HoopsHype The Game rumors

December 8, 2014 Updates

Knowing Durant was coming to town on Sunday, they called the Cupp family Wednesday and extended an invitation to the game. They wanted to make him the honorary ball-boy. And the Pistons also reached out to Durant and the Thunder to let them know what happened. Through some quick planning, OKC set up a pregame meeting between Cupp and Durant. The two shook hands and talked on the baseline about two hours before tip-off. Then Durant gave Cupp two pairs of his signature sneakers - one in Cupp's size and the other in Durant's, signed by the superstar - as well as a new KD branded jacket and backpack. "He was real nervous," Durant said. "Same thing I would have been if I met my favorite NBA player back then. I was just trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible." Oklahoman

October 23, 2014 Updates

The Bucks have until the end of the month to extend Knight’s contract. If they don’t, he’ll become a restricted free agent after this season. And, if that occurs, the offensively-challenged Bucks could be flirting with fire. Knight, who is represented by Arn Tellem, arguably the best agent in the game, could decide to become an unrestricted free agent the following season and undoubtedly draw keen interest from several teams in larger markets. Racine Journal-Times

September 28, 2014 Updates

Stephenson wants to do more than just play basketball. He wants to rap, as well. Two months before the season began, Stephenson released a rap song, called “Hot N---a,” a take on the rapper Bobby Shmurda’s song that spawned the popular “Shmoney Dance.” Stephenson took the beat to the song and says in four hours he came up with his lyrics. He stripped Shmurda’s lyrics of misogyny and gun violence and replaced them with rhymes about his basketball talents, endorsements for his And 1 shoe company, reminiscing about watching Allen Iverson, his excitement to play with Hornets point guard Kemba Walker and more. “Brooklyn-bred now I’m out in N.C.,” the end of the song’s first verse goes. “Me and Kemba in the backcourt n---as as dead meat/Pops held me, down kept me out the streets/They wonder how the rose grew up out the concrete… “I’ve been ballin’ hard since like the fifth grade/Watching A.I. gettin’ 40 with the French braids/Love Indiana, I’m gonna miss some good days/Charlotte Hornet, M.J. that’s a new way.” Charlotte Observer

June 24, 2014 Updates
June 16, 2014 Updates

Side by side in the Heat locker room afterward, Ray Allen and Shane Battier dressed after a game for perhaps the last time. These are two pros who helped create the fabric of this team. It's been known for a while Battier is retiring. "I've given all I can to the game,'' he said. "I can't give anymore. I'm OK." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 12, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant is not a gambling man. The league MVP jumped on Twitter Wednesday to dispel rumors that he lost $20,000 in a bet to west coast rapper The Game. The Game - aka Jayceon Taylor - posted a video Tuesday on his Instagram account, saying that he bet Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. Durant's Twitter response Wednesday morning, which has since been deleted, said "Aight this is it. I never bet the game 20k cash. I never bet him. I told him I would give his aau team kd gear. That's all." Oklahoman

The Game got defensive on Instagram because TMZ.com posted a story Wednesday claiming that Durant said "straight up ... 'HE'S LYING.'" Everything was cleared up later in the day, when the rapper apologized, saying he jumped the gun on calling out Durant for "not wanting to help the kids." Oklahoman

October 1, 2013 Updates

Brandon Jennings didn’t have a lot to say about a reported run-in with The Game. At Pistons media day Monday, he acknowledged an altercation with the rapper, but stopped short of calling it a fight. “Well, actually I didn’t really get into a fight with a rapper, it was just an altercation, but at the end of the day you can see I’m fine, everybody’s fine, everybody went their separate way,” Jennings said. “That’s all with that.” Detroit Free Press

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.