Tweet of the Day: Steph Curry Sad To See WR Steve Smith Go

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As of Tuesday this week, the National Football League began its new league year and, with it, offseason free agency began. A flurry of moves have already happened and the free agent frenzy is only beginning.

An unfortunate side effect of free agency is seeing beloved players get cut—especially when it is unexpected and seemingly unwarranted.

As popular as the NFL is, its reach goes well beyond everyday people—fans and media alike. Many celebrities, including All-Star NBA athletes are included among NFL fans, and they can be impacted by free agent moves just as much as anyone else.

Thursday, the Carolina Panthers—who are based out of Charlotte, North Carolina—opted to cut Steve Smith, the team’s most popular wide receiver. Smith was drafted by the Panthers in 2001 and has spent his entire 13-year career with Carolina.

The move did not go over with Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, who spent his adolescence in Charlotte, NC.

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman gave plenty of lip service to his duty to improving the team’s roster, but did not give any direct reason for the decision to cut Smith. He did, however, have enough decorum to wish him well, saying, “Steve had a wonderful career with the Carolina Panthers. I truly wish him and his wife, Angie, all of God’s blessings.”

Since learning of his release, Smith has been vocal in expressing his dissatisfaction with the move.

I want to make sure that whatever team I go to, they’re going to get the best, in shape 35-year-old guy they can get. If that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium [the Carolina Panthers' home stadium], put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.”

Those sentiments, as bitter as they may seem, are a stark contrast to how Smith feels about the team’s fans.

Like many other fans who have seen some of their favorite players get cut, Curry will have wait out the offseason to find out how the Panthers manage to replace Smith’s production at wide receiver.

 

 

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Tweet of the Day: Kobe Bryant Out For The Remainder Of The 2013-14 Season

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Tweet of the Day: Kobe Bryant Out For The Remainder Of The 2013-14 Season

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Father time gets the better of everyone from time to time. Just this afternoon, I played pickup ball at the local gym and he gave me the business; knees sore, hip sore, back sore, muscles fatigued…and I am no elite athlete.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, however, is.

But, like myself and many other individuals in this world—All-Star athlete or not, time and injury often prevent us from doing what we love most.

For me, I love art—whether drawing or writing—as much as I love basketball, but I occasionally have bouts with wrist pain that make typing or moving a pencil difficult, just as my surgically repaired ACL doesn’t often hold up when I want to play active sports like basketball.

It’s just nature, the older the body gets, the longer recovery takes.

Bryant, who missed the first 19 games of the season while rehabilitating a torn achilles tendon, suffered a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee in just his sixth game back. Since, he has been limited in his ability to play basketball, much less anything else. He has even voiced his frustrations earlier this week in a sit-down interview with Kustoo.com.

It’s progressing slowly. It really tests my patience. There’s only so much you can do, so I find myself relegated to riding the bike. After the first few weeks, it’s cool — you’re getting a good workout. Then third, fourth — I need to do something else. I want to play. I want to run. I want to do something different, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

The frustration, while still there, may now subside as the team has officially announced that Bryant will be sitting out the remainder of the season.

Tweet of the Day: Damian Lillard Takes Note of Andrew Wiggins 41-Point Game

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Not every day a college freshman scores 41 points, actually, it’s only been done twice in the past 18 years.

If any kid is going to amaze, it’s Andrew Wiggins.

On Saturday Wiggins lit up the West Virginia Mountaineers with 41 points in a losing effort that saw his Kansas Jayhawks falling 92-86.

The 41 points are impressive, but how he did it is even better. On only 17 shots he somehow managed to score nearly half of his team’s points.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who was one of the best college players in the country his senior year, took notice of Wiggins’ big game.

 

This massive scoring output will surely heat up the NBA 2014 draft debate. Who goes first? Who gets snubbed?

The 2014 class is so good it’s unfair to playoff teams. Along with Wiggins, there’s Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Dante Exum and Marcus Smart, all players who would undoubtably have been the first overall pick in 2013.

June comes quickly, and the mock draft order will change dozens of times before that. But if a player like Wiggins isn’t a first overall pick, I can live with losing the lottery.

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Tweet of the Day: Ben McLemore Gearing Up For Slam Dunk Contest

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Engrave today’s date in your head, as tonight’s slam dunk competition could be worth remembering.

NBA All-Star 2014 marks only the second time that the Sprite Slam Dunk competition will feature three All-Star Game participants.

In recent years, fans have become accustom to doing a web search on half of the players in the competition.

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In the year 2000, Vince Carter rocked the rims and probably had the best dunk contest of all-time. In 2003 we saw Jason Richardson score perfect fifties. A few years later the era of Lil Nate, Nate Robinson, shook the stage and brought many fans back to the Spud Webb days. In 2008 Dwight Howard became Superman and flew across the court throwing down one of the most memorable dunks in the history of the competition (without even touching the rim). And in 2011 Blake Griffin jumped over a Kia, that’s cool too.

But looking at the last two dunk contests, what do you remember? Nothing! Exactly.

The calibre of talent in this event had seemed to diminish and the dunk contest became less exciting than the celebrity game without Kevin Hart.

Maybe we owe a thanks to new NBA commissioner Adam Silver, or maybe it’s great timing, but this year’s dunk contest is almost an All-Star lineup itself.

Paul George, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Harrison Barnes, Terrence Ross and Ben McLemore are preparing to highlight NBA All-Star Weekend’s most popular event.

The Sacramento Kings rookie is looking to give fans something to talk about. McLemore turned 21 last week, (in New Orleans I’m sure he’s keeping busy) he is excited about this and legitimately wants to win.

 

Saturday night these six players will have a worldwide audience on them. And for a player like McLemore, who’s still unknown to many, can make a name for himself with just one dunk.

The league has a chance to save the legacy of the slam dunk contest. This event was on life support, it’s not where it should be yet, but this is a very good start at rebuilding.

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Tweet of the Day: Players React to Selection of All-Star Reserves

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2014 NBA All-Star Game LogoFinally.

After much anticipation, and to some chagrin, the NBA’s coaches have submitted their list of reserves for the forthcoming 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, LA.

Many of the All-Star reserve selections are expected, though there were a few selections (and snubs) that were unconventional, though deserving.

In the Eastern Conference, Chris Bosh [Miami Heat], DeMar DeRozan [Toronto Raptors], Paul Millsap [Atlanta Hawks], John Wall [Washington Wizards], Joe Johnson [Brooklyn Nets], Roy Hibbert [Indiana Pacers] and Joakim Noah [Chicago Bulls] all join the team as reserves.

Out west, Dirk Nowitzki [Dallas Mavericks], LaMarcus Aldridge [Portland Trail Blazers], James Harden [Houston Rockets], Dwight Howard [Houston], Damian Lillard [Portland], Tony Parker [San Antonio Spurs] and Chris Paul [Los Angeles Clippers] are all joining the Western Conference roster.

This year marks the first time Millsap, DeRozan, Wall and Lillard have been selected to the NBA All-Star game in their respective careers.

With the announcement of the All-Star Reserves Thursday evening, many players took to Twitter to voice their appreciation, congratulations and displeasure with the selections.

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