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Kevin Durant says he has not thought about free agency yet

Kevin Durant

With his team losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, all the attention surrounding Kevin Durant turns to his future. But he is not ready to talk about that yet.

After falling to the Warriors in Game 7 Monday, Durant was asked the question on everyone’s mind: What is he thinking about regarding his future now that he will be a free agent? Durant essentially avoided the question.

That’s about all Durant could say to it. The journalist who asked the question probably was not expecting to get an answer, but he had to ask since he’s a Thunder beat reporter.

Durant is an unrestricted free agent and is the most coveted player on the market in years. He’s only 27, already has an MVP under his belt, and he still has room to grow as a player.

Will he stay with OKC? Sign elsewhere like Washington or San Antonio or perhaps some other team? Only time will tell, but for now, fans will await one of the biggest decisions in recent league history.

Reggie Jackson sends petty tweet after Thunder lose to Warriors

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Leave it to Reggie Jackson to rub in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff series loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

After the Thunder fell to the Warriors in Game 7 96-88, Jackson sent a tweet that had nothing but a smirking emoji in it:

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That’s Jackson apparently expressing his happiness over his former team losing. And his reaction is not at all surprising.

Jackson was drafted by the Thunder and spent three and a half seasons with them before forcing his way out with a trade to the Detroit Pistons last season. Prior to the trade he expressed his discontent with the Thunder. When he was traded, he openly celebrated. Oh, and when his Pistons beat the Thunder during the regular season, he celebrated like his team had won the championship.

It’s no surprise to see Jackson acting petty once again.

Draymond Green has ‘mad respect’ for Steven Adams

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Now that his team advanced to the NBA Finals, Draymond Green felt comfortable making up with series nemesis Steven Adams.

After his Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 in Game 7 on Monday to win the conference, Green conducted an interview with TNT’s David Aldridge. Aldridge asked Green about what the Warriors forward said to Adams once the series ended.

“I told him congrats on a great season,” said Green. Green then complimented Adams. “I love what he brings to the table. I respect a guy who continues to fight. We had our instances — nothing was on purpose — but he battles and I battled. I just told him I got mad respect and I love the way he battles.

“Since he came in the league, he’s been playing the same way. You gotta respect a guy like that.”

There’s no way you could have watched that series — or the entire playoffs for that matter — and not have respect for Adams. He was one of the best big men in the entire postseason and battled Green the entire way.

No matter how many groin shots or other sneaky dirty plays from Green he endured, he continued to fight and play well. The native New Zealander was definitely one of the better revelations of the postseason. And it’s nice that Green can respect a man who stood up to all of his tricks.

Dinosaur-like alligator found walking golf course in Florida (Video)

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A massive dinosaur-looking alligator has gone viral after being photographed and recorded walking a golf course in Florida.

The enormous gator was spotted at Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Florida, where it apparently is a regular attraction.

“People have heard that he is out here and that is all they want to see so they will bring spectators to ride so somebody can get a picture,” pro shop clerk Wendy Schofield told News 3. “He doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him, he’s like a mascot for the course, which is owned by Manatee County.”

“He has been here for a very, very long time, he’s not new at all. There have been guesses that he’s 15 to 16 feet long,” the five-year employee said. “The word has spread that this is a great place to come and play. He is the highlight, but we are worth the price too.”

Yeah, that gator certainly is worth the price of admission.

Bernie Sanders attends Game 7 of Warriors-Thunder series

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made an appearance at Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Sanders arrived at Oracle Arena in Oakland late in the second quarter for the game, possibly helping the Thunder close the gap in the score.

Sanders already won Oklahoma, so he wasn’t risking much by showing up at the home of the Warriors. But he has a lot to gain with the California primaries eight days away and the tough competition in the state from Hillary Clinton.

Feel the Bern.

Draymond Green, Steven Adams get tangled up (Video)

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You knew Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night wouldn’t go down without some sort of incident between Draymond Green and Steven Adams. And of course it didn’t take long for the two to get tangled up.


While fighting for a rebound with just under three minutes left in the first half, Green appeared to lock arms with Adams, and the two ended up on the ground. The larger Adams went down on Green, leading Green’s head to hit the floor.

Double fouls were called on the play, but nothing more. At least this was more tame than when Green kicked Adams in the groin earlier in the series.

Johnny Manziel is not missing – rep has spoken with him

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A little bit of a fury was caused on Monday when a report said Johnny Manziel had gone missing. Apparently that was slightly overstated.

Manziel’s rep Denise Michaels told Cleveland.com that she has spoken with her client “several times” in the past 24 hours. She also says other people have spoken with him, too.

The New York Post’s Page Six says Manziel was supposed to host a party in the Hamptons for close friends and family. He was supposed to fly there via helicopter on Saturday, but he apparently didn’t answer his phone for 15 minutes and the chopper left without him. Page Six described Manziel as missing.

Though Manziel is not missing, it seems that he remains just as flaky as ever.

The former first-round draft pick was kicked out of a nightclub in Las Vegas a few weekends ago. He also has been involved in a dispute with the owner of a luxury rental car company over the destruction of a car driven by one of Manziel’s friends.

The 23-year-old quarterback was released by the Cleveland Browns in March and has been dropped by numerous agents and sponsors in the past several months.

Stephen Curry to Klay Thompson during Game 6: ‘This is your time’

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True to their nickname, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are just as much brothers as they are splash.

Curry shared with Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday the message he had for his backcourt counterpart as the Warriors trailed the Thunder by eight points heading into the fourth quarter of an elimination Game 6 on Saturday: “This is your time.”

“I knew that those first three minutes, I wouldn’t say necessarily could win us the game, but they could obviously go out and turn that eight-point lead into 15 or 17. Then, you’re pretty much done,” Curry continued. “Knowing the sense of urgency, I didn’t want to pressure on him, but I wanted to give him that confidence. I told him to ‘do what you do,’ and he did that.”

Thompson had hit six three-pointers in the first three quarters and would go onto hit five more to finish with 19 points in the final frame and 41 points overall as Golden State forced a decisive seventh game with a 108-101 victory.

For his part, Thompson, whose performance that night dazzled many including Warriors owner Joe Lacob, appreciated the trust placed in him by his fellow Splash Brother.

“When the MVP has confidence in you, it means a lot,” said Thompson. “It gives you a sense of urgency to go out there and play your game and just have fun. It’s easy playing with Steph, because the air of confidence he has about him trickles down to everyone on this team.”

Now we’ll just have to wait and see if Game 7 on Monday night is now Curry’s time to do what he does.

Image Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

H/T theScore

Bismack Biyombo willing to take hometown discount to stay in Toronto

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With his shot-erasing, rebound-munching, rim-running ways this postseason, Raptors big man Bismack Biyombo has played himself into a nice payday for his impending unrestricted free agency over the summer. But as it turns out, Biyombo may be willing to leave it all on the table in order to come back to Toronto next season.

On Monday, Biyombo said that he wants to return to the Raptors and is open to taking a hometown discount to do so, per Andrew Walker of Sportsnet.

The 23-year-old brought phenomenal energy on both ends for the Raptors (not to mention earth-wrecking blocks, Mutombo-inspired swagger, and social media gold) during their run to the Eastern Conference Finals this year, particularly when starting center Jonas Valanciunas suffered an ankle injury.

With that kind of stellar playoff performance, Biyombo deserves and will get a sizable amount of interest on the open market this offseason. But if he gets his way, it looks like both Biyombo and his index finger will be staying up north for the forseeable future.

Image Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

H/T NBA Reddit

Former No. 3 pick Dion Jordan applies for reinstatement to NFL

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Defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft who was suspended for a drug policy violation, has applied for reinstatement and is determined to make the most of his second chance.

Jordan spent the 2015 season suspended after his diluted sample in December 2014. Already regarded as a monumental draft bust after underwhelming even when on the field, the now 26-year-old doesn’t want to mess things up again.

“I’m not about to waste it. I can’t waste it. And I (expletive) love doing it,” Jordan told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. “Who doesn’t love running out in front of 30,000-plus fans and you get that rush? But it’s also things that you can get that rush from that can be very satisfying and can carry you on to a successful life after football.”

Jordan, who has just three sacks in 26 career games, admitted that he got into drugs during his rookie year and enjoyed the life of an NFL player a bit too much.

“Like a lot of rookies, you enjoy being a professional for the first time and having that cloud or whatever,” Jordan said. “I realized that’s not what it’s about. I realized real quick once I got in trouble.”

Jordan has been working out and sounds ready to jump straight back into the league. The Miami Dolphins still have him under contract, and it remains to be seen what they’ll choose to do with him in the event that he is reinstated. Perhaps his former college coach could be interested in bringing him to San Francisco for his second chance, just as he was reportedly poised to do before his suspension was handed down.

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