Monthly Archives: September 2017

Kobe Bryant’s extremely rare Air Jordan 3’s sell for $30K

Kobe Bryant’s original Air Jordan 3 PE from 2002-2003, the only pair of Air Jordan 3’s ever made for the former Lakers star, recently sold for $30,400 on Ebay.

According to SneakerBarDetroit, the sneakers were made for Bryant when he was in between shoe deals in 2002.

He wore the pair against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.

I feel the pressure because I hear what people are saying, he said. If you’re any 19-year-old kid, you are going to hear that stuff. For me, I try to turn that pressure into hard work and not have that pressure. I can’t be worried about what other people think of me. If I mess up, who cares, at the end of the day? It’s one day or one game. I have a dream and I know how good I can be. I am just going to keep believing in myself.

The intention was to go to Washington to play for coach Lorenzo Romar, one of the elder Porter’s best friends and the younger Porter’s godfather.

It was a nifty plan, and the younger Porter had drawn the support and admiration of fans in the area. But when Romar was fired in March, everything changed. Romar had been the reason he was going to Washington. Now, he was changing his mind. Porter reopened his commitment and decided to instead go home and play for the Tigers, who hired his father as an assistant.

It’s really been a roller coaster, Porter said. I had committed to the coaches, not necessarily the program. I reopened my commitment, and my dad got hired at University of Missouri and that kind of made it easy to play there. I was familiar with the program, I lived there from fifth grade until 11th grade, so it felt like I was meant to be there and it felt like I was coming back home.

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First ‘NBA 2K18’ screenshots show star players like Paul George, new Nike uniforms

With less than two months until NBA 2K18 releases, video game publisher 2K Sports has revealed the first screenshots of this year’s edition, which feature Paul George with his new team, Canadian cover athlete DeMar DeRozan, and Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.

Ball, who is the coach of the Big Baller Brand team that his son LaMelo is on, was given a technical by the woman. He then said he and his team would leave the court and the game if a new referee wasn’t put in.

A male referee replaced the woman, but Ball was issued another technical and ejected from the game.

The game was scrapped after Ball refused to leave the court, and afterward he said the female referee needed to stay in her lane because she ain’t ready for this.

Court Club Elite, which supplied the officials for the tournament, was appalled and announced that it had ended it’s contract with Adidas for its treatment of CCE’s employees.

On Monday, Ball refused to acknowledge his sexism and said he was targeted by the referees because of who he is.

Of course I’m being unfairly targeted, but it’s OK. Why wouldn’t I be? Ball told ESPN LA 710. They say I got a big mouth anyway. They say we bad as heck. Of course you want to try to quiet me up. That’s the way I’ve been coaching all the time. It’s just entertainment. Instead of going to the movies, people are coming to the AAU game to watch a game.

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Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball earn high player ratings in ‘NBA 2K18’ despite rookie status

Fans of the 76ers and Lakers are extremely excited for their top draft picks and for good reason if the ratings in NBA 2K18 are to be believed. Both Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball will start their careers with an Overall rating of 80, an indication that the developers behind the game view the two as the most pro-ready, potential-laden prospects in years.

While the former Knicks star agreed to stay away from the arena for a year, he and his lawyer proclaimed victory in a Manhattan courtroom Friday.

It shows that nobody thought he did anything wrong, attorney Alex Spiro said, via the New York Daily News. It reaffirms what everybody has always thought which was that the Garden was wrong in how they treated him, and he doesn’t need a trial to prove that because the judge just ordered it.

While Friday’s agreement should end the criminal portion of the case, Spiro indicated Oakley will file a civil lawsuit against Dolan in connection with in the incident.

Like I said from day one, I wasn’t wrong, Oakley told reporters.

But, if you’re league commissioner Adam Silver, or any of the league’s broadcast partners, news of Irving’s desire for a trade puts a smile on your face heading into the weekend. Should the Cavs honor Irving’s trade request — and his value will be diminished now that news of the request has gone public — they will surely not receive top-line value in return. There’s little chance that, talent-wise, the Cavaliers will emerge from this debacle as strong as they were last year.

Given James’ frustration with Gilbert already, and the increasingly yapped-over possibility he will bolt as a free agent next summer, the Cavaliers have gone from powerhouse of the East to powder keg of the East.

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Adidas reportedly told referees to lay off LaVar Ball at Las Vegas tournament

Referees at Adidas’ AAU basketball tournament in Las Vegas this week have been implored by the shoe company to let LaVar Ball’s sideline antics slide, because of the blustering patriarch’s drawing power and also because the brand may be interested in signing his son, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, to an endorsement deal, ESPN.com reports.

A source told the website that refs have been told by Adidas officials to put three officials on the game who will keep (LaVar) in the building while the Big Baller Brand squad he coaches is competing.

There was several scenarios discussed at that time, Gilbert said in reference to Irving’s meeting with Cavs brass a few weeks ago. I don’t feel it’s appropriate to really get into the details of all those scenarios, and again, I don’t know the sources of the report that there was a trade request made, I read it in the media like some of you reported and some of you read, but we talked about widely the possibilities of the future at that time, we had not assigned Koby yet as general manager, and there were a few other moves I believe that were made at that time, so these things are fluid.

They may be fluid, but they also appear to be true. Gilbert would go on to confirm later that the Pacers tried to deal Paul George to the Cavaliers but that they, could have done better.

Altman went on to say what any GM on his introduction to the media would say: Irving is a core part of the team and he is an outstanding player.

It is going to be tough to trade Irving no matter what. The Cavs would have to get a huge haul back for the All-Star and Irving wants to go to a contender and contenders are not likely to give up assets that would hamper their future, so it’s a bit of a catch-22.

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Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas: The hip is great, expects to be ready by camp

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the injured hip that sidelined in the playoffs has responded to rest and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp, the Boston Herald reported.

Thomas, 28, aggravated an earlier right-hip injury, forcing him out of the Eastern Conference Finals in May, but, he says, he recently has gotten back in the gym.

The matchup will allow UK fans to get an up-close look at one of the NBA’s most exciting young teams in the Sixers featuring Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz and a Boston squad led by Isaiah Thomas that finished the 2016-17 regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

It will be the second game in England for each team, but both previous trips came during the preseason. This will be the eighth NBA regular-season game in London overall.

I am delighted the NBA continues to bring the world’s best basketball to our great city in what has now become a well-established and eagerly anticipated event on London’s sporting calendar, London Mayor Shadiq Khan said in a release. I know Londoners will be thrilled to see the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics up close at our world-famous O2. I am determined to make sure London remains the sporting capital of the world, and a key part of that is bringing major sports events here.

There have been questions because Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists last season, followed the recommendation of specialists, among others, and opted not to have surgery for what the Herald described as a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

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Kyrie Irving reportedly prefers Clippers

Kyrie Irving reportedly would prefer getting traded to the Clippers.

On the HoopsHype podcast, NBA analyst Peter Vecsey said Irving likes Jerry West and what he has done for teams in the past and likes the prospect of being on a team where West has a say in how the team is formed.

I’m told [Kyrie] wants to play for the Clippers. That’s the team I was told he wants to play, Vecsey said. He loves L.A. He’s been working out a lot there this summer.

The Clippers don’t have much in the way of assets to trade for Irving but they reportedly have already made at least one offer to the Cavaliers to get the All-Star point guard.

Irving does not have a no-trade clause, so he has limited leverage in determining where he ends up if he leaves Cleveland.

This is not the kind of offseason a team with the game’s best player aging and at the end of his contract should have had if it was serious about another championship. There was a potential deal for Jimmy Butler last month, and there was talk of a move for Carmelo Anthony. There was the chance to put together one last aggressive push, to change the Cavs’ dynamics when they, presumably, went up against the Warriors in next year’s NBA Finals.

There was at least the chance to bring in a quality veteran off the bench, like Jamal Crawford. Instead, the Cavs signed 22-year-old Turkish wing Cedi Osman, giving him a chunk of their limited mid-level exception. Nice for the Cavs to be thinking about the long-term future, but for James and Cleveland, the future is next June. Anything beyond that is a waste of time. The signing of Osman had to be taken by James as a thumb to the eye.

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Sixers, Celtics to play regular-season game in London

Mind the Process. The 76ers are headed to London.

Philadelphia will face the Boston Celtics in a regular-season game at the O2 Arena on Jan. 11, the NBA announced Thursday.

The hip is great. It’s going well, he said at his annual basketball clinic at Boston University. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about.

The decision was to sit and rest, and get my legs stronger, get my muscle back working again, Thomas said. We’re just going to try to get to 100 percent as quick as possible.

I’ve been resting. That was the game plan when my season was over. To rest and stay off it as much as possible to see how it reacts. It’s reacted well, it’s just going to take some time.

The words of the loquacious forward directed at Paul Pierce during an epic trash-talking session last season fit the former No. 1 overall pick like a fine, tailored European suit.

Chief among Irving’s reasons for wanting out: the desire to be the focal point of a team’s offense. He also reportedly doesn’t want to play with James anymore. James, who’s been in North Carolina along with the rest of his family as his sons participate in a national youth basketball tournament, was, as Windhorst put it, blindsided by the news.

Granted, there could be much more to this than meets the eye. After all, Dan Gilbert still owns the Cavaliers. Signing Jeff Green and Jose Calderon and re-signing Kyle Korver have been the only moves Cleveland has made this summer. Meanwhile, the Celtics, the Cavaliers’ biggest competition in the Eastern Conference, added All-Star small forward Gordon Hayward (21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game) to a team that won 53 games last year.

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Michael Jordan ranking Kobe Bryant over LeBron James only validates LeBron’s greatness

When Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was gunning for 3,000 MLB career hits last season, he wasn’t just chasing a number associated with some of the greatest hitters the sport has ever seen. He was also in hot pursuit of baseball’s Hit King Pete Rose’s all-time record of 4,256 career hits.

Ichiro passed Rose in 2016 before he eventually reached 3,000 well, if you combine his hit totals from play in MLB and Japan. That factor clearly irked Rose, who said at the time, next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits. Ichiro had an interesting response to Rose’s comments, one that just might apply to one seemingly endless basketball debate.

When Goldberg finally reached out and gave him the green light, he extended Mason Jr. full creative control, but suggested he take a look at the Concepts. Mason Jr. had already done it. He sent Goldberg the design idea in a matter of days. It was only a matter of time before Mason Jr.’s dream became a reality.

When Mason Sr. died, Ewing sent Mason Jr. and his siblings a pair of the Ewing Concepts. Mason Jr. painted his a different color. Two years later, things have come full circle. He’s partnered with his dad’s most famous teammate on a project in memory of the man who gave him life.

I like to base all my moves off great energy, Mason Jr. said. When you’re moving in the right direction and you have your heart in the right place, things just start going forward.

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NBA trade rumors: Why Suns haven’t (and shouldn’t) pull trigger on Kyrie Irving deal just yet

A week and a half after the NBA world learned Kyrie Irving had requested a trade out of Cleveland, it’s quite possible the only thing keeping the four-time All-Star in a Cavs uniform is a 6-8 kid from Detroit with big hair and even bigger potential.

Suns rookie Josh Jackson is a sticking point in any trade for Irving, according to a report from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. Jackson, point guard Eric Bledsoe and a 2018 first-round pick would be the potential package heading back to the Cavs in exchange for Irving’s services. A source told Cleveland.com If that [Bledsoe, a first-round pick and Jackson] deal for Irving was there, it’d be done by now.

But McGregor didn’t stop there. He posted another comment that said, Now, why am I rocking C.J. when I don’t know or give a about basketball. I dribble heads on the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here, kid.

The amount of shade here is amazing. First of all, it’s highly unlikely McGregor is oblivious to who Green is he was with the Warriors during all three of the championship runs in the past three years and is a two-time champ.

The fact that McGregor wore a Watson jersey is likely not a coincidence, either.

The mother of three of Mayweather’s children, Josie Harris, was reportedly linked to Watson in 2010, and Mayweather and Harris got into an altercation over her alleged relationship with him. He was jailed on domestic assault charges after their son called police.

McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are set to fight on Aug. 26 in what has been dubbed as a mega fight. The smack talk has been raging for months, with the pair going on a four-city tour to bash each other and promote the match.

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Cavaliers promote Koby Altman to general manager

The Cavaliers have promoted Koby Altman to the role of general manager, team owner Dan Gilbert announced Monday.

Altman had held the post of assistant general manager under former Cavs GM David Griffin, whose contract was not renewed last month. Altman had been serving as interim GM following Griffin’s departure.

Over the past month, Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization, as well. We are very excited that he will now be officially leading the basketball side of our franchise. Koby has the credentials, knowledge, experience and instincts to be an outstanding general manager, Gilbert said. In addition to these positive attributes and outstanding relationships around the league, Koby will inspire and impact the best possible culture throughout the organization.

We are going to see a capable and passionate leader who will also cultivate new ideas and innovation. The speed of the game is ever faster on the court and in the front offices around our league. I am confident that Koby is equipped and prepared to lead and succeed in this dynamic environment.

Obviously Irving has not been traded at this point, but if this story is accurate then what on earth is going on in Cleveland? Per ESPN.com:

The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.

If the former Duke guard were to be traded, he would be giving up his supermax option that he would be due once he got to free agency. He is locked up for three more years and due $60 million over that time.

Friday evening, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported a source claims the Cavaliers and Knicks are in serious talks regarding a trade involving Irving and Carmelo Anthony, with a third team possibly involved.

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