February 20

NBA Players React to the 2017 All-Star Game

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Of course, there was the KD and Russ storyline, which finally hit a positive note when the two connected on an alley-oop in the first quarter.

The second half featured Steph Curry hilariously avoiding a Giannis Antetokounmpo poster—only to gete viciously dunked on minutes later.

Statistically speaking, ASG MVP Anthony Davis scored a record 52 points, and Kevin Durant (21, 10 and 10) became just the forth player to post a triple-double.

Check out the gallery above to see what players around the League had to say about Sunday’s game.

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February 20

The Kings Have Finally Traded DeMarcus Cousins, To The New Orleans Pelicans

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Every year, it seems like we do this song and dance with DeMarcus Cousins. Sometime around the trade deadline, rumors pick up that the Kings are listening to offers, only to keep Cousins in Sacramento for another year.

But finally, Cousins is reportedly on his way out of town. The Kings have traded Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN’s Marc Stein.

This move isn’t a huge surprise, but things certainly picked up really quickly this year. For a while, it looked like Sacramento was committed to keeping Cousins and trying to sign him once his contract ended after the 2017-18 season. Instead, reports came out early on Sunday afternoon that the Kings were in serious discussions with the Pelicans about a team to send Boogie to New Orleans. Things went quiet for a while, and then as the 2017 All-Star Game was ending, tons of reports came out that Sacramento was actively trying to move Cousins.

Now, New Orleans made a serious move by acquiring the best center in the NBA to go next to the league’s best power forward, giving them a terrifying 1-2 punch in the frontcourt. Cousins is averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks a night while shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three, and 77 percent from the free throw line.

The Kings don’t get a ton in return considering Cousins’ talent, but they will receive a first-round pick that, as of now, would be a late lottery pick, as well as a brief reunion with Tyreke Evans on a $10 million expiring contract and a young shooting guard in Buddy Hield (Langston Galloway is reportedly expected to be waived. They also had other motivation to make this move, according to Wojnarowski.

It’s clear that the Kings decided it was time for a full-on rebuild, and are going all-in on gathering draft picks and young assets.

February 19

Joel Embiid And Michael Jordan Teamed Up For One Of The Internet’s Best Selfies

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Joel Embiid
got into some hot water after he was caught dancing at a Meek Mill concert while injured and, as a result, he isn’t getting quite as aggressive as some other NBA personalities over All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. After all, the Philadelphia 76ers rookie big man isn’t quite ready to play for his team, much less in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he is on the scene merely as a spectator.

Still, that did not stop Embiid from engaging in a wildly intriguing selfie with Michael Jordan. Yes, that Michael Jordan. As noted by Embiid himself, the current owner of the Charlotte Hornets and former Chicago Bulls legend is seen as the greatest of all-time by virtually everyone in the NBA world.

And any opportunity to grab visual evidence of an encounter with that level of greatness can even be appreciated by the best of the best.

Embiid is an internet rock star in every sense of the phrase and, for good measure, he is also very good at basketball. It remains quite doubtful that he’ll ever be as famous or, more importantly, as dominant on the court as Michael Jordan, but the duo can certainly line up a quality selfie.

The legend of Joel Embiid continues to grow and even MJ seems pleased to be involved.

February 18

Kyrie Irving Believes The Earth Is Flat

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During the discussion, Kyrie revealed that he believes the Earth is flat, and that the common assumption that the planet is round could be a “facade.”

He would later defend his theory to a reporter, saying, “I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system has said that was real and it turned out to be completely fake. So I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts and what I believe in.”

Check out Kyrie’s full comments:

Kyrie Irving: Do you believe the Earth is round?


Richard Jefferson: Yes I do.


Kyrie: Do you believe the Earth is round?


Channing Frye: Yes, but I’ve heard the new one that the Earth…


Kyrie: There’s no new one.


Frye: This is going to sound crazy. Ben this is a shout out to you. He’s a super conspiracy guy. He believes the Earth is flat.


Kyrie: No, the Earth is flat. The Earth is flat.


Allie Clifton: Have you ever had vertigo? The Earth is not flat.


Kyrie: All these things that particular groups—I won’t even pinpoint one group. They almost offer up this education. The fact that, in our lifetimes, there are so many holes and so many pockets in our history.


Jefferson: It’s unbelievable. Let’s not even get to the pyramids. Oh god.


Kyrie: There is just history. I don’t want to dictate it to one race, any one particular type of people. History is history, and it’s happened long before us and it’s going to happen long after us. It always repeats itself somehow in some way. All these things that they keep giving us. All this information…


Frye: They’re giving us bad hamburgers from McDonald’s, dog!


Kyrie: You like the hamburgers!


Frye: I don’t eat the hamburgers. I only get a chicken sandwich.


Kyrie: I’m just saying, these things that ultimately used to put me in fear. It makes you not want to question it naturally because of how much information you actually can figure out and how much information that actually is out there. It’s crazy. Anything that you have a particular question on. OK, is the Earth flat or round? I think you need to do research on it.


Clifton: But who’s to say that the research that you do is going to give you the answer? Who actually has the answer?


Kyrie: It’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.


Clifton: Who?


Jefferson: The Man.


Kyrie: It’s not the Man. What are we in, a 1998 movie about the Man?


Jefferson: Ky, do you believe that the Earth is round or flat?


Kyrie: Look, what I’ve been taught is that the Earth is round. But if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move. And the fact that can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets. And stuff like this.


Jefferson: How are you really going to put “planets” in quotations?


Kyrie: I’m going to put “planets” because everything that they said they were sending doesn’t come back. There is no concrete information except for the information that they’re giving us. They’re putting you in a direction of what to believe and what not to believe. And the truth is right there. You just got to go searching for it. I’ve been searching for it for a while.

When Kyrie was later asked about his comments, he doubled-down on his flat-earth theory.

Reporter: You were a trending topic on twitter today.


Kyrie: I just found that out. I just found that out.


Reporter: What’s your thoughts on that. It’s an interesting—


Kyrie: I mean, people should do their own research, man. And they’ll either back my belief or they’ll throw it in the water. But I think it’s interesting that people find it out on their own.


Reporter: You’ve seen pictures of the planet, though, right? Like it’s a circle..


Kyrie: I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system has said that was real and it turned out to be completely fake. So I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts and what I believe in.

Kyrie isn’t the only NBA player who believes the theory. Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler apparently agrees:

Kyrie Irving SLAM 206 Cover Story

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February 18

‘Space Jam’ Fans Can Now Own A Ridicously Cool Signature Backpack

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Space Jam is a film beloved to many. Now fans of the cartoon/basketball mashup movie can own a signature backpack from the film.

Sprayground announced a line inspired by the iconic film over All-Star weekend and celebrated it with an installation on Thursday night. The backpack has Bugs Bunny and Co. facing off against the Monstars. Everyone is mean mugging, and it looks super cool up close, especially when you add in the huge hands of the Monstars trying to snatch it away.

The Sprayground x Space Jam winged bag has some fancy memory foam side panels and a bunch of compartments to store your gear, which you’ll need to win a cross-universe basketball game against a bunch of aliens who stole your friends’ basketball abilities.

This is definitely the coolest thing about the Michael Jordan vehicle, which definitely isn’t as good as you think you remember.

They also have a trio of Space Jam hats featuring Taz, Lola Bunny, and Bugs on them. The stitched designs have a nice 90s throwback feel to match the movie, which came out in 1996.

It seems like everyone is paying homage to Space Jam these days. Giannis Antetokounmpo even honored the movie with an extendo arm dunk earlier this week. Maybe the Greek Freak will snag one of these bags and officially solidify himself as the coolest person in Milwaukee.

February 17

Post Up: On Break

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John Wall’s had nine straight double-doubles after tonight. He racked up 20 points and 12 assists tonight. Otto Porter hit 6 three-pointers to get to his 25 points. The rest of the Wizards’ starting lineup was good, too. Markieff Morris scored 21 points, Bradley Beal had 19 and Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 7 boards. Washington led for the whole game, by as many as 19 at one point. They shot 15-29 from distance and held the Pacers to 4-18 three-point shooting. Myles Turner and Paul George both scored 17 in the loss.

Bulls 104 (28-29), Celtics 103 (37-20)

Despite another huge fourth quarter from Isaiah Thomas, the Bulls completed their comeback after Jimmy Butler was fouled by Marcus Smart with 0.9 seconds left in the fourth. Both Thomas and Butler had 29 points and 7 assists. The Celtics led by as many as 10, in a game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties. Boston had just 31 rebounds and gave up 51 to Chicago.

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February 16

WATCH: Cavaliers Sing Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’

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Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson Iman Shumpert, Jordan McRae and Kay Felder all took a shot at the famous refrain and (predictably) to little success.

Not for nothing, Kyrie was the one Cavalier who held a note the best. Unlce Drew… a man of many talents.

WATCH: Cavs Dance In Soul Train Line For Throwback Night

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February 16

Andrew Wiggins Welcomed Nikola Jokić To The Wall With This Towering Posterization

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Andrew Wiggins had options here, and he choose to drop the hammer on a person’s soul, and we respect that.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star threw down a vicious posterizaton on Nikola Jokić late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night. Wiggins drove the lane and threw down the dunk right in the face of a helpless Jokić, who defended in vain as the Timberwolves’ lead grew from seven to nine, and his ego shrank a few sizes, to boot.

It’s not as humiliating as getting dunked on and then ridden like a dinosaur, but it’s pretty close.

If you pause the video a moment before Wiggins took off, it actually looks like he might be pulling up for a jumper in the lane. That would have probably worked—he hit 15 shots from the field—but towering over a 6-foot-11 Serbian and completely destroying him on your way to the rim is probably a much more satisfying solution to the scoring equation Wiggins was faced with. Whatever works for you, man. I don’t want any trouble.

It was part of a massive night for Wiggins, who finished with 40 in the 112-99 Timberwolves win over the Nuggets. It was his second straight 40+ point outing, though if you only came here for dunks, he’s got plenty of those on back order for you.