Tag: LeBron James

Lakers Sign Markieff Morris, Hoping He’ll Switch Out with Brother Marcus During Games

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Gearing up for the postseason, the Los Angeles Lakers waived former All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to make room for Markieff Morris, meaning that Morris will play in the same city as his twin brother Marcus, who came to the Clippers in a trade deadline deal with the Knicks. The Lakers tell The Second String that this move is meant to help the team beat their crosstown rivals in the playoffs, as they hope Markieff and Marcus will switch teams during the games.

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James Harden Gets Into Charitable Spirit of All-Star Weekend by Donating $300,000 to Local Strip Club

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

At the heart of the NBA All-Star weekend is charity. While Teams Giannis and Lebron fought valiantly to win the ceremonial affair, the true victors were Chicago Scholars and After School Matters, two Chicago-based charities that received $400,000 and $100,000, respectively. All-Star starter James Harden, not to be outdone by the NBA, made his own charitable contributions, giving out $300,000 to several Chicago strip clubs after the game. Continue reading “James Harden Gets Into Charitable Spirit of All-Star Weekend by Donating $300,000 to Local Strip Club”

Devin Booker Finally Gets All-Star Nod Through Hard Work, Bashing in Damian Lillard’s Knee Caps

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After two years of playing All-Star-level basketball, Devin Booker has finally been recognized. The Phoenix Suns shooting guard was selected to replace Damian Lillard for Team LeBron following the Portland star’s injury. For his success, Booker credited God, his work ethic and his decision to smash Damian Lillard’s knee caps with a baseball bat.

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Critics Outraged After ‘Parasite’ Wins Best Picture Oscar Over ‘Space Jam’

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Noel West/New York Times

Another Academy Awards ceremony has come and gone, and as usual not without its controversies. Aside from a questionable speech from Joaquin Phoenix and a few less-than-interesting presenters, the biggest story was a surprise upset in the Best Picture category, with Bong Joon-Ho’s Korean-language “Parasite” winning over the 1996 blockbuster hit “Space Jam.” Continue reading “Critics Outraged After ‘Parasite’ Wins Best Picture Oscar Over ‘Space Jam’”

Giannis Antetokounmpo Welcomes NBA to Paris by Absolutely Posterizing a Baguette

by Alex Poletti
Photo by BENNY SIEU-USA TODAY SPORTS

The NBA sent one of its best ambassadors overseas to play in Paris for the inaugural Paris NBA game at the AccorHotels Arena. The Frenchmen got exactly what they bargained for, as Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo showed the Parisians what basketball is all about by absolutely posterizing a baguette within the first few minutes of play.

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Remembering Kobe Bryant

Usually, the mission of The Second String is to poke fun at the world of sports, the media and the players. Today, however, the sports world is in mourning over the unexpected passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Above all else, we are sports fans, and as such we know that today isn’t the day for comedy. Continue reading “Remembering Kobe Bryant”

Dinner with Vanessa Hudgens Gives Kyle Kuzma First Rebound of Season

by Alex Poletti
Photo by ESPN

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma finally added a rebound to his stats this year by having dinner with “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens just one week after she broke up with former Disney star Austin Butler.

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