LeBron James and Kevin Durant Respond to Fox News Host’s ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ Comment

Both  LeBron James and Kevin Durant  have responded to Fox News host Laura Ingraham's “shut up and dribble” comment about the pair voicing their opinions about President Donald Trump.

Both James and Durant have long been critical of Trump, and their interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion was no different when politics came up. The undertones of Ingraham's words were not lost on either player.  James took to Instagram with a picture of a neon sign proclaiming he's “more than an athlete” and coined a new hashtag on the caption: #Wewillnotshutupanddribble.

 

#wewillnotshutupanddribble

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Durant spoke about the issue in an interview. “To me, it was racist,” he told USA Today Sports. “What does (skin color) have to do with anything? We all have an opinion, just like she has an opinion that I disagree with.” He went on to explain that as an American citizen, he has just as much right to share his political beliefs as anyone regardless of his position in the NBA. 

“That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers,” Durant said. “I don’t play basketball 24 hours a day. I live in this world, just like everybody else. I don’t get what she’s saying, but I know what she’s trying to say.”

Durant also added that he thinks Ingraham might even be inspired by the two players if she spent time around them. “Not just me or LeBron but guys in our position,” he explained, “anybody of another color who has risen up and done something positive in life…It’s kind of sad that she’s so close-minded.”

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Migos’ Quavo Takes MVP in the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

The 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities began with the annual All Star Celebrity Game Friday, as Migos member Quavo snagged the MVP award. Quavo finished the game with 19 points and five rebounds, as Team Clippers won 75-66 over Team Lakers.

“I tried to go for a 20-piece, but as long as I had the most points on the floor that’s the way to go,” Quavo told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubarth during his post game interview, which you can view above.

It was a solid performance for the Atlanta native, as Quavo hit five of his eight free throws and dished out three assists. Quavo also sprinkled in a few highlight-worthy plays with a massive block on NBA 2KTV’s Rachel Demita, a layup in traffic over Justin Bieber and a Euro-step finish on boxer Terence Crawford.

With Los Angeles hosting the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, each celebrity squad was named after the city’s two respective NBA franchises. Brandon “BDot” Armstrong chipped in 16 points, in addition to Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse's 17 points, to pace Team Clippers. Demita scored 17, and former NBA guard Nate Robinson put up 14 in a losing effort for Team Lakers.

Quavo’s MVP win comes roughly a month after Migos dropped their sophomore effort, Culture II. The trio’s album debuted at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart with just under 200,000 equivalent album units sold, and Culture II has been streamed over a billion times since its release.

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It Sounds Like John Wall and a Wizards Teammate Met to Settle Their Beef Over a Tweet

John Wall hasn’t taken the court for the Wizards in a few weeks now thanks to a knee procedure he had done that’s expected to sideline him for up to two months. But despite his absence, his name has stayed in the news, as it appears there might be a rift developing between Wall and some of his Washington teammates.

The Wizards have gone 6-2 since Wall was sent to the sidelines, and some people have started to speculate about how Washington might be better off without Wall in the lineup. They have pointed out that the Wizards appear to be distributing the ball more efficiently and playing better as a whole. And in early February, Wizards center Marcin Gortat seemed to suggest that he was one of the people who thought the Wizards were better without Wall when he sent out what looked like a passive-aggressive tweet about a Wizards “team” win over the Raptors.

Wall made a series of appearances on ESPN a few days later, and he was, of course, asked about the tweet. He said it was shocking to see what Gortat tweeted.

“It was more just a shock to hear it from him, understanding he gets the most assists from me and the most spoon-fed baskets ever,” Wall said.

Since then, it sounds as though Wall and Gortat may have smoothed things over. ESPN’s Chris Haynes published a report early Wednesday morning indicating that sources have told him Wall and Gortat met privately last week to confront one another over the tweet and to hash things out. According to league sources who spoke with Haynes, Wall and Gortat met briefly after Wall reached out to Gortat via text message and asked him to come to him if he had a problem rather than going to social media to “spew backhanded insults.”

Gortat has maintained all along that his tweet was not originally meant to be about Wall. But whatever the case, it sounds like Wall and Gortat are back on better terms. Haynes is reporting there is still some work to be done to fully repair their relationship, but for the time being at least, it sounds like the two are going to move on from whatever hard feelings came up as a result of Gortat’s tweet.

You can watch Wall talk about his relationship with his Wizards’ teammates below.

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Atlanta Hawks Fans Yell Savage Chant to Cavs: ‘LeBron Will Leave You’

Atlanta Hawks fans are ruthless. During last night's game, the Hawks crowd taunted the Cleveland Cavaliers by chanting “LeBron will leave you” and “LeBron will trade you.”

Of course, the taunts come after Cleveland basically became a new team at the trade deadline. The Cavaliers gave Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings; Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Jazz; Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat; and Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers. In exchange, they got George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, and Rodney Hood on their squad. Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green managed to stick around, though, and Atlanta made sure to give them crap for it.

After last night's game, James explained the decision process behind the multiple trades.

“It's not about what the other guys didn't bring or what these guys bring,” said James at the press conference, according to ESPN. “We're all professionals, and we were happy with the guys that we had, and we're going to [be] happy with the guys that we have now. That's the way the league is, it's a business. There's no shade on anybody.”

The Cavaliers are spending February trying to get back on track after crawling their way out of the Finals conversation last month. At the very least, they're better than Atlanta: The Cavaliers handily beat the Hawks, 123-107.

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The Cavaliers and Lakers Just Pulled Off a Blockbuster Trade Involving Isaiah Thomas

Things never seemed quite right with Isaiah Thomas in Cleveland. Now, less than six months after the Cavaliers acquired Thomas in a massive deal with the Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving, Cleveland has flipped the veteran guard in another blockbuster trade.

News of the trade broke Thursday on Twitter, with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski sharing details of the swap.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne added that the Lakers plan to hold on to both former Cavaliers players.

All we can say is: WOW. We're sure there's much more to come on this deal.

The bottom line is, the Cavs had to make a move of some kind. Things were falling apart, and they're intent on making a fourth-straight NBA Finals run in what could be LeBron James' final season in The Land. It's likely LeBron had some type of say in this deal.

It will be fascinating to see how this move affects Cleveland's on- and off-court success in the second half of the NBA season. The Cavs are currently in third in the East, behind the Celtics and Raptors.

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LeBron James Addresses Trade Rumors Following Disheartening Loss to Magic

The Cavaliers’ 2017-18 NBA season is in a tailspin. For whatever reason, Cleveland just can’t string together a series of wins and get themselves back on track right now. But have things gotten so bad that LeBron James would waive his no-trade clause and voluntarily allow the team to send him packing prior to the NBA trade deadline on Thursday?

Believe it or not, that was actually a source of speculation on Tuesday, as Yahoo! Sports reporter Shams Charania reported there were some NBA teams doing their “due diligence” and watching to see if LeBron would potentially waive the no-trade clause he has in his contract. There are more than a few teams who would obviously be willing to mortgage their franchise’s future for a chance to land LeBron in a deal. And even though Charania reported LeBron was unlikely to let the Cavaliers trade him, it didn’t stop some people from gossiping about what might happen if LeBron did away with his no-trade clause.

The gossiping got a little bit louder on Tuesday night after the Cavaliers went out and blew a 21-point lead to the Magic to lose 116-98. The Magic have the worst record in the Eastern Conference, so the loss was particularly stunning for the skidding Cavaliers. But despite his team’s struggles, LeBron faced the latest report about his no-trade clause head-on and said he is not planning on going anywhere before the trade deadline. He insisted he will remain a Cavalier for at least the remainder of this season.

“I’m here for the long haul,” LeBron said. “I’m here for this season right now, [to] try to figure out ways we can still compete. I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I couldn’t do that. I just couldn’t do it. We put too much into the game every single day. We go out and prepare. Win, lose, or draw, at the end of the day, we’re all brothers, and we understand that. I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. I would never waive my no-trade clause.”

LeBron was clearly trying to keep his spirits up following another tough loss, but some of his teammates were having trouble doing the same. One Cavaliers player told ESPN.com the team hit “a new low” during their game against the Magic. Isaiah Thomas, meanwhile, tried to explain the Cavaliers’ troubles by suggesting they’re not demonstrating the brotherhood LeBron talked about while speaking with reporters.

“Right now, when we hit adversity, we go our separate ways,” Thomas said. “And that’s just how I feel, and it looks like that as well. Guys start to go one-on-one on offense, and the defense is every man for himself. The first half we played good, everybody was happy. It was energized, helping each other on the defensive end. Sharing the ball. The ball was moving side to side on offense. And then we revert back to what makes us lose games.”

The somewhat amazing thing about all of this is that, despite the Cavaliers’ inability to win many ballgames at the top of 2018, Cleveland is still sitting in third in the Eastern Conference. So they’re just one hot streak away from putting themselves right back into prime position in the East. But the fact that we’ve reached the point where the idea of LeBron waiving his no-trade clause doesn’t sound that crazy should tell you everything you need to know about where the Cavaliers are at the moment. They need to figure out a way to turn things around quickly—or LeBron’s days in Cleveland could really be numbered.

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LeBron to the Lakers This Summer? Not So Fast, According to a New Report

Folks around the NBA have murmured for more than a year now about LeBron James' purported interest in bolting to Los Angeles when he has the opportunity to opt out of his contract during the 2018 offseason. Would he really leave his hometown team twice in his career? That remains to be seen. But people around the league have suspected as much—and suspected that he's headed for Los Angeles—for a long time now.

LeBron owns two houses in L.A., and conquering the West would provide him with a new challenge—a new potential legacy boost, if you will. Also, the Lakers have a wealth of cap space, a promising young roster, and a storied history. If he could bring them back to prominence, well, it would do a ton for LeBron's place in the history books. Of the two L.A. franchises, it seemed way likelier that LeBron would desire a spot on the roster of the Lake Show.

According to a new report from two of the most plugged-in NBA reporters, however, the Lakers may pass on pursuing LeBron this offseason. As Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN report, the Lakers are focusing their efforts—and their cap space—on the free-agent class of 2019 rather than that of 2018. The 2019 class is indeed ripe with young talent; Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler could be among the players on the market.

In 2018, it's expected that LeBron, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins will be available. But LeBron, as great as he is, is 33, George seems very interested in sticking with the Thunder, and Cousins just suffered an absolutely debilitating Achilles injury.

This recalibration also reportedly stems from the Lakers' lack of belief that LeBron is actually interested in joining the team. Though L.A. has a bunch of gifted young players—including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma—there isn't a bona fide star on the roster. LBJ would be taking a big risk by signing with the yellow and purple.

A lot could change in the next few months, of course. The Lakers are still reportedly shopping Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. But with this latest report, it looks a lot less certain that LeBron will head to Hollywood this summer.

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Why This Patriots Player Will Return to an $11/Hour Job After the Super Bowl

On Friday, ESPN ran a piece about a player you almost certainly have never heard of, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, a 26-year-old Patriots player who has been cut six times over the past three-and-a-half years.

LeBron James to the Warriors? Wild New Report Suggests It Could Happen This Summer

Does the idea of LeBron James leaving the Cavaliers to sign with the Warriors this summer sound laughable to you? You’re not alone. There are a lot of people scoffing at the idea at the moment.

But very early Thursday morning, just hours after LeBron and the Cavaliers closed out their dreadful January with a close win over the Heat, ESPN’s Chris Haynes set NBA Twitter on fire with an explosive report about how LeBron would apparently entertain the idea of signing with Golden State in July, if the Warriors are able to free up enough money to offer him a max contract.

According to league sources who spoke with Haynes, the Warriors could position themselves to secure a free agency meeting with LeBron “if [they] can create a max salary slot this offseason.” The report went on to say that the Warriors haven’t shown any real desire to actually do that. But it also mentioned that the sources who spoke with Haynes said LeBron wouldn’t rule out the possibility of playing alongside Steph Curry and Kevin Durant in California “if Golden State explored ways to clear the necessary cap space.”

In order to pull off the seemingly impossible, the Warriors would likely need to get creative. In Haynes’ report, he suggests they would probably have to entice the Cavaliers to agree to a sign-and-trade deal involving Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala in order to land LeBron. And that in and of itself seems like a long shot.

But regardless of how improbable the LeBron-to-the-Warriors rumor Haynes just started might sound, it definitely has people talking. There are some imagining what the Warriors could potentially look like with LeBron on the team.

There are others downplaying the report and saying it will never happen.

We tend to side with the second group of people here. LeBron leaving the Cavaliers for a second time and doing it to team up with the Warriors just sounds too crazy to believe.

But we should point out that, once upon a time, the idea of Durant leaving the Thunder to join the Warriors sounded just as crazy. In fact, we just went back and took a look at our very first post hinting at the possibility of KD one day joining the Warriors, which went up all the way back in July 2015. It was tied to a San Jose Mercury News story about how a source said Golden State would “love” to land KD in the summer of 2016. The very first comment on that post was “trash post with a shit source”—and look at how that eventually turned out.

In the end, we just can’t see LeBron playing with the Warriors next season. But who knows? With all of the crazy things that have happened in the NBA over the last few years, it’s hard to rule out anything anymore.

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Tom Brady Ends Weekly Radio Interview Early Over Remark Host Made About His Daughter

Tom Brady is going to take part in a lot of interviews this week in the days leading up to the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII matchup against the Eagles on Sunday. Some of his interactions with reporters will probably be tense, especially as New England inches closer to the big game. But it’s unlikely that any of them will be as tense as the Brady interview that took place on Boston radio station WEEI early Monday morning.

Brady appears on WEEI every week throughout the NFL season to talk about whatever is going on in his life at the time. This season, he has spoken about everything from his friendship with Floyd Mayweather to his thoughts on that wild Jimmy Garoppolo rumor during his WEEI appearances. But Brady was in no mood to talk on Monday morning after what one WEEI host said about his 5-year-old daughter Vivian during a show late last week.

WEEI host Alex Reimer was talking about Brady on the station’s Mut at Night show when he was asked about the Patriots quarterback’s new Tom vs. Time documentary series that debuted recently. Reimer responded by saying that one of the scenes in the show seemed “so staged.” And while that probably wouldn’t have ruffled many feathers, Reimer also made some disparaging comments about Brady’s daughter with his very next breath by referring to her as “an annoying little pissant.”

You can listen here.

Brady was asked about Reimer’s comments on WEEI's Kirk & Callahan on Monday, and obviously, they didn’t sit well with him. Brady was so unhappy with what Reimer said about his daughter that he addressed his remarks and then abruptly cut his latest WEEI appearance short.

“It was disappointing to hear that,” Brady said. “My daughter or any child certainly does not deserve that.”

You can listen here.

According to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss, Brady also suggested he is going to evaluate whether or not he will appear on WEEI again moving forward after what Reimer said.

WEEI reportedly suspended Reimer over the remark. But with Brady threatening to boycott the station, there are more than a few people calling for the station to can him.

Brady will no doubt be asked more about this situation throughout the course of the upcoming week.

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