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Spike Lee narrates Stephen Curry story in fantastic NBA 2K16 promo (VIDEO)


That is quality. Basketball stories just sound better when Spike Lee narrates them.

The folks at 2K sports are starting to ramp up the promos for the new season, with heavy Stephen Curry promotion. Add this to the list.

But his is a great, relatable story — we all like to think we’re the overlooked person who has the talent to make it — and they are smart to pimp it hard as we start to move closer to the game’s release date.

Patty Mills to replace Dante Exum on Australia roster for big series vs. New Zealand

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Starting Saturday, Australia will face New Zealand in a two-game, home-and-home series with the winner (cumulative score) getting an automatic berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics. There’s a lot on the line.

So when Australian point guard DanteExum went down with an ACL tear that will keep him out of the series (and likely the next NBA season), the Boomers reached out to Patty Mills. The Spurs’ point guard had begged out of the Olympic qualifier, but when coach Andrej Lemanis reached out with an emergency plea after the Exum injury, Mills jumped in.

Mills confirmed to Basketball Australia that he will play for the team in the two-game set.

“I’m looking forward to joining my Boomers teammates for this very important qualification series against New Zealand,” he said. “Playing for my country has always been an honour for me.

“Obviously my shoulder injury last year meant that I had to continue intensive rehab and quality training over the past few months. I’ve done that and will be ready for the Oceania Championships. My focus now is helping my Boomers teammates qualify for Rio 2016.”

He also posted this on Instagram.


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The injury he references is off-season shoulder surgery he had after the Spurs won the title in 2014. It took the first couple months of last season for Mills to find his old groove again but the shoulder still bothered him, and the Spurs asked Mills to sit out the series. Which is what he had planned to do.

Mills is the best available point guard the Australians could get (you can argue he’s an upgrade over Exum, he certainly is on the offensive end), and he’s played internationally for the team and coach before, so it’s not like he has to learn a new system.

The downside is he was not the point guard through the team’s four tune-up games, he’s coming in cold to a huge series. That said, Australia has real talent with the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and the Cavaliers Matthew Dellavedova on the roster as well (plus some well-seasoned international players).

Under Armour to be presenting sponsor of NBA Draft Combine, expand role within league

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Under Armour got its foot in the door with the NBA.

The company has wanted to expand its role with the league — most notably it has a shoe deal with Stephen Curry — but weren’t a lot of opportunities, especially after Nike outbid everyone to take over making the official NBA jerseys and apparel starting in 2017 (Adidas does it now). Samsung is the naming sponsor for Summer League. What was left?

The NBA Draft Combine.

Which will be the Under Armour NBA Draft Combine starting in 2018, the league and Under Armour announced Monday. The company will be allowed to develop and market apparel based on the combine as part of this deal. Also, the shoe company will help market and grow the Jr. NBA, the league’s youth basketball program.

The NBA combine is not a huge marketing event (unlike the NFL version). However, now before guys get to put on an NBA jersey, they are going to put on Under Armour gear.

For the NBA, this is an opportunity to grow their youth program and introduce a new NBA Fit app, which will be tied in with Under Armour’s Connected Fitness devices and products.

“We’re proud to expand our partnership with the NBA and continue our shared commitment to help basketball players everywhere realize their potential, on and off the court,” Adam Peake, Executive Vice President of Under Armour said in a statement.  “The new elements of our partnership will allow Under Armour to leverage our leadership in athletic performance innovation and Connected Fitness to foster the worldwide growth of basketball.”

“Under Armour and the NBA share a commitment to basketball, fitness, and healthy living,” Emilio Collins, NBA Executive Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships, said in a statement.  “Together we have a unique opportunity to teach the values of the game to millions of kids through the Jr. NBA program, and to give our fans the latest information on exercise and wellness through the NBA FIT app.”

It’s a good effort by Under Armour — there simply were not many options to get an expanded role with the NBA, and certainly not where they could make apparel. But they found one.

They got their foot farther in the door.

Michael Jordan says in his prime he could have beaten LeBron James at one-on-one “no question”

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If you know even the slightest thing about Michael Jordan, you knew the answer before he said it.

Jordan was doing a Q&A at the Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, CA, and was asked (and he repeated the question), “If I was in my prime, could I beat LeBron in a one-on-one game?” He called it an “ESPN question” and then, after a short pause, gave the answer everyone knew was coming:

“No question.”

He’s said this before. He said the same thing about Kobe Bryant. It wouldn’t matter if he were asked about Stephen Curry or Larry Bird or one of the Monstars from Space Jam, there is always only going to be one answer from Jordan — he is ultra competitive and he believes he is the best that ever was.source: AP

LeBron’s comment last time it came up: “I’ve thought about the matchup but no one will ever see it.”

Fans have thought about it, too — a ridiculous number think Jordan would win if they play right now. This is something people get in fights over. Obviously, we will never know the answer, but get on your bar stool and go ahead and debate it in the comments.

Jordan answers questions for about six minutes on this video about the biggest trash talkers he played against (Larry Bird), could the all-time Bulls beat the all-time Lakers (of course he thinks Bulls), and he said he’d take Dean Smith over Phil Jackson. But nothing he says is surprising or out of character. It’s just Jordan being Jordan.



Brazil basketball team gets bid for 2016 Olympics


Two men’s basketball teams have now qualified for the 2016 Olympics.

The United States clinched a bid to Rio by winning the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil – which was in jeopardy of losing its bid over unreturned library books – received the berth typically given to the host nation.

FIBA release:

Brazil’s men’s and women’s national teams will compete in the Olympic Basketball Tournament at the 2016 Rio Games after FIBA’s Central Board decided to grant them automatic places at its meeting in Tokyo on Sunday.

The decision was made based on the Brazil Basketball Confederation (CBB)’s application which confirms they meet the various sporting requirements, including having a rich sporting history in basketball and being able to guarantee their best teams competing in Rio.

CBB, supported by its partners and the Brazil Olympic Committee (BOC), has made a firm commitment to pay the outstanding debt.

According to FIBA’s statutes, the Central Board holds the right to grant automatic qualification to the host country organising the Olympic Games.

This is obviously great news for Brazil. Nene, Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao, Leandro Barbosa, Lucas Nogueira and Bruno Caboclo can definitely compete for a medal.

It’s also great news for the other teams competing in the FIBA Americas Championship:

  • Canada
  • Argentina
  • Puerto Rico
  • Dominican Republic
  • Venezuela
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Cuba
  • Uruguay

The top two teams in that tournament, which begins Aug. 31, that haven’t already received an Olympic bid qualify for Rio. With Brazil gaining an Olympic berth now, that opens the door for another team in the FIBA Americas.