Klay Thompson Has Perfect Response When Asked If KD Earned ‘Splash Bro’ Status

Kevin Durant may have already played in his final game as a member the Golden State Warriors, as he now prepares for free agency this summer while recovering from an achilles surgery.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP helped the Warriors win back-to-back titles in his two years with the team, but the question remains: Has he done enough to earn “Splash Brothers” status? That’s the question one reporter lobbed up to Klay Thompson and Steph Curry during their media session on Wednesday.

“I guess he didn’t win enough Finals MVPs too,” Klay replied, shaking his head.

He continued, “I think he is above and beyond a Splash Brother with his ability. Me and Steph, we can practice as many jump shots as we want, we still can’t rise up and shoot over any man on this Earth.”

“I don’t think we need to include him in the Splash Bros. to validate his talent and his skill, because it’s pretty obvious to the human eye how great an athlete he is.”

Steph jokingly added, “Klay’s just stingy. He wants that nickname for ourselves. He’s not going to be giving that out.”

Adidas Announces Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” Release Details

Adidas has today announced that the “Lundmark” Yeezy Boost 350 V2 will be releasing in sizes for the whole family on July 13, with a more limited, reflective version dropping on July 11.

This particular colorway, which will be available in North and Latin America, is one three Yeezy Boost 350 V2s releasing in specific regions around the globe.

Adidas Announces Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” Release Details

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The “Lundmark” Yeezys are composed a combination grey and cream, with the familiar translucent stripe streaks its way across the lateral side panel. You’ll also notice the heel tab, which has been utilized on most other Yeezy Boost 350 V2s, is absent here.

Take a look at the ficial images below, and mark your calendars for July 13 if you’re feeling the look.

Adidas Announces Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” Release Details

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Adidas Announces Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” Release Details

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Adidas Announces Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” Release Details

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Adidas Announces Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” Release Details

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark”/Adidas

Adidas Announces Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” Release Details

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Nipsey Hussle Will Be Honored With Humanitarian Award At The 2019 BET Awards

On Thursday, BET network announced that they would be celebrating the life and legacy the late Nipsey Hussle at the 2019 BET Awards. The rapper and visionary will receive this year’s Humanitarian Award in recognition  his philanthropic efforts, activism, and overall commitment to empowering his community. In addition to his artistic work, the rapper garnered a reputation for promoting the development underprivileged areas through financial literacy, real estate, and violence prevention, during his time on Earth.

Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, and Head Programming at BET, commented on the choice recipient, saying: “as a prolific artist and leader, Nipsey Hussle was zealous about driving change for the betterment his community, empowering and employing those in need and being an influential and highly respected leader. His passing was a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry and to the culture. We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change.” She went on to elaborate “we are forever grateful, humbled and honored to have experienced his presence and we are invested in doing our part to ensure that the marathon will indeed continue. It is an immense honor for us to recognize him with this year’s Humanitarian Award.”

Nipsey Hussle Will Be Honored With Humanitarian Award At The 2019 BET Awards

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As well as the award presentation, the show will include a Nipsey tribute performance by YG, John Legend, and DJ Khaled, the latter which enlisted the rapper for his Father Asahd track “Higher.” The Awards will be hosted by Regina Hall, and will air live 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 23 on Viacom networks in the U.S.: BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1, and Logo. 

D’Angelo Russell Likes IG Post Suggesting Kyrie Irving To The Nets

Kyrie Irving parted ways with his agent yesterday and it is believed that he will be joining Jay Z‘s Roc Nation. What’s interesting about this is that Roc Nation has strong ties to Brooklyn which has many believing that Irving will end up signing with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. The Nets have reportedly been one the teams on Kyrie’s list which just adds even more credence to the idea that he could end up playing for the team eventually. 

D’Angelo Russell is another free agent this Summer and some are salivating at the idea Irving and Russell playing together in the backcourt. On Instagram recently, someone posted a photo two Nets jerseys, one with Russell’s name and the other with Irving’s. Interestingly enough, Russell himself ended up liking the post which further ignites rumors that Kyrie might be joining the team.

There have been other franchises reportedly in the running for Kyrie, including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and potentially the Boston Celtics should he decide to come back at an increased salary.

With his move to Roc Nation in the works, it will be fascinating to see what Irving decides to do in the coming weeks. Free agency opens up on Sunday, June 30th at 6 P.M.

Disgruntled Bonnaroo Attendees Draw Dreaded "Fyre Festival" Comparisons

Organizing a successful music festival is no easy feat. Given the increased spotlight on Billy McFarland and Ja Rule’s notorious Fyre Festival, many have come to gain a better understanding what not to do. Yet we don’t tend to hear about those that operate as if well-oiled machinery. In that sense, the smooth operation our favorite festivals are taken somewhat for granted. The sheer amount potential pitfalls is staggering, and the margin for error isn’t exactly generous. Sadly, the legendary Bonnaroo festival has been dragged through the wringer by legions  disgruntled attendees, many whom waited up to eight hours in line.

Disgruntled Bonnaroo Attendees Draw Dreaded "Fyre Festival" Comparisons

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Many took to Twitter to document their experience trying to enter. From the sound it, people were directed to wait alongside Hillsboro Highway, where they received little-to-no updates on the situation at large. The McFarland-esque lack organization is surprising given Bonnaroo’s reputation, and the festival did attempt to steer the course with a Twitter update. Yet it’s equally possible that many attendees, should they be in keeping with today’s Festival attendee, are sorely lacking in patience. This is, after all, an age instant gratification, and the selfies aren’t nearly as worthwhile if one is stuck in a queue.

All things considered, Bonnaroo will bounce back. Performances from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Solange, The Lumineers, Cardi B, The National, and more are still set to transpire across the three-day extravaganza. Not to mention, the sheer level collective inebriation will help blur memories any unwieldy lines real quick. Still, we abide by a simple formula – we see Fyre Festival comparisons, we have a laugh.

Pelicans-Lakers Trade Reportedly Hinges On Kyle Kuzma

If the Los Angeles Lakers really want to pull f a trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, it looks like they’ll have to be willing to part with Kyle Kuzma. Seems like a no brainer, but the Lakers are reportedly reluctant to include the 23-year old forward.

According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Lakers have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the fourth overall pick in the June 20 NBA Draft available in talks with New Orleans. That said, Tania Ganguli‏ and Brad Turner  the Los Angeles Times reports the Pelicans want Kuzma to be part any Davis package.

Any potential Lakers-Pelicans deal will likely involve a third team. As Stein notes, “The Lakers’ ability to seal a deal for Anthony Davis likely hinges on what the No. 4 pick can fetch. If the No. 4 pick can land a player to excite New Orleans, on top Ingram and Ball, then the teams are headed for an agreement in principle before draft night next Thursday.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Boston Celtics are also involved in trade negotiations with the Pels, despite the fact that Davis’ agent, Rich Paul Klutch Sports, has confirmed that AD will leave Boston for free agency in the summer 2020.

A List of Artists Whose Masters Were Lost In the 2008 Universal Studios Fire

The ripples are just being felt from Jody Rosen’s bombshell New York Times Magazine exposé on the Universal Studios fire of 2008.

The losses felt by Universal Music Group were staggering — not to mention the broader music community.  Yet nobody knew about the horrific losses, including affected artists, their managers, or their estates.

That wasn’t by accident.

The Times’ Jody Rosen pointed to a well-coordinated effort by Universal Music Group to lie about the actual damages incurred, with former PR exec Peter Lofromento effectively tricking major media outlets into completely misreporting the situation.

“We were able to turn [L.A. Times reporter Jon] Healey around on his L.A. Times editorial so it’s not a reprimand on what we didn’t do, but more of a pat on the back for what we did,” Lofromento gloated in an internal email obtained by the Times.

Healey, none the wiser, parroted the line that the damage was minimal.  “At this point, it appears that the fire consumed no irreplaceable master recordings, just copies,” Healy reported.

Zach Horowitz, then UMG’s president/COO at the major label, was reportedly copied on the email but declined to comment.  Doug Morris, CEO of the major label at the time, also declined to discuss the issue.

Similar non-truths were spoon-fed to the New York Times itself, which also reported the misinformation back in ’08.  But even those that caught wind of the real damage were silenced.  Deadline’s Nikki Finke originally pointed to thousands of destroyed masters, only to issue a clarification the next day based on UMG’s pushback.

Beyond the media, artist representatives and industry executives were also misled.  According to Rosen, that included Irving Azoff, who inquired about a specific Steely Dan archive but was subsequently uninformed about the destruction of others.  According to UMG whistleblower Randy Aronson, the lost Steely Dan archive included outtakes and other recordings that were never released — and are lost forever.

Universal is still downplaying the incident in 2019, specifically by pointing to digitized versions and other remasters that make the original versions less important.

Of course, that sounds a lot like the damage control from 2008, and it’s now uncertain whether the major label will face serious litigation or other repercussions from affected artists and their estates.  Already, a number of artists have confirmed that their masters were lost in the blaze, including R.E.M., Questlove of the Roots, Eminem, and surviving members of Nirvana, who believe that the original copy of Nevermind was destroyed.  It’s also believed that the entirety of Buddy Holly’s catalog was permanently lost.

Also unclear is whether UMG’s broader valuation will suffer.  At present, UMG parent Vivendi is shopping a 50% stake in the major label, though most of that valuation is predicated on streaming music’s explosion and the underlying IP ownership of UMG’s catalog.  Just recently, UMG’s valuation was pegged at more than $50 billion.

It’s impossible to determine what exactly was lost in the fire, though Rosen estimated more than 500,000 different recordings were obliterated.  Here’s a list of all of the artists mentioned in the Times article that lost original masters.

50 Cent
Aerosmith
Al Green
Al Jolson
Albert Ayler
Alice Coltrane
Aretha Franklin
Art Blakey
B.B. King
Barry White
Beck
Benny Goodman
Big Mama Thornton
Bill Haley and His Comets
Billie Holiday
Bing Crosby
Bo Diddley
Bobby Bland
Bobby Brown
Buddy Guy
Buddy Holly
Burl Ives
Burt Bacharach
Cab Calloway
Captain Beefheart
Cat Stevens
Charles Mingus
Chuck Berry
Clara Ward
Coleman Hawkins
Count Basie
Dizzy Gillespie
Don Henley
Duke Ellington
Ella Fitzgerald
Elton John
Eminem
Eric B. and Rakim
Eric Clapton
Ernest Tubb
Etta James
Fats Domino
George Jones
George Strait
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Guns N’ Roses
Hole
Howlin’ Wolf
Iggy Pop
Ike Turner
Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats
Janet Jackson
Jimmy Buffett
Joan Baez
John Coltrane
John Lee Hooker
Joni Mitchell
Judy Garland
Kitty Wells
Lefty Frizzell
Les Paul
Lionel Hampton
Little Walter
Loretta Lynn
Louis Armstrong
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mary J. Blige
Max Roach
Merle Haggard
Muddy Waters
Neil Diamond
New Edition
Nine Inch Nails
Nirvana
No Doubt
Ornette Coleman
Patsy Cline
Patti LaBelle
Pharoah Sanders
Queen Latifah
Quincy Jones
R.E.M.
Ray Charles
Rufus and Chaka Khan
Sammy Davis Jr.
Sheryl Crow
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Snoop Dogg
Sonic Youth
Sonny Rollins
Sonny and Cher
Soundgarden
Steely Dan
Steve Earle
Sting
Sun Ra
The Andrews Sisters
The Carpenters
The Eagles
The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Four Tops
The Impressions
The Ink Spots
The Kingsmen
The Mamas and the Papas
The Mills Brothers
The Police
The Roots
The Weavers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tupac Shakur
Willie Dixon
Yoko Ono

We’ll add more names as we learn them.

Kevin Durant Posts Update On IG Following Surgery On Ruptured Achilles

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant posted a message on instagram on Wednesday, confirming that he did, in fact, rupture his achilles tendon.

In the post, Durant explained that he underwent successful surgery today – and noted that it was his decision to play in Game 5 “because that’s what I do.”

What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY

My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way.

Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat.

Its just the way things go in this game and I’m proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I’m proud my brothers got the W.

It’s going to be a journey but I’m built for this. I’m a hooper

I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering  with dub nation while they do it.

Despite the injury, Durant is still expected to turn down the $31.5M player option with the Warriors for next season, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

Earlier today, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that picking up the player option is viewed as a “last resort” for KD. Furthermore, ESPN’s Bobby Marks says multiple teams are still prepared to fer Durant a four-year max contract, assuming he does turn down the player option with Golden State, as has been reported.

Boosie Badazz Earns Response From American Airlines After Irate Rant

When Boosie Badazz, born Torrence Hatch, missed his flight this weekend, he hopped on Instagram and called out the entire airline. His rant has since gotten picked up by several news outlets and because the traction, American Airlines was forced to respond to him. Boosie believes that they didn’t let him on his flight because the colour his skin, noting that he and his kids missed a pool party because the mix-up. However, AA says that they would have restricted anybody from hopping aboard. 

As reported by USA Today, American Airlines has issued an ficial statement regarding Boosie’s complaint from this weekend. The Louisiana-based rapper claims that the captain told them that they could be let on the flight but because one employee’s “jealousy” toward him, they denied him entry. AA says that’s simply not true. 

“Mr. Hatch’s inbound flight from Jackson, Miss., to Charlotte, N.C., this past Saturday was delayed, and he arrived at the gate for his connecting flight to Grand Rapids, Mich., after the airplane door had been closed,” said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein in a statement. “We immediate rebooked Mr. Hatch and his family for a later flight, which is our standard procedure for missed connections.”

According to the airline’s records, Boosie made his way to his connecting flight at 2:32 PM, arriving at his gate four minutes later. The plane was scheduled to leave at 2:44 PM and it’s an American Airlines policy that all passengers must arrive at their gate ten minutes ahead time. Since the door was already closed, they could not accommodate Boosie. 

Do you think they did him dirty?

Boosie Badazz Earns Response From American Airlines After Irate Rant
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Monster Energy Still Suing Toronto Raptors Over Their Logo

Monster Energy has reportedly filed legal documents with the U.S. Patent Office, claiming that the logo the Toronto Raptors is too similar to their own logo. 

According to CBC, the initial suit was put forth in 2015, and the fight is still ongoing, as a judge will ultimately have to decide whether a consumer would likely be confused. Monster’s logo, featuring vertical gashes, resembling those from a claw, has been in use since 2012. The Raptors began using their logo, a basketball with three diagonal claw gashes, in 2014.

According to CBC, the company’s documents reads:

“Monster] will be damaged by registration the Raptors] in that the mark will dilute the distinctive qualities Monster’s] mark … and will lessen the ability Monster’s] mark to distinguish its goods.”

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Raptors, issued the following response:

“In one case you have a very popular logo from an NBA franchise that everybody understands is Toronto Raptors. And on the other, you have a logo that everybody understands is Monster Energy. 

“It appears on its face the logos are pretty different.”

Chris Brown & Drake Celebrate "No Guidance" With Epic Comic Book Artwork

A pair “mortal enemies” teaming up and setting fire to the world certainly plays out like the plot a comic book. And by Drake’s own admission, that’s exactly what he and Chris Brown enacted, by teaming up to craft Indigo summer smash “No Guidance.” Though Drake‘s enemies once notably “took away his energy,” it would appear that they currently have the adverse effect, giving him the boost momentum he needed going into a music-free summer. As for Breezy, he’s looking well suited for his upcoming album launch, which promises to be his biggest release in a minute. 

Today, Breezy took to Instagram to enhance the “No Guidance” experience, sharing some cool new artwork. The image depicts Drake and Brown as comic-book avatars sorts, white-eyed and flaming, mortal enemies united under a singular cause. The panel stands in keeping with Indigo’s artistic direction, hallucinogenic and somewhat anime inspired; one has to wonder if his myriad collaborators will earn the same treatment. 

In any case, check out the picture below, and sound f in the comments. Are you excited for Indigo to hit stores on June 28th?

Kyrie Irving Not Opting Into Deal, Will Become Unrestricted Free Agent

It’s ficial – Kyrie Irving will become an unrestricted free agent at 6pm ET on June 30.

According to Shams Charania, the Boston Celtics’ All Star point guard will not be opting into his $21.3 million deal for next season, allowing him to sign a max contract with a team choosing. This is not an unexpected move by any means, but it is a necessary step ahead the rapidly approaching free agency period.

On a recent episode ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith described, “I have learned that Kyrie Irving has given every indication to the Brooklyn Nets that that is where he wants to go.” While it remains to be seen which team Irving chooses as a free agent, it has become quite clear that he has played his last game as a member the Boston Celtics.

SNY’s Ian Begley writes, “in recent days, people around Irving have described the probability him returning to Boston as a free agent as low. Those around Irving also said recently that he hasn’t ruled out teams—including the New York Knicks—as possible destinations for him this summer, per SNY sources.”

Irving, 27, averaged 23.8 points per game last season to go along with 6.9 assists and five rebounds.

Raptors Fan Sends Warriors Flowers Over Kevin Durant Injury Cheers

When Kevin Durant went down with a brutal Achilles injury during Game 5 the NBA Finals on Monday night, the whole NBA world was upset at what had just happened. To add insult to injury, Toronto Raptors fans were accused cheering for Durant’s injury as they realized it gave them a much better chance to win the game. Warriors players were pretty harsh when it came to condemning the Raptors faithful who ended up cheering in favor KD as he walked f the court.

The behavior Raptors fans led to quite a bit debate over the last day or so but some fans are looking to make amends for what happened. One person even sent flowers to the Warriors fices with a nice little message apologizing on behalf those who cheered when Durant went down.

“I hereby apologize on behalf Canada — prayers for recovery,” the letter wrote. “It was a total disgrace.”

The flowers were a nice colorful mix carnations but unfortunately for the Warriors, the nice gesture won’t do anything to help bring Durant back into the lineup. It looks like KD could be gone for up to a year, which means he would miss the entire 2019-2020 season.

Jada Pinkett Smith To Receive "Trailblazer” Award At MTV Movie & TV Awards

Jada Pinkett Smith’s successful career and powerful game-changing moves have come back to reward her since the 47-year-old actress will be rewarded with the “Trailblazer” Award during the 2019 “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” Variety exclusively reveals. Tiffany Haddish will present Jada with the award and previous recipients have been Shailene Woodley, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson and Emma Stone.

“Jada has been a powerhouse since the beginning her career and has achieved multi-hyphenate status throughout,” Amy Doyle, general manager MTV told the publication. “She is the epitome someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and we are thrilled to present her with this year’s Trailblazer Award.”

Jada Pinkett Smith To Receive "Trailblazer” Award At MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Jada’s Facebook series Red Table Talk has grabbed the hearts many, easily being one the many reasons for Jada’s well-deserved recognition. 

“I did not expect this kind response and this kind success with Red Table Talk, but it’s the one part my career] that I’m most passionate about,” Jada previously stated. “I was looking at this to be more for, like, a hobby. It’s taken the forefront–this is the thing I want to do.”

The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards airs Monday, June 17 at 9:00 PM.

Beyonce’s "Beyhive" Merchandise Is Now Up For Grabs

Beyonce continues making major business moves. In early June, the songstress teased she would be launching new clothes by activating the Twitter account @ShopBeyonce and sharing a mysterious video hinting at a June 11th release. Moreover, Vulture reported that some members the Beyhive had received bandanas and graphic t-shirts prior to Tuesday. Well, in case you were wondering, Beyonce is ficially launching merchandise for dedicated members her fan group, the Beyhive. On Monday, the legendary performer shared another clip models sporting the new pieces from the Beyhive merchandise. Hence, you can expect to take your fandom to the next level with these incredible pieces. 

Clearly, Beyonce is looking to extend her empire beyond the musical realm and we don’t blame her for it. Rihanna has recently crowned as being the richest female musician due to her external business ventures in fashion and the beauty industry. Relatedly, we previously reported on Beyonce currently working on products from her iconic partnership with Adidas wherein she will relaunch her Ivy Park line. Additionally, the move to making merchandise for her fans is timely considering the “WHERE IS THE FWT DVD” t-shirt which was for sale shortly after the release the Homecoming documentary