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While LeBron James and his elite friend squad of fellow NBA superstars are taking to Twitter to assist in locking up their All-Star roster spots; Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons is getting some promotion from another reputable source ... the president.
Because if POTUS endorses someone you know it's real. The Pistons not only enlisted the help of President Obama to get voters' attention, but they cleverly set the hype video to the tune of Drake's hit song "Jumpman." Considering this year's NBA All-Star Game is in Toronto, this is highly sensible.
When you're averaging 18 points and 16 rebounds per game, an All-Star nod should be inevitable, but a catchy hook of "Drummond, Drummond, Drummond this boys up to something ... " can't hurt. We see what you did there, Detroit.
Kobe Bryant is in the stage of his career at which people start asking him for lists of things. He's already listed the top five players he's faced in his career, featuring such luminaries as Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
Jordan's Bulls made Kobe's list of the top five toughest teams he's faced -- but neither team LeBron James has played for did. In no particular order:
San Antonio Spurs
The Bulls, sure. The Spurs, no surprise there. The Kings, though? Remember, during Kobe's championship days, the Kings featured Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber and others. Unsurprisingly, Kobe's got a long memory.
Favorites in NBA's East?
Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.
LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...
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NBA free agency predictions?
July 1 marks the beginning of NBA free agency, and what a time it should be. LeBron James is available. So are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, James' and Bosh's fellow Big Three member Dwyane Wade and -- perhaps briefly, if he re-signs as expected -- Dirk Nowitzki. That's not to mention restricted free agents such as Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, plus trade targets like Kevin Love. What will happen when the players start moving?
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Pistons hire Stan Van Gundy
Sources have told ESPN.com that the Pistons and Stan Van Gundy have agreed on a five-year deal to make him head coach and president of basketball operations in Detroit. Van Gundy previously coached the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic. Would he be a good fit?