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Charlotte Ready To Kick Off All-Star Weekend

(Charlotte, NC) – It’s that time again.  For fans, it’s the opportunity to get a close but fun look at the NBA’s brightest stars but for players it’s a much needed break capping the first half of the regular season. Either way you slice it, All-Star weekend begins today.
The weekend kicks off with the Rising Star’s game where the U.S. will play the World tonight.  Tomorrow fans can enjoy the Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests along with the Skills Challenge.  The grand finale will go down on Sunday.  LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been tapped to lead the West and the East respectively.
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All-Star will have special meaning for one superstar though.  Steph Curry is returning to his old stomping grounds.  He grew up in Charlotte.  His dad played for the Hornets and he also played for Davidson College.
Steph says, “I’m going to do whatever I can to highlight, like showcase the city,” Curry said. “And celebrate it for what it meant to me and my journey. Our family and my dad, in terms of where he is in all the record books of Charlotte – Kemba Walker just passed him I think for all-time scoring – but he has other records that talks about his longevity there.”

Below is a schedule of events for NBA All-Star 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Friday, Feb. 15

All times Eastern (ET)

9:30 a.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Practice & Media Day
11:00 a.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Practice | NBA TV
5 p.m. | Hall of Fame Announcement | NBA TV
7 p.m. | NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles | ESPN
9 p.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars | TNT

Saturday, Feb. 16

All times Eastern (ET)

9:30 a.m. | NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T | NBA TV

  •   9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. All-Star Saturday Night Participant Media Availability
  •   10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Team Giannis Media Availability
  •   10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Team LeBron Media Availability
  •   12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Team Giannis Practice
  •   1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Team LeBron Practice

7 p.m. | Commissioner Adam Silver media availability | NBA TV
8 p.m. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | TNT

Sunday, Feb. 17

All times Eastern (ET)

3 p.m. | NBA Legends Brunch | NBA TV coverage begins at 3 ET
8 p.m. 68th NBA All-Star Game | TNT coverage begins at 7 ET (also available on TBS)

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Hawks Shut Down Lakers Defense, Beat L.A. 117 – 113

(Atlanta, GA) – It looks like a few days off was all the Hawks needed to get their chemistry back together and their energy back up.  Coach Lloyd Pierce said he might have to give them a few more days off if that’s what it takes to get them to play the way they did against the Lakers.
Granted LeBron James and his purple and gold squad are still trying to marry a mix of players that will put them in good standing for a playoff run but as of right now it doesn’t look like anyone is interested in advancing post regular season.
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A Lonzo Ball-less Lakers couldn’t find their way out of trouble against the Hawks, even with Lebron dishing up his usual triple double with 28 pts 16 ast and 11 rbs. The defense collapsed early allowing the Hawks to go 10-17 from the arc in the 1st quarter alone and L.A. gave up 100 pts in just 3 qtrs.
For the Hawks, they had 6 players in double digits including veteran Vince Carter who was also responsible for a couple of those 3s in the 1st quarter. Led by Trae Young, who had 22 pts and 14 asts, the Hawks were able to break-down the Lakers’ defense early and unlike past outings was able to hold onto a 5pt lead going into the 4th quarter which saw both teams struggle.
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For the Lakers, the loss was their fourth out five forcing them under .500 at 28-29. The Hawks are 19-38.  They’ll host the Knicks tomorrow night while the Lakers are off until after the All-Star break.

Brady And Belichick Grab 6th Super Bowl Win

(Atlanta, GA) – Super Bowl 53 was underwhelming if you were looking for a high scoring game.  If you were focusing on defense, you were pleased.  Either way you play it, a win is a win and you won’t hear any complaints from Tom Brady or Bill Belichick after the Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3 giving the duo their 6th Super Bowl win which now ties the Steelers for the most. N

usatsi_12105706_1Brady 21/35 for 262 yards and no TDs while Jared Goff 19/38 for 229 yards and no TDs.  At halftime, the score was 3-0 Patriots.   The only TD would come from a short drive by Sony Michel set up by a catch from Rob Gronkowski.

USP NFL: SUPER BOWL LIII-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS L S FBN USA GAIt’s the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history. And some are saying it was the most boring as well.  The same sentiments were shared for the halftime show as well leaving the commercials standing alone in the he Super Bowl 53 highlight mentions.

Another highlight, New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman grabbed MVP honors catching 10 passes for 141 yards.  He’s now one of seven receivers to win Super Bowl MVP.

Pats Send 7th Grade Female QB To Super Bowl

(Foxborough, Mass) – Dejah Rondeau is in for a treat. The seventh grade female QB is getting the dream of a lifetime courtesy of the New England Patriots. She’s going to Super Bowl LIII!
Dejah, who learned she was headed to the big game while playing catch with her favorite player, Julian Edelman, (who she wears #11 in honor of) says she never in a million years thought that she would go to a Super Bowl and that she was Super Happy.

The good news comes after the Exeter, New Hampshire pre-teen was having a difficult time with her peers who were bullying her for playing quarterback on a youth football team.
After hearing about the trouble, the Pats invited Dejah to Foxborough to meet Julian Edelman and team owner Robert Kraft. It was during that visit that Edelman surprised her with a pair of tickets to Super Bowl 53.
No word yet on who Dejah plans to take to the game with her but it will more than likely be her dad. Dejah is one of 3 girls playing youth football in her town.

 

It’s Super Bowl LIII And That No Call That Cost The Saints A Trip To The Big Game Is Still Fresh On Reggie Bush’s Mind

(Atlanta, GA) – We’re four days away from Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta Georgia and people are still waiting to see what the NFL and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are going to do about the double penalty that cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the big game.  Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman says he will pay the fine for the helmet to helmet hit he put on Saints’ WR Tommylee lewis, but that’s hardly what Saints fans and former players want to hear.

If Robey-Coleman has been fined, then clearly a penalty should’ve been in place.  Granted the refs have admitted that they missed both calls, helmet-to-helmet and pass interference, but there’s been no reversal of the no-call and the Saints are still in New Orleans while the Rams prepare to take on the Patriots Sunday for Super Bowl 53.

Former NFL baller and NFL Network Analyst Reggie Bush says neither one of those refs deserve to be working in the NFL and that he’s anxious to see what Roger Goodell is going to do.

 

Hawks’ Fans Leave Happy Despite Loss To Celtics And Here’s Why…

(Atlanta, GA) – State Farm Arena was pretty packed last night when the Hawks hosted the Celtics and no it wasn’t just  because LeBron James’ old running mate Kyrie Irving was in the building or beloved former Atlanta star Al Horford or the fact that popular actress Taraji P. Henson and uber successful producer Will Packer  were courtside.  No….I believe it has everything to do with how this Atlanta Hawks team is finally starting to mesh.
They shocked the league when they blew out OKC 142-126. A win that highlighted the dynamic between a rookie and a second year player. You can’t deny the magic between John Collins and Trae Young and coming into this matchup against Boston, Hawks’ fans were anxious to see more of the same.  The effort and the growth is essentially what will ultimately define this young team this season. And boy did they come out swinging.
The Hawks needed to handle four core areas against the Celtics.  Somehow contain Kyrie or go head to head with him, watch the turnovers, use that speed that has them pushing it faster than any other team in the NBA right now and take advantage of Trae Young around the perimeter where he’s currently shooting 42%. It’s doesn’t hurt to swing that thing around to Kevin Heurter either. The boy can shoot.
Granted Gordon Hayward was out but so was Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince still isn’t 100 percent. Speaking of Prince, I know the general rule of thumb is to shoot yourself out of a slump.  But when that shot isn’t falling, pass it off. In the first half, he was 2 for 8 from the field, 0 for 5 at the 3pt line. It’s okay to find other ways to create plays and produce.
The Hawks were ahead  60-67 at the half and at times led by as much as 12.  A 3rd qtr altercation, in which Marcus Smart lost his mind and charged at Deandre’ Bembry swinging at whoever is in front of him (a ref in this case) and being so out of control that it caused a senior member of the Celtics security team to fall to the ground, looked to derail Boston. But, by the 4th quarter the Celtics would find their fire and not only tie the score but pull away from the Hawks.
Kyrie Irving was stellar as usual leading all scorers with 32. But despite the 113-106 defeat, the Hawks continued to show just how diverse and promising this team is.  Compromised of power, speed, accuracy and flash, swag or drip depending on how old you are….the Hawks looked liked a team that’s learning each other’s strengths and deepening its chemistry.  John Collins is a beast around the rim, Jeremy Lin is like a secret assassin who can kill you at the arch or flip a behind the back pass just when you think he’s going to go for the short jumper. Trae Young is shooting 42% from the perimeter right now…that’s not just good..that’s elite. And we haven’t even gone into the skill sets that Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Deandre’ Bembry bring.  Simply put, the ingredients are there.  Thee Hawks just need to perfect the recipe.
Up next, the Hawks will host the Magic on MLK day while the Celtics welcome the Heat.

Donald Trumps Serves Up Fast Food To Clemson

(Washington, DC) – Donald Trump was once again the butt of jokes after he served College Football Champions the Clemson Tigers McDonalds when they visited the White House.
Trump Welcomed the Tigers with a spread but not of anything you think.  Kitchen workers were furloughed, so Trump paid for the meal himself which included big macs, fish sandwiches, Wendy’s, Burger King and pizza.  He couldn’t hire a chef to come in and whip up something good? The only healthy dish on the table was the salad.
The championship is Clemson’s second national title in three seasons.  They became the first team in college football history to finish 15-and-0.

Maroon 5 To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Show With Travis Scott And Big Boi

(Atlanta, GA) –  After a struggle to solidify a lineup for the halftime show for this year’s Super Bowl, it looks like posters can now be printed as a few acts have signed on to be this year’s entertainment for Super Bowl 53.
Many performers stayed away from the offer as fallout continues over the treatment of Colin Kaepernick.  But, now it has been confirmed that Maroon 5 will take center stage at the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII.
The NFL made the announcement today that the three-time Grammy Award-winning rock group will in fact headline the show at  Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3rd.  Other artists joining Maroon 5 are Atlanta native and half of hip-hop super group Outkast, Big Boi and Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott.