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Kevin Durant on Colin Kaepernick: “I’m behind anyone who stands up for what they believe in”

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A few days ago Stephen Curry came out and backed Colin Kaepernick and his right to protest. Curry didn’t endorse Kaepernick’s move, but he also didn’t get sucked into the off-topic issue of how one should respect the flag and said that the 49er quarterback’s message about the treatment of minorities in the United States was the discussion that we needed to have.

At an event in Austin, Texas (where he went to college), Kevin Durant took the same approach as his new teammate, backing Kaepernick’s right to protest.

Durant may take some heat for this from fans. He’s used to it by now. Durant took plenty of heat for his choice this summer to leave Oklahoma City and sign with Curry and the Golden State Warriors, a move that he was allowed to do as a free agent but was unpopular with many fans.

In less than a month NBA preseason games will begin, and we will see which NBA players — and there will be some — decide to follow this trend. And how the league handles it.

Watch Allen Iverson’s fantastic Hall of Fame speech

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Unscripted. Raw. Emotional. Must watch.

Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame induction speech Friday night was exactly like the way he played the game, and it was the highlight of the night. Just like Iverson’s on-court game, you could feel his love of basketball and his love and appreciation of those around him through his words at the podium.

This speech was perfect Allen Iverson.

Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving star in latest NBA 2K17 trailer

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It’s the time of year where we are weeks away from NBA camps open and we are all craving a little NBA fix. That’s where NBA 2K comes in.

Check out the latest trailer for NBA 2K17, which includes Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Andre Drummond, Coach K , and more. Enjoy.

Check out Allen Iverson’s career greatest hits mixtape

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The hip-hop style. The ink. The playground in people’s games.

None of it would be as popular in the NBA today without Allen Iverson. He altered the game off the court.

But if you haven’t watched him on the court, you are missing out.

Best. Crossover. Ever.

He was a 6-foot ball of energy that drove fearlessly into the forest of trees in the NBA paint and found a way to score, draw fouls, be thrilling to watch, and win. The man more than deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend. 

 

Reports: Pelicans reach contract deal with Lance Stephenson

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The New Orleans Pelicans are working to put better — and, hopefully, healthier — talent around Anthony Davis this season.

Can Lance Stephenson be a part of that? He’s going to get a shot, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Other reporters have confirmed there is a deal.

This is likely not a guaranteed contract — the Pelicans have 15 players guaranteed contracts, the regular season limit. Meaning if the Pelicans decide to keep Stephenson they have to cut someone and pay that guy his full season’s salary. New Orleans also already has partially guaranteed deals out there for Chris Copeland, Robert Sacre, and Shawn Dawson.

Maybe Stephenson can get in the door if he can prove he will improve the Pelicans shot creation on the perimeter, a primary goal of the team’s offseason (and something Stephenson can do). They already drafted Buddy Hield, and signed E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway, and Solomon Hill. Tyreke Evans also is in that mix, if he can get healthy.

This is a smart roll of the dice by the Pelicans. Stephenson is just 25. And he’s shown flashes of offensive talent — in the playoffs last season where he averaged 13 points a game (with a 56.3 true shooting percentage), as he did with the Pacers two years ago.

However, he was a mess on the court and wasn’t a favorite teammate in Charlotte or with the Los Angeles Clippers in the past couple of years (and notice Memphis didn’t bring him back).

If Stephenson proves he can help on the court and not distract off it, the Pelicans get a steal. If not, they only lose a little. That’s a good bet by the team.