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THE WORD | Is It fair to say the Raptors won because of injuries?

The Raptors clinched their first title in franchise history with a Game 6 clinching win over the Warriors to complete their fairy tale playoff run. The Raptors are a great story, but many such as FS1 Skip Bayless still thinks there’s no way they win the title without the avalanche of injuries to the Warriors.

With KD going down after playing in one quarter of Game 5, and Klay Thompson going down in Game 6 with a torn ACL, it was injuries that decided the series. It may not be a popular take in Canada, but it’s truth. Others believe the same argument could of been made for the Warriors back in 2015, when Lebron James’s team was handicapped due to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love being sidelined because of Injuries.

THE WORD | Was Kevin Durant ‘misdiagnosed? Are The Warriors to blame for Achilles injury?

After 32 days of rehab, Kevin Durant was finally cleared to play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but during the 2nd quarter of the game he suffered an Achilles injury. The backlash to the Warriors letting Durant play was immediate, and president Bob Myers noted in his press conference after Game 5 he understood the need to seek out someone to blame for Durant’s devastating injury.

The discussion over the last two days has been all over the map, with debates about whether the Warriors should have been more protective of Durant, who as a competitor would naturally want to play. Some speculated Golden State’s medical staff misdiagnosed the injury, and others felt Durant had been pressured to come back too soon by internal and external chatter. It was hard not to wonder if he’d been rushed back.

THE WORD | Magic Explains Why He Resigned from the lakers

Earlier this year, Magic Johnson stepped down from his position as the president of the Los Angeles Lakers. Now he is finally providing the world with an explanation to why he resigned. During an interview with ESPN’s “First Take” he talked about his tenure as an executive for the NBA team, divulging details about what happened behind closed doors. He specifically talked about his relationship with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him.

“So I started getting calls from my friends outside of basketball, saying those things now were said to them, outside of basketball now, just not in the Lakers office anymore,” Johnson continued. “If you are going to talk betrayal, it's only with Rob.”

Things really heated up when he wasn’t allowed to fire Luke Walton , and hire his own Head Coach. He said his decision was thwarted by Lakers COO Tim Harris. Thats when he noticed he wasn’t in full control of Basketball operations to make final decisions.

“The straw that broke the camel's back was I wanted to fire Luke Walton,” Johnson said. “I got things happening that were being said behind my back. I don't have the power I thought I had to make decisions. And I told them, when it is not fun for me, when I think I don't have the decision-making power I thought I had, I got to step aside.”


THE WORD | Michael Rapaport Hates on Maverick Carter's USC Commencement Speech

On Friday May 12, Maverick Carter gave the commencement address at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and welcomed the more than 900 graduates to the real world.

Carter used a blend of personal anecdotes, learned advice, and inspirational material to encourage the new grads to aim beyond the safe, low-risk career path and always bet big on themselves. The lessons he imparted came from his experiences of working with LeBron James, but also growing up around his grandmother’s basement casino. Between the two, Carter said he learned how to measure risk versus reward, instantaneously calculating each decision based on upside and downside, and being prepared to take a risk.

Michael Rapaport took to Twitter to chime in with his own thoughts, basically saying he didn’t approve.

Rapaport posted a portion of Carter’s speech along with the tweet: “Ok GRADUATES, this year’s USC Commencement Speaker... LeBron James best friend. GTFOH.” Needless to say, members of LeBron’s team saw the tweet and chime in with their own thoughts. Jimmy Spencer—VP of Uninterrupted retweeted Rapaport and said “This the same Rapaport who’s been trying to work with us?” This prompted LeBron James to respond with a bunch of laughing emojis. Take a look above.

THE WORD | DeSean Jackson Honoring Nipsey Hussle For A Year

Its been a little over a month since the great Nipsey Hussle passed away, but the love for him continues to be out poured. Just the other day The Game wrote a poem to the girlfriend of Nipsey, Lauren London. And even more recently a billboard was put up in his honor.

DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles has also decided to honor the fallen rapper. Football season hasn’t started yet but Jackson already has decided to make his cleats a memorial to Nipsey. According to TMZ “The Philadelphia WR is set to wear custom cleats with Nipsey's face and lyrics on them all season long.

Round of applauses to all the celebs and fans that kept the memory of the prolific rapper Nipsey Hussle alive. Let’s let the marathon continue.

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THE WORD | Point Guard D’Angelo Russell Caught With Marijuana While Passing Through TSA.

Brooklyn Nets All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell was cited at a New York airport Wednesday night for marijuana possession.

Russell, who was flying from LaGuardia Airport to Louisville International Airport, was questioned by police after searched by TSA. The workers indicated that what at first glance seemed to appear as a can of Arizona iced tea, in the checked bag turned out to be a hidden compartment where they found marijuana. Russell received a summons to appear in court for marijuana possession of less than 50 grams. The citation Russell received is a violation under New York law and is punishable by a fine of $100 or less.

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THE WORD | New York Giants Draft Pick Corey Ballentine injured as friend shot dead


Reported by People, Corey Ballentine, a sixth-round draft pick to the New York Giants was reportedly injured in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas yesterday morning (April 28). His college teammate at Washburn University, Dwane Simmons, was unfortunately killed.

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The shooting occurred hours after the Washburn University senior was selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday (April 27). The Topeka Police Department said their officers responded to a "disturbance with gunshots" at an off-campus location around midnight on Sunday. Upon arrival, they discovered Simmons dead. Ballentine was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"we are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information. We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community." The Giants responded statement

Ballentine was the seventh pick of the sixth round, and the 180th overall. He was also the first player out of Washburn to be drafted since Cary Williams went to the Tennessee Titans in 2008.



THE WORD | Nike's Loyalty Pays Off After Tiger Woods 15th Major Win

Nike's years of loyalty to Tiger Woods paid off on yesterday.

Tiger Woods, once a giant of both golf and sponsorships, has been losing in both those fields in recent years. But Nike, which has a history of remaining loyal to the athletes with its endorsement deals, stuck with Woods. A sex scandal and a DUI arrest in 2017 helped drive many other sponsors away.

Nike(NKE) got about $22 million worth of exposure from Woods' win Sunday, according to analysis by Apex Marketing, a sponsorship analytics research firm. And that included only the original broadcast itself, not the encore airing of the match or the many news clips of him winning.

Woods overcame his many doubters by winning the Masters, his first major tournament win in 11 years. And within minutes Nike had an ad up on social media highlighting the win, and its "Just Do It" slogan. It was seen by tens of millions of people.

"It's crazy to think a 43-year old who has experienced every high and every low and has just won his 15th major is chasing the same dream as a three-year old," said the ad. It then played a clip of a three-year old Woods saying "I'm going to beat Jack Nicklaus.”

Nicklaus' has the record of 18 majors.

THE WORD |Dwyane Wade Final Career Game

Dwyane Wade went out in legendary fashion. The Heat star recorded a triple-double during his final career game against the Nets on Wednesday night. Wade finished with 25 points (10/28 FG, 3/13 3PT), 10 assists and 11 rebounds.

"This is an Oscar-worthy script for my last game in my last season," Wade said during a postgame interview.

Wade, who made his second start of the season, played a season-high 36 minutes. He did so in front of his friends and fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

"Listen, we couldn't miss D-Wade's last game. This is the last time he's going to be on an NBA floor wearing that Miami Heat uniform, that No. 3. So we're happy to be here supporting him." - LeBron James, LA LAKERS

James added: "He's given so much to this game. [He's] one of the best players we've ever seen in this game from as soon as he came out of Marquette. It's an honor for me to be alongside him for four years and to also be his brother for the last 16 years of my career."

THE WORD | Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson is stepping down from his position as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson announced that he was leaving the Lakers ahead of the team's final game of the season. He shared this announcement with the press before contacting team owner Jeanie Buss.

Shortly after news of Johnson stepping down broke, Jeanie Buss took to Twitter with a message.

"Earvin, I loved working side by side with you," Buss wrote. "You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you."

Magic was hired by owner Jeanie Buss in February 2017 as part of a front-office restructuring in which her brother, head of basketball operations Jim Buss, and general manager Mitch Kupchak were deposed. Joining Johnson was General Manager Rob Pelinka, a former agent best known for representing Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

While Magic took the unusual step of announcing his decision to the media before delivering it to Buss face-to-face, he referred to the Lakers owner as his “sister” and said he would continue to advise her and offer free agency pitches on behalf of the Lakers if she asked.

“There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson,” the franchise said in a statement. "We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise — as a player, an ambassador and an executive. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family. As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”

Magic said his inability to speak freely about rival players was a contributing factor, calling himself a “free bird” who didn’t like being “handcuffed.” He drew the wrath of the league office, which fined him $500,000 for tampering with Paul George in 2017 and $50,000 for tampering with Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2018. The league also investigated contact with Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons but ultimately ruled that Johnson had not violated its tampering rules.

“I love the NBA so much," he said. "I’m looking forward to going back to being an ambassador. Now I don’t have to worry about [talking about players].”

Since making his NBA debut in 1979, Johnson has been affiliated with the Lakers as a player, coach and minority owner, in addition to his run as president.

Coach Luke Walton?

While Magic denied this had anything to do with Lakers’ coach Luke Walton — who Magic had been given the green light to fire and was expected to do so in the next 24 hours.

Coach Luke Walton has been on the hot seat for months and was widely expected to be let go following the Lakers’ season finale. Reports indicated that Johnson had confronted Walton early in the season, but that their communication had cooled in recent weeks. Johnson expressed discomfort at the idea of firing Walton.

THE WORD | LIL DURK SIGNS 10 DAY CONTRACT WITH THE CHICAGO BULLS

If you’re reading this just know this cap lol, Lil Durk is not signed to the Chicago Bulls but he does have game check out his highlights below lol…..Share this story with your friends, don’t spoil the fun!!!

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THE WORD | CAM NEWTON IS GIVING UP SEX FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH

Former NFL MVP, Cam Newton, recently sat down with James Corden on The Late Late Show to share his new journey. According to the Carolina Panthers quarterback, he has chosen to commit to no sex for the entire month of March. Newton goes on to say he has given up something every month since the beginning of the year. For instance, in January it was gambling and in February, it was meat. The Month of March it was sex and climaxing.

“It makes my mind stronger, said the 3-time pro bowler. “So when the season comes around, I say if I did those things, I’m mentally stronger.”

THE WORD | Johnny Manziel to the AAF

Johnny Manziel is back but this time he is heading to @theaaf once he has cleared waivers according to @adamschefter .

This comes after his release from the Alouettes and overall ban from the @cfl for violating league rules. Johnny is most known for his time at Texas A&M where he won the Heisman Trophy his freshman year making him the first freshman to ever do so.

Below is some of his highlights from his college career. 

THE WORD | Toronto Rapters Rename Practice Facility After Drake’s OVO Brand

Toronto native Drake continued to show love for his hometown on Wednesday night as the Raptors' training facility was renamed after his record label OVO. What was formerly the BioSteel Centre in Toronto is now named the OVO Athletics Training Centre. Drake reportedly has a key to Toronto's practice facility, and he has a stall in the Raptors' locker room at Scotiabank Arena.

THE WORD | J LO AND A-ROD ARE ENGANGED

J Lo and A-Rod are engaged after dating for a little more than 2 years and announced it on Instagram with simultaneous posts Saturday night. They each shared a pic of him holding her hand while showing off her MASSIVE new rock. No word on any wedding plans yet, but if the engagement ring is an indicator ... no expense will be spared.

Congrats!