Joakim Noah May Be Traded From Knicks After Heated Exchange With Jeff Hornacek

Joakim Noah and New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek were involved in a “heated verbal exchange” during practice last week, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, and the fallout now has the team actively exploring ways to move the disgruntled center.

Last Tuesday, Noah got into a shouting match with Hornacek during the fourth quarter of a game against Golden State. The following day at practice, still frustrated, the 32-year-old confronted the coach again. Though the situation stopped short of turning physical, Noah was sent home afterward on a “leave of absence.” Now, it looks like the former All-Star might've suited up for the last time in a Knicks uniform.

Noah has been reportedly upset with his role all season. He's played in only seven games, seeing less than six minutes per contest behind New York basketball luminaries like Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez. Noah still believes he can provide legitimate minutes for somebody out there, though his time in New York hasn't offered much validation. He played in just 46 games last year before undergoing season-ending knee surgery and then received a 20-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

This season, he's seen the floor so few times that it's difficult to imagine anyone trading for him since he's owed nearly $38 million over the next two years (including a ridiculous $19.3 million in 2019-20). Charania reports that New York has yet to approach the former Defensive Player of the Year about a buyout.

New York fans don't want to hear it, but Twitter is aflame with basketball pundits everywhere saying, “I told you so.” When Noah signed a 4-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, it not only confirmed that Phil Jackson never should've been hired, it left the rest of the basketball world laughing. It was peak Knicks. From Jerome James to Eddy Curry, this team has a habit of overdrawing the ATM account. In an age where teams have gotten somewhat smarter (besides Michael Jordan's Hornets) about not throwing money around like Jordan Belfort, Noah's deal has been so bad that some have argued it's the team's worst ever.

The amazing part? Despite knowing this, Knicks fans were still willing to go all in. I mean, just look at some of these tweets from 2016. (Thanks to @SnottieDrippen for doing some digging.)

Ugh. At the end of the day, even the most staunch New York fans had to see this one coming. Blame the front office for offering such a stupid deal. Noah was a fading star that never should've been given that much money anyway, especially not in New York. A huge contract with a former “star” playing limited minutes on a rebuilding team, there was really only one way this was going to end.

Whether it's through trade (unlikely), through a buyout or stretch (probably the best course of action) or even just through offering unlimited sick days for the next three months, we've probably seen the last of Joakim Noah in a Knicks uniform.

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It Sounds Like Takeoff and Carnage Have a Joint Mixtape Headed Our Way

It’s no wonder Migos considers themselves the “biggest group ever.” This week alone, the Atlanta trio released their highly anticipated Culture II album, launched an apparel collection at Bloomingdale’s, and will potentially walk away with multiple Grammys on Sunday. It’s clear Migos is on top of the world right now; however, it sounds like one of its members is gearing up to release a side project. And, no, we’re not talking about Quavo again.

On the same day Culture II dropped, DJ/producer Carnage announced he and Takeoff had a collaborative mixtape in the stash. He announced the project on social media, accompanied by a screenshot of his and Takeoff’s Facetime conversation. 

Carnage linked up with Migos for his 2015 debut album Papi Gordo. The hip-hop EDM producer also released a number of collaborative projects throughout last year: one was the Young Martha mixtape with Young Thug, and the other was the Step Brothers EP with G-Eazy. Carnage is also preparing to release another studio album in the upcoming months, which he says is filled with big-name features, including Takeoff.

“I’m really excited. I put a lot of time in to it,” he said on Power 106’s The Cruz Show this month. “I have a mixture of, like, everybody. You’re going to be blown away.”

While we wait for more information about Takeoff and Carnage’s joint effort, you can check out Culture II on Apple Music and iTunes. The album has already received plenty of love from a wide range of fans as well as the restaurant chain Wingstop. (LOL.)

Gucci Mane also appeared to enjoy Culture II, as he referred to Takeoff as his favorite rapper shortly after the album dropped. 

 

Culture 2 out @yrntakeoff my fav rapper now!!!

A post shared by Gucci Mane (@laflare1017) on Jan 26, 2018 at 8:34am PST

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50 Cent Claps Back at Conor McGregor for Taking a Shot at Him and Floyd Mayweather

The Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor promotional tour made a stop at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night, and unlike the first two promo tour stops earlier this week, McGregor was a lot more subdued during this one.

Just kidding.

McGregor did what McGregor has done every step of the way during the promo tour and took a bunch of shots at Mayweather, with most of those shots directed at Mayweather’s recent money troubles. At one point during the event, McGregor handed Mayweather a copy of Jay Z’s new 4:44 album and told him to listen to it and learn how to build “a real empire”:

But McGregor didn’t just take shots at Mayweather this time around. He also let off a couple rounds at 50 Cent, Mayweather’s on-again, off-again BFF, for whatever reason. While once again addressing Mayweather’s current financial situation, McGregor had some harsh words for 50:

“50 Cent is a bitch,” he yelled. “You and 50 are two fake money bitches. He’s bankrupt, and you’re about to be.”

50 was tied up on Thursday making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and promoting his show, Power. But of course, word got back to him about what McGregor said, and he didn’t let it go unnoticed. 50 Cent took to Instagram and responded by posting this:

 

👀what the fuck wrong wit this white boy, you fighting Floyd not me fool. LOL

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jul 13, 2017 at 6:48pm PDT

“What the fuck wrong wit this white boy,” 50 wrote, “you fighting Floyd not me fool. LOL”

And a few hours later, he took it a step further by responding again while simultaneously pushing Power. He posted a photo of McGregor tapping out against Nate Diaz along with a caption that said, “Power about to get emotional so try not to get choked up”:

 

Little leprechaun Vs. KANAN July 16 Sunday 9Pm POWER Episode 4. Ain't no tapping out over here LOL

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jul 14, 2017 at 2:20am PDT

“Ain't no tapping out over here LOL,” he wrote.

50 also spoke briefly about his relationship with Mayweather on Kimmel and said that he plans to be ringside for his fight with McGregor next month:

50 actually gave McGregor some props during his interview with Jimmy Kimmel and said that he thinks McGregor has a small chance to beat Mayweather. But we doubt he would say that again after hearing what McGregor said about him on Thursday. And if 50 does show up for the fight, we’d look for him to do whatever it takes to try and get inside of McGregor’s head in the moments leading up to the match.

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Kevin Durant Claps Back at Twitter Trolls Who Are Talking Trash

The NBA Finals are over, which means Kevin Durant is back on Twitter.

KD has a lot of time on his hands, basking in the glory of his first NBA title. Apparently, he has so much time that he took it upon himself to address a few Twitter users who have been all up in his mentions with their hot takes and other random insults. Here’s him going in a few days ago:

Today, Durant is still being a savage. It all started when he complemented Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, who became the WNBA’s all-time scoring leader following the team’s win against the Los Angeles Sparks (90-59) in L.A. From there, KD was having some fun, getting into an argument with one superfan from OKC. A “fart in your face” insult was actually hurled.

At this point, you're probably wondering why KD is even engaging in social media at all. Everyone needs to blow off steam somehow, right?

But this might be the real reason. Says “the legend”:

LOL. Nice curve.

Keep doing you, KD.

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Frank Ocean Has Been Accused of Stealing the Art for His blondedRadio Show

Frank Ocean is facing another accusation of plagiarism.

About a week ago, German musician Jesse Osborne-Lanthier went to Twitter claiming someone had tipped him off about an alleged theft. He included side-by-side images of the art for Ocean’s Beats 1 blondedRADIO show and the cover art for Conversation Sur Lettres Mortes, a project by him and fellow electronic artist Grischa Lichtenberger.

LOL been brought to my att that Frank Ocean ripd-off Grischa Lichtenberger n I’s poster that came with ‘CSLM’ on cosmo rhythmatic last year,” Osborne-Lanthier wrote in the post. The similarities between the images are obvious, as both feature white backgrounds with black text placed in a nearly identical pattern.

Ocean’s team has yet to respond to the allegations.

This isn’t the first time the 29-year-old singer has been accused of stealing creative work. In 2016, fans noticed Ocean’s Godpseed screenplay included C. JoyBell C’s writing originally published in Vade Mecum, a book of collected quotes. The writer called out Ocean for ripping off her work and refusing to make it right.

“I was definitely plagiarized, because it was just a simple copy-and-paste; word-for-word. It was not even modified. It was just a copy-and-paste. Like from Goodreads perhaps,” she wrote in a response. “I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, and up until I learned that they have refused to comment, I thought they would just say they found it somewhere and couldn't find the author […] When others inspire you, try to inspire them, too. When you take, you also need to give back to where you have taken from. And that can really help make our world a better place.”

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50 Cent Trolls Rival Ja Rule Over Fyre Festival Failure

The Fyre Festival, a “luxury” music festival in the Bahamas that was supposed to happen this week but fell apart because, well, it was a disaster, had a big name attached to it: co-organizer Ja Rule. Ja said the festival chaos was not his fault, but that hasn't stopped people from roasting him—and perhaps rightfully so.

Naturally, a good Ja Rule roast cannot exempt 50 Cent, Ja's longtime rap rival. 50 posted a meme on his Instagram insulting both Ja Rule and President Donald Trump.

 

😆Can't do nothing right. 😂 LOL

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Apr 30, 2017 at 10:41am PDT

This was far from the first meme inspired by the festival, which received its fair share of criticism on social media. And Ja Rule is far from the only celebrity being criticized for supporting Fyre Festival.

The festival was “fully postponed” due to lack of organization, no security, lack of funds, poor facilities, bad infrastructure, and much more. Despite the blowback, Ja Rule and the organizers released another statement on Sunday to reassure everyone that all guests were safe. They also revealed a form has been sent out to everyone who wanted a refund.

In other 50-related news, the hip-hop mogul is set to host a late night variety show on BET called 50 Central. You can watch the trailer here.

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