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Going for loose ball, LeBron James crushes Jason Day’s wife sitting in first row


Hopefully, this is nothing serious. According to TNT’s Craig Sager she was conscious and talking, but being taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers 104-100 win against the Thunder, LeBron James chased a loose ball out of bounds and crushed Ellie Day, the wife of golfer Jason Day, as the couple sat in the front row. You can see the video above. It was a fluke thing, but LeBron is 6’8″ 250 (officially, probably a little lighter than that) coming full speed is going to level anyone in that chair.

She had to be taken out on a stretcher and straight to an ambulance. Day left the arena with her.

Ellie Day is an Ohio native and the couple and their children settled in Columbus. They are big Ohio sports fans, having gone to Ohio State football games and other events.

Day is the defending PGA Champion and the current second-ranked player in the world.

Thunder’s Steven Adams dunks on LeBron James (VIDEO)


One of the myths about Russell Westbrook is that he’s not a good passer. If someone tells you that, you know they haven’t watched much Westbrook the past couple seasons, Westbrook has become one of the better passing point guards in the game.

He showed that on this play, with a nifty pocket pass to Steven Adams, throws it down over a rotating LeBron James. To be clear, this shouldn’t be on LeBron, he rotated in to help, and he could have stayed out of the poster and let Adams just have the dunk, but he went for the big play. You want that from your stars.

LeBron got some revenge in the fourth quarter, finishing through Adams for an and-1 layup.

This game was as close and entertaining as we could have hoped for.

Detroit’s Jennings to play in D-League game as part of rehab

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will play for the team’s D-League affiliate as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Jennings hasn’t played since injuring his left leg in a Jan. 24 game at Milwaukee. The Pistons announced Thursday that he had been assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive. Grand Rapids faces Iowa on Saturday.

Pistons general manager Jeff Bower says this is a good chance for Jennings to play in a game and work on his conditioning.

Festus Ezeli of Golden State played two games for the Santa Cruz Warriors this past January while working his way back from a sprained ankle.

Nike introduces Kobe 11, his last shoe as active player


Few NBA players obsess over the details and are as involved in the design of their signature shoes as Kobe Bryant. The attention to detail Kobe put in his game — polishing his footwork, watching endless hours of film — he has put into his shoes.

The new Kobe 11s — which hit stores Jan. 9 — are no different. They are all about innovation, and what Kobe wants in his shoe. From the official Nike press release.:

At first glance, the low-top and simplified silhouette appears familiar. One could be fooled into believing that they’ve seen this before. Wrong. Look closer. See those pearlescent fibers? Those are thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) threads, an indication of progression; and, despite their subtlety, an announcement of the arrival of an evolution, a stronger iteration of Nike Flyknit.

Details matter.

Fittingly, this progressive technology debuts on the KOBE 11, underscoring the dedication to innovation that has cemented Kobe Bryant’s design legacy, one that rivals, if not extends, the champion’s on-court perfectionism.

They look tight. And you know Nike and Kobe are going to sell a lot of them.


The time Stephen Curry, Drake went to In-n-Out

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 5:  Drake and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors after the game against the Toronto Raptors on December 5, 2015 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)
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First thing to point out here: Notice they went to In-n-Out. Not Five Guys. There’s a reason for that — In-n-Out is better.

After the Golden State Warriors returned to form and throttled the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night — with Drake sitting courtside watching — Stephen Curry decided to go for some late night nosh. His wife came along. So did Drake — remember he dropped Curry’s name in “0 to 100,” so you’ve got to invite him. They all went to In-n-Out.

Did Drake order his double-double animal style?

If you’re a fan of Drake and/or The Weeknd, wait until All-Star Weekend in Toronto. They will be everywhere.