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Nike Called Charles Barkley About his LeBron James Negativity

Somehow this NBA postseason has turned into a clash between Charles Barkley and the Miami Heat. Last week Chuck called the Miami Heat a whiny bunch which didn’t sit well with fans. They also didn’t like that he picked the Chicago Bulls to win the series, so they let him have it during TNT’s postgame show after Game 3. Chuck responded with a double bird to the fans.

Most of the problems between the sides date back to last summer when Barkley criticized LeBron James for leaving the Cavs to join the Heat, completely disregarding that he had actually sold out and joined the Rockets in search of a ring late in his career! Putting the hypocrisy aside, Barkley’s negativity towards LeBron was enough to get the suits from the swoosh on the phone.

Check out what Barkley told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald as shared by Royce Young at CBS Sports:

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Buster Posey Injury Could Lead Giants to Call Bengie Molina

Giants prized catcher Buster Posey suffered an awful break Wednesday night when he was injured on a collision at the plate. Marlins pinch hitter Scott Cousins tagged up from third on a fly ball in the 12th and launched into Posey to score the winning run. Posey’s left leg was planted in the ground and his body was bent backwards, likely injuring his ankle or leg. It was a brutal injury and an extremely difficult break for such a good young player.

Though we don’t want to minimize how much this could set back Posey — team officials would only say that the injury was “not good” — the Giants are still the NL West leader and need a replacement. Eli Whiteside is their only other catcher on the roster, so they’ll likely call up Chris Stewart from the minors. But maybe another name familiar to Giants fans can end up in San Francisco: Bengie Molina.

Molina has been out of baseball this year because he did not receive a contract offer in the offseason that he deemed satisfactory. The Red Sox reportedly had contacted him earlier in the month, but now that Jarrod Saltalamacchia has started to hit, their interest may be limited.

We have no idea what kind of playing shape he’s in, but Bengie is familiar with the Giants having played there since ’07 (they traded him to the Rangers mid-season last year). If any opportunity could make him come back to baseball this would be it. If it does happen, he’ll probably need several weeks of minor league action before being ready for the Giants, but the wait would probably be worthwhile.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Video: Russell Westbrook Walks off Floor Without Shaking Hands

The more the playoffs go on, the less likable Russell Westbrook becomes. That’s coming from a UCLA fan who thought Russell was great for the Bruins and that he would find tremendous success in the NBA. He’s a hard worker, extremely talented, fast, and athletic. But his character is lacking.

In an interview after one of OKC’s playoff games this year, Kevin Durant credited his teammates for the win while Westbrook talked about his individual style of play. When he was removed from a game against Dallas, he yelled at his coach even though his team ends up winning. Sure he took more of a beating from the media than he deserved throughout the playoffs, but his lasting image of the postseason is not a positive one.

Immediately after the Thunder were eliminated, a frustrated and disheartened Westbrook walked off the floor without shaking hands or congratulating Dallas. Check out the video courtesy of Eye on Basketball:

Look, we understand how crappy it feels to lose. Even Kevin Durant couldn’t muster any positive words about Dirk Nowitzki after the game because he was upset his team lost. But Durant did the sportsmanlike thing and congratulated his opponents.

When you’ve been beaten, that’s all you have to do is congratulate the other team and shake their hand. You don’t have to be happy for them and there’s nothing wrong with being angry. Just shake your opponent’s hands. I know this won’t be as magnified as LeBron snubbing the Magic in ’09 because Westbrook isn’t the same caliber player, but this is just another sign of Russell’s immaturity. He’s a young man who has plenty of time to make a mends for the situation. He’s also extremely talented. I want to like him and so should most of the media. He just has to help us by displaying better character in the future.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks Ditch Doris Burke During Ceremony (Video)

After coming back to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5, the Dallas Mavericks were happy to have closed out the series. But staying true to their workmanlike character, they refused to celebrate too heavily knowing they still have their toughest task ahead — a meeting with the Heat or Bulls in the NBA Finals.

ESPN brought out reporter Doris Burke to interview owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle about reaching the Finals, but when she turned to speak with Dirk Nowitzki, she realized the team’s MVP had already exited the floor. Soon after that, the party ended as all the players dispersed. Check out the ditch party:

Even though this is the second time Burke was embarrassed this week, you can’t blame her too much. She probably should have interviewed Dirk before Cuban, but players generally stick around to conduct interviews. The question I have for you is why did they do it? One suspicion I had was that Dirk Nowitzki was upset at the way Mark Cuban was going all WWE in his interview and getting carried away. After all, Dirk said the team was doing better this year because Cuban was keeping quiet, so maybe he was upset that Cuban was opening his mouth. But the overwhelming feeling is that he walked off the floor because he didn’t feel it was time to celebrate.

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Kevin Durant Is Not Happy to See Dirk Nowitzki Succeed at His Expense

Throughout the NBA playoffs, we’ve seen a few constants: Dirk Nowitzki putting up points, the Thunder blowing leads, and reporters asking stupid questions at press conferences. One of those dumb questions came after Oklahoma City was eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night. A reporter asked Kevin Durant, the franchise player for the Thunder, how he felt about seeing Dirk succeed at his expense. KD gave about as good of a response to the bad question as he possibly could have.

“I’m not happy at all. I’m a competitor,” Durant explained. “I really didn’t care about what he went through the last three or four years. I know it’s been tough for him, I’m sure he’s happy now he’s going back to the Finals, but I’m not happy for him at all because I wanted to be there. But [sometimes] it happens like that.”

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Kim Kardashian Alerted Reggie Bush About Her Engagement to Kris Humphries

Kim Kardashian announced to the world Wednesday that she and long-time boyfriend athlete of the month Kris Humphries were getting engaged. They kept the details of how he popped the question private in order to preserve the romance of their relationship.

They made sure everyone knew exactly how the whole thing went down, telling People Magazine Humphries spelled out “Will you marry me?” with rose petals in her bedroom. She said yes (but not until getting a jeweler to confirm the diamond was over 20 karats), and they celebrated with two mini-horses decorated with glitter. Got that? Unicorns and glitter. Unicorns and freaking glitter. This is your life, Kris Humphries.

Anyway, the worst part of the story — aside from the mini-horses and glitter — is that Kim K. supposedly told ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush about the news before they made the announcement. Obviously we’re supposed to believe this was done out of consideration, but there’s no way that conversation went anything other than “You F***ed up. You see what you could have had if you popped the question? Now it’s too late.”

Think about this for a second — it was only a year ago that Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush had split up, and it was only September that she split up with Miles Austin. Apparently all you needed to marry her was a gigantic engagement ring and a playing contract with a professional sports team. I’m sure that’s no problem for Kris Humphries. After all, how can one not be exciting about being part of this the rest of his life?

Rays Make Fan Take Off His ‘Yankees Suck’ Shirt

Truth be told, I have kind of forgotten that “Yankees Suck” is a somewhat inappropriate phrase. Seeing “Yankees Suck” written on a t-shirt or hearing 30,000-plus people chant it at a ballgame, parade, or even football game barely even captures my attention. What probably would cause me to do a double take is if I didn’t see half a dozen vendors outside Fenway Park selling “Yankees Suck” apparel and memorabilia. The Tampa Bay Rays, on the other hand, take the phrase a bit more seriously.

According to the Tampa Tribune, via Hardball Talk, a stadium official made a Rays season ticket holder remove his “Yankees Suck” t-shirt last week because they felt it constituted profanity.  I guess the phrase is profane depending on your standards, but really?  The fan, who happened to be a lawyer, objected and asked to talk to a team official but had no success. What’s scary is that this is not the first stadium where a fan was forced to remove a Yankees Suck shirt.

First of all, the shirt isn’t a big deal.  They tried banning them at Fenway once and realized it would be impossible so they have since let it go.  Secondly, this is Tampa Bay we’re talking about.  They don’t exactly have an easy time selling tickets down in St. Pete, so if a fan walked in with a shirt that said “F*** you” on it I’d probably turn my cheek if I worked there.  Do you want to have a G-rated environment or do you want butts in the seats?  Most often in professional sports, you can’t have both.

Chad Ochocinco to Try Snake Wrangling

Bengals owner Mike Brown expressed his frustration with Chad Ochocinco recently, saying he wants the receiver to focus on football instead of publicity stunts in the offseason. Brown even poked fun at Ochocinco saying, “Next maybe he’ll be a snake wrangler and we’ll watch to see if he gets bit.”

Well Brown’s joke gave Ochocinco an idea and Chad is acting on it.

He announced on twitter Wednesday, “I’ve partnered with Snake Jungle to go out and become the first black SnakeWrangler thanks to my owner Mike Brown for the great idea.” He then added “Does anyone know these snakes I’m gonna catch,Taipan,Blue Krait,Eastern Brown Snake,Rattle Snake and the Death Adder.”

Ordinarily you’d think he was messing around, but nothing Chad says can be taken lightly. He’s the same guy who recently rode a bull (watch the video) and tried out for a Major League Soccer team.

Pro Football Talk says Chad’s serious about the idea, and why wouldn’t he be? If it meant more publicity, he’d stick his penis in a guillotine and pull the string. I just wish he’d do something more productive with his time off during the lockout like some other players.

LaMarr Woodley: NFL is ‘Turning Soft’

It’s no secret that plenty of players have a problem with the way the rules in the NFL have changed over the last few years. In an attempt to “protect” players from serious injury, the NFL has cracked down on head shots and what they deem to be unnecessary roughness.  Last season, Brian Urlacher called the new rules “bulls***” and James Harrison threatened to retire after being fined for a hit on a defenseless receiver.  Harrison’s teammate, LaMarr Woodley, thinks the NFL is ruining the game by adding new rules to protect players every season.

“Man, they’re getting ridiculous.  Football is turning soft now,” Woodley told Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “Too many fines.  Too many penalties protecting the quarterback every single play.  Defensive guys can’t be defensive guys no more.”

“Man, I think it’s so stupid.  I mean, it’s football.  I mean, that’s what you signed up for.  You signed up, when you played football you knew it was going to be an aggressive game.  There’s a chance of you getting hurt and having serious injuries.  So that’s what you signed up for.”

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Donovan Warren: Nothing but Respect for Rich Rodriguez

LBS interviewed former Michigan cornerback and current Steelers cornerback Donovan Warren at the premiere for 4th and Forever. 4th and Forever is a TV show that will debut Thursday at 9PM Eastern on Current TV, and the show chronicles last year’s football season at Long Beach Poly High School. Poly, where Warren attended high school, was named the “Sports School of the Century” by Sports Illustrated.

In our interview, we talk about Warren’s time at Long Beach Poly and Michigan. He explained why he chose Michigan over USC, and he shared his thoughts on the coaching switch at Michigan from Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke. Here’s our interview:

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