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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Basketball

Steph Curry calls out trolls who mocked wife Ayesha’s dance moves

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Ayesha Curry was mocked by Twitter trolls for having a good time at the opening of her restaurant this week, and her husband had her back as usual.

Mrs. Curry and celebrity chef Michael Mina were in Del Mar, Calif., to open their fourth International Smoke location. Ayesha was enjoying the night and decided to bust out the popular “Milly Rock” dance, which drew some criticism from the bowels of the internet.

After Ayesha was taunted with several memes and tweets, Stephen Curry responded to the trolls with an Instagram live video.

“Slow news day today I see, huh? Just make sure y’all send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening,” Steph said.

Steph and Ayesha always have each other’s backs, which we saw during the playoffs with the way Ayesha went at Drake on social media. This time, it was Steph who decided to fight off the trolls.

Former Suns lottery pick Dragan Bender nearing return overseas

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At just 21 years old, Dragan Bender appears to be on his way out of the NBA.

Nikos Varlas of EuroHoops.net reported on Wednesday that the former No. 4 overall pick Bender has verbally committed to play for CSKA Moscow next season. Varlas adds that Bender will proceed with that multiyear deal unless there is an intriguing NBA offer for him at the eleventh hour.

The seven-footer was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2016 but failed to meet expectations with averages of 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his three seasons there. Bender is a native of Croatia and played professionally both in his home country and in Israel before making the leap to the NBA.

There was once a time when Bender was thought to have enough upside to be included in a potential trade package for Kyrie Irving, but times have clearly changed. The good news though is that Bender is still young enough that a return to the Association at some point is far from impossible.

Kemba Walker got Antoine Walker’s blessing to wear No. 8 with Celtics

Kemba Walker is continuing the rich tradition of Walkers playing for the Boston Celtics, and he has officially gotten the thumbs-up from the OG.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday, the new Celtics guard said that he got the blessing to wear the No. 8 jersey for the Celtics from previous holder Antoine Walker, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

Kemba, who agreed to a four-year, $141 million max contract with Boston this summer, used to wear No. 15 for the Charlotte Hornets. Antoine, meanwhile, sported the No. 8 jersey for the Celtics throughout his seven seasons with them from 1996 to 2003, making two All-Star teams over that span.

Getting the blessing of prior jersey owner is far from unheard of — even LeBron James asked permission from the Lakers’ previous No. 23.

Damian Lillard says shot to eliminate Thunder was ‘for Seattle’

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Damian Lillard effectively ended an era of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise as we knew it with his walk-off shot to eliminate them from the playoffs.

Lillard hit a deep 37-foot 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to break a 115-115 tie with the Thunder in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. In response to all the beef between his Portland Trail Blazers and the Thunder, Lillard gave a wave to OKC after making the shot. As if the shot wasn’t impressive enough, it also gave him an even 50 points in the game. The shot and Game 5 effort were true testaments to his ability and standing in the league.

Lillard joined the Sports Business Radio Podcast for an interview published on Tuesday. They were talking about the evolution of “Dame Time” and brought up the shot that ended the Thunder.

“What can I say? That was for Seattle,” Lillard said of the shot, while laughing.

The elimination marked the third straight year the Thunder lost in the first round of the playoffs. The team was capped out and couldn’t make many offseason moves, but that doesn’t mean the franchise didn’t change. Paul George requested a trade and was dealt to the Clippers. Russell Westbrook was later sent to Houston. Now a team that had 10 straight winning seasons is looking at their first rebuild since moving to Oklahoma City. SuperSonics fans meanwhile suffered through three bad seasons in a row to end the team’s time in Seattle, and Oklahoma City got to enjoy the benefits when they turned things around.

As Dame said, that was for Seattle.

Cheick Diallo agrees to two-year deal with Suns

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The Phoenix Suns have added even more depth to their frontcourt.

The Suns and Cheick Diallo agreed to a two-year deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday.

Diallo was a second-round pick out of Kansas in 2016 and became a free agent after the Pelicans declined to tender him a qualifying offer.

In his third season with the Pelicans, Diallo averaged 6.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 14 minutes per game. He joins a Phoenix team that has Deandre Ayton and Aron Baynes at center, as well as Dario Saric and Frank Kaminsky at the four.

Report: Chris Paul likely to start season with Thunder

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Chris Paul’s contract will likely ensure that he starts the season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on Wednesday’s edition of The Jump that there is little momentum towards a trade right now, and Paul is likely to open the regular season with Oklahoma City.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski essentially said the same thing on Twitter, adding that both Paul and the Thunder believe a year together could prove beneficial.

Things have been trending this way for a while. As it stands, Paul’s remaining contract is not of interest to any teams, and the Thunder simply aren’t going to kick in a draft pick to get rid of him. It may not be anyone’s ideal scenario, but it’s simply the way things are going to be for a while.

Kemba Walker looking to younger Celtics for playoff guidance

Kemba Walker immediately becomes one of the Boston Celtics’ key players upon signing with them, but he knows that he has a lot to learn in certain aspects that some teammates could help him with.

Walker appeared in just two playoff series while playing for Charlotte, losing both of them. That’s why he intends to check in with some of his Celtic teammates who have had deeper playoff runs to find out what it takes to win there.

Walker is expected to assume a leadership role in Boston, but this shows just how good of a teammate has has the potential to be. Despite the fact that the likes of Brown and Tatum are much younger and less accomplished, they have both played big minutes in an Eastern Conference Finals series that they nearly won. Walker wants to know what that’s like.

It’s a good sign early in Walker’s career that he’ll be the type of leader and teammate the front office envisions. That would be a far cry from Kyrie Irving, who seemed to alienate everyone in the organization instead.