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There are so many variables that can lead to an awkward high-five -- timing, intensity, accuracy, hand cupping. But by far the most embarrassing is when an eager high-five is met with utter disregard from the intended recipient. Case in point: Kings center Kosta Koufos trying to congratulate teammate DeMarcus Cousins and failing miserably:


If you're going to get left hanging like that, might as well make the most of it and high-five yourself followed by a sarcastic "just kidding" finger point, right? Or you could go with the missed-high-five-into-air-fist-pound like Buck Showalter. Anything to avoid the Tom Brady strategy, really.

Not to worry though, Boogie hit him back with a social high-five:

And the apology was accepted:

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After a lengthy negotiation, on Wednesday the Cleveland Cavaliers and big man Tristan Thompson agreed to a five-year, $82 million deal.

Shortly after the news broke, Sacramento Kings All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins tweeted:

Now, we can't be certain Cousins was responding to Thompson's deal; perhaps he's a frugal eater and rightfully subtweeted a friend who blindsided him with an invite to an unexpectedly expensive restaurant.

But it's highly likely Cousins was reacting to the big money given, and one can see why: Cousins by virtually every metric is better than Thompson -- many consider him to be the best center in the league -- and yet in 2013 he signed for four years, $62 million.

Then again, this is the world of the new salary cap, which has contracts skyrocketing (see: Reggie Jackson getting five years, $80 million and Enes Kanter getting four years, $70 million).

In other words: Don't worry, Boogie. You'll get a whole lot, very soon.

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LeBron James and Stephen CurryAP Photo/Ben Margot

Recently we brought you the top 10 players, as rated by the latest "NBA 2K" game.

The ratings for "NBA Live 16" also are here -- and they're quite a bit different.

Here's the top 10 (and ties):

1. LeBron James (97)

2. Kevin Durant (96)

T-3. Anthony Davis (95)

T-3. Marc Gasol (95)

T-3. Blake Griffin (95)

T-3. James Harden (95)

T-3. Chris Paul (95)

T-8. LaMarcus Aldridge (94)

T-8. DeMarcus Cousins (94)

T-8. Stephen Curry (94)

T-8. Russell Westbrook (94)

That's right: LeBron James (no surprise) is No. 1, 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant is No. 2, and a handful of talented stars across positions come in tied for third.

Meanwhile, the reigning NBA MVP is tied for eighth -- definitely an eye-opening number for a player many consider the best in the league. Then again, perhaps "NBA Live" is drawing upon more than just last season for its ratings; few before 2014-15 had Curry in that top-player-overall conversation.

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Brandon Armstrong does spot-on impressions of NBA players, but that's not all. Another game of Armstrong's is impersonating "those guys" you see in pick-up hoops.

His target Monday: point guards who never, ever, ever ever ever, seem to shoot.

It's perfect:


Now, this might remind you of certain NBA players, too. When sharing the post on Twitter, Armstrong dropped the name of a certain Sacramento Kings ball-handler who once won a ring with the Boston Celtics (and, oh yeah, whose name is in the headline of this post).

Note, though, this isn't his official impersonation of Rondo. After all, he didn't do this.

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April Fool's Day: Top Sports Pranks

April 1, 2015

Red Sox fans mock Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, Blonde masks, red soxLinda Cataffo/Getty Images

Boston Red Sox fans taunt New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez by wearing masks of a blonde woman as he stands on deck in the second inning of a game at Fenway Park. Earlier that week, Rodriguez had been spotted at a club with a blonde, not his wife, setting off allegations about his extramarital activities. The Yankees, however, beat their long-time rival 9-5.

Gum cup on the helmet

Jeff CoxAP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago White Sox third base coach Jeff Cox has no clue this prank has been pulled on him with a cup stuck to his helmet with gum as he delivers the starting line up before a baseball game in Chicago. Watching, and slightly amused, at his left is third base umpire D.J. Reyburn.

Tom Brady and his GQ photo

Tom BradyAP Photo/Stephan Savoia

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls a play in the huddle during normal Tuesday practice at Patriots summer camp in Foxboro. And to poke fun of the QB, offensive lineman Matt Light tapes a page of Brady's GQ photo shoot to the back of his jersey, left. Let's be honest though, Brady is married to a super model and has four rings, so were pretty confident he was able to brush this one off, even if the magazine spread was a little bizarre.

Green Guys and the penalty box

Green Guys, CanucksJeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty Images

The Green Men, two Vancouver fans, taunt Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks who took a penalty against the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game in Vancouver. Oduya doesn't seem to be phased, probably because Chicago got the win, 5-2.

Eric Thames and some bubble gum

Eric ThamesTom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames reacts to the impressive bubble of chewing gum placed perfectly on his ball cap by teammate Henderson Alvarez during a ball game against the Baltimore Orioles. Thames was able to laugh it off and the Blue Jays were able to get the win, 9-2.

Matt Harvey and the old 'ball tied to a string'

Matt Harvey, ball on stringJim McIsaac/Getty Images

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets teases fans with a ball tied to a string before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Yes, it's a little mean but also brilliant.

Kings Mascot trolls ref

Kings MascotRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings mascot Monty goofs around during a game between the Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs. What are sports if you can't have a little fun? It looks like this ref didn't find it as cute.

Phanatic Popcorn

Phillie PhanaticMatt Brown/Getty Images

Phillie Phanatic loves his humor and everyone loves attention on their birthday, right? The Phanatic wished Mark Gubicza a happy birthday with a lot of popcorn as booth-buddy Victor Rojas watched during a broadcast of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels game.

Lowrie Pie Face

Jed Lowrie, Pie faceBrad Mangin/Getty Images

Not one pie, but TWO pies to the face for A's Jed Lowrie from teammate Josh Reddick while doing an interview on the field after Lowrie drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros.

Popcorn Car

Matt KempDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

We wouldn't want to be the teammate who got a front seat full of popcorn from Matt Kemp before the game against the Chicago Cubs. Wonder if he's still finding those little packing peanuts in his car.

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