Enes Kanter Mocks Kyrie Irving When Discussing Why He Chose No. 11

The Boston Celtics ficially introduced their new signings at a press conference on Wednesday, which includes All Star point guard Kemba Walker and veteran center Enes Kanter. Both Walker and Kanter were presented with their new uniforms at the presser, as Walker ficially transitions from No. 15 to No. 8, while Kanter opted for the familiar No. 11.

When asked about his decision to choose 11, Kanter mocked former Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, telling reporters with a smile, “I wanna be the reason no one else will.” That quote was pulled directly from Kyrie’s 2018 Nike commercial, in which he described how his father wore No. 11 at Boston University and how he wanted to make sure nobody else ever would wear it.

Check out Kanter’s remark, as well as the commercial that inspired it, in the tweets embedded below.

As noted, Kemba Walker will be wearing the number Celtics legend Antoine Walker, because his old No. 15 is retired for Tommy Heinsohn. 

Unlike the situation with Kanter, there was no shade involved when Walker revealed that he’d be wearing Toine’s old number. The 29-year old point guard told reporters, “He Antoine] gave me the blessing.” 

Baker Mayfield Admits To Craving Revenge On Hue Jackson

Baker Mayfield is one the most exciting young players in the NFL and in just his rookie year, he was able to make the Cleveland Browns a playf contender, against all odds. The team finished the season with a record 7-8-1 and excelled once they parted ways with head coach Hue Jackson, who was seen as a bit a go when it came to coaching. Immediately after his dismissal, Jackson ended up joining the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant coach. This didn’t sit well with Mayfield considering the Bengals are one their biggest rivals in the AFC North division.

In a new ESPN prile written by Mina Kimes, Baker admits to wanting revenge against his former coach. This manifested itself in a 35-20 victory against the Bengals late in the season, which also included a scathing stare down.

“I’m not gonna lie to you and say that the first time I played Hue did not feel good,” Mayfield explained. “It’s human nature to want to get revenge.”

After Jackson’s decision to go to Cincinnati, Mayfield called him “fake” which led to some criticism the QB. Regardless, Mayfield stands behind what he said and would do it all over again.

“I said what I meant,” Mayfield said. “Don’t stand up in front us the week before and try to tell us you’re doing everything for us, then go take a job with a team we play twice a year. It was one those honesty and respect things.”

 

Madden 20 Ratings: Four Players Earn Coveted 99 Overall Ranking

EA Sports has today revealed the Madden 20 player ratings, highlighted by four superstars who earned the coveted 99 overall ranking.

Among them: Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald, and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. 

On the fensive side the ball, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones both check in at 98 overall, while Rams running back Todd Gurley is the highest rated running back at 97.

Top 5 WRs: Hopkins (99), Brown (98), Jones (98), Beckham Jr (96) and Michael Thomes (95)

Top 5 RBs: Gurley (97), Ezekiel Elliott (94), Le’Veon Bell (92), Melvin Gordon III (92), Saquon Barkley & Christian McCaffrey (91)

Top 5 TEs: Travis Kelce (96), Zach Ertz (93), Delanie Walker (92), George Kittle (90), Greg Olson (89)

When it comes to quarterbacks, the reigning NFL MVP, and Madden 20 cover star, Patrick Mahomes sits at Madden mountaintop. The Kansas City Chiefs’ 23-year old signal caller boasts a 97 overall rating, one point higher than six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Philip Rivers (94) Drew Brees and Andrew Luck (both 92) round out the Top 5 QBs.

The highest rated team in Madden 20 is the Philadelphia Eagles (89 overall). The Miami Dolphins are bottom the barrel with an overall rating 74.

Madden 20 is slated to release on August 2. Click here to check out the full player ratings.

Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez’s Grammy Dress

Concepts has teamed up with Versace for a special edition colorway the Versace Chain Reaction inspired by the green dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards.

As a nod to that silk chiffon jungle-themed dress, the kicks come decked out in a vibrant green nylon upper with the familiar bulky white sole beneath it all.

 

The Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction, priced at $1,075, will reportedly be available in-store at both Concepts and Versace stores starting at 10am ET on Friday, July 19. The kicks will also be available online at 11am ET in both men’s and women’s sizes, with an Online Raffle scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 from 12-6pm ET on CNCPTS.com.

Continue scrolling for a detailed look at the pricey collab.

Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez's Grammy Dress

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Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez's Grammy Dress

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Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez's Grammy Dress

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Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez's Grammy Dress

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Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez's Grammy Dress

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Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez's Grammy Dress

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Concepts x Versace Chain Reaction Nods To Jennifer Lopez's Grammy Dress

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Stone Cold, Hulk Hogan & More Announced For WWE Raw Reunion Special

During Sunday night’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view in Philadelphia, WWE announced an upcoming Raw Reunion Special, which will include a plethora WWE icons including Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels, among others.

The Raw Reunion, billed as “the biggest reunion in WWE history,” will air next Monday, July 22 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

The list wrestling legends advertised in the promo video for the Raw Reunion include:

  • Steve Austin
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Ric Flair
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Razor Ramon
  • Diesel
  • Kurt Angle
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Christian
  • Ted DiBiase
  • Eric Bischf
  • The Boogeyman
  • Jimmy Hart
  • Hurricane
  • Santino Marella
  • Jerry Lawler
  • D-Von Dudley

Longtime WWE announcer Jim Ross, who has since signed with All Elite Wrestling, was reportedly invited to join the Raw Reunion and was granted permission by AEW President Tony Khan, but turned down the fer anyway.

The reunion comes just a few weeks before one the WWE’s biggest PPVs the year, SummerSlam. This year’s summer spectacular is scheduled to take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on August 11.

Cavs’ JR Smith To Be Waived Today "Barring Last-Minute Trade": Report

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly expected to waive veteran shooting guard JR Smith by day’s end, “barring a last-minute trade,” according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. Last month the Cavs pushed Smith’s guarantee date back from June 30 to July 15 in hopes that they’d be able to trade him, but it seems increasingly unlikely they’ll find a suitor.

The team will therefore waive and stretch Smith’s $4.3 million guaranteed over the next three years, which works out to a $1,466,667 cap hit in each season.

According to Cleveland.com, the Cavs were hoping to get a future first-round pick in exchange for Smith, and they had even fered him to the Golden State Warriors for Andre Iguodala.

Per Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor:

“In numerous trade conversations, the Cavs were seeking a future first-round pick in return for Smith’s partial non-guaranteed deal, even willing to take on two-plus years bad money to make that happen. But it had to be a valuable pick worth the penalties that come with being a tax team and they didn’t want to force a bad deal for the sake action.”

“In the early stages free agency, the Cavs fered Smith to Golden State for Andre Iguodala, sources say, believing they made a better fer than the one the Warriors took from Memphis. The Cavs even fered lighter protections on a future first-round pick.”

Smith, who will turn 34 before the start next season, only appeared in 11 games for the Cavs last season, averaging just 6.7 points per game in a little over 20 minutes action.

50 Cent Clarifies Relationship With Chaz Williams: "Why My Name In This Shit"

This weekend, Chaz “Slim” Williams, a former associate 50 Cent passed away. While initial reports suggested that 50’s relationship with Williams spanned that an artist-manager situation, 50 has debunked the notion, speaking candidly about the status the two’s connection prior to Williams passing.

“Why my name in this shit,” 50 began in an Instagram caption. “I ain’t got nothing to do with Chaz dead or alive. 😒da fuck outta here.”

Fans would go on to engage 50 in conversation, giving the mogul the opportunity to reveal that Williams was never his manager, alluding to his role as an alleged traitor as illustrated in his “Many Men (Wish Death)” track, which specifically addresses the attack that left 50 wounded with nine gunshots.

The lyrics in questions can be found peppered throughout the comment section: “Slim switched sides on me, let niggas ride on me/I thought we was cool, why you want me to die, homie?”

The backstory explains that Williams was a known associate drug lord Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff who has been long connected to the infamous hit that 50 survived.

The aforementioned post is the only acknowledgment that 50 gave Slim’s passing and, as is true his character, he’ll likely let that be the only sentiments he reflects Williams’s death.

Fear of God x Nike Air Skylon 2 “Light Bone” Coming Soon: Official Images

Fresh f the release some colorful Nike Air Fear God 1s comes yet another project from Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear God and Nike. 

The Fear God x Nike Air Skylon II, which originally debuted in two colorways back in December, will be available again on July 18 in the familiar “Light Bone” color scheme. The kicks, priced at $150, will initially be available at select retailers overseas, but a U.S. release is expected to follow shortly after the July 18 drop.

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Inspired by Nike’s early 90s running sneaker, the Fear God x Nike Air Skylon II comes equipped with a luxurious leather inner lining and a new toggle lacing system as well as glossy, light bone-colored patent leather swooshes and Fear Of God script near the heel.

Continue scrolling for ficial images the Fear God x Nike Air Skylon II “Light Bone,” and stay tuned for the global release details.

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David Ortiz Undergoes Third Surgery After Gunshot Complications: Report

Back in June, David Ortiz was shot during an assassination attempt gone wrong in the Dominican Republic. According to those allegedly involved in the shooting, Ortiz was not the target and that he was mistaken for the man sitting across from him. Ortiz was able to receive medical attention on the scene and was brought to the hospital for surgery. From there, the Boston Red Sox legend was flown out to Massachusettes where he received a second surgery as a precaution. Over the last few weeks, updates were released which suggested that Big Papi was well on his way to a full recovery. Things took a turn earlier this week though as Ortiz’s wife Tiffany released a statement saying he had to go through a third surgery.

The third surgery had to be performed due to complications resulting from the gunshot wound. Ortiz’s wife didn’t give specific details in regards to the complications although she did note that he is “recovering well and in good spirits.”

Ortiz’s family also made sure to thank everyone for their well wishes as well as the work the medical staff who have been taking care the former ball player.

“We continue to be incredibly appreciative the kindness and compassion shown to David and to our entire family during this difficult time,” Ortiz’s wife said.

Chargers’ Melvin Gordon Demands Trade If He Doesn’t Get New Deal: Report

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has reportedly informed the team that he won’t be reporting to training camp until he gets a new deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Furthermore, Gordon’s agent, Fletcher Smith, says he will demand a trade if a new deal is not reached.

Schefter notes:

“Smith said he and Gordon did not want to go this route, but because the lack progress in negotiations and the fers the Chargers made this fseason, they felt it necessary to voice their displeasure in an effort to reach a more satisfying outcome, whether with a new contract or a trade.”

Gordon is entering the fifth and final year his contract and is set to make $5.6 million in the upcoming season.

The 26-year old has earned Pro Bowl honors in two his four seasons thus far, including last season in which he rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games. Gordon also had 490 receiving yards to go along with four receiving touchdowns.

According to Schefter, “Smith said Gordon is dug in and discouraged with the lack progress in the talks.”

Chargers training camp opens on July 24. Other running backs currently on the roster include Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.

Ex-WWE Star Alberto Del Rio To Fight Tito Ortiz In MMA Bout

Former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio is reportedly set to take on UFC Hall Famer Tito Ortiz in a 210-pound catchweight for Combate Americas. The bout will mark Tito’s Combate Americas debut, and Del Rio’s first MMA fight since February 2010.

Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren announced the fight during an interview with Generation MMA on Tuesday afternoon, although a date and location has not been revealed.

According to MMA Junkie, Combate Americas Vice President Operations and Communications, Mike Afromowitz, says:

“The fight is going to happen. I came up with the idea a few months ago, after Alberto had expressed his intention wanting to fight for Combate Americas, and brought the idea to my boss Campbell McLaren. We went out to both camps and have put this fight together. It’s on.”

Ortiz signed with Combate Americas in April, following his first-round knockout victory against longtime rival Chuck Lidell in a highly criticized fight at Golden Boy MMA. The Hall Famer boasts an overall record 20-12-1 in his MMA career, which began way back in 1997. 

Del Rio (9-5) last fought at Cage Combat 4 in 2010, where he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Yamamoto Hanshi. Prior to that, El Patron had won six straight contests. 

Atmos X Nike Air Max 1 "Animal Pack 3.0" Drops This Weekend: Details

Atmos and Nike are frequent collaborators and over the past few years, they have been best known for the Nike Air Max 1 “Animal Pack.” Over the last week or so, we have been posting updates on a brand new “Animal Pack 3.0” version which will come with three unique colorways. These colorways each feature blue, green, and orange Nike swooshes with leopard and cow print, making up the uppers. As far as an “Animal Pack” is considered, these shoes are exactly what you would expect from these two brands.

Earlier today, Atmos took to Instagram to post some detailed shots the pack and reveal their release date. All three shoes will drop on Saturday, July 13th for roughly $230 USD. This is fairly pricy for an Air Max 1 but considering the premium materials, the price range makes more sense.

Will you be looking to cop these once they make their way stateside or are these a pass. Let us know in the comments.

Millie Bobby Brown x Converse Sneaker Collection Revealed: Release Info

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has today announced a new Converse sneaker collection, the Converse Millie By You line, which will be available this Thursday, July 11. 

Additionally, it appears fans will also have the opportunity to customize their own version the Converse collab. Says Millie, “One the most exciting parts designing this is that I get to do it with my fans.” 

Converse has not yet announced the ficial details, but it looks like the Millie By You collection will consist several colorful renditions the Converse Chuck Taylor – as seen in the IG posts embedded below.

High School Students Awarded $59M After Chemistry Class Burn

This past Monday, a high school student by the name Yvonne Yanes was awarded over $59 million dollars in damages for having succumbed to severe burns following a chemistry class experiment. The incident occurred back in January 2014 when Yanes attended a New York City high school. Now years later, at 21 years old, the former student won over a grand jury which motioned for him to be paid out by the city New York. The decision was made following a trial that lasted four weeks wherein Yanes’ lawyer ben Rubinowitz pushed for half the sum to be for the burn victim’s past pain and suffering. The other half, clocking in at approximately $29 million dollars, was given for future pain and suffering. Hence, the settlement is indeed all-encompassing  the situation’s scope. 

The incident occurred at Beacon high school and as Yanes took the stand on June 19th, he detailed the events which led to his severe burns: “She poured the methanol into a container, and then without any warning, there was a big whoosh sound — a giant fireball had erupted from the jug. I saw flashes blue and orange. I heard my classmates go, ‘Whoa!’ and scream. I reflexively put my arms out … to kind shield myself from the flames that were shooting out towards me.” As a result, the plaintiff suffered third-degree burns on a large portion his body. He described the pain as excruciating and the flames as “charring me the way a piece meat chars in a frying pan.” 

Coco Gauff Reaches Fourth Round Of Wimbledon At Just 15 Years Old

Coco Gauff has been an incredible story in tennis this past week as she became the youngest woman to qualify for Wimbledon. At just 15 years old, Gauff was forced to play her childhood idol, Venus Williams in the first round and she actually won in a tantalizing fashion. In the second round, Gauff got to play against Magdalena Rybarikova where she was able to pull f a second straight win.

Today, Gauff took on Polona Hercog and was on the brink elimination twice. Gauff lost the first set and in the second frame, she was down 5-2 and 5-3 but was able to hit some clutch shots in order to come back and eventually win the set. From there, Gauff worked her magic in the third and final set, pulling f the improbable win.

Gauff’s rise to stardom is an unlikely one considering she is just 15 years old and has very little experience playing on grass courts. Regardless, she has been the biggest story the entire tournament and is waiting to find out who she will play in the Round 16 which is slated to start next week.

The tennis prodigy has had her parents cheering her on every step the way and it’s been quite beautiful to watch. Time will tell whether or not she can up her game and defeat some the ranked players in the tournament.