Orlando Magic Reveal Orange-Inspired “City Edition” Uniforms: First Look

The Orlando Magic ficially introduced their 2019-20 “City Edition” uniforms on Thursday night, giving the team a whole new look from the familiar blue, black and white design. As a nod to the city’s connection to the citrus industry, the new threads are highlighted by splashes orange set against an anthracite gray base color.

The general idea behind the “City Edition” uniform makes sense, but the execution has us thinking more Phoenix Suns than Orlando Magic.

The special edition uniforms, which will only be worn this season, will make their on-court debut on Friday, November 29 when the Magic host the Toronto Raptors at Amway Center. The hardwood will also be transformed to mirror the new uniforms during those select “City Edition” games.

“We’re really excited about it,” Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “We really wanted to come up with a jersey that’s really reflective our city and our market, and we think we’ve hit on it. This representation really the history Orlando and Orange County, and our citrus industry, in particular, and focusing on the orange. Orange is in the roots our entire area, whether it’s the citrus industry or Orange County or Orange Avenue, and we really wanted to be reflective that. So we’re excited about it.”

As is typically the case with any new uniform, the reviews were mixed. Check out some the additional photos and reactions below.

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, based on SeatGeek data through Wednesday, November 13th.

Welcome to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for sports, concert, and theater events. Read on for insights into the most popular artists and festivals from the prior and upcoming weeks.

Most Popular Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on SeatGeek Web Traffic

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

1. Luke Combs (Rank last week: 3)

Luke Combs is having a great year. The rising country star is still in the midst of his uber successful “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour,” but he also made waves last month with the announcement of the “What You See is What You Get Tour” slated for 2020. He also dropped the official What You See is What You Get album just last week.

2. Elton John (Rank last week: 1)

Elton John is still serenading fans around the country one last time on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.” The iconic pianist has just added 24 dates to the seemingly never-ending trek, with additional shows in Toronto, Chicago, Fargo, ND and Hershey, PA.

3. Post Malone (Rank last week: 2)

After a strong showing at Posty Fest earlier this month, rapper Post Malone is as on top of his game as he’s ever been. You can catch him on the “Runaway Tour” this weekend: on Friday he and Swae Lee will perform at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ, and on Sunday they’ll head to the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.

4. Bad Bunny (Rank last week: 5)

Bad Bunny is in the midst of his new “X 100Pre Tour” dates, which will see the Latin superstar throughout parts of the South, Southwest and East Coast. Fans living in Phoenix will get a taste of the musician when he performs at the Talking Stick Resort Arena this weekend.

5. Billie Eilish (Rank last week: 4)

Unless you’re planning on attending one of the two Jingle Ball concerts Billie Eilish will be performing at this winter, fans will have to wait until spring of 2020 to catch her live. Her “Where Do We Go? World Tour” will kick off in March 9 in Miami at the American Airlines Arena.

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SeatGeek “Rising” Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on the Percent Increase in SeatGeek Web Traffic

 

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

1. Harry Styles 1010%

Harry Styles is back in the spotlight. The former One Direction standout will hit the road next summer for the “Love on Tour” trek, which will make its way around the United States, Europe and Mexico. The US leg begins on June 26 in Philly and wraps up on September 5 in Las Vegas.

2. Kane Brown 747%

Rising country star Kane Brown announced dates earlier this week for the 2020 “Worldwide Beautiful Tour.” Joined by Chris Lane as support, the tour kicks off in the United States on February 29 in Atlantic City, NJ. It runs through May 9 in Kansas City at the Sprint Center.

3. Michael Buble: 450%

The winter holidays are drawing nearer, and that can only mean one thing: Michael Buble is going on a Christmas concert tour. “An Evening With Michael Buble Tour” features 27 stops, including performances in Boston, Milwaukee, Austin and Las Vegas to name a few.

4. Green Day: 314%

Green Day have a massive year coming up. Not only are they hitting the road with Weezer and Fall Out Boy for the “Hella Mega Tour,” but they’re also gearing up to release a new album dubbed Father of All Mother F**kers on February 7. To sweeten the pot even more, they band just announced that their side project, The Coverups, are performing a show on December 6.

5. WGCI Big Jam: 309%

On Friday, December 20 at the United Center in Chicago, Migos, Dababy, G Herbo, Wale, Megan Thee Stallion, Yella Baby, Jacquees and Tink will all take the stage for this year’s WGCI Big Jam concert event. Tickets are on sale now starting at just $40.

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Most Popular Upcoming Tour Stops and Festivals

Upcoming Week, Based on SeatGeek Ticket Sales

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

It’s the usual cast of icons topping this week’s list of most popular upcoming concerts, with Boston and Long Island-dwelling Elton John fans clambering for their last chance to see him live when he performs at TD Garden and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, respectively. For piano-loving fans not attending the Elton shows this weekend, they can instead try to catch Billy Joel in NYC for another concert as part of his lifetime Madison Square Garden residency.

Post Malone will take his “Runaway Tour” to California this weekend, performing two nights at the Honda Center in Anaheim, plus a Thursday show in Oakland. Meanwhile, Garth Brooks is taking a break from performing at dive bars to instead perform on Saturday at the massive Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Not digging the piano players, Posty or Garth? Tool’s “Fear Inoculum Tour” is underway, with highly-anticipated show at TD Garden in Boston going down this weekend.

Kyle Kuzma Showered With Love By LeBron James & AD After Huge Win

Heading into this season, many around the league felt as though Kyle Kuzma could be an x-factor for the Los Angeles Lakers. The young star is an effective shooter when he’s at his best but unfortunately, he had some issues getting going this season. After coming f an ankle injury, it was clear that Kuzma was all out sorts. That changed on Tuesday night when he hit two huge three-pointers to seal the Lakers win against the surging Phoenix Suns.

After the game, some Kuzma’s mos thigh prile teammates, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, showered the young star with praise.

“I just told him, ‘Welcome back,’” Davis told Tania Ganguli the Los Angeles Times. “… He came up huge for us, made some big shots, time after time. We were so happy for him.”

“Only a matter time and it came at the right time,” James said to Ganguli. “… It was great to have the Kuz that we know he’s capable .”

With the big win, the Lakers have now improved to 8-2 this season and many believe they could go all the way and win the championship. If they want to make that happen, Kuzma is going to have to be on his game.

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis Injury Status Revealed Following Rib X-Ray

Anthony Davis is a top 10 player in the NBA and now that he plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, the spotlight has become that much brighter. When paired with LeBron James, the two have been absolute beats out on the court and it has helped propel the Lakers to a strong 8-2 record on the season. The Lakers are looking like one the early favorites to win the championship and they will need AD healthy in order to do it. 

Last night, Davis suffered a bit a rib injury against the Phoenix Suns which is cause for concern because he has also been struggling with pain in his shoulder. The Lakers had an x-ray done on Davis and it eventually came back negative. Despite this, reporter Brad Turner says the Lakers will sit AD against the Warriors tonight, just to make sure he doesn’t aggravate anything.

The Lakers are catching a bit a break here as they will be playing the Warriors who are also banged up. This Warriors team is a shell their former selves and have as many wins as the Lakers have losses. If there was ever a game you would want to rest your starters, it would be this one.

Hopefully, Davis is able to get healthy again and will continue to dominate out on the court.

LeBron James Hilariously Saved By Jared Dudley After High-Five Snub

Every person’s worst nightmare is being left hanging on the handshake or high-five. Picture it. You stick your hand out for someone to dap up and the contact never comes. Instead, you’re just standing there like a fool, putting your hand back to the side in pure shame. Well, that’s exactly what happened to LeBron James on Tuesday night as his team took on the Phoenix Suns. Sure the Lakers won the game but at what cost?

In the video below, the Lakers were taking a bit a timeout and LeBron stuck his hand out for a high-five from one the coaches. Instead getting his props, LeBron was given the physical equivalent being left on read. That’s when Jared Dudley, all people, swooped in to save the day.

Dudley hasn’t had a huge impact for the Lakers this season but this is definitely his best assist thus far. As a veteran role player, Dudley knows what it means to be a good teammate and this is the perfect example his poise in a time need. We’re sure LeBron was appreciative the love in a moment where there was no love left to receive.

Hopefully, next time LeBron won’t have to pull a Josh Hart and dap himself up in a fit pure embarrassment.

Brian Setzer Diagnosed with Severe Tinititus; Cancels Holiday Tour

Due to a bad case of tinnitus, Brian Setzer announced that he is cancelling his upcoming Christmas Rocks! tour.

Tinnitus is a condition that causes people to hear incessant noise or ringing in their ears. Often, it is linked with injuries to the inner ear or with hearing loss associated with age.

Setzer’s 16th annual Christmas tour was scheduled to commence on November 15 in Minneapolis and would have featured his 19-piece orchestra. It was to include more than 20 cities, such as Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, DC, Nashville, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle before finishing in Los Angeles in December.

Fans can receive ticket refunds at the point of purchase.

While Setzer has gone on a Christmas tour for many years now, this one would have been special, as last month the singer-guitarist released a Christmas-themed album called Rockin’ Rudolph. In addition to two versions of his “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” the album includes Christmas classics such as “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

Setzer issued the following statement in conjunction with the announcement:

“It’s heartbreaking to disappoint my fans who have shared my Christmas seasons with me for over fifteen years. I’m truly sorry for the inconvenience this has caused all of the amazing people who make my tour happen and to my unbelievably loyal and devoted fans. I hate to let you down and I hope you’ll understand.”

Setzer rose to fame in the early 1980s with the rockabilly group Stray Cats. A decade later, he also found success with his swing-revival band The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Earlier in the year, Setzer reunited with his Stray Cats bandmates for their 40th anniversary. They not only went out on tour together but also released an album as well.

Miami’s Dion Waiters Hit With Suspension After "Very Scary" Gummy Incident

The Miami Heat have suspended shooting guard Dion Waiters for 10 games without pay after he took a THC-infused gummy before boarding a team flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles. Waiters, 27, reportedly had a panic attack while on the plane and did not attend the Heat’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. 

 

Waiters, who was previously suspended for the season opener (also for conduct detrimental to the team), will lose out on a $1.2 million contract bonus because the missed games, according to ESPN

“We are very disappointed in Dion’s actions this season that include the very scary situation on Thursday night, and grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse,” the Heat said in a statement.

“There have been a number instances this season in which Dion has engaged in conduct detrimental to the team. … We are proud how our players have started the season. We expect all our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show pressionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the NBA community.”

Out Miami’s first nine games, Waiters has only been on the active list for two contests and he has yet to dress and be on the bench for a game. The Heat signed Waiters to a four-year, $52 million extension in July 2017, and he has averaged 12.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in his 74 appearances since then. 

The Heat are currently sitting at 6-3 on the season.

"Joker" Star Zazie Beetz Wants To Play Storm In The MCU’s X-Men

Zazie Beetz has made two successful entries into comic book movies at this point. First, she starred in Deadpool 2 as Domino, the X-Men gifted with the power luck. Then, she joined Joaquin Phoenix in this year’s Joker flick. Both films broke records and won over fans worldwide, but now Beetz has her eyes on another superhero franchise, The X-Men. Beetz tried out for the role Storm for X-Men: Apocalypse, but was ultimately beat out by Alexandra Shipp. Good thing she missed that role though since Apocalypse was the weakest film in the revived X-Men canon (everything from First Class on). 

Talking to ScreenGreek, Beetz was asked if she’d like another shot at Storm. “Yeah, I think I would be down,” Beetz said. “I guess obviously it depends on the script and it depends on if I think it’s a good script,” she continued. “I think it would be super fun to do that. Storm also essentially is such an iconic character. I mean it would be kind big shoes to fill, I think. I wouldn’t want to confuse audiences too much and be all over the place. And now I’m doing DC as well. I think it would be super fun. I think it would be a dope opportunity.” Both Storm and Domino exist in the same film universe, so I doubt Disney would go for the idea, but who knows. 

"Joker" Has Become The Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Of All Time

First, Joker became the highest-selling rating R movie after beating out Deadpool. Now, the Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix film has broken another record. According to Forbes, Joker is now the most pritable comic book film all time. Keep in mind that pritable does not mean it made the most money. Joker qualifies as the most pritable because the difference between the budget for the film and how much it earned. 

Joker cost a measly $62.5 million to make, but has grossed $952,201,507 at the box fice. That’s over 15 times the amount made back on the budget. What is most impressive is that Joker did this without being shown in China. The film is expected to cross over the billion-dollar mark soon. The only two movies in the last 5 years to gross over a billion dollars, that wasn’t released by Disney, are Warner Bros.’ Aquaman ($1.148 billion worldwide with $298 million in China) and Sony’s Spider-Man: Far from Home ($1.131 billion with $199 million in China). Unlike those films though, Joker will earn its $1 billion gross without China or a 3D version to boost sales. When it passes The Dark Knight ($1.004 billion worldwide in 2008), Joker be the highest-grossing movie ever to not play in China

Meek Mill & Michael Rubin Visit Man In Prison Over Outstanding Court Fees

On October 10th, The Philadelphia Inquirer published a piece titled, “Why are Pennsylvania judges sentencing people on probation for debts they won’t ever be able to pay?”. The piece focused on the situation a man named Maurice Hudson, who is now serving a 18 to 36 month sentence for being unable to pay $1,941 in court fees. The fees are a result a robbery that Hudson was involved in ten years ago (when he was 19), but he has not committed a crime since. 

This headline and story caught the attention Meek Mill and Michael Rubin, who partnered in founding REFORM Alliance, a nonprit organization concerned with criminal justice. After reading about Hudson, Meek and Rubin decided to go visit him at a State Correctional Institution in Phoenix. They were especially drawn to the case because the judge who had sentenced Hudson over his debts was Judge Genece Brinkley, the same judge who repeatedly sentenced Meek for probation violations. Hudson explained that his $150 weekly salary as a janitor did not allow him to make the court payments while also having to take care two young daughters with special needs. “I keep hearing it every time I come in front you, ‘I’m not trying.’ How is it I’m not trying?,” Hudson told Judge Genece Brinkley. 

After Meek and Rubin’s visit, they spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about their thoughts and plans. “It’s a case very similar to Meek’s. Hudson has] been sent to prison two different times: Once for one to two years, another time for 18 to 36 months—never committed a crime,” Rubin said. “For me to see people in Pennsylvania going to prison for not committing crimes is something I can’t understand. … I think Hudson] is a good person. He’s got three kids, wants to take care his kids. And instead being with family and taking care his kids, he’s in prison for being poor.”

Meek discussed the strong relation he feels to Hudson and his situation. “We were like two brothers meeting with the same mother. He said this was like he was going to court for a murder. I understand because when you are in this position you don’t know how long you are going to be away from your family. It was the same thing for me.”

Jimmy Butler Expertly Dismisses Teammates Trying To Crash His Interview

Miami Heat players’ video-bombing post-game interviews reached a peak during the “Big 3” era, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would routinely crash each others post-game discussions. It appears that the new-look Heat are attempting to bring back the post-game video bombs, but Jimmy Butler isn’t having any it.

Following Miami’s 124-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, Meyers Leonard and Bam Adebayo (aka the 3:30am crew) attempted to get some extra TV time during Butler’s interview but he quickly sent them packing. “It’s not about them right now… It’s about me,” Butler joked.

Butler led all scorers in the win with 34 points on 11–16 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four assists, as the Heat improved to 6-2 on the season. The Heat signed the veteran All-Star to a four-year, $142 million contract this f-season as part a sign and trade with the Philadelphia 76ers – a move that some questioned.

Speaking those critics, Butler recently explained to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes:

“Motherfuckers act like I’m not a good basketball player. Like for real. Just think about that. Like I can’t come in and make a huge difference. I’m not going to say ‘carry a team’ because nobody can do it by themselves and I mean that. I’m not putting it all on myself, but I know what I’m capable . I know what I bring to any and all situations, and the group guys that we have is the group guys that I want to play with.

“When I look down the line and as we’re talking about it as an organization on this roster, I know what these guys are capable . These guys are built like me. We’re one in the same and so they’re only going to get better and they’re not going to get complacent. This is me. I see myself in every one these guys around this locker room.”

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, based on SeatGeek data through Wednesday, November 6th.

Welcome to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for sports, concert, and theater events. Read on for insights into the most popular artists and festivals from the prior and upcoming weeks.

Most Popular Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on SeatGeek Web Traffic

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

1. Elton John (Rank last week: 5)

Elton John is still serenading fans around the country one last time on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.” The iconic pianist will take his musical stylings to Philadelphia this weekend, for a two-night run at the Wells Fargo Center.

2. Post Malone (Rank last week: 1)

After a strong showing at last weekend’s Posty Fest, Post Malone is as on top of his game as he’s ever been. You can catch the multi-talented musician on the “Runaway Tour” this weekend.  On Friday, Post and Swae Lee will perform at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ, and on Sunday they’ll head to the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.

3. Luke Combs (Rank last week: 2)

Luke Combs is having a great year. The rising country star is still in the midst of his uber successful “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour,” but he also made waves last month with the announcement of the “What You See is What You Get Tour” slated for 2020. You can see him when he performs at in San Diego and Phoenix this weekend.

4. Billie Eilish (Rank last week: 4)

Unless you’re planning on attending one of the two Jingle Ball concerts Billie Eilish will be performing at this winter, fans will have to wait until spring of 2020 to catch her live. Her “Where Do We Go? World Tour” will kick off in March 9 in Miami at the American Airlines Arena.

5. Bad Bunny (Rank last week: 3)

Bad Bunny has just kicked off a fresh leg of his “X 100Pre Tour,” which will see the Latin superstar throughout parts of the South, Southwest and East Coast. Fans living in Texas and Tulsa will get a taste of the musician when he performs there this weekend.

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SeatGeek “Rising” Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on the Percent Increase in SeatGeek Web Traffic

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

 

1. Tame Impala 686%

Tame Impala are back in the spotlight with the long-awaited release of a new album and a corresponding tour to boot. They’ll be joined by Clairo for a series of concerts in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mexico City. The new record, titled The Slow Rush, will be out in February of next year.

2. Kiss 423%

Kiss have just revealed the final 75 dates of their “Farewell Tour,” which ironically doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. You’ll have the entirety of 2020 to see them perform in every nook and cranny of the United States, plus a plethora of overseas performances. The final concert date will take place on July 17 in New York City.

3. Ateez: 376%

Although they only debuted one year ago, K-Pop group Ateez is already making quite the impression on the music world. They snagged themselves an MTV EMA last week for “Best Korean Act,” an impressive first-time win after a first-time nomination.

4. Korn: 239%

Korn and Breaking Benjamin are teaming up for a joint arena tour this winter. The fun kicks off on January 23 in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center, followed by stops throughout Canada, tons of shows in the Midwest, and gigs along the Pacific. The final show will take place on March 1 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.

5. Sturgill Simpson: 214%

Tickets go on sale this weekend for Sturgill Simpson’s “A Good Look’n Tour” dates. He’ll be joined by Tyler Childers for the 2020 trek, which begins on February 21 in Alabama and doesn’t wrap up until May 24 at the KFC Yum! Center in Kentucky.

 

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Most Popular Upcoming Tour Stops and Festivals

Upcoming Week, Based on SeatGeek Ticket Sales

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

The hottest event of the week, for Travis Scott fans at least, is the rapper’s upcoming Astroworld Festival. Held at NRG Park in Houston, the one-day event is sold out despite the lineup still being unknown. Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” will make its way to Philly for two nights at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend. Post Malone’s “Runaway Tour” continues to trek on, with fans living in the Denver area getting the chance to see him at the Pepsi Center on November 10.

Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener Tour” picks back up on November 9 with a performance at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Grande will stick around the NY-Tristate area for a bit, playing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on November 12. Luke Combs, still on his “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour,” will perform in San Diego at the Pechanga Arena on November 7, and at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ on November 8. It’s a good weekend of music for pop, country and rap fans alike.

Lakers’ LeBron James Trolled By Chicago Bulls On ‘Taco Tuesday’

The Chicago Bulls had no answer for LeBron James on Tuesday night at the United Center, despite Benny The Bull’s best efforts to distract the Lakers’ superstar with an enormous, dancing taco. LeBron’s infatuation with Taco Tuesday has been well documented over the past few months but he was completely unfazed by the Bulls’ mascot’s antics during pre-game introductions – as seen in the video embedded below.

The last time the Lakers played on a Tuesday was on October 29, when LeBron took part in “Taco Tuesday” chants with the Lakers faithful at Staples Center.

Whether they’re at home or on the road, LeBron can expect plenty taco talk for each Tuesday game moving forward, including next week’s game in Phoenix.

The four-time MVP owned the court on Taco Tuesday, as he notched his third consecutive triple-double with a game-high 30 points to go along with 11 assists, 10 rebounds and two steals in L.A.’s 118-112 victory. According to ESPN, LeBron became the first player to post three consecutive triple-doubles for the Lakers since Magic Johnson had four in a row in 1987.

“It comes with team success for me,” James said. “A triple-double means absolutely nothing to me if it’s not in a win.”

Up next for the Lakers a pair home games, including a Friday night showdown with the Miami Heat (5-2) and a Sunday night matchup with the Toronto Raptors (4-2), followed by a road game in Phoenix on Taco Tuesday. 

Kevin Durant Had Hilarious Reaction To Garrett Temple’s Weak Ass Dunk: Watch

Brooklyn Nets players have ficially been put on notice – If you’re on the fast break you better thrown down a rim-rocking dunk or risk being viciously trolled by your teammates on the bench.

Garrett Temple learned that the hard way on Monday night as he laid in a weak ass dunk in the first quarter and was ruthlessly mocked by Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who was thoroughly unimpressed by Temple’s effort. Check out the footage in the tweet embedded below.

Temple, 33, finished with 13 points and four assists in his 26 minutes f the bench last night, as the Nets held on for a 135-125 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Once again, it was Kyrie Irving who led the way for Brooklyn with 39 points to go along with nine assists, four rebounds and three steals.

“We obviously wanted to come out and win this game and really put a statement down for the rest the week before we go on this long trip, so it was good,” Irving said, per ESPN.

After opening the season with five their first seven games at the friendly confines the Barclays Center, the Nets (3-4) will now hit the road for a five-game trip, starting with a Friday night matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers. Other stops include Phoenix, Utah, Denver and Chicago.

Hawks’ John Collins Receives Massive Suspension For PED Use: Report

Earlier this year, Deandre Ayton the Phoenix Suns was hit with a 25-game suspension for using a diuretic which is sometimes used to hide the use PEDs. Well, yet another NBA player has been hit with a similar suspension as this time, it is John Collins the Atlanta Hawks who got caught. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the league says Collins tested positive for using growth hormones. Just like Ayton, Collins is looking at a 25-game suspension.

The former 2017 first-round draft pick is already planning to appeal the suspension and made a statement to ESPN proclaiming his innocence. As Collins explains in the tweets below, he unknowingly took the hormone while taking his usual batch supplements. Collins has also apologized at length for putting his teammates in a precarious position. 

“First I want to apologize to my teammates, the Hawks organization, our fans, partners and community as a whole for this situation,” Collins explained. “I understand the impact this matter has on what we are trying to achieve together this season, and I am incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for putting all us in this position.”

Now that Collins plans to appeal the suspension, it will be interesting to see what the NBA decides to do here. There is always a chance he could get the suspension reduced although the league is pretty clear about its anti-doping rules.