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D’Angelo Russell Makes Peace With Kobe Over GOAT Tweet

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For the second time this summer, a (Los Angeles) Lakers’ first-round draft pick got into hot water with Kobe Bryant on Twitter.

On Thursday, Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell, taken second in the 2015 NBA draft, tweeted, “Honestly Tracy McGrady might have been the GOAT!” GOAT is an acronym for “greatest of all time.”

Friday evening, Bryant needed nothing more than an emoji of a sleeping face to get Russell in line.

Six minutes later Russell backtracked, tweeting, “@kobebryant lol my bad he was nice though.”

Bryant responded with an encouraging message, “Ha! All luv lil bro [let’s] shock da world this season #history.

“Russell answered back with three “100” emojis.

Source: Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times

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Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA Most Valuable Player

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

This is the second straight Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Antetokounmpo, who becomes the 12th player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo is the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP more than once. Antetokounmpo, 25, also joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to win multiple NBA MVP awards by the age of 25.

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Report: Nick Nurse, Raptors Agree to Extension

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The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This past season, Nurse guided the Raptors to a 53-19 record during the regular season (second best in the NBA) and set a franchise-record with a .736 winning percentage. Toronto also reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.

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Sources: Rockets Interested in Tyronn Lue, Sam Cassell for Head Coach

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Sources: There is mutual interest between the Rockets and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell. Cassell started his playing career with the two-time champion “Clutch City” Rockets.


With a head coaching vacancy in Houston, expect the franchise to take a strong look at Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue.

Source: Tim MacMahon and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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