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Photos: ‘Space Jam 2’ will feature these NBA, WNBA stars

Movies The Mercury News

“Space Jam 2” is more than a few years away, but a report by The Athletics’ Shams Charania offered a clue to the NBA and WNBA players expected to have roles in the film. Of course, Lakers star LeBron James will have the starring role, but the Golden
'“Space Jam 2” is more than a few years away, but a report by The Athletics’ Shams Charania offered a clue to the NBA and WNBA players expected to have roles in the film. Of course, Lakers star LeBron James will have the starring role, but the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson will have a part. He’ll be joined by the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and soon-to-be-Laker Anthony Davis. WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike will also be featured, Charania said. All of them would make a pretty good team that could compete for the title next season. “Space Jam 2” will be shooting this summer. (Maybe Oakland will have a prominent role in it.) Ryan Coogler, the director of “Black Panther,” is helping to produce it. Meanwhile, Thompson and Lillard have strong Bay Area connections. The movie itself is scheduled for release July 2021. The photo gallery above shows the NBA and WNBA stars set to appear in the film. It also shows some vintage images from the original “Space Jam” just in case you haven’t seen this classic basketball film.'

Photos from Stephen Curry’s 2009 rookie year as Golden State Warriors prepare for NBA draft

Floorball USA New Updates

Stephen Curry was just 21 when he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors from Davidson in North Carolina in 2009. The rest is history. Son of former NBA player Dell Curry and older brother of current NBA player Seth Curry, he’s referred to by many
'Stephen Curry was just 21 when he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors from Davidson in North Carolina in 2009. The rest is history. Son of former NBA player Dell Curry and older brother of current NBA player Seth Curry, he’s referred to by many sports pundits as one of the greatest shooters ever. In his 2009 rookie year, Curry averaged 17.5 points per game. He’s a six-time NBA All-Star, and was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice. He’s won three out of five NBA championships with the Warriors. During the 2012–13 season, Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272. He broke that record in 2015 with 286, and then destroyed his own record in 2016 with 402. He’s the second half of the “Splash Brothers,” with teammate Klay Thompson, and the pair setting the NBA ecord for combined three-pointers in a season and then breaking it twice. Now that basketball season is over, Curry will play his second-favorite sport — golf. See our staff photographer’s collection of photos from Stephen Curry’s 2009 rookie year as the Golden State Warriors prepare for this year’s NBA draft.'

Virginia star moving up on some NBA draft boards

Hunting New York Post

De’Andre Hunter, after winning a national championship with Virginia, is ready to take the next step in his career at the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center. “I think I know what it takes to win at a high level,” Hunter said
'De’Andre Hunter, after winning a national championship with Virginia, is ready to take the next step in his career at the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center. “I think I know what it takes to win at a high level,” Hunter said Wednesday. “You’ve just got to play where you’re at and..'

Photos: Stephen Curry’s 2009 rookie year as Golden State Warriors prepare for NBA draft

Basketball The Mercury News

See photos of Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry in action during his 2009 rookie year.
'Stephen Curry was just 21 when he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors from Davidson in North Carolina in 2009. The rest is history. Son of former NBA player Dell Curry and older brother of current NBA player Seth Curry, he’s referred to by many sports pundits as one of the greatest shooters ever. In his 2009 rookie year, Curry averaged 17.5 points per game. He’s a six-time NBA All-Star, and was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice. He’s won three out of five NBA championships with the Warriors. During the 2012–13 season, Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272. He broke that record in 2015 with 286, and then destroyed his own record in 2016 with 402. He’s the second half of the “Splash Brothers,” with teammate Klay Thompson, and the pair setting the NBA ecord for combined three-pointers in a season and then breaking it twice. Now that basketball season is over, Curry will play his second-favorite sport — golf. See our staff photographer’s collection of photos from Stephen Curry’s 2009 rookie year as the Golden State Warriors prepare for this year’s NBA draft.'

Ford to shuffle cabinet on Thursday in the wake of troubling polls and public boos

Politics USA New Updates

As Premier Doug Ford gets set to shuffle his cabinet, senior Progressive Conservative sources confide that he is wrestling with replacing Finance Minister Vic Fedeli.Stung by a spate of troubling public-opinion polls and with the boos of tens of
'As Premier Doug Ford gets set to shuffle his cabinet, senior Progressive Conservative sources confide that he is wrestling with replacing Finance Minister Vic Fedeli.Stung by a spate of troubling public-opinion polls and with the boos of tens of thousands of Raptors’ fans still ringing in his ears , Ford wants to “reset” a government that marks its first anniversary next week.To that end, the premier will shuffle — and expand — the cabinet Thursday morning at Queen’s Park.The reorganization, which will elevate some backbenchers to an enlarged executive council, comes after seven polls in the past six weeks suggested Ford’s popularity is plunging.At Monday’s massive celebration for the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship at Nathan Phillips Square, he was loudly booed while Mayor John Tory and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received a friendlier reception.Although the premier routinely refers to Fedeli as “an all-star” and “a champion,” some of his top advisers were urging him to elevate Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy or Environment Minister Rod Phillips to Finance.Ford has also dubbed both Bethlenfalvy and Phillips — and most of the rest of cabinet — “all-stars” and “champions.”The Star reported last Wednesday that Ford has privately expressed disappointment with the rollout of the April 11 budget — a record $163.4-billion fiscal blueprint that spends $4.9 billion more than last year’s Liberal expenditure plan.“Vic is getting the blame for that,” said one high-ranking Conservative insider, speaking confidentially in order to reveal internal deliberations.In contrast, Bethlenfalvy is winning plaudits for his announcement last week that most public-service wage settlements would be limited to 1 per cent annual increases for the next three years.While Ford was bracing for criticism and protests over the austerity measure, the Treasury Board president’s demeanour — and his methodical seven-week consultation with unions and other stakeholders — have so far kept things calm.“Bay Street likes Peter,” a Bethlenfalvy booster said of the first-term Pickering-Uxbridge MPP.Similarly, Phillips has earned kudos from Ford for extricating Ontario from its cap-and-trade climate-change alliance with Quebec and California and for being one of the government’s strongest communicators.Both Bethlenfalvy and Phillips regularly appear on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and on Newstalk 1010’s Moore In The Morning, among other highly rated programs, to convey the government’s message.When former PC leader Patrick Brown recruited both men from Bay Street in 2017 it was expected one of them would be finance minister.But Fedeli, who was briefly interim party leader after Brown left under a cloud in January 2018, has been a party stalwart and is fiercely loyal to Ford.“It’s not Vic’s fault the budget has rolled out the way it has. The cuts come from Treasury Board,” a Fedeli ally confided.Indeed, the day the budget was released, the media coverage was generally positive. But over the past two months the cuts have dominated the headlines.“The budget was driven from the (premier’s office). The comms plan came from the centre,” said another Fedeli backer.Yet another senior Conservative official, speaking confidentially because he is privy to sensitive discussions, is urging Ford not to shuffle Fedeli.“It sends a message of panic,” said the Tory insider, noting the demotion of a finance minister would be “unprecedented” in recent Canadian political history.Still, it was being actively considered Wednesday night.Ford is also expected to shuffle Education Minister Lisa Thompson, who has sparred with school boards and teachers’ unions over increased class sizes, and remove the responsibilities for autism services from Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.The premier has said his biggest regret since taking office is the handling of the autism file.Two weeks ago, Ford insisted he has “the best cabinet this province has ever seen and I’ll put it up against any government in Ontario.”“The men and women standing behind me each and every one of them are more than capable of hopping into any portfolio and getting a job done,” he said June 7, surrounded by the cabinet.Ford last shuffled the cabinet on Nov. 5 after a scandal forced him to make changes.Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie'

RJ Barrett reveals the personal reason he wants to be a Knick

Royal New York Post

Duke star RJ Barrett has said for weeks his hope is to play for the Knicks. On the eve of the NBA draft, he explained one more reason why. “It would mean a lot,’’ Barrett said during Wednesday’s draft press conference. “My late grandfather, rest in
'Duke star RJ Barrett has said for weeks his hope is to play for the Knicks. On the eve of the NBA draft, he explained one more reason why. “It would mean a lot,’’ Barrett said during Wednesday’s draft press conference. “My late grandfather, rest in peace, he was the biggest Knicks fan. He always..'

Sixers May Find These Five At No. 24 In NBA Draft

Basketball CBS Philly

Here’s a thumbnail look at five possibilities.
'PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The percentages say that the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t going to be getting a game-changing player with the No. 24 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft on Thursday. But the Sixers could come up with a player available there that may be able to help them during the 2019-20 season. Here’s a thumbnail look at five possibilities: Matisse Thybulle: 6-foot-5 forward, Washington Thybulle is a role player extraordinaire that could fit nicely into the Sixers’ needs. He’s not much of a scorer, but scouting reports say that he’s very good on defense. He had 82 blocked shots and 126 steals last season. He has a 7-foot wingspan and possesses the kind of athleticism where he can cover large areas of the court. Thybulle is a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his college career breaking Gary Payton’s age-old record for most career steals in Pac-12 history (331). Cameron Johnson: 6-foot-8 forward, North Carolina Johnson appears to be mentioned as often as Thybulle at 24 for the Sixers. He’s a 6-8 shooter who uses an economy of motion to get his shots off. He can either pull up or can shoot while guarded. He not only possesses a good shot, but also a quick release. The problem the Sixers face is whether or not he’ll fall to 24. Kevin Porter Jr.: 6-foot-6 guard, USC He could be the most intriguing player in the first round. He also may have the most polarizing projection: Turn into a major star, or fizzle out like so many other promising talents with dubious histories. Porter has been compared to James Harden for his stepback jumper. But there is something that may keep him around for the Sixers at 24 and that’s the label of “off-court issues.” He was suspended this past season at USC for an undisclosed conduct issue. He can be an All-Star, or he can be a bust. Or, another team selecting earlier may be willing to take a chance on him. KZ Okpala: 6-foot-8 forward, Stanford Many mock drafts have Okpala going sooner than 24. For someone 6-foot-8, he possesses a great handle and can create his own shot. He needs work, however. His game is not complete, with added work on his outside shot and there are some questions about his defensive ability at the NBA level. Luguentz Dort: 6-foot-4 guard, Arizona State Canada is the basketball capital of the world these days, and Dort is more proof that hoops is a big deal up north. Actually, Dort comes from a little further up north than Toronto. The Montreal native is a bundle of energy, and he loves playing defense. He’s considered one of the better defensive guards in the draft. He has the same problem a few other Sixers have—he has no outside shot. If he’s taken by the Sixers, he may be asked to shoot. Brett Brown can give him the task of being the team’s designated shut-down defender off the bench. Dort may be available at 24.'

Kemba Walker Rumors: Lakers Are Coming For Point Guard

Law and Order The Big Lead

All the latest Kemba Walker rumors.
'Kemba Walker is set to hit free agency for the first time on June 30 and the long-time Charlotte Hornets point guard should have plenty of suitors. Here are the latest rumors concerning Walker’s free agency. The Hornets can offer far more money Charlotte is sitting in a great position for Walker, as they can offer him a super max deal of five years and $221 million deal. Other teams can only offer four years and $140 million. That’s a huge difference. On top of that, Walker has even expressed that he might take less money to stay with the Hornets in order to help them add talent to the roster. Lakers are hot on Walker’s heels The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly plan to go full-bore after Walker when free agency opens. He is shaping up to be their top target . While they can’t offer a super max contract, or even a regular max contract, the Lakers can offer the opportunity to play with two All-Stars. Suiting up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis would certainly enhance Walker’s profile in the NBA. But he’d have to give up a significant chunk of cash to do it. Mavericks want Kemba too The Dallas Mavericks intend to go after Walker hard when free agency opens, and will also be pitching Khris Middleton . Knicks will make a run Walker’s hometown New York Knicks are also interested in bringing him back to town, but they don’t have a ton of hope .'