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Lebron James And Ben Simmons Go Off In Epic Duel

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The Sixers have won 13 straight games and now sit alone in third place in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Cavaliers, 132-130 on Friday night. The win knocked the Cavaliers down to fourth place with less than a week remaining on the season.

Simmons finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists, while James threw down his own line of 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lebron James had high praise for Simmons after the game. “He’s a student of the game. He wants to be great,” James said.

Simmons posted a photo on Instagram of the two with the caption “FRESH PRINCE X KING JAMES,” LeBron returned the favor in the comment section by relaying the same message complete with fire emojis and a couple of crowns:

FRESH PRINCE X KING JAMES 👑

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This could be one of the best playoff matches we will see.

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Nike Releases Exclusive Golden State Championship Epic React

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The Golden State Warriors are now a Dynasty after winning their third NBA Championship in four years.

Nike has commemorated the championship with exclusive Epic Reacts for the team. The Flyknit footwear that will never be released to the public.

This special edition Nike Epic React Flyknit bears the regal colors of white, gold, and black with the Larry O’Brien trophy hangtag and custom insoles. Just 37 pairs were made in sizes ranging 9-18 exclusively for the Warriors organization, and you might’ve caught Andre Iguodala wear them during the parade.

 

 

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Kyrie Irving Turns Down Contract Extension With Boston

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Kyrie Irving was the biggest summer team addition in 2017.

Irving can sign a max of a four-year, $101 million deal with the Celtics this summer. According to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Irving does not plan sign any contract extension.

Irving is set to make $20 million dollars during the 2018-2019 season. He also has a player option for 2019-2020 that would pay him $21 million dollars. Boston have the Bird rights for Irving, which would allow Boston to go over the salary cap to sign Irving.

Irving holds the cards in this situation. If he leads the C’s to a championship he could demand a max contract that will pay him $200 million. If Boston decides not to resign Irving their are teams lining up to pay him.

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Lebron James Set To Produce Documentary For HBO

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LeBron James production company SpringHill has been hard at work behind the scenes, while James was in the NBA Finals. The company announced that James will produce a new documentary on HBO called Student Athlete.

The doc will look into “the complex rules of amateur athletics in America,” and also “how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families.”

Maverick Carter, LeBron James he said:

“This is an incredibly important story about the institutional denial of basic human rights for these student-athletes. When Steve Stoute [at United Masters] brought us this idea, it was a perfect fit for the kind of stories we want to tell at SpringHill.”

Stoute said that the idea behind the documentary is to show the NCAA’s hypocrisy:

“The NCAA blinded by revenue goals is turning student athletes into full-time employees. This documentary is incredibly important as it debunks the myth that student athletes are being fairly compensated by receiving scholarships and a valuable education. In fact, the demands put on these students by this oppressive system makes it impossible for them to get the education they deserve. The time is now to end this false narrative and reveal the truth of this exploitation.”

Back in February, James responded to the FBI investigation into corruption throughout college basketball, James said the NCAA is a “corrupt” organization.

“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that,” he told reporters. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”

James also discussed the argument that student-athletes get a free education for playing sports:

“I don’t know all the rules and regulations about it. But I do know what 5-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids. … I’ve always heard the narrative they get a free education. But you guys aren’t bringing me on campus to get an education. You guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship.”

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