Jeremy Lin Refused Entry For "Game 2" After Milwaukee Officials Couldn’t ID Him

Jeremy Lin has faced all kinds  adversity throughout his NBA career – whether in the guise a racial issue or simply in situations where he feels slighted by his peers, J Lin has been made to feel unappreciated by his would-be supporters. Had injuries not taken their toll, and his body held up to the sheer physicality the pro game, Lin may have seen himself moonlight for longer than two weeks at a time. At the end the day, Lin is a good basketball player, with strong fundamentals. Nobody’s consciously disputing that save for the one ficial who refused him entry at the Fiserv Forum.

Upon witnessing him enter the premises for Game 2, the unnamed arena ficial stops Lin in his tracks, demanding that he produce a boarding pass before he goes any further. Lin, who normally enters these situations in the company his teammates or a member staff, didn’t think to bring any “pro employment” on his person, before making the trip.

“After game two in Milwaukee, I was trying to get to the team bus and one the dudes in the Milwaukee Arena just screams at me,” Lin told Bill Michaels Sports Talk Network. “He’s like, ‘Where do you think you’re going?!’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, I’m trying to get to the team bus.’ He’s like, ‘What? Where’s your pass?’

Nevertheless, Jeremy Lin is choosing the high road in letting the incident roll f his back. Although he’s only played 26 minutes in the playfs, Linsanity is still proud to play his bit-role moving forward. Furthermore, Lin showed zero sign bitterness when his teammates handed him the Eastern Conference Finals trophy in the locker room. Lin’s going to the NBA Finals, you can’t take that from him, especially considering he’s been model teammate the whole way through.

Lamar Odom Afraid Of Being "Rejected" By Khloe Kardashian: Report

Earlier in the month, Lamar Odom pressed his regrets over his cheating ways during the Khloe Kardashian marriage. He stated that he was less a man back then, and deserving his fate. Since issuing that statement, several other details have come to light concerning their crotchety arrangement.

According to an excerpt that is sure to be found within his upcoming memoir Darkness to Light, Khloe Kardashian once found him and his side chick buck necked in their home. By his own admission, the Kardashian monarch then proceeded to drop bows on the woman’s head like there was no tomorrow.

Lamar Odom Afraid Of Being "Rejected" By Khloe Kardashian: Report

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In light those traumatic events, Lamar Odom is reluctant to reach out to his ex-wife, even though Hollywood Life is reporting that he “seriously misses” her, and would love to strike some kind dialogue if given the opportunity. The unknown informant claims that “rejection” is what’s holding Odom from seeking a 2nd chance at friendship.

“Lamar has been telling those close to him that he truly misses Khloe,” the unknown source told Hollywood Life. “He thinks about her constantly and that break-up was such a hard thing for him. Lamar is considering now more than ever reaching out to her, but course, he’s afraid he’ll get rejected by her. He thinks about her constantly and will always love her.”

Besides launching his memoir in the coming days, Lamar Odom is making his debut in Ice Cube‘s BIG3 circuit. North America’s pre-eminent 3-on-3 basketball league starts up again this weekend in Michigan. Best luck to Mr. Odom, on all fronts.

Draymond Green Calls LeBron James Playoff Absence A "Mindf*ck"

For the last four seasons, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have played against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. This season, James joined the Los Angeles Lakers who missed the playfs with a record 37-45. It’s been weird not seeing LeBron in the playfs which have actually negatively affected the television ratings, according to commissioner Adam Silver

In a recent article from Bleacher Reportthey asked players around the league what it’s been like to not have LeBron in the playfs and some the responses were pretty interesting. Draymond Green had particularly strong feelings about his absence, especially considering they’ve met in the finals four years in a row.

Draymond Green Calls LeBron James Playf Absence A "Mindf*ck"

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“It’s just weird,” Green said. “More as a basketball fan than anything: ‘Damn, Bron not there. It’s super weird. You always relish the opportunity to play against a talent like that.”

Green and the Warriors will be playing against either the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals this season. As Green explains, it’s going to be odd not having to guard the King.

“It’s just weird to look over there to know that you’re going to play someone completely different,” Green said. “It’s kind a mindf*ck.”

Nike Kobe 4 "Del Sol" Releasing Today: Purchase Links

The Nike Kobe 4 Protro “Del Sol,” mimicking the beloved colorway that dropped back in 2009, is returning to retailers today, May 24, starting at 10am ET.

The sneakers, priced at $175, will be available at major retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eastbay and Foot Locker, as well as many other Nike Basketball accounts. Check out some early purchase links below.

Styled just like the ’09 rendition, the “Del Sol” Kobe 4 Protro is built on a white and black colorway accompanied by “del sol’ accents on the laces, ankle collar and around the Nike swoosh. The sneakers will reportedly drop on May 24 for the retail price $175, though it remains to be seen how many stores will have the kicks in stock.

In addition the Nike Kobe 4 Protro “Del Sol,” Nike has also collaborated with Undefeated for a colorful assortment Kobe 4s that will reportedly drop in August. Click here for more info on the UNDFTD x Nike Kobe 4 Protro collection and continue scrolling for additional images the Del Sol colorway.

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Nike Kobe 4 "Del Sol" Releasing Today: Purchase Links

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Jalen Rose Wants To Put Fab Five Beef To Rest After Juwan Howard Hiring

This past week, the Michigan Wolverines made former basketball player Juwan Howard their head coach. Of course, Howard was a part the Fab Five which included players like Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. Over the last few years, there has been some tension amongst the Fab Five, with Webber opting to not be a part the 30 for 30 documentary about them.

Today on Get Up, Rose spoke about Howard’s hiring and called for the end the beef that has plagued the Fab Five over the years.

“I’ve just got to acknowledge this on national television — those days are over, not seeing eye to eye. There will not be any disrespect to the program. There will not be any sideshows. There will not be any friction amongst the Fab Five,” Rose said. “We’re about to all come together … and make sure we do what we gotta do to put us back on top the map.”

Rose also explained that he wants to support Howard’s career with Michigan and wishes him nothing but the best when it comes to making the program what it once was.

“The one thing we both know, Howard’s] success turning around the University Michigan is first and foremost about him and the players he’s going to influence,” Rose said. “Then it’s about us being there to support him. Not being drama. Not being splintered. Not giving any indication dysfunction.”

It’s good to see one the most outspoken members the Fab Five taking this stance. We’re sure Howard appreciates the kind words.

Quavo Gifts Hawks Rookie Trae Young A New “Ice Trae” Chain: Video

Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young had a sensational first season in the NBA, averaging 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 steals per game en route to becoming a finalist for the 2018-19 Rookie the Year Award. Young was also a unanimous selection for the All-Rookie First Team along with the player he was traded for on draft night, Luka Doncic.

Although Doncic is expected to take home the ROY hardware next month, Quavo has made it clear where he stands on the matter: “Young Rookie the Year in MY books!” In celebration  Young’s stellar first season, Quavo also hooked up the 20-year old star with a diamond “Ice Trae” chain. 

While Quavo has already declared Young the Rookie the Year, the NBA will ficially announce the winner at the third annual NBA Awards on June 24. Shaquille O’Neal has signed on to host the event.

In addition to the ROY Award, the NBA Awards will also include: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player, Coach the Year, Basketball Executive the Year, Sportsmanship Award, Teammate the Year, All-Rookie Team, All-Defensive Team, and NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

Nike LeBron 3 “SVSM” Returns Today: Purchase Links

The Nike LeBron 3 returns to retailers today, May 23, in a Saint Vincent-Saint Mary’s “Home” colorway for the first time since the kicks debuted in 2006.

The special edition sneakers, retailing for $175, will be available at select Nike Basketball retailers including Foot Locker and SNKRS starting at 10am ET. Check out some early purchase links below. 

Inspired by LeBron’s alma mater, the kicks sport a green and gold color scheme atop a white leather upper. The kicks also feature shamrock detailing on the heels, SVSM logos on the insoles and SVSM branding near the metallic gold eyelets. 

Continue scrolling for a closer look at the SVSM LeBron 3s.

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Gabrielle Union Hilariously Describes What Retired Life Has Been Like For Dwyane Wade

Recently retired Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade is enjoying life as he discovers the things he’s been missing out on while he was busy being a basketball star—you know, things like car washes and Old Navy. Wade’s actress wife Gabrielle Union visited The Late Late Show with James Corden and talked about what it’s been like having her husband around more ten. She said that she’s been spending much her time showing him the mundane activities day-to-day life with hilarious result.

“He has no idea what’s happening,” she joked. “When he got into the NBA, he didn’t have any money. He was pretty close to poverty and then he’s retired and does okay for himself, but he’s like, ‘What is this place? It’s got all kind khaki shorts and cargo shorts, and there’s all different colors!’ I’m like, ‘That’s Old Navy.'”

Gabrielle Union Hilariously Describes What Retired Life Has Been Like For Dwyane Wade
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“He’s never been to a car wash. He’s like, ‘I love it there!'” she said. “He has no idea how much milk costs. He’s like, ‘What is that? Like $20?’ I’m like, ‘No! What kind goat’s blood milk are you…?’ He’s like Rip Van Winkle. He has no idea.”

Corden said that it must be easy to come up with ways to excite Wade. “This must be easy for you. ‘I’ve got the best day planned! We’re gonna go to Target!'” he joked. Union said, “We’ve got an amazing trip planned to the veterinarian. We have five dogs and he’s never been to the vet. He’s like, ‘So, is there a V.I.P.?'” I’m like, ‘No. There’s a general waiting room where we take the dogs.’ He’s like, ‘Then what?’ I’m like, ‘They get treated. Like the other dogs.’ It’s all discovery. He’s so excited.”

Corden replies, “Wow. This is a documentary that I would love to watch.”

Penny Hardaway’s Nike Zoom Rookie Releasing In "Memphis Tigers" Colorway

The Nike Zoom Rookie is reportedly headed back to retailers next weekend in a special edition “Memphis Tigers” colorway as a nod to Penny Hardaway’s alma mater and the University where he now coaches the men’s basketball team. The release comes on the heels the similarly styled “Memphis Tigers” Nike Air Foamposite One that launched in limited quantities back in March.

As seen in the early images that have surfaced on social media, the Memphis Tigers Zoom Rookie comes equipped with a white, mesh and leather upper, highlighted by blue and black tiger striped detailing on the foamposite overlays. Additional details include a blue Nike swoosh on the forefoot, Penny’s 1 Cent logo on the tongue, a carbon fiber midfoot plate, and a translucent outsole.

According to SneakerNews, the Memphis Tigers Nike Zoom Rookie is slated to launch on Saturday, June 1 for the retail price $210.

LaVar Ball Thinks His Sons Will Be The NBA’s First On-Court Billionaires

There is no denying that LaVar Ball is a great father in the sense that he has a never-ending belief that his sons will be great. LaVar’s sons have been pretty successful as far as basketball goes. Lonzo is on the Los Angeles Lakers, while LaMelo has quite a bit potential to make the NBA some day. LiAngelo hasn’t been as successful as his brothers but he is an adequate basketball player nonetheless. 

In a recent interview for this month’s Slam Magazine cover story, LaVar spoke about his sons and fered a bold prediction when it comes to the wealth they’re going to acquire while playing in the NBA. 

“My boys are gonna be the first ones to be billionaires playing on the court. I got other stuff in line to get that,” Ball explained. “Whatever my boys are playing for on the court, that’ll be chump change. You don’t have guys doing that. One guy gets a championship and next thing you know he wants his own team, bigger contracts.”

LaVar Ball Thinks His Sons Will Be The NBA's First On-Court Billionaires

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LaVar is currently in the midst relaunching the Big Baller Brand and as he explained, the Ball brothers will never have to play for money, because they’ll already have enough from their business ventures.

“My boys will go 15, 20 years without breaking up. You don’t get that anymore,” Ball said. “They’re not playing for the bag. It’s not, ‘If you don’t give me $50 million, I’m gone.'”

Once again, LaVar is proving why he’s one the most entertaining father’s in all sports.

Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De’Aaron Fox

Nike has ficially introduced their upcoming sneaker collaborations with rising Nike Basketball stars Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker and De’Aaron Fox. All three the special edition kicks will release in consecutive weeks, starting with Fox’s “SWIPA” Nike Air Max 1 on June 1. After that, it’ll be Booker’s Nike Air Force 1 Low, followed by Tatum’s Air Max 97.

Continue scrolling for ficial images and release details for each collab.

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The De’Aaron Fox x Nike Air Max 1 features two mismatched sneakers inspired by Fox’s love for astronomy. The left sneaker is built on a combination red, black an white with an iridescent swoosh, while the other includes hits orange and blue with a light purple swoosh. Both kicks come equipped with beige tongues bearing Fox’s #5 logo, as well as insoles decorated with aerodynamic-themed equations. Lastly, as a nod to Fox’s nickname, “SWIPA” is stamped on both heels.

The kicks will release exclusively at House Hoops on May 30, followed by a wider drop on June 1.

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Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox

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Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox

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Booker’s Nike Air Force 1 Low collab, inspired by his appreciation for worn-in sneakers, comes equipped with a “Barley Grey, Moon Particle, and Pale Ivory” color scheme. The kicks feature grey suede detailing around the eyelets, “Yes Ma’am” and “No Sir” embroidery on the metallic silver heel tabs and a blue D-Book Nike hang tag.

The sneakers will first arrive at House Hoops on June 6, followed by another drop on June 8.

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Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox

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Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox

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Tatum’s Nike Air Max 97 serves as a nod to his St. Louis roots. The kicks come in a Cardinals-friendly red and black colorway, equipped with a reflective, all-over graphic print on the white mudguard. Additional details include a metallic silver midsole and “Deuce” on the tongue as a nod to his son.

The sneakers are set to debut at House Hoops on June 13, followed by a wider release on June 15.

Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox

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Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox

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Nike Announces Sneaker Collabs With Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox

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Nike Air Foamposite One "Snakeskin" Releases Next Month: Official Photos

Penny Hardaway’s Nike Air Foamposite One is one the most iconic signature basketball sneakers all-time and has seen numerous colorways over the years. While Foamposite’s aren’t the most hyped shoe on the market, they still tend to elicit a big reaction when someone wears them. They aren’t the easiest shoe to wear but if you know, you know. There will always be room in people’s hearts for the Foamposite and that’s exactly why Nike continues to support it. 

This latest colorway is simply named “snakeskin” and is easily one the more exotic colorways the Foamposite you’ll ever see. The entire upper is composed the black and white snakeskin while red highlights make their way to the outsole and the tongue. Meanwhile, the tongue and top half the upper are black, which creates a clean contrast. between the top and bottom portions the shoe.

These will be dropping next month on June 15th for $230 USD, according to Sole Collector. These will most certainly be a must cop for all the Foamposite fans out there.

Nike Air Foamposite One "Snakeskin" Releases Next Month: Official Photos

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Nike Air Foamposite One "Snakeskin" Releases Next Month: Official Photos

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Nike Air Foamposite One "Snakeskin" Releases Next Month: Official Photos

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Nike Air Foamposite One "Snakeskin" Releases Next Month: Official Photos

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Nike Air Foamposite One "Snakeskin" Releases Next Month: Official Photos

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Nike Air Foamposite One "Snakeskin" Releases Next Month: Official Photos

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Tinker Hatfield and Converse Team Up For Star Series Collection

Converse has been looking to up the ante lately when it comes to the shoes in their arsenal. Most recently, Converse got back into the basketball sneaker game with the Converse All Star Pro BB which has already made its way to the market. With this release in the rearview mirror, the iconic brand has now linked up with legendary designer Tinker Hatfield for three new silhouettes in what is being called the Star Series.

These silhouettes include the BB (basketball), RN (running), and the UT (utility). Each will come in black/orange and white/orange colorways that will surely turn heads. Hatfield explained his philosophy when designing these shoes, saying he wanted to stay true to the brand.

“From a sports perspective, Converse is historically a basketball brand so I felt it was natural to create a shoe within that category. A runner is worn to work out but also worn casually, transcending the way people use and live in our products, much like how Converse has been adopted through the years. The Chukka silhouette is something that easily slides into the Converse universe; unexpected, versatile, yet familiar,” Hatfield said to Sole Collector. “The pack is unique because each silhouette shares the Converse DNA strong horizontal lines. We wanted to marry them all together, ensuring they have a familial relationship to the brand, while pushing into new spaces.”

The BB and RN models will release on Wednesday, May 20th at Nike SNKRS and Converse SoHo for $75 and $95 USD respectively. If you want to cop the UT model, you’ll have to wait a little later into the year.

Tinker Hatfield and Converse Team Up For Star Series Collection

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Tinker Hatfield and Converse Team Up For Star Series Collection

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Tinker Hatfield and Converse Team Up For Star Series Collection

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Rob Pelinka Refutes Magic Johnson’s Claims That He Backstabbed Him

Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world when he abruptly left his post as the president basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers at the end the season. There have been plenty rumors as to why this happened but now, we have an answer. Johnson appeared on ESPN’s First Take today where he revealed that general manager Rob Pelinka had betrayed him and that it was simply time to leave.

Per Magic (H/T Bleacher Report):

“Things got going in the right direction, and then I start hearing, you know, ‘Magic, you’re not working hard enough. Magic’s not in the fice.’ So people around the Lakers fice was telling me Rob was saying things, Rob Pelinka. And I didn’t like those things being said behind my back, that I wasn’t in fice enough and so on and on. So I start getting calls from my friends outside basketball saying those things now were said to them outside basketball. Now not just in the Lakers fice anymore, now it’s in the media and so on. … And people gotta remember something, being in this business for over 40 years, I got allies, I got friends everywhere.”

“If you’re going to talk betrayal, it’s only with Rob. But, again, I had to look inside myself. I had been doing that for months. Because I didn’t like that Tim Harris was too involved in basketball. He’s supposed to run the Laker business, but he was trying to come over to our side. Jeanie’s gotta stop that. You gotta stop people from having those voices.”

During a press conference to introduce head coach Frank Vogel, Pelinka was asked about Magic’s comments. Pelinka explained that he was extremely disappointed by what he heard and that none it was actually true.

“These things are surprising to hear and disheartening,” Pelinka said. “They’re just simply not true. I stand beside him. I stand with him as a colleague and a partner. I’ve always supported everything he’s done and will continue to.”

Ice Cube Unveils "BIG3 Season 3 Theme Song" Ahead Of Saturday’s Opening Fixture

Ice Cube is gearing up for the strongest BIG3 seasons to date. Back in January, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur (among other things) highlighted a list full wholesale changes to the brand going into 2019. At the top the list, he outlined plans to expand the number participants from 8 to 12 active rosters. He also lowered the minimum age requirements for admission, from 30 to 27 years old, paving the way for players like former NBA first rounder Royce White to rejoin the pressional ranks.

Ice Cube Unveils "BIG3 Season 3 Theme Song" Ahead Of Saturday's Opening Fixture

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In 2019, BIG# is opening its doors to international talent, and not just out–work talent, spoken for by the NBA fraternity. Not only that, Ice Cube intends on doubling up the regular season schedule to allow for two games-a-week per franchise, in 18 distinct basketball markets in the United States.

In honor  weekend’s opening tip-f on CBS, Ice Cube has enlisted his own rapping talents in producing the ficial “BIG3 Season 3 Theme Song,” complete with a highlight reel depicting all the roster changes and such. Tickets for Week 1 through 3 are currently on sale at the BIG3 website. The aforementioned tip-f is set for this Saturday at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. His us in the comment section below.