'The Decision': Don't Compare Kevin Durant & LeBron James
It was the perfect storm, really, one we likely won't see again until-er, maybe next summer. The best (regular season) team in NBA history, the 73-9 Warriors, with an open roster spot, the salary cap shooting up from $70 to $94 million, and the perfect Warriors-style player, a 6'11" sharpshooter by the name of Kevin Durant, entering free agency at the peak of his prime. (Complex News)
Early last week, Yahoo! Sports reported that Tim Duncan was on the verge of retiring. On Monday morning, Duncan announced that he has decided to go through with his retirement plans after 19 seasons in the NBA. And he did it in just about the most Tim Duncan way possible-by issuing a low-key press release through the Spurs. (Complex News)
Did Mike Tyson Get Caught Stealing at the U.S. Open?
Mike Tyson attended the US Open with his daughter Tuesday and demonstrated he has such a sweet tooth for ice cream that he'll do anything to get it, with little regard for consequence. Employees who worked at the Ben and Jerry's concession stand reportedly saw the 50-year-old former heavyweight champion approach their freezer, according to the New York Post. (Complex News)
Carmelo Anthony Will Address Social Injustice At Summer Olympics
Last Friday, Carmelo Anthony responded to the news about the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings by posting a strongly worded message on his web site and Instagram. He talked at length about why he believes more athletes need to "step up" and address important social issues rather than shying away from doing it because of their endorsement deals. (Complex News)
Brandon Marshall Kneels During National Anthem of NFL Season-Opener
Leading up to last night's NFL season opener between the Broncos and Panthers, some fans wondered whether any players would kneel during the National Anthem. One player did so: Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall. (No, not the Jets wide receiver. Same name, different NFL player.) Marshall played with Colin Kaepernick in college. (Complex News)
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal speaks to Professor Ruth Nicole Brown about her new book, "Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood". Professor Brown is an assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies, African Studies, and the Ethnography of the University Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bun B breaks down how 'Dump Trump' Republicans might be able to nominate a candidate other than Donald Trump at next week's Republican National Convention. A successful effort to 'free the delegates' is not probable, but it is possible. (VICE)
Ben Cohen Talks #BlackLivesMatter at Ben & Jerry's Franchisee Meeting
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