The 2016 NBA free agency started more than two weeks ago and it has been filled with surprises and disappointments. Within the short period of time, almost 100 contract agreements have been finalized. Now that it has slowly trickled down, sports analysts are already pointing out the names of NBA free agents who emerged as winners, losers.
Some NBA stars got what they truly deserved while other free agents seemed to be underpaid with their new contracts. Moreover, a lot has been expected to those NBA stars who are about to receive massive paydays during the 2016-2017 NBA season and they must be pressured by now. Here are the three NBA stars with the most to prove in the next season.
1. Bradley Beal more >>
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich would pass up the opportunity to dine with Jesus Christ to share a meal with now retired NBA center Tim Duncan.
"Everybody always talks about who they'd like to eat dinner with, if you had one night and could go to dinner, go to lunch with so-and-so, who would you like to do it with? People say Mother Teresa and Jesus and the Dalai Lama. OK, I get it," the Spurs coach told the press. "I can honestly tell you, my dinner would be with Timmy."
After spending 19 years in the NBA, Duncan officially retired Monday after spending his entire career with the Spurs. Duncan managed to earn five NBA championship rings with Popovich and leave an impression on his coach who went on to explain why he would choose to eat with the basketball star over Jesus. more >>
Tim Tebow doesn't typically address rumors, but after he returned home from a trip to the Philippines to learn The New York Times was reporting that he was slated to speak at the Republican National Convention, he decided to quash the claims.
"I wake up this morning to find out I'm speaking at the Republican National Convention," Tebow said in a video posted on Instagram. "It's amazing how fast rumors fly. And that's exactly what this is: a rumor."
The college football champion who heads the Tim Tebow Foundation had just returned to the United States after helping children in the Philippines. more >>
The patriotic song "God Bless America" has been a staple at countless baseball games across the nation. Now some are questioning whether or not Major League Baseball should bench the tried and true melody for good.
Talk of stopping the 1918 chorus from being performed during the seventh inning stretch because it might offend those who do not believe in God, was bandied about on "The View" this week and co-host Candace Cameron Bure, a devout Christian, defended the song and its celebration of faith in God.
Bure challenged panelist Raven Symone saying, "Why y'all have to take God out of everything. You know — a little tradition, a little patriotism. God blessing America. It's a pretty good thing, especially in times that we're having now." more >>
Out of all the teams who have lost players in free agency this offseason the Oklahoma City Thunder seemed to have lost the most. Losing Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors is a devastating loss to the Thunder, and paired with trading long time interior player Serge Ibaka the team will not be the same.
The one good thing is that the Ibaka trade did get some new talent on the team, not a Kevin Durant caliber talent but starting talent none the less.
Russell Westbrook (Point Guard) more >>
Determined to make a remarkable performance on his fifth and final Olympic appearance, Michael Phelps is currently training hard with Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Swimming Training Camp in San Antonio, Texas. The most decorated Olympian of all time even decided to skip the birthday party of her longtime fiancée, Nicole Johnson, to prioritize his rigorous preparations for the Rio Games.
Phelps was Absent at Johnson's Birthday Party
Johnson celebrated her 31st birthday on Thursday by throwing a pool party at their home in Arizona, according to the Daily Mail. The special event was attended by her close friends and her 2-month-old son with Phelps, Boomer. In a photo she posted on her Instagram account, it was noticeable that Phelps missed the special occasion. more >>