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Beyonce, Sean Hannity, LeBron James Among Most Politically Polarizing Celebrities

Beyonce, Sean Hannity, and LeBron James are among the most politically divisive celebrities in America, according to a new report from market research firm Morning Consult. With midterm elections on the horizon, Morning Consult surveyed more than 6,000 Americans to discover which celebrities cause the largest divide between Democrats and Republicans. The report also used Forbes’ […]

Warriors Lose To Lakers In First Matchup Against West Coast James

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Golden State Warriors fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in their preseason matchup in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, with the final score reading 123-113. LeBron James and the young Lakers held their own against the defending champions.

The Warriors played without Draymond Green, who sat out because of a knee injury but still traveled with the team.

This game was perhaps the most anticipated preseason matchup because it was a glimpse into how the Warriors would play against their longtime rival LeBron James in  his new West Coast environment.

Though he’s been busy with film and TV endeavors since joining the Lakers, James started off right where he left off after his amazing individual performance last season. He nearly had a triple double in the first half, and he capped off an electrifying half by draining a half-court shot at the buzzer with ease.

James finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in 18 minutes. The Lakers young core scored in bunches as well. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 26, with 15 of them coming from the free throw line.

The three All-Stars that the Warriors did have played well in the first half, mostly. Durant had 18 after two quarters but fouled out midway through the third. Stephen Curry finished with 23 points and Klay Thompson finished with 20 points, but there was no real source of offensive firepower elsewhere.

Damian Jones had a notable performance, especially playing against former teammate Javale McGee down low. Jones was the only Warrior to finish with a positive plus/minus. He had 7 points (3-3 FG) and had 5 steals.

The Warriors shot only 55% from the free throw line, while the Lakers shot 82.6% and were more aggressive in getting to the line all game. Much like usual, turnovers also plagued the Warriors; they committed 25.

The two teams will play again on Friday in San Jose, but James is not expected to play.

 

Can The Golden State Warriors Three-Peat?

By Norm Elrod

Can the Golden State Warriors win their third NBA Championship in a row? Yes, absolutely. Will they? Well, that remains to be seen. There are 82 games to be played, and the Western Conference now includes LeBron James in Los Angeles.

The Warriors are coming off their second consecutive NBA Championship and their third in four years. They coasted to a 58-24 regular-season record, despite injuries across their starting lineup, and swept the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Their only serious opposition came from the Houston Rockets, which had the Warriors down three games to two in the Western Conference Finals. But Chris Paul’s untimely hamstring injury in the waning moments of Game 5 proved to be the turning point in that series.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals.

Photo Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Last season’s starting lineup remains largely intact going into the 2018-19 campaign. The Warriors return All-Stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, with key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. While JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West are all gone, DeMarcus Cousins has arrived… sort of.

Cousins, coming off a torn Achilles, possibly the worst injury an NBA big man can suffer, isn’t ready for primetime. He isn’t even ready for practice. Boogie thinks he’ll return by the holidays, the Warriors see a longer timeline. While rumors of Golden State keeping him on the shelf until April seem a little farfetched, a mid-winter debut seems reasonable.

It’s unclear just how good Cousins will be once he does return. An Achilles injury can cost a player his quickness, something centers already lack. So while he will likely swallow up rebounds, score around the rim and dish to the perimeter, he could end up a liability on defense. We’ll have to wait and see what Boogie emerges. The potential upside (though likely diminished from his pre-injury heyday) still seems to outweigh whatever downside could emerge.

Klay Thompson #11 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors react after a play in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE

Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant (Photo Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Warriors won’t miss Cousins in the meantime — it’s hard to miss what you’ve never had — and won’t suffer much if the experiment fails. This is a team that, when healthy, already starts four all-stars. However, when they’re banged up, like much of last season, they can and will lose some games.

Curry, Durant and Thompson all missed time late in the season, and not just to rest for the playoffs. Curry had ankle issues, Durant broke a rib and Thompson hurt the thumb on his shooting hand. Curry, in particular, was dogged by ankle injuries for much of the season. While 58-24 is a stellar showing for the regular season, it was also nine wins short of their record the previous season and only good enough for the NBA’s third-best mark and a two-seed in the playoffs.

The top seed, of course, was the Houston Rockets, who won 65 games in the regular season and coasted to the Western Conference Finals. Once there, they showed that the Warriors are not invincible. Can Houston challenge Golden State again, though? James Harden, last season’s MVP, returns, along with Clint Capela and a healthy Chris Paul. Supporting players Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute left via free agency, replaced by Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams and James Ennis. The Rockets may no longer have the firepower to take down the Warriors.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts as James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets looks on in the third quarter of Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

James Harden and Stephen Curry (L-R) (Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Portland Trail Blazers are basically the same team that surged to the third seed in the West, and then disappeared come playoff time. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who kept Paul George, dumped Carmelo, and added some other pieces, may actually be a little better.

And then we have the Lakers.

The Lakers went from also-ran to potential contender with the acquisition of one free agent: LeBron James. And then they also revamped their entire roster. It’s hard to predict what the Lakers will look like beyond the fact that any team with LeBron James has to be considered a threat. That said, the Warriors did sweep the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals last season. So unless LeBron gets some serious help from Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and/or Lonzo Ball, the Lakers’ ceiling probably doesn’t touch the Warriors’ floor.

Barring injuries, the Warriors have a solid shot of returning to the NBA Finals. Once there, they’ll likely outclass the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers or whatever other team emerges from the East. But there’s a lot of basketball to be played between now and June 2019.

Can The Golden State Warriors Three-Peat?

By Norm Elrod

Can the Golden State Warriors win their third NBA Championship in a row? Yes, absolutely. Will they? Well, that remains to be seen. There are 82 games to be played, and the Western Conference now includes LeBron James in Los Angeles.

The Warriors are coming off their second consecutive NBA Championship and their third in four years. They coasted to a 58-24 regular-season record, despite injuries across their starting lineup, and swept the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Their only serious opposition came from the Houston Rockets, which had the Warriors down three games to two in the Western Conference Finals. But Chris Paul’s untimely hamstring injury in the waning moments of Game 5 proved to be the turning point in that series.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals.

Photo Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Last season’s starting lineup remains largely intact going into the 2018-19 campaign. The Warriors return All-Stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, with key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. While JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West are all gone, DeMarcus Cousins has arrived… sort of.

Cousins, coming off a torn Achilles, possibly the worst injury an NBA big man can suffer, isn’t ready for primetime. He isn’t even ready for practice. Boogie thinks he’ll return by the holidays, the Warriors see a longer timeline. While rumors of Golden State keeping him on the shelf until April seem a little farfetched, a mid-winter debut seems reasonable.

It’s unclear just how good Cousins will be once he does return. An Achilles injury can cost a player his quickness, something centers already lack. So while he will likely swallow up rebounds, score around the rim and dish to the perimeter, he could end up a liability on defense. We’ll have to wait and see what Boogie emerges. The potential upside (though likely diminished from his pre-injury heyday) still seems to outweigh whatever downside could emerge.

Klay Thompson #11 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors react after a play in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE

Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant (Photo Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Warriors won’t miss Cousins in the meantime — it’s hard to miss what you’ve never had — and won’t suffer much if the experiment fails. This is a team that, when healthy, already starts four all-stars. However, when they’re banged up, like much of last season, they can and will lose some games.

Curry, Durant and Thompson all missed time late in the season, and not just to rest for the playoffs. Curry had ankle issues, Durant broke a rib and Thompson hurt the thumb on his shooting hand. Curry, in particular, was dogged by ankle injuries for much of the season. While 58-24 is a stellar showing for the regular season, it was also nine wins short of their record the previous season and only good enough for the NBA’s third-best mark and a two-seed in the playoffs.

The top seed, of course, was the Houston Rockets, who won 65 games in the regular season and coasted to the Western Conference Finals. Once there, they showed that the Warriors are not invincible. Can Houston challenge Golden State again, though? James Harden, last season’s MVP, returns, along with Clint Capela and a healthy Chris Paul. Supporting players Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute left via free agency, replaced by Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams and James Ennis. The Rockets may no longer have the firepower to take down the Warriors.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts as James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets looks on in the third quarter of Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

James Harden and Stephen Curry (L-R) (Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Portland Trail Blazers are basically the same team that surged to the third seed in the West, and then disappeared come playoff time. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who kept Paul George, dumped Carmelo, and added some other pieces, may actually be a little better.

And then we have the Lakers.

The Lakers went from also-ran to potential contender with the acquisition of one free agent: LeBron James. And then they also revamped their entire roster. It’s hard to predict what the Lakers will look like beyond the fact that any team with LeBron James has to be considered a threat. That said, the Warriors did sweep the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals last season. So unless LeBron gets some serious help from Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and/or Lonzo Ball, the Lakers’ ceiling probably doesn’t touch the Warriors’ floor.

Barring injuries, the Warriors have a solid shot of returning to the NBA Finals. Once there, they’ll likely outclass the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers or whatever other team emerges from the East. But there’s a lot of basketball to be played between now and June 2019.

TV Roundup: LeBron James’ ‘Shut up and Dribble’ Docu-Series Sets Showtime Premiere Date

In today’s TV News Roundup, “Shut Up and Dribble” has a premiere date and stars partner with March for Our Lives for a voting initiative.  FIRST LOOKS Variety has obtained an exclusive sneak peak of this week’s episode of “Empire,” which airs Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. on Fox. In the episode, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and […]

Showtime To Air ‘Shut Up And Dribble’ Docu-series In November

Ryan Mayer

Showtime announced today the air dates for Shut Up And Dribble, the highly anticipated docu-series executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The first episode is set to air on Saturday, November 3rd at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Showtime, both on the air and via its streaming service. The following two episodes of the series will air on the next two Saturdays, November 10th and 17th at the same time.

The series, which is set to be narrated by journalist Jemele Hill, takes a look at the role of NBA athletes in the current cultural and political climate and how that role has changed over time. The title of the series refers to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s remarks towards James, who in February was critical of President Donald Trump. That controversy is the jumping off point for the series as it takes a look at the modern history of NBA players finding their voices and using their platform sfor a larger purpose.

You can see a preview clip of the series by checking out the video above.

Showtime To Air ‘Shut Up And Dribble’ Docu-series In November

Ryan Mayer

Showtime announced today the air dates for Shut Up And Dribble, the highly anticipated docu-series executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The first episode is set to air on Saturday, November 3rd at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Showtime, both on the air and via its streaming service. The following two episodes of the series will air on the next two Saturdays, November 10th and 17th at the same time.

The series, which is set to be narrated by journalist Jemele Hill, takes a look at the role of NBA athletes in the current cultural and political climate and how that role has changed over time. The title of the series refers to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s remarks towards James, who in February was critical of President Donald Trump. That controversy is the jumping off point for the series as it takes a look at the modern history of NBA players finding their voices and using their platform sfor a larger purpose.

You can see a preview clip of the series by checking out the video above.

Showtime To Air ‘Shut Up And Dribble’ Docu-series In November

Ryan Mayer

Showtime announced today the air dates for Shut Up And Dribble, the highly anticipated docu-series executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The first episode is set to air on Saturday, November 3rd at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Showtime, both on the air and via its streaming service. The following two episodes of the series will air on the next two Saturdays, November 10th and 17th at the same time.

The series, which is set to be narrated by journalist Jemele Hill, takes a look at the role of NBA athletes in the current cultural and political climate and how that role has changed over time. The title of the series refers to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s remarks towards James, who in February was critical of President Donald Trump. That controversy is the jumping off point for the series as it takes a look at the modern history of NBA players finding their voices and using their platform sfor a larger purpose.

You can see a preview clip of the series by checking out the video above.