As the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals, they will have one less thing to worry about once a champion is crowned. Which ever team wins the NBA title (probably the Warriors at this point) won't have to worry about planning a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the White House.
Earlier today (June 8) President Trump announced that neither team will be invited to the White House, should they win the championship. This is the second time in a week that the president has uninvited a professional sports team to the White House. On Tuesday of this week (June 5), President Trump revoked the invite to 2018 NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles after learning that only a handful of players were willing to come. This time, Trump is saying that neither NBA team would be invited after both LeBron James and Steph Curry said they would most likely skip the visit.
The WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx never received an invitation to Trump’s White House. The team chose instead to commemorate its 2017 championship with a day of community service in Washington D.C.
Members of last year’s NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Major League Baseball champion Houston Astros attended White House ceremonies over the past eight months. At least one member of the newly crowd NHL champion Washington Capitals has said he will not accept an invite from Trump.
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly said.
Trump also dis-invited the Warriors from a White House visit that was never planned following their NBA title victory last season, one day after Curry declared, “I don’t want to go.” A handful of players, including 2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant, were also on record saying they would not attend if invited.
With the 20th Anniversary of the NBA2K happening this year, 2KSports wanted to go big with there game. They needed a cover athlete that is as legendary as the game itself, a true NBA icon. Having already used Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant for covers, it only made sense to go for the biggest star in the game, LeBron James.
While this won't be the first time King James has graced the cover of NBA2K, he was on the cover of 2K14, this will be the first time the game will focus on LeBron since it revamped it's My Player mode to a more detailed story line based game. If gamers get the chance to live out the career of King James from high school till present, we may even get a chance to change history. Details on the game modes are scarce at this time, but till we know more, check out the game trailer below.
For the first time in NBA history, the Phoenix Suns will choose first in the NBA Draft. Tonight (May 15) in Chicago, the NBA held their annual draft lottery, and the team with the worse regular season record this year (21-61) finally got a meaningful win by nabbing the first overall pick. This is the fourth straight season in which the team with the best chance to end up with the No. 1 pick got the top spot.
Picking second will be the Sacramento Kings followed by the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.
The rest of the lottery slotted as follows: Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, LA Clippers (pick Nos. 12 and 13) and Denver Nuggets.
The Cavs, who are playing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, likely had higher hopes for what became the No. 8 pick. Cleveland acquired what was the Brooklyn Nets’ pick from Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade.
As for who the number one pick will be…we most likely have to wait till June 21 in Brooklyn when the NBA holds it draft at the Barclay Center.
Just 11 months since its April launch, YouTube TV has already secured deals to become the first presenting partner of half of the country’s four biggest professional sports leagues. The live TV streaming service announced Monday that it will “present” this year’s NBA Finals, which begin May 31 on ABC.
The “Finals presented by YouTube TV” logo will be splashed all over the games, including on the court and in the arena. ABC will promote YouTube TV in commercial spots, and YouTube TV will get “call outs” during the games, which the network will broadcast live.
The NBA Finals will be broadcast live on ABC for the 16th consecutive year. The Finals can also be seen on YouTube TV, which is available in most of the country’s top markets and covers more than 85 percent of U.S. households, according to a news release sent out by the NBA. YouTube TV will also be a presenting partner for the Finals for the WNBA and the G League.
The parties aren’t disclosing the length of the deal but it runs through at least 2019.
Ask anyone in the NBA and they would tell you that video games, especially the NBA games, have played a major role in their lives. Whether they enjoy the old school games like Double Dribble, NBA Jam, Run N' Gun, and Jordan vs. Bird or the cinematic simulation style of newer generation games like NBA 2K or NBA Live, NBA players love their games. This is why it comes as no surprise that an NBA Player would have a shoe that was inspired by video gaming.
The New Nike PG2, a shoe endorsed by Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George, is a collaboration between Nike and Sony, and is inspired by the PlayStation.
According to Nike, George considers himself one of the league's biggest gamers. Because of that, he wanted a sneaker which would represent his love for Sony's console when he's out on the court.
All across the pair, you'll find several details paying homage to the PlayStation, like a tongue with a "PS" light-up logo in blue. The other tongue, meanwhile, feature George's own logo. You can turn them on or off with a button located inside the sneaker, and you'll feel a pulse when you press it that's meant to mimic vibrations from a DualShock controller.
This isn't the first gaming inspired shoe from Nike and Paul George. Last year, the PG1 was a collaboration with NBA 2K17's developer on a "2K"model, which featured a sock liner with an image render of George taken from the game -- as a symbol of his time as the title's cover athlete.
The "PlayStation" PG2 is set to hit stores on February 10th for $120, though you'll have to act fast because it is a limited edition model.
The votes have been tallied and the results are in, we now know the starters for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles on February 18th. The 67th edition of the All-Star Game comes with a new twist, instead of the traditional East vs. West squads, the team captains from each conference will draft a team from the remaining all-stars. This year's team captains, the leading vote-getters in each conference, LeBron James (East) of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry (West) of the Golden State Warriors.
The other players voted in as starters for the East are Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers).
The remaining starters for the West are Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), James Harden (Houston Rockets), and DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans).
The starters voted in by fans, players and a media panel, were revealed Thursday. James has the first pick in the draft as the leading vote-getter overall, while Curry has the first choice of jersey color, due to the Western Conference having home team status for the game.
They’ll choose from a player pool that includes the eight other starters, with no regard to conference designation, and 14 reserves (seven from each conference), chosen by NBA head coaches.
The reserves will be revealed exclusively by TNT’s Players Only crew Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. ET.
The newly formatted team rosters will be revealed Jan. 25 during a one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.