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LeBron James ditched headband to look more like teammates

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LeBron James has worn a headband throughout most of his NBA career, but it has been over a month since he had anything on his head during a game. LeBron’s reason for ditching the headband has to do with team unity.

“I did it because I just wanted to look like my teammates,” James told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Sunday. “Just wanted to be one. Nothing more than that.”

The catchphrase “All in’ has become Cleveland’s mantra throughout the playoffs. Mike Miller noted that LeBron was smart to give up on his headband if he wants the team to look more unified, because some guys could never pull off the headband look.

“Well, that’s the only way he can [look like us] because I can’t get away with wearing a headband,” Miller joked.

Many believe LeBron wears a headband to cover up his receding hairline, but he obviously isn’t worried about that anymore. That could be because he got a hair transplant at some point, as evidenced by the scar on the back of his head.

During the playoffs two years ago, LeBron played poorly for three quarters during one NBA Finals game until his headband was knocked off. He then went on a run but decided he would still wear the headband for Game 7. If LeBron starts struggling badly against the Chicago Bulls, don’t be surprised if team unity takes a back seat to superstition.

Stephen Curry wins MVP, called ‘most humble superstar’ by teammate

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News leaked on Sunday evening that Stephen Curry had won NBA MVP, making him the first player in Golden State Warriors history to win the award. By taking home league MVP, Curry beat out James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, among other incredible players for the honor.

Though I slightly leaned towards Harden in the debate, Curry absolutely deserves the award and I’m quite happy he won. He was the best player on the best team … and better yet, he is one of the most enjoyable players in the entire league. It’s nice to see a stud like that get rewarded with the league’s highest honor.

Just to give you an idea of what kind of guy he is, Curry received congratulatory tweets from a few teammates including Harrison Barnes, who called him the “most humble superstar” he’s ever been around.

Curry averaged 23.8 points per game on 48.7 percent shooting from the field, 44.3 percent from 3-point range, 91.4 percent from the line, in addition to 7.7 assists and two steals per game. Curry’s 91.4 percent from the line led the league, and he also broke his previous record for 3-point shots made in a season with 286.

Thank you for giving the fans such a brilliant season, Steph. You’re a deserving MVP and it’s been a pleasure watching you develop from a 3-star recruit with limited college interest into one of the best players in the world.

Brewers fire Ron Roenicke, hire Craig Counsell as replacement

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The Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday fired manager Ron Roenicke and plan to replace him with Craig Counsell, according to a report.

The Brewers are 7-18 after winning two in a row to end the weekend against the Chicago Cubs, but GM Doug Melvin said the team’s performance this weekend did not factor into the decision. Instead, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that the team’s performance to start the season and poor play at the end of last year factored into his decision.

The Brewers started off 2-13 and lost eight in a row at one point.

Roenicke said he was surprised by the timing of the move.

Roenicke also told Melvin he thought the team was turning it around, but the GM apparently had already made up his mind.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Counsell, a former Brewers player and current team radio broadcaster, will take over.

Man gets stuck in basketball hoop, has to be freed by firefighters (Video)

It’s been a while since we’ve used the Darwin Nominees category here at LBS, but this story definitely was reason for us to break it out again.

Some shirtless dunderhead in Seattle climbed onto a basketball hoop at Cal Anderson Park and somehow got stuck. He was carrying a hammer and kept waving it at people and police officers, making the whole spectacle even more bizarre.

The fire department had to be called to come help, and they set up a ladder to help bring the guy down. The guy looked like an angry animal at the zoo the way he was resisting all assistance offers. I’m sure him being half-naked with his bare bum hanging out didn’t make the thought of helping any more enticing.

Below is the full video via WTSP:

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Cubs players wear Blackhawks jerseys after game in support of team

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The Blackhawks have advanced to the second round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and are facing the Minnesota Wild in a best of seven series. Having already won game one, the Blackhawks looked to take a 2-0 series lead Sunday night. One of Chicago’s other sports teams showed their support earlier in the day.

After their game against the Brewers, several Cubs players donned Blackhawks jerseys. Joe Maddon met with the media wearing one, as did Jason Hammel. David Ross and Addison Russell posed for a picture by the team bus.

In the above photo, we see Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Pedro Strop, and a bunch of snacks, on the plane headed to St. Louis for a four-game series with the Cardinals that begins Monday.

Joe Maddon has become well known for themed road trips and we’ve highlighted a few in the past. This one happens to serve another purpose, a show of pride for the city of Chicago.

Photo via: Twitter/ARizzo44

Tre McBride changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′ after sliding in draft

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Heading into this weekend’s NFL Draft, Tre McBride was pegged as possible third or fourth round selection. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as the wide receiver from William & Mary was chosen by the Titans in the seventh round. Now, McBride’s Twitter account is a reminder of when he was drafted.

Having already chosen Marcus Mariota second overall, Tennessee went the route of giving him a weapon to utilize in wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with the eighth pick in the second round. The Titans made McBride their final addition from this year’s draft, making him the 245th player selected.

His draft position will likely mean an uphill battle making the Titans roster. However, it’s tough to bet against players who feel they have something to prove. And, for a guy who had to wait longer than expected to her his name called, McBride probably sees himself in that category. If McBride proves to be solid addition to Tennessee’s receiving corps, the team can look back on pick 245 of the 2015 NFL Draft and feel they made out pretty well.

Manny Pacquiao selfies were part of Samsung sponsorship

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Those watching the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight Saturday night and the build-up the week before the bout may have noticed Pac-Man’s proclivity for taking selfies.

Pacquiao took a selfie prior to his weigh-in, and then he did the same on his way to the ring before the big fight.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but those pics weren’t taken because Manny fancies himself a teenager and planned to share it with his best pals over Snapchat. Rather, Pacquiao signed an endorsement deal with Samsung and was just employing a creative product placement technique.

Here is the selfie Pacquiao took prior to the weigh-in. Notice how he tagged it mentioning the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone:

Then as everyone watching the fight saw, Pacquiao stopped before making his way into the ring to take a selfie with his entourage:

These highly-visible selfies are part of a marketing strategy for Samsung that has been successful. David Ortiz sort of started it when he ambushed President Obama with one at the White House. Selfies were later banned as a result. Then at last year’s NFL draft, Sammy Watkins got a selfie with Commissioner Goodell.

As part of his partnership with Samsung, Pacquiao also created a behind-the-scenes video sponsored by Samsung:

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Tony Allen walks through children performing on court, gets booed (Video)

Tony Allen WarriorsOh, look, it’s Tony Allen, that disrespectful scoundrel.

During Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals series Sunday between the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors, Allen walked right through a performance by the Warriors’ Junior Jam Squad during a timeout rather than walking around them so as not to interrupt.

Dubs fans responded by booing Allen:

Sure, we’re all there to see the players play, but Allen sure can be a little more mindful than he was. Maybe the boos will teach him to behave otherwise, but knowing his personality, we doubt it.

At least he did shake a fan’s hand:

Chris Paul leaves Blake Griffin hanging on high-five (Video)

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There was a funny moment at the end of the third quarter of Game 7 between the Clippers and Spurs on Saturday night after Chris Paul made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Teammate Blake Griffin, who posted a triple-double in the game, went to give CP3 a high-five, and the point guard ignored him.

What caused CP3 to so blatantly ignore his teammate? It could be that he was still ticked over an issue from earlier in the quarter:

Regardless of the story behind it, the Clippers won the game and all should be good now. It’s just always funny to see someone get left hanging. Tom Brady knows all about that.

Video via @cjzero

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great (Video)

Noober Goober Gaming created a mock Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Punch Out” video game clip that’s a spoof on the classic Mike Tyson’s “Punch-Out” Nintendo game, and it was hilarious.

The video clip mocks the way Mayweather makes opponents agree to his fight terms, how he cares more about getting the money from customers rather than satisfying them with a good product, and how he refuses to engage his opponent in the ring.

The clip mocks him for hugging his opponent, as he constantly did to Manny Pacquiao Saturday, and shows him not throwing any punches. It was far too accurate.

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