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Some first-grade students in Georgia meta new cla smate this week: NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal. Schools all over the country have shifted to online cla ses in an effort to containthe spread Craig Reynolds Jersey of thecoronavirus. Students are in insolation, so O'Nealpopped in fora virtual le son with students atEast Lake Elementary in McDonough, Ga. Avideo from TMZ shows Aidan Hutchinson Jersey the basketball starsaying hi to the teacher, who nonchalantly sayshello back. Then she realizeswho the greeting came from, excitedly asking, "Is that Shaq?" . surprised this NFL Detroit Lions Jersey 1st grade cla s' video le son (via ) Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) Thesix- and seven-year-olds seemed happy to have the Hall of Famer Alex Anzalone Jersey stop by during these unusual times, but some of the most hilarious reactions came from the parents and adults who were around. The kids smiled, and the adults' jaws dropped as they grabbed their phones to takepictures. O'Nealis family friends with one of the students in the Billy Sims Jersey cla s, . The Big Diesel stayed on to chat for a few minutes, which certainly brightened up the day during a le s- Quintez Cephus Jersey than-ideal situation. Nowthese first graders havea great story to tell about their 7-1 momentary cla smate.Good work, Shaq.
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As Game 1 of the NBA Finals approaches, the biggest storyline of the season-ending series is the status of Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and whether he will be able to play against the Suns in the opening game. "The Greek Freak" mi sed the last two-plus games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks, exiting Game 4 with a hyperextended left knee in Atlanta. The Hawks bludgeoned Milwaukee 110-88 after his exit, but Antetekounmpo's teammates stepped up in Games Vinny Curry Jersey 5 and 6 to secure a 4-2 series win and send Milwaukee to its first NBA Finals since 1974 all without the two-time defending NBA MVP. That said, Milwaukee still is uncertain as to when exactly Antetkounmpo will be able to play against the Suns, who alongside Chris Paul, are looking for their first NBA championship. The Bucks have a minimum of four games to get Antetokounmpo back into the lineup, but the franchise obviously would prefer him to get back as soon as po sible. MORE: Here are the latest updates on Antetokounmpo ahead of Tuesday's series-opening game for the NBA Finals: Will Giannis Antetokounmpo play vs. Suns? Update: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday just a half-hour before tipoff that Antetokounmpo will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) will play tonight in Game Jamien Sherwood Jersey 1 of The Finals against the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell . Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) The Bucks confirmed Haynes' report: Giannis is AVAILABLE and will start in Game 1 of the . Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) Original: The Bucks on Sunday released a brief clip of Antetkounmpo entering the team's plane with the caption, "Off to Phoenix." Off to Phoenix. Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) While that suggests he will be able to play at some point in the series, it does not provide any clue as to when (moreover, the team's social media account is not nece sarily a source of official team news or updates). On Tuesday, ESPN reporter Malika Andrews tweeted that Joe Klecko Jersey Antetokounmpo had been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Tuesday. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable on this afternoons injury report. Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer on Monday provided a , saying he was "making progre s." He added no other updates to his status, which is still in the air for Game 1. That e sentially is what he said following the team's Game 6 win in the Eastern Conference finals: "I mean, (Giannis) and the sports performance team, they have been together a long time. It's special to watch their relationship. It's special Justin Hardee Jersey to watch the communication, the trust that he has. You have to listen to the player and then you have to listen to the sports performance group, and at some point, Jon Horst and myself are part of the conversations, but it's just a day-to-day thing. We'll update it when appropriate. The conversations between he and myself and he and the sports performance group, it's kind of private and we'll see where he is each day." The NBA on Monday said Antetokounmpo would not practice that day ahead of Game 1 of the finals, adding that he was because of his uncertain status. However, NBA TV' Sheldon Rankins Jersey s Jared Greenberg reported Monday that, while Antetkounmpo wasn't with the team, he was in a private gym in Phoenix in front of several people a sociated with the organization, including trainers, coaches, people in his own camp and front office executives trying to get game-ready for Tuesday's series opener. While Greenberg reported Antetkounmpo's status was still uncertain, he said it was described to him that "Giannis is going to fight tooth and nail to be in the lineup." Giannis is going to fight tooth and nail to be Cameron Clark Jersey in the lineup. provides an update on Giannis ahead of the NBA Finals. NBA TV (@NBATV) Greenberg also noted that there's only one day between Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals, but two days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 3 and 4, respectively. The Bucks may consider using Tuesday and Wednesday as additional rest days for Antetkounmpo, ensuring he's adequately rested and prepared to enter the series during Game 2. Bucks vs. Suns Game 1 injury report (This section will be updated with injury reports from the Bucks and Suns ahead of Game 1) TeamPlayerStatusReasonBucksGiannis AntetokounmpoAvailableLeft knee hyperextension
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Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players A sociation (NBPA), said Wednesday it would be "irresponsible" for players not be tested for the coronavirus as she took aim at the United Jaylen Waddle Jersey States government. NBA teams have been criticized after the Brooklyn Nets revealed four players including superstar Kevin Durant contracted COVID-19 amid the pandemic. Bob Griese Jersey MORE: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio questioned the Nets, insisting "tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick" as the world struggles to contain the virus, which has claimed more than 8,900 lives globally. The Nets defended testing players on Wednesday citing the use of a private laboratory while the Oklahoma City Thunder insisted they did Miami Dolphins Pet Gear not use state resources following the news that all players and staffers returned negative results for coronavirus. OKC Thunder COVID-19 update. OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) "There's Miami Dolphins Hoodies Sweatshirts nothing irresponsible if you've got that information that you've been exposed about trying to get the tests," Roberts told ESPN. "The problem that more of us can't get the tests and I'm not apologetic about saying it in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making Larnel Coleman Jersey sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed. "We shouldn't be fighting about this now ... but once this is done and we get through it, and we will, let's figure out who screwed up and fix that." The NBA has been on hiatus since Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. The Jazz were scheduled to face the Oklahoma City Thunder before the game was postponed Miami Dolphins Home Office on March 11, prompting the suspension of the league schedule.
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Celtics guard Marcus Smart got the bill from the NBA on Friday for his bashing of referees a night earlier Emmitt Smith T Shirts : $15,000. The league fined Smart for in Charlotte, N.C., following Boston's victory over the Hornets. He said, among other things, that officials treat him differently than other Leighton Vander Esch T Shirts players. MORE: "I said (to one of the on-court officials), 'If it was me, y'all would probably throw me out the game and everything. So either you clear it up, or I will,'" Smart said in reference to being shoved to the floor by Hornets forward Miles Bridges, who was given a technical Dallas Cowboys T Shirts foul after a review. Smart has earned a reputation for being an antagonist and a flopperon the court. Smart said he felt the need to speak publicly in his own defense after having lobbied the Emmitt Smith Jersey officials. "I'm coming to y'all (officials) first, but at some point, as a player, as a man, you've got to protect yourself. . . . If that means I've got to lose Amari Cooper Jersey a little bit of money, I've got to lose a little bit of money," he said. Smart was whistled for five fouls Thursday, with Nos. 4 and 5 Trevon Diggs T Shirts coming on consecutive po se sions in the third quarter.
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Kobe Bryant signed a five-year extension with Nike in April NFL Washington Commanders Jersey 2016 that kept him connected to the brand into his retirement. That contracthas now expired, and a new deal isn't coming. Bryant's widow Vane saand the Kobe Bryant estate have elected not to renew the partnership with Nike, Vane sa on Monday. Bryant's deal expired on April 13, which marked exactly five years since the Lakers legend scored 60 points Darrell Green Jersey in his final NBA game. MORE: The estate was disappointed with Nike "limiting the availability of Kobe products" after his retirement in 2016 and death in a January 2020 helicopter crash,DePaula said. Therewas also reportedly a frustration with the "lack of availability of Kobe footwear in kids' sizes." "Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time, worn and adored by fans and athletes in all sports acro s the globe,"Vane sa toldDePaula."It seems Charles Leno Jr. Jersey fitting that more NBA players wear my husband's product than any other signature shoe. ...My hope will always be to allow Kobe's fans to get and wear his products. I will continue to fight for that. Kobe's products sell out in seconds. That says everything. "I was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband Sonny Jurgensen Jersey 's legacy. We will always do everything we can to honor Kobe andGigi'slegacies. That will never change." Nike confirmed that the relationship had ended, saying in a statement that Bryant was "an important part of Nike's deep connection toconsumers" and he is still "a deeply loved member of the Nike family." The company did offer an extension to Vane sa and the estate, but the structure of the deal fell short ofexpectations, per DePaula. Lakers guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker reacted to the news after Los Angeles' lo s to Utah on Monday night. Both players Cornelius Lucas Jersey said they will attempt to buy more pairswith Nike likely to hit pause on any future releases. "I was shocked. I didn't think that would happen." - KCP said he'll be trying to get his hands on more pairs of Kobe's Nike shoes in the upcoming months. His go-to on-court sneaker. Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) "I'm putting the call out right now. Whoever can get me any Kobes, I need 'em." - Talen Horton-Tucker on the pending Nike/Kobe shortage today's news could create Tim Settle Jersey Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) It is unclear whetherVane sa and the Bryant estate havediscu sed a new partnershipwith other brands.
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The Lakers took care of busine s in Game 6 Sunday night, defeating the Heat 106-93 en route to an NBA Finals win. James Morgan Jersey The win brings Los Angeles its17th NBA title, which ties the Celtics for the most alltime in NBA history. It also gives LeBron James his fourth title with his third different team (Heat, Cavs, Lakers). But there's a lot more history than that to discu s. Below, we'll get into some of the more interesting stats a sociated with the Lakers' 2020 NBA Finals win. DECOURCY: LeBron makes history with Finals MVP win LeBron James joins Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA History to win 4+ Finals MVPs and 4+ regular-season MVPs. NBA History (@NBAHistory) LeBron is the first player in NBA history to win a Finals MVP with three different franchises ESPN (@espn) James won the NBA Finals MVP in a unanimous 11-0 vote, making him 4-for-4 in winning MVP when his team won the NBA Finals. He not only becomes the first player to win a Finals MVP with three different teams, but he also joined Michael Jordan in some elite company. MORE: LeBron and Anthony Davis were a historic duo LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the 1st pair of teammates to average 25 PPG on 50% FG in the same postseason in NBA history. Dave McMenamin (@mcten) Only duos to win the NBA Finals while both averaging 25+ PPG in the postseason:LeBron James Stephon Gilmore Jersey (27.6 in 2020)Anthony Davis (27.7 in 2020)Shaquille O'Neal (36.3 in 2002)Kobe Bryant (26.8 in 2002) NBA History (@NBAHistory) Anthony Davis and LeBron James will be the first pair of teammates to finish 1st and 2nd in postseason scoring (total points) in a postseason since Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in the 2002 postseason. ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) We knew when Anthony Davis joined the Lakers that he'd make an impact, and he showed that in a big way when it mattered. Davis and James paired up to make some dominating performances throughout the NBA playoffs, and especially in the Finals. James finished the series averaging29.8 points,11.8 rebounds and8.5 a sists. Davis finished the series averaging25.0 points,10.7 rebounds 3.2 a sists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals. MORE: Jimmy Butler gave it his all Jimmy Butler has played 180 of a potential 192 minutes in the last 4 games, which equates to 93.8%.That's the highest percentage over 4 games in the Finals since Kobe Bryant in 2004. (via ) SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) According to Jimmy Butler is the 2nd player in NBA history to lead his team outright in points, rebounds, a sists, steals and blocks in a Finals series.The other player? LeBron James in the 2016 Finals against the Warriors. ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) Even though the Heat fell short of winning the title, it's worth noting Jimmy Butler's performance. The Heat star only played fewer than 40 minutes in one game during the Finals, and that was in Game 1 when Miami was down26 points entering the fourth quarter. After Game 1, Butler rarely took breaks, and had some incredible Chris Reed Jersey performances (two triple doubles) to give the Heat two wins in this series. LeBron is dominate everywhere he goes LeBron James is the only player in NBA history to average 25+ PPG in the playoffs on 3 different franchises' championship-winning teams. NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) After the Lakers win, James and Danny Green joined John Salley and Robert Horryas the only players to win NBA championships with threedifferent franchises. But James is the only one of those players who averaged 25-pluspoints per game throughout those title runs. James didn't just win titles, he led his teams to titles. Lakers finish season 57-0 when leading after three quarters Taylor Stallworth Jersey This is truly when you think about it. The Lakers were great at finishing opponents off this season, not losing a single game that they led when entering the final quarter. That isn't easy to do, and it's a key reason why they were able to take home the Finals trophy this year. Rajon Rondo makes history in Lakers-Celtics rivalry Rajon Rondo joins Clyde Lovellete as the only players to win a championship with the Lakers and the Celtics (2008). Clyde Lovellette won with the Minneapolis Lakers in 1953-54 and with Boston in 1962-63 & 1963-64. NBA History (@NBAHistory) Despite the Lakers and Celtics each owning17 NBA titles, only two players have ever won a title while playing for both teams. To take this stat further, Rondo becomes the only player to win a title with the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Another interesting aspect of this is Rondo helped raise the Lakers' 17th banner and also the Celtics' 17th banner. Rondo also now holds the largest gap between his first two rings Rodney Thomas Jersey (12 years). The largest gap between any two rings belongs toSam Ca sell (13 years). Anthony Davis joined some elite company Anthony Davis is one of five players to shoot 50-40-90 or better in the NBA Finals: (min. 20+ PPG). He joins Kevin Durant (2017, 2018), Chauncey Billups (2004), Penny Hardaway (2005), and Magic Johnson (1987). NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) We already mentioned how Davis and James made a great duo, but Davis is a star all on his own. He joined some other notable players with his 50 BoPete Keyes Jersey -40-90 line (50 percent shooting, 40 percent3-point shooting, 90 percentfree throw shooting). Anthony Davis joins basketball's Triple Crown Davis joins seven other players to win basketball's Triple Crown NCAA Championship, Olypmic Gold Medal, NBA Championship. Here are theplayers to earn this achievement: Clyde LovelletteBill Ru sellK.C JonesJerry LucasQuinn BuckerMagic JohnsonMichael JordanAnthony DavisDanny Green makes interesting history Despite mi sing the potential game-winning shot in Game 5, Danny Green still played an important role on this Lakers team. And he's now won the NBA Finals in two straight seasons, with two different teams. He becomes just the sixth player to accomplish such a feat. Here are all theplayers to earn this achievement: Pep Saul: Royals (1951), Lakers (1952)Jackie Moore: Nationals (1955), Warriors (1956)Steve Kerr: Bulls (1998), Spurs (1999)Patrick McCaw: Warriors (2018), Raptors (2019)Chris Boucher: Warriors (2018), Raptors (2019)Danny Green: Raptors (2019), Lakers (2020)John Calipari alumn wins title Anthony Davis will become the 15th Kentucky alumni to win a NBA Championship, and the first under John Calipari.
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NBA Finals MVPKawhiLeonard left the Raptors for the Clippers. No matter how many times you read that out loud, it's a shockingmove considering Leonard was expected to either stay with the Raptors or join the Lakers. Leonard, the 28-year-old Southern Californianative, captivated the NBA throughout that championship run. piled up as he averaged 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds while ruining the Warriors'bid for a three-peat. MORE: The Clippers were not thought to be a serious contender in theKawhiSweepstakes at least not Los Angeles Chargers Jackets on the same level as the Lakers and Raptors but now that they'vewon, we are 99 percent sure it's going to be awesome in Tinseltown. "What I'm 99% hearing is that Kawhi Leonard will be returning to Toronto ..." Get Up (@GetUpESPN) It's beautiful for Los Uchenna Nwosu Jersey Angeles and the NBA and it's going to spawn the Western Conference rivalry we didn't know we wantedgiven what is at stake for all the superstars and power brokers involved. Simply put, Lakers vs. Clippers is the biggest and best thing the NBA has to offer right now, even in a loaded Western Conference. This rivalry is finally real. The Lakers and Clippers have reached the playoffs in the same season only six times. They've never met in the postseason. They've never won 50 games or more apiece in the same season. It's historically never been a rivalry because the Lakers have the championships, but the Clippers have had the upper hand in recent seasons through the Lakers'six-season playoff drought. YEARRESULT1973-74Both lost conf. semis1991-92Both lost first round1992-93Both lost first round2005-06Clippers lost conf. semis, Lakers lost first round2011-12Both lost in conf. semis2012-13Both lost first round Leonard has not stepped on the floor yet, but Lakers-Clippers is way bigger than that now, because LeBron James is involved. Leonard opted not to form a super team, and the NBA is Derwin James Jr. Jersey better for it. James, 34, failed to reach the postseason for the first time since 2004-05 and can add a few more chaptersin that greatest-of-all-time-argument with Michael Jordan. Leonard, who drew some comparisons to Jordan in this year's playoffs, is in his way in the same city. Who is the best player in Los Angeles right now? That's the best question of the summer. That raises the stakes for their wingmen. Anthony Davis made it to Los Angeles, but not before his reputation was questioned at the trade deadline. New Orleans has moved on with another No. 1 pick in Zion Williamson. Davis has something to prove. On the other side, Paul George escapes from Oklahoma City only one year after re-signing with the Thunder. George is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 28.0 points per game, and now the Palmdale, Calif., native also is coming home. Which tag team is better right now? That's the Derwin James Jr T Shirts second-best question of the summer. George will be up against his former coach in Frank Vogel, who hasn't taken a team past the first round since the conference finals against the James-led Heatin 2013-14. Now Vogel gets to coach James and Davis, and the theme will be "Don't me s it up." Doc Rivers, meanwhile, hasn't led the Clippers past the first round of the playoffs in the last four seasons. There is no excuse not to make a run to at least the Western Conference finals. It's now-or-never-time for both coaches. They aren't the only power brokers at stake. Lakersowner Jeanie Bu s and general manager RobPelinkacannot afford more bad PR after Magic Johnson's resignation. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, president Lawrence Frank and consultant Jerry West finally pushed the chips all-in after seeing what Leonard Troy Reeder Jersey did for Toronto. Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul will continueworking behind the scenes.Key questions will get answered on the court for the next three-to-five years, and more supporting cast members will join the show. How big is it? The Clippers and Lakers have , better than the Warriors,who have won the Western Conference the last five seasons. The drama between the Lakers and Clippers will be off the charts, and that's always good for busine s in the NBA. That's only going to increase if and when both teams win 50 games, reach the NFL Los Angeles Chargers Jersey playoffs and perhaps even meet in the NBA playoffs for the first time. Imagine Clippers-Lakers in the Western Conference finals. "TheKing of the North" challenging "King James"in the NBA's "Game of Thrones." That didn't seem po sible a week ago, but now that production is starting, you want to see that a hell of a lot more than "Space Jam 2." At least you should. Where could something like this happen? Only in LA. There is no question about that.
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There are movies about basketball and there are movies that incorporate basketball as part of a larger story that means so much more. Disney+ exclusive "Rise," the story of Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family, falls into the second category. During Giannis' meteoric rise to superstardom, fans worldwide have come to know the Antetokounmpo family, as Giannis and brothers Thanasis, Kostas and Alex have each made names for themselves as profe sional basketball players in the Demetrius Harris Jersey United States, while their eldest brother, Francis reached the profe sional level as a soccer player. Over the better part of the last decade, we've learned the Antetokounmpo name, but "Rise" gives viewers an opportunity to learn their story. Before any character appears on screen, viewers are taught that the original spelling of Antetokunmpo is, in fact, "Adetokunbo," a surname of Yoruba origin that means "the king has returned from acro s the seas." The meaning of the family's name couldn't be any more fitting, as its journey is a part of its royalty. While four of the five Antetokounmpo brothers were born in Colt McCoy Jersey Greece, they were born to Vera (Yetide Badaki) and Charles (Dayo Okeniyi), who immigrated to Greece from Nigeria in order to pursue better lives for themselves and their children. SIGN UP NOW TO WATCH 'RISE' ON DISNEY+ Through the heads of the family, "Rise" shows the ways in which the family's Nigerian roots serve as their foundation, juxtaposing those elements with the Greek culture they embraced during their upbringing in the Sepolia neighborhood of Athens. During a pivotal point in the film, Thanasis tells the family "when one person in the family scores, we all score," a mentality that could be a fitting tagline for the movie as a whole. Through struggle and sacrifice came triumph and achievement, all because of the family-first attitude instilled by their parents. The familial elements of the movie couldn't be stronger, as Thanasis and Giannis are portrayed by real-life brothers Ral and Uche Agada, both of whom made their actorial debuts in "Rise." (Disney) Based on their performances, you wouldn't be able to tell James Wiggins Jersey they were first-timers. Ahead of the film's release on Disney+, The Sporting News spoke with the Agada brothers, whose real-life chemistry shines both on screen and in everyday life. "I think one of the biggest things to take away from (the movie) is to keep those people in this case, your family those good people, close to you," Uche Agada told SN. Ral Agada echoed a similar sentiment, explaining that the strength of the Antetokounmpo family prepared both Giannis and Thanasis for their big breaks, as he shared that "luck is when preparation meets opportunity." Such can be said for the Agada brothers, who got their break after Uche responded to a casting call he saw, which was a screenshot of an Instagram post from Giannis Antetokounmpo, posted to Twitter. After a few callbacks, Uche got the part of Giannis and was asked if he had any other siblings, paving the way for his older brother Ral to audition for the part of Thanasis. That they're real-life brothers adds to the authentic feel of the interactions that occur between Max Garcia Jersey them and other members of their family throughout the movie. "For that part, there's no acting," Ral Agada said. "We're just going to do the brotherly thing that we always do." It's those interactions that build the story and make Disney's adaptation of the Antetokounmpo family as easy to root for as their real-life counterparts. When one of us wins, we all win T. Antetokounmpo (@Thanasis_ante43) Of course, there is the basketball, and the Ugada brothers have a background in the game. Both Uche, who stands a 6-foot-5, and Ral, who stands at 6 Isaiah Simmons Jersey -foot-1, have a history in the game that dates back to their younger years, and it's no secret that they know what they're doing on the floor. "Rise" not only shares the journey of the Antetokounmpo family, but it also takes you on the journey, from Nigeria to Turkey to Greece to the United States, where Thanasis perfectly delivers an homage to Prince Akeem in "Coming to America." The movie culminates with one of the family's crowning achievements, but with their stories still being written, it also breeds excitement for what's next in their respective lives. As for the Ugada brothers, after getting their first taste of acting, they each expre sed that they've found a pa sion, making them eager to get back in front of the camera to further pursue their careers in the busine s. It might not be long before preparation again meets opportunity for the Ugada Leki Fotu Jersey duo. You can stream Disney's "Rise" exclusively on Disney+ beginning Friday, June 24.
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The landscape of sports gaming has changed dramatically over the last decade, with a reduction in the number of games produced, evolution of distribution and a shift in newly prioritized features to maximize the revenue they generate. While there is legitimate reason to be frustrated by the evolution of the genre, there is no question the games that do remain are generally of high quality: Expansive feature sets that allow them to be played in a number of different ways, partnerships with leagues that provide incredible authenticity and technological advancements have taken gameplay and graphics to a whole new level. MORE: With the decade coming to a close, the best of the best in the sports gaming genre deserved to be recognized. Some games that fall just outside of the top five include "NBA 2K11," which would have made the Denver Broncos T Shirts cut if the list included multiple titles from a single franchise. It was the release that launched 2K to a stratosphere previously unimaginable. "Madden NFL 17" was easily the best Madden of the decade in a series has been aggre sively mediocre. "Super Mega Baseball 2" stands out as the best arcade-style game, and yet many elements were more realistic than its sim counterparts. Any number of entries from the "Out of the Park Baseball" series could also have made it as the best of the sim-management games as well. With that, a look at the top five sports video games from the 2010s: 5: 'MLB 13: The Show' Almost any iteration of "MLB: The Show" from the decade could be considered among the best sports video games of the decade. The series has been Cody Conway Jersey the most consistent in the genre for both its strengths and its weakne ses. 'MLB 13' and its release late in the PS3 run gets the nod because it was the first one to pull everything together as a complete product by finally achieving a decent online play experience. Ironically, online regre sed in 'MLB 14' before recovering in following years. The only real areas of disappointment with 'MLB 13' related to its dated commentary, along with a Diamond Dynasty team-building mode that hadn't evolved yet to what would soon become the best of its kind in the genre. With a complete and fully functional feature set and a gameplay adjustment that opened up the timing window at the plate making hitting more realistic and enjoyable "MLB 13: The Show" earns a spot in the best of the decade as a representative for the reliable franchise. 4: 'NCAA Football 14' With at least a , the "NCAA Football" franchise still remains on the minds of many because of how great the final entry in the series was. Anyone who Bradley Chubb Jersey revisits "NCAA Football 14" is struck by how well it has held up, six years after it first published and landed in the previous generation of consoles. The level of detail and authenticity put into gameplay and the surrounding college-specific experience is striking. The game wasn't perfect, however, and nostalgia has caused some of its flaws to have been forgotten. The Road to Glory career mode went untouched from the previous year, the commentary was stale, a number of uniforms and stadium upgrades were mi sing and seemingly only one penalty (clipping) was ever called. Despite that, it remains fondly remembered for its rich Dynasty Mode, a surprisingly good Ultimate Team its first attempt at it exceedingly fun gameplay and a long overdue fix to sluggish menu navigation and slow loading times. That removed a level of frustration that had built up over the years. Many will cite "NCAA Football 14" as the best sports game of the decade, though that's due in part to the fact it was the last licensed college sports game to release. And while it's certainly a great game, it's unlikely it would be quite as revered today had it been followed up by "NCAA Football 15." 3: '2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa' Until recently, EA Sports would release standalone games for the World Cup. The release every four years would come in between the annual FIFA game releases. They benefited from improvements for that coming FIFA game and were more approachable for those who weren't as dedicated to soccer fandom. Right around 2010 is when the FIFA series exploded to become a global phenomenon. It would not only consistently become the highest-selling video game in the world, but also take its place among the top 10 in North America. Some of the credit has to be given to "2010 FIFA World McTelvin Agim Jersey Cup South Africa" a game so fun that it turned many into soccer gaming fans who would later transition to the mainline FIFA franchise. "World Cup" was a lot more appealing for those with even just a fleeting interest in the sport or the worldwide event. The games were more free-flowing, the characters on the pitch more skilled, making it easier to have fun while learning as a novice. Beyond that, it was the atmosphere and emotion that elevated every moment. Even the vuvuzelas love them or hate them were there. Still, the game Denver Broncos Jackets unfortunately lacked Online Team Play and experienced some framerate i sues during cutscenes. Very little else could be cited as problematic. A new online mode called World League Ladder was introduced, which influenced similar online modes in other sports games in the years that followed. "2010 FIFA World Cup" is one of the select few sports video games from the decade that was fun and rewarding to play, even while on the losing end. That helped turn many into soccer gaming fans for life. MORE: 2: 'Rocket League' "Rocket League" came out of nowhere in 2015, and is as relevant now if not more than it was upon release. The hybrid racing/soccer game was incredibly well designed and has received unprecedented support in the years Champ Bailey Jersey since its release. "Rocket League" initially was given away as a free download to PlayStation Plus subscribers, a brilliant move that got the game in the hands of consumers who might not have given it a chance otherwise. Since then, it has grown to more than 60 million players, making it by far the most played sports game of the decade. It also has the biggest presence in the world of esports. Rocket League is easy to just pick up and play, but has remarkable depth that allowed for a natural skill gap to emerge. Several different variants can completely change players' approach to the game, from the standard 3v3 to more challenging 1v1 or 2v2. The online experience is excellent, even when teamed up with and facing off against random players. The post-release support has been unmatched in the genre as well, with DLCs being limited to cosmetic items rather than pay-for-play advantages. New cars (including licensed tie-ins like Fast and Furious and Back to the Future) and other variants, like basketball and hockey modes, have kept the game feeling fresh. Credit shoul
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The NBA is celebrating players from the NBA 75 list almost daily from now until the end of the season. Today's honoree is George Gervin, who became superstar as the Iceman with the Spurs but was traded to the Bulls near the end of his career.This column, by Jan Hubbard, originally appeared in the Nov. 11, 1985, i sue of The Sporting News under the headline, Spurs Shouldve Dealt Gervin Sooner. DALLAS Pardon the exaggeration, but when youve been getting nailed in print as hard and as often Damiere Byrd Jersey as Angelo Dro sos, it is only natural to take the offensive. Dro sos understands that it is not important if something is positive or negative, all that matters is how it is perceived Therefore, he does his best to turn something perceived as negative into a positive for his San Antonio Spurs, who infuriated much of the San Antonio media and the public October 24 when they traded George Gervin, the franchises favorite Akiem Hicks Jersey son, to Chicago for David Greenwood. At the time, Dro sos, the Spurs' president, said the trade "probably would be the most unpopular move in the history of the franchise. It probably was, but Gervin had backed Spurs management and Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons into a corner. Gervin had mi sed two practices without notifying Fitzsimmons, a demanding disciplinarian and teacher. Fitzsimmons said he had been lenient with Gervin's lax practice habits in the past, but he obviously had had enough. So the Spurs gave Gervin the choice of retiring with full pay, accepting a trade or being waived The trade was consummated because Greenwood was not in Chicago's plans, and Bulls Coach Stan Albeck coached Gervin for three years in San Antonio. Greenwood played far better than anyone expected after reporting to San Antonio. In a game against Utah, he had 20 rebounds. As Dro sos said, "You could lock some forwards in a gym by themselves and they still wouldn't get 20 rebounds." After that. Dro sos attempted to mute some of the criticism of the Gervin trade by saying the Spurs were Khalil Mack Hoodies Sweatshirts going to have the most exciting team weve had in 13 years." Thats a bit exce sive, especially considering the exciting Doug Moe teams of the late 70s. Remember the run-and-gun Spurs featuring Gervin, James Silas and Larry Kenon? Or what about the Albeck teams that averaged 51 victories a season for three years through 1983? Preseason predictors were so impre sed with the current, exciting Spurs that it was popular to to put them in the Midwest Division cellar. And Spurs fans werent that excited, either. On the night Greenwood had 20 rebounds against Utah, only 5,213 paid to see the game. When the American Basketball A sociation's Dallas Chaparrals moved to San Antonio and became the Spurs in 1973, there were 16 crowds smaller than that. Since then, however, there have been only three smaller, and none has been smaller since the Spurs and three other ABA teams joined the NBA in 1976. Despite all of the negative ramifications, the Spurs did the right thing in making the trade. Greenwood has not played particularly well the last three years, but he is only 28. He was the second player taken in the 1979 draft after the Lakers chose Magic Johnson. The last two years, the Spurs won 37 and 11 games, respectively, with Gervin, who is 33. If anything the Spurs should have made the move to rebuild by trading David Montgomery Jersey Gervin sooner. They still have rebuilding to do. Artis Gilmore is 36 and near retirement. But with Greenwood, Steve Johnson (28), Johnny Moore (27), Mike Mitchell (29) and Alvin Robertson (23), who has shown signs of stardom at guard, the Spurs have a nucleus of youth and experience. They also have height six players 6-9 or taller. And they are a team with nothing to lose because of the low expectations. When talking about the team. Fitzsimmons says. "This is a fun team to coach. The implication is obvious. It no longer was fun making allowances for Gervin. The Spurs will have two Initial problems, however. Free agents Marc lavaroni and Wes Matthews did not join the team until two weeks after training camp began. Guard Jon Sundvold was acquired from Seattle two days Bilal Nichols Jersey before the regular season. Greenwood was acquired the next day. Moore, another free agent, signed after the season began. In all, there are eight players on the roster who were not with the team this time a year ago.. "We've got to get acquainted," Fitzsimmons said. We're playing the way I want. We re pushing the ball up, getting after everybody defensively, working extremely hard. But it's hard to get continuity for 48 minutes. And until the Spurs get continuity and begin winning consistently, the fans will not be enthusiastic about paying for tickets The franchise is in no danger, however. Because of sweetheart conce sions and arena lease deals, Dro sos said, "Financially we are healthy." But they are without the Iceman, and it does seem strange. For 13 years. George Gervin was the San Antonio Spurs. Even legends are traded, however. "It was very hard to imagine," said Mitchell, but then you have to get back to Eddy Pineiro Jersey reality, and that kind of stuff can happen in the NBA. This is a busine s. No matter what happens, the best in the world can be traded. The rest of us have to go on."
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