In the wake of last week’s collaborative EP with Kevin Gates, Youngboy Never Broke Again has come through with yet another project. The EP’s opening track “Drawing Symbols” sets a tone, with Youngboy singing “they say Kentrell got a baby, he ain’t nothin’ but thirteen, they told me that he didn’t love, he couldn’t pay for what he need.” Such vulnerability has become familiar to the Baton Rouge talent, who has been bearing the tragic tale of his upbringing for a minute now. Despite the pain such experiences has caused him, it’s certainly translating into powerful music; out of all his young contemporaries, NBA stands above the majority through his stark emotional honesty.
“He had a shootout in the south, his friend got hit with that heat,” sings Youngboy, “he starting to have some crazy thoughts he put tattoos on his sleeve.” He continues along those lines across the project, revisiting his personal triumphs and tragedies, all while continuously showcasing a welcome sense of musical evolution. While he may be quiet in real life, when he steps in the booth, it all comes pouring out. Peep 4Freedom now.
The Los Angeles Lakers have obtained basketball legend LeBron James and Twitter is absolutely freaking out — including some of our favorite EDM artists!
Dillon Francis, Valentino Khan, Alison Wonderland and more are reacting to the news of the athlete’s 4-year, $153.3 million contract. Naturally, “LeBron” is trending.
This is the second time the player has left his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as a free agent. It’s one of the biggest deals the NBA has ever seen, and will literally change the game as we know it, potentially forever.
“A lakers fan now. This is awesome. Knicks it was real,” The Chainsmokers joke.
“Welcome to the lakers dad,” RL Grime adds.
But, Dillon Francis wins it all with a Los Angeles Lakers 2018 – 2019 Season Bandwagon Form meme that says it all. He and many more members of the EDM community seem all about this key play. Huge score for The Lakers!
I’ll just leave this here pic.twitter.com/PRSZenRxDa
— Dillon Francis (@DILLONFRANCIS) July 2, 2018
A lakers fan now. This is awesome. Knicks it was real
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) July 2, 2018
I’ve had the worst travel day ever …
WHO FUCKING CARES LEBRON IS A LAKER!!!! pic.twitter.com/7hXufZKHoI
— ? VALENTINO KHAN ? (@ValentinoKhan) July 2, 2018
— ALISON WONDERLAND (@awonderland) July 2, 2018
Yooooo this Lebron news wild
— O-O-K-A-Y (@Ookay) July 2, 2018
— ?12th Planet? (@12thplanet) July 2, 2018
LEBRON IN LA ? https://t.co/qhU69y8NRz
— 4B (@DJ4B) July 2, 2018
@KingJames welcome to the lakers dad
— RL GRIME (@RLGRIME) July 2, 2018
Wowowowowo Lebron signed with the @Lakers !!!!!!!!!
— Bear Grillz ? (@itsbeargrillz) July 2, 2018
— DestructoAMF (@destructoamf) July 2, 2018
yo you think lebron fuck with riddim?
— SPACE YACHT (@spaceyacht) July 2, 2018
WHEN LEBRON JOINS THE LAKERS
— Brownies & Lemonade (@TeamBandL) July 2, 2018
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) July 2, 2018
Denzel Washington is one the greatest actors all time. Although he deserves a mountain Oscars for roles in movies such as Man on Fire, Malcolm X, and The Hurricane, it was his depiction the crooked cop Alonzo Harris in Training Day that earned him his Academy Award. Training Day features amazing quotables and brilliant quest appearances (who can forget the wheel-chaired bound Snoop Dogg) but one quote stands tall above others. "King Kong ain't got shit on me."
Denzel graced TNT’s Inside the NBA on Monday night, and Shaquille O’Neal, who is one the hosts the show, asked if he could reenact his most famous quote. "Denzel, before you leave can you hit us f with that 'King Kong' line?"
Without a moment hesitation, Denzel dives right into the classic Harris character. "I’m putting cases on all you," starts Denzel before asking if he could curse. After Shaq gives him the no go, Denzel continues on with an edited version the rant as the hosts break down in laughter. “You’ll be playing basketball in Pelican Bay when I get through. SHU Program. 23-hour lockdown! You think you can do this to me? Shaq, you think you can do this to me!?"
The Philadelphia 76ers will be without All-Star center Joel Embiid when they open up their first round playf series against the Miami Heat on Saturday night. Sixers head coach Brett Brown made an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show today and revealed that Embiid will miss Game 1 but left the door open for a return later in the first round series.
"He will not play in Game 1," Sixers coach Brett Brown told The Dan Patrick Show on Friday. "From that point going forward, we'll figure some stuff out. But unless something remarkable happens ... I don't plan on him playing in Game 1."
Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games this season, suffered an orbital bone fracture on March 28 and missed the final eight games the season. According to ESPN, Embiid told reporters earlier this week that he will return to the court "soon."
Despite his absence, the Sixers continued to roll down the stretch, winning a franchise-record 16 straight games (and counting) as they enter the playfs as the three seed with a record 52-30.
In addition to the Embiid injury, Brett Brown also spoke about rookie point guard Markelle Fultz, who he says will continue to back up fellow rookie Ben Simmons.
"I feel like I'm going to continue on with how I played him primarily as Ben Simmons' backup point guard, and judge it from there," Brown said. "... I intend on using him going into the playfs that way."
Game 1 the Heat vs Sixers series is scheduled to tip f on ESPN at 8:00pm ET tomorrow night.
After a thrilling conclusion to the 2017-18 NBA regular season on Wednesday, NBA fans have been anxiously awaiting the start the NBA playfs.
The good news is the playfs get underway Saturday afternoon, starting with the defending champion Golden State Warriors hosting the San Antonio Spurs at 3pm ET. The bad news is, we still have one more basketball-less night to get through before the first round ficially tips f.
In an effort to ease the withdrawals, the NBA has compiled a 15-minute+ highlight reel showcasing the 50 best plays the regular season, including several game-winning buzzer beaters, a plethora posterizing dunks and an assortment ankle breakers. James Harden's emasculating step-back crossover against Wesley Johnson, LeBron James' powerful slam on Ersan Ilyasova and DeMar DeRozan's game-winning dunk against the Detroit Pistons are all featured, plus much, much more.
Kill some time before the NBA Playfs kick f with the Top 50 plays the 2017-18 season, and check out the full TV schedule for the first round right here.
Russell Westbrook entered last night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies needing 16 rebounds in order to average a triple-double for the season for the second consecutive year. And he hit the glass like a man possessed.
By the end the first half, the reigning NBA MVP had secured 11 boards, in addition to 12 assists and... one point. It took him only 22 minutes to reach the goal 16 rebounds and he finished with a grand total 20, to go along with 19 assists an six points.
As a result, Westbrook finished the regular season with averages 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists, making him the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice. Oscar Robertson achieved the feat once during the 1961-62 season, in which he record 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists.
"I'm very, very thankful and blessed to go out and compete," Westbrook said, according to ESPN. "Like I've said many, many times, I don't take this game for granted, I don't take going on the floor competing for granted, and God got something planned for me, man, nobody can stop it, and I always continue to follow his faith and stay faithful and stay strong and continue to do what I'm doing."
Prior to last night's game, Westbrook spoke about "stat-padding" and the criticism he has received for "stealing rebounds" from teammates, as if constantly going after the loose ball is a bad thing.
"Since everybody wants to be talking, I'm tired hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s---. I take pride in what I do. I come out and play, and I get the ball faster than someone else gets to it. That's what it is. If you don't want it, I'm gonna get it. Simple as that."
The Thunder, 48-34, finished the regular season in the fourth seed and will host the Utah Jazz in the first round the NBA Playfs. Game 1 that series is scheduled for Sunday night at 6:30pm. Check out the NBA Playfs first round tv schedule here.
The NBA Rookie the Year race has come down to the Sixers' Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, and both men have pleaded their case why they're the most deserving. Simmons' campaign focuses on his 15.9 points, 8.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds stat line, while Mitchell is leaning on his rookie-leading 20.5 points per game and the definition the word "rookie."
Prior to last night's victory over the Warriors, Mitchell showed up the arena wearing a sweatshirt with the definition rookie on the front: "An athlete playing his or her first season as a member a pressional sports team." After the game, the former Louisville Cardinals stand out said he was just "having fun" with the hoodie and that he's not losing sleep over the debate.
However, he also explained to reporters why he feel he's the true Rookie the Year.
Via ESPN's Chris Haynes,
"I really don't care," Mitchell told ESPN. "The biggest thing for me is that we're in the fourth seed and fighting for the third seed. If I'm worrying about individual awards, I'm giving up on my teammates and what we're trying to build here. Clearly, I'm not the one losing sleep over this. I don't care."
"I'll put it in perspective for people who obviously don't play in the NBA and don't know the life the NBA. So, let's say you have an exam to take on June 1 and you have a whole year to study for that exam, you're going to get a pretty good grade on it, aren't you? But some people may not have all that time to prepare for that exam. So, that's how I look at it and I hope that puts it in perspective for people."
Simmons has already explained that he feels he's 100% the Rookie the Year, citing his near triple-double numbers for the season. And after seeing Mitchell's hoodie last night, Simmons responded, "If his argument is I'm not a rookie, and that's the only argument he has, I'm in pretty good shape. There's a rule in the NBA for a reason. I'm not going to wear a sweatshirt tomorrow though."
After 10 seasons in the NBA's minor league, 32-year old guard Andre Ingram finally made his NBA debut last night with the Los Angeles Lakers and it wasn't long before he was hearing "MVP" chants from the Staples Center crowd.
Ingram, who holds the all-time G League (formerly the D League) record for most 3-pointers made, connected on his first four shots from the field including a trio threes and finished with 19 points on 6/8 shooting.
"Everyone was like, 'Man, when you get it, just let it go,'" Ingram said, according to ESPN. "Everyone was like that. All the players, all the coaches.
"From the team warm-ups, the atmosphere was electric. You could feel something in there. MVP chants while at the free throw line], that's just crazy. Like I said to myself], 'Make the free throw, make the free throw, make the free throw.'"
"It's been a joy," said Ingram, whose wife and kids were on hand to watch his long-awaited night. "Ten years in the D League, but it wasn't like 10 hateful years or years I didn't enjoy. I enjoyed my time in the league and all my teammates, and I heard from every one them."
Since graduating from America University in 2007, Ingram has spent his entire career in the NBA's developmental league, including four seasons with the now-defunct Utah Flash, five seasons with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and a season with the South Bay Lakers, who he played for this year. He also briefly played in Australia in 2016 before returning to the G League, according to NBA.com.
Ingram's electric performance in his NBA debut caught the attention players across the league, including his counterpart last night, Chris Paul.
"I told him I heard about his story and that grind is unbelievable," said Paul, according to ESPN. "I told him 'much respect.' Ten years grinding in the G League, and to finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that is pretty special."
Ingram and the Lakers will wrap up their season tonight at Staples Center against the Clippers.
Check out some the highlights and reactions to Ingram's memorable debut below.