Buress was arrested in Miami in December after an argument with a police officer.
Contrary to popular opinion, LeBron James is human after all, and though his run of seven consecutive trips to the NBA Finals might make him seem otherworldly, it doesn't make him invincible. This season more than ever, it feels like Cleveland is surviving rather than thriving. At some point, someone in the East is going to beat them. And after Cleveland's 118-108 home loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors last night, we might've officially reached that point.
According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, there is growing discontent and a strong sense of concern within the Cleveland locker room. The Cavs are 26-17 with only three wins in their last 12 games. They got blown out by a combined 62 points against Toronto and Minnesota last week. They might have the worst defense in the entire NBA, and they've slid so far that many of the team's veterans now doubt whether they can fix their problems this season.
Age. One-dimensional role players. Defensive-issues that go far beyond fundamentals. Several prominent players told ESPN, Cleveland.com, and The Athletic that the team's problems won't go away simply by getting healthy.
The Cavs transition defense is terrible. But there’s nothing even Lebron can do about this KD attack pic.twitter.com/vZLI2TxNlE
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) January 16, 2018
This is not the first time we've heard grumblings coming out of Cleveland this season. Just last week, Yahoo! Sports reported there were complaints in the locker room about “personal agendas” getting in the way of success. Some Cavs players thought LeBron was chasing assists in an effort to win one final MVP award. Others didn't like coach Tyronn Lue's rotations. The bickering reeks of familiarity, like a family that's been living together far too long.
In past years during their inevitable regular season lapses, the team could lean on Kyrie Irving. But Irving is gone, and his replacement is a 28-year-old, 5'9″ defensive problem who may or may not ever be the same after returning from a major hip injury.
LeBron has to know all of this. He also knows Cleveland holds the rights to Brooklyn's first-round pick next summer—and that there are several names potentially available on the market. That pick and this year's trade deadline might be Cleveland's final chance to position themselves for one last run at a title. Among the NBA's contenders, they have the least to lose and the most to gain by making a deal.
Can they get DeAndre Jordan? Do they have a better deal looming that no one sees yet? Whatever it is Cleveland HAS to swing big to give itself every chance to convince LeBron to stay …
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 16, 2018
Let's say Lebron leaves. Cavs could have all the draft picks in the world. No free agents are gonna come play in Cleveland. No free agents are gonna take less to come play in Cle. So exactly what future are you planning for?? 🤷🏽♂️
— 73-9 and they LIED (@CuffsTheLegend) January 16, 2018
No one ever expects a run to end before it does. Miami's Big Three era faded with a whimper, getting blitzed by 14 points per game against San Antonio in the 2014 Finals. Kobe's Lakers collapsed in a surprising sweep in 2011, burnt out and exhausted. Before that, it was Shaq and the Lakers getting old before our eyes and even before that, it was Houston and Hakeem Olajuwon getting run into the ground by Seattle and the Detroit Bad Boys wilting under the athleticism of Jordan's Bulls.
Is this Cleveland's moment of reckoning? If it is, it shouldn't surprise anyone.
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Rick Ross is going to constantly remind Birdman about his money problems and legal situation with Lil Wayne until he pays up.
The latest jab comes from Renzel’s Snapchat, responding to an AllHipHop report (via The Blast) that Birdman is selling his Miami mansion on Palm Island. Stunna bought the 19,000 sq. ft. mansion for $14.5 million in 2012, which was once owned by former Rockstar Energy CEO Russell Weiner and Scott Storch.
In June, he listed the home for $20 million to recoup the renovations he’s done over the years. You can check out images of the mansion below.
In his Snap, Ross breaks down the logic behind Birdman’s purchase. He allegedly took out a loan in 2015 for $12 million from a company named Easy Money EMG that's based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He put the mansion as a collateral for the loan.
“You ain’t have no money in six-seven years, n***a. You should have came and borrowed some from Rozay. Now you want to fuck that old lady life up too. You probably borrowing some money from her,” Ross says.
“I might go buy that house on the water,” he adds. “Just to keep my boat at it. I won’t even stay there, that shit is too small.”
Earlier this year, Ross called out Birdman for not paying Lil Wayne and countless other Cash Money producers on “Idols Become Rivals.” He hasn’t stopped spreading the message, urging Birdman to “pay that man.” And this is after Birdman exploded on Instagram Live about all the chatter surrounding him and Weezy, telling his followers about their history and that he’ll make sure he’s “straight” when the timing is right.
If Birdman can’t pay for his mansion, what makes us think he can pay Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit?
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Former Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl-winning running back Reggie Bush has formally retired from the NFL after an 11-year career split between New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo.
“I’m done,” Bush said during an appearance on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Friday. “It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.”
Bush rose to prominence in high school, rushing for 2,200 yards and while scoring 34 touchdowns as a junior at Helix High in San Diego. He’d continue to make various highlight reels as a senior before amassing 6,541 all-purpose yards en route to bringing two national championships to USC in 2003 and 2004. Bush also won the Heisman Trophy in 2005 but relinquished the honor in 2010 after being retroactively ruled ineligible for the 2005 season for NCAA rules violations.
In the NFL, Bush helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a win during Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. He notched two 1,000-yard seasons in his career—gaining 1,086 yards with Miami in 2011 and 1,006 yards with the Detroit Lions in 2013.
Multiple injuries took their toll during a pro career that never quite saw Bush reach the insane heights he did in high school and college. Things were never quite the same after Bush slipped on a patch of concrete during a 2015 game against the then-St. Louis Rams.
Bush took on a reserve role with the Buffalo Bills during the 2016 season, and it appears he now has his sights set on the eSports world.
“Now I’m working for Next VR so we do some of the post-game analysis and virtual reality,” Bush told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein in October. “Two weeks ago we had our first game, the Green Bay at Minnesota game, and just seeing some of the guys on the field, it was definitely a little different, you know, being on the other side.”
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“[T]his was the first time I ever got In the studio with @offsetyrn. I did LICK way before he featured on it, anyways i was soo nervous cause he was looking at me like ‘let’s see if she really be doing this shit on her own,’” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper wrote on Instagram. “[T]hen I got in the booth […] Had to show his ass why he had to put a ring on this finger.”
She clearly did something to impress him.
Following weeks of engagement rumors, Offset proposed to Cardi in October during Power 99's Powerhouse in Philadelphia. Cardi expressed her love for the Migos member shortly after, writing on Instagram: “Thank you for seeing the potential in me since you met me. For giving me advice molding me and loving me […] I can’t wait to spend FOREVAAAA with you. Lets make a lot shmoney and love together.”
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On Friday, the rapper released a statement explaining he was forced to cancel the Dec. 6 show because of “technical difficulties.” The production crew apparently deemed it “impossible” to set up the screens in The Pinnacle Bank Arena. It’s disappointing news, to say the least, but fans won’t be completely screwed over. According to the Omaha World Herald, all tickets will be fully refunded at the point of purchase.
“Due to the scale of this production, we cannot get the screens up on time into the building in Nebraska. This tour is too important to me to do it halfway. I have to cancel the show,” he wrote. “I respect you guys too much to take the money and run. Peace, Hov.”
Jay said he had to cancel a Fresno concert earlier this month for the same reason.
The 4:44 concert kicked off in late October and will include stops in Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, and Oakland, before wrapping up Dec. 21 in Inglewood, California.
Jay’s 4:44 Tour has nabbed several headlines in recent weeks. During his show in Cleveland, the rapper pointed to a child in the audience and reassured her she could be president one day. Shortly before that, he used his time on stage to speak on the NFL protests and the injustices in our country.
“I want y’all to understand…when people are kneeling and putting their fists up and doing what they’re doing, it’s not about the flag. It’s about justice. It’s about injustice,” he told the crowd in Miami. “And that’s not a black or a white thing. It’s a human issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be affected. That’s not a black or a white issue. That’s a human issue. That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.”
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