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On The Shop: Lonzo Ball Opens Up About Family Friend Betrayal And Everyone’s Shocked About Magic Johnson’s Exit

(Los Angeles, CA) – LeBron James is bringing some real barber shop talk on his HBO show’ The Shop’.  Most recently he had Lakers’ PG Lonzo Ball on.  Ball has been mostly quiet about the inner turmoil his family’s business is currently going through.
Longtime family friend and business associate Alan Foster is accused of stealing close to $2 million dollars from the Big Baller Brand and Lonzo Ball, something Lonzo says hurt him to the core. What’s even more disturbing is Lonzo’s mother Tina always managed the money but after she had a stroke, Foster stepped up to take care of the family finances.
Ball said covering up the triple Bs on his arm is part of the healing process.  He says every time he looked at it he thought of Foster.
Also on ‘The Shop’, LeBron James like most of us said he was stunned by Magic Johnson’s resignation from the Lakers last month. James made his first public comments about Johnson surprisingly stepping down as president of basketball operations and said he was given no warning or heads-up on the decision.
Other reports say Magic resigned after being mistakenly CCd on an email that discuss his performance in a negative way.
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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)

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.

Brawl Breaks Out During LeBron James’ First Home Game As A Laker

(Los Angeles, CA) – Not the kind of debut that he wanted, I’m sure.  But, you can’t control other people’s actions. Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram are probably wishing they had a better grip on their emotions though as the three found themselves ejected, fined and most likely suspended following a wild brawl that broke out during LeBron James’ home court debut as a Laker.
It was late in the 4th quarter, Rockets up by 1 (109-108)  when James Harden was driving to the basket and gets fouled by Brandon Ingram.  While Paul, Harden and others pleaded with the officials to count the basket, Ingram gave Harden a hard shove. Carmelo Anthony steps in to help deescalate the situation while Brandon Ingram continues his rage and gets in the face of a referee.
At that point, his teammate Lance Stephenson gathers Ingram and forces him away from the incident. Meanwhile, Chris Paul is continuing his debate with a ref and you casually see Rajon Rondo make his way over to Paul and seemingly confronts him.
Now, here’s where things get sketchy.  From our angle it looks as if Paul and Rondo exchange words and Paul strategically uses one or two fingers to make contact with Rondo’s face and pushes him out of his personal space. His reasoning behind the mush, Chris says Rajon spit in his face.  Which is flat out the most disgusting, demeaning and disrespectful act any human could do to another. It’s nasty.  And you will likely find yourself in a subsequent altercation, if you do it. Punches are thrown between the two (in front of Floyd Mayweather who I’m sure got a kick out of it courtside) and Brandon Ingram reinserts himself in the drama with a sneak punch from behind.
End result….Paul, Rondo and Ingram are ejected.
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Photos By Marcio Sanchez
Back to the game, MVP James Harden, who had 23 at the half, continued his domination grabbing 36 on the game and leading the Rockets to victory.  Paul had 28. The Rockets had 4 players in double digits while the Lakers led by James with 24 had 7.
Rajon Rondo was en route to a triple double (13p-10r-7a) when he was thrown out of the game. Chris Paul was en route to a triple double as well adding 10 assists and 7 rebounds to his 28 points when he was booted. Final score, Rockets 124-115.
Post game: When asked how he felt the fight affected the team for the remainder of the game? LeBron James said, “We were right there. It was one point game and um…we had opportunities to win the game.”
One one game suspension is probable for all three, but it could be more.

Michael Jordan And Melania Trump Defend LeBron James After Trump’s Twitter Attack

(SL) – Donald Trump’s latest target on Twitter is LeBron James. After the basketball superstar’s recent interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon,Trump tweeted late Friday night that James was interviewed ”by the dumbest man on television,” but that he ”made Lebron look smart,which isn’t easy to do.” The president also tweeted “I like Mike!” – suggesting that he sides with Michael Jordan in the argument over whether he or James is the greatest NBA player ever.

Among the athletes who have jumped to defend James is Jordan himself, telling The Associated Press ”I support LeBron James.He’s doing an amazing job for his community.” LeBron also received support from an unlikely defender…Trump’s wife Melania.  She praised LeBron for what he’s doing and even offered to visit his new ‘I Promise’ school.  Some of Trump’s supporters even lashed out at 45 saying this was a new low. Trump stayed away from the subject while he was campaigning in Ohio.

Warriors, Cavs Stars Say They’re Not Going To White House

(CLEVELAND, Ohio) (AP) – Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.

On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl – a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump and had the White House accusing player who weren’t planning on attending of abandoning their fans – Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles.

”I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cleveland star, said Tuesday of Trump’s decision to cancel. ”I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”

On the eve of Game 3 of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, politics dominated the conversation.

Curry raised Trump’s ire last year when he said he wouldn’t go to the White House, prompting the President to disinvite him and the champion Golden State Warriors.

Curry said Tuesday that he spoke with a current Eagles player about the team’s decision-making process and how it went deeper than disagreeing with Trump policies and the ongoing issue of some NFL players choosing not to stand for the pregame playing of ”The
Star-Spangled Banner.”

”It’s an important conversation, but you can’t control what other people try to do, or try to control the narrative or things like that,” Curry said.

2016 NBA Finals - Game SixCurry said the team has been on the same page after his comments last year and Trump’s subsequent revoking of the Warriors’ invitation. ”And every team that’s won a championship since then has gone through that.”

There has been clear tension between many star athletes and the current administration throughout the Trump presidency. Trump has often blasted the NFL players who have kneeled for the national anthem, a protest that started in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so to raise awareness of racism – more specifically, the killing of black men by police.

Trump said the Eagles’ event was called off because some of their players ”disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our
country.”

No Eagles players kneeled during the anthem last season.”Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military,” the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement posted to social media
Tuesday .LynxThe WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx were not invited to the White House to celebrate their most recent title, something James called ”laughable.” Instead, the Lynx will spend Wednesday giving away new sneakers to more than 300 needy kids in Washington. Villanova, the reigning NCAA men’s champion, has not revealed if an invitation was sent.

Many members of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed earlier this year in South Korea did not attend a White House reception.

Hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball’s Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams. When the New England Patriots went last year, half the team chose not to attend.

The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away.

”I think the President has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who has often criticized Trump and his policies. ”So it’s just the way it is. I think we all look
forward to the day when we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement and celebrate Americans for their achievement, their good deeds.”

Kerr also lauded the Eagles for being what he called ”fantastic citizens in their own community.”

”It will be nice when we can just get back to normal in three years,” Kerr said.

The overwhelming issue surrounding the Eagles’ planned visit was that most of the team was not going to attend, and that was a major factor in Trump deciding to pull the invitation.

”What else do you expect Trump to do?” Golden State’s Kevin Durant said. ”When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them. So the photo op don’t look bad. We get it at this point. But it’s good that guys are sticking to what
they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”

Saban: The show Will Go On Despite LeBron James Complaint

(Tuscaloosa, AL) – Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.And James isn’t backing down, either.On Monday, a representative for James sent a letter on his behalf to Alabama, claiming the Crimson Tide’s ”Shop Talk” trailer uses”ideas, concepts and format” from a program on the digital media platform the Cavaliers’ superstar co-founded.Last year, James’ ”Uninterrupted” aired ”The Shop,” where the three-time NBA champion, Golden State forward Draymond Green and others talk in a barber shop.5ac24438f1316548008b470c-750-417Saban said he didn’t know about James’ show, and contends the concept isn’t new.”I think LeBron James is a great player,” Saban said. ‘‘There’s been at least 20 barbershop-type things I’ve seen. I didn’t even know he had one. I’m sorry anybody could be offended by something we were just trying to have fun with. I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”Alabama released a trailer on Twitter for ”Shop Talk” showing Saban and NFL receiver Julio Jones in a barber shop setting.”Uninterrupted” sent a letter to Alabama, citing concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property.

Following Tuesday’s win over Toronto in Cleveland, James was told about Saban’s stance.”That’s exactly what I would think he would say,” James said. ”I built ”Uninterrupted” for a reason and for us athletes to have a platform to be able to speak about whatever we want to talk about.I respect him as a coach, but I’ll be damned if I’ll allow someone to use our platform or try to do the same thing we’re doing and just think it’s OK.”The lawyers will figure it out.”

Ingraham’s Insult To King James Prompts Question.. How Many Kids Have You Put Through School, Laura?

(SL) – Laura Ingraham stirred the pot when she suggested that LeBron James should just shut up and dribble.

LeBron was featured in a video saying that the President of the United states should be someone we lookup to, can trust and someone who protects us. In the video, James said that Trump doesn’t “give a f— about the people.”

Somewhere throughout the dialogue, if she even watched it, Ingraham (a Trump supporter) missed the point.

The Fox News host on Thursday verbally attacked James and Kevin Durant over the video released from his multimedia platform Uninterrupted calling the comments “ignorant.”

“Must they run their mouths like that? Unfortunately, a lot of kids and some adults take these ignorant comments seriously,” Ingraham responded Thursday on her show, “The Ingraham Angle. You’re great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself, or, as someone once said, ‘shut up and dribble,’ ” she added.

Durant and James both responded in separate statements Friday, sayingthey would not stop talking about political issues important to them and accusing the Fox host of racism.

“To me, it was racist,” Durant responded at a press conference. “Ignorance is something I try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think – or even louder.”

James tweeted a link to Durant’s comments, adding the hashtag “#wewillnotshutupanddribble.”

Ingraham is now saying that her comments weren’t racist because she wrote a book called Shut up and Sing. She’s also invited LeBron to come on her show. I doubt he will accept the invite, but that’s probably something she should have done before she insulted his ability to speak on politics because as she put it, he left high school early and has made millions of dollars dribbling a basketball.

  1. LeBron didn’t leave High School Early
  2. Yes, he is a phenom who has been paid handsomely as an athlete of his caliber should
  3.  Most importantly with his status as one of the greatest players of all time, he has added to the economy and local businesses in Cleveland and any other city he spends time in.
  4. Even more important than #3. LeBron James’ foundation has pledged $41 Million dollars towards putting kids through college. That equates to about 1100-1500 full ride scholarships. He’s also opening a school in Akron for at risk youth.

So that leaves most of asking…Laura can you match King James’ effort?

The Latest: Nash, Kidd Headline Finalists For 2018 HOF Class

(Los Angeles, CA) –  10:40 a.m. Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among the 13 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, with the finalists announced Saturday morning as part of the NBA All-Star weekend.

Charles ”Lefty” Driesell, Rudy Tomjonavich and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey made the final ballot as coaches. Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and longtime NBA official Hugh Evans are also finalists.

The 1953-58 Wayland Baptist University teams that won 131 consecutive games and four AAU national championships is the loneteam finalist.

Finalists must receive 18 votes from the 24-member honors committee to be enshrined.

The entire class will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in SanAntonio.

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The NBA’s best players have arrived in Hollywood for a star-studded All-Star weekend.

None of those stars currently play for the hometown Lakers or Clippers, and that dearth will be discussed when basketball’s best get together Saturday for practice.

LeBron James is likely to be asked plenty of media questions about his interest in joining the Lakers, who have cleared salary cap space for two superstars this summer.

Paul George, the Oklahoma City All-Star, is from nearby Palmdale, California. He has a well-known love for the Lakers.

The All-Star game also has a big new wrinkle this season: Captains Stephen Curry and James picked their own teams. That draft wasn’t televised, and some stars could have a few good-natured questions about the process. A few hours later Klay Thompson gets warmed up for the three-point competition and Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell
sets his sights on the dunk contest.

NBA players Step Toward Equality In Limited Edition Sneakers

(Washington, DC) –  When LeBron James stepped on the court wearing mismatched sneakers in the nation’s capital, it wasn’t a fashion statement by the NBA’s most popular athlete. The message was clearly emblazed in gold on the back of his kicks, one white and one black: Equality. Sneaker enthusiasts around the world eagerly await NBA All-Star weekend when new and limited editions of the latest shoes make their debut, but the month leading up to the highly anticipated shoepalooza is often used to make a social statement.5a82a5ab05872.imageStarting with Martin Luther King Day and coinciding with Black History Month, players and companies honor the past and create dialogue about the future through footwear.

”I just think it’s more of a paying homage to people that paved the way before me,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. ”It’s much more than just shoes. It’s more so of a memorial more than anything.”

Nike, which started building Black History Month campaigns in 2005, has created an entire theme around equality. Kyrie Irving’s fourth signature shoe has the word repeated over and over in black over a white body with a red and green outsole. There
are multiple Air Force 1 models with ”equality” on the body, and the Jordan line has been involved from a fly knit Air Jordan 1 to player-only editions of the Air Jordan 32.BlogIMG_5188 copyJonathan Johnson-Griffin, the global senior creative director of Nike Basketball and Olympics, says they also wanted to celebrate the Pan-African flag, leading to a red, black and green motif featured on several models that didn’t specifically include the
word ”equality.” He believes the messages are especially pertinent during divisive times epitomized by the violent demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

”Equality is the north star that we want to celebrate in sport,” Johnson-Griffin said. ”We feel like people feel a lot more equalized in sport than sometimes they do outside of sport. We want to celebrate the many chapters of that idea and many different dimensions of how we can celebrate equality. And BHM is a really iconic one.7dd9face5ea1444715e01452873f0ae4‘When you see LeBron making a statement around equality, that’s a big invitation to everyone to come celebrate who they are.” Nike isn’t the only apparel company celebrating Black History Month. Last year, Adidas honored Arthur Ashe on the James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose models. A 2018 collection wasn’t created, but Lillard’s ”Dame 4” has an edition that honors the Harlem Renaissance with nods to the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom.

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