Kyrie Irving Speaks On LeBron James/Cavs Situation

Free agnecy is one of the most exciting things to happen during the summer. Something that took a complete 360 was when reports came that Kyrie Irving requested to be traded. A little over a month later, talks picked up & Kyrie got what he asked for, be traded. Now, he’s on the Celtics roster & he sits down & tells his side of the story.

 

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Tennis Star Turned Mother

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Tennis! Who is the first person to come to mind? Of course it is the queen of the court, Serena Williams. Well, if you didn’t know she’s been inactive for the last few months as she has been carrying a little extra weight. Well that weight is finally out and about in the world as Serena recently gave birth to her first baby girl. The news quickly took to the internet as celebrities and organizations such as Beyoncé and the U.S. Olympic team posted congratulatory tweets and Instagram posts for the new mother. The baby reportedly weighs 6 pounds 13 ounces, beautiful and healthy. Sources say that Serena is happy and her first week parenting along with her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, is going “beyond perfect.”

 

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The Sports: LeBron Calls Allen Iverson The “Pound For Pound Greatest Ever”

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about LeBron James’ place among the greatest of all-time. While he says that Michael Jordan is the best ever in his eyes, King James admits he is striving to be considered the best to ever play. Does Lebron James actually believe A.I. is the greatest ever or is he just trying to throw Jordan off his game?

The Sports: NBA x SAMSUNG

Samsung will supply tablets and monitors that NBA referees use to review close calls. AP
Samsung will supply tablets and monitors that NBA referees use to review close calls. AP

Samsung is doing big things with the NBA, as there is a $100 million deal for the next three years.  Read more below:

via WSJ

The National Basketball Association has signed a wide-ranging, $100 million deal with Samsung Electronics Co. to bring the South Korean company’s technology courtside at its games, according to people familiar with the matter, a strategic move for two organizations looking to expand their global reach.

As the NBA’s official provider of tablets and televisions, Samsung will supply the courtside monitors that referees use to review close calls when the NBA begins its new season this week, moving Samsung into the valuable space so close to the action.

The three-year deal will instantly make Samsung one of the most visible companies during NBA games, while bringing the basketball league into closer partnership with the electronics giant, which is the world’s largest seller of smartphones and flat-panel televisions.

The league is also expected to customize video content for Samsung devices, including televisions, where Samsung is trying to set itself apart from rivals by building an ecosystem of unique offerings.

The NBA previously had television and computer deals with Chinese appliance maker Haier Group and Hewlett-Packard Co.

For Samsung, the tie-up is part of a larger effort to offer exclusive software and services to customers, rather than simply slick hardware, to generate buzz around their devices and to keep current users loyal. For the NBA, partnering with a company as dominant in smartphones and television as Samsung could give it an added boost.

This isn’t the first time that Samsung has turned to the NBA to augment its cool factor.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the most marketable players in the NBA, endorsed Samsung’s Galaxy Note II smartphone last season in a long-form commercial that garnered more than 40 millions views on YouTube. The advertisement shows the league’s top player and two-time defending NBA champion playing with the Samsung device as he gets his hair cut and heads to a basketball game.

Earlier this year, the rapper and former Brooklyn Nets owner Jay Z announced his latest album in a three-minute Samsung commercial during an NBA Finals game in June. As part of the unusual deal, Samsung purchased one million copies of the album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” and made it available free to users of the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Note II smartphones.

The tie-up between Samsung and the NBA ends a busy off-season for the basketball league. In addition to the Samsung deal, the NBA in September signed a deal with Stats LLC to install its player-tracking technology in every NBA team’s arena.

The moves come ahead of a change of leadership at the NBA. David Stern, who has served as commissioner since 1984, will retire in February and be succeeded by Adam Silver, currently the NBA’s deputy commissioner.

Kobe Bryant Responds To Disrespectful Ranking On Twitter

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When ESPN ranked Kobe Bryant as the 25th best player in the league (12th in the West) right now, Twitter went pretty crazy and ESPN’s mentions were unreal. Everybody in the sports world was waiting on Kobe to respond and now it is finally here. Kobe changed his avi to “1225”. Lets see how this season will play out but we all know Kobe is one of the greatest.

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Andrew Wiggins Projected To Sign $140M Shoe Deal

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Amazing! Andrew Wiggins hasn’t even touched the court at Kansas yet but he is the main topic of the NBA. Wiggins is suppose to be the number one draft pick if the decides to leave after his freshmen year of basketball.

“(Adidas) is easily the front-runner, 100 percent,” said Rich Lopez, the publisher of the popular sneaker website KixandtheCity.com.

“From what I’m hearing, (Adidas) is really high on him,” an industry source said. “I’ve heard a range for sure, from like $140 to $180 million for like 10 years. That’s a big deal for a kid coming out of school because most rookie deals are probably like four years.”

Adidas could really make a comeback if they actually do sign him; it would be a great commercial duo with him and Derrick Rose but only time will tell. America needs to let the man at least try to enjoy college for a semester or two.