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LeBron and Melo lose it when Russell Westbrook defeats the whole purpose of the drill (2 dribbles to score) pic.twitter.com/7tnWaHwaa0
— Hoopmixtape.com (@Hoopmixtape) August 13, 2015
You gotta admit, this is pretty funny (and cool)
The USA Basketball non-contact workouts are taking place this week in Las Vegas, and all the stars are out West, honing their skills for forthcoming exhibition games. Stars like Russell Westbrook, who got clowned a bit in the above video clip for screwing up a fairly simple scoring drill–Westbrook was expected to score using 2 dribbles or less.
The coolest thing about this clip, is just how broken down in laughter LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were; the two superstars were on the sideline observing Westbrook perplex both himself and USA Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Monty Williams, who shared a laugh with Westbrook before the camera panned to LeBron and Melo.
It’s worth noting that this is pretty valuable time for Williams and Westbrook, who will be doing this for much longer than the exhibition period of USA Basketball. Williams was hired in the off-season to be an assistant coach for the Thunder, after gaining notoriety for his offensive prowess as the head coach of the Pelicans.
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— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) August 10, 2015
Hard to imagine, but Carolina’s franchise quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a training camp fight.
Yes, the quarterback that was just given a $100 million contract in the off-season. The same guy that, if hurt, will make the Carolina Panthers the defunct possessors of the #1 pick in next year’s draft. Granted, camp fights are common. It’s hot out there and tempers are bound to flare, but there really hasn’t been a situation between a quarterback and another player on the team. This fight appeared to stem from Newton’s throwing of a pick to Panthers defensive back Josh Norman.
Cam Newton and Josh Norman have been building to an encounter. Newton referred to Norman as “piss ant” during scuffle. #Panthers
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) August 10, 2015
Looks as though both players came away unharmed, luckily for Panthers fans and Newton. And the Panthers themselves.
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Everything in life is temporary. From houses, cloths, cars, everything in life can be replaced. Athletes seem to be a group of people who still can’t understand this concept. Not matter how good the player, there will always be someone to take that spot away from them. Along with contracts being signed and fights in dugouts, The Things We Learn in Sports this week deals with the idea that no is above being replaced.
7. Nick Foles and Rams agree to a new deal
Nick Foles and the Rams agreed to a two-year extension on Friday. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal with worth 24 million.
#Rams gave Nick Foles a 2-year extension worth more than $24M, source says. Final year can void with Pro Bowl appearance or team performance
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 8, 2015
Foles, 26, arrived in St. Louis this offseason via a trade from Philadelphia that sent Sam Bradford the other way. Foles spent his first three NFL seasons with the Eagles, experiencing largely up-and-down affairs that saw him look like a franchise quarterback one moment and borderline unplayable the next.
This basically gives Foles 2-years to prove that be can back to his 2013 form where he was a Pro-Bowl player.
6. Percy Harvin clears the air about the Seahawks situation.
Percy Harvin signed a 1-year deal with the Buffalo Bills this past offseason, and is trying to prove that he is still that elite player in this league. Harvin was a guest on ESPN’s First Take and address the situation that had the Super Bowl champion Seahawks trade him to the New York Jets. Harvin said that he had a problems with members of the receiving core. When he brought those problems to head coach Pete Carroll, Harvin says that he’s concerns weren’t heard. Watch as Harvin explains the situation in the video below.
5. Marshawn Lynch jokes about Super Bowl play on the “League”
Marshawn Lynch makes an appearance on the wildly popular show the “League”. Lynch plays himself, and makes fun of the situation that has been the biggest joke of the season. The episode, which will air September 9, features the running back hanging out on the beach as a business member of “Taco Corp.” along with a character named Taco MacArthur. Another dude, who’s Taco’s brother on the show, asks for a beer, and Lynch’s fellow bigwig insists on throwing it.“Just hand it to me,” Beast Mode begs. “No need to throw it, man. C’mon. … I could sleepwalk that thing to him, boy.” Then madness ensues. They should have just ran the ball.
4. It was all good just a week ago.
Seems like if you have a problem with a team or a player in the league, the place to go is on First Take. Brandon Marshall was traded from the Chicago Bears to the New York Jets in the offseason. Due to injuries, Marshall had a down season and , to his own admission, believe people are counting him out. The All-Pro receiver sat down at the debate desk where he explained the situation between him and Jay Cutler and his expecting for the season.
3. Tempers flare in Detroit
There’s rarely a time where baseball enters the The Things We Learn in Sports, unless it involves fights. The Detroit Tigers have traded away their second and third best players in David Price and Yoenis Cespedes, at the trade deadline, which indicated to their fans that they are in rebuilding mode. That means another 2 months of meaning less baseball. Usually the anger is directed at opponents, but Tigers teammates James McCann and Jose Iglesias went at each other in the dugout Friday night at Comerica Park. Watch the fight below.
2. A College football player is killed by police
Christian Taylor was shot and killed during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said per NBC.com. Taylor was a sophomore at Angelo State University in San Angelo. Officers were responding to a burglary call about 1 a.m. Friday in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle through a front. Clearly some have voiced their outrage towards this situation.
Really??????!!!!!!!!!!? are we all sleeping and this is one gigantic bad nightmare? #ChristianTaylor how many hashtags now?
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 8, 2015
Can’t wear hoodies, can’t play with toy guns, can’t be outside day or night, can’t worship in church, can’t blast music… #ChristianTaylor
— DT (@Who_Is_DT) August 8, 2015
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1. Aldon Smith released by 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers release linebacker Aldon Smith after he was arrested on accusations of, hit and run, DUI, and vandalism. This is the third time that the pro-bowl player has been arrested for and alcohol related incident. Smith was coming off a season where he was already suspended for 9 games because of off the field issues. Smith has a long road back if he wants to play football again.
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One of the values of life is being grateful for what you have.
No matter how big or small always be thankful for whatever you receive in life. Some of people have missed that message. This week in sports we dive in to the idea of gratitude and the repercussions from it. Al l that and more in the Things We Learn in Sports this week.
7) Josh Smith makes a sacrifice
Josh Smith just signed a one year deal to play for a championship with the Los Angeles Clippers. The contract is worth about 1.5 million dollars, along with the money he will receive from the Pistons as well. That totals to just under 7 million dollars. But for Smith it will be a struggle. According to the Detroit Free Press, Smith was quoted in saying that “At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family,” he said. “So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it, you know. … I made a decision for me and my family.” These are the moment where you know some of these athletes are just selfish. That’s more money than most Americans will see in a life time. This just screams Latrell Sprewell from miles away. For Josh Smith the struggle is real.
6) Footballs around the corner
With Training Camps opening up all cross the country this week, it seems like football is almost here. Teams will be looking to improve to get to another level this coming season. Nothing kicks off the season right like Direct TV commercials. Direct TV has made some amazing ads in the past getting fans ready for the start of the season, and this season is no different. Direct TV called upon quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tony Romo to help shoot a commercial. Check out the two pro bowl quarterbacks in their separate commercials.
5) Another Athlete Another Arrest.
Titans’ wide receiver Justin Hunter was arrested in Virginia on Monday for being involved in a fight outside a bar during 4th of July weekend. Cops say Hunter was involved in a brawl at the Sandbar Raw Bar in Virginia Beach on July 3rd, where a victim was transported to a hospital to treat the injuries. The 24-year-old is just the latest example of NFL players not being able to control themselves once the season is over.
4) The Haters gona Hate Hate Hate,
Boxer Cam Awesome (yes he changed his name to that) won the bronze medal at the Pan Am games this past week. Awesome step aside to do an interview where he declared himself the Taylor Swift of boxing. Watch as Awesome explains how he gets heartbroken in the ring.
3) Shady Aftermath
LeSean McCoy looks a bit paranoid. McCoy wanted to have one last party before the Bills open their doors for trading camp. Problem with that is the kind of details that were required to enter the party.
— OHB (@ohholybutt) July 23, 2015
Smooth moves Shady, real smooth.
2) What is up with the trick throws
— Tanner Harmon (@tspoon1515) July 18, 2015
Two guys drew up a play that involved one of them receiving a football after back-flipping off a swing into water. The timing on the play was impeccable. This could have gone bad in so many different ways. Thankfully it ended up just being a cool video.
1) Better watch your tongue.
Colin Cowherd and ESPN were set to part ways peacefully in a few weeks, but that went out the door this past week. Cowherd was fired by ESPN for his comments that he made on his radio show “The Herd” regarding Dominican players.
Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.
— Mike Soltys (@espnmikes) July 24, 2015
Cowherd then took to twitter to make an apology towards the network and those who were offended.
I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.
— Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) July 24, 2015
Cowherd is set to sign a deal with ESPN rival Fox Sports, and is expected to have a bigger role. This type of outrage might have a negative affect on Cowherd in his new home.
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