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Grizzlies reporter asks clueless fans about Zach Randolph’s dunk-contest chances in hilarious video

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Zach Randolph has already dunked twice as much this season as he did all of last season.

But going from one to two didn’t put the ground-bound Grizzlies big man into the dunk contest.

That didn’t stop Alexis Morgan of Grizzlies.com from asking fans in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend about Randolph’s chances in tonight’s signature event:

Mark Cuban wore No. 46 in celebrity game ‘to tweak the s— out of everybody’

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17:  Marc Lasry and Mark Cuban face off during the 2017 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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Donald Trump, America’s 45th president, said Mark Cuban isn’t smart enough to run for president.

So, the Mavericks owner wore No. 46 in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Cuban, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

He later said with a smile that the number choice was “to tweak the s— out of everybody.

“It was just to f— with everybody, because that is what I do,” he said. “You’ve got to have fun with it. You can’t take it too seriously. So, we’ll see.”

Cuban is a troll. In this case, he’s a funny troll.

Carmelo Anthony on All-Star selection: ‘It was a downer’

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) walks off the court after the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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NEW ORLEANS — Just three days ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Carmelo Anthony as Kevin Love All-Star injury replacement.

“It was a downer,” Anthony said. “I had to cancel my trip. No refunds.”

The Knicks star said he planned to vacation in Cuba and Puerto Rico over the break. Instead, he had to make travel arrangements to New Orleans as other non-All-Star players not selected made him “jealous” with pictures from their vacation pictures.

“I had to shut my phone off,” Anthony said.

This will be Anthony’s 10th All-Star appearance, whether he likes it or not.

“It’s a good thing,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to seem like I’m not happy about it.”

 

NBA confirms: Marcus Smart fouled Jimmy Butler

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Marcus Smart was called for fouling Jimmy Butler, who sank a pair of free throws in the final second to give the Bulls a 104-103 win over the Celtics on Thursday.

“He got a piece of the elbow,” Butler said.

Said Boston guard Isaiah Thomas: A bad call cost us the game.

The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report ruled on the contentious call, backing the refs’ assessment of a foul:

Smart (BOS) makes contact with Butler’s (CHI) arm that affects his jump shot attempt. Any contact to a shooter’s hand, arm, or wrist prior to the release of the shot is considered a foul

This is correct. It wasn’t the most egregious foul, but Smart touched Thomas’ arm. That’s a foul.

The league’s ruling won’t change the Celtics’ objections. They’ll remain stubbornly defiant, which — even if you ask Butler — is understandable.

NBA joins NFL in warning Texas over proposed ‘bathroom bill’

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The NBA is warning Texas over a proposed “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people that is similar to a North Carolina law that prompted the league to move the All-Star Game out of that state.

The NBA on Friday joined the NFL in suggesting that Texas will be overlooked for future big events if lawmakers pass a bill requiring people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass says an environment where people are treated “fairly and equally” weighs heavily when the league chooses host locations. Texas has three NBA teams and has hosted three All-Star Games since 2006.

Charlotte was originally supposed to host the All-Star Game on Sunday. But the NBA moved the game to New Orleans after North Carolina adopted its “bathroom bill” last year.