LeBron doesn’t expect to miss time after rolling ankle vs. Rockets

With Trevor Ariza draped all over him, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James brought the ball past midcourt Thursday night and began cutting toward the basket, only to step on Ariza's foot and badly roll his already-ailing left ankle.

Many players would have left with the injury, but James dusted himself off and remained in the game, playing 32 more minutes and scoring 29 more points to finish with 33 in a 117-113 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Afterward, James expressed confidence that he'll be ready to compete Saturday when Cleveland visits American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks, adding that he'll be receiving treatment on his ankle overnight.

"It's been the story of the early season for me kind of turning my ankles," James said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "Just lace them tighter and get back out there."

James' ankle sidelined him for all but one of the team's preseason outings, but he hasn't missed any time during the regular season for the 5-7 Cavaliers.

Cleveland was 0-8 during the 2016-17 campaign when the four-time league MVP didn’t suit up.

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Kobe doesn’t want basketball to be the best thing he’s ever done

Five NBA championships, an MVP award, 18 All-Star nods, and one of the most decorated and legendary basketball careers ever isn't good enough for Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend is only 39 years old, and having stepped away from the game he holds so near and dear, Bryant should have a long life ahead of him to accomplish much more. His desire to be great won't allow his life to be defined by his playing days, as he wants his future to be as successful, if not more so, than his past.

"Fast forward 20 years from now: If basketball is the best thing I’ve done in my life, then I’ve failed," Bryant said to Complex News. "It’s a very simple mission, very simple quest, very simple goal. These next 20 years need to be better than the previous 20. It’s as simple as that and that is what drives me.”

With all his outside ventures and investments, which includes Kobe Studios and venture capital firm called Bryant-Stibel, "The Black Mamba" has several projects occupying his time. It all amounts to a new chapter in his life that Bryant wants to keep separate from what he did as an athlete.

“My challenge is letting go of what was and focus on building what is to come and that is very, very hard,” Bryant added. “Twenty years a career. Legacy. Kobe Bryant. Things of that nature, the easy thing would be to build upon that still.

“The hard thing to do is to let that go, right, and now focus on building a studio, focus on building a content company, from books to films and everything in between. Focus on what is ahead and it takes a lot of bravery to be able to do that because what if that falls flat, then what? It is always easier to go with what is. But that ain’t what we do. We push forward and that is the biggest challenge ahead.”

Bryant will have both his Nos. 8 and 24 retired Dec. 18 at Staples Center when the Lakers host the visiting Golden State Warriors.

– With h/t to Yahoo Sports

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Nets’ Marks doesn’t regret moving draft pick that became Kyle Kuzma

The Brooklyn Nets made a big splash ahead of last summer’s NBA draft when they sent Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for guard D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.

The least sexy asset moved in that deal was the pick, but as it turns out, the player Los Angeles selected in 22-year-old forward Kyle Kuzma has emerged as one of the classes finest prospects out of the gate, currently ranking third in rookie scoring.

Regardless of his early-season accomplishments, Nets general manager Sean Marks doesn't give any second thoughts to trading the pick that turned into Kuzma.

“No,” Marks told The New York Post’s Brian Lewis. “The pick was part of the deal. Who knows who would’ve drafted Kyle? Kudos to the Lakers for that.

“But at the end of the day that wasn’t ever a factor in our [mind]. Our deal was it’s the right time to go get that talent and try and develop D’Angelo. And put Brook into a situation where the Lakers wanted him, so it’s as good situation for him too.”

Kuzma notched a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting in 38 minutes as the Lakers defeated the Nets Friday night at Staples Center, 124-112. Along with the 15.7 points he’s averaging through nine outings, the Utah alumnus sits second in rookie field goal percentage (56.3 percent) and sixth in rebounding (5.7).

Brooklyn wound up drafting center Jarrett Allen with the 22nd pick, five picks ahead of Kumza. Allen comes off the bench for the Nets in a limited role, contributing four points and 2.7 boards in 15 minutes.

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Irving doesn’t regret curse at heckler, but apologizes to children

Warning: Story contains coarse language

Kyrie Irving admitted Saturday that he swore at a heckling fan while leaving the floor after the Boston Celtics‘ 102-92 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia on Friday.

The remark was caught on video after someone in the stands yelled, "Kyrie, where's LeBron?"

Irving replied with a crude sexual suggestion.

Kyrie is very much not here for Philly’s shit

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Irving told reporters he doesn't regret the crude rejoinder, but takes full responsibility and apologizes to the children who've heard it.

With Irving’s admission, he will certainly face a league fine this coming week. New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins picked up a $ 25,000 fine Saturday for cursing at a fan in Memphis on Wednesday.

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Lue: Rose sprained ankle vs. Bucks, ‘it doesn’t look good’

The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t leave the BMO Harris Bradley Center unscathed on Friday night, despite beating the Milwaukee Bucks by 19 points.

Head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters following Cleveland’s impressive 116-97 victory that point guard Derrick Rose sprained his ankle early in the fourth quarter, and that he’d likely miss Saturday’s outing against the Orlando Magic.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Lue, according to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd.

Should Rose be held out, backup Jose Calderon would get the start in his place.

Rose scored 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting in 22 minutes of action against Milwaukee, adding two rebounds, an assist, and a pair of steals.

Cleveland is already without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who may not see the floor until January as he recovers from an injured hip. Should Rose miss an extended period of time, if any, Calderon would be the only point guard left standing. Veteran Dwyane Wade has experience running the point, at least, and could always be slotted in.

Rose missed 18 games in his one-and-only year with the New York Knicks, some of which came as a result of surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

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Giants’ Mara doesn’t expect Beckham’s injury to affect next contract

The ankle injury that prematurely ended New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham's 2017 season shouldn't affect what he was hoping will be a massive payday, according to Giants co-owner John Mara.

"I don't think it (the injury) will have any effect because I think he's going to make a full recovery," Mara said at the NFL's Fall League Meeting on Wednesday, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

Beckham is already locked in for 2018 at a base salary of $ 8.5 million, and the Giants will be able to use the franchise tag in subsequent seasons to prevent their star from reaching unrestricted free agency.

Mara has little doubt Beckham will be able to re-establish himself upon his return, and said the receiver doesn't need to be 100 percent recovered to sign a long-term deal.

"I think our medical people feel pretty strongly that he'll make a full recovery. Knowing him, he will work so hard to get back, he has so much pride," Mara added.

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Mayim Bialik Lashes Out at “Vicious” Critics, Totally Doesn’t Get It

Mayim Bialik is not apologizing for her controversial stance regarding rape and feminism.

Over the weekend, Bialik wrote an op-ed in response to accusations of sexual assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Big Bang Theory actress was not a victim of Weinstein’s. It doesn’t sound as though she knows anyone who has claimed to be.

So why did she choose to speak out about this topic?

Because Bialik thought she had helpful advice to offer fellow members of her gender.

“As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms,” Bialik wrote, instantly stepping into scalding hot water.

Right off the bat here, she’s saying that Weinstein only preyed on attractive women.

Moreover, she’s blaming the attractive women for… well… being attractive.

She’s completely missing the point that sexual harassment is all about some insecure jerk such as Weinstein exerting his power, not simply wanting to tap some fine piece of you-know-what.

“Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money,” Bialik continued.

Over the past week or so, approximately 43 women have come forward and accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Some, such as Rose McGowan, have accused him or rape.

The fact that anyone would dare to lecture these women, or any victims of assault, is horribly offensive.

But that never occurred to Bialik, apparently.

“If you are beautiful and sexy, terrific. But having others celebrate your physical beauty is not the way to lead a meaningful life,” she wrote.

“And if – like me – you’re not a perfect 10, know that there are people out there who will find you stunning, irresistible and worthy of attention, respect and love.

“The best part is you don’t have to go to a hotel room or a casting couch to find them.”

In response to this terribly pompous and totally misguided editorial, critics lambasted Bialik for blaming the victims of rape in any way, shape or form.

Gabrielle Union, for example, Tweeted that “Sexual or physical violence, harassment, demeaning language is NOT the price one should pay for seeking or maintaining employment. Period.”

She then shared her personal story:


Care to respond, Mayim Bialik?

Actually, the actress has responded.

Not to Union, specifically, but to her critics.

“I’m being told my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all of the feedback,” she wrote on Twitter, adding:

“I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior.

“Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about.

“It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women.”

mayim tweet

The actress announced that she would hold a Facebook Live discussion with the newspaper on Monday to clear the air.

But we have a question, considering that Bialik wrote the following in her piece:

I am entirely aware that these types of choices might feel oppressive to many young feminists.

Women should be able to wear whatever they want. They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behavior?

In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want.

But our world isn’t perfect.

Nothing—absolutely nothing—excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in.

How, exactly, are we taking anything out of context to interpret this as placing blame on sexual assault victims for how they dress and act?

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J.R. Smith doesn’t drink Hennessy, says it’s a black stereotype

The Henny God doesn't drink Hennessy?

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, who is affectionately known for his off-court festivities, said on the Road Trippin' Podcast that he doesn't actually drink Hennessy, and that it's mostly a stereotype of black people.

Channing Frye: "Here is the real question that everybody wants to know: Do you drink Henny?"

J.R. Smith: "No"

Richard Jefferson: "See? Everybody thinks that you drink Hennessy"

Smith: "I know it's like … "

Jefferson: "You're not a Henny guy"

Smith: "It's like it's like unwritten rule of … "

Jefferson: "Of being a pro?"

Smith: "No, not being a pro but like just black people I think. They associate Hennesy with black people for whatever reason"

Jefferson: "That's because black people drink Hennessy"

Smith: "They do but damn"

Smith has said on multiple occasions that he no longer drinks liquor – especially Hennessy – but yet his reputation remains what it was dating back to his memorable tenure with the New York Knicks.

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Saban dismisses media expectations, doesn’t want players taking Arkansas lightly

Alabama is heavily favored in its upcoming matchup with Arkansas, but the last thing Nick Saban wants is for his players and fans to take the game lightly.

Saban addressed the expectations of his team Thursday during his radio show, and took specific aim at how lopsided the media is projecting Saturday’s game to be, according to Christopher Walsh of SEC Country.

The 63-year-old made waves earlier in the week for saying the media provides his team with "rat poison" in the form of bloated expectations, and Thursday's comments reflected a similar attitude.

“No disrespect to anybody in the media, but you all make some assumptions that turn out to be incorrect,” Saban said.

“For people to make assumptions that the other team doesn’t have a chance and for our players to hear that, that’s not good.”

Saban went on to say that he believes his team took a step backwards in regards to its identity in its win over Texas A&M last week, and clearly does not want his players to gain a false sense of security over media-generated hype.

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Little Richard Sits For Rare TV Interview And Hints That He Doesn’t Like Men Anymore – “I Want To Be Holy Like Jesus” [Video]

Despite the fact that Little Richard’s affinity for sex with…pretty much anyone of any gender that comes his way has been well-documented and even come straight from his own mouth, the Rock & Roll legend is singing a different tune in his old age.

At 84, Little Richard says he’s over all the “unnatural affection” and most concerned with living how God wants him to live:

“But God, Jesus, he made men, men, he made women, women, you know? And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live…

You know, all these things. So much unnatural affection. So much of people just doing everything and don’t think about God. Don’t want no parts of him.

Regardless of whatever you are, he loves you. I don’t care what you are. He loves you and he can save you. All you’ve got to do is say, ‘Lord, take me as I am. I’m a sinner.’ But we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The only holy, righteous person is Jesus and he wants us to be just like him because, in order to go to Heaven, we’ve got to look like him,” Richard said. “I don’t want to sing rock and roll no more. … I want to be holy like Jesus.”

Well, alright then Little Richard.