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Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins discussed reuniting

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Rajon Rondo were teammates once and apparently enjoyed it so much they wanted to experience it again.

During the 2017-2018 season, Davis, Rondo, and Cousins played for the New Orleans Pelicans. Following that season, Rondo signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cousins, who was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, shocked the NBA world by joining the Golden State Warriors.

The three are now teammates once again with the Lakers. According to Cousins, this is something that was discussed on several occasions.

The last time Davis, Cousins, and Rondo were on the same team, they advanced to the second round of the playoffs. This time around they are hoping being on a team with LeBron James will take them even further.

Watch: Ryan O’Reilly takes tooth out during ESPYs acceptance speech

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Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues did perhaps the most hockey thing ever during this year’s ESPY Award’s ceremony.

The Blues took home the award for Best Comeback for going from the worst team in the NHL at one point during the season to winning the Stanley Cup.

Among those to take the stage to accept the award was O’Reilly, who took a moment to remove his tooth before continuing to speak.

Hockey players are no strangers to losing teeth on the ice, but this may be the first time we have seen one voluntarily remove one during an awards show.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sets Home Run Derby record with 29 homers

Vladimir Guerrero Jr

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. marked his debut appearance in the Home Run Derby with a historic first-round performance.

In the opening round of this year’s competition, Guerrero was matched up with Matt Chapman of the Oakland A’s. Guerrero more than doubled up Chapman’s total, launching an impressive 29 long balls, which is a new record for the first round.

Included in the record-setting total were a couple of moonshots that traveled 462 and 476 feet.

The previous Home Run Derby record for most homers in a round was 28 by Josh Hamilton in the most impressive performance ever. Of course, Guerrero’s achievement comes in a different format; he had a timed round, while Hamilton competed under the previous 10 outs format.

Vlad Jr., whose Hall of Fame father won the 2007 Home Run Derby, is a rookie this season for the Toronto Blue Jays and has hit eight home runs in 61 games.

NBA Summer League game suspended due to earthquake

An NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas was suspended due to an earthquake.

Friday’s game between the New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans was suspended during the fourth quarter after an earthquake was felt in the arena.

Southern California was hit with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Thursday that was the strongest to hit the area in nearly 20 years. Friday’s earthquake was measured at 7.1 with an epicenter in Ridgecrest, Calif., close to where the epicenter was the day before.

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Zion Williamson leaves Summer League debut after contact to knee

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson was forced to leave his NBA Summer League debut after suffering what appears to be a minor injury.

Williamson’s much-anticipated debut on Friday didn’t last as long as many in Las Vegas had hoped. The Pelicans announced during the second half that Williamson would be out for the remainder of the game after taking knee-to-knee contact.

Williamson finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds, and one steal that led to a thunderous dunk and flex.

Watch: Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis hug in meeting of Pelicans icons

Anthony Davis

The past and future of the New Orleans Pelicans embraced prior to Zion Williamson’s first exhibition game as a professional.

The Las Vegas Summer League is the NBA’s premier summer league competition. It’s a showcase for the league’s recent draft picks that is often attended by some of the NBA’s biggest stars.

On Friday, the Pelicans faced off against the New York Knicks and No. 3 overall pick R.J. Barrett. Prior to the game, Barrett’s college teammate and No. 1 overall selection Zion Williamson met and embraced former Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

With Davis’ tenure in New Orleans over, it’s time for Williamson to begin building his legacy in the place Davis used to call home. Williamson’s summer league debut comes with as much hype as we’ve seen in recent years. There’s little reason to think he won’t put on a show from Day 1.

Pelicans reportedly acquire Derrick Favors in trade with Jazz

The New Orleans Pelicans are adding veteran big man Derrick Favors to provide depth in their front court.

The Pelicans agreed to a two-year deal with J.J. Redick on the first day of the NBA’s free agency period. Later that evening they added Favors in a trade with the Utah Jazz.

The terms of the trade were not immediately available.

Favors, 27, has spent the past nine seasons with the Utah Jazz. In 76 games last season he averaged 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. The Jazz declined their team option on Favors, making him a free agent, and needed to get rid of him to make room for Bojan Bogdanovic, whom they signed away from Indiana.

Favors will help make the emerging Pelicans more formidable. They could end up with a starting five including Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Redick and Favors, with Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and E’Twaun Moore among their bench players.

Pedro Strop: Yasiel Puig is ‘stupid as f—‘

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Pedro Strop did not hold back when talking about Yasiel Puig following Saturday’s game that involved an incident between the two players.

During the bottom of the eighth inning of the Chicago Cubs’ 6-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, Strop hit Puig in the leg with a 3-0 pitch. Naturally, tempers flared and both dugouts emptied.

While Puig was furious after getting plunked, Strop didn’t stop with just throwing a baseball at the Reds outfielder. Strop delivered a verbal jab after game, calling Puig “stupid as f—” and repeatedly calling him stupid for threatening to come out to the mound but not actually acting on the threat.

Puig has gained a reputation during his career as someone who isn’t particularly liked by opposing teams. That was clearly the case on Saturday as Strop’s throwing at Puig’s leg appeared to be intentional.