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South Park Responds to LeBron's Comments

With mockery, of course

(Newser) - South Park was quick to respond to LeBron James' controversial China comments. In an episode Wednesday titled "Let Them Eat Goo," some students at South Park Elementary School complain about the school lunches, so the cafeteria starts serving healthier options. Cartman is not happy, and after one of... More »

LeBron Speaks Out on China, Takes Immediate Flak

Lakers star faces backlash as critics call him a hypocrite on Hong Kong post by Rockets' GM

(Newser) - The controversial tweet by the Houston Rockets GM has made its way to LeBron Land. In early October, Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong, angering China and hurling the NBA into the middle of a firestorm. Now LeBron James is weighing in, and he's... More »

An Uncomfortable Wrinkle in NBA's China Controversy

Former Rockets star Yao Ming is now a China basketball exec; flap involves old team

(Newser) - A tweet has caused a major rift between the NBA and China, and the league is now fending off criticism that its initial response to the controversy was too accommodating to Beijing. Meanwhile, a familiar name has become embroiled in the mess. Here's the latest:
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Kansas: We're Really Sorry About This Show

The university's Late Night at the Phog event got wilder than expected

(Newser) - The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor, and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits, the AP reports. Athletic director Jeff Long said Friday night... More »

Shoving Match Could Get Ugly for Raptors Prez

Masai Ujiri got into it with a sheriff's deputy after the big game

(Newser) - On the upside, the Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship. On the downside, the team's president may face charges for allegedly assaulting a sheriff's deputy Thursday after the championship victory, the CBC reports. Seems Raptors president Masai Ujiri tried to get on the Oakland court after the Raptors... More »

She Took Jay-Z's Drink Order. Then Came the Death Threats

Nicole Curran says misinterpreted look on Bey's face at NBA game led to 'cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying over a citrus slice? That's what Nicole Curran is claiming after an incident at an NBA Finals game Wednesday that she says led to death threats and the deletion of her Instagram account. ESPN reports that Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, had been... More »

How Lamar Odom Cheated the Olympics

The NBA champion found a way around the drug test

(Newser) - Lamar Odom admits he beat an Olympic drug test by using something huge, rubber, and black. In his new memoir Darkness to Light, the NBA champ says it was "one of the biggest honors in my career" to be offered a place on the US Men's Olympic basketball... More »

Latest Team to Turn Down WH Invite: 'Difficult, If Not Impossible'

Tony Bennett, coach of Virginia Cavaliers, says it's a scheduling issue

(Newser) - The Virginia Cavaliers won their first-ever NCAA men's basketball championship in early April by beating Texas Tech, and like many victors, the University of Virginia men's basketball team may have had a chance to visit the White House—except the team's coach says they're not going,... More »

Longtime UNC Coach on Leave Amid Controversy

Sylvia Hatchell accused of making remark about 'nooses,' reportedly pressuring hurt players

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, Sylvia Hatchell has coached women's basketball at the University of North Carolina. Now several players seem ready to defect after parents say Hatchell made "racially inappropriate" remarks and also allegedly forced players to keep shooting hoops even though they were hurt. Per the... More »

'Greatest Shooter in NBA History' Played With Blurry Vision

Steph Curry just got contacts, and 'it's like the whole world has opened up'

(Newser) - If you were impressed by Steph Curry's shooting skills, get ready for what may be coming now that he can actually see. The NBA star revealed this week to the Athletic , via the San Francisco Chronicle , that he recently got long-needed contact lenses due to blurry vision. Fox News... More »

Heckler Tells Knicks Owner to 'Sell the Team,' Gets Banned

James Dolan does not take fan's unsolicited advice kindly, tells him to 'enjoy watching them on TV'

(Newser) - A New York fan heckling his or her losing team is hardly a rarity, but one New York Knicks fan might be thinking twice about telling the team's owner to "Sell the team!" As USA Today reports, James Dolan was on his way out of Madison Square... More »

Obama's Next Gig Involves African Basketball League

Exact scope of former president's role with NBA-backed league not yet clear

(Newser) - Barack Obama famously loves basketball, and now the former president will get to love it in an official capacity. The NBA and FIBA, the sport's international governing body, are partnering to create a professional basketball league in Africa, and the AP reports that Obama is expected to have "... More »

NBA Player to Skip Game Over 'Freaking Lunatic'

Enes Kanter says Turkey's president may try to kill him

(Newser) - New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks' upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the AP reports. Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks' 119-112 win over the Lakers. The... More »

LeBron Unloads on the NFL

The NBA star lets it roll on HBO's 'The Shop'

(Newser) - LeBron James has harsh words for NFL owners—if calling them "old white men" with a "slave mentality" is still considered harsh. The NBA great made his remarks on Friday's episode of The Shop when talking about NFL social-injustice protests with actor/rapper Ice Cube, LA Rams player... More »

This Charles Barkley Story Is Touching Everyone

He struck up, and kept up, and unlikely friendship

(Newser) - Charles Barkley and ... a cat litter scientist from Iowa? Yes, and it's a touching story, USA Today reports. Even journalist Shirley Wang, the scientist's daughter, didn't buy that her dad had befriended Barkley in a Sacramento bar, attended his mom's funeral, and hung out with the... More »

Chaos Greets LeBron's Home Debut as a Laker

Multiplayer brawl breaks out late, 3 ejected as Lakers go on to lose

(Newser) - LeBron James made his home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, scoring 24 points in an atmosphere he called "electric," but King James' thunder got blown away late by a multiplayer brawl, reports CBS News . With four minutes left to play in a hard-fought game... More »

Man Gets Fouled During Pickup Game, Calls 911

Cooler heads ultimately prevailed

(Newser) - It was a pickup game that went seriously awry. Fox 5 reports that during a casual Monday night game of basketball at an LA Fitness in Sterling, Virginia, a player was blocked by someone on the opposite team and fell to the floor. Then things fell apart. "Today for... More »

Former Basketball Star Dies in Police Standoff

Tyler Honeycutt apparently took his own life

(Newser) - A former college basketball star who later played for the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets was found dead Saturday after exchanging gunfire with the LAPD, the LA Times reports. SWAT officers responded to a "man with a gun" call at the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home of Tyler Honeycutt, where... More »

News on LeBron James Has Cavs Fans Worried, Hopeful

Sources say Cavaliers forward will be a free agent, but he might stay in Cleveland

(Newser) - LeBron James made the first move—now what? Cleveland? Los Angeles? Philly? A surprise? Stay tuned. Decision III is this summer's NBA blockbuster, and it's coming soon. James told the Cavaliers he's not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season and will become an... More »

Indiana Teen Killed in Freak Basketball Hoop Accident

Nolan Gerwels was reportedly playing ball with his younger sister

(Newser) - "This is horrific and overwhelming," says the mother of a 14-year-old Indiana boy who died Friday in what's being described as a freak basketball accident. WSBT reports Nolan Gerwels was playing basketball on an indoor court at his Granger home with his little sister when the hoop'... More »

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