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Team USA Eliminated From FIBA World Cup After Losing to France in Quarterfinals

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Team USA has officially been eliminated from the FIBA World Cup, suffering their most embarrassing international loss in some time.

France outscored Team USA by 13 points in the fourth quarter to seal a 10-point victory and advance to the semifinals.

Donovan Mitchell carried the Americans through the first three quarters of the game, finishing with a team-high 29 points.

On the other hand, Kemba Walker had a terrible last game, in what was otherwise an amazing tournament for the NBA All-Star. He was held to just 10 points and did not notch a single assist.

Walker was actually outplayed all game by French guard, Frank Ntilikina. Ntilikina has had a disappointing start to his NBA career with the New York Knicks, but showed he can still play in this game.

Ntilikina, 21, is most known for being the last first-round pick by Phil Jackson, before he was removed from his role as the President of the Knicks.

It is a pick that has been mocked since, as better players like Mitchell where selected after Ntilikina was taken eighth overall.

In this game however, Ntilikina made all of the difference, as his work locking up Walker on the defense, proved to be the deciding factor in France’s win.

Ntilikina also hit two big shots at the end of the game for France, as they ended a 58-game winning streak by Team USA in international play.

Along with Ntilikina, France received big performances from their two biggest NBA stars, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier.

Team USA was not the only team to get upset in the quarterfinals, as Serbia also suffered a shocking defeat by losing to Argentina.

Argentina’s only real well-known NBA player is Luis Scola, who has been out of the league for a few years. Yet they beat Nikola Jokic and a favored Serbian team.

Now Team USA will play Serbia in the loser’s bracket, meanwhile France will take on Argentina in the semifinals.

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Lavar Declares Lonzo, LaMelo won’t leave BBB

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For the Big Baller Brand, it’s all about family.

However, after the Ball family’s company had been hit with fraud, scandals, and faulty products, New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball and top 2020 NBA Draft prospect LaMelo Ball are considering starting fresh with new endorsement deals.

But according to their father Lavar Ball, his two sons aren’t going anywhere.

In his TMZ interview, the CEO of Big Baller Brand stated, “Lonzo can think all day. He ain’t signing with nobody but Big Baller Brand.”

Recently, Lonzo openly stated he is interested in signing endorsement deals with other brands. Lonzo has also encouraged his brother LaMelo to take meetings with other shoe brands before signing a shoe deal.

Lonzo has appeared to be at odds with Lavar all offseason. After Big Baller Brand Co-Founder Alan Foster allegedly stole $1.5 million from the company, Lonzo became wary of the company’s value. In response, Lavar claimed Lonzo is “damaged goods” on their hit reality TV show Ball in the Family.

Lonzo has also gone on record to bash the quality of BBB’s products, claiming he “had to switch [his shoes] every quarter because they would just rip.”

Lavar also said LaMelo would stay with the brand as well, even though he has not worn any BBB shoes while playing in the NBL in Australia. Nike has reportedly scouted LaMelo for a potential endorsement deal with the Oregon-based company.

With the Big Baller Brand facing so much turmoil, Lavar’s fatherly commands may not be enough to keep his sons with the family brand.

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NBA Season Preview and Power Rankings

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We are only one week away from getting our first taste of action for the 2019-20 NBA regular season.

Next Tuesday night, the Toronto Raptors will raise their first championship banner to the rafters and give out their championship rings.

The defending champs will then kick off the season for the NBA against the up-and-coming New Orleans Pelicans, in a precursor to the game we have all been waiting to watch.

After the Raptors game, all eyes will be glued to the battle of Los Angeles, when the Clippers square off against the Lakers for the first time this season.

That game has great significance now that it will pit two of the league’s most dynamic duos against one another, as LeBron James and Anthony Davis face Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

LeBron was the only player of the four superstars that was in L.A. last season, as the NBA landscape has changed significantly since a year ago.

With all of the player movement that took place in free agency, the NBA is more wide open than it has been in a long time.

There aren’t many teams that are coming into this season expecting to miss the playoffs and plenty of them actually feel like they have a legitimate chance to make a deep playoff run towards a championship.

As we all anxiously await the first tip, take a look at the first power rankings of the 2019-20 season.

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The Washington Mystics Win First WNBA Championship in Thrilling Fashion

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What a difference a year makes for the Washington Mystics.

After being swept in last year’s WNBA Finals by the Seattle Storm, the Mystics came back this season with a vengeance.

Lead by league MVP Elena Della Donne, the Mystics secured the best regular-season record in the WNBA and battled in a grueling Finals series against the Connecticut Sun, winning the series 3-2.

With Della Donne battling several injuries (including three herniated discs in her back), it was Emma Meesseman that delivered with 22 points in the winner-take-all Game 5.


Messeman became the first European-born WNBA Finals MVP, while Della Donne added 21 points. Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones fought hard to the very end, leading the runner-ups with 25 points.

This championship was a long time coming for Mystic’s Head Coach Mike Thibault. The winningest coach in WNBA history finally secured his first title after 17 seasons.

Washington Wizards players John Wall, Bradley Beal, Ian Mahinmi and CJ Miles were in attendance to cheer on the Mystics.

With the tenacity these women have shown throughout the season, it’s no surprised Della Done is looking forward to some much-deserved rest.

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