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Grizzlies Will Try to Sell Kevin Durant on Big 3 With Marc Gasol and Mike Conley

February 10, 2016

The Memphis Grizzlies believe they can take a small town, tough-minded approach to courting Kevin Durant in free agency.

Hoping to convince Durant to leave Oklahoma City for a Western Conference rival, the Grizzlies reportedly want to convince the All-Star that he can win with a big three of himself, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, according to The Vertical.

Missing the playoffs costs the Grizzlies the lottery protection on a 2016 first-round pick that deposed executive Jason Levien sent out in a salary dump three years ago. With or without Gasol, Memphis’ mandate will be unchanged: make the playoffs. They are working to keep Conley in summer free agency, with Memphis planning to be one more contender with two stars that will try to persuade Kevin Durant to make it a Big Three, league sources said. Durant’s the longest of long shots in summer, but the short-term trade deadline directives are unchanged: The Grizzlies are determined to use the trade deadline to better the roster for a playoff push.

It’s hard to see Durant leaving OKC for a similar market or smaller. For all that Durant could just stay with the Thunder for more money, and better odds at a trip to the Finals.

-- Glenn Erby

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Derrick Rose’s Son Is Back With the Adorable Face (Photos)

February 10, 2016

P.J. Rose is back, and I’m now convinced the best faces are yet to come:

-- Glenn Erby

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Nike, Jordan Brand Present Ultimate All-Star Experience With Invitational

February 09, 2016

This should be epic!

With the Air Jordan XXX set to release on February 12, the Jordan Brand will look to bring the best of the best from the United States and Canada to compete in the inaugural Jordan Brand Invitational.

Canada’s own Father Henry Carr and Orangeville Prep will face off against American powerhouses Redondo Union and Oak Hill Academy.

6PM – Redondo Union vs Henry Carr

8PM – Oak Hill Academy vs Orangeville Prep

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Von Miller Leads Broncos Teammates in "I Got a Ring" Chant (Video)

February 09, 2016

The Broncos and Von Miller are going to be celebrating for a long time after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy two days ago. While driving to Tuesday’s celebratory parade, the Super Bowl MVP led his Broncos teammates in a hype “I got a ring” chant.

-- Glenn Erby

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Latrell Sprewell Gives Life Advice in New Ad (Video)

February 09, 2016

Latrell Sprewell is looking pretty good these days, but he should keep his life advice to himself.

Watch in this funny Priceline.com ad as Latrell and the Admiral, David Robinson, provide some major keys to success.

-- Glenn Erby

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Vince Carter’s Raptors Dunk Mixtape From the NBA Is Insane (Video)

February 09, 2016

With the NBA All-Star Game headed to Toronto, NBA History’s Twitter feed bless the fans with this insane montage to some of Vince Carter’s greatest dunks as a Raptor:

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Adidas Offering $1 Million to Any NFL Prospect That Breaks Chris Johnson's 40-Yard Dash Record

February 09, 2016

It suck for the big guys, but a skill position player willing to sign with the company could be sitting on some hefty bank before ever getting drafted.

Adidas confirmed on Tuesday that they’ll offer $1 million to any NFL Draft prospect who can break the 40-yard-dash record at the Scouting Combine.

If at the 2016 NFL Combine, Athlete: (1) wears adidas footwear (“adidas Footwear”) during the 40-yard dash workout; and (2) based on NFL official times, breaks the all-time NFL Combine record (including any record set during the 2016 NFL Combine by someone other than Athlete) for the fastest time of any position during the 40-yard workout, then adidas agrees to pay Athlete One Million Dollars ($1,000,000). If there is a tie with respect to the NFL official times of the fastest 40-yard dash of all-time by Athlete and any other athlete(s) that wear adidas Footwear at the 2016 NFL Combine, then the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) shall be divided equally by Athlete and any such athlete(s). Further, Athlete is only eligible to win the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in connection with the 2016 NFL Combine one (1) time (e.g., Athlete cannot break the all-time record in his first attempt and earn the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000), then break the record again in his second attempt and earn a second One Million Dollars ($1,000,000)). If any time in the 40-yard dash workout, specifically including Athlete’s, is disqualified by the NFL for any reason, then it shall not be considered or eligible to qualify to win the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000). Subject to adidas’ standard payment procedure, any payment earned shall be payable within thirty (30) days of adidas’ receipt of an invoice from Athlete. Athlete shall be solely responsible for the payment of all taxes on any payments received under this Agreement. This offer shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Oregon. Any dispute arising out of or related to this offer shall be submitted to a mutually agreed upon mediator for non-binding confidential mediation in Portland, Oregon. If the dispute cannot be resolved through mediation, it shall be submitted to final, binding and confidential arbitration before the Arbitration Service of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Athlete hereby agrees and consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any state or federal court located in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Chris Johnson holds the record with a time of 4.24 seconds in 2008 coming out of East Carolina.

-- Glenn Erby

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Marc Gasol Could Miss Remainder of Season With Broken Foot

February 09, 2016
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies are officially on the ropes.

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will be out indefinitely after he was diagnosed with a broken right foot, reports Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.

Head coach Dave Joerger confirmed the injury shortly after the new broke.

“It’s certainly not great for Marc and his family. I know he’s disappointed,” Joerger said. “It’s bad for our team. This is a tight bunch of dudes. They care about each other. It hurts everybody. Marc is a guy who lays it out there for his teammates and the fans. We’re going to fight, scratch and claw.”

Gasol suffered the injury during Monday’s game against Trail Blazers.

-- Glenn Erby

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Peyton Manning Says Cam Newton Was "Extremely Humble" After Super Bowl (Video)

February 09, 2016

A lot has been made of how Cam Newton handled his post game presser, but I spent most of Monday searching for photos of a “smiling” and “gracious” Newton congratulating Peyton Manning on his second super Bowl win.

Manning himself co-signed Newton’s gesture, telling The Today Show that Cam was “humble” during their interaction.

“Sure, I tell you, Cam couldn’t have been nicer to me,” Manning said. “He was extremely humble. He congratulated me, wished me the best. I told him just congratulations on his outstanding season and just what a great future he has ahead of him.”

It’s a tired analogy, one where athletes minutes after losing the “biggest games of their lives” are subjected to some of the stupidest questions from journalist and reporters.

Not all the questions are lacking substance, but Newton’s first three questions at last night’s presser had nothing to do with the game, but more on his current mood.

Manning believes Newton will get another opportunity on the biggest stage.

“He’ll be back in that game, I can promise you,” Manning said. “So, I’ve been on that side of it. It is tough — it is not an easy pill to swallow. But he was very nice to me and I really appreciated that.”

Newton will be better because of this, whether he returns to the Super Bowl or not.

-- Glenn Erby

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LeSean McCoy’s Alleged Nightclub Fight Video Released

February 08, 2016
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

All this over a damn champagne bottle?

We reported earlier that Bills star running back LeSean McCoy and Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley were involved in an altercation with two off-duty Philadelphia cops inside club Recess at around 2:45 a.m.

Now there’s video of the altercation, courtesy of Crossing Broad, but it’s really hard to see just what role McCoy played in it.

A source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed John Gonzalez’s reporting of the incident allegedly involving LeSean McCoy at Recess nightclub at around 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning– that former Pitt football player Tamarcus Porter was the aggressor and McCoy, Curtis Brinkley and Christopher Henderson became involved in a fight after Porter and off-duty Philly police officer Roland Butler began to argue over the ownership of a bottle of champagne. A melee ensued and CSN reports that two officers suffered broken ribs, one of whom may have had a skull fracture.

Video surveillance from outside showed both parties being ejected from the club, according to the report. A camera inside the club where the incident occurred “was not functional.”

-- Glenn Erby

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