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Karl-Anthony Towns’ Mother, Jackie Towns, Passes From COVID-19 Complications

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Karl-Anthony Towns was one of the first American celebrities to hammer home the seriousness of the novel coronavirus and the cropping up of COVID-19 cases. Sadly, the Towns family suffered a major loss due to the disease after the NBA big man’s mother passed from complications arising from COVID-19.

Late last month, the Minnesota Timberwolves star shared his family’s ordeal regarding the coronavirus, stating that both his parents fell ill. Towns’ mother, Jacqueline “Jackie” Towns, was placed under a medically-induced coma while Towns’ father recovered. In his emotional message, Towns relayed the seriousness of the disease and urged the public to heed the warnings from officials in their respective areas.

Via Twitter and Instagram, the TImberwolves Twitter account shared a press release from a spokesperson for the Towns with their fans noting that Mrs. Towns has passed. The family thanked the medical staff that cared for the Towns, and they also asked for privacy as they process this extremely tragic loss.

The NBA and sports community has surrounded Towns with comforting words and support, which of course is all they can do from a distance at this time. Several teams across the league have also responded with words of love and prayer.

The Twitterverse is also showering the Towns family with warm thoughts and prayers. We’d like to join them in offering our sincerest condolences to the Karl-Anthony Towns, her husband, Karl Sr., and all of their extended family, friends, loved ones.

May Jackie Towns rest powerfully in peace.

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Kobe Bryant Named In 2020 Basketball Hall Of Fame Class

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Many basketball fans are still processing the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, and the void will be especially felt during the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Los Angeles Lakers legend will join Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and others in this year’s class according to developing reports.

Via Twitter, Shams Charania of The Atheltic broke the news that Bryant will be part of the 2020 class ahead of a formal announcement from Naismith officials. Bryant last played in April 2016, spending his entire career with the Lakers organization.

The Hall has a three-year waiting period after a player leaves the game in order to be considered for induction. Bryant played 20 seasons for the Lake Show, bringing in five championships, a regular-season MVP award, and two NBA Finals MVP trophies. He made the NBA All-Star team 18 times in his career and left the game with averages of 25 points, 5 rebounds, and nearly five assists per game.

Duncan spent all 19 seasons of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, helping the team win five championships and winning two NBA Finals MVP trophies as well. The Big Fundamental was not an endorsement superstar like his other big-name compatriots but he has long been regarded as one of the best NBA big men to ever play the game. Duncan averaged a double-double for his career with 19 points and nearly 11 rebounds.

Garnett, like Bryant, joined the league right out of high school and played for 22 seasons at a remarkably high clip. KG made the All-Star squad 15 times in his career and won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

As this story develops, we’ll return with more details.

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Big Man Beef: Charles Barkley & Draymond Green Continue War Of Words

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Fans of the NBA are no doubt tuned in to the ongoing feud between retired NBA legend Charles Barkley and Draymond Green. When the Chuckster made one of his usual quips analyzing Green’s game, the Golden State Warriors star fired a shot at Barkley that has only ignited more big man beef flames.

It isn’t easy to determine when things got so testy between the pair, but signs point to Barkley recently commenting on Green’s game during an episode of TNT’s Inside The NBA. Barkley, known for being openly critical of today’s players, as many players from his time sometimes are, had his words shared with Green by a reporter and the player fired back.

“[Barkley] should stop before I go take his job though,” Green said, obviously fed up with Barkley’s critique. He then made mention of the money Barkley didn’t make as a player and suggested that he needed his Inside The NBA salary while delivering the low blow salvo of stating that Barkley’s stellar career ended without him winning any championships.

Barkley, a known trash-talker, was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show and had a rebuttal that has NBA Twitter talking.

“He’s like the guy in the boy band, who’s the least important member and he think the crowd cheering for him. He doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake.” The Chuckster then added that Green doesn’t have a face for television but used the old joke that the bruising forward has a face for radio.

Yikes.

Over the course of Barkley’s 16-year career, he’s been the league MVP, has been to 11 All-Star Games, selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, and once led the league in rebounds despite being an undersized power forward by NBA standards.

Yes, Green does have three championship rings with the Warriors and some of his value on the court doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but the numbers don’t lie. Barkley has done a lot in a league that some think was far tougher than it is currently.

We’ve combed through NBA Twitter and got some of the reaction to this crazy basketball big man beef below.

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Big Man Beef: Charles Barkley & Draymond Green Continue War Of Words

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Fans of the NBA are no doubt tuned in to the ongoing feud between retired NBA legend Charles Barkley and Draymond Green. When the Chuckster made one of his usual quips analyzing Green’s game, the Golden State Warriors star fired a shot at Barkley that has only ignited more big man beef flames.

It isn’t easy to determine when things got so testy between the pair, but signs point to Barkley recently commenting on Green’s game during an episode of TNT’s Inside The NBA. Barkley, known for being openly critical of today’s players, as many players from his time sometimes are, had his words shared with Green by a reporter and the player fired back.

“[Barkley] should stop before I go take his job though,” Green said, obviously fed up with Barkley’s critique. He then made mention of the money Barkley didn’t make as a player and suggested that he needed his Inside The NBA salary while delivering the low blow salvo of stating that Barkley’s stellar career ended without him winning any championships.

Barkley, a known trash-talker, was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show and had a rebuttal that has NBA Twitter talking.

“He’s like the guy in the boy band, who’s the least important member and he think the crowd cheering for him. He doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake.” The Chuckster then added that Green doesn’t have a face for television but used the old joke that the bruising forward has a face for radio.

Yikes.

Over the course of Barkley’s 16-year career, he’s been the league MVP, has been to 11 All-Star Games, selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, and once led the league in rebounds despite being an undersized power forward by NBA standards.

Yes, Green does have three championship rings with the Warriors and some of his value on the court doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but the numbers don’t lie. Barkley has done a lot in a league that some think was far tougher than it is currently.

We’ve combed through NBA Twitter and got some of the reaction to this crazy basketball big man beef below.

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James Harden Claps Back At Giannis Antetokounmpo As NBA Beef Heats Up

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It appears that a feud between two of the NBA’s top stars is brewing between the pair of MVP candidates in James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. With the second half of the season underway with The Beard and the Greek Freak doing their best to bring their respective teams to glory, the two have traded public jabs with NBA Twitter reacting in kind.

Antetokounmpo took the first shot during the NBA All-Star game selection, egged on by Charles Barkley. The Milwaukee Bucks superstar selected Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker to join his All-Star team over Harden after Chuck called Harden a “dribbler” which got a laugh. But it was Antetokounmpo saying that he wanted “somebody that’s going to pass the ball” that got a rise out of Harden.

Harden sat down for an exclusive interview with EPSN and Rachel Nichols, responding to the shot by saying, “I wish I could just run and be 7 feet and just dunk. Like that takes no skill at all,” Harden said. “I gotta actually learn how to play basketball, how to have skill. I take that any day.”

Yikes.

On top of that, the idea that Walker shares the ball more than Harden got shot down as the Houston Rockets star averages more dimes per game. Can’t deny those facts. The fact remains that as league superstars, but players get a lot of favorable treatment from officials according to fans and for whatever reason, basketball fans love picking apart Harden’s game despite his obvious talent.

It isn’t known if Giannis has fired back a shot yet but the chatter on Twitter has been ongoing all day and we’ve got those comments listed below.

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LeBron James Snacks On Red Vines Candy After Dropping 40 On The Pels

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LeBron James is as fit an athlete basketball fans have ever witnessed, but even the King likes to eat sweets occasionally. Fans took notice of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar snacking on red licorice twists after dropping 40 points.

The Lakers hosted the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday (Feb. 25) and with James and fellow NBA All-Star Anthony Davis leading the squad to a 118-109 win. The pair took on the high-scoring duo of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, who scored 34 and 29 respectively.

After taking to the pine after his monster performance, a fan hands James a pack of Red Vines, which he casually ate as the game neared the end.  And as you’ll see later from the reactions, the Red Vines folks are loving the inadvertent endorsement of their candy, but Sour Patch Kids also made a bid to fill James’ candy-eating needs.

The moment even caused a slight debate among the Inside The NBA team from TNT after analyst Shaquille O’Neal suggested the white people refer to the candy as Red Vines while Black people call them Twizzlers. Just to be fair, they’re two different candies, as you’ll soon find out if you keep scrolling. But what’s got us having a good time with this story is the fact that no team nutritionist worth their salary would suggest candy as the proper post-game snack or meal.

The quick video of James nibbling on the Red Vines licorice twists definitely had folks chiming in with a load of comments, which we’ve collected below.

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Fans Praise 2020 NBA All-Star Game For Actually Being Competitive

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The 2020 NBA All-Star Game is in the books and the new format change has seemingly transformed the contest from a friendly showcase of talent to one worth tuning in for. Fans on social media praised the All-Star game for actually being competitive, especially in the intense fourth quarter.

This year’s All-Star game pitted Team LeBron against Team Giannis, and each quarter won by a squad earned a Chicago-based charity a $100,000 donation. With each team winning one quarter each in the first two quarters, the third ended in a tie which carried over the $100,000 for the quarter to the fourth.

It was then that players began running plays, talking trash, taking charges, and putting on some stingy defensive sets. On top of it, players on the sideline were calling out sets and directing traffic. End the end, Team LeBron vanquished Team Giannis by the score of 157-155 with Kawhi Leonard winning the Kia NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP, which was recently renamed in honor of the late Hall of Fame player.

On Twitter, fans heaped praise on the dedication to winning displayed by both squads, although some weren’t thrilled in how the game eventually ended. Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry has been catching some of the criticism for fans for Team Giannis losing, but truthfully, it was anyone’s game up until the very end.

Throughout NBA All-Star Weekend and for the game itself, Bryant’s presence was felt and his legacy loomed largely overall. The game opened with eight seconds of silence to honor his jersey number, and Jennifer Hudson sang her heart out by way of a moving rendition of “For All We Know (We May Meet Again)” in tribute to both Bryant and his daughter Gianna ahead of the game.

Check out the reactions from Twitter regarding the 2020 NBA All-Star Game below.

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Hoop Heads Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Vince Carter’s Epic Slam Dunk Contest Showing

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Vince Carter has decided to call it a career at the end of the current season and his aerial expertise helped redefine the dunk contest in the 21st Century. Hoop heads on Twitter are joined in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest where Vinsanity melted everyone’s face off with his gravity-defying dunks.

Carter, then a member of the Toronto Raptors, arrived at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend contest and dazzled his basketball peers and fans with a dizzying array of dunks, including a 360 windmill, a between the legs bounce dunk and an “elbow in the rim” dunk that has been often imitated.

Currently a member of the Atlanta Hawks, Carter doesn’t fly high as he used but don’t get it twisted, he can still get up there when needed. These days, the former Air Canada employs a more cerebral approach to the game and still gets buckets when it counts. An eight-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA team member, Carter definitely deserves all the praise he’s getting today.

Check out reactions from Twitter fans celebrating the 20th anniversary of Vince Carter destroying the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest below.

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Lakers Honor Kobe & Gianna Bryant At Home Game, LeBron James Gives Moving Speech

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It might be next to impossible to detail the level of emotions and energy inside the STAPLES Center after the stirring loss of Kobe Bryant and his young daughter, Gianna Bryant. With the arena and homecourt decked out to honor the late Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trailblazers put on an offensive display that exhibited Mamba Mentality.

Ahead of the contest, Lakers captain LeBron James took to center court to give a rousing speech honoring Bryant’s life while making certain to capture all sides of the man. While he had a prepared speech ready to go, James threw that aside, cursing on the microphone, and spoke strictly from his perspective while fighting back tears the entire time. It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Watch LeBron James’ speech for Kobe Bryant below.

The Lakers organization added a ton of flourishes throughout the arena, including draping each seat with replicas of Bryant’s #8 and #24 jerseys, along with a special dedicated section for him and his daughter. The somber air hung over the crowd but a game was to be played. The organization also rendered Bryant’s initials into the style of the Lakers team lettering on the jerseys and the hardwood floor.

For 48 minutes, each time played their hearts out and thrilled the crowd. Damian Lillard was especially electric in the contest, putting up 48 points and teetering on the edge of a triple-double with 10 assists and nine rebounds. Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers with 37 points, 15 boards while dishing out six assists.

The Blazers defeated the Lakers 127-119 and after the game, Lillard, honoring the competitive spirt of Bryant, said that he was channeling the Mamba’s drive to win. Classy stuff.

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NBA All-Star Game Implements Changes To Honor Kobe Bryant

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On Thursday (Jan. 30), the NBA shared an announcement that a new format for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be introduced and will actually have a meaningful impact on the contest. This year’s game will also include a fourth-quarter format that will honor the late Kobe Bryant.

As reported by NBA.com, the 69th NBA All-Star Game pits Team Giannis of the Eastern Conference and Team LeBron of the Western Conference against each other in hopes they can win one of the first three quarters, which will all start scoreless and will be 12 minutes long. For the fourth quarter, there will be no game clock and something the league calls the Final Target Score will be set.

The format will take the leading team’s combined score through the first three quarters then add 24 points, this in honor of Bryant’s jersey number. The first team to hit the Final Target Score will win the contest.

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As part of NBA All-Star 2020, more than $1 million will be contributed to Chicago community non-profit organizations through NBA Cares outreach efforts. These efforts will culminate during the NBA All-Star Game when each team will play for a Chicago-based charity beneficiary, as selected by team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The community organization selected by the winner of each of the first three quarters will receive $100,000 – a total of $300,000 donated to charity for those three quarters. The winner of each of the first three quarters will be the team with the higher score at the end of the 12-minute quarter.

Check out the full rules of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game by following this link.

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