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Gregg Popovich Supports Lebron James’ Activism

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In this country, there is always some type of backlash when an athlete speaks out on social issues. People are quick to tell that athlete to shut up or is told to stop complaining. The outraged community pretends that they personal give athletes money out of their own pocket. The millions they get should be hush money.

That is not the case with Lebron James. James continues to not only be the voice of the NBA but one of the biggest advocates for social change. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked how he felt about Lebron’s activism.

“I don’t pick and choose what LeBron should talk about any more than any talking head should try to pick and choose what he talks about. To me, when I heard about that, it was like an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try to tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about, when and where to do it.

“It’s just ludicrous.

“But to not have a feel for who this guy is…think about when he came into the public view. How young was he? And to this day he hasn’t missed a step. He hasn’t fallen off the ledge. He’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially of kids of lesser opportunity who haven’t had the same advantages of others. And they see in this guy somebody who’s consistently exhibited excellence in the workplace. It gives them a voice, let’s them know that you can speak about anything.

“There really is a first amendment, and I can have opinions as a coach, as a plumber, as an astrophysicist, as a lowly reporter. I can have whatever opinions I want. And that’s what’s amazing about this. When you look at this guy, how many tens of millions of dollars he’s given? Tens of millions of kids that see him, that are inspired by him.

“It’s kind of like the Black Panther movie. How cool is that for kids to see that and have that superhero? Well, now, LeBron has been that for a long time. And for somebody to be totally numb to that and attack him in such a childish way, really speaks more volumes about that individual than it does Lebron.

“He’s very, very special. We should all be very proud that we have somebody like that who’s willing to speak about a variety of topics, and you’ve listened to them all.”

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Donovan Mitchell Leads Jazz To An Unbelievable Game 4 Win

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The Utah Jazz are on the verge of closing out the series against OKC. Just pause and take that all in. No one would have said the Jazz after losing Gordon Hayward in free agency would be up 3-1 against Russell Westbrook and Paul George. But thanks to Donovan Mitchell that is what we have on our hands.

The Jazz won an old-school physical game 4 against Thunder 113-96 on Monday in Vivint Smart Home Arena to take a 3-1 lead.

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, with seven rebounds and four assists behind 13-of-28 shooting from the field. The Jazz announced the guard surpassed Karl Malone’s franchise record for the most points in a playoff game, which the Hall of Famer set in 1986 with 31 points.

“We just stayed within ourselves,” Donovan Mitchell said. “We always say the strength of our team is the strength of our team. I said this morning we’re not really worried about one individual comment. I think if we get caught up in that it takes us out of our own game, and our play showed tonight that we really just focused on each other and made the right plays when we needed to.”

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Giannis Saves The Day With A Clutch Tip In

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The Milwaukee Bucks were down the Boston Celtics 2-1 in the series. But in Game 4, Giannis was determined not to let his squad lose.

The Greek Freak come up with a big play in the final seconds on Sunday. He scored 27 points with 5 seconds left and the Bucks looking at an L.  Malcolm Brogdon’s missed a potential game-winning layup,  Antetokounmpo was able to tip the ball in to steal the win.

Antetokounmpo “made a great tip-in and he was battling for the ball. That’s what great players do,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens.

“One of the most important things that we can carry from this game moving forward is that we stayed disciplined and we trusted one another,” Antetokounmpo said.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.

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Should Donovan Mitchell Be The ROY

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This year has been a tight race between Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons technically redshirted a year. Mitchell has been balling from the jump.

Mitchell has decided to bring the conversation to the forefront with a little shade in the mix.

“I’ll say this. I’ll put it in perspective for people who obviously don’t play in the NBA and don’t know the life of the NBA. So, let’s say you have an exam to take on June 1 and you have a whole year to study for that exam, you’re going to get a pretty good grade on it, aren’t you? But some people may not have all that time to prepare for that exam. So, that’s how I look at it and I hope that puts it in perspective for people.” said Mitchell, “But at the end of the day, we’re in the fourth seed. I got the Defensive Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year on my team, so I’m happy.”

“It’s not Ben’s fault but [Mitchell] is a TRUE rookie. He didn’t have an entire year to train and practice against NBA talent. He didn’t get to sit on a bench and watch film and dedicate [his] life to basketball.

“Donovan’s next best offensive players are Rudy Gobert (spoiler alert DPOY) and Ricky Rubio….. no disrespect but nuff said. Ben has a wealth of monsters and proven offensive guys around that he does an amazing job facilitating for.

“Donovan also lead his team on a 10+ game winning streak [and] average[d] 20+ pts. If you have never done it you don’t know how hard that is for a TRUE ROOKIE. Ben is a future HOF’er and it’s very close but best and most surprising rookie is DONOVAN MITCHELL.. I’ll only concede CO ala JKIDD and GHILL.”

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