The NBA All-Star game that was scheduled for Charlotte next season has officially been moved. The league released a full statement last night addressing the issue and it appears, at least for now that New Orleans will be the likely candidate to replace Charlotte, although a few other cities are trying to get the game as well. As you might expect, such a decision is not made lightly as years of planning go into something like this but the NBA showed the government of North Carolina they will not support a state that allows possible discrimination of any kind. Many people in the basketball world such as Michael Jordan, who probably stands to lose the most, as well as Steph Curry who is native to Charlotte, spoke on the decision.
Nico Ali Walsh is a 15 year old boxer on the rise. The odds of him being successful are pretty good considering he is the grandson of Muhammad Ali and has the champs genes already built in. Athletes run in the family because Nico’s older brother, Biaggio, is a phenom on the football field and has any major college programs recruiting him after being named Nevada Gatorade player of the year. It turns out the person in charge of young Nico’s boxing career at the moment is none other than Flavor Flav.
Earlier this week, three WNBA teams, The New York Liberty, Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury were fined $5,000 each by the league for their “protest” in support of black lives matter. All the players did was wear black warm up shirts in the wake of recent shootings by and against police officers. The shirts, which also led to some players also being fined individually, were not only in support of black lives matter. They also paid respect to the police officers in Dallas who lost their lives when they were ambushed by a gunman. The players don’t understand why they were punished and neither does Carmelo Anthony, who spoke out about it yesterday.
Kevin Durant is just full of surprises this summer. He shocked the world by deciding to take his talents to the Bay Area and join the Warriors after leaving the Thunder via free agency. He had another surprise for folks yesterday when he arrived to practice for Team USA in Vegas, sporting a brand new tattoo, paying homage to both Tupac and Wu-Tang Clan.
Tyrek Coger, a 21 year old basketball player for Oklahoma State, collapsed and sadly passed away after a team workout yesterday. The cause of death was not immediately released in a statement by the school.
Ray Rice has been out of the NFL for a couple seasons now and at least for the moment, the odds are against him playing again but he isn’t letting that way of thinking stop him. He continues to work out and looks to be in very good shape and he wants teams to know he can care less about the money aspect of playing football. He is willing to donate his entire salary for next season to domestic violence programs, if a team will just take a chance on him.
Poor Doug Christie. All-star basketball player. What seems like an all around nice guy…respectable…never in drama. We see why though. His wife does NOT play. Check out her method of verifying his fidelity when he gets home.