Rihanna Dating Basketball Player

Rihanna is reportedly dating a New York Knicks basketball player. So is she corrupting Jeremy Lin?

As fun as that would be to see, it’s not the case; instead of going for the star that temporarily inspired America with his skills and Tim Tebow-esque attitude about Christianity, she’s landed herself the bad boy of the team, J.R. Smith.

Lately there’s been a lot of rumors about RiRi and her ex Chris Brown being involved in some kind of bizarre Twitter feud; all the photos and tweets that the singers have posted are supposedly secret messages aimed at each other.

The feud rumors escalated when Chris Brown posted a video of himself singing a freestyle version of Kanye West’s “Way Too Cold” with the line, ”Don’t f–k with my old b—–s … like a bad fur … every industry n—– done had her.” He also referenced smashing the girl in the song, prompting many to speculate that he was singing about the night that he beat Rihanna up. She unfollowed Chris on Twitter shortly after he posted the tune, and it seemed that the song was the reason that she decided that she’d rather not see his updates.

But perhaps she actually unfollowed Chris Brown because she’s found a new bad boy to entertain her.

Chris has stayed with Karrueche Tran through all the talk about him and RiRi hooking up again, so obviously he’s not looking to start something serious with his ex anytime soon. RiRi must have finally realized this and decided to move on by replacing him with another bad boy; she’s got to love how J.R. Smith got fined $25,000 by the NBA for tweeting a photo of a model’s butt in a thong.

So just like Chris, J.R. is a fan of posting raunchy pictures on Twitter. Chris’ latest eyebrow-raising pic was a photo of himself blowing cigarette smoke on the seemingly bare butt of Karrueche Tran.

Unfortunately the relationships of celebrities and NBA stars don’t usually work out too well: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries decided to divorce after just 72 days together; Tony Parker cheated on Eva Longoria; and the distraction of being on Khloe Kardashian’s reality show obviously affected Lamar Odom’s game in a negative way. RiRi does like to party hard, so J.R. Smith might also find her to be a distraction.

Or maybe J.R. will end up getting RiRi in trouble; during his career he’s been involved in two car accidents (one with Carmelo Anthony), and he’s received a ton of traffic citations for speeding. He also closed his Twitter account after being accused of writing in a way that reflected the Bloods gang. Maybe now he’ll reopen it now to have a few words with Chris Brown.

So on the surface this relationship seems like a disaster waiting to happen. But who knows? Maybe RiRi and J.R. will find love in a hopeless place.

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How to Do a Crossover in Basketball

A crossover is one of the most effective moves used for deceiving the defender. This move requires the player to have a good hand-eye coordination and ability to move quickly. Crossover is a type of dribble that helps you get past the defender without making a foul. It requires great amount of practice to do this move correctly. A properly performed crossover move helps in earning crucial points for your team. Understanding the nuances and subtleties of this move should help you master it in quick time. Here are few useful instructions on learning how to do a crossover in basketball.

The Crossover Move

Dribbling activity in the crossover move should be initiated with ball placed in the dominant hand. Placing the ball in your dominant hands offers better control over the ball and enables you to move quickly. Best thing about the crossover is that it you can keep the defender guessing about your next move.

  • The underlying idea of initiating a crossover move is quite simple and it can be explained with three Ds: dribble, deceive and drive ahead.
  • You need to start the crossover with a dominant hand dribble.
  • As you maneuver the basketball, keep an eye on the opponent’s moves. This also means that you have to perform the dribble without watching the ball; it requires great practice to dribble in this manner.
  • Next step in the crossover move is that of deceiving the opponent. In order to deceive your opponent, take a step or two with that leg which is on the side of dominant hand; in the meantime dribbling should be continued.
  • Suddenly shift your body weight on the other leg and also throw the ball from one hand to other. This action deceives you opponent for sure.
  • There is a proper way to throw the ball from one hand to the other. You have to throw the ball downwards so that it bounces somewhere near your toes. The ball should be thrown in a manner that its path creates a V-shape while traveling from one hand to the other.
  • You would ask, why is necessary to throw in a V-path. Throwing the ball in a V-path means that you don’t have to look at it. Instead you can focus all your attention on the movement of your opponent; the ball just bounces at a point equidistant from both your hands; it lands safely from one hand to the other.
  • The action that you initiate from the point of suddenly changing the direction happens in a flash of time (even though the description sounds elaborate).
  • We now arrive at the last part of our crossover move i.e. drive. This action of driving ahead simply means to move towards the basket. Deception is a potent tool that makes it easy to clear hurdles (in the form of opponents) and move towards your goal i.e., the basketball.

Variations of the Crossover Move

There are many variations of the crossover move and which allow to maneuver the basketball in different ways. The killer crossover, double crossover, behind the back crossover, etc., are some of these variations. Short descriptions of these moves should help in differentiating one from the other.

Killer Crossover

This is one of the most popular and also amongst difficult moves to perform. Basics of the standard crossover move remain the same in this move. Main difference between a standard and killer move is the way in which dribble is switched from one hand to the other. In the killer crossover move, ball is pushed from one hand to other from between the legs. Chances of your opponent intercepting the ball are thereby reduced to a great extent. The Buzzle article on killer basketball crossovers and moves should help.

Double Crossover

The double-crossover is another interesting move to study. In this variation, ball is pushed from one hand to the other and a reverse of this action is implemented immediately. This move causes a great deal of confusion in the mind of your opponent. He is not only deceived, but also might trip over, out of utter confusion (yes, it actually happens). Ankle-breaking is the term specially used in reference with a crossover move that makes your opponent to trip over himself. The ankle-breaker is not necessarily a double-crossover; it can also be a killer crossover.

Behind the Back Crossover

This move is not different from the normal crossover except for the fact that ball is not dribbled in the front. Dribbling the ball at the back should keep it out of the opponent’s reach.

Hope the article provides necessary information on how to do a crossover in basketball. Practice is very important from the point of mastering the crossover. Only when you are comfortable with the basic move, you can bring about variations in your game. Staying light on your feet and understanding the moves of opponents are the key points you should remember in order to excel.

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Former UNC Basketball Player Will Graves Faces Charges

Will Graves, a former North Carolina basketball player, faces two misdemeanor charges after Chapel Hill police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside a house he’s renting from Roy Williams, the Tar Heels coach.

Police on Dec. 6 found 4.4 grams of marijuana, eight marijuana seeds, three “marijuana blunts” and two “burnt marijuana blunts” inside the house Graves is renting, according to the arrest report. He is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the arrest report, Graves gave police permission to search the house, which is located at 1016 Pinehurst Drive in The Oaks subdivision in Chapel Hill. Graves wasn’t arrested, police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said, but was instead given a citation.

Steve Kirschner, a UNC athletic department spokesman, said Graves had been renting the house from Williams while Graves took classes at UNC during the fall semester. Williams had been aware of Graves’ arrest and was “disappointed” by the news, Kirschner said.

Graves, who played for the Tar Heels from 2007 through 2010, was also serving as a part-time video coordinator for the UNC men’s basketball team. Kirschner said that Graves finished his final exams this week and had not planned to continue working with the basketball team beyond this semester.

Graves’ playing career ended at UNC when Williams dismissed him from the team for a violation of team rules.

According to the Associated Press, property tax records for Orange County show Williams and his wife, Wanda, own the property, which has an assessed value of $635,106. Kirschner told the Associated Press that Williams has allowed people to stay at the home periodically.
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Dennis Rodman Will Train North Korea’s Basketball Team

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman plans to travel to North Korea next week to train its basketball team, a trip unaffected by the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle.

Jang Song Thaek’s execution, announced early Friday in Pyongyang, marked an unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in the country as well as its most serious political upheaval in decades. Jang was North Korea’s No. 2 official– behind only Kim.

Rodman considers Kim a close friend and has a long-scheduled trip that starts Monday to train the national team. Rodman also has organized an exhibition game in January in Pyongyang to celebrate Kim’s birthday. Rodman could reveal the roster next week. He says former professional basketball players have committed to the game, though he declined to reveal names.

MORE ON PLAN: Rodman’s Dream Team

Rodman, known as much for his piercings, tattoos and bad behavior as he was for basketball, was the highest-profile American to meet Kim since Kim inherited power from father Kim Jong Il in 2011. He traveled to the secretive state for the first time in February with the Harlem Globetrotters for an HBO series produced by New York-based VICE television.

“Yes, I’m going to North Korea to train the basketball team,” he told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m going to bring American players over there. Yes I am. When you see American people holding hands and hoping the doors can be opened, I’m going to be the most famous person in the world. , if they can.. If they can. , if they can.. I’m going. I’m going back for his birthday. Special.”.

Rodman has been criticized for not talking about North Korea’s human rights record, described as one of the world’s worst by activists, the U.S. State Department and North Korean defectors. The defectors have repeatedly testified about the government’s alleged use of indiscriminate killings, rapes, beatings and prison camps holding as many as 120,000 people deemed opponents of authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule.

Rodman considers Kim a close friend and has a long-scheduled trip that starts Monday to train the national team. Rodman also has organized an exhibition game in January in Pyongyang to celebrate Kim’s birthday. Rodman could reveal the roster next week.”Yes, I’m going to North Korea to train the basketball team,” he told The Associated Press by phone.

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NBA Unveils Official ”2005-06 All-NBA First Team – Fantasy” Award

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Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page.  league has recognized the all-stars and best fantasy players around the world.

At the conclusion of the NBA fantasy season, the five top fantasy players

in NBA.com’s Fantasy Basketball Fantasy League Basketball was inspired by fantasy baseball. Originally played by keeping track of stats by hand, it was popularized during the 1990s after the advent of the Internet.  Salary Cap Challenge will be named to the “2005-06 All-NBA First Team – Fantasy.” As part of an exclusive First Team prize package, the winners will have the unique opportunity to meet with an NBA GM to see how the pros do it.

As the definitive source of fantasy basketball, the NBA’s online Fantasy Resource Center will provide players with unprecedented fantasy elements including access to 130 NBA player statistical categories on NBA.com, groundbreaking NBA fantasy games available in Chinese and Spanish, NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Magazine, a new fantasy ticker ticker

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Throughout the season, NBA fantasy players will also receive exclusive fantasy insight and expertise on NBA.com and NBA TV from the award-winning “The Talented Mr. Roto” Matthew Berry, who joins NBA.com as their newest fantasy guru, and Rick Kamla, fantasy expert and host of “NBA TV Fantasy Hoops,” a nightly fantasy show that has become the ultimate guide for fantasy basketball players.

“Fantasy basketball isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life, every bit as much as basketball is a way of life for our players, coaches and general managers,” said Brenda Spoonemore, Senior Vice President of Interactive Services for NBA Entertainment NBA Entertainment is a network production for NBA TV. . “By creating a fan fantasy award platform and making the same insider resources and analysis available that our coaches and GM’s use, fantasy players will be more competitive and closer to the game than ever before.”

The NBA’s fantasy elements will include:

NBA.com – 130 NBA Player Statistical Categories:

For the first time, fantasy players will have all the stats and inside numbers that coaches, scouts and GM’s have – and all for FREE. Need to know how a player performs on a certain number of days rest between games? How they perform against certain teams, by quarter or even on a certain day of the week? With NBA.com’s enhanced player statistical categories, offering 80 new statistical categories and 130 overall, fantasy players will have everything they need to know about any NBA player.

NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Magazine

This year, and for the first time ever, the NBA is providing fantasy basketball players with access to the most comprehensive fantasy basketball magazine, NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Magazine. The new magazine, sponsored by Toyota and available on newsstands throughout the country, will be an exclusive draft guide, offering players everything they need to know for drafting their team including an exclusive fantasy NBA rookie rookie

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NBA.com Fantasy Game in Chinese and Spanish

NBA.com will unveil NBA High Scorers Challenge, a groundbreaking new fantasy game available in both Spanish and Chinese. The game will mark the first time a professional sports league has offered fantasy players a game in multiple languages.

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Another first for NBA fantasy, players will be able to have the latest NBA.com fantasy news delivered directly to their computer desktop through a special fantasy-specific RSS (Really Simple Syndication) A syndication format that was developed by Netscape in 1999 and became very popular for aggregating updates to blogs and the news sites. RSS has also stood for “Rich Site Summary” and “RDF Site Summary.  (Really Simple Syndication) feed.

NBA Wireless: NBA Fantasy Five 2006

The NBA continues to provide players with fantasy on their mobile phone. The league’s latest mobile fantasy game, NBA Fantasy Five 2006, allows players to put their GM skills to the test and select their own “fantasy” team of five NBA players that are rewarded points based on their real-life performances each night.

NBA.com FREE Fantasy Games

During the 2005-06 season, players will have the opportunity to participate in three free NBA fantasy games offered on NBA.com that will include:

–NBA.com Fantasy Basketball League Manager: The ultimate fantasy manager for real fantasy players. Participate in a public league and test your skills against fantasy players around the world or create a private league and play with family, friends and work colleagues. Fantasy players will always know where their team stands with live scoring updates.

–NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Salary Cap Challenge: Start the season with 35million to invest in a six-player NBA squad. Fantasy players must then guide their team by investing well in players, spotting bargains and making sure they are putting out the best team with available funds.

–Fantasy NBA The Rookies: As an extension of the T-Mobile NBA Rookie program, fantasy players can pick the rookie that they think is going to perform the best each night.

NBA Fantasy Podcasts

This season, players will have access to daily NBA fantasy podcasts taken directly from NBA TV’s daily fantasy show “NBA Fantasy Hoops NBA Fantasy Hoops presented by TOYOTA is a NBA TV show where it reviews the player’s statistics and performance. More Information
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Channel:NBA TV

Host:Rick Kamla

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Sponsor:TOYOTA Sypnopsis .” Players can download the fantasy podcasts from NBA.com and onto their MP3 player A digital music player that supports the MP3 format, which was the audio format that started a revolution in online music downloads and distribution. All portable music players, the iPod being the most popular, support MP3 along with one or more other audio formats. .

NBA.com Premium Content

NBA.com will provide fans with access to two new premium fantasy services NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Draft Kit ($9.99) and NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Premium Scouting Report ($19.99), which offers exclusive fantasy analysis throughout the season.

NBA TV Fantasy Ticker and Programming

Fantasy players will receive comprehensive fantasy coverage on NBA TV throughout the season including daily NBA fantasy statistical information through the NBA TV ticker. The league’s 24 hour network will also feature “NBA TV Fantasy Hoops,” a nightly fantasy show that will be expanded to a full hour this season with fantasy expert and host, Rick Kamla and “The Talented Mr. Roto” Matthew Berry.

Additionally, fans will have access to a special free weekly email newsletter – NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Weekly, and daily fantasy content and columns from fantasy experts on NBA.com.

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Basketball: Iowa State Women Get Surprise Help From Volleyball Player

Tenisha Matlock’s college sport has been volleyball, but the senior found herself at basketball practice today.

Matlock, who completed her volleyball eligibility Friday in Iowa State’s NCAA tournament first-round loss, answered a plea for help from an undersized Cyclone women’s basketball team.

Iowa State’s tallest basketball player– 6-foot-4 Madison Baier– tore an ACL on Sunday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. That left 6-3 Hallie Christofferson as the team’s tallest remaining player.

Basketball coach Bill Fennelly said his team, which will play host to Iowa at 7 p.m. Thursday, may now be the smallest among the nation’s Division I programs.

“It’s not like going into panic mode, but it’s something that we have to deal with down the road,” Fennelly said Tuesday.

Fennelly said he considered holding open tryouts to locate potential newcomers on campus.

Enter Matlock. The 6-2 middle hitter was a three-sport athlete North Platte (Neb.) High School. She played basketball and ran track in college. She averaged 2.21 kills per set for the Cyclones this season.

Matlock, who was not made available for comment, practiced with the basketball team for the first time Tuesday.

Her free-throw touch was rusty, but she displayed her athletic ability by grabbing the rim and jumping of the basketball hoop.

“I’ve never seen her play. Ever,” Fennelly said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen her, tonight.”.

Iowa State forward Brynn Williamson, who is 5-11, said Matlock is a welcome addition.

“It’s a little bit of a relief,” said. “I’m the third-tallest player on the roster right now.”.

Matlock’s presence with the team will be evaluated over the holiday break. She’s been able to practice but Iowa State is handling compliance paperwork before clearing her to play.

Enter Matlock. She played basketball and ran track in college.”I’ve never seen her play. Ever,” Fennelly said.

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2013 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire

When Memphis Grizzlies C Marc Gasol went down last week with a sprained MCL, the fantasy basketball value of C Kosta Koufos instantly increased. The former Ohio State star walked into the starting lineup and he became a decent low-end option in deeper formats due to the extra minutes per game.

No one expected the five-year veteran to fill the box score like this. Over the last five games alone, Koufos has averaged an impressive 11.6 points to go along with 11.8 rebounds and two blocks. These are staggering numbers to find on the waiver wire at this point in the season.

Koufos has never been a guy to average 20 points a game, but he has always been a steady defender. He knows how to box out opposing players in the paint and he should be able to grab a minimum of nine boards each game. Additionally, the center’s seven-foot frame is very difficult to shoot over, so he will be able to block a handful of shots each contest.

Koufos has been outperforming some of the better big men in fantasy and it is somewhat shocking that he is still available in around 40 % of ESPN leagues. He will be able to give fantasy fans a reliable number of rebounds and blocks per game, so if he is still sitting on the wire in your league, pick him up already.

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