LaMarcus Aldridge, sources told ESPN, was not impressed with the Los Angeles Lakers' free-agent pitch late Tuesday night.

Specifically, one source told ESPN's Chris Broussard, Aldridge thought the presentation was too off-court focused, with the basketball portion underwhelming. According to the Los Angeles Times, the negative feelings about the basketball side had to do with the Lakers' lack of focus on analytics (a subject's Baxter Holmes tackled in February).

Kobe Bryant? A team official told the Times that the trouble wasn't his fault at all. According to ESPN's report, Bryant told Aldridge their dynamic in Los Angeles would be similar to Bryant's and Pau Gasol's during their two championship runs.

But speculation lingers; in October's Henry Abbott reported that Bryant's presence has kept stars away. And so, as reports of Lakers basketball letting Aldridge down circulated, so too did the idea that Bryant was the reason.

Then Kobe tweeted this:

We can't say for sure who he was referring to. (We're also not sure why he got the crop wrong on that meme.)

But it certainly appears to be another example of the ever-intense Bryant not letting a perceived slight lie.

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The U.S. beat Germany 2-0 in the Women's World Cup semifinals, sending American Twitter into an explosion of enthusiasm.

Landon Donovan, though, appeared to use the moment to take a veiled dig at U.S. men's manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

That could be in reference to Donovan being left off the U.S. roster for the 2014 World Cup.

And it was far from the only time Donovan tweeted positively about the 35-year-old Wambach who, like Donovan, was central to one of the most important moments in U.S. soccer history, but has seen her role diminish due to the inevitable onset of age (Wambach played about 10 minutes Tuesday).

Well, another big name in American soccer wasn't about to let that slide:

Alexi Lalas? More like Alexi LOLOLs. That tweet has more burn than the original name of MLS's Dallas franchise.

Donovan did respond, likely referring to the fact that Lalas picked Germany to win 2-0:

On Wednesday morning, Donovan followed up with this:

We'll just leave this here: The U.S. men finished behind eventual champion Germany but ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 quarterfinalist Ghana in their World Cup group, then lost to Belgium in extra time in the round of 16.

Whether that proves Klinsmann right or wrong is up to you.

H/T SB Nation

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Brian Urlacher left the NFL in 2012, after a 13-year, eight-Pro Bowl, defensive player of the year-winning career with the Chicago Bears.

Let's check in on what the former linebacker is doing now, via his Twitter account:

Yes, Urlacher is pretty into this fishing thing. According to the Naples Daily News, he and some business partners own a charter boat called "The Linebreaker" and based in southwest Florida.

The name isn't just a simple play on Urlacher's former position. Via Kelly Merritt, in 2011:

On a fishing trip prior to Urlacher purchasing his boat, the line kept snapping from the big fish they were catching. One of the guys on the boat said, "You're not a linebacker -- you're a line breaker," and the name was born.

It doesn't seem the line was breaking too much on those catches, though.

H/T For The Win

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Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris BoshAl Diaz/Miami Herald/Getty Images

According to a source, Dwyane Wade has decided not to pick up his option with the Miami Heat for 2015-16, thus becoming a free agent.

This is a big move for the man who inspired "Wade County," and money supposedly is behind it. Wade stood to make $16.1 million next season, but he is said to want a three-year deal with an average salary of at least $16 million. The Heat, meanwhile, prefer to maintain future flexibility.

Wade is no longer the player he once was; his play, while still very good, has fallen off, and he has missed at least 20 regular-season games in three of the past four seasons.

Still, Wade surely knows he's an 11-time All-Star, won the 2006 NBA Finals MVP for what former ESPN analyst John Hollinger called the best Finals performance of all time ... and yet, he has never been the highest-paid player on his own team.

Per ESPN Stats & Info:

Will Wade buck this trend? That's to be seen. If he stays with the Heat, he'll once again be behind Bosh (due about $22.2 million next season). But as 2015 free agency begins, more than half the league is without a player who makes $16 million per year.

So it's possible ...

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There might come a time when the sports fan world at large is familiar with the name Eddy Pineiro.

Here's why: video

Yes, that's Pineiro -- who has committed to the University of Alabama -- hitting a 73-yard field goal. The NFL record is 64.

All the usual caveats apply here, of course: This is the Internet, so we can't trust anything to be 100 percent real. It's also a non-competition moment, so we aren't suggesting Pineiro will one day get the Crimson Tide three points from their own end zone. And then there's this: The kick took place in Davie, Florida, and likely aided by winds from one of South Florida's notorious storms.

Still, wow.

Not bad for a guy who, according to, originally was set to play soccer at Florida Atlantic, ended up at ASA College in his native North Miami Beach, Florida, because of NCAA clearance issues, recently switched to football, has yet to kick in a college game ... and was a virtual unknown to major college coaches until a kicking camp earlier this month.

H/T Bleacher Report

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