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………

 

Posted purely for humor.

You can’t help but laugh at this god-awful response this “fan” has made as her excuse for why she looks like she wants to tear Step Curry’s jersey off with her teeth.

 

She’s an Instagram model who goes by the name of Roni Rose, and is apparently a die-hard fan of The Golden State Warriors.

Guess who I ran into today @matt_barnes9 and we won!!! Today was a good day!!

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It’s cute & all, but I hope this is not going to turn into one of those “Number One Fan” cases. If you’ve never heard of CWS (Celebrity Worship Syndrome), then check this out here. Let’s hope that Curry is smarter than he looks.

23-year-old guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot and killed on Saturday after sources report that Jones mistakenly entered the wrong apartment.

Via CNN:

A Dallas resident told police he heard someone enter his apartment by kicking open the front door, police spokesman DeMarquis Black said in a statement. The resident said “he called out to the individual, but was not answered,” and when the resident’s bedroom door was kicked open, the resident fired his gun, police said.
Dejean-Jones collapsed in the breezeway, police said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, Black said.
The basketball player’s agent, Scott Nichols, said Dejean-Jones was in Dallas to visit his girlfriend for his daughter’s first birthday.
This was the first time Dejean-Jones visited her new apartment, Nichols said. Later that night Dejean-Jones came back to the apartment complex but went to the wrong unit on the third floor, just below his girlfriend’s fourth-floor apartment, Nichols said.
Police had no immediate response to Nichols’ comments.
“There is no information that suggests the deceased Bryce Dejean-Jones knew the apartment resident, or was armed as he entered the apartment,” Black said.
Dejean-Jones, 23, was a rookie guard with the Pelicans this past season, having played in college for Iowa State, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the University of Southern California.

So tragic

LN sends condolences to Bryce’s family, friends, and the entire Pelicans organization.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors became the first player in NBA history to be voted as the unanimous MVP of the league during the 2015-16 season. The much-deserving player thanked his teammates, his staff, and thanked his wife for holding down their home and their two daughters while on the job.

 

“None of this is possible without you,” the 28-year-old said during a press conference in Oakland, California. “You’ve given me the opportunity to go out here and work as hard as I do, spend the hours I need to do at the gym, during practice, in games, on the road – all the while holding down the house and doing the little things that keep our family going.”

 

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During the national anthem before game 7 between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets, tears escaped Dwayne Wade’s eyes and fans wondered why the Miami Heat guard was overcome with emotion. ‘Complex News’ reveals that Wade’s tears was over finding out that he was Prince’s favorite player. After listening to a Prince  interview, which he shared that Wade was his favorite player, the player took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the iconic musician, who passed away on April 21, 2016. Press play below.

We just happen to have the entire interview with Damaris Lewis, who called Prince during her live interview at a radio station. Click here to watch.

Stars, friends, associates, tons of fans and other legendary players packed The Staples Center for Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game with he L.A. Lakers. It was such a bittersweet and emotional moment, as Kobe left the game as one of the greatest players ever live. He didn’t take his last bow, struggling, either. The legendary point guard dropped 60 pts., including the game-winner for the Lakers, finishing the game against the Utah Jazz, 101-96. Check out highlights below!

 

An unforgettable final 2 minutes for the Mamba. 🔥🔥🔥 #MambaMoments

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“Mamba out.”

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Celebrities took to twitter to express their admiration for Bryant

A kid took it upon himself to get a hug from Carmelo Anthony, even though he was in the middle of a game.

The New York Knicks played against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Monday night when the excited child, who’s obviously not shy, saw his opportunity, ran onto the court as Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony stepped into play position, and gave him a big ole’ hug!

 

 

I want to assume that all those who were close witnesses, saw that moment for what it was…a young fan who wanted to meet his favorite player. This could’ve gone several ways; the boy could’ve gotten hurt. However, he was smart enough to wait until players were at a standstill. Anthony graciously accepted the hug, the referee ushered him back to his seat without force, and the kid didn’t try to fight him off. Kudos to everyone for not making what happened a big deal.

 

It was an emotional and bitter-sweet moment for Laker fans, as Kobe Bryant and Lebron James battled it out on the court for the last time Thursday night. The 37-year-old Laker guard [Bryant] announced his retirement back in Nov. of 2015 in a poem he wrote for ‘The Players Tribune’. 

“You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”

Read full poem here

 

Best of luck with your new journey after you leave this beautiful game behind,” Lebron James wrote on Bleacher Report’s Uninterrupted. “I’ll do my part to grow it, to make it as great as you made it and leave it for the next group that comes behind me and the rest of the guys.”

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Check out highlights provided by Dawkins YouTube.