Basketball News

16 Jul 19
University of Georgia Wire

COMMISSIONER SANKEY: Good morning, again. First coach of the day is Kirby Smart, who will be beginning his fourth season at the University of Georgia, his alma mater. He’s a 2017 SEC and National Coach of the Year and a two-time National Assistant Coach of the Year. I think you probably are aware that he […]

16 Jul 19
The Rookie Wire

Until he makes his official NBA debut next season, many are anxious to see what Williamson can do, including his teammates.

16 Jul 19
The Denver Post
OKLAHOMA CITY — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa resident planned to make the two-hour drive to Oklahoma City with friends. They wanted to take videos and photos in front of the large images of Thunder players that adorn Chesapeake Energy Arena during the season, hoping Westbrook’s photo would still be up on Friday morning. It wasn’t, so Maaroof came up with a different tribute. In a video he posted on Twitter, he put on the Westbrook jerseys he’s collected since 2012, took them off one by one and laid them side by side in front of the arena. He wore 18 in the video, which has been viewed more than 85,000 times. Maaroof said Westbrook has always been his favorite player. And the next addition to his collection will be a Rockets jersey. “He was never perfect, but just the emotion he showed — he was very relatable, I feel like,” Maaroof said. “He was the underdog. People have always just not appreciated him the way they should have.” With their emotional sparkplug gone, the Thunder, as we knew them, are no more. Westbrook was the last remaining player from the team that moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008. Kevin Durant, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Paul George and others, all gone. Now Westbrook. He spent his entire 11-year career with the Thunder, despite earlier chances to leave. With Westbrook, the Thunder won at least 45 games for 10 straight years and reached the Western Conference Finals four times, including a run to the NBA Finals in 2012. “It’s a lot of heartbreak,” Maaroof said as he recalled recent conversations with his friends. “Not to be dramatic, but it really feels like someone died. We’re all 20 years old, so we all grew up with Russ, grew up with this team, pretty much through middle school, high school, college now.” Sure, Westbrook was a league MVP, two-time scoring champion and two-time All-Star MVP. Yes, he was a freakish athlete and triple-double threat every night. And against the odds, he evolved from perceived ball hog to two-time assist leader. But it goes beyond that for Thunder fans. Westbrook is from the Los Angeles area, and with it came the flash and style one might expect. But he adopted Oklahoma and supported the community with his reading rooms, basketball camps, comedy shows and his yearly Thanksgiving meal at the Boys and Girls Club in Oklahoma City. The night everyone learned Westbrook was being dealt, he was at a comedy club in Tulsa for a benefit show. “He’s like the staple of the franchise,” Tulsa comic Hynni B said. “He makes you want to stand up, he makes you want to have heart. You know where he came from, you know what he’s doing for the community. It’s hurtful to see him to leave.” Most of all, he’ll be remembered as the one who had stayed. He signed an extension in 2016, then signed a long-term deal in 2017, forever endearing himself to Oklahoma City fans who felt burned by Durant’s departure for rival Golden State. “When he stuck it out, it was like bro, this is our leader,” said Jerry Manna, a Tulsa resident at the comedy show. “This is our guy. After he did that, I didn’t care what nobody said. I wasn’t accepting no Westbrook slander. No sir.” Westbrook teamed up with Durant and Harden to introduce the Thunder as a league power early this decade. At their height, the young trio led the franchise to the finals seven years ago, a loss to the Miami Heat. Now, Westbrook will be re-united with Harden. The run in Oklahoma City wasn’t supposed to end yet, but George left first for the Los Angeles Clippers, opening the door for an earlier-than-expected reboot. Thunder forward Jerami Grant was traded before Westbrook, and now Oklahoma City has added multiple first-round picks for its rebuilding project. It will take time and coach Billy Donovan will get plenty of chances to tinker with his lineup and give young players experience. The Thunder haven’t been in this mode since the 2008-09 season, but Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said it is time to embrace it. He notes that the same general manager who brought the success — Sam Presti — is still running the show. And that offers a sliver of hope for aching Thunder fans. “We’re getting a king’s ransom for that,” Holt said of the Westbrook trade. “He’s taking what would have been a nuclear winter at the end of their contracts and quite possibly jumping us into a new chapter a lot faster than we might have expected.” Westbrook is one of the most accomplished current players without an NBA title. In the three seasons after Durant left, Westbrook’s Thunder never made it past the first round of the playoffs, even with George. And Westbrook often found his way into conflict. His spark ignited the Thunder, but he often was among the league leaders in technical fouls in recent years. He has stubbornly defended his tendency to shoot more 3-pointers than his percentage indicates he should. All was forgiven once the news broke. Thunder fans have spent the past several days reminiscing about Westbrook’s biggest moments — from the crazy scoop shot against the Lakers in the 2012 playoffs, to the 50-point triple-double and game-winning 3-pointer against Denver that clinched the NBA single-season triple-double record, to the 20-20-20 game this past season against the Los Angeles Lakers. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Now, they’re left with memories and hopes that the rebuild works out sooner than later. And of course, they will have the memories he creates when he comes back with the Rockets. Leslie Mahan, a moderator/administrator for Thunder fan pages on Facebook, believes the fans will welcome Westbrook when he returns. “I honestly think that each time he comes back here, people are going to love and respect him and not boo him because he did a lot for the team, for the organization and for Oklahoma as a whole,” Mahan said. Westbrook will still have his fans in Oklahoma City. “I’m still going to be a Thunder fan, but I don’t plan on missing a Rockets game this season, either,” Maaroof said.
16 Jul 19
FOX 61

Story by Elizabeth Perkin Looking to cool off from the summer heat and have some fun with your kids? There are places all across Connecticut for you and your family to cool off this summer. Have one that’s not listed? Email us here.  Bridgeport Puglio Park Splash pad, playground, sport fields, and picnic tables 3455 […]

16 Jul 19
CollegeHipHop

NBA championship teams are shooting further from the rim according to math research.

16 Jul 19
Edmonton Journal

“As a female musician who performs by herself I have had to endure a lot. You’re still a female in a male-dominated field. With electronics and that kind of hardware there’s a lot of the chest-puffing mentality.” – L.A. Foster

16 Jul 19
Dead Chan Walking

I’m asking everyone to do me a solid and please read the rest of this post in a Scottish accent – I think that it would really distract your attention from my sub average writing. One of my goals of this trip was that I would actually take some time to improve my writing, so […]

16 Jul 19
Us Weekly
Tristan Thompson’s meals aren’t what they used to be! On Monday, July 15, the professional basketball player took to his Instagram Stories to give his followers a look at his midday fuel, and it’s a stark contrast to the dishes his now ex-girlfriend Khloé Kardashian used to prepare for him. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/pictures/khloe-kardashian-tristan-thompsons-baby-true-pics/” title=”True Thompson’s Baby Pictures” target=”” inset=”true”] The Monday meal, which Thompson named “lunch time,” consisted of a sandwich, fries, and what appeared to be some seafood salad. The spread also featured a large bottle of Alkaline water and a small bowl of hot sauce on the side. While not bad per se, the meal is much different than the dishes Kardashian was known to whip up when the pair were still together. Back when Thompson, 28, and Kardashian, 35, were an item, the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward was known to boast about the reality star’s cooking. In fact, in February 2018, when she was pregnant with their daughter True, 15 months, Kardashian prepared a feast for her then-beau to mark his team’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. [jwplayer R8KSwUuz-l3ahXupL] According to a Snapchat video Thompson shared at the time, that celebratory spread consisted of three decadent courses. “After a great, great win in Oklahoma City, I come home to this: curry chicken, amazing Oreo cake and macaroni salad,” he declared. The athlete also added: “Koko always makes sure my belly feels blessed.” Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are seen on January 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/food/pictures/kim-kardashians-plant-based-meals-photos/” title=”Kim Kardashian’s Plant-Based Meals” target=”” inset=”true”] The couple formally called it quits in February after Thomson cheated on the Good American designer with Kylie Jenner’s former BFF, Jordyn Woods. Since the messy split, Kardashian has been doting on her little girl and cleaning her home. In June, the Revenge Body host showed off her newly organized kitchen on Instagram, which she had revamped after she and Thompson parted ways. The impressively neat room featured a color-coordinated refrigerator, designated candy drawers and more. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/food/pictures/khloe-kardashians-new-kitchen-is-insanely-organized-photos/” title=”See Inside Khloe Kardashian’s Insanely Organized Kitchen” target=”” inset=”true”] In the past, the California native has been open about how organized spaces make her feel at ease. “Random, but this makes me happy,” she said of her tidy pantry in March.
16 Jul 19
UPROXX

KD didn’t seem to get the fulfillment he wanted out of titles with the Warriors, which led the team to plan for his exit this summer.

16 Jul 19
The True Shopaholic

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16 Jul 19
The Playground

Tennis was once a wildly popular sport in the United States. Starting in the mid to late 70s and throughout the 80s, tennis stars like John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors were just as popular as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Terry Bradshaw and Pete Rose. The rivalries that existed in tennis captivated American audiences. If you […]

16 Jul 19
FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shaq isn’t just a former pro basketball star. He’s also a DJ.

16 Jul 19
BroBible

Kevin Durant may have bolted from the Golden State Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets this summer, but, after ending a three-year run that saw two championships in three NBA Finals’ trips, there’s nothing but love from the Warriors’ general manager Bob Myers. That was evident in an interview that Myers gave yesterday about the current […]

16 Jul 19
Augusta Free Press

EMU baseball coach Adam Posey has announced his coaching staff. Posey was introduced as the new head coach in May after spending the previous five seasons as the assistant coach.

16 Jul 19
On The Road Together

This state park, located between Omaha and Lincoln, is THE PLACE for family fun in Nebraska! It reminds me of a resort like Smugglers Notch in Vermont because they have something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The entire park is a big loop, with a paved biking and walking path that is separate […]

16 Jul 19
WWTI
A 19-year-old student-athlete at Binghamton University has died after being pulled from the water at Buttermilk Falls State Park. State parks spokesman Dan Keefe says Calistus Anyichie was in an area of the gorge off-limits to swimming when he was pulled from the water by friends Sunday afternoon. Friends attempted life-saving measures but Anyichie was later pronounced dead at Cayuga Medical Center. A Binghamton University statement says Anyichie was entering sophomore year as a political science major and was on the basketball team. Originally from Nigeria, he was a scholar-athlete at St. Mary’s of the Assumption High School in Short Hills, New Jersey and was recognized as one of the state’s top scholar-athletes. Anyichie played in 32 games as a Binghamton freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds.