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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LeBron James Leaves Cryptic Instagram Post About ‘Lazy’ People After Cavaliers Loss

Today is the last day of January. And do you know who is really happy about that? The Cavaliers and their fans.

January has been an absolute nightmare for LeBron James & Co. Between losing eight of the 13 games they played this month, losing their composure during team meetings, and, most recently, losing Kevin Love for the next six to eight weeks due to a broken hand, there wasn’t a whole lot that went right for Cleveland over the last 31 days. LeBron did manage to score his 30,000th point during the month—but even that took place during a blowout loss to the undermanned Spurs.

So yeah, no one is looking forward to February more than the Cavaliers right now. But before they make it to next month, it appears as though they’re going to have to endure one more mini-controversy, thanks to something LeBron posted on his Instagram Story on Wednesday morning. As several of LeBron’s IG followers saw, he put up the quote, “When you become lazy it’s disrespectful to those who believe in you,” along with the “100” emoji.

If anyone except LeBron had posted that same quote, it probably wouldn’t have been a big deal at all. But because it was LeBron who did it—he has earned a reputation for being the king of subliminals—this will probably end up being a huge deal between now and the end of the day.

There are already some people speculating about who LeBron may have referencing with his IG Story post. Was it Love? Isaiah Thomas? Tristan Thompson? J.R. Smith?

The jury is still out. It might turn out LeBron wasn't talking about any of his teammates. But given the current climate of the Cavaliers' locker room and the timing of LeBron's post—it came just hours after the Cavaliers lost to the Pistons on the road—many people believe LeBron must have been referencing someone he plays with.

Somewhat amazingly, this isn’t even the only controversy LeBron has caused in the last 12 hours. On Tuesday night, he sent out this tweet congratulating James Harden on dropping 60 points (and a triple-double!) during a historic performance against the Magic.

Harden responded.

And it led to more than a few people speculating about how those two tweets were somehow proof LeBron will eventually end up playing with Harden in Houston.

The Cavaliers have one more game against the Heat on Wednesday night to close out the month of January. It clearly can’t come and go quickly enough for the Cavaliers and their fans.

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O.J. Simpson Shuts Down Conspiracy Theory About Him Being Khloé Kardashian’s Real Father

For years now, there have been rumors flying around about how Robert Kardashian was not Khloé Kardashian’s biological father. Instead, a conspiracy theory has suggested that O.J. Simpson, who was once a close family friend of the Kardashians, is actually Khloé’s dad.

It’s not really clear where the rumors first started, but they’ve picked up so much steam over the last couple years that Khloé herself was basically forced to address them head-on last summer after people bombarded her Instagram page with comments about O.J. She didn’t have a whole lot to say about people continuing to buy into and spread the rumors, but she said “people are assholes” in reference to all of the comments that suddenly popped up on her IG page after O.J. was granted parole in Nevada following a lengthy prison sentence.

O.J. himself has seemingly refused to shut the rumors down in the past. In fact, back in 2016, reports emerged about how O.J. was pushing for a paternity test to take place to see whether or not he was actually Khloé’s real dad. It led to further speculation surrounding the situation.

But on Sunday afternoon, the paparazzi caught up with O.J. as he watched the Bills playoff game in Las Vegas, and he appeared to deny the conspiracy theory about him being Khloé’s dad. While he didn’t necessarily come right out and say that, the paparazzo who spoke with O.J. started the short interview off by saying, “Are congratulations in order?” O.J. responded by saying, “For what?” And after the paparazzo pointed out that Khloé recently announced her pregnancy with Tristan Thompson, O.J. laughed before explaining that, while he’s happy for Khloé, he isn’t the one who deserves any congratulations.

“Well, for Bob, God bless his soul, yeah. But I don’t know for me. I don’t think for me. I didn’t have nothing to do with it,” O.J. said. “Khloé and the girls were all terrific girls when they were growing up. They were nice and terrific. I think today they’re still nice and terrific, except they’ve kind of added sex appeal to their résumé. I’m happy for them. Congratulations to her. But trust me, I didn’t have nothing to do with it. I would be proud if I had anything to do with it, but I don’t. God bless her.”

Does this completely shut down the O.J. and Khloé conspiracy theory? No, not really. But if you watch the clip, O.J. clearly understood what was being asked of him during the brief interview, and he didn’t play up the possibility of him having any biological connection to Khloé. O.J.’s daughter Sydney was also there during the interview, and she found the Khloé conspiracy theory to be downright laughable. You can go here to see the interview for yourself.

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Here’s What Carmelo Did That Made Damian Lillard Want to Recruit Him for the Trail Blazers

Kyrie Irving is doing the best he can to avoid saying it outright, but the reason for him forcing his way out of Cleveland seems pretty clear. A star in his own right, Irving was sick of standing in LeBron James' shadow, and he was willing to sacrifice a near-guaranteed spot in the NBA Finals in order to forge his own way forward.

It's a pretty dramatic step, and one everybody with an interest in basketball is split over, including the players. On Wednesday's episode of Everyday Struggle, Damian Lillard joined the show to promote his upcoming album, Confirmed, and he weighed in on the divide between LeBron and Irving. Lillard feels the whole thing is pretty transparent, and that LeBron's ability to influence Cleveland's management eventually drove Irving away, but he also said it doesn't bother him when LeBron is pressing the Cavs to get guys like Tristan Thompson paid.

“I don't have a problem with what [LeBron] doin,” said Lillard, “because I want to see everybody get paid. I hope everybody get paid and walk away and do whatever they gon' do. But I think when somebody got so much control and you got other stars, maybe they might feel some type of way about it. Maybe that has something to do with the Kyrie situation.”

The more interesting angle is from a pure basketball perspective, where it just feels crazy to walk away from one of the best players of all-time. Though some have suggested playing with LeBron is not all it's cracked up to be, Lillard was quick to point out that it's not always fun to play alongside greatness, but it will definitely help you reach the promised land.

“People said it wasn't fun playing with [Michael] Jordan, it's just what you're willing to deal with to win, because you're going to win,” said Lillard.

Speaking of trying to win, Lillard also dished on trying to bring Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony into the fold for his Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard believes the Blazers would be a top-three team in the West if they can somehow bring Anthony in, and he discussed his respect for the veteran with the Everyday Struggle crew.

“Right now we're trying to figure out any way we can get better, and he'd make us better, a lot better,” said Lillard. “Melo is my type of dude, I like Melo, like how he operate, there's just certain stuff about him that just give me that vibe. They were coming at him last season, talking about this and talking about that, a lot of other dudes would have been quick to shoot back and do all that. But just how he handled it, that said everything I needed to see. Usually I don't even do all the trying to recruit and get people to come, but that thing alone I was like, I can run with him.”

You can hear Lillard talk about the LeBron/Kyrie split around the 32:10 mark in the video up top, and the segment on Anthony starting around 51:30.

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Tristan Thompson and David West Getting Incredibly Close During Altercation Sparks Memes

Tempers flared once again in the 2017 NBA Finals when David West and Tristan Thompson got in each other's face after the Golden State Warriors forward pushed away Kyrie Irving as the two were battling for possession of the ball. Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen stated that the Thompson and West were “nose-to-nose,” but it was more like “mouth-to-mouth” or “facial hair-to-facial hair.” 

The visual of Thompson and West being close to one another was eventually going to bring about its fair share of memes because, of course.    

There were people who felt like the Thompson and West altercation looked like something they had seen before. 

Others brought Thompson's girlfriend Khloe Kardashian into the conversation. 

Some were actually kinda jealous. 

And finally, we will just leave this one here. 

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J.R. Smith Was Held Back By Security, Escorted Off Court After Shouting Match With Heat

J.R. Smith is currently rehabbing from a broken right thumb, and he has missed the Cavaliers’ past 34 games, but that hasn’t kept him from being actively involved in his team—and it won’t stop him from standing up for his teammates when he feels they’ve been disrespected.

On Saturday night, Smith was held back by security and escorted off the court by Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue after he engaged in a shouting match with several Miami Heat players. Miami took the game 120-92, and Smith was peeved by the actions of Miami’s Rodney McGruder.

With 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Heat firmly in command, McGruder slammed home a putback dunk over the Cavaliers’ Channing Frye and then celebrated the dunk with a fist pump that may have been an attempt to shove Frye in the lower back.

Was it actually an attempted push? Hard to tell. Check the video out below.

On the ensuing Miami possession, Smith, seated on the bench, began a verbal battle with McGruder, who was standing near Cleveland’s sidelines. Then, after the game, former Cleveland guard Dion Waiters approached Cleveland’s bench and started yelling and pointing at Smith.

Heat security and Cavs center Tristan Thompson tried to reason with Waiters. Meanwhile, team officials quickly escorted Smith to the Cavs’ locker room.

“We got J.R. off the floor,” Lue said after the game, according to ESPN. “He's fiery. He's feisty. He's ready to get back on the floor. It happens throughout the course of a game. It's nothing, though.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra defended McGruder’s putback dunk and said there was no malice behind it.

“If anybody knows Rodney, he's just out there competing,” Spoelstra said. “He's going to compete every possession. He's not trying to show up anybody.”

The teams will play again Monday.

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