Dan Feldman

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2016 in New York City.  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 Al Bello/Getty Images)
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LeBron James tweets about Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas police offers

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LeBron James, no stranger to social activism, tweeted about the latest killings that have rocked the country:

Solution are more difficult to find, but LeBron is doing something: Using his platform to bring attention to Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dallas police offers.

Stephen Curry’s wife, Ayesha, regrets calling NBA ‘rigged’

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 26:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and his wife Ayesha attend the Andre Ward fight against Sullivan Barrera in their IBF Light Heavyweight bout at ORACLE Arena on March 26, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ayesha Curry says she “didn’t think about the ramifications” when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry‘s Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Curry tells People magazine she regrets the ways she voiced how hurt she was and didn’t mean to offend anyone. She says what she wrote isn’t what she thinks about what her husband does for a living.

Stephen Curry tells the magazine he knows where his wife was coming from and adds that he’s advised her to ignore what people say, because “you’re not going to win any battles on Twitter.”

Ayesha Curry is a popular social media personality with 3.7 million followers on Instagram and 637,000 on Twitter.

Report: Thunder players bothered by Kevin Durant’s relationship with Draymond Green during season

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder hugs Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors after losing 96-88 in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant reportedly grew unhappy with Russell Westbrook‘s playing style, contributing to Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

The frustration might have cut both ways.

Golden State players, led by Draymond Green, recruited Durant all season. That got awkward when Oklahoma City faced the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, especially when Green repeatedly kicked Steven Adams in the groin.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, as transcribed by Ryan Phillips of The Big Lead:

“I know Russell (Westbrook) was bothered by — and some other teammates were too — of, like, there was some knowledge there that Draymond (Green) was in contact with Kevin (Durant) all season long and they’re in a playoff series and I know there was some conversation around the Thunder team of ‘Hey man, this guy kicked Steven Adams in the nuts twice in this series and what are you doing hanging out with this guy? What’s the relationship? We’re trying to beat these guys.’”

I believe Durant was committed to helping the Thunder beat the Warriors in the playoffs. Durant obviously knew free agency was ahead, but he played hard and well throughout the series — though, like his teammates, his production slipped as Oklahoma City dropped the final three games.

But I understand his teammates’ concerns. They can’t get inside Durant’s mind and know his intentions. A cozy relationship with Green can easily be misconstrued — or properly construed! — as a distraction.

Durant opened the door for the questions.

That might have been the best of bad options. It’s unfair to ask Durant to shun a friend because his coworkers object. But the particular issue is how Durant and Green interacted during the conference finals. Many friends have faced each other in the playoffs, and they typically distance themselves during that period.

If Durant kept Green at arm’s length during the conference finals, Durant’s former teammates — while having the right to be upset — probably couldn’t ask for more. If Durant and Green were still outwardly chummy, Westbrook and co. have a more legitimate objection.

Markieff Morris on Kevin Durant signing with Warriors: ‘That ain’t right’

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 3: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives downcourt as Markieff Morris #11 of the Phoenix Suns defends November 3, 2013 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder defeated the Suns 103-96. 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 Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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With such widespread criticism of Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors, there was bound to be at least one current NBA player who’d pile on.

Markieff Morris will carry that torch.

Kyle Weidie of TruthAboutIt.net:

Morris:

I don’t think it’s right, but it is what is.

You know what I mean by that. That ain’t right.

The money is going to be there for anything. It’s not about. It’s the whole situation. You don’t do that, man.

I wouldn’t have went there, for sure. First of all, they just beat us. And so that’s more important. I would have been a fire inside me to beat them next year. But a lot of guys are different. I just didn’t expect that from Durant. I know him a little bit, and I didn’t expect that.

Here’s my only problem with this: Morris equating “I wouldn’t have went there” with “That ain’t right.”

Morris can make the best choices for Morris, but that doesn’t mean Durant should follow Morris’ values. There’s room for more than one way of thinking, that can include respecting others

Dwyane Wade following well-worn path as franchise icon joining a new team

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25:  Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat looks on during a celebration parade for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Dwyane Wade is the best player in Miami Heat history.

LeBron James hit a higher peak, but he didn’t accomplish nearly as much in four years as Wade did in 13. Shaquille O’Neal spent even less time than LeBron in Miami and was too far into his decline to earn the title. Alonzo Mourning never reached Wade’s heights in top-end performance, longevity or playoff success with Heat.

Wade has defined the franchise since he led Miami to the 2006 title. Recruiting LeBron and Chris Bosh to the Heat and winning championships in 2012 and 2013 only further cemented Wade’s Heat legacy.

And now he’s playing for a new team.

Wade, who agreed to terms with the Bulls, grew up in Chicago and said he always envisioned himself in a Bulls jersey. For the rest of us, it’ll be a shocking sight.

There’s a history of great players who’ve established such a strong identity with one team then played for another, though. Here are players who’ve made at least eight All-Star appearances with their first NBA team then switched teams:

Player First team All-Star berths with first team Next team(s)
Karl Malone Utah Jazz 14 Los Angeles Lakers
Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 13 Cincinnati Royals
Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 12 Washington Wizards
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 12 Toronto Raptors
Patrick Ewing New York Knicks 11 Seattle SuperSonics, Orlando Magic
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 10 Chicago Bulls
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics 10 Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers
Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 10 Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 10 Milwaukee Bucks
Gary Payton Seattle SuperSonics 9 Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat
George Gervin San Antonio Spurs 9 Chicago Bulls
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers 8 Houston Rockets
Dave Cowens Boston Celtics 8 Milwaukee Bucks

Hakeem Olajuwon with the Raptors and Patrick Ewing with the Sonics and Magic are common comparisons, but this doesn’t always go so badly. Wade is probably too old to match Oscar Robertson’s success with the Bucks, but Clyde Drexler with the Rockets is a reasonable best-case scenario.

Either way, the odds are strongly against us remembering Wade as something other than a Heat great who spent a couple late years elsewhere. No matter how it seems today, his Miami connection is that strong.