Trending: Humphries, Lin, Team USA

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David Dow/NBAE/Getty ImagesKris Humphries had a special message for Kanye West after inking a 2-year deal with the Nets.
Money talk is still louder than trash talk.

Kris Humphries is going to Brooklyn with the Nets, and may have gotten the last word in on his ex-wife's boyfriend in the process.

Kanye West's song "Way too Cold" deals with, among other things, his relationship with Kim Kardashian. Her marriage to Humphries lasted 72 days. The song includes these lyrics: "I'll admit I fell in love with Kim around the same time she had fell in love with him ... Well, that's cool, baby girl, do your thing ... Lucky I ain't have Jay drop him from the team."

Well, Jay-Z's team gave Humphries a two year, $24 million deal Tuesday.

When the song (originally called "Theraflu") dropped in April, Nets principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov told the New York Daily News "Kris has nothing to worry about. I support my players, and I’m on his side in this epic battle.” Prokhorov bought 80 percent of the team for $200 million in 2010, while Jay-Z's piece of the Nets cost him $4.5 million in 2004, the paper reported.



Nike released the above animated 84-second video, giving a quick history lesson on the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and urging viewers to "Make a Statement." It features Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Charles Barkley, David Robinson and Scottie Pippen. In it, Bryant says Team USA has the opportunity to do what it does best: "kick ass and take names."

In Jack McCallum's book "Dream Team," he writes that Michael Jordan originally preferred signing a long-term sponsorship deal with Converse or adidas over Nike. With that as a backdrop, Solecollector.com posted some interesting photos of Jordan sporting his Converse gear, including shots of him playing for the 1984 Olympic team. Makes you wonder: "What if ... "

Jeremy Lin blasted out of New York and returned to Houston with no hard feelings. That $25 million, 3-year contract may have helped to cushion his landing.




Phoenix's Jared Dudley has nothing but good wishes for this former teammate.





Mike Vick's new book "Finally Free" is available in stores, and he has been making the rounds. The Philadelphia QB was in New York to visit NBC's "Today" and stopped at Modell's in Times Square for a meet and greet. He later appeared on CNN.



At least one viewer has seen enough of those Dwight Howard trade reports.




It looks like Jared has found himself a ringer on the Subway company softball team.

From Brandon Phillips via Lockerz


The "Summer of Gronk" can be hard work. The Patriots tight end has had a busy offseason, appearing nude in ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue," fully-clothed at the ESPYS and as a co-host on "Access Hollywood Live" and in various states of dress at several other places. How does he cope?

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