David Lee is a popular figure in the Bay Area.

He didn't play the biggest role in the Golden State Warriors' 2014-15 title run. But after his arrival in 2010, the forward was hugely important in restoring respectability to the moribund franchise. And hey, according to Steve Kerr he paid for the team's post-championship trip to Las Vegas.

So is it any wonder that, after news broke of his trade to the Boston Celtics, Lee was met with much love from teammates, including this heartwarming tweet from Stephen Curry? Wait a second, is Steph trolling the 32-year-old?

Yes, Curry included video of him blocking the 6-foot-9 forward when the latter was a member of the New York Knicks. The title of the video on YouTube? "Stephen Curry blocks David Lee and David Lee cries about it"!


That is ... fantastic. You know what they say: A lighthearted trolling is the sign of a strong friendship.

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One of the biggest advantages to being the child of a famous athlete is that your mother or father is probably better qualified to teach you the game than almost everyone else on the planet. 13-year-old Jaxon Williams, the son of Jason "White Chocolate" Williams is a pretty good example of that, if this mixtape is any indication:

Considering how well young Jaxon's dad can still move at age 39, I wouldn't be surprised to see Jaxon in the NBA when he's older.

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Nick Kyrgios, the 20-year-old controversy-courting Australian, had quite an interesting match Monday at Wimbledon.

Facing Richard Gasquet in an eventual 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (8-6) win for the Frenchman, Kyrgios received a code violation for swearing in the second set ... then proceeded to do the following:


Kyrgios went on to vehemently deny that he intentionally tanked the game, telling reporters, "Of course I tried."

That was just part of a heated exchange with journalists. As laid out by Sky Sports:

A reporter asked: "You didn't return the serves. It looked like you weren't trying, which is very unusual at Wimbledon."

Kyrgios: "Do you want to try to return Richard Gasquet's serve? I'll give you the racket and we'll see how many times you can return his serve."

Reporter: "You're a professional player -- I'm not."

Kyrgios: "He served too good."

Reporter: "You didn't even try to return it. You walked away from it. Can I get a proper explanation as to why you didn't return the serves? Not just a sort of mumbled ... one word."

Kyrgios: "How many aces did he hit that game? One? That game, did he hit one ace? Did he hit one ace?"

Reporter: "Is that an explanation? This is ridiculous."

Kyrgios could be fined $20,000 for the action.

It also wasn't Kyrgios' only odd behavior during the match. He also hugged a ball boy, because (via Sky): "I just felt like a hug, I guess. Everyone now and then wants a hug. It hurts. I expected more out of myself. I feel like I've let people down."

You can see the hug at the 15-second mark here:


Finally, Kyrgios completed the odd trifecta by celebrating what looked like a winner ... only to have Gasquet return the shot and take the point.


Kyrgios is just 20, however, and received some advice from a once-fiery but now-maturing Andy Murray.

Said the Scot, who has mentored Kyrgios: "I'm sure, in the next few years, he'll start to maybe calm down a bit on the court and learn to use his emotions more positively, more often. Because when he uses his energy the right way, he plays some unbelievable tennis."


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Folks at the country club better think twice before pulling the old Hack-A-Shaq. It appears retirement has worked wonders for Shaquille O'Neal's free throw shooting -- at least on the golf course.

Shaq's free throw percentage is improving.

Posted by PGA TOUR on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Big Diesel sank about a 10-footer into that tiny cup with ease and busted into celebration before blessing us with this mic-dropper: "I get 'em when I need 'em, baby!"

After yesterday's Shaqtin' a fool moment on the greens, O'Neal acquitted himself quite well with his shooting stroke.

(H/T PGA Tour/Facebook)

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Cup finals often can be dramatic, but instead the U.S. put on an absolute show in their Women's World Cup-clinching victory over Japan. They scored within three minutes, added a second goal two minutes later, and had an incredible four within the first 16 minutes of action. The final was 5-2.

Noted soccer fan Kobe Bryant had a fun time live-tweeting the first half, going from excited to impressed to downright blown away as Carli Lloyd scored three of America's four goals -- including one, the USA's fourth, from the halfway line:

The Los Angeles Lakers star was far from alone. Other NBAers were into it:

Fellow U.S. footballers appeared to enjoy it:

Athletes who play(ed) the "other" football also couldn't get enough:

Some baseball stars:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was among a few NASCAR drivers who got a chance to see the action as rain delayed the start of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona:

A golfer who knows a thing or two about breaking records enjoyed it:

And of course, celebrities and politicians made their feelings heard:


A photo posted by Beyonc (@beyonce) on

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