Allen Iverson delivers his speech upon being enshrined to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016. The accomplished point guard from the Philadelphia 76ers was overcome with emotion, as he shared how his Georgetown University coach, John Thompson, “saved his life”.

After two seasons at Georgetown, Iverson was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996 NBA draft. Listed at 6 ft tall, Iverson became the shortest first overall pick ever, in a league normally dominated by taller players. He’s an eleven-time NBA All-Star, NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001, and won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005.

Despite reports of personal struggles off the court, Iverson’s contribution to the game was never second-guessed! Iverson played 14 seasons of basketball as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons,  and Memphis Grizzlies. He even played ten games of Turkish basketball before an injury forced him back to the States for surgery.

Once he returned to the States, he never played professionally again.

Iverson announced his retirement in October of 2013. The 76ers organization retired Iverson’s jersey during a special halftime ceremony in March of 2014.

Iverson will not only be remembered for his signature killer crossovers. His tenacious effort on the court and his true love for the game is what solidifies him as one of the greatest players in NBA history. This prestigious honor is deserving, to say the least.

Watch full speech below!

Kevin Durant, the former player for Oklahoma City Thunder, has joined the Golden State Warriors organization.

Durant took to ‘The Players’ Tribune’ to post his announcement, which has rocked the sports industry!

This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.

The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.

There’s mixed reaction from fans and critics, alike!

 

 

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The saltiness between Naturi Naughton of ‘Power’ and silver-screen fave, Michael Ealy, is enough to make you want to give them sympathy hugs.

As a GSW fan, I feel their pain.

 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors during game 7 of the NBA Finals Sunday night , making the team 2016 Champions. Because it’s the City of Cleveland’s first ever NBA championship, it’s obvious why players like Lebron James and Kyrie Irving were overcome with emotion. There were many celebrities in attendance that celebrated along with the team. However, one celebrity stood out, because his excitement was just way too extra for us to understand.

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The Grammy-Award Winning artist apparently bought a small stake in the team a few years back. In an article in Forbes, it’s reported thatUsher had invested an estimated $9 million in the team, which would have given him roughly a 1% stake. But owner Dan Gilbert, who purchased the Cavs for $375 million around the same time, has been steadily increasing his total, and it’s unclear if Usher’s stake has been diluted along the way. Two years ago a Cavs rep confirmed to FORBES that Usher still owned a piece of the team, but wouldn’t say how much.

During the final moments of game six between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night, Steph Curry was ejected for tossing his mouthpiece that hit a fan.

Of course, Steph’s wife Ayesha didn’t hold back on Twitter, expressing her frustration with the game’s officials.

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Curry was angry about several fouls that were called against her husband throughout the game. She has since deleted her tweet.

Steve Kerr, The Warriors’ head coach,  said he was happy that Curry expressed his feelings by throwing his mouthpiece, according to ESPN.

“He had every right to be upset. He’s the MVP of the league. He gets six fouls called on him; three of them were absolutely ridiculous,” Kerr said.

 

What could be better than the golden boy losing his cool and his frustrated wife thuggin’ it out on Twitter?

How about “commentary” by Stephen A. Smith!

Smith, a sports journalist and commentator for ESPN’s ‘First Take’ is known for saying exactly what’s on his mind with NO filter.  He received criticism for his comments about Ayesha tweet that the NBA “is absolutely rigged” and comparing her to LeBron James’s wife, Savannah.

 “If that was Savannah, LeBron’s wife. If that were Gloria, LeBron’s mother. What would we be saying?” Smith asked on Friday’s episode of First Take. “LeBron James has a mom and has a wife, has kids, great guy, an even greater ambassador of the game of basketball than Steph Curry because he’s done it over the test of time. Wonderful, beautiful father. And I’ve got news for you: As beautiful as everyone wants to say Ayesha Curry is, and she is, Savannah is something special. I’m here to tell you something right now. Ain’t a man alive, particularly a black man, that’s going to look at LeBron James’s wife and not say that woman ain’t gorgeous. She’s wonderful inside and out. She sits there, she doesn’t bring any attention to herself. She never tweets and goes out there and calls out the league and stuff like that. And nobody — nobody — is more scrutinized than her husband. But yet, she thinks about how she represents him, and as a result, she doesn’t do that.”

Ayesha got word of Smith’s comments and hit him back with this:

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Smith responded to her question with another commentary on ‘First Take’.

 

“Allow me to explain something,” he began, which was your second clue after the fact that it was said on the set of “First Take” that what followed was going to be exasperating. “Ayesha Curry is a wonderful, wonderful woman. I would never, ever, disrespect the wife of a player. Period. I was raised by five women — my mother and my four older sisters, okay? What I am trying to explain to you, Mrs. Ayesha Curry, is that it’s not me, it’s you. Because what happens is that when you’re out there tweeting and saying the things that you’re saying, you are putting your husband in a precarious position. And I’m saying if that were LeBron James and his wife, it would’ve been treated differently by the media and by the masses. So it’s not pitting you and Savannah against each other, it’s allowing you to know that others would not hesitate to do it, which is why it’s something you should watch out for because I don’t want you to do something I know you don’t want to do, which is hurt yourself or your husband or your family in any way.”

“Your father-in-law, Del Curry, is a wonderful guy,” he said. “Your mother-in-law, his wife, is wonderful. Steph Curry is one of the best people I know and, Ayesha Curry, so, do you appear to be. I’m just saying to you need to watch yourself because it may put your husband in a compromising position that I’m sure you don’t want and Savannah James, whose been around, who has a husband who is universally recognized as one of the greatest players in the world, has been around for quite a long time, and she appears to know that. It’s not about comparing or anything. It’s giving you an example of what may work, and what you might want to avoid like she’s avoiding it, before the media and everybody else uses your tweet as a tool to attack you and possibly your husband. That’s all I’m saying. That’s all I have to say. I meant no disrespect, I certainly don’t mean it now.”

 

I may be wrong, but it seems like Smith thinks NBA wives should be seen and not heard. I’ve always questioned his commentaries that, sometimes, reveals misogynistic tendencies.

Anyway…

I feel like those two are going to be going back & forth with each other for awhile

Steph Curry did apologize to the fan for hitting him with his mouthpiece

To be continued………