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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who recently finished his sophomore season at Arizona, is considered one of the best athletes -- if not the best athlete -- in the 2015 NBA draft. His dunk on 7-foot-6 UC Irvine big man Mamadou N'Diaye was one of the slams of the year.
At the recent NBA draft combine in Chicago, RHJ was asked whom he wants to posterize once he gets to the Association. His answer, per The Oklahoman:
"I don't know if I should say this because he might be, like, looking for me if I come down the paint. But I know Serge Ibaka is a big blocked-shot dude. So if I can get him, I'm good."
Hollis-Jefferson also, according to the report, turned to the camera and (jokingly) said: "Serge, I'm coming for you, baby," before acknowledging, "He's a tremendous athlete or whatever, so it'll just be good if I can get one on him."
Well, the Oklahoma City big man heard the call:
Lol I will be waiting for you young fella! Good luck in the draft! https://t.co/wZehxXL2Ca— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka9) May 18, 2015
We have beef! OK, we don't have beef.
Also, there's the outside chance that -- with Hollis-Jefferson ranked No. 22 in Chad Ford's Top 100 and the Thunder likely to select 14th overall -- they will be teammates.
@sergeibaka9 thanks man really appreciate it !!! See you soon = (Game Face)— R.HollisJefferson (@RondaeHJ23) May 18, 2015
That would make practices interesting ...
H/T The Oklahoman
Before the playoffs -- and before his Dallas Mavericks took on the Houston Rockets in the first round -- owner Mark Cuban had some very pointed words for his rivals to the south.
Cuban's exact comments, in an interview with Grantland:
"There's no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they're gonna do. ... But James Harden is so good. That's what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you're good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that's not a very good team over there."
That's not exactly trashing Houston, but it certainly wasn't glowing praise. So, when the Rockets finished off the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals -- a series after Houston dismissed Dallas in five -- Cuban took to Twitter to eat some figurative crow:
Congrats to the Rockets. Gotta admit I was wrong. A lot.of guys stepped up. Congrats @dmorey— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 17, 2015
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appreciated the message.
@mcuban thank you Mark, as you know we have a long way to go because you have done it— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 18, 2015
Morey isn't wrong; the Golden State Warriors will be heavily favored in the next round.
After trailing 2-1 in the series, you could say the Cleveland Cavaliers turned things around against the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James & Co. won three straight, including the clincher: Thursday night's emphatic 94-73 victory in Chicago.
Then someone had a little fun on Wikipedia (to you we-love-LeBron-so-much truthers, we promise it wasn't us):
LeBron James, owner of the Bulls. And while Jerry Reinsdorf (the real owner) isn't going to hand his franchise over anytime soon, we see why this Wikipedia jokester did what he or she did: A James team has eliminated the Bulls from four of the past six postseasons, while the Bulls have never done the same to James.
So yes, in web parlance, they've definitely being "owned."
(The page has since been changed back, by the way.)
Americans' respect, reverence, love and outright worship of Michael Jordan might never end.
The latest evidence: In a recent survey of 1,471 registered voters conducted from May 7 to May 10, Public Policy Polling found that not only do 77 percent of people find Jordan to be the greatest NBA player of all time, but 34 percent said MJ would beat LeBron James one-on-one ... right now. Only 54 percent said LeBron would win the matchup.
Reminder: Jordan is 52, and retired from basketball 12 years ago after posting decent but very un-MJ-like stats (19.3 player efficiency rating and a pedestrian 6.2 win shares). James is 30, just finished third in NBA MVP voting, posted a 25.9 PER and 10.4 win shares, and scored 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a playoff game.
Now, these being registered voters and therefore 18 and older, it's possible that their age and memories of vintage Jordan are influencing their opinion.
It's also possible that you agree with their assertion -- that MJ was just so good as to be unbeatable.
We don't agree; while we're on board with Jordan being the clear No. 1 all-time, today this matchup wouldn't even be close.
Chris Bosh appeared in the TNT studio during Tuesday night's NBA games, sitting in Shaquille O'Neal's chair.
Then, at halftime of the Chicago Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers' game, Shaq sent out a tweet that can only be described as "peak Shaq."
@chrisbosh if u fart in my seat I will be notified by my fart sensor I will receive a bosh farted text, don't do it— SHAQ (@SHAQ) May 13, 2015
Oh, Chris Bosh responded:
@SHAQ don't worry. I only had 1 burrito for lunch. I should be good— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) May 13, 2015
NBA stars are 10 years old.