Nick Young Makes NBA Finals Prediction, Says Nuggets Are "Scared Of LeBron"

The 2019-20 NBA season ficially tips f on Tuesday night and if you haven’t yet gone on the record with your NBA Finals prediction the time is now.

Ahead the season-opener, former NBA champion Nick Young sat down for an interview with Complex’s Adam Caparell, during which he made his selection for the 2020 NBA champion and explained why he thinks the Denver Nuggets won’t be as good as everyone thinks. In fact, Swaggy P says Denver is “scared LeBron.”

In addition to his thoughts about Denver, Young predicts that the Golden State Warriors will be an eighth seed, at best.

Caparell: If you have one crazy NBA prediction for the season what would that be?

Young: I will say either New Orleans making the eighth seed or Denver not making the playfs. I don’t think the Warriors going to make it this year. If they do, it’s the eighth seed.

Caparell: Denver was the No. 2 seed last year in the West. To have them go from the No. 2 seed and to not making the playfs this season that’s a hot take.

Young: That could be. They’re scared the Lakers, they’re scared LeBron. Every time Denver played LeBron, and they get killed. They’re going to be scared the Clippers.

Caparell: Who is your champion?

Young: Lakers.

Young, who won an NBA title with the Warriors during the 2017-18 campaign, appeared in just four games for the Nuggets last season before he was waived. He’s currently a free agent and is prepared to ficially announce his retirement if no teams come calling.

“This is pretty much like my last year, if nothing happened,” says Young, per Adam Caparell. “I’m just going to call it, it’s over. No more Swaggy P.”

Nick Young Makes NBA Finals Prediction, Says Nuggets Are "Scared Of LeBron"

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PJ Tucker Explains How He Secured The Super Rare "Cheetah" Yeezys: Watch

The NBA’s reigning sneaker king, Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker, recently linked up with Complex’s Joe La Puma at Flight Club’s New York City location for an all-new episode Sneaker Shopping. 

During his latest visit to Flight Club, Tucker shed some light on the exclusive “Cheetah” Nike Air Yeezy IIs that he recently laced up, explaining how his longtime friend put him on to the super exclusive sneakers. Additionally, Tucker says that same friend has a line on the “Grammy” Nike Air Yeezy 1s, and there’s a chance we’ll see them in a game this season.

The “Cheetah” Nike Air Yeezy II was allegedly given to Kobe Bryant in 2012, which makes sense considering the “Cheetah” colorway is inspired by the Nike Kobe 7 the same name. Rumors maintain that the sneakers were gifted to Kobe for the NBA All Star festivities that year, although he ended up wearing the “Galaxy” Kobe 7.

In addition to his ultra rare Yeezys, Tucker also discussed his sneaker free agency, his top five everyday wear sneakers and much more. Check out the full episode below.

LaMelo Ball Teases Fans With Exciting And Slick No-Look Pass: Watch

As we head into a new season NBA basketball, many the narratives will be centered around the 2020 NBA Draft where a whole crop young players will be selected into the league. One the players who have gotten a ton traction recently is none other than LaMelo Ball who is currently in Australia playing for the Illawarra Hawks the NBL. So far, LaMelo has been a shining star in the league as he has consistently pulled f highlight-reel plays that make it to Twitter in droves.

Having said that, it shouldn’t be surprising that LaMelo pulled f yet another phenomenal play over the weekend. In the clip below, you can see LaMelo driving to the basket and then delivering a no-look pass to his teammate who finishes f the play.

Ball is considered to be a lock to be taken within the first five picks the draft which is pretty interesting considering we haven’t seen much NCAA action so far. Regardless, if Ball continues to play like this, he will certainly catch the eye NBA scouts out there who are looking for the next franchise player.

Who knows, maybe LaMelo could even go first overall. 

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma’s Injury Status Revealed For Season Opener

Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Kyle Kuzma won’t be suiting up for the season-opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, as he continues to work his way back from a stress reaction in his foot that he suffered during Team USA training camp back in August.

Kuzma was recently cleared to participate in non-contact practices but it remains to be seen how many games he’ll miss.

“Right now, we’re just talking about ramping up his activity, and we’re not going to look past two days from now,” said head coach Frank Vogel, per ESPN. “We’re going to try to increase his workload and activities this week, and we’ll see where we’re at.”

Despite being ruled out for the much-anticipated opener against the Clippers, Kuzma is optimistic about how he has progressed thus far.

“I haven’t really been doing too much, really, for the last two months, so just being able to shoot jump shots and being around the team a little bit more, it’s optimistic, for sure,” Kuzma said before the team’s final preseason on Friday, according to ESPN.

“The main thing is just making sure I’m healthy and (ready to) go,” Kuzma said. “It’s a long season, so (missing opening night) won’t affect me mentally or anything.”

General Manager Rob Pelinka announced last week that the Lakers have exercised the team option in Kuzma’s contract for the 2020-21 season. As a result, Kuz will make $2 million this season and $3.5 million in the 2020-21 season. The 24-year old forward averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in his second season with the Lakers last year. 

Lakers vs Clippers, airing on TNT, is scheduled to tipf at 10pm ET tomorrow night.

Bronny James Jr Gets LeBron Pumped With Scintillating Dunk: Watch

It seems like every single week Bronny James Jr. comes through with yet another incredible highlight. Bronny is the oldest song LeBron James and has been dominating the court at just 15 years old. He is already 6’2″ and is starting to catch the eye college recruiters who are looking for the next generation stars and talent. This season, Bronny is playing with the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers where he will have a ton eyeballs watching his games.

Every time he steps on the court there appears to be someone filming which only makes sense because what he’s able to do. In the clip below, Bronny intercepts an inbound pass from the other team and throws down a monstrous dunk which had his father quite pleased. As you can see, LeBron gets pumped up in his seat but doesn’t get too crazy. Regardless, it’s clear he appreciated the talents displayed by his son.

It’s been a weird week for the James family as LeBron has faced a plethora public scrutiny for his position on the whole NBA China debacle. Now that the fallout has settled down, it’s good to see James enjoying some quality time with his family before Tuesday’s opening night game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

New York Knicks Unveil New Statement Edition Uniforms

After weeks leaked images and rumors, the New York Knicks ficially introduced their 2019-20 Statement Edition uniforms inspired by “the hustle and strength the city and team.”

The uniforms are highlighted by a slightly different shade blue with white lettering and numbers, as well as a white and orange trim.

Per the Knicks’ press release“Blue is our statement – we’re not here to ball, we’re here to battle. While our core colors remain, our updated style reflects the team today.” As for the steel piping, the Knicks explain, “These sleek, modern lines flow through the jersey – a nod to our evolving city – while staying true to the classic look past Knicks uniforms.”

The Knicks will wear the Statement Edition uniform against all Western Conference teams, beginning with their season opener in San Antonio on Wednesday, October 23 and at The Garden for the first time on November 3 when they take on the Sacramento Kings.

Take a look at some additional images in the tweets embedded below.

 

Giannis’ Nike Zoom Freak 1 Revealed In "Atmosphere Grey:" Official Details

Giannis Antetokounmpo seemingly couldn’t miss this past year as he continued to play well with the Milwaukee Bucks. Thanks to his incredible play out on the court, Giannis was able to win the MVP award and coming into next season, pundits think he’s going to be able to repeat. Giannis and the Bucks were two games why an NBA Finals appearance and heading into the 2019-20 campaign, the Greek Freak seems as determined as ever to win a championship.

The superstar also has his very own shoe with Nike called the Zoom Freak 1. There have been quite a few colorways to drop so far and Nike has even more on the horizon. This past week, we got a glimpse at this “Atmosphere Grey” fering which certainly lives up to its name as grey covers the upper. A black reverse Nike swoosh can be found on the midsole while gold accents are placed on Giannis’ logos on the tongue and back heel.

According to Sneaker News, these will be dropping on Friday, November 15th for $120 USD. if you’re looking for some clean kicks for the court, these will certainly do the trick.

Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 Revealed In "Atmosphere Grey:" Official Details

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Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 Revealed In "Atmosphere Grey:" Official Details

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Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 Revealed In "Atmosphere Grey:" Official Details

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YoungBoy Never Broke Again Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

YoungBoy Never Broke Again has ficially joined the ranks artists who lay claim to No. 1 albums.

The project, which arrived on October 11th, now debuts at the top the Billboard 200 albums chart with 110,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Naturally, YoungBoy only managed to pull out 3,000 in pure album sales with the remainder the amount being dominated by digital streaming, translating to 144.7 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s 18 tracks.

Elsewhere in debuts, Lil Tjay‘s True 2 Myself starts at No. 5 with a total 45,000 equivalent album units while Wale‘s sixth studio album, Wow….That’s Crazy, debuts at No. 7 on the chart with 38,000 units. It becomes the fourth top 10 project to come the emcee with 2015’s Album About Nothing being his last No. 1 after being preceded by the No. 1 The Gifted and Ambition, which topped out at No. 2.

Elsewhere on the chart, you’ll find Post Malone trailing YoungBoy at No. 2 with his Hollywood’s Bleeding effort earning 99,000 equivalent album units. Summer Walker’s Over iI, falls from its No. 2 debut to No. 3 with 78,000 units in its second week while DaBaby‘s former No. 1 KIRK sits at No. 4 with 55,000 units.

At the bottom this week’s top 10, you’ll find Chris Brown‘s Indigo occupying No. 9 with 33,000 units while Young Thug‘s So Much Fun holds steady at No. 10 with 33,000 units.

Billboard 200 Albums Chart Top 10 (Week Ending Oct. 3rd)

1. A1 YoungBoy 2, NBA Youngboy
2. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
3. Over It, Summer Walker
4. KIRK, DaBaby
5. True 2 Myself, Lil Tjay
6. Lover, Taylor Swift
7. Wow…That’s Crazy, Wale
8. When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We All Go?, Billie Eilish
9. Indigo, Chris Brown
10. So Much Fun,Young Thug

 

Lizzo, Kehlani, Ava DuVernay & More Added To REVOLT Summit Lineup in Los Angeles

After wrapping up its appearance in Atlanta last month, the REVOLT Summit will continue its inaugural run in Los Angeles next weekend. And just ahead its ficial arrival in California, the Summit has announced the addition new talent to its lineup speakers and performers.

Having already been anchored by the support entities such as TDE,  new names that include Lizzo, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Lilly Singh, Kahlani, Melina Matsoukas, Storm Reid, and Al Harrington will also be in attendance.

Lizzo, Kehlani, Ava DuVernay & More Added To REVOLT Summit Lineup in Los Angeles

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“Each will bring their own voice to panel conversations rooted in the business Hip Hop and dedicated to equipping aspiring young leaders with the tools for success,” reads a press release.

For Lizzo, Kehlani, Sign and Reid, that will include taking part in the Follow Her Lead panel where they will unpack being women int he entertainment industry, “breaking barriers, pursuing their passions and chasing their goals on their journey to the top.”

In Al Harrington’s case, he will sit down with Snoop Dogg for The Smoke and mirrors panel where they will discuss the billion-dollar cannabis industry and how the hip-hop community can get in. Harrington’s qualifications for the talk stem from the former NBA star’s Viola Brands company, which specializes in both medicinal and recreational marijuana manufacturing.

The event ficially kicks f on October 25th. Tickets can be purchased at REVOLTSummit.com

 

Pascal Siakam Agrees To $130 Million Extension With Toronto Raptors: Report

Pascal Siakam just got paid. The Toronto Raptors forward has just agreed to a four-year, $130 million maximum rookie contract extension, agents Todd Ramasar and Jaafar Choufani told ESPN.

Siakam and the Raptors had until Monday at 6 PM ET to come to an agreement on an extension, otherwise he would have hit restricted free agency next summer. Now, the deal will keep the rising star in Toronto until the 2024 season.

Siakam is coming f a breakout season, during which he won Most Improved Player after averaging 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and shooting 36.9 percent from 3. His much-improved fensive attack, along with his usual strong work on the defensive end were major reasons why the Raptors won their first title in franchise history last season.

For what its worth, this marks the third time a player in the 2016 NBA draft class has agreed to a maximum contract, following along with the Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray. I think dinner is on Pascal tonight.

 

Nick Young Explains How Iggy Azalea Kept Him From Pursuing Rihanna

Nick Young was always one the more entertaining players in the NBA thanks to his general antics and penchant for having good style. Fans who remember Young from his days with the Los Angeles Lakers, know that he was in a very high prile relationship with Iggy Azalea at the time. Due to a bizarre incident involving D’Angelo Russell, that relationship eventually came to an end with both sides moving on for the better.

During the first-ever episode the “Certified Buckets” podcast with Young, Chiney Ogwumike, and Sarunas J. Jackson, Swaggy P spoke about a time where he was trying to impress a high-prile artist who was courtside at Lakers games. Of course, that artist was Rihanna who actually took notice how well he was playing. In the podcast, Young explains how he wanted to try and pursue something with Rihanna but he had just started dating Iggy at the time and didn’t want to interfere with that.

Based on the response his fellow co-hosts, it seems as though they felt he was making a huge mistake as Rihanna was clearly the better option. Regardless, Young doesn’t seem to have any regrets about the whole situation and eventually laughed f the jokes being made at his expense.

You can listen to the full episode the podcast below.

DaBaby Wants Megan Thee Stallion To Reach His Studio

These are two the most popular rappers in the entire world right now. At the beginning the year, the average music listener would likely not have been able to identify either DaBaby or Megan Thee Stallion. However, now that they’re both striving at this stage their careers, they are finally being recognized as two the brightest young stars tomorrow. Already with several hits under their belts, Baby and Meg have collaborated in the past. Their success on songs like “Cash Shit” has DaBaby fiending for more hits between the two them, bringing up Hot Girl Meg when asked which female rapper he’d be down to collaborate with on an album.

DaBaby Wants Megan Thee Stallion To Reach His Studio
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Perhaps Meg and Baby can innovate the game, forming one the first female/male duos this current era hip-hop. They follow a similar vibe, bringing their street savviness and smarts to the table while also appealing to a mainstream audience. Speaking with Billboard for his new feature, the North Carolina spitter said he wants to get in the studio with Young Tina Snow again.

“She talk shit like I talk shit, and I’m a hot boy,” he said. “Been a hot boy. So yeah, we’d burn that bitch down.” We’re sure people would not be upset if they decided to team up another time. We’re crossing our fingers for this.

LeBron James, KD, Dwight Howard & More Receive Height Changes

It shouldn’t even have to be said at this point but height is more important in basketball than any other sport. Because the rim is 10-feet f the ground, you need to be taller in order to get buckets in tight. Height matters more based on the position you play and teams tend to take these things into account when they are trying to build a squad. That’s why this year, the NBA decided to change the way it measures height as they suspected teams had been faking these measurements. Now, players are measured without their shoes on.

In a new report from Shams Charania Stadium, the heights for some the league’s biggest stars were revealed. As you can see from the graphic below, LeBron James went from 6’8 to 6’8.5, KD went from 6’9 to 6’9.5, Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard went down to 6’9.75 from 6’11 while Klay Thompson is now 6’5.

These new height totals won’t really affect the flow the game or anything like that although they give more an accurate portrayal some the league’s stars. It seems like the NBA really wants to make an effort to be more transparent and the height issue is one the ways they plan to do that.

D’Angelo Russell Plotting Super Team With Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns

D’Angelo Russell will start another new chapter in his NBA career this season as he joins forces with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as part the Golden State Warriors.

The 23-year old point guard has expressed how excited he is to play alongside those established champions, but that hasn’t stopped him from dreaming about forming his own super team with his longtime friends Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns.

During a recent shoot for Slam Magazine’s latest issue, which includes Russell, Booker and Towns on the cover, D-Lo made it clear that he wants to team up with the former Kentucky Wildcats one day. 

“We gotta do this again, when we’re all on the same team,” Russell said toward the end the shoot. “Nah, don’t cut the cameras]. Y’all got it on footage. When we’re all on the same team — I ain’t gonna tell you which team because I don’t know — we’re gonna do this again.”

Towns and Russell went No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2015 NBA Draft, while Booker fell to the Suns at No. 13. Russell inked a four-year $117M deal with the Warriors this fseason that will keep him under contract until 2022-23, while both Book and KAT have five years remaining on their current deals.

Talk them forming a Big 3 is surely in violation the NBA’s anti-tampering rules, but the league has not yet commented on D-Lo’s dream scenario. You can check out the full video from the Slam cover shoot below.

Zion Williamson Injury Update, Timetable For Return Revealed

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson is expected to miss multiple weeks to start the regular season, as a result a right knee injury he suffered during the preseason.

That said, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the injury isn’t severe and that the Pelicans are treating the issue “with an abundance caution” to ensure that he makes a full recovery before taking the floor again.

Needless to say, this puts on a damper on the NBA’s opening night, when Zion’s Pelicans will visit the Toronto Raptors in the first game TNT’s double-header. The 19-year old phenom lived up to the hype in four preseason games, averaging 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds to go along with plenty highlight reel dunks.

In his lone season with the Duke Blue Devils, Zion was awarded the AP Player the Year in a landslide after posting 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. He has the highest expectations any rookie since LeBron James entered the league in 2003, and it’s going to be a blast to see how his rookie season pans out.

And the wait is almost over – but we’ll have to wait patiently for at least a few more weeks until he makes his regular season debut.

Zion Williamson Injury Update, Timetable For Return Revealed

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