Noah defends Zen Master: ‘We didn’t lose all those games because of Phil’

Phil Jackson showed tremendous confidence in Joakim Noah when he signed the former All-star Center to a four-year, $ 72-million contract.

Noah, however, was unable to reward Jackson for his faith. The 32-year-old trudged through an embarrassingly disastrous season marked by poor performance, injuries, and a PED suspension.

That albatross contract was just one of many missteps that led the New York Knicks to relieve Jackson of his duties as team president, and Noah feels responsible.

“It’s tough, man, because I got a lot of love and respect for Phil,” Noah said on the Truth Barrel Podcast, as relayed by Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“He gave me an opportunity to play back home. Somebody I read all his books as a kid. I was just a big fan and still am. I have a lot of respect for him. It didn’t work out. That sucks. It’s something I have to live with. He believed in me, and I kind of let him down. That’s frustrating.”

The Knicks billed themselves as a superteam after Jackson recruited Noah and Derrick Rose last offseason, but it was business as usual at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks imploded after the first two months of the season and Jackson routinely found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Jackson was fired this summer and offered as a scapegoat, but Noah said that's unfair. The players themselves should take responsibility for the lost season, not Jackson.

“He got a lot of blame that it was his fault,” Noah said. “But we didn’t lose all those games because of Phil Jackson.”

Unfortunately for Jackson, the bottom line speaks for itself: the Knicks went 80-166 in his three seasons at the helm. Jackson had every opportunity to build a successful roster, but he was mostly concerned with resurrecting his stubborn Triangle Offense that most of the players resisted. Moreover, Jackson managed to alienate his stars at every turn, which proved to be his ultimate downfall.

As for Noah, he's just hoping for a bounce back campaign after he averaged five points on 49 percent shooting in 46 minutes. Noah is hoping to rebound and reward Knicks fans after losing his confidence in his first season.

“I went through a lot of adversity. You go through injuries. I lost my confidence this year. It’s about bouncing back and showing who I am through these tough times. It can really show what you’re made of,” Noah said.

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He's Serious: 53-Year-Old Man Arrested After Kicking A 6-Year-Old Girl Because She Picked Up His Chuck E. Cheese's Tokens!

A Rhode Island man was arrested after he was accused of kicking a 6-year-old girl and knocking her out of his way when she tried to help him pick up tokens he dropped at a Chuck E. Cheese’s in Attleboro. The man appeared in Attleboro District Court on Monday, where he was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery and released on $ 500 bail. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for next month. Posted By Persist

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Jenelle Evans: My Son is Being Violent Because He Wants to Live with Me!

After years and years of watching Teen Mom 2, we all know quite a bit about Jenelle Evans, don't we?

For instance, we know that she's one of those people who tend to create their own version of events, reality be damned.

You can see several examples of this in her new book — remember how she claimed that her mother tricked her into giving up custody of her oldest son, Jace, even though she was the best mom ever?

Meanwhile, we all remember seeing how it really played out in early seasons of the show, and we definitely remember her willingly signing over custody to the long-suffering Barbara Evans.

Still, Jenelle insists on trying to paint herself in a positive light, even if she doesn't deserve it.

And if you still don't know what we're talking about, then just check out this truly bizarre deleted scene from this week's episode of Teen Mom 2.

As you may remember from the episode, Jace has been acting out recently — so much that he threw a toy at Barbara and bruised her face.

Jenelle and Babs talked about getting him into therapy, which seems like a good idea. The poor kid has been through a lot in his eight years.

But in this clip, Teen Mom's hottest mess reveals some additional details about the situation.

Things start off with Jenelle and her fiancé, David Eason, having a little chat in a restaurant while baby Ensley sleeps soundly in her car seat.

They talk about taking some photos with all the kids this weekend, and she mentions that she's excited for Jace to meet Ensley for the first time.

Then she tells him that "He freaked out a school and he threw something at my mom, and like busted her nose."

"And she, like, doesn't understand why he's freaking out, and she calls me and says 'Oh, he's being bad' and everything."

"And then I'm like 'Well, I got my hands tied, what do you want me to do? I'm not there to discipline him and you don't let me have him, so …'"

She says that Barbara has been telling Jace's teachers that she doesn't know why he's "freaking out," and that "I feel bad for him because it's like no one knows the truth and they're believing my mom."

If you're wondering what the hell she's talking about, you're not alone.

But hang on, she gets to her point real quick …

"I know the truth," she tells David. "I know why he's freaking out. He's freaking out because he wants to live here. And that's why he's being bad."

… Really, Jenelle? That's why Jace is acting out and being violent, because he wants to live with you?

She says that she hopes Jace isn't mad at her because he still doesn't live with her, and that "I want Jace to come live with me so bad, he doesn't even know the truth."

What truth?!

The clip ends with Jenelle telling David that she's "trying everything in my power" to get Jace back.

It's just so bizarre that she thinks that her son is behaving the way he is because he wants to live with her … like is that really the scenario that makes the most sense?

Maybe he's reacting to the years and years of seeing Jenelle scream and yell at Barbara — maybe she's never shown her respect, and he's learning that.

Or maybe he's starting to realize how unstable his childhood has been, especially since his mother just had another baby when she still doesn't have custody of him.

There are a lot of reasons why poor Jace could be acting out, but a desperation to live with Jenelle doesn't seem super likely.

Watch the odd scene below:

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Paris Jackson and Macaulay Culkin Got Matching Tattoos, Because of Course They Did

You may have heard that Macaulay Culkin recently cut his long, wonderful hair pretty drastically. But he’s also working as an actor again, which is great.

Well, that’s not the only change that he’s made to his appearance — and this one’s a little more permanent.

Not every godfather gets matching tattoos with his goddaughter, but that’s just how Macaulay Culkin and Paris Jackson roll.

We love these two.

Individually, for their talents and eccentricities and personalities.

But also for their unique bond as celebrities who became famous at young ages, and who both have no shortage of affection for the late musical legend Michael Jackson.

And now they share something else … in the form of matching tattoos on their arms.

Paris shared a photo of the two of them showing off their matching tats on Snapchat.

The tattoos are of … spoons.

Paris Jackson has tattoos already, of course.

Like, something in the area of 50 tattoos.

She loves them and she uses them for self-expression.

Part of that self-expression means honoring her late father.

Macaulay, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have any tats on his arm — except for this one.

But hey, you go that extra mile when it comes to bonding with your goddaughter, right?

Macaulay does, at least.

We all remember when Paris gave Macaulay a pedicure.

Now, we’ll be honest with you … we don’t know what the spoon tattoos are supposed to mean.

Since we don’t think that it’s a wildly tasteless drug reference, our first thought was that it might have some sort of New Agey significance.

As we know, Paris Jackson is very spiritual.

We looked up the possible meanings of spoons, and when they show up in dreams, they involve the quest for your personal fulfillment and the tools that one needs to achieve it.

We explored some other options — some people get spoon tattoos for chronic illness (a reference to spoon theory).

But the fact of the matter is that we don’t know why they got that as a tattoo.

It may be an inside joke.

They may even just be trolling people.

We love that they have so much that they can share and enjoy with each other.

Including matching spoon tattoos.

(Whatever they may mean.)

It’s good that they can share, since they both lost the same great man in their lives and are both still feeling that loss.

We … would still like an explanation for what the spoons mean in this context, though.

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Kailyn Lowry: Chris Lopez Won’t Be on Teen Mom 2 Because of “Other Hoes”

For the first several months of her pregnancy, Kailyn Lowry wouldn’t reveal the identity of her baby daddy.

Eventually, we learned that it was a fellow Delaware State University student named Chris Lopez who got Kailyn pregnant, but the man remains shrouded in mystery.

As it turns out, that’s just how Lopez prefers it.

In a new preview for the show’s upcoming season premiere, we get to see Kailyn open up about Lopez for the first time on camera.

It turns out, she’s not loving his behavior as of late, and her friends aren’t fans either.

When a friend of Kailyn’s describes Lopez as a “player,” Lowry reveals that he’s not appearing on Teen Mom 2 because he fears it might interfere with his other relationships. 

“He doesn’t want to be on the show,” Lowry says Lopez in the clip.

“He doesn’t want his name on the show.”

When the friend asks if it’s because he’s camera shy, Kailyn clarifies:

“He doesn’t want his other hoes to know about me!”

And Kailyn wasn’t done complaining about Lopez, who apparently will play very little part in the life of his child with Kailyn.

When Lowry’s first baby daddy, Jo Rivera, asks about the situation with Chris, Kailyn responds:

“It’s such a not solid situation I don’t want to discuss any of it on TV.”

Needless to say, we don’t think you’ll be hearing a whole lot about Mr. Lopez this season.

Sources close to the situation say Lopez broke up with Lowry after a brief fling last year.

She reportedly thought the relationship was serious and was stunned by his reaction to her pregnancy.

Lopez has apparently agreed to assist with the finances, but wants no part in the child’s life.

And now it seems his commitment to the single life is such that he doesn’t want MTV (and the sizable paychecks it’s no doubt offering) cramping his style.

Obviously, Chris doesn’t exactly sound like a stand-up guy, but you almost have to admire that level of commitment to the player lifestyle.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online to learn more about Chris Lopez from people who aren’t Chris Lopez.

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Potential top pick Darnold: No team should tank because of me

Sam Darnold does not seem to like the idea of playing for the New York Jets after next season – or anyone else willing to sacrifice wins for his services.

The USC quarterback who is projected to be one of the top picks in the 2018 NFL draft is reportedly no lock to declare for the pros after the 2017 season. Darnold's reported indecisiveness could stem from his disapproval of a team tanking for the right to select him.

“I don’t think any team should tank their season because of me,” Darnold told SportsCenter on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. “I’m taking it one year at a time.”

Darnold led USC to a 10-3 record last season as a redshirt freshman while throwing for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The 20-year-old quarterback has plenty of time to make his decision on the 2018 draft with a full season ahead of him and three more years of collegiate eligibility.

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The Swirl Deferred: Tupac Gave Mayo-Soaked Madonna The Mutombo Finger Because She’s White

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Tupac Wrote Madonna A Break-Up Letter From Prison

The tryst between the late, great Tupac Shakur and the “Material Girl”, Madonna, is well-documented, however, the reason for their breakup has been pretty low-key. Until now…

According to TMZ, ‘Pac wrote Madge a letter from prison explaining that he couldn’t smash her ironing board cakes to smithereens anymore because she was white.

Did Tupac not understand that she was white when he first met her? *pondering emoji*

He really broke down the difference between what it means for her to be dating him, versus what it means for him to be dating her:

“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting.”

Pac goes on to say:

“But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was.”

It wasn’t lost on Mr. “I Get Around” that he hurt Madonna because he also wrote:

“I never meant to hurt you.”

Damn, Madonna had Tupac out here in his feelings like Drake.

Flip it over to read the prison prose that turned Madonna into Becky with the broken heart…

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