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Washington Wizards fans aren't exactly hiding their desire to have hometown kid Kevin Durant return as a free agent.
Durant, though, isn't exactly a fan of their actions, calling them "kind of disrespectful" to current Wizards players.
Max Kellerman agrees. But the SportsNation crew wasn't unanimous. And apparently some Wizards fans didn't take too kindly to Durant's words, reportedly booing him when he touched the ball during Tuesday night's game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington.
Though never an All-Star, the late Manute Bol was an NBA legend, known for his incredible height (7-foot-7) and shot-blocking prowess (he averaged a stunning 5.0 per game as a rookie).
His son, Bol Bol, a 6-foot-10 (or is it 6-foot-11?) big man from Bishop Miege High School in suburban Kansas City, shows similar promise as a rim protector -- but his game has so much more. As evidenced by his latest mixtape, he can hit 3s -- be they spot-up or pull-up -- go coast-to-coast with the dribble and drive to the basket like a wing.
Check it out. That move at 3:35 is just sweet.
Now, he just finished his freshman year, so he's naturally got to sharpen a lot of these skills before we can declare him the next Kevin Durant; that shooting motion in particular brings Shawn Marion to mind (although The Matrix often made it work).
H/T SB Nation
We might have some new NBA playoffs bulletin-board material! At least, if the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards meet in the Eastern Conference finals.
It comes from Game 4 between the Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks, in which Washington star John Wall sat out with a wrist injury, and wore this number:
Loud, yes. But hey, it's the NBA, where we've come to expect such a thing. Bold is beautiful, so live and let live -- oh wait.
What was he thinking? https://t.co/bu2jUwrrx9— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) May 11, 2015
Insert blushing, bulging-eyed emoji here.
Now, we're no fashion experts. So we're just going to leave this here and let you decide whether the Cavs sharpshooter has any room to speak.
H/T For the Win
2014-15 NBA schedule released
The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.
Favorites in NBA's East?
Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.
LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...