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Michelle Obama tells Stephen Curry to trash talk President Barack Obama when golfing: ‘Talk about his ears’ (video)


Stephen Curry and Barack Obama are frequent golf partners, Curry said the president even talks trash during their rounds together.

Appearing with First Lady Michelle Obama on Ellen, Curry:

During his speeches, he has that slow cadence that kind of draws you in. He brings that same kind of vibe to his trash talk. So, I’ll hit a shot. It’ll bounce. And he’ll look like, “Yeah, that’s not a good shot. I’m going to need you to do better next time.” So, it gets in under your skin, too, because, “I know. I hit out of bounds.”

Michelle Obama:

You should trash-talk back, Steph.

Talk about his ears.

As you’re putting, you want to say, “The shadow from your ears is really messing up my putt.”

I doubt Curry has the nerve to say that, but considering he does things like this, I can’t rule it out.

Karl-Anthony Towns recreates iconic Kevin Garnett Slam cover (photo)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 2: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves blocks a shot by Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers as Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Mason Plumlee #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers look on during the fourth quarter of the home opening game on November 2, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Trail Blazers defeated the Timberwolves 106-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Karl-Anthony Towns is on track to become the Timberwolves’ best players since prime Kevin Garnett (an reasonably high bar set by Kevin Love).

First, Towns is following Garnett’s sweet 1999 Slam cover:

Now, we need Towns and Andrew Wiggins to create this (and hope it goes better than this).

Suns hire Mehmet Okur to develop skills of big men

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 13:  Mehmet Okur #13 of the New Jersey Nets puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 13, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nets defeated the Suns 110-103.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Suns have a promising stock of big men: rookies Dragan Bender (No. 4 pick) and Marquese Chriss (No. 8 pick) and Alex Len, who was the No. 5 pick three years ago.

That trio just gained an excellent tutor.

Suns release:

The Phoenix Suns announced on Tuesday the team has added Mehmet Okur as player development coach and Jason Hervey as advance scout.

Okur, a 2007 NBA All-Star, will specialize in the skills development of the Suns’ post players.

Okur played with Suns coach Earl Watson in Utah, where Okur had been working as a Jazz ambassador following his retirement.

Well-liked, Okur set himself up for post-playing opportunities. His offensive proficiency – including outside shooting and ball-handling impressive for his 6-foot-11 frame – could help him succeed in this role.

Kevin Durant booed by some at Redskins game (video)

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Gold medalist basketball player Kevin Durant of the United States acknowledges the crowd during a game between Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins FedExField on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant was among the Washington-area Olympians honored at last night’s Redskins game.

But not everyone in the crowd – sure to contain Wizards fans – was inclined to cheer Durant. Some even went to the other extreme.

JP Finlay of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

Wizards fans preemptively booed Durant in Washington before he signed with the Wizards. Seeing Durant actually spurn his hometown team didn’t soothe any hurt feelings.

Maybe a few boos were always inevitable in a large crowd. But it’s still surprising to hear anyone so aggrieved that they’ll boo Durant while he’s be celebrated for winning a gold medal for the USA.

Perhaps, Durant knew something when he sulked inside for two days after choosing Golden State.

NCAA follows NBA out of North Carolina

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The NBA fancies itself an instrument of social change more than is probably accurate, but the league definitely led here.

No, the NBA wasn’t the first business to remove money from North Carolina after the state passed its infamous anti-gay bill. But the NBA publicly denouncing the law then moving the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte sent strong messages. The popularity of sports offers a platform to bring light to a cause – especially when the league’s stance is backed by current players, former players and coaches.

The NCAA followed the NBA’s lead, pulling its championship events from North Carolina.

North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and numerous lower-level teams still play in the state. The Hornets aren’t leaving Charlotte. Practical realities exist.

But the message – bellowed by the NBA and now others – to North Carolina is clear: Choose between economic activity and discriminating against your citizens.