The 2019-20 NBA season is a little less than two months away and teams across the league will soon be unveiling their new alternate uniforms for the upcoming season. Some teams have already announced their special edition jerseys and home courts, but others are keeping the details under wraps for now.
Judging from the leaks, it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will be throwing it back to the 90s for select games with their “Classic Edition” uniforms and court, similar to the Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Hornets and Utah Jazz which were revealed a few weeks back. Some teams, like the Los Angeles Clippers, will have an entirely new everyday home floor to matchup with their new-look roster.
Scroll through each the rumored court designs below and stay tuned for the ficial announcements.
The news just keeps getting worse for Team USA. After literally losing a baker’s dozen player personnel to “other commitments” their depleted roster came up short in their 2nd 2 rendez-vous with the Australian national team, led by Patty Mills the San Antonio Spurs no less. The exhibition loss marked the end a 78-game win streak for the US Men’s Basketball outfit.
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Then, it was announced that a left ankle injury would prevent Kyle Kuzma from participating in the upcoming FIBA World Cup – after much deliberation over his role within the team. With bigs like Tobias Harris, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis opting out at their earliest convenience – Kuzma looked set to take up a primary role on the fensive side the floor, his deficiencies masked by the nuclear presence P.J. Tucker.
Seeing as Kuzma was one 13 players participating in camp when the medical decision was rendered, Team USA’s roster kind finalized itself. The 12-man lineup, as coached by Gregg Popovich, is comprised Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Celtics), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), Kemba Walker (Celtics) and coach’s pet Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
Even in his darkest hour, DeMarcus Cousins has the support his former colleague Steve Nash. For those who haven’t followed Nash’s exploit post-retirement, the former NBA MVP is currently employed as a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors, the team Cousins played for down the stretch last season. Now contracted to the Los Angeles Lakers, Cousins has been contemplating retirement since rupturing his ACL this fseason. Boogie spent much last season on the shelf rehabbing his Achilles tendon, at the expense garnering a lucrative longterm like those signed by his peers in recent years.
With regards to whether DeMarcus should hang ’em up for good, Steve Nash doesn’t think the current Laker has reached his end, even though it’s not for him to decide. Only Cousins holds the keys to his future as a pressional athlete beyond this season. “He shouldn’t retire,” Nash told a TMZ field reporter who caught up with him this weekend. “He’s still a young guy. He’s had a horrible run, but he has a fighting spirit. He’s a competitor. He’s gone through a lot already, he can do it.”
“I was just ready to quit,” Cousins confided in ESPN’s Rachel Nichols during a sitdown exchange. “Like, throw the towel in…Human nature is the first thing. It’s like, ‘Why? Why me? Why now? What did I do wrong? Why do I deserve this?'” If Steve Nash, a consummate pressional in every sense the word, sees a future in DeMarcus Cousins, then by Jove, there’s an inner conversation to be had.
Aside from the lone blemish on their record, a third-place showing at the 2004 Olympics, the US Men’s Basketball team is expected to maintain a flawless win-loss record, at all costs. Unfortunately, that did not occur last night when USA Basketball was hit with a permanent stain to their record, in the form a loss to Australia by a narrow score 98-94.
Coach Popovich’s failure to will his squad members to victory, all but snaps a historic run for the US program: 78 victories in succession. After the game, Popovich and most notably, the team’s projected starting point guard Kemba Walker, were on hand to reflect on the exhibition loss.
“They say Team USA doesn’t lose. I get it. They haven’t lost in a very long time, which I understand, but it happens. Teams lose. Like I said, we’re going to take this loss and build from it,” Kemba Walker opined after the contest. “That’s all we can do. That’s all we can do is continue to try our best to get better. The real thing doesn’t start until China.”
Kemba’s not fibbing. It can be at times, rather difficult, to raise one’s “compete level” when the stakes are lowered. Hence why NBA players ten take a month or so to rear into gear upon opening tip-f. The FIBA World Cup commences in a week. Is USA’s loss to Australia a caveat or just another blip on the radar? Comment below.
A number NBA teams have plans to unveil all-new home court designs in the 2019-20 season, some which nod to iconic eras in the franchise’s history, while others fer an entirely new look as part their “City Edition” uniforms.
Meanwhile, it looks as though the Atlanta Hawks will introduce brand new “City Edition” uniforms next season that nod to the Peach State. The jerseys have not yet been revealed but leaked images the court surfaced on Friday, giving fans an idea what the overall color scheme will look like.
It appears Jordyn Woods has a certain taste in men. Tall, dark and athletic because she has once again been spotted with a NBA player. Yesterday, Jordyn Woodswas spotted out with NBA superstar Karl Anthony Towns the Minnesota Timberwolves in Los Angeles.
According to TheShadeRoom, Jordyn was out shopping for some furniture and Karl went along to help her pick out some pieces. There has been some rumblings the two being more than just friends after Karl was caught liking a ton her IG pics last month, but nothing in these pictures show them getting close. However, Jordyn dressed down in yoga pants and a t-shirt with her hair up makes it seem that she’s quite comfortable around Anthony, so maybe there’s something more brewing behind the scenes. After all, Towns is on a 5-year $190 MILLION dollar contract.
Jordyn has been all over the news these past few months after her highly controversial “kissing” scandal with Khloe Kardashian’s ex-Tristan Thompson surfaced, but it looks she’s doing just fine moving on now.
Check out the pic her & K.A.T. (below) and let us know your thoughts. Do these two look like they could be dating or just friends?
Larsa Pippen recently took to social media to shut down rumors that she has been secretly hooking up with Philadelphia 76ers All-Star, and Kendall Jenner’s ex, Ben Simmons.
The Larsa-Simmons rumors surfaced earlier this week, after reports alleged that the two were flirting at The Highlight Room in Los Angeles on Monday night. They reportedly left the venue within minutes each other, leading to speculation that they were getting down behind Kendall’s back.
Larsa posted a screenshot the article on her Instagram story, along with the following message: “I never even saw him, let alone left with him. He dated my bff’s sister and I would never.”
Simmons and Kendall were linked together for about a year before they split and he began dating Tinashe.
As for Larsa, she filed for divorce from her husband, NBA Hall Famer, Scottie Pippen last November.
The couple, whom have been married since 1997, have had their fair share issues over the years including a pair domestic disturbance calls in 2016 that resulted in police showing up to their residence. Scottie filed for divorce in 2016 but the two called it f until last Fall.
They have four kids together including son Scotty Pippen Jr., who has committed to play basketball at Vanderbilt in the upcoming season.
When it comes to NBA coverage, TNT’s “Inside The NBA” show with Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley is the cream the crop. The core four will continue their run in the 2019-20 season, but one the other Inside The NBA segments has reportedly been cut
According to The Big Lead, Kevin Garnett’s Area 21 show will not return for the upcoming season.
“From what we’ve heard, this was not an acrimonious exit, and there could be ways that Garnett and TNT could collaborate on content down the line. Whether or not that winds up happening is to be determined at this point.”
KG’s Area 21 debuted during the 2016-2017 season, immediately after his retirement. The episodes were shot a specially built studio in Atlanta and occasionally appeared throughout the Inside The NBA coverage. Garnett was joined by a number guests during the show’s run, including Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz and Ludacris as well as his 2008 Boston Celtics teammates, Latrell Sprewell, Candace Parker, Randy Moss and others.
NBA fans will be seeing a lot more Stephen A. Smith next season, as ESPN reportedly plans to switch up their NBA studio coverage.
According to The Big Lead, it is believed that Smith will be featured as part Wednesday night’s NBA on ESPN double-headers, although his specific role has not yet been announced.
Back in April, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that Smith was “in line to become the highest-paid on-air person at ESPN,” and could see his salary double from $5 million a year to $10 million annually. The legendary “First Take” co-host already appears on numerous other programs within the network in addition to hosting his own radio show.
Additionally, Richard Deitsch reports that Rachel Nichols & Maria Taylor will be named as the hosts NBA Countdown. As a result, it looks like Michelle Beadle will be dropped from the lineup.
Deitsch also notes that Chauncey Billups is expected to move from the studio to a game analyst role, while Jalen Rose is believed to be returning to NBA Countdown. It remains to be seen if Paul Pierce will continue to be involved.
NBA Hall Famer Larry Bird has reportedly reached a compromise with Jules Muck, the graffiti artist responsible for the heavily-tattooed Larry Bird mural situated on a Fountain Square building in Indianapolis.
The mural, shown below, features Bird in his Indiana State uniform with tattoos all over his arms, neck and face, including a pair bunnies mating on his right forearm and a Celtics shamrock on his left bicep.
Bird’s attorney, Gary Sallee explained to the Indy Star that he hasn’t asked the mural to be removed – he just wants the tats erased.
“Larry’s position is he has elevated himself from where he began to where he is now through a lot hard work. He has developed a brand that is marketable and he needs to protect that brand,” Sallee told IndyStar. “The mural, as originally painted, was a departure from that brand.”
“All his friends and 98% his players are tattooed. He doesn’t have any problem with tattoos,” Sallee said. “He just doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy.”
Muck has reportedly agreed to remove the tats, but will be keeping the “INDIANA” ink on the left forearm.
Back in July, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo filed a federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania-based artist Jinder Bhogal accusing him infringing on his trademark for his nickname “Greek Freak.” Giannis claimed the artist was selling merchandise on his website using his nickname. However despite firing f cease and desists to the man, he continued to sell the rip-f merchandise anyways. So as a result, The NBA star sued him seeking $2 million per infringement and an injunction to prevent the man from continuing to sell the products.
Well fast forward two months later, and the two sides have settled on the lawsuit The Blast reports. Giannis Antetokounmpo has reached a deal with the artist to drop the lawsuit, although we don’t know what that figure or amount money was.
Earlier this week, both parties had requested an extension time “because the parties have agreed to a settlement in principle and are currently negotiating the terms a settlement agreement and dismissal. An extension time will thus aid in resolving this dispute without further litigation. Plaintiff has consented to this extension.” It appears that extra time worked and the parties were able to resolve all their issues with the settlement.
The Charlotte Hornets have today announced the return their classic purple pinstriped uniforms, which will be worn in select games during the 2019-20 season. After all, Hornets fans deserve something to be excited about as their team is destined for another dreadful year.
Just like the Hornets’ white and teal uniforms from the last two seasons, the latest Classic Edition uni mimics the design the ’90s classic, worn by the likes Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues and Alonzo Mourning. According to today’s press release, the 2019-20 season will mark the 25th anniversary when the purple uniforms were first introduced.
Check out the uniform specs in the photo embedded below.
The Hornets are scheduled to wear the purple Classic Edition uniforms for five home games this season including: Saturday, November 9, against the New Orleans Pelicans; Friday, December 27, against the Oklahoma City Thunder; Saturday, February 22, against the Brooklyn Nets; Saturday, March 7, against the Houston Rockets; and Saturday, March 28, against the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to NBA.com, fans will be able to purchase the jersey shortly after the 2019-20 season kicks f in late October.
Former NBA player Royce White has a serious issue with the fact that LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers signed Jared Dudley while Carmelo Anthony is still looking for a place to play.
During a recent discussion with Fanatics View, White ripped the Lakers for not signing Melo, while questioning why LeBron is just “letting” his longtime friend hang out to dry.
“And we know that there is no way that the Lakers would go out and sign Jared Dudley and not sign Carmelo Anthony. And another question is: ‘why a guy like LeBron is walking around like he is the face and the voice the players?’
“How is he letting his Banana Boat Brother hang out there in the wings, and they go and sign Jared Dudley and not Carmelo? If anybody watching this thinks Jared Dudley can hold Carmelo’s jockey strap, I’ll slap them. That’s how I’m coming though!”
White’s rant caught the attention Dudley, who responded on twitter by praising Carmelo as a first ballot Hall Famer. Dudley also made it clear that it isn’t him vs Melo, and labeled White, “uninformed.”
“This isn’t Melo vs myself, That man is a 1st ballot HOFer.. We all want to see him back in the league.. Royce seems uniformed when he speaks and this situation in calling my name out. This league is not about who’s better then who it’s what’s players make for the best Team.”
Check out a snippet White’s comments in the video embedded below.
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker has been spotted tearing it up at open gyms several times over the last week, including runs with fellow NBAers like Ben Simmons, Tony Snell and Joakim Noah.
The competitive juices were flowing during one the most recent pickup games, as Joakim Noah made sure to send a double-team Booker’s way once he caught the ball in the corner. As seen in the video embedded below, Booker wasn’t thrilled to see a second defender sprinting at him during the open run.
“Hey bro, we not doubling in open gym. I get that shit all season. Come on, man. Let’s work on our game.”
Naturally, Noah didn’t back down as he quickly replied to Book, “Yeah we are.”
The video has since made the rounds on #NBATwitter with a majority fans siding with Joakim, although there were a few Booker supporters who think he should’ve been allowed to work on his 1-on-1 game during the run.
Check out the footage below, as well as some opinions about Booker’s thoughts regarding double-teaming during pickup games.