cleveland Cavaliers loss, LeBron vented to ESPN:  “I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. He then added, “Screw Charles Barkley.” This story isn’t going away anytime soon. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time they meet!

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Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and likely new head coach for the SF 49ers) Kyle Shanahan,  looked shaken during his interview with reporters Monday during Super Bowl’s media night. At some point during the media session, Shanahan lost his backpack containing his Super Bowl tickets and more importantly his offensive playbook. He didn’t have to fret for too long however, as a reporter had picked up his bag by mistake and quickly returned it with all contents intact.

Tom Brady 2The best part of Monday’s media night was when a 7 year old boy asked Tom Brady a question. He asked, “Many people say you’re their hero, but who’s your hero?” Brady teared up with his answer. He said, “Who’s my hero? That’s a great question. Well, I think my dad is my hero. Because he’s someone I look up to every day.”

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