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D'Angelo Russell sent out a since-deleted tweet earlier this month, claiming that the talented-but-oft-injured Tracy McGrady "might have been the GOAT."

This raised eyebrows; after all, Russell's new Los Angeles Lakers teammate is Kobe Bryant -- himself an all-time great who gets labeled by some fans as the "best ever" (despite, you know, this guy).

Kobe himself responded, leading to a good-natured exchange between rookie and legend that has seemingly quashed any thoughts of bad blood.

All good in Laker Land? Well ...

This weekend the No. 2 overall pick spoke with the Los Angeles Daily News about his first offseason as a Laker, and that infamous tweet. Here's the key McGrady-related quote in a story that covers much more:

"There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans. I wasn't downgrading Kobe at all. I was just watching a highlight tape of Tracy McGrady and I got excited. I tweeted and the whole state of California went crazy."

(Insert flushed emoji here.)

Now, it's hard to deny that fans of this franchise -- winner of 16 overall titles, 11 since moving to Southern California, five in the Kobe era and at least two during the lifetimes of pretty much anyone who's reading this -- have had it just a little bit good.

But if some Lakers fans went after him for the McGrady tweet, this might not exactly endear him to those same fevered supporters.

Then again, if he lives up to the hype, we're guessing they'll forgive it all.

H/T Los Angeles Daily News and Bleacher Report

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A shark attack. It's one of the known hazards of surfing -- as Mick Fanning's encounter showed -- but that doesn't make it less scary when it happens.

Just ask Elinor Dempsey, who was surfing off the coast of Morro Bay, California, Saturday morning when -- according to The Tribune, a newspaper based in nearby San Luis Obispo -- she ran into a sizable creature in the water.

"First I thought it was a dolphin and I thought, 'What the hell is he doing?'" she told the paper. "And he kind of landed on my board. Then I realized he had taken a chunk. And I was like, 'That's not what dolphins do.'"

Courtesy The Tribune/SanLuisObispo.com

That most certainly isn't what dolphins do. Luckily that's all the shark got, and Dempsey was able to swim away unharmed. Shaken, but unharmed.

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Dempsey estimated the shark to be 7 to 8 feet long -- not a giant, but still nothing you'd want to remotely mess with. According to The Tribune, State Parks and Morro Bay Harbor Patrol posted 72-hour beach closure signs along a 7-mile stretch of coast.

So, a reminder: No matter how perfect a place seems -- and trust us, Morro Bay very much fits that description -- you've got to watch out when you're in the water.

H/T The Tribune and For The Win

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The Miami Heat, no matter what a certain star once said, do not play on South Beach.

Still, it's hard to separate the NBA franchise and the neighborhood that's just a causeway away. So, as posted to owner Micky Arison's Instagram account this week, the team is considering these vibrantly colored uniforms -- in some capacity -- which would fit right in on Collins Avenue:

That color scheme look familiar? Many have noticed its similarity to the "Miami Vice" TV show's logo, but it doesn't stop there. The Washington Post noticed that a number of Reddit users have proposed "Miami Vice" theme nights, with one creating the uni design that Arison ultimately shared.

Who knows what will come of these (this writer would offer a "Yes" vote), but it does seem Arison is feeling the "Miami Vice" nostalgia, so ...

#TBT 25 yrs since MiamiVice next year will be 10 since ur @MiamiHEAT 1st Championship @DwyaneWade @SHAQ

A photo posted by Micky Arison (@mickyarison) on

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He went too soon: Darryl Dawkins, aka Chocolate Thunder, aka Dr. Dunk, died Thursday at age 58.

His combination of personality and backboard-shattering dunks made him a player no hoops fan could forget. So it's only natural that a social media outpouring followed the news, featuring current and former Philadelphia 76ers, big-time dunkers, other stars past and present, and even those who never played in the NBA:

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Ross Dzuris is hoping to make an impact on the football field this fall. His 2015 headshot is already changing the game.

Honestly, it's a shame a helmet will be covering up this magnificent mustache:

Facial hair is all the rage, so ingenious guys like Dzuris have stepped up their game -- some would say to the extreme -- to distance themselves from the rest of the bearded pack. We're not sure how Dzuris will play this season, but his mustache game is sure to put the field to shame.

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