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Bucks Earliest Team To Clinch Playoff Spot, Zamboni Driver Is Emergency Goalie, 8 Hour Plank Contest

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The Milwaukee Bucks clinched a spot in the playoffs and became the earliest team in NBA history to achieve this feat. The Bucks are on pace to win 70 games this season. Only two teams have reached that milestone in NBA history; the 1995-96 Bulls with 72 wins and the 2015-16  Golden State Warriors with 73 wins. The playoffs begin on April 18th.

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In a great story out of the hockey world, the Carolina Hurricanes called up 42-year old Zamboni driver David Ayres as an emergency goalie. He stopped 8 out of 10 shots on goal and earned $500 for his efforts. The Hurricanes went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.

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Former 62-year old Marine George Hood set a new record for the longest time spent in a plank position. With a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, Hood reclaimed his title in the Guinness World Record book. I once held a plank position for 8 minutes and 10 seconds with 50 lbs on my back to win the plank title at my gym, but this puts my accomplishment to shame.

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Kyrie Irving Out For Season, Embiid Announces He’s Best Player In World, Trae Young’s 50 Points

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The Brooklyn Nets season keeps getting more upsetting. Not only has Kevin Durant been out all season while recovering from an Achilles injury, but the team announced prior to their matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night that Kyrie Irving will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Speaking of the Sixers, Joel Embiid announced he’s the best player in the world after his 39 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s 112-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. After the game, Embiid said, “But the All-Star Game, just proving I’m here, I belong, and being the best player in the world, I just intend to keep coming out every single night and just play hard and trying to get wins and just go out and try to win a championship.”

Trae Young scored a career-high 50 points in the Atlanta Hawks win over the Miami Heat 129-124 on Thursday night. Young’s big night comes after his All-Star debut last week.

 

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NBA All-Star Game Big Success With New Format, Kawhi Wins Kobe Bryant MVP, A-Rod Buying Mets?

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The 2020 NBA All-Star Game had a new format, and judging by the social media comments after the game, it was a big success. The game featured the Elam Ending, which has the game ending when one team reaches a specific score.  The score agreed on was 157 which came by taking the points scored by the team leading after three quarters (Team Giannis’s 133 points) and adding 24 to honor Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jersey number. The game ended when Anthony Davis landed two free throws to give Team LeBron a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis. Kawhi Leonard won the newly renamed Kobe Bryant MVP Award. Both teams played hard in honor of Kobe, making for an exciting and entertaining evening. After the game, LeBron said, “You could definitely feel [Bryant’s] presence. So he was definitely here.”

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Former New York Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez is rumored to be considering buying a stake in the New York Mets. According to reports, Rodriguez would submit a bid as part of a larger group of investors. Rodriguez’s girlfriend and mega popstar Jennifer Lopez is also rumored to be interested in buying a sports franchise. No word yet on whether they’ll be pooling their money to go in on the Mets together, but a source close to Rodriguez told the New York Post, “{Rodriguez] genuinely loves the Mets. He and J-Lo have talked about him buying a team ever since Jeter got the Marlins.” Rodriguez has an estimated net worth of $350 million, while Lopez’s estimated net worth is even higher at $400 million.

 

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Tristan Says LeBron Has Worst Diet Ever, Zion’s 32 Points, George Fined For Criticizing Officials

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According to the Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Thompson, LeBron James “has the worst f-king diet ever.” Thompson told The Athletic LeBron eats desserts at every meal and “has like five french toast, drowns it in syrup with strawberries and bananas. Then he has like a four-egg omelette and then he goes and just f—ing dunks on somebody. It doesn’t make sense.” His regime is a big departure from other athletes like Tom Brady who sticks to a no processed foods and plant-based diet.

New Orleans Pelican Zion Williamson had another impressive performance Thursday night. Even with Zion’s 32 points (a new single-game scaring mark) against the Oklahoma City Thunder, OKC’s Danilo Gallinari and Chris Paul kept the team on top for a 123-118 win.

Paul George was fined $35,000 for criticizing officials after the LA Clippers loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. George’s offending comment was “There was some home-court cooking tonight to say the least. I mean it was 19 to 11. You all figure out what those numbers are. It was 19 to 11.”

 

 

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Winston LASIK, Kaepernick Memoir, Snoop Dogg Apologizes

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Tampay Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, who was always seen on the sidelines squinting at the scoreboard, finally got LASIK eye surgery. Winston was the #1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft and is now an unrestricted free agent. Last season he became the first quarterback in the NFL history to throw 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions.  No word yet on whether the Buccaneers will re-sign Winston.

Colin Kaepernick is writing a memoir explaining what motivated him in 2016 to begin kneeling during the national anthem while he was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He said, “I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting, ‘Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn’t it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight.”

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Snoop Dogg apologized to Gayle King for attacking her on social media. During an interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie, King brought up Kobe Bryant’s rape case from 2003 and asked if it complicated Kobe’s legacy. Snoop Dogg responded on social media by saying “King should ‘back off, b—-, before we come get you.” According to reports, King has been getting death threats after the rapper made the comments.

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Zion Scores 31 Points In Under 28 Minutes, Knicks Most Valuable Team In NBA

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Zion Williamson, the former #1 pick in last year’s NBA draft, is already making a big impact for his team, the New Orleans Pelicans. On Tuesday night he scored 31 points in just under 28 minutes in the Pelicans’ 138-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s the second time in his first 10 games he’s scored more points than minutes played. According to Elias Sports Bureau research “Zion Williamson is the first rookie since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77 to have a 30-point, five-rebound, five-assist game in fewer than 30 minutes.”

According to Forbes magazine, at an estimated $4.6 billion, the New York Knicks remain the most valuable team in the NBA. The LA Lakers ($4.4 billion), Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion), Chicago Bulls ($3.2 billion) and the Boston Celtics (#3.1 billion) round out the top five.

 

 

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Giannis And LeBron Choose NBA All-Star Teams: Davis & Embiid Taken First

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James chose their teams for the NBA All-Star game next weekend. In a televised event on Thursday, LeBron (who was wearing a sweatshirt with a yellow heart with Kobe Bryant’s numbers 8 and 24, and a white heart with Kobe’s daughter’s #2) took LA Lakers teammate Anthony Davis. Giannis chose Joel Embiid with the #2 pick. Here’s the rest of the starting roster:

Team LeBron: Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, James Harden

Team Giannis: Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker, Trae Young

 

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Iguodala To Heat, Warriors Send Robinson, Burks To 76ers

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The Andre Iguodala saga seems to be over. The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to send Iguodala to the Miami Heat in a $30 million contract extension for 2-years. As part of the package, Justise Winslow will head to the Grizzlies

In other trade news, the Philadelphia 76ers will get Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks in a trade with the Golden State Warriors. In exchange, the Warriors will get 2020, 2021, and 2022 second-round picks.

For more NBA trading news, click here.

 

 

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Mahomes Dreams Of Disney World, Josh Jacobs Tough, Brooks Wants Iguodala Gone

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At 17 years old, Patrick Mahomes tweeted “I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says, ‘I’m going to Disney World,’ after winning the Super Bowl.#QBs”. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback got his wish on Sunday night after he was announced the Super Bowl MVP. In an interview after the game he said, “When I won the game and they came up and told me [I’d won the MVP], it was amazing — just to be able to say those words and to be here now. … I tried to dream it, and I tweeted it, and I kinda spoke it into existence.”

Everyone is still talking about the best and worst Super Bowl ads. I just saw the full spot for Kia’s “Tough Never Quits” ad and it’s worth watching (although be prepared for some waterworks). The ad follows Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and his incredible story of growing up homeless.

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks did not mince words when asked about disgruntled teammate Andre Iguodala. Iguodala hasn’t played for the Grizzlies this season and is awaiting word on which team will be picking up his contract after Thursday’s trade deadline. Brooks vented, “A guy that’s on our team that doesn’t want to be on our team. I can’t wait ’til we find a way to trade him so we can play him and show him what really Memphis is about.”

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Super Bowl Sunday, 6 More First-Time Starters For NBA All-Star Game, LeBron & Anthony Kobe Tattoos

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The Super Bowl is almost here. Tune in on Sunday at 6:30 pm for what should be an exciting matchup featuring the San Francisco 49ers vs the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. For everything, you need to know about the game including the halftime show, the pre-game, and post-game events and the commercials, click here.

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In addition to the first-time starters named last week to the NBA All-Star Game on February 16th (Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Pascal Siakam), six more first-time players got the nod as reserves. With Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz),  Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), the All-Star Game will now have nine players making their first appearance.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis continued to honor their friend Kobe Bryant by getting Bryant tattoos on their legs. LeBron’s tattoo is of a snake with the #24 for the Black Mamba.

 

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