NFL great Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Hall of Famer and former NFL great Cortez Kennedy was found dead today in Orlando. According to Orlando PD, “there is nothing suspicious to report.”

Kennedy, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, played 11 seasons in the NFL; all with the Seahawks.

The investigation into Kennedy’s death is ongoing.

 

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Brian Scalabrine on Celtics chances of beating Cavs in ECF: ‘There’s not one sliver of hope’

The Boston Celtics did the impossible on Sunday night. Down by as much as 21 points, Boston was able to come back and stun the Cavaliers 111-108 to take game 3, and cut the series lead to 2-1.

Can the Celtics beat the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals without Isaiah Thomas? Former Celtic and current Celtics analyst Brian Scalabrine gave his opinion about Boston chances. Scalabrine told TMZ Sports that it would take a “zombie apocalypse” and LeBron James getting bit in the neck for Boston to beat the Cavaliers in this series.

“I’m as optimistic as they come. I love the Celtics! I gas them up all the time. I cover for them when they’re bad. There’s not one sliver of hope that they can actually pull this series off, and then when Isaiah goes down, I really did not see it happening, but the only sliver of hope is I been wrong every game, so hopefully I continue to be wrong,” Scalabrine told TMZ Sports.

Well, anything is possible, so we will see what happens in game 4 on Tuesday.

 

 

Adrien Broner sentenced to three days in jail

Adrien Broner has been struggling to stay out of trouble over the past couple years. Unfortunately for Broner, the trouble continues. Broner was sentenced to three days in jail after pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge from an incident at a Kentucky bar back in 2014, according to FOX19.

The jail time for disorderly conduct was suspended, according to the FOX19 report.

However, Broner will serve three days because of contempt, which stems from Broner not showing up for any of his court hearings from the 2014 incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Walton on Lonzo Ball: ‘I’m a big fan of his game’

Lakers coach Luke Walton is a big fan of Lonzo Ball, and if the Celtics pass on Ball at one, that leaves him there for Magic and the Lakers to grab him at two. Would the Lakers take Ball at two? Based on what Walton told TMZ Sports, Ball might be a Laker if he is available:

“I’m a big fan of his game. Went to watch him play this year at Pauley (Pavilion); he plays the right way, he’s unselfish. Whatever team he ends up on, he’s going to make that team a lot better.  

LaVar Ball believes Lonzo would make the Lakers a playoff team. Maybe Walton agrees!

 

Legendary cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran talks Dirrell-Uzcategui post-fight brawl

We caught up with legendary cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran after the big fights at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md on Saturday night. Duran was in the corner of super-middleweight contender Andre Dirrell as he battled Jose Uzcategui. After the bell sounded to end the eighth-round, Uzcategui hit and dropped Dirrell. Dirrell was unable to continue, and Uzcategui would be disqualified.

However, what happened after the fight is what has people talking. Dirrell’s uncle/trainer Leon Lawson Jr. sucker punched Uzcategui, while the fighter stood in the corner.

Lawson, who reportedly will be charged with assault, is still on the run.

Duran talks about what he saw with Dirrell-Uzcategu and Joshua-Klitschko.

Take a listen:

Why the Boston Celtics should be proud of what happened in 2017

In reality, the Boston Celtics really did not have much of a chance to beat Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals. Even with a healthy Isaiah Thomas (ruled out for the playoffs w/ hip injury), Boston is not talented enough to dethrone King James and the Cavaliers. However, no matter what happens the rest of the way against Cleveland, this season has been a success for the Celtics. First, you have found a star in Isaiah Thomas. Next, you had the best record in the Eastern Conference, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Finally, you have the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and with the way things are going in Brooklyn, you might get another lottery pick in 2018. 

While Isaiah Thomas has proven to be a star, the C’s need more. Can you win a championship when your best player is 5’9? It is very difficult to build around a player that small. Ultimately, Thomas broke down when the Celtics needed him the most. Now, Boston has to figure out how to get to the next level.  Do you stand pat at one and take Markelle Fultz, or do you trade the pick, and try to put together a package to get Jimmy Butler or Paul George? Butler or George brings you closer to Cleveland. If you have an opportunity get George or Butler, you have to give it some serious thought. On the other hand, maybe you keep the pick and try to get soon to be free agent Gordon Hayward this summer. Hayward and Celtics coach Brad Stevens obviously have that Butler connection.  Maybe that connection could be enough to bring Hayward to Boston. According to The Vertical, Boston is expected to go hard after the 27-year-old Hayward in free agency. Obviously, bringing in Hayward and Fultz brings the Celtics much closer to Cleveland as well. 

Anytime you have the best record in the Eastern Conference, advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, and have the number one overall pick in the draft, your season is a success. Nevertheless, sometimes that next step is the hardest step. 

 

 

 

A great night for the Russell family!

Oxon Hill, MD– Saturday night was a great night for the Russell family.  All three of the Russell brothers fought in front of their hometown crowd at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, and more importantly, all three of the Russell brothers won on Saturday night.

Gary Antuanne Russell won by first-round knockout; Gary Antonio Russell won by third-round TKO, and in the main event, Gary Russell Jr. stops Oscar Escandon in the seventh-round to retain his WBC featherweight belt.

No one is more happy about these victories than their daddy Gary Russell Sr. “I’m ecstatic. I’m really happy. I got three wins. Three stoppages. It’s my birthday. I’m 15 minutes from home and I can go home and relax,” Russell Sr. said.

Hopefully, for Russell Sr., the wins keep coming!

 

LeBron James on not being a MVP finalist: ‘This league knows what I bring to the table’

The NBA announced the three finalists for MVP today. Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden were the top three vote getters for MVP. One name that was missing is LeBron James. Based off what we seen during these playoffs, King James might be the real MVP.  However, the MVP award is based on the regular season, so it’s kind of hard to argue with the three finalists.

LeBron addressed the snub after the Cavs 130-86 victory over the Celtics in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals:

 

Twitter reaction to the “Blowout in Boston”

It was not very close, and at this point, this series has not been close. Cavs win game 2 130-86.  Cleveland leads the series 2-0. A sweep seems inevitable!

Here is how Twitter reacted:

https://twitter.com/pourmecoffee/status/865749947307700225

Byron Scott on Lonzo Ball: ‘He is not LeBron James coming into this league’

Former Laker great Byron Scott believes the Lakers should draft Lonzo Ball if he is available. However, unlike LaVar Ball, Scott does not believe adding just Lonzo Ball will get the Lakers to the playoffs.

“If he’s on the team they currently have now, I don’t see that happening. I like the kid and I think he is a good talent, but again, his dad is sticking his foot in his mouth, and putting a lot of pressure on his son. Just let the kid go in the NBA, and play, and enjoy his self, instead of putting all this pressure on him,” Scott told TMZ Sports. 

Scott does believe that if the Lakers add other pieces and Lonzo Ball, then the playoffs could be possible for Los Angeles.

Some believe that LaVar Ball could be a problem, but Scott does not see LaVar Ball being much of a problem for the Lakers:

“I think Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Jeanie Buss are very strong-minded people. I think they can handle Mr. Ball and his big ego, it’s not a little ego, his big ego. I think they can handle it pretty well, so I don’t think that will deter them from drafting Lonzo Ball if he is there and available.”

Scott does believe that a lot of players will go at Lonzo Ball because of his dad:

“Absolutely, guys have already said it. They can’t wait for him to get into the league because of what his dad has been saying, so if I’m Mr. Ball I would kind of lay low right now, and be cool. And let his son play basketball and get his self acclimated to whatever city he’s in; hopefully, he’s here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be tough. He’s a rookie. He is not LeBron James coming into this league. He is a talented basketball player, it’s going to take some time.”

I can’t wait until the NBA Draft!