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Nick Young comically celebrates early on missed 3-pointer (Video)

On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers gave us a historic performance, and Nick Young gave us a blooper for the ages.

The Lakers scored 51 points in the third quarter of their 127-96 win over the New York Knicks, which was a franchise record for most points in a quarter. They shot 57.8 percent from the field for the game, including 64.3 percent on 3-pointers. Nick Young was a standout in that regard, as he went 5-for-6 on threes as part of his 20-point performance. But it was his one miss that was oh so memorable.

Swaggy P started the game 3-for-3 from long range, so it’s safe to say that he was feeling it. In fact, he was feeling it so much that on a 3-pointer he attempted at the end of the third quarter, he began celebrating before the ball went in.

The ball, of course, rolled around the rim and went out, giving us this amazing photo, video and GIF.

Seriously, how great was that? I mean I’m just trying to figure out the best part. Was it Young turning his back to the basket like he knew the shot was going in? Was it him holding out the three symbols on his hands?

I swear, this has to be the defining image of Nick Young’s career (and the Lakers’ season, for that matter):

Nick Young 3-pointer

Image via @jose3030; Video, GIF via @cjzero 1

Jim Kelly has aggressive cancer, is in ‘a lot of pain’

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Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is preparing to undergo surgery in New York City for his cancer recurrence. Kelly was first diagnosed with cancer last June, when part of his jaw and teeth were removed to treat oral cancer. It has since returned and Kelly’s family said the cancer has spread and is aggressive.

According to WIVB in Buffalo, a family friend described Kelly as “in bad shape.” Doctors wanted to see him immediately, so he is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Dennis DiPaolo, a friend of the Kelly family, said that Jim is in a lot of pain but is not letting it break his spirits.

“He’s like come on, don’t hang your heads,” DiPaolo said. “Like you walk in the room and he’s in a huddle and still commanding everyone and even if he’s trying to rest his eyes, he knows you’re there and he goes, ‘Thanks for coming you guys.’ He’s just a remarkable individual.”

Kelly was surrounded by family over the weekend. His daughter Erin posted the photo you see above on Instagram with the following caption:

“Watching the Syracuse game with daddy. He’s my buddy! Love him so much!! #daddysgirl #prayersforjk #Kellytough.”

Our thoughts are with Kelly and his family.

MLB players vote Bryce Harper most overrated player, Yankees most overhyped team

Bryce Harper NationalsWashington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is one of the best young players in baseball. He has been an All-Star both of his seasons in the major leagues. He took home the Rookie of the Year Award in 2012.

Prior to breaking into the big leagues, we heard how great Bryce Harper would be and that he’s one of those “once in a generation” talents. The 21-year-old may turn out to live up to his advance billing, but for now he’s entering just his third season in the majors.

Time will tell the career path of Harper. At present, there are more than a few who feel he’s overrated. Included in that group are some of Harper’s peers.

In a feature that appears in ESPN The Magazine’s MLB Preview Issue, 143 anonymous players were interviewed on various topics. Among them, the most overrated player. Harper received the most votes with 24%. Yasiel Puig came in second (21%) and Alex Rodriguez was third (14%), because apparently there are people who still think highly of Alex Rodriguez as a baseball player.

Rodriguez’s New York Yankees grabbed the top spot for most over-hyped team, receiving 44% of the votes. The Los Angeles Dodgers (13%) and Los Angeles Angels (12%) followed.

There are few interesting responses documented in the piece, like how much more than Miguel Cabrera one player would pay Mike Trout. And, the Houston Astros received the second highest percentage of votes for most underrated team, ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Kansas City Royals.

Clock malfunction in Iowa State-North Carolina leads to confusing ending (Video)

A clock malfunction at the end of the Iowa State-North Carolina game led to some confusion for both sides, but the referees made the correct call in ending the game.

DeAndre Kane made a bucket in traffic with about 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Cyclones an 85-83 lead over the Tar Heels. The major problem occurred after UNC inbounded the ball because the clock operator did not start the clock until at least a second after the ball was first touched by a Tar Heels player. UNC tried to call a timeout after dribbling past half court, but the question was whether there was any time left on the clock.

The referees ultimately decided that, despite the clock starting late, time had expired before the timeout was called, so they ended the game with Iowa State winning 85-83.

Our friend Andy Isaac also points out that the clock started to run late on the possession where Kane made his basket:

Yes, that clock operator was definitely drunk. And the refs, despite the confusion, made the right call.

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Jason Collins says NBA player taunted him on court for being gay

Jason-Collins-NetsJason Collins knew when he decided to come out as gay that not everyone would be accepting of his sexual preference. The Brooklyn Nets forward is the first openly gay player to be on an active NBA roster, and some people don’t react well to change. As you might have expected, Collins said he has been the victim of homophobic taunts since signing with the Nets.

The good news is Collins said only one player has taunted him on the court over his sexual preference. The bad news is that there are adults in the world who are that immature.

“One player, one knucklehead from another team,” Collins told Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News on Thursday. “He’s a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That’s how I conduct myself — just being professional.”

Collins is set to make his first trip through Bible Belt states since signing with Brooklyn, which means he is prepared for the potential of hearing more nasty comments. The Nets have a series of road games in Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte starting on Saturday.

“You can’t control what other people are going to do,” Collins said when asked if he is concerned about the trip.

Collins also said he takes pride in the fact that the Nets are 10-3 since signing him, proving that all the “distraction” talk is overstated when it comes to having a gay player on your team. From what we know, Collins has handled himself with nothing but class. He’s not looking for trouble, or he could have easily outed the player who taunted him. He just wants to play basketball.

Young Australian fan throws temper tantrum to get foul ball (Video)

Fans in the land down under like foul balls as much as we do here in America.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took on an Australian all-star team on Thursday in advance of their weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. When a foul ball was sliced down the left-field line in the eighth inning, it wound up in the hands of a stadium security worker. Like we often see here in America, the employee picked a fan to give the ball to. He made a big mistake not giving it to the kid in yellow.

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As you can see, the boy wearing yellow threw a temper tantrum. He had good reason to, as the left fielder tried to throw him the ball initially but did not toss it far enough. Fortunately, another fan realized what had happened and gave the kid the ball, turning his frown into an ear-to-ear grin. We hope everyone left the ballpark happy.

H/T Deadspin

 

Aroldis Chapman hit in face by Salvador Perez line drive (Video)

Cincinnati Reds flame thrower Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a Salvador Perez line drive during a spring training game on Wednesday night and was carted off the field.

Chapman is the hardest thrower in baseball, which means any ball coming off the bat would be returned with absurd velocity. The play occurred during the bottom of the sixth inning of a Cactus League game between the Reds and Royals.

This video shows Perez making contact. You can hear the terrible sound:

Here’s a look at the scene on the field after Chapman was hit – you can hear how silent the stadium was:

Aroldis Chapman line drive

Reds reporter C. Trent Rosecrans says Chapman’s father ran onto the field after his son got hit.

Chapman was attended to by paramedics and carted off the field. The parties involved agreed to call the game after Chapman was hit.

Reds reliever JJ Hoover sent this tweet shortly after the game was called and it was enough to make anyone nervous:

This sort of scenario is a pitcher’s worst nightmare, but it sounds like Chapman may come out of this in much better shape than anticipated:

The team says Chapman has fractures above his left eye and nose and will be kept overnight at the hospital for observation.