July 25

Derrick Rose Inks One-Year Deal With Cavs

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Rose, 28, received a warm welcome from new teammate LeBron James.

With Kyrie Irving possibly on his way out, the 2011 MVP will have a chance to start for a Cavs squad that has gone to the NBA Finals the past three seasons.

Per Cleveland.com:

Rose has spoken to James, who welcomed his new teammate on Monday.

 

Rose played 64 games last year before suffering a torn meniscus. He passed his physical with Cavs doctors Monday. But his health and the struggles associated with it put him in the spot of looking for a place to play st a discounted rate.

 

Rose chose Cleveland over the Lakers. He was also in discussions with the Bulls and Bucks. All of those teams could’ve paid Rose more than the league minimum the Cavs offered, though it is unknown what other offers Rose actually received.

 

Irving’s request to be traded was a topic of discussion between Roae and the Cavs, sources said, though they declined to say if Rose was promised a starting job.

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July 25

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Went Bananas Suggesting That LeBron James Wants To Fight Kyrie Irving

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Much to the surprise of no one, things have apparently gotten really bad between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. While LeBron claims to have been blindsided by Irving’s request for a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving reportedly has reason to believe that LeBron leaked the news of his trade request. LeBron also seems to have taken a subtle shot at Irving on Instagram a few days back, so basically, the relationship between the two has deteriorated seemingly out of nowhere.

But apparently, things are even worse than they appear, if you believe ESPN’s professional hot take haver Stephen A. Smith. At one point on his radio show, Smith claimed that sources in LeBron’s camp have told him that the former MVP is tempted to throw hands with Irving.

LeBron has always seemed to avoid getting into any type of serious confrontation with other basketball players, both on and off the court. He’s been in a scrap or two, sure, but he usually tries to make sure he doesn’t get caught up in the noise.

That’s why a report that he wants “beat [Irving’s] ass” is such a serious allegation. This just does not sound like LeBron James. You can take that to mean Smith’s sources are over-exaggerating (or, you know, wrong), or you can take that to mean LeBron is really, really annoyed by everything that has gone down with Irving. Either way, this entire story is preposterous.

July 24

2017 WNBA All-Star Game Best Sneakers

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Legends like Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore all played in orange-themed kicks. Bird was laced in the Kyrie 3, her go-to sneaker, while Taurasi and Moore, the game’s MVP, each played in the LeBron 14 and the Air Jordan XXXI. Parker was given a new Crazy Explosive 17 colorway, which had “2017 All-Star” on the back collar.

Their West squad came away with the 130-121 win, edging out a young East team that featured the debut of new Nike ‘ways. Elizabeth Williams rocked a never-before-seen Hyperdunk 2017 edition with a reflective silver Swoosh. Tina Charles, Allie Quigley and Layshia Clarendon played in the same colorway as Williams, but they were wearing the Kyrie 3. Sugar Rodgers stood out with a new Soldier 11 joint.

Other notable sneaker sightings came from two of the West’s point guards. Skylar Diggins-Smith and Chelsea Gray repped the Three Stripes, in the Crazy Explosive Low and the Harden Vol. 1, respectively. Jasmine Thomas, Stefanie Dolson and Candice Dupree each took the floor in the Kobe AD.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the kicks in action.

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July 24

Kyrie Irving Believes LeBron James May Have Leaked The News Of His Trade Request

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LeBron James has already said he won’t tell the Cleveland Cavaliers what to do with Kyrie Irving’s request for a trade. But one NBA reporter has a source that says the only reason we all know about this is because James himself leaked it to the press.

Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN Sunday that, according to a source, James is the person responsible for Friday’s reports that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland.

Smith’s report comes at about the 2:10 mark of the video. Asked about LeBron’s reaction to the news, Smith suggests that while he won’t point the Cavaliers toward a resolution to the situation, he may have been the one that created it in the first place by spreading word of Irving’s trade demands.

According to my sources, they believe LeBron James had everything to do with news getting out that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, because Kyrie Irving and his representation and others met with the Cavaliers a couple weeks ago, and not a word got out until recently. They believe that LeBron James got word of it and was put off by it and leaked it. I’m not going to accuse LeBron of such a thing. I don’t know that to be true at all. But I know that’s what Kyrie Irving believes.

The problem here is that Smith doesn’t have to “accuse” James of anything here. Much like his alleged spreading of the Irving trade request news, all you have to do is put it out into the world for it to be a thing. It’s another wrinkle in what’s now a sprawling NBA story about what may be the sudden demise of the East’s best team. At the very least, it’s sure to mean an end to the James/Irving partnership in Cleveland, one way or another.

(Via NBC Sports)

July 23

Candace Parker’s adidas Crazy Explosive 17 ‘All-Star Game’ PEs

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Parker’s new colorway features a red upper that transitions down into a gold midsole, sitting on top of a red outsole. On the medial side, the Three Stripes put their signature BOOST technology and they also wrote “2017 All-Star Game” on the heel collar.

Parker was named MVP at the 2013 ASG and will be joined by her LA Sparks teammate Nneka Ogwumike today in Seattle, another adidas athlete. Parker and Ogwumike combined to lead the Sparks to the 2016 WNBA title and currently have the second best record in the League at 14-6.

Parker’s putting in 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks per game this season. She’s been doing damage in a few other Crazy Explosive PEs. She wore orange kicks for the month of June to honor her late college coach, Pat Summit.

“I’ll be wearing orange kicks all June; it was my coach’s birthday and the month she passed away,” Parker said last month to the LA Daily News. 

The 2017 WNBA All-Star Game tips off at 3:30 ET on ABC.

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July 23

Did LeBron James Use A New Meek Mill Song To Take A Shot At Kyrie Irving On His Instagram?

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Meek Mill’s new album Wins & Losses dropped on Friday. Apparently while his franchise got rocked with a trade request from its point guard, LeBron James got the chance to listen to it a few times. One song in particular stood out to LeBron, and based on its lyrics, it seems like there may be some kind of a message being sent.

LeBron posted a pair of videos to his Instagram story of himself listening to the first two tracks on the album. First up is “Wins & Losses (Intro),” followed up by “Heavy Heart,” which features a lyric that seems like a not-so-subtle shot at Irving.

The line about people being with you when they’re really not could very well be something that is applicable to his current situation with Irving. It could be a coincidence, of course, but seeing as how he was reportedly blindsided by Kyrie Irving‘s request to go somewhere with the hopes of getting out of his shadow, LeBron probably has a heavy heart right now.

Word out of Cleveland is that LeBron — who is usually involved in personnel stuff to an extent — isn’t getting involved in trade talks for Irving. That’s not a huge surprise considering the hands-off approach he has taken this offseason, even if this is a huge deal. But whatever, he’s probably enjoying the opportunity to focus on other things, like Meek Mill’s new album.

July 22

Zion Williamson Dunks Everything at Best Of The South Game

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Zion Williamson and Class of 2018 big man Emmitt Williams  came out during warm-ups and put on a dunk show for the crowd, which was already going nuts long before tip-off. Williamson clearly bested Williams in the game itself, going off for 37 points in a close loss.

Peep the highlights above.

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July 22

Twitter Reacted To Kyrie Irving’s Trade Request The Only Way It Knows How

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Paul George unexpectedly getting traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the start of NBA free agency in early July set the internet on fire with jokes and rapid reactions. And while the Thunder acquiring George seemingly out of nowhere caught everyone by surprise,ESPN’s Brian Windhorst‘s report that Kyrie Irving wants a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers may have topped it. So much so that even LeBron James was “blindsided” by the news.

Irving reportedly desires to be the leading man on a team and doesn’t want to play second fiddle to James anymore. Since basically the end of the Cavs’ postseason run, Irving has been ruminating about leaving Cleveland, and he apparently told the Cavs that he wanted to be traded to the Chicago Bulls before Jimmy Butler was shipped off to Minnesota. But after the Bulls traded Butler, Irving adjusted his preferred choice, and now the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves are on his list of preferred teams. The Knicks are already trying to work on a deal to acquire Irving, but it’s still in the beginning stages, and the Cavs may not rush into trading away their All-Star point guard.

Things are definitely peculiar in Cleveland, which is why the internet just had a field day, cracking jokes about both Irving and LeBron:

Jokes aside, with Irving’s desires becoming public, Cleveland is now facing a rather uncertain future. And to add on to their woes, James could maybe head to the Lakers next season as a free agent. At least the Cavs finally hired a GM in Koby Altman, who now inherits a championship-contending team at a crossroads.

July 21

CJ McCollum Says Carmelo Anthony Would Make the Blazers a Top-3 Team in the West

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While guesting on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Wednesday, McCollum stated that Portland would become a championship contender with Melo (starting at 0:33):

“We get Carmelo Anthony, and we’re a top-three team in the West immediately.

 

“I think we’d become a championship contender with Carmelo Anthony. I can’t guarantee a Championship. It’s very, very hard to win a Championship in this league.

 

“But I think we could compete with anybody with Carmelo Anthony on our team.”

Whether or not Carmelo would waive his no-trade clause for a team other than the Rockets or Cavs still remains to be seen.

But McCollum and Damian Lillard seemed confident in Portland’s chances of landing Carmelo while at Dame’s annual basketball camp in Beaverton yesterday.

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July 21

Damian Lillard Told The Warriors ‘Good Luck’ If The Blazers Add Carmelo Anthony

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Dame Dolla is feeling himself — and his team — if the Portland Trail Blazers manage to swing a deal for Carmelo Anthony. And he’s already gotten some attention from some of his competition in the Western Conference.

Lillard and CJ McCollum are trying to convince Anthony that Portland is for him. Now Lillard is taking championships, especially if they can make a trade for Anthony happen. What’s clear is that “roster improvements” are definitely on the mind of Lillard in Portland.

I want to win a championship. I think it’s that simple. Like I just said, I don’t—I’ve been in the playoffs—after my rookie year, I’ve been in the playoffs every year, and the playoffs is fun. I’ve been to the second round twice. Like, just winning one series, I felt good. Winning one series and getting to the next round, and I’ve been sent home twice in the first round. But, for me, I’m invested into each season. I go into each season fully invested and fully committed and fully believing that we gon’ go in here and shock the world.

The point of improving the roster like that is to go and beat the Golden State Warriors. The current NBA champions are the clear favorite in the West for the foreseeable future. Lillard told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian that the Blazers can get close to matching the Warriors if they can make some moves this summer.

We can compete with anybody in the West, but I think when you get to those teams like Golden State, if we happen to run into them in a playoff situation now—we getting in the paint, and if they want to help off someone like Melo…good luck.

Enter Draymond Green, who took to Instagram to say Lillard was getting a bit ahead of himself.

Nothing has happened just yet, but it looks like Lillard is very sure this is the right direction for Portland to go. Whether Anthony wants to play in Portland, though, is the only question that matters.