August 29

Brandon Jennings: ‘I’m Taking Robert Horry’s Career Over Reggie Miller’s’

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Other Twitter users called Jennings crazy, considering that Reggie is one of the greatest 3-point shooters ever and racked up thousands of points. But when it comes down to rings, Horry has seven while Miller has zero.

To be clear, Jennings did not say that Horry is a better player than Miller, he’d rather have a fistful of rings over individual accolades.

Peep Brandon’s argument below:

Jennings also weighed in on the Knicks, saying that if the team is healthy they have a shot at making noise in the L this upcoming season:

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August 29

The Internet Freaked Out Over Iman Shumpert’s Surprise VMA Appearance In A Kanye West Video

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Iman Shumpert made his return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Well, kind of: the 2016 VMAs are taking place at MSG, and the former Knick made a bizarre appearance in the video for Kanye West’s “Fade” that no one saw coming. The video features Shumpert’s significant other, Teyana Taylor, dancing in an empty gym before going into the shower, where she stands with Shumpert.

It was an insane moment from a video just as crazy as you’d expect out of Kanye. It also led to people on the internet going wild, because no one could really believe that Shump actually showed up in the video.

A few people saw Shumpert’s cameo and had the same reaction: if he’s appearing butt naked in a Kanye video, it must be a good sign for the Cavs’ chances in 2016.

Some decided to make fun of Shumpert, pointing out that when he was on the Knicks, he never had a performance quite like this in Madison Square Garden.

But most people took a more optimistic view of Shumpert’s performance, noting that between this and the whole “he was on the team that won the NBA Finals” thing, he’s had one heck of a year.

  • The best part? Kanye tweeted out the video after his performance, so if you missed it (or if you want to watch it again), you can do that right here. The only bad news is that you have to sign up for Tidal, because of course.

Stay updated with our list of 2016 MTV Video Music Award winners and also check out our live-updating red carpet coverage as the show rolls on.

August 28

Don Cheadle Calls Donald Trump A ‘POS’ After Trump’s Controversial Dwyane Wade Tweet

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When Donald Trump wants to snag a headline, he knows how to do it. The latest headline grab took the death of NBA player Dwyane Wade’s cousin and used it for Trump’s own political gain via a Twitter post that has left many with a bad taste in their mouths. There have been a lot of reactions to Trump’s politicizing the death, but actor Don Cheadle went out of his way on Saturday to call attention to how inappropriate he felt the tweet was.

The actor took to social media this morning, Deadline reports, and didn’t hold back with his pointed criticism of Trump for taking such a sad incident and trying to use it for his own purposes.

Cheadle then found himself amid a squall of Trump supporters hurling insults at him throughout the day. Cheadle handed out replies and insults all while his Twitter icon was changed to an illustration of Andy Kaufman stepping out of a Donald Trump bodysuit.

Needless to say, Don Cheadle has made it pretty clear that he’s not a fan of Donald Trump and he will not be voting for him come this election season. Trump did sort of issue a tweet that was more in line with what a political candidate should be saying while in the public eye, but it wasn’t an apology.

Trump has not engaged with Don Cheadle or even tweeted that he was a loser. Yet.

(Via Deadline)

August 27

Definitely Good

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“If it wasn’t for the season that I had, then opportunities like this wouldn’t be possible,” Crabbe says through a crackly phone call from near Hong Kong. “I’m just blessed to be in the position for the types of doors that basketball has opened for me to go to places that I never thought I would be. It’s been an exciting experience.”

Crabbe’s contributions this past season go deeper than his 10.3 point per game average. He established himself as a legit scoring option for the Blazers’ second unit, doing more than just spotting up in the corner for catch-and-shoot threes. He was a leader for the bench and he ran pick-and-rolls with the rock in his hands. The Blazers averaged 0.75 points per possession when he ran the classic play, a more than respectable number.

He also showed no fear in the Blazers’ biggest matchups. He dropped a career best 26 on the Cavaliers and 20 on the Warriors in the Playoffs in their house.

“Golden State, that atmosphere and just playoff basketball, man,” he reminisces. “You’re playing at the highest stage now and that’s where you’re really supposed to show and come up big for your team. Unfortunately we got eliminated. It was on a bigger scale. Everyone around the world was able to see that.”

With that performance, the 24-year-old gave the world a preview of things to come and also provided reason for his new four-year, $75 million deal. Not bad for the 31st pick of the 2013 Draft.

Crabbe’s a core part of the Blazers youth movement. His team is centered around Damian Lillard, 26, and CJ McCollum, about to be 25. Those are the certified bucket-getters for Portland, but the Blazers are a “team” in every sense of the world.

“The organization did a good job after losing four out of five starters,” Crabbe says. “They went out and got a core of young guys. They got a bunch of guys around the same age and have the same interests in a lot of things. It’s easier to hang around people like that. The interests and things that you really like to do off the court, it’s easy for everybody to hang out together. We realized that team chemistry off the court could really help us in the long run on the court. Obviously that’s what showed for us in the Playoffs.”

Crabbe also brings up the run that his squad went on in February, when they reeled off a 9-2 record, which served as a statement to the League that the Blazers were looking to win.

They did more winning than anyone thought they would. They were 44-38 and made the second round of the Western Conference. Winning gets you recognized more than anything. Crabbe’s time on the world stage has him getting recognized on a world stage.

“People know me out here,” he says about the Chinese. “It’s not like I’m coming out here and people are just starting at me like who are you? For them to know certain stats about you and what team you play for, especially when they point out little things, when they’re like, ‘I remember what you did this game.’ It’s cool how they follow us out here.”

He could make even more of an impact with a different fanbase if he ever hopped on #4BarFriday, the social media movement that Lillard started where the nation’s aspiring MCs share a few quick lines. But you’re more likely to see Crabbe in the gym than in the booth.

“I don’t know, I don’t think that’d be for me right there,” Crabbe says with a laugh. “I definitely do follow it, though and listen to all the talented people that go on there that share their bars. It’s definitely good.”

The fact that he wants to be in the gym, though, tells you all you need to know about the now-$75 million man. It’s definitely good.

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August 27

Kobe Bryant Says A ‘Real Competitor’ Would Embrace The Challenge Of Playing The Warriors

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It’s been a busy week for Kobe Bryant. After celebrating his 38th birthday, he also had the honor of having August 24th christened “Kobe Bryant Day” in Los Angeles, an homage to the two jersey numbers (8 and 24) he wore during his playing days with the Lakers.

On Friday, Kobe went on the Jim Rome Show to talk about all this and more, when the conversation inevitably turned to the topic of his good buddy Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors in free agency this summer. Rome then asked Kobe point-blank whether he thought any less about Durant for making that move. Hat tip to Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports for text of the segment:

“As a competitor, I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair.’ If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over there; we’re still going to take you down.’”

That sounds about right coming from Kobe. To be clear, Kobe did not, in this instance, say that he personally wouldn’t have chosen to join the Warriors, although when asked earlier in the interview about which player reminds him the most of himself, there was no hesitation: Russell Westbrook. Make of that what you will.

(Jim Rome Show; h/t CBS Sports)

August 26

X-Cross – Man-to-Man Set Play

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Exclusive Bonus: To download the “X-Cross” play as a PDF for free to take to your practices, click here.

Overview of the Play:

X-Cross is a unique play with many scoring options. The name of the play comes from the opening cuts made by the guards. This play is guaranteed to get your team open shot opportunities.

Key Personnel:

• There is no specific personnel needed as there are scoring opportunities for nearly all players.

Instructions:

Setup: The play starts in a high 2-3 formation.

1. The play begins with either of the top two guards making a pass to a wing player. For this example, 1 passes to 3.

2. After the pass, 1 and 2 then cut off 5 towards the opposite blocks. 1 should always cut first and then 2 follows. 3 should watch both of these cutters and if they’re open pass them the basketball for the open layup.

3. 4 then cuts to the top of the key using 5 as a screen and 1  pops out to the wing.

4. 3 swing the basketball to 4 who immediately passes to 1 on the wing.

5. Immediately after passing, 3 cuts baseline using a flex screen from 2. 1 must look inside and see if they can pass to 3 for the easy layup.

5. If 3 isn’t open, 4 and 5 set a staggered down screen for 2 who cuts to the top of the key for the open shot.

Coaching Points:

  • 5 must hold their position on the high post as 1, 2, and 4 use them as a screen. If 5 moves, a moving screen may be called.
  • If possible, the first pass to the wing should go to the player you want coming off the flex screen.

August 25

WATCH: Iman Shumpert’s #SoGoneChallenge Freestyle

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NBA players have been taking the #SoGoneChallenge all week, spitting bars over Monica’s “So Gone” instrumental. Predictably, some players bodied the freestyle (Rasheed Wallace, Damian Lillard), while others did not (Dwyane Wade).

Iman Shumpert, who’s released a handful of hip-hop singles, predictably destroyed on the verse.

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August 25

James Harden Is Spearheading A Players-Only Minicamp For The Rockets

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It’s been a rough 24 hours for James Harden. After pictures of his first-ever signature sneaker from Adidas surfaced on Twitter yesterday, the online verdict was swift and merciless. And there was a good reason for that. They looked like they’d just been rescued from the rubble of a Chilean coal mine. We didn’t think it was possible for a new shoe launch to go more poorly than the Steph Curry 2 Lows did last spring, but apparently Harden thought he should’ve also been the MVP of unattractive footwear.

In the wake of all that criticism, Harden has reportedly decided to refocus his efforts on basketball. According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston, the Rockets’ All-Star guard is organizing a players-only mini-camp for his team that is set to take place in Miami soon:

“James is doing everything,” said Corey Brewer, Rockets guard/forward. “He is showing he wants to be a leader.

“He’s the franchise player. He signed the extension. So it’s his team, and he’s doing all the right things to do what we need to do to have a chance to win championships.”

This will mark the second offseason in a row Harden has rallied the troops for such a camp. A contingent of Rockets teammates also reportedly convened for another unofficial gathering during the Las Vegas Summer League. It’s unclear exactly which players will participate, although Brewer, along with the recently-acquired Eric Gordon, will both attend. Harden and the revamped Rockets should be eager to atone for the vastly disappointed 2015-2016 season that saw them narrowly secure the final seed in the Western Conference playoffs before being summarily ousted by the Warriors.

(Fox 26 Houston)

August 24

John Wall and Bradley Beal ‘Have A Tendency To Dislike Each Other On The Court,’ According to Wall

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In an interview with CSN Mid-AtlanticWall said that he and Beal have a “tendency to dislike each other on the court:”

“I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right … as long as you come to each other and talk. If I starting arguing with somebody I’m cool. I’m just playing basketball.”

Wall, who hopes to be ready for the start of the season after undergoing surgery on both of his knees during the offseason, also said that he wants his backcourt mate to “be an All-Star:”

“Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star.  If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, play as a tandem, one night it’s going to be his night, one night it’s going to be mine, some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it’s going to be tough to beat us.”

Beal signed a five-year, $128 million contract over the summer admitted that he and Wall “lose sight of the fact that we need each other” and that they need to figure out their team and individual goals:

“It’s tough because we’re both alphas. It’s always tough when you have two guys who firmly believe in themselves, who will bet on themselves against anybody else, who want to be that guy. We both can be that guy.” 

 

“Sometimes I think we both lose sight of the fact that we need each other. I wouldn’t be in the situation I’m in without John. John wouldn’t be in the situation he’s in without me, without the rest of the team. It goes hand-in-hand so it’s kind of a pride thing. We got to (hash) out our pride, fiigure out what our goals are individually, help each other achieve those goals, figure out what our team goal is, where do we see ourselves five years from now, 10 years from now and go from there.”

Not exactly music to Wizards fans ears.

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