It's been a long road for former NBA swing-man Lamar Odom. The last time Odom was in the spotlight, it wasn't for a good reason. In 2016, he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. Now, two years later, a seemingly healthy Odom is looking to get back to the sport he loves.
On Thursday morning (July 26), Odom shared with his followers that he will play professional basketball in China (the team’s name is still under wraps). In the post he encouraged his fans to never give up and professed his love for basketball and his children. He also talked about how he admires Stephon Marbury, another former NBA player who has found a home for himself in the Chinese Basketball Association.
In December 2017, Odom checked into the Casa Palmera Treatment Center where he stayed for a month. Upon his release, Odom said his three children served as his motivation. “You become so distant,” he said. “Using drugs, it numbs you to everything. Even your feelings. Being at Casa, I learned how to live in the moment. Being – mentally and physically – is important to me, especially when dealing with my children.”
When it comes to "Big", NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is second to none. From big dunks to big shoes, Shaq's whole life has been about "Big". So when the 4-time NBA champion announce he was opening up a Las Vegas restaurant, it's no surprise that he went big.
Shaq is going all out with his new eatery, Big Chicken. Located on Paradise Road, across from the Hard Rock hotel-casino, the restaurant looks to bring big flavors and variety to one of America's favorite foods. While the new restaurant is big, Dr. O'Neal isn't stopping with just a new place to eat, he is also launching a new Facebook Watch show called Big Chicken Shaq.
Big Chicken Shaq will be an eight-episode miniseries that will chronicle Shaq’s decision-making process in launching the Big Chicken restaurant while simultaneously acting as a collaborative effort between the former NBA star and fans.
“[Viewers will be able to tell me] what kind of dishes they like, decor, probably ask about designs,” O’Neal told Bleacher Report on Wednesday (July 25). “We’re going to make it like a big contest. We’ll be flying people in, inviting people to taste tests, stuff like that…I want [fans] to see that this is what we built together.”
Big Chicken Shaq is set to premiere sometime this fall, with the Big Chicken restaurant opening its doors shortly after.
The Big 3 League is taking over Chicago's United Center today as they bring their exciting brand of basketball to the stadium that Michael Jordan built.
The league, which is run by the likes of rapper Ice Cube and former NBA great Clyde Drexler, among others, will feature four games in Chi-town tonight. The games are played as 3-on-3 games and feature many former NBA players.
The first game tonight can be seen on Facebook Watch. It will feature the 0-1 Ghost Ballers challenging the 0-1 Killer 3s. The Ballers feature Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, and former Chicago Bull Carlos Boozer. The Killer 3s are captained by Stephen Jackson and also includes another former bull in Metta World Peace (Ron Artest).
Game two will see the broadcast move to Fox and will showcase Tri-State is 1-0 vs the 0-1 Ball Hogs. Tri-state features Nate Robinson, Jermaine O'Neal and surprise leading scorer David Hawkins. Deshawn Stevenson leads the Ball Hogs.
Game three is a battle between two 1-0 teams, Power and 3's Company. Cuttino Mobley, along with Chicago originals Corey Maggette and Quentin Richardson, help provide the charge for Power. 3's Company also has a player with Chicago roots in Jason Maxiell.
The finale features a rematch of last year's championship game as the defending champs Trilogy (0-1) take on last year's runner up 3-Headed Monster (1-0). Trilogy has Rashad McCants, the MVP of last year's championship game, leading them. 3-Headed Monster hopes that last seasons leading scorer, Rashard Lewis, along with Reggie Evans and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf can help them live up to the hype of their name.
Tickets are still available here if you want to witness the action in person, otherwise TV coverage starts at 6 PM on Facebook Watch, then continues at 7 PM on Fox.
All season long, James Harden of the Houston Rockets has been working overtime to led his team to the promise land. He led the NBA in scoring, improved his defense, and help the Rockets get the best overall record in the regular season.
Everything was going Hardens way till his team met up with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Harden put up a good fight, winning many battles and even getting the upper hand. But after he suffered the loss of a valuable teammate in Chris Paul, he couldn't stop the Warriors and he lost in seven games.
That was then, but Monday night (June 25) at the NBA Awards, it wasn't about team, it was about the individual. While Harden much rather be wearing a championship ring, he got a nice piece of hardware that he will always be proud of. Harden has won his first NBA MVP Award.
Winning this year's award was no easy task. Harden had to beat top stars like Anthony Davis and LeBron James (who really is MVP every year).
Harden led the league in scoring with 30.4 points per game while guiding the Rockets to the NBA’s best regular-season record. He also averaged 8.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals while hitting 36.7 percent of his 3-point shots for a team that set the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a single season.
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.
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.