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Kevin Durant Explains Meaning Behind Each of His ‘Business Tattoos’

Many fans were shocked last week when it was revealed Kevin Durant has a chest and stomach full of tattoos. Fans who thought he was a clean-cut, ink-free guy felt misled. No surprise, that was part of Durant’s intent. Here’s another look at the picture that captured everyone’s attention:

The Basketball Jones described Durant’s ink as “business tattoos” designed to maintain the Thunder star’s squeaky-clean image. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman confirms that’s exactly the case.

Mayberry reports that Durant was hesistant to share his ink with the world. Mayberry wrote “Durant confirmed the deliberate placement of his designs following a practice in early May when the Thunder was in a Western Conference semifinals series with Memphis.”

He also explains what each one of Durant’s tattoos mean:

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Fan Gets LeBron James Tattoo on His Leg, LeBron Surprised

Just when it felt like everyone in America hated LeBron James, we’ve learned that is not the case. As Black Sports Online pointed out, fan Nathan Blackhall got a portrait of LeBron James tattooed on his leg:

Blackhall tweeted the picture to James who said in response “Oh damn! That’s how u feel. I appreciate the love.” With all the hate LeBron’s received, it’s no surprise he was stunned to get the Brett Keisel treatment from the fan.

Blackhall got plenty of ridicule on twitter but remained confident he made the right move. He kept saying that he’s a big fan and that LeBron is a future Hall of Famer. Hey, good for Blackhall — he better be confident he made the right decision because he now has a permanent portrait of Josh Smith on his leg for the rest of his life. Hope he’s satisfied. On the bright side, it could have been much worse.

Spencer Hawes Shaves Seattle Space Needle Into Hair for H206 Game (Picture)

The H206 charity game in Seattle took place Saturday to showcase the contributions basketball has made to the Pacific Northwest. Former Washington center Spencer Hawes played for the Seattle team and got into the mood with a haircut featuring the Space Needle shaved into his head. Hawes had teased his haircut with a tweet, but it wasn’t revealed until Todd Dybas shared a picture of it on twitter.

Though he’s currently with the 76ers, Hawes is a Seattle native who played high school and college ball in the 206. He teamed up with Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, and several other stars in the charity game. After getting that haircut, he’s now in the company of Evan Longoria, Tracy Porter, and Tony Allen who have all had crazy things shaved into their heads. Maybe this is the route Nate Robinson should have gone instead of his permanent Seattle skyline tattoo.

Fist pound to I am a GM for the tip

Kevin Durant Has Been Hiding His Tattoos from the World (Picture)

I didn’t know Kevin Durant had tattoos until a few months ago. He comes across as a harmless teenager who wears his backpack to postgame press conferences. Now it appears he’s more of an on-court killer than he lets on. The Basketball Jones posted that picture of Durant from July 9th in China. Bet you had no idea he was hiding all that ink underneath his jersey huh?

Someone should tell him chest and stomach ink are gateway tattoos. Next thing you know he’ll look like this or worse yet, this.

Hornets Fans Upset with Lack of National TV Games

The NBA schedule was released this week and New Orleans Hornets fans are disappointed with the lack of national TV exposure their team will receive. Writing at ESPN 1420, Scott Prather calls the Hornets’ two national TV games “insulting.” He argues that the Hornets are a playoff team and they have a superstar in Chris Paul, therefore they should receive more national attention.

By comparison, the Hawks are on national TV eight times and the Warriors have 10 national TV games. New Orleans will be on TNT Thanksgiving night against the Clippers (when everyone is already passed out from turkey overload), and they’re scheduled to face the Knicks on ESPN February 17th. That’s it.

So why so few games on TNT or ESPN?

For starters, there is a bias towards the most popular teams in the league. The Heat, Lakers, Bulls, Knicks, Celtics, and Mavericks will probably be on the big stage the maximum amount of times the league allows. After those teams are maxed out, the holes are filled in. That’s where time zone becomes an issue.

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J.J. Barea and Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera Having a Baby

One of the greatest tricks the devil ever pulled was setting J.J. Barea up with Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera. Barea is one of the most famous athletes from Puerto Rico, and Rivera is their other top natural resource. For Puerto Rico natives the couple makes sense. For everyone else, it’s about as normal as Freakshow and his wife.

Anyway, reports were published Wednesday saying Rivera is pregnant and the couple is having a baby. Rivera confirmed the news and even stopped taping a show because of it. The two have not made plans to marry and Barea has requested privacy on the matter. We’ll certainly leave the issue alone after this post but there is one key nugget that must be pointed out.

As Hoops Hype wrote on twitter and as El Diario reports, Rivera is seven weeks pregnant. Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals were played seven weeks ago. If that information is factual, the honorable thing for Barea to do is follow in this woman’s footsteps and name his child Dirk.

Dirk Barea, kinda catchy, no?

Andrew Bynum Caught Parking in Handicap Spot, Real Fool is ‘Reporter’ Joel Grover

Of all legal infractions athletes commit — we’re talking sexual assault, spousal abuse, DUI, and weapons possession — parking in a handicap spot is about the lowest on the rung of offenses. Don’t get me wrong here, I think it’s indecent to park in a handicap spot if you don’t have a placard, but that’s more immoral than it is harmful.

When Lakers center Andrew Bynum was busted for taking up two handicap parking spots while going shopping (picture above via NBC LA), we found it amusing. This is the same guy who rehabbed a knee injury by partying at the Playboy Mansion, and the same guy who delayed his knee surgery to attend the World Cup. It’s not as if he’s demonstrated sound judgment in the past.

While we don’t condone misuse of handicap parking spots, we also don’t consider it akin to double homicide the way “investigative reporter” Joel Grover does for NBC LA. Seriously, this guy has issues.

This Joel Grover character must be fairly new on the reporter beat because he thinks handicap parking violations are the most reprehensible crime in the world. After obtaining top secret footage! and exclusive pictures! of Bynum’s unlawful behavior, Grover went to Bynum’s house to try and catch him in camera in a “gotcha” moment (see the report here). Let’s think about this one for a sec. Who’s the bigger idiot here, the guy who misused a handicap spot, or the dude chasing down the “story” as if he saw Bynum strangle four innocent midgets?

As if his joke of an “inside report” isn’t embarrassing enough, Grover tossed in these salacious tweets to hype up his wannabe story. Ready for this?

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