One time after a game, Cunningham asked Cousins how his ankle was feeling and the center responded by saying he was going to be sitting out the rest of the season and making a comeback commercial, which some took as an insult to Derrick Rose. The cameras were off at the time, but Cunningham tweeted it. He woke up to text messages from Cousins telling him he shouldn’t have done that. “I said, ‘no DeMarcus that’s media availability, I disagree with you there,'” recalled Cunningham, who did send a follow-up tweet that Cousins wasn’t taking a shot at Derrick Rose, it was just a moment of humor.
Marion averaged 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 1,163 career games, and also helped the United States win a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Nowadays, when Marion picks up the phone to share a conversation with Mark Cuban, basketball isn’t uppermost on his mind. “I talk to Mark, but I’m not talking about basketball,” Marion said. “I’m talking about business opportunities.”
Team USA showed Sages love, and even Joe Biden paid tribute to the man. Before Sager became an inspiration to those fighting cancer, however, he was primarily known for his amazingly crazy style — and that’s what Jordan brand decided to highlight when they made him a signature shoe. The above design, with the fantastic “Sager Vision” slogan across the soles, is perfectly emblematic of Craig’s aesthetic, which is to say it toes the line between a tacky eyesore and a revolutionary advancement of style. Is it gorgeous?
August 25, 2016 | 9:02 pm EDT Update
John Wall recently said he and Bradley Beal “have a tendency to dislike each other,” which is a strange thing to publicly admit. The Wizards’ chemistry issues are apparent, and it’s not like Wall said they actually hate each other, but an inclination to get agitated is not out of his character. Wall is known to keep a close eye on what other players are making, and the paper tossed around this summer has reportedly irked him. One league source familiar with Wall’s state of mind simply put it this way: “Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him.” A lot of players will make more money than Wall this year. He signed a five-year, $84.8 million deal in 2013, which looks like chump change now.
A front-office executive tells The Ringer that Wall was “rankled” after Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets. If Harden’s contract was irritating, just imagine how Wall felt when Beal signed for a five-year max contract worth $127.2 million, tied for the fourth-most-valuable contract in the NBA. An agent described it to me like this: “Whatever is public, multiply it by five and that’s how they really feel about each other. It’s probably a total disaster.”
Wall and Beal have never clicked for the same reason the jocks and the geeks don’t sit at the same lunch table in high school. They’re fundamentally different, I’m told. Wall likes to party, but Beal doesn’t get out much. Beal spends tons of hours in the gym, but Wall doesn’t, and is still a significantly better player, a three-time All-Star. Beal is a complementary player, a zero-time All-Star, and will be getting paid $17.1 million more over the next three seasons.