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Royal Visit To Nets-Cavs Was All That And A Box Of Popcorn

December, 9, 2014
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By now you’re probably SO totally over Price William and Kate’s courtside appearance at the Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game and are likely sick of debating if the Dutchess of Cambridge or Queen B got more starstruck during their meeting.

But you really need to make room in your heart for just one more picture from the Royal visit. While the meetings with Beyonce and Jay-Z and LeBron James all but broke the Internet (sorry, Kim K.!), it’s this image below that should bring all the LOLs. Will and Kate were seated next to NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, and he hilariously shared his popcorn with the two. It’s truly the stuff that Twitter is made for.

Yes, it is totally acceptable to make this picture your wallpaper on your phone, laptop or tablet right now. I know I am.

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Is any basketball fan having a better week than Gabrielle Union? The actress drew headlines and LOLs after videobombing husband Dwyane Wade’s postgame TV interview on Sunday, and now she’s back again with a hilarious Christmas wish.

Union was stopped by TMZ while leaving an appearance and asked the standard series of pesky paparazzi questions. However, the always-entertaining star deviated from the typical celebrity answer list (“yes”/“no”/“maybe”/“please go away”) and said all she wanted for Christmas was for the Miami Heat to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now THAT’S a dedicated fan.








Your move, Savannah Brinson.

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Joel Embiid Shows No Rust -- Just Rihanna -- In Return To Twitter

December, 4, 2014
Dec 4
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The Philadelphia 76ers avoided tying an NBA record for the worst start even on Wednesday night with an 85-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. And while that’s great and all for the team and the seven remaining Sixers fans out there, the victory really meant just one thing for the rest of us -- the return of Joel Embiid on Twitter.

I’ll give you a second to watch your favorite celebratory GIF or Vine now.

The injured 76ers rookie and prolific social media user had been conspicuously quiet on Twitter during the 76ers’ 0-17 start, but he immediately made his presence known after the game.

And, lucky for us, he only made us wait mere moments before posting some fresh Rihanna Photoshopped images.

Don’t ever change, Joel.

And while basketball fans rejoiced over Embiid’s return, it was tennis star Sloane Stephens who perhaps best summed up what we were all thinking.

EXACTLY. Welcome back, Joel. Now please don’t go silent again until the next victory. I don’t think any of us can wait that long.

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Oh The Dilemma Sydney Leroux Faced Sitting Courtside At Lakers Game

December, 1, 2014
Dec 1
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Sydney Leroux had a REALLY tough decision to make on Sunday. The soccer star was forced to make the agonizing choice between cheering for the Toronto Raptors (she’s Canadian!) or the Los Angeles Lakers (she lives in LA!) while seated courtside at the Staples Center. Life is SO tough sometimes.

Lakeshow vs Toronto with @llmaster. I'm torn because I'm Canadian... #LAgirls

Une photo publiée par Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) le

It seems as if Leroux ultimately rooted for the Lakers, and not just because they won in overtime. Although that probably helped.

Thankfully for Leroux, a win resulted in a happy Kobe Bryant, and she hung out with the superstar after the game. Calling him “family” in an Instagram post, it seems as if her rooting loyalty should have been a little easier to figure out. But, you know, that’s none of my business.

Family! @kobebryant #muse

A photo posted by Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) on

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Dwyane Wade Hears It From His Wife After Triumphant Return

December, 1, 2014
Dec 1
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After missing seven games with a hamstring injury, Dwyane Wade made his triumphant return to the Miami Heat on Sunday against the New York Knicks. After undoubtedly hearing the naysayers call him old or past his prime during his absence, Wade was all like “YOU WERE SAYING?” with a 27-point performance -- including 13 in the fourth quarter -- to lift the Heat to a 86-79 victory.

And somehow, despite the impressive showing, his most memorable moment came after the game. During his interview with Fox Sports Miami, Wade was videobombed by his wife, Gabrielle Union. Ragging on his free throw shooting (“We’re going to talk about that later”), she finally said his performance was “good for an old geezer.”

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Looks like Chris Bosh finally has a worthy opponent in the videobombing competition. BRING IT ON.

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Four Signs That The 76ers Are Horrible At Basketball

November, 14, 2014
Nov 14
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The Philadelphia 76ers are awful. Like “Dumb and Dumber To” awful. Don’t believe me? On Thursday, they were trailing the Dallas Mavericks 45-10 early in the second quarter.

Read that score again.

At that point in the game, Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points. Or, you know, three more points than the entire Sixers roster. You don’t need to know much about basketball, or anything really, to know that’s really, really not good.

The Mavs ultimately won 123-70, and the 76ers fell to 0-8 on the season. While the night was obviously pretty demoralizing for the Sixers and their fans, it provided one of the most entertaining nights on Twitter since the VMAs. Here is a small sampling for your enjoyment.

If you’re still not convinced at just how bad the 76ers are, this fact might just do the trick. They have won four games SINCE JANUARY. Even the Oakland Raiders know that’s bad.

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Sitting In On A Morning Rock Session With LeBron And Baby Zhuri

November, 13, 2014
Nov 13
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LeBron James was just like every father of a newborn on Thursday morning, strolling around the house and singing classic songs in the wee hours with his 3-week-old daughter. But unlike most fathers, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar shared the details of his morning with a captivated audience of 16.2 million on Twitter, who all responded with an overwhelming chorus of AWWWWWWWWS and other encouraging words.

Clearly the lack of sleep was starting to catch up to LeBron later in the day when he began tweeting about his love for Jennifers. Although, despite the exhaustion, the always-savvy LeBron managed to include his mother-in-law on the list.

But no need for nightmares, Cavs fans. The team is off tonight, so LeBron should be all rested and ready to go for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics.

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NBA Player Gets Sketchy On Woman Crush Wednesday

November, 13, 2014
Nov 13
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Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez drew a portrait of “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza for #WCW, or Woman Crush Wednesday for those who don’t spend their days on Instagram. While this is pretty creepy on a number of levels, you should probably just look at it.

Sadly, Plaza seemed too busy tweeting out pictures of Grumpy Cat to respond to Michelle Wie’s ex-boyfriend. I, for one, am just SHOCKED she didn’t respond immediately to a sketch of her face from a stranger on the Internet.

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Double Drivel: Why It's Been A Rough Spell For The NBA

November, 13, 2014
Nov 13
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It’s been a great week for the NBA in terms of competitive games, performances, highlights, high-fives and, heck, even the Los Angeles Lakers did something right.

It has not, however, been a great week for the NBA in terms of one basic third-grade subject. On Wednesday night, the Utah Jazz noticed a spelling error on one of their opponent’s jerseys. Of course, they pointed the gaffe out for millions to see.

In happier news for Hawks fans, Atlanta not only won 100-97 but also got the last laugh.

And somehow, Paul Millsap’s name wasn’t the only one misspelled this week. Detroit Pistons star Andre Drummond took the court on Monday against the Chicago Bulls wearing the jersey below.

We can land a probe on a comet in space but somehow we struggle with spelling. Sounds about right.

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Watch 12-Year-Old Taylor Swift Singing National Anthem

November, 12, 2014
Nov 12
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Taylor Swift is EVERYWHERE these days, and no segment of society seems immune to her charms. Luckily -- or sadly -- for you, that includes sports. While T-Swift has recently been spotted hanging with the New York Knicks, it appears her first basketball affiliation was with the Philadelphia 76ers. So you can’t exactly blame her for jumping ship.

Vulture.com found footage of the pop star performing the national anthem at a Sixers game in 2002 when she was just 12 years old. It’s as glittery as you would expect.

Jump ahead to the 28-second mark, unless you want to see home videos of Baby Swift. I won’t judge you if you do.

Moral of the story: Film EVERY young patriotic singer you see at EVERY game. You never know when you’ll be able to cash in on her future success.

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Has Stephen Curry Developed A Taste For Turnovers?

November, 11, 2014
Nov 11
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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had 10 turnovers in Sunday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns. You don’t need to know much about basketball to know that isn’t a statistic you want in the double digits.

Curry took to Instagram to address his lackluster performance in pretty much the best way possible -- with a picture of a delicious-looking turnover pastry. Natch.

Smh. It'll change

A photo posted by Wardell Curry (@wardell30) on

Warriors fans certainly don’t want Curry to produce another 10-turnover game, but I don’t think anyone would have a problem if he showed up to the next game with dozens of the turnovers above.

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Nick Young And Iggy Azalea Buy A Cozy Little Place For $3.45 Million

November, 11, 2014
Nov 11
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Looks like we’ll have to find a housewarming present for our favorite couple, Nick Young and Iggy Azalea! The Los Angeles Lakers guard and his rapper girlfriend just purchased a six-bedroom home in Tarzana, California, for a cool $3.45 million from Selena Gomez. So clearly Swaggy P and Iggy A are doing pretty well in the finance department. Must be that Forever 21 money!

Anyone want to go halfsies on a dish-towel set? I think it would be just perfect for their presumably gigantic and state-of-the-art kitchen. I know the personal chef would appreciate it, anyway.

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Eat Your Heart Out, Charles Barkley!

November, 10, 2014
Nov 10
11:15
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In good news for Los Angeles Lakers fans and sad news for the guy who just purchased the didthelakerswinlastnight.com domain, L.A. won on Sunday night. This is not a joke. Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin each scored 21 points to lift the Lakers to a 107-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets for their first W of the season.

And while it was surely great for the players to finally get in the win column, no one could be happier than Charles Barkley. The TNT analyst boldly proclaimed last week he wouldn’t eat until the Lakers won a game. And the hunger strike was not ignored by the players, who clearly take proper nutrition very seriously.

Forward Ed Davis oh-so-graciously (and oh-so-NSFW) granted Barkley permission to eat after the game.

Lin quickly followed suit on Twitter, even adding high-five/prayer emojis for extra effect. So you know it’s serious.

I have a feeling Barkley wasn’t waiting for the go-ahead, but I appreciate the players' attention to the cause all the same.

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Lauren Hill Graces The Cover Of NBA Live 15

November, 7, 2014
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Just days after getting her own personalized Wheaties box, Lauren Hill received yet another coveted honor -- the cover of NBA Live 15. EA Sports tweeted a picture of the special edition on Thursday.

And it seems Damian Lillard is more than happy to share the cover honor with the Mount St. Joseph freshman who has inoperable brain cancer. He retweeted the image and several comments about the gesture on Friday.

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Is Shaquille O'Neal The New King Of Pop?

November, 7, 2014
Nov 7
9:57
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Aside from being a four-time NBA champion, a 15-time All-Star and a movie star, Shaquille O’Neal also released multiple rap albums, including the PLATINUM album “Shaq Diesel.” But none of these talents is showcased in the clip I’m about to show you.

The Sacramento Kings, a team Shaq partially owns, released a totally fake promo for a totally fake album called “Shaq Goes Pop” on Thursday. It’s painful and should serve as an important reminder to never ask the Big Cactus (is that still a thing?) to sing karaoke with you.

Please stick to one of your 259 other day jobs, Shaq.

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