Lance Stephenson Shows off Rapping Skills in New Freestyle

Lance Stephenson took care of business by signing a contract with the Charlotte Hornets earlier this offseason. With his immediate basketball future settled, he’s now demonstrating some of his off-the-court talents with a basketball-themed freestyle rap. 

The 23-year-old gave some love to Indiana in the song and shouted out his new teammate Kemba Walker. Unfortunately, Stephenson failed to mention LeBron James or the ear-blowing incident.

Warning: Song is NSFW.

Looks like the Hornets can always draw upon their new 2-guard if they’re in need of halftime entertainment.

[audiomack]

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John Wall Shows Off His Dance Moves in China

It appears Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has learned some new dance steps.

Wall, who is in China for a promotional tour with Adidas, did a little dancing to the bizarre viral song “Little Apple” by Chinese band Chopstick Brothers.

He also took the time to demonstrate some of his favorite moves.

[Instagram, h/t reddit, CSN Washington]

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Kevin Durant Shows What It Takes to ‘Be the Baddest’ in New Foot Locker Ad

Kevin Durant‘s shoe endorsement future is currently up in the air, but for now, he is still with Nike. That means that he is still “The Baddest.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar showed what it takes to be “The Baddest” in this new Foot Locker ad.

As ESPN’s Royce Young tweeted earlier this month, Durant is currently negotiating with both Nike and Under Armour. If he ends up switching companies, this commercial could be his last with Nike.

[Foot Locker, h/t That NBA Lottery Pick]

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Schedule shows LeBron’s huge impact on his teams

LeBron James is impacting the TV schedule in a major way.

      
 

 

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Reddit Survey Shows Which College Basketball Teams Are Most Hated in Each State

It’s probably easy to guess which college basketball programs are the most hated around the United States, but thanks to one Redditor, we are able to get a better idea of which teams are the most hated based on a state-by-state breakdown.

We have already seen which college football teams (Note: Links to the lists of the most hated teams of the NFL, MLB, and NBA are also included in that article) are the most hated around the country. Now, we have a look at which college basketball programs are the most hated.

Off the top of your head, you could probably guess that Duke and Kentucky would be the leading vote-getters. After that, there are a lot of mixed results around the country.

It’s no surprise that Kansas is the most disliked team in Big 12 country. The Jayhawks’ dominance of the conference in recent years has many Big 12 fans frustrated.

There weren’t too many surprises from the results. The traditional powers received a lot of hate, and most states went with their regional rivals. However, it’s curious as to why the state of Wyoming hates Ohio State the most. Could it be because Wyoming fans are still salty over the fact that the Buckeyes beat the Cowboys back in the 1986 National Invitation Tournament final?

[h/t CBS Sports]

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Hammon hire shows Spurs’ vision

Spurs send simple message with assistant coaching hire: The right person will get the job.

      
 

 

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Blazers’ Dorell Wright Shows off Outstanding Wedding Photos

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Dorell Wright tied the knot on Saturday, and before he did, he decided to get some epic wedding photos taken.

Along with the Instagram post above, Wright provided another great one of him and his wife.

If you’re going to get married, you might as well do it in style.

[Instagram]

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Marcin Gortat Shows Up to Basketball Camp in Military Vehicle with Gun Turret

Marcin Gortat has an interesting way of getting from place to place. 

The free-agent-to-be is holding a basketball camp in his home country of Poland. Gortat used a military vehicle with a gun turret on top to get to the camp on one of the days.

Polish basketball journalist Pawel Lakomski took some pictures of Gortat on top of the vehicle.

Chris Singleton, who was Gortat’s teammate with the Washington Wizards last season, also took part in the fun:

[Instagram, Twitter; h/t The Washington Post]

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Hawks’ Lou Williams Trade Shows Atlanta Is Serious About Luring Star Free Agent

Fresh off appearing in the postseason as the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed, the Atlanta Hawks are already busy making moves that could lead to even better results next time.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Chris Vivlamore, “The Hawks have agreed to a trade that will send Lou Williams and the rights to 2013 first-round draft pick Lucas Nogueira to the Raptors for John Salmons, according to a person familiar with the situation.”

The Hawks intend to waive Salmons in a move that will free up salary cap room,” Vivlamore writes.

The deal isn’t official just yet, but ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst are already hearing similar things: 

The Hawks, sources say, will immediately waive Salmons to expand their projected salary-cap space for this summer to $15.5 million, though one source cautioned Sunday that the move is more about flexibility and roster-shaping for the Hawks than any specific free-agent target.

So perhaps we can rule out the organization making a serious run at LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony, but the Hawks could still swing for the fences. The home run in this free-agent market would be finding some way to pair James and Anthony together.

Stein and Windhorst reported that “the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks are among the teams mulling potential trades designed to clear enough cap space to be able to recruit the two stars and close friends.”

Apart from the home run scenario, Stein and ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne also reported that “sources told ESPN.com that the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat are two more teams that could join the race for Anthony.”

While the Hawks are almost in position to make a run at Anthony, they’d likely need to make another move or two in order to have a shot at James as well.

It’s certainly doable, but the larger question is whether James or Anthony would be willing to forgo more established winning situations to join Atlanta.

Traditionally, the Hawks haven’t had much success attracting premier free-agent talent, and it’s hard to see them pulling ahead of other suitors like the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers.

The more probable outcome isn’t quite as exciting, but the Hawks have certainly positioned themselves to improve the roster.

Assuming this trade goes through, general manager Danny Ferry will have ensured that Atlanta at the very least has the opportunity to target one or two second-tier free agents.

The organization could pursue an above-average small forward like Luol Deng, who’s reportedly on its radar.

Alternatively, it could even look at a big man Paul Gasol. It could even explore upgrades at the point guard position if it isn’t convinced Jeff Teague is the floor general of the future.

In one of his mock drafts, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford (subscription required) revealed that Atlanta is, “not completely sold on Jeff Teague and could explore the market for him this summer.”

Should the Hawks deal Teague, a free agent like Kyle Lowry could also be on their radar.

Though the franchise may not have the pedigree desired by the likes of James or Anthony, it certainly has some pieces that could be appealing to other free agents. Center Al Horford is one of the better big men in the business, and—whether the Hawks are sold on him or not—the 26-year-old Teague has quietly shown flashes of All-Star play.

Teague averaged 19.3 points and five assists per contest in a seven-game first-round series against the Indiana Pacers during the playoffs.

One of the better fits in Atlanta might be unrestricted free agent Lance Stephenson. The Hawks could use a dynamic playmaker alongside spot-up shooters like Kyle Korver and Pero Antic. While the Pacers don’t want to lose Stephenson, they could be outbid by a club with Atlanta’s resources.

If the Hawks believe the 23-year-old Stephenson is a star in the making, they could give him a deal worth $8-10 million per year. Offering a comparable contract might be difficult for the money-tight Pacers to stomach—especially given concerns over the young guard’s maturity.

Whatever names Ferry and Co. have in mind, they’ve made it clear the Hawks will be players in this summer’s free-agent talks.

That’s really all you can ask from a team that’s clearly still a piece or two away from making serious noise in the East.

While the big names are sure to generate headlines, don’t be surprised if Atlanta takes a more measured approach this summer. Recall that the club made relatively modest signings this time last year, inking Williams and power forward Paul Millsap to very reasonable deals.

Millsap made $9.5 million last season and is due to earn the same next season.

Atlanta also re-signed sharpshooter Kyle Korver to a four-year, $24 million pact last summer.

None of those deals broke the bank, and they ensured a balanced rotation that wound up being good enough to make the postseason. That kind of approach could be the template the organization follows this time around.

Unless a big-name decision ends up favoring the Hawks, this team might not have much choice. Aiming for someone like Stephenson or Deng would meet a need on the wing, and it likely wouldn’t entail a max contract.

As easy as it is to overlook these Hawks when it comes to premier free-agent destinations, they could be quietly assembling a winner before our eyes.

With head coach Mike Budenholzer taking over last season after being groomed by none other than Gregg Popovich, this franchise suddenly has a foundation worth watching—a foundation that could be significantly stronger by summer’s end.

 

Contract information courtesy of HoopsHype.

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Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera Shows off Basketball Skills by Dunking

At 36 years old, Robert Pera is the youngest owner in the NBA, and he’s even younger than some players still in the association.

Pera posted this video on his Instagram account, which shows him actually dunking a basketball. Considering the average age of most owners, I’m pretty sure that they can’t do that.

[Instagram]

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