July 28

2017 UA All-America Camp Top Performers

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Also participating in the camp were 21 college basketball players from some of the top D1 programs in the country. The college participants also partook in skill work during the morning sessions, and played 5-on-5 games in front NBA personnel.

Scores of college coaches, scouts, and media outlets were on hand to observe the talent. Here are a few of the high school players that stood out:

Devon Dotson, 6-2 PG, Team Charlotte/Providence Day School (NC), 2018

Dotson was without question the best player at the camp. Throughout the week, he played with tremendous poise and maturity. He routinely blew past defenders when attacking the basket, and also displayed incredible body control when finishing at the rim. When he wasn’t scoring, he masterfully found open teammates when the defense collapsed. He was an absolute terror on the defensive end, demonstrating good lateral quickness against opposing ball handlers. Dotson, who is hearing from schools in the ACC, Big Ten, SEC, and PAC 12, was easily the most college-ready guard at the camp.

Cashius McNeilly, 6-4 G, Canada Elite/Blacksburg HS (VA), 2020

After guiding the Canadian National Team to a silver medal in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, McNeilly showed no signs of slowing down in Philly. Blessed with great size, McNeilly displayed the capability to facilitate or create shots for himself and his teammates. He also finished his strong drives to the hoop through contact. McNeilly has the athleticism and wingspan to be a disruptive force on the defensive end. He will need to spend some time in the weight room in order to prepare himself for high school ball in the States this season. When it’s all said and done, McNeilly will be coveted by some of the nation’s high major programs.

Scottie Lewis, 6-5 WG, Team Rio/ Ranney School (NJ), 2019

There may not be a more explosive two-way player in the 2019 class. Aside from his impressive aerial assaults on the rim, Lewis has always been known for his defensive prowess. While that continued, Lewis made a concerted effort to be more aggressive on offense. On opening night of the camp, he showed the ability to score on all three levels while finishing with 11 points and hitting the game winning three-pointer. Lewis has offers from a slew of schools in high major conferences.

Jaden Springer, 6-4 SG, BMAZE Elite/Rocky River High School (NC), 2020

They don’t make 14 year olds like they used to. No need to adjust your eyes or wipe your glass lenses, the previous sentence was correct. Jaden Springer is only 14 years old but doesn’t play like one. Aside from his stature, the freshman stud boasts remarkable athleticism that allows him to play above the rim. He scored the majority of his points in transition—converting several layups after absorbing contact. Jaden will be a major contributor for his team this season.

Anfernee Simons, 6-4 G, Team Breakdown/Edgewater (FL), 2018

Simons may be the most explosive scorer on the Under Armour circuit. He possesses an innate ability to find his shot in almost any situation on the court. Throughout the camp, he demonstrated the capability to manipulate his defender off of ball screens, and shoot consistently from long range. If he continues to improve his strength, Simons will be an impact player by the time he arrives at Louisville. The Cardinals are getting an absolute stud.

Moses Brown, 7-1 C, New Heights/Archbishop Molloy (NY), 2018

Regarded as the number one center in the 2018 class, Brown used his size and strength to score in the post. Brown also showed sensational agility in the open court by snagging rebounds and pushing the ball to start the break. On the defensive end, he has natural ability to change and block shots due to his formidable size. If Brown continues to hone his offensive package, his game will go to another stratosphere. It’s no coincidence that Brown has garnered the attention of every high major program in the country.

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline / Under Armour)

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July 28

LeBron James Went Full Dad To Make Sure The Score In His Son’s AAU Game Was Correct

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LeBron James is just like any sports dad, striving for fairness, clean play and an accurate score up on the scoreboard. James showed that he’s just like us on Thursday night, pointing out that the scoreboard at an AAU game wasn’t accurate.

Officials had to stop play when James, sporting Nikes and a Strive For Greatness shirt, jumped on the court to make sure everything’s on the level.

Once the score got corrected, he clapped it up a bit and slowly walked off the floor.

LeBron then grabbed a child — presumably his own — and lifted him up off the ground and over his head. The best basketball player in the world then gently placed the child back down before play continued.

James has been taking in plenty of basketball this summer, casually watching his son and almost watching Zion Williamson and LaMelo Ball go head-to-head on Wednesday night. It’s a great distraction from all the drama in Cleveland, which essentially amounts to Dan Gilbert and new general manager Koby Altman insisting that everything is fine while it appears to everyone else that the Cavs could fall right into Lake Erie.

But sometimes you can only worry about the things you can control. Like making sure the score is right in a basketball game. Always start with the little things first.

July 27

LIVE STREAM: The Zion Williamson vs LaMelo Ball Showdown

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Williamson, a top-3 Class of 2018 recruit who has drawn comparisons to LeBron James for his jaw-dropping, rim-rattling dunks, became the talk of basketball over the past 8 months. Meanwhile, LaMelo, the youngest brother of new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and a top-10 Class of 2019 prospect (and UCLA commit), also became a household name this past season for his ultra-confident half-court jumpers and eyebrow-raising scoring outbursts (like his ridiculous 92-point performance).

Can’t make the game tonight but still want to watch the much talked-about match-up? No problem. You can watch Ballislife’s live stream below.

The video window will go live at 11:55pm EST/8:55pm PST tonight.

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July 27

Nick Young Has Apparently Conquered His Debilitating Fear Of Dolphins

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After spending four years with the Los Angeles Lakers and enduring plenty of losing over the last two seasons, Nick Young gave himself an excellent chance at winning his first championship ring by signing with the Golden State Warriors this offseason. And while joining the reigning NBA champions will likely be the main highlight of his summer, Young has also used this offseason to confront one of his greatest fears – dolphins.

Back in 2015, Young’s former fiancee Iggy Azalea revealed on Twitter that her beau was deadly afraid of dolphins. According to Azaela, a dolphin tried to “kill” Young while they were snorkeling in Cabo.

Speaking with reporters before a game that season, Young backed up Azalea’s Twitter story.

“He was playing with everybody else, doing what dolphins do – the ‘ack ack’ and all that,” Young said. “It was my time to ride the dolphin. For some reason, he took me all the way to the bottom. He was trying to drown me. But I saw it happening, so I jumped out of the water and took off the little life vest and threw off my little water shoes and stayed outside.

“He went straight down. He was trying to kill me. I think he was trying to get on Iggy. He was a little friendly, kissing her and stuff. He was trying to take my woman.”

While Young is quite the gifted storyteller, he also apparently is able to face his fears. On Wednesday, the Warriors guard went back to Cabo to swim with dolphins. Young not only swam next to and touched a dolphin; he also gave one a big ole kiss.

With his fear of dolphins vanquished, there is no telling what Young can accomplish in Golden State this season.

July 26

Brandon Knight Likely Out For Season with Torn ACL

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Knight suffered the injury during a pro-am game last Wednesday in Miami, per ESPN.

Knight, 25, is scheduled to make $13.6 million this season, and has three years left on his deal.

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July 26

Adam Silver Believes The NBA Will Expand To Seattle, But Has No ‘Precise Timeline’

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver is regularly asked about the potential of the league expanding beyond its current 30-team structure. It’s not every day, though, that he is prompted (on camera) about the subject by a prominent current player and that transpired recently thanks to The Players’ Tribune.

The website set up an interview between Silver and Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum and part of that discussion had a direct tie to the potential of a team landing in Seattle.

As you can see, Silver did not fully commit to a “precise timeline” when it comes to putting a team back in Seattle but, in the grand scheme, it was a positive overall message in that expansion is “inevitable” for the league.

“I think it’s just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion. Think about the state we’re in the league right now where [it is] amazing to me that, coming off of these Finals, you have some fans saying, ‘There’s only one good team in the league.’ And I’m thinking, well, if people really believe that even though we have 450 of the best players in the world, and 450 players can only form one really good team, probably doesn’t make sense to expand in terms of dilution of talent.”

“Now I don’t really believe that, and I think these things correct themselves. And I don’t want to put a precise timeline on it, but it’s inevitable at some point we’ll start looking at growth of franchises, that’s always been the case in this league, and Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at.”

Comments like these won’t do much for the Seattle die-hards that continue to be upset about the SuperSonics vacating the city for Oklahoma City in the first place. In the same breath, it isn’t as if Silver is crazy to consider the league being in a very stable and positive position and, with that, being reticent to shake things up in a grand way.

As he notes, Seattle would be the perfect destination for the league’s 31st (or 32nd) team but, if you are looking for an estimated timetable for such a move, you won’t be getting it from the mouth of Adam Silver.

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)