Kevin Love posts touching farewell to ‘best teammate’ James Jones

Ever wonder why James Jones went to seven straight NBA Finals? It's not just because he played with LeBron James.

Jones was the ultimate professional, the type of glue player that held the locker room together. That's why James kept him by his side all those years, but Jones was also beloved by others.

Kevin Love, following in James' footsteps, posted his own tribute to Jones after he retired from playing to accept a vice president of basketball operations position with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

NBA Champion X3. 7 straight Finals. Came to work and proved his worth every day. A mentor to me. Someone who understood what it took to win in this league. A difference maker. A true professional. So much to say about Champ…man, more than anything I’m gonna miss bouncing ideas off of you and learning from your experience. Best teammate I’ve ever had and proud to call you one of my best friends.

Suns got a good one!! Good luck on the next chapter brother.

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Chris Paul posts farewell tweet to Clipper Nation

The city of Los Angeles has been Chris Paul's home for six seasons while suiting up for the Clippers, but after Wednesday's blockbuster trade, the All-Star guard will now be taking his talents to Houston to join James Harden and the Rockets.

Paul released an official statement concerning the deal on his Twitter account, thanking Clipper Nation for embracing him and his family over the years, while also giving a special shoutout to L.A.'s Best and the Brotherhood Crusade.

Related: LeBron, Wade wish Paul well as he joins Rockets

Paul ends his tenure with the Clippers ranked sixth in franchise history in points (7,674), second in steals (902), and first in assists (4,023).

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 24: A Fond Farewell To…

The doctor is out.

Probably forever.

On Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 24, fans were forced to say goodbye to yet another series regular on this beloved drama.

But this wasn’t a case of Katherine Heigl dissing the series and getting shown the door.

Or of Patrick Dempsey openly expressing his irritation with his role and getting killed off in violent fashion.

This time around, those who follow the show closely weren’t even surprised when Jerrika Hinton’s Stephanie made a declaration about her job and her future and how she needs to take a long break.

The actress had previously asked to be released from her contract after landing a starring role in Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series Here, Now.

And the request was gladly accepted by creator Shonda Rhimes, who released the following statement after the Grey’s Anatomy finale aired on Thursday night:

Actors evolve differently and when an actor like Jerrika comes to me and says she wants to try something new creatively, I like to honor that/

Jerrika has shared so much of herself with Stephanie and I am incredibly proud of the journey we’ve taken together.

While I’m sad to see Stephanie leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, I am excited to see what’s next for Jerrika.

For her final episode, Stephanie acted as a hero while a fire raged throughout the hospital.

She saved a young woman’s life and then collapsed in a heap from burns she suffered shortly afterward, telling Richard while being treated that something had to change for her.

“I need to travel and… explore… and hike… and breathe… away from the monitors and the blood,” Stephanie said, lying in a hospital bed and then telling her mentor:

“You changed my life, Dr. Webber. You taught me how to take my past and find my path. Thank you.”

Ball, who created True Blood for HBO, is coming out with a series that chronicles the Bishops, a multi-racial family made up of a philosophy professor father (Tim Robbins) and his lawyer wife (played by Holly Hunter).

The couple has adopted three children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia and also has a biological child.

Hinton will portray Ashley, one of the adopted children who is now the powerhouse behind an online fashion shopping site.

This character was was born in America to Somalian refugees and was taken in by the Bishops when her mom died and her dad was deported.

To see Hinton bid farewell to the show that made her famous, click below and watch Grey’s Anatomy online:

The series itself is still going strong.

It will kick off Season 14 in September and it has spawned an upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, one set in Seattle and focused on a group of firefighters.

What other major news did ABC announce this week about future programming?

Find out below!

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Watch: Draymond royally trashes Pierce over ‘chasing that farewell tour’

There's trash-talking an opponent during the heat of battle, and then there's being straight up disrespectful to the opposition. It's a matter of interpretation as to where Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green fell on that axis Thursday night against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

Chirping the Clippers’ bench and veteran Paul Pierce during the opening minute of the first quarter, Green was overheard talking smack to The Truth about his final season in the Association.

"Chasing that farewell tour? They don't love you like that," Green said to Pierce. "You thought you was Kobe (Bryant)?"

Pierce's 19th season in the league and second with Los Angeles will be his last, and while his surefire Hall of Fame career warrants respect, Green hit the 10-time All-Star where it hurts by insinuating he's unworthy of having a farewell tour like the Black Mamba did last season.

Leave it to Green to go right for the jugular in mental warfare.

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Bana Alabed: 7-Year-Old Aleppo Girl Tweets Farewell Message, Is Feared Captured

Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old girl who used Twitter to chronicle the horrors of the civil war in Syria, appears to have been captured by forces loyal to the regime of Bashar Al-Assad.

With the help of her mother, Fatemah, Bana updated her hundreds of thousands of followers with heartbreaking tweets about the escalating humanitarian crisis in the city of Aleppo.

In the past 24 hours, Fatemah posted two tweets that have led to concerns that the family has been removed from their home:

“We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye,” reads a tweet posted late Sunday night.

Shortly thereafter, Bana’s account was shut down.

It re-appeared this morning, and just hours ago, her mother posted the following tweet:

“We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye.”

The location of Bana and her family is currently unknown, but the BBC is reporting that all members “are safe.”

Many remain skeptical and will continue to fear for the Alabeds until they are able to offer an update themselves.

Bana first gained international attention several months ago, when multiple media outlets reported on her shocking and eye-opening tweets about the horrors of life in Aleppo.

Her family’s situation has become increasingly dire, and she’s continued to offer updates that help to put a face on the daily tragedies taking place in one of Syria’s largest cities.

On November 27, she reported that her family’s home had been destroyed by bombing:

“Tonight we have no house, it’s bombed and I got in rubble. I saw deaths and I almost died,” Bana tweeted.

Along with the Aleppo boy who became a symbol of the city’s nightmarish conditions after he was photographed being pulled from the rubble of a bombed building, Bana gave a voice to the thousands of Syrian children displaced by war.

Her tweets have gained the attention of celebrities like J.K. Rowling, who sent Bana a full set of Harry Potter e-books after the girl tweeted that she reads in order to “forget the war.”

On Twitter today, thousands are sending thoughts and prayers to Bana and her family.

We’ll have further updates on this story as more information becomes available.

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Barnes sent farewell texts to Warriors after Durant joined team

Kevin Durant's decision to sign with the 73-win Golden State Warriors meant the end of Harrison Barnes' four-year tenure with the team.

Departing the only organization he had known since entering the league seventh overall in 2012, the now 24-year-old made sure to express to his teammates how important they were to him before moving on for good.

"Right after the KD decision happened, I texted everyone individually something special to them whatever it was, whatever my relationship was with them," Barnes recently told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. "I didn't want to do the cliche, 'I'm out, guys.' I wanted to text each person individually and tell them that we are family and how much they meant to me."

Related: Barnes wasn't looking to leave Warriors: The decision was made for me

Barnes had actually turned down an extension of $ 64 million over four years last season, betting on himself to earn even more money under the NBA’s rising salary cap, whether that was with the Warriors or not. That decision ultimately paid off in a big way, as he wound up earning $ 30 million more with the Dallas Mavericks on a four-year, $ 94-million contract.

He wasn't the only player to leave the franchise this offseason, as Andrew Bogut (traded to the Mavericks), Festus Ezeli (signed with the Portland Trail Blazers), Brandon Rush (signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves), Leandro Barbosa (signed with the Phoenix Suns), and Marreese Speights (signed with the Los Angeles Clippers) all found new homes.

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Dance Moms Reunion Recap: Farewell to a Legend

Last night’s reunion of #DanceMoms was all about saying goodbye to the golden sisters of Lifetime, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler.

Basically, so was this entire season. But we digress …

If you watch Dance Moms online, prepare for a lot of tears as the women of the Abby Lee Dance Company pay tribute to the siblings.

Maddie reflects on the fact that Nia Frazier, Mackenzie and herself are the only original cast members, so there is, like, so much history.

Enough history to make you forget about Abby Lee Miller for a second! For once in her life(time!) the shot-caller played second fiddle.

This night was all Ziegler, all the time, for good reason.

We all know the show is based on drama, but if there’s been any young talent that truly stood out and took the show to the next level?

It was Maddie, and later Mackenzie. No doubt about it.

Kendall Vertes, another longtime mainstay, agrees and says they have been through so much and traveled together, it’s been amazing.

The plot line of Maddie Ziegler leaving Dance Moms was milked to death this year, but it really was a huge undertaking for the ALDC.

In the aftermath, Kalani Hilliker says she has a shot at the top of the pyramid with Maddie out, so when one door closes, another opens.

Brynn Rumfallo says she’s grown incredibly attached to the two and says that she does everything with Mackenzie Ziegler in particular.

She’s not just losing a teammate, but a BFF.

JoJo Siwa says that for all of them, Dance Moms has inspired them and encouraged so many people across the world to dance too.

Cue the clips of Maddie and Mackenzie when they were young and starting out, and it’s hard to believe the young women they’ve become.

Six years. Six. How fast the time flies by …

Maddie says she has a lot of memories with the girls and cherishes them, and through tears, prepares to do one last solo for the crowd.

Kalani says it’s hard to see them leave but knows they’re moving on to bigger, better things. Kendall says Mackenzie is like a little sister.

Basically, it’s one big love-fest on Lifetime.

What are your favorite memories of the Zieglers? Will the show be the same without them when it returns for a seventh season soon?

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[Mixtape] YC The Cynic – The Farewell Tape

Track List:

01. The Mantra Ft. Eli Black
02. Inspiration Ft. Vithym & Hipnotic
03. Prosperity Ft. DJ Flash
04. High Road
05. Hunts Point Diaspora
06. Fiona Ft. Otis Clapp
07. Datura Stramonium
08. Run Away Ft. Hipnotic
09. Ba Al Chiliagon Swords Ft. Milo
10. Lose My Mind
11. Rat City
12. War With Authority
13. The Gap
14. About Love Ft. Cole King
15. The Livest
16. Easy Does It Ft. Homeboy Sandman & I Am Many
17. Halftime (Butcher's Mix)
18. Stayin' Busy (Remix) Ft. Silent Knight
19. Keep It 100 Ft. Mick Jenkins
20. The Holy Order Ft. Sene, ScienZe, & Soul Khan
21. Night Thoughts
22. Pretty Bodies Ft. eXquire
23. The Heaviest Cross (Remix) Ft. Homeboy Sandman
24. By Now Ft. Cole King
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VIDEO: All 60 of Kobe Bryant’s points in his farewell game

What a way to go out.

Kobe Bryant dropped 60 points in his final game – including 15 straight down the stretch – to cap off his magnificent 20-year with the Los Angeles Lakers.

60 points for a 37-year-old on his way out the door. There will never be anyone else like Kobe Bean Bryant.

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