Amare Stoudemire apologizes for using gay slur on twitter

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I don’t think agents and team officials can remind players of this enough — if you say it on twitter it is like saying it to a reporter. Even if you send a direct message to a fan.

Amare Stoudemire forgot this for a second and sent a fan a gay slur on twitter, something he apologized for later.

It started when a twitter follower of Stoudemire’s, @BFerrelli, tweeted that Stoudemire needed to “make up for this past season.”

Stoudemire sent him a direct message (meaning it was sent directly to @BFerrelli only, it was not public) using a gay slur and an expletive. Then @BFerrelli took a screen shot of that DM and tweeted it out.

The next day Stoudemire sent another DM saying “I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No Excuses. Won’t happen again.”

Three quick thoughts here. First, again, if you put it on twitter you might as well be saying it to a reporter. Remember that, NBA athletes.

Second, the casual use of said gay slur both in NBA locker rooms and the public in general is something that we as a society need to change. The NBA has run public service announcements (featuring Grant Hill and Jared Dudley) denouncing use of gay as a derogatory word, but this is a really a bigger issue. It would be nice if athletes were leaders on this one.

Third, it’s sad that Stoudemire got that tweet in the first place because most Knicks fans are smarter than that. You bring in Stoudemire, one-half of the best pick-and-roll combo in the game, then really never give him a decent point guard to play off of (not for any extended period). Then Carmelo Anthony comes in and he only hustles if the offense runs through him, so everything has to change and Stoudemire is marginalized. The Knicks always did a poor job of giving Mike D’Antoni the tools to run his system well, plus D’Antoni made the mistake of thinking players would be professional and hustle even if he didn’t get in their face and call them out.

It’s a different team now, and you can’t expect Stoudemire to have to really work to find a place in the offense. But get off his back — you had to give him that contract to get anyone else to come there. Remember LeBron James turned you down. You needed a star, you got Stoudemire and he helped turn the fortunes around. You don’t get ‘Melo without him. But sure, go ahead and blame Stoudemire. That’s smart.

Watch James Harden do the #DriveByDunkChallenge from a speed boat (VIDEO)

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The #DriveByDunkChallenge has been a fun distraction this summer. If you don’t know what it is, it essentially involves NBA players jumping out of their cars to dunk on regular folks on community basketball hoops.

Players like Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown have led the charge in the social media video fad, and now it appears that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is setting a new trend.

That trend? Doing the #DriveByDunkChallenge from dang boat.

Yup, seriously.

Via Twitter:

I can’t think of anything more baller than dunking on somebody from a speed boat, so congrats to Harden for winning the NBA offseason.

Photoshop no more: here’s Gordon Hayward in a Boston Celtics uniform (PHOTO)

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I suppose it will take some time to get used to seeing Gordon Hayward in a Boston Celtics jersey. This photo is the first step on that journey.

In a photo posted to Hayward’s Instagram on Wednesday, many of us got our first look at the former Utah Jazz forward in his new digs.

Specifically, the new Celtics Nike jersey in green with the GE patch on the left shoulder.

Via Instagram:

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There are still some serious doubts about whether the Celtics will be able to unseat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, but perhaps they won’t need to wait for long. Rumors are starting to trickle in about LeBron James leaving Ohio, so maybe by the time we are used to seeing Hayward in Celtics green next season they will have less competition out east.

Dikembe Mutombo says he is putting together a group to buy the Rockets

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It appears as though Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin will have some competition if he decides to bid for the Rockets. Namely, former NBA big man Dikembe Mutombo.

Mutombo played in the NBA from 1991-2009, ending his career with five seasons in Houston. The franchise apparently made an impact on the Hall of Fame center, as he is apparently looking to buy the franchise per an interview with USA Today.

Speaking with Adi Joseph over at FTW, Mutombo would not give out names of his partners but said that he will be able to make a bid in the coming weeks.

Via FTW:

“I’m putting together a group to buy the Houston Rockets, and we’re getting close,” he said. “Getting close in the next couple weeks, maybe I’ll have a chance. Lot of people, lot of people and good people with a lot of money.”

With Leslie Alexander’s decision to sell the team, it certainly would be interesting to get another NBA player as part of team ownership in this league.

Watch the 10 best 360 plays from last season (video)

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The NBA’s top-10 highlight packages have been pretty enjoyable. This one is oddly specific – but still dizzyingly fun.