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Channing Frye gets intimate with trophy

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Winning the NBA Finals brings out a lot of emotions in players, and Channing Frye was no exception.

After the Cavs brought home their first title Sunday night, Frye got intimate with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. He was seconds away from a full-on makeout session with the glorious gold globe, but decided they should probabl夜网论坛y take things slow at first.

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It seems like Frye is going to try the Netflix and chill approach with the gilted prize and turn on "The Notebook" to set the mood.

 

It's gonna be a great summer

A video posted by realcfrye (@realcfrye) on Jun 19, 2016 at 11:15pm PDT

As Frye says in his caption, "It's gonna be a great summer."

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Kevin Love writes epic tribute to teammate James Jones

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A week removed from winning the NBA championship, Cavaliers center Kevin Love is getting around to writing his thank-you notes.

MORE: Must-see NBA Finals photos

On Sunday, he posted a touching and pretty epic tribute on Instagram to the teammate the Cavs call "Champ," the three-time NBA champion who has played in the last six NBA Finals.

No, not LeBron James. Instead, Love took time to thank James Jones, the little-used reserve who played on those Heat championship teams with King James, then moved to the Cavs with his counterpart.

The 35-year-old shooting guard averaged only 4.6 minutes of playing time in the postseason and averaged less than a point per game. Yet as Love pointed out in a lengthy post, Jones encouraged him even when Love struggled in the Finals. Calling Jones "the best teammate I've ever had," Love went on to say he夜网论坛's the "ultimate work horse," and he also wrote, "The lessons you taught me will stay with me for the rest of my career and life after basketball."

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Here's the entire tribute:

 

Those of you who know Champ will appreciate this... I’d like to tribute the best teammate I've ever had, James Jones aka Champ. You taught me more than[......]

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Carmelo Anthony has Kevin Durant's ear in New York

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Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant will be teammates this summer — both men will play for Team USA in the Olympics — but Anthony wouldn’t mind making that a more permanent situation.

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The Knicks forward said he has talked to the free-agent-to-be about his team, but he’s not pressing the issue.

"We're friends. We hang out," Anthony told ESPN. "It's magnified now because he's a free agent and we're in New York. But last year nobody was talking about us hanging out, going to work out or going to dinner or things like that. So, yeah, those conversations do come up, but it's not something that I'm constantly on him, throwing at him, because I was in that situation before."

The two men go back quite a ways, even before becoming NBA stars. Anthony grew up in Baltimore and Durant is from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Anthony was a big-time free agent two years ago, and now it's Durant's turn. 

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"Melo has been my friend since I have been in high school. We talk about everything," Durant said. "That is like my big brother right there. The best thing about all of us, none of the guys here have put any type of pressure. It has been c[......]

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Giannis, Thanasis Antetokounmpo begin military service

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The Greek Freak will be wearing a new uniform this summer.

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Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother, Thanasis, began mandatory military service in Greece on Wednesday.

MORE: Sports siblings: Athletic ability runs in these families

Because the 21-year-old Giannis and 23-year-old Thanasis, who plays for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League, are Greek citizens who permanently live overseas, the brothers probably won't have to serve the full three夜网论坛-month term. Their service will likely be shortened so the brothers can attend NBA training camps at the end of September.

The brothers reported Wednesday to a Greek training center to receive their conscription-related documents. 

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LeBron James' new contract is taking so long because his decision is difficult

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While there is zero doubt where LeBron James will be playing next season, there is a reason he has taken so long to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

The NBA Finals MVP returned to Cleveland two years ago, which means the Cavaliers have his Early Bird rights. With Early Bird, a franchise can give a player up to 175% of his previous salary (or the estimated average player salary, whichever is greater) and up to four seasons with the higher 7.5% raises. This summer, teams used Early Bird rights to re-sign Marvin Williams (Hornets) and Lance Thomas (Knicks), among others.

MORE: Free agency tracker: Who went where?

However, Early Bird has two weaknesses that make it less helpful to James and the Cavs. First, an Early Bird contract cannot be for a single season and option years do not count, so there is no way for James to sign an Early Bird contract and be a free agent next summer. Second, the big five-year max contract is unavailable for Early Bird, so James gets fewer years locked in.

Even though he has moved past it by accruing enough time for Early Bird, James could come back to Cleveland with Non-Bird rights typically used by player with one year of service on a team. This allows him to have the familiar "1+1" structure of one season plus a player option James has used since returning to Cleveland in 2014. Because James wants to maintain leverage and because the Cavaliers will gain Full Bird rights and be allowed t[......]

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LeBron James Jr.’s has another highlight reel — he’s 11

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LeBron James is setting the internet on fire once again. No, not the LeBron James that just brought Cleveland it’s first championship since 1955, the LeBron James Jr. who’s lighting youth basketball on fire one crossover at a time.

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Eleven-year-old LeBron James Jr. reportedly has scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky, but he’s not resting on his laurels and coasting through the rest of his PeeWee season. Instead, the king in waiting is toasting the competition in his latest highlight reel.

 

LeBron James Jr. is out here making half court shots and much more. 🔥 (via @drichtv)

A video posted by Sp夜网论坛orts Videos (@houseofhighlights) on Jul 19, 2016 at 12:53pm PDT

We are all witnesses, even LeBron Sr.

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Olympic veterans Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant lead

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A dozen years after being one of the young guns for the U.S. men's basketball team, Carmelo Anthony is now one of its graybeards. 

The Knicks star has taken up a leadership role on and off the court as he prepares for his fourth Olympic Games. He led a town hall meeting on social issues in Los Angeles in between the team's exhibitions against China.

MORE: How Olympic field stacks up (behind U.S.) 

Tuesday night he took to the court in Oakland to show that he can still be a go-to guy on the international stage. He scored 20 points, including 16 in the third quarter, as USA cruised to a 107-57 win over China. 

Only DeMarcus Cousins (21) scored more for the U.S.

"I'm just doing my part and I'm bringing my colleagues along with me. I always say that we got a platform, we have voices so we've got to use them," Anthony told NBA TV after the game. "Right now this is the biggest way we can use our voice, by coming out here and representing our company, playing basketball and doing it in a fashionable way and enjoying ourselves."

Anthony's scoring binge temporarily stole the show from Kevin Durant, who scored the first 10 points for the USA to thrill his new hometown fans. The game was played in Oracle Arena, where Durant will[......]

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U.S. beats Venezuela despite sloppy play

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CHICAGO — The U.S. men's basketball team continued its Olympic exhibition tour Friday with an 80-45 victory over overmatched Venezuela.

MORE: Team USA roster | Olympic TV schedule

Despite the score line, the U.S. was not impressive. The team full of NBA All-Stars looked sluggish on offense, which led to miscommunication and inexcusable turnovers. The nearly sold-out United Center crowd had very little to cheer about in this defensive struggle.

MORE: How Olympic field stacks up behind USA

DeAndre Jordan did give them a chance to rise to their feet in the fourth quarter when he threw down a monster slam, hanging on the rim for desired effect.

The Clippers center finished with eight points and six rebounds.

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DeMar DeRozan upset with player ranking

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Sports Illustrated released its Top 100 player rankings for the upcoming season, and coming in at No. 46 is Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan.

Some might see the positive in being one of the top 50 players in the league, and also jumping up 15 spots from the previous season, but DeRozan was upset with where he placed.

MORE: Eight NBA players with the most to prove next season

FOH is slang for, well, you can Google it. Just know that DeRozan isn't happy with his ranking. His anger is somewhat understandable considering the year he had (second All-Star appearance, trip to the Eastern Conference finals, Olympic gold medal), but then again, he's been夜网论坛 angry about his ranking before.

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SI's reasoning for his ranking is as follows: "DeRozan, 27, has logged massive minutes for six straight seasons, he hasn’t made much progress extending his range, and he’s had the benefit of playing in the glow created by Kyle Lowry. DeRozan’s defensive work has real[......]

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Hornets embrace open locker room dialogue amid Charlotte protests

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Sunday afternoon, roughly a mile down the road from the Hornets' home court, protestors peacefully gathered and sent a powerful message prior to the NFL game between the Panthers and Vikings. The latest protest came less than a week after the police-related shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. 

With a heavy law enforcement presence and tension remaining after violent action on Wednesday evening, protestors and football fans coexisted without incident. Despite much left to do in terms of the relationship between police and the African-American community, it was a small sign of progress, the kind of progress another team in Charlotte is willing to get behind.

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After a tumultuous week in their city, the Hornets are prepared to use their platform and open up a dialogue. At Monday's media day, Hornets coach Steve Clifford echoed the words of Hornets owner Michael Jordan and emphasized the importance in contributing to a growing discussion. 

"We've had conversations internally with our players on ways that we can help," Clifford said. "I know that they want to do that. And like anything, there are many ways that professional athletes can make a positive impact and reach out and do those things. Like I said, we're in conversations now about ways that we can help, our players can help. That's our plan going forward: 夜网论坛follow our owner's lead and try to hel[......]

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