Robert Kraft Says Patriots Haven’t Discussed Contract Extension For Tom Brady Yet

There are currently two years left on Tom Brady's contract. He's also set to turn 41-years-old this upcoming preseason. The standard practice in this situation has been for the team to extend Brady, which the Pats have done in four out of five instances where he's had two years left on his deal (with the lone exception being when he returned from a torn ACL in 2009). But, again, he's soon to be 41-years-old. Any other dude (who hadn't retired several years ago) would serve as a veteran backup as they draft a quarterback in a few weeks. But he's Tom Brady and he's a freak of nature.

Because of that Pats owner Robert Kraft seems totally unconcerned with his longtime quarterback's current status, which sees him making a big enough salary to give the team a serious cap hit over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Kraft seemed as if he couldn't give less of a crap about the current situation with the default face of the league.

“He'll be 41 when the season starts,” Kraft said. “Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we'll deal with it.”

Kraft, who has reportedly played a central role in past negotiations with Brady, also spoke on the QB's intent to play into his mid-40s, which he has publicly reiterated on a number of occassions. “I hope he plays,” he said. “He's at a different point in his life. He talked about it. It's interesting to see that Tom vs. Time and see where he's at, his kids growing up. But that is something for he and his family to decide what is right for him.

“Me personally, I'd like to see him play as long as he can. I don't think anyone would have believed 10 years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It's just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he'll keep playing. We're so lucky to have him in our system.”

Five more years, man. You heard it here first eighth or ninth.

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Guess Who LeBron James Thinks Should Win NBA MVP?

LeBron James is the best basketball player alive, and he has been for more than 10 years. He has not won an MVP, however, since 2013. LeBron is always near the top of the list, but in recent years, he has fallen just short of the Herculean efforts of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook.

Someday, we'll probably look back on LeBron's career and wonder, How did he only win X MVPs? Right now, that number is four (2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013), but considering how good he has looked of late, it's quite possible he'll add to that total in the coming years.

It seems a practical impossibility, though, that he'll add a notch to his MVP list this season. James Harden has simply been too good. That doesn't change the fact that King James thinks he should win the 2017-18 MVP.

“I would vote for me,” LeBron told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The body of work, how I'm doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we've got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.”

James won't win the award this year, but he'll likely be a finalist, and he certainly deserves praise. What he's doing in his 15th season is truly astounding.

“At this point in my career, I'm just trying to break the mold, break the narrative of guys in their 15th year…I'm trying to do things that have never been done before,” James said. “It's crazy because I'm not setting out to do it. It's just kind of happening organically. I'm just training my body and training my mind and going out and playing and seeing what happens.”

We talk about the G.O.A.T. all the time, but LeBron is establishing his legacy as the indubitable endurance G.O.A.T. No one else has played the game at this high of a level for this long.

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LeBron James Reaffirms His Greatness With Historic Performance Against Raptors

Make sure you take a moment to fully appreciate the fact that you are able to watch LeBron James play in the NBA. Make sure you take a moment to fully appreciate the fact that LeBron is playing his best ball in his 15th season in the league. On Wednesday, James reminded us that players like him don’t come around that often.

After the Toronto Raptors jumped ahead at halftime, tying a franchise record with 79 points in the first half, the Cleveland Cavaliers could have just thrown in the towel. The Cavaliers were missing five rotational players and their head coach Tyronn Lue was out because of health reasons. The excuses were there for the taking, but James put the team on his back like he has all season.

The Cavaliers came back to defeat the Raptors, 132-129, thanks to LeBron, who scored 35 points, dished out 17 assists, and committed zero turnovers. To better understand how rare of a stat line that is, let’s see how many players have accomplished a similar feat.

As the Cavaliers tried completing the comeback in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, James was serenaded with “MVP” chants at the free throw line. 

James is currently averaging 27.3 points, 9.0 assists, and 8.7 rebounds per game this season. His numbers are good enough to warrant considerable discussion in this year's MVP race. But what more does LeBron need to do to get his name brought up as the greatest to ever play the game? 

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People Complaining That James Harden Pushed Off on Wesley Johnson Are the Worst

James Harden’s crossover of Wesley Johnson on Wednesday night was an absolute thing of beauty. From the crossover itself to the staredown after it happened, it will likely go down as one of the best plays of the entire 2017-18 NBA season—and it got the reaction it deserved on social media with most NBA fans going wild after it happened.

But believe it or not, there were actually some people out there who weren’t able to find the beauty in what Harden did to Johnson. Rather than focusing on the crossover and subsequent staredown, they pointed out the fact that Harden may have possibly pushed off on the play and forced Johnson to fall by doing it, as if the killer crossover somehow wasn’t the culprit for the crime. As if. Here’s just a small sample of what we’re talking about.

There were so many people yelling “He pushed off!” that it forced a few high-profile NBA fans to push back against their complaints. ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who fired off more than a few jokes at Johnson’s expense, asked #PushOffTwitter to fall back and let everyone have their fun.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols put up a Twitter poll asking her fans to pick the more annoying person—the person who thought Harden pushed off or the person who thought he traveled.

Tough to say. But either way, we think we can all agree that those people who chose to use Harden’s crossover as an indictment on the NBA are, officially, the worst. Like, how can you possibly manage to hate on a play that resulted in this going up on Johnson’s Wikipedia page?

Whatever the case, we don’t want to let those naysayers overshadow what was an otherwise fun night on NBA Twitter. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best social media reactions that came out of Harden’s crossover on Johnson. Sorry, #PushOffTwitter. Scroll down to see the highlights.

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Isaiah Thomas Says Cavs ‘Were in Panic Mode’ When They Traded Him

Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Isaiah Thomas has a simple explanation for the blockbuster February trade that resulted in him getting swapped for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

“It’s a business,” Thomas told ESPN during an interview for the network’s E:60 program. “And the Cavs were, I mean, they were in panic mode. We were losing—a lot. And I think they felt like they needed to make a move, and they, they basically cleared house.”

Thomas and Channing Frye were shipped to the Lakers, while the Cavs acquired Rodney Hood and George Hill in a separate three-way deal with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. The flurry of trades that saw the Cavs trade six players and a draft pick to bring in four new additions came shortly after the team posted a 6-12 record from Christmas through February 3.

A large portion of the blame fell on Thomas, who only logged 15 games with the Cavs after spending a significant portion of the season rehabbing from a hip injury. As the losses piled up, he reportedly called out Kevin Love, questioned his teammates’ effort, and implied the coaching staff failed to make adjustments. He also found himself on the wrong end of a hilarious meme.

“People don’t put in there that we had eight or nine new players,” Thomas added. “So it was basically a brand new team…I’m in a new system—new team, new coach, new players. And then I’ve been off for seven months. So I got to get—individually, I got to for the most part get my rhythm back, get my timing back.”

Much like Thomas, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman has since conceded that the 2017 trade that initially brought Thomas to Cleveland while shipping Kyrie Irving to Boston was a bust.

“Did it fit? Did it work? Probably not,” Altman told Joe Vardon of shortly after trading Thomas and Frye to Los Angeles. “So with those pieces, we decided to shuffle the deck and get younger and get some youthful talent with energy and enthusiasm.”

Thomas finished fifth in MVP voting after the 2016-2017 season, and many around the league believe he’ll use his time with the rebuilding Lakers as an audition for a larger contract.

“Hopefully I’m here long term, you know, with me being a free agent this summer,” Thomas said. “But if I’m not, these last 25 games I’m going to play my heart out and show the Lakers why I should be here long term.”

Thomas’ full E:60 interview is scheduled to air March 11.

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Harden Talks Hoops & Style Evolution; CP3’s Gil Stories; LeBron Playoffs Conspiracy! | Out of Bounds

There won’t be any NBA games played until Thursday night, but Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds team still have plenty to talk about in the world of basketball. During All-Star Weekend, Commissioner Adam Silver entertained the idea of shaking up the NBA playoffs format, re-seeding the top eight Eastern and Western teams 1–16 to increase the likelihood of the two best teams meeting in the championship round — regardless of conference. Gil and the guys debate the idea’s merits and ask, is it all a conspiracy to give LeBron James a better shot at making the Finals? With Houston (44-13) boasting the league’s best record at the All-Star break, the team discusses the reasons for the Rockets’ success and whether or not they’re the best team in the NBA. (Have the Warriors woken up from their regular season nap yet? Does it even matter?) Speaking of the Rockets, MVP front-runner James Harden sits down with OOB to talk about his evolution as a player and fashion icon, Houston hoops culture, and what he didn’t know about Chris Paul before they teamed up. Next, CP3 chats with OOB about building a brotherhood in Houston, witnessing greatness in Harden, and his off-court interests. The superstar assist man also dishes some pre-Draft workout and Team USA Gil stories — a bit of flaming that Gil responds to in true Hibachi fashion.

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NBA All-Star Madness With Jimmy Butler, Nate Robinson & Kenny Smith | Out of Bounds

 The buzzer has sounded on NBA All-Star Weekend 2018. There were highs, there were lows, there were parties, and Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds team have thoughts on all of it. The reaction starts at the Celebrity Game, where Migos member Quavo took the MVP trophy — and impressed Gil with a non-basketball move. Next, the gang gets into the Slam Dunk Contest, which Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won, and the All-Star Game, which Team LeBron won 148-145. Have the dunks become too gimmicky and unoriginal? Did the refs try to steal the show at the ASG? Did the format changes, with captains drafting — and a surprising amount of defense and effort — save the showcase game? Or does the NBA need to shake things up further? Depends whom you ask. Following the debate, OOB shares friend of the show Nate Robinson’s star-studded video diary of the festivities, featuring Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, DJ Khaled, and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be All-Star Weekend without tons of big parties, and Kenny “The Jet” Smith tells Adam about the evolution and dangers of ASW turn-ups, before Gil chimes in with the BTS story of his own $2 million birthday bash. Finally, Jimmy Butler sits down with Adam to discuss why he says whatever he feels, how he chooses his court kicks, and what happens when he plays country music in the Timberwolves locker room. 

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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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Aaron Rodgers Discusses Teammates’ Love for New Yeezys & His Partnership with Adidas

Everyone knows that Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL. But does he have any advice to help one of his few peers, Tom Brady?

Complex's Pierce Simpson sat down with Rodgers to ask him about that, his (and his teammates') feelings about Yeezys, his plans for the future (a hint: he's “as good as ever”)—and, of course, to re-live the trauma of Rodgers defeating Simpson's beloved Dallas in last year's playoffs. The QB also discusses his time with Adidas and his relationship with the three stripes family.

You can watch the whole interview above.

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Lou Williams Talks About Breaking Up With 1 of His 2 Girlfriends

When you hear the name Lou Williams, what’s one of the first things that comes to mind? Despite the stellar NBA career he’s put together since first entering the league back in 2005, it’s probably not his 12.8 points per game career scoring average. It’s also probably not the fact that he’s spent time playing for the 76ers, Hawks, Raptors, Lakers, Rockets, and, most recently, Clippers. Even Williams’ Sixth Man of the Year award in 2015 is probably an afterthought for most people.

Instead, the first thing most people think about when they hear Williams’ name is that, back in 2014, a Baller Alert report revealed he was openly dating two women at the same time. Drake also mentioned Williams’ unorthodox dating situation on his song, “6 God.” Williams had two girlfriends named Ashley Henderson and Rece Mitchell—or “Blonde” and “Brown,” as he often referred to them on social media—and from the sounds of things, the women were both fine with the arrangement with Williams.

This led more than a few NBA fans to christen Williams “the real MVP.”

Even J.R. Smith was blown away by the dating setup Williams had with the two women.

Unfortunately, we have some very sad news to share. In recent weeks, as Williams has dealt with being at the center of trade rumors and being snubbed for this year’s NBA All-Star Game despite playing some of the best basketball of his career, people have wondered about the status of his relationship. In fact, if you search “Lou Williams girlfriends” on Twitter, you’ll find that people haven’t stopped talking about the Lou-Will x Blonde x Brown dynamic since it became public knowledge more than three years ago. People are still fascinated by it.

But it sounds like Williams is no longer running the triangle offense with Henderson and Mitchell. Sports Illustrated reporter Lee Jenkins profiled Williams for the latest issue of the magazine and asked him about how things are going with his two girlfriends. Williams responded by revealing that, while he’s still dating Rece, he is no longer cozying up with Ashley at the same time. Williams said he's still friendly with Ashley, but for reasons he didn’t get into while speaking with Jenkins, the trio has turned into a duo.



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At least, that’s what we think. Who knows? Maybe Ashley has been replaced with a new woman. Williams didn’t elaborate. But he did say that he still gets asked about having two girlfriends regularly. He also talked about how—news flash—he isn’t the first NBA player to openly date two women who are OK with it at the same time.

“I hear about it every day,” Williams told Jenkins. “Every single day. More players do that than you know. I was just the first person to have it mentioned on a song.”

You can go here to read the rest of Jenkins’ excellent piece on Williams.

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