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J.R. Smith On Knicks' Poor Play: 'I Take The Blame For This Whole Series"

Knicks loyalists have been catching the shade on Twitter after back-to-back-to-back losses against the Indiana Pacers in Round 2 of the NBA playoff series. While coach Mike Woodson's inability to switch up the line-up and poor performances from the team's usual shining stars, there is one player who is willing to take the heat for NY's disappointing plays. “My frustration with myself is extremely high. I take the blame for this whole series," J.R. Smith told the New York Daily News. “It started off in (Game 5) in Boston… I haven’t been playing (like) myself. I haven’t been playing my part. I’ve been letting my teammates down. I’ve been letting my coaches down. And it doesn’t feel good.” Smith has been battling flu-like symptoms (many speculate it stemmed from his reported night out on the town with alleged ex gal-pal Rihanna in NYC last week) but has still showed up in the hardwood, putting up less than stellar numbers. Even a parody account on Twitter has poked fun at his slacking skills called @DidJRSmithMiss.

During Tuesday's Game 4 against the Pacers, Smith finished 7-for-22, landing 19 points and two rebounds. Still, Woodson and NYK headliner Carmelo Anthony both believe no. 8 can regain his former glory as long as he stays active. "We’re going to need him to score some for us,” coach said. “He’s going to have to put these two games here in Indiana behind us.” Melo added, “I want J.R. to shoot. He can’t take the shots with him. I don’t want him to stop shooting. I want him to stay aggressive.” After a devastating 93-82 Game 4 loss, the Knicks now fall behind the Pacers 3-1 and head to the Garden for Game 5 this Thursday. Photo Credit: Howard Simmons/New York Daily News

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Steph Curry Says He’s “Definitely” Visiting NASA After Moon Landing Joke

Earlier this week, Stephen Curry appeared on the Winging It podcast where he expressed doubt in NASA's history landing on the moon. His comments caused an uproar in the science community and drew comparisons to Kyrie Irving’s flat Earth conspiracy.

NASA even weighed in, offering Curry a free visit to the lunar lab at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Looking back, the 30-year-old Golden State Warriors point guard admits he wasn't being totally serious about his feelings on the moon.

 

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“I was just talking nonsense around conspiracies and whatnot...and I brought up the moon landing and if I believe it or not,” Curry explained to VIBE on Tuesday (Dec. 12) at the Warriors training facility where the NBA star gave a sneak peek at his new Under Armour Curry 6 sneakers.

“I have now parlayed that into an opportunity to educate myself and have an experience I will take NASA up on,” he continued. “I’m definitely going and also, lessoned learned in terms of obviously don’t believe something just because somebody said it, educate yourself. Do your research and be intelligent about it, that’s what I plan on doing.”

No word yet on when Curry will head to NASA.

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Report: Redskins Considering Signing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick has been without a job for nearly two years now, following his protest against social injustice during the national anthem. While the quarterback has been blacklisted from the NFL, things may finally be looking up. According to NFL coach Jay Gruden, the Washington Redskins are seriously considering signing Kaepernick.

Gruden revealed the news during a press conference on Tuesday (Dec. 4) after losing their second quarterback in the last month, TMZ reports. "[There's] not a lot of time to get a brand new QB and a system installed and taught in a couple days," Gruden said . "[Kaepernick has] been talked about and discussed..."

The Redskins previously lost their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a bad injury in Nov. 2018. They reportedly considered Kaepernick back then, but decided to go forward with Mark Sanchez. The team lost another starter, Colt McCoy to a broken fibula, which led them back to Kap.

As previously reported, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL and its owner, accusing them of colluding to not hire him to a team for the 2017 season.

While the team is still in consideration, Gruden suggested that they will "probably go in a different direction." Nevertheless, he said the team will have a workout with its quarterback this week.

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Magic Johnson's Daughter Elisa Narrowly Escapes Home Invasion

Magic Johnson's daughter, Elisa Johnson was reportedly involved in a home invasion in San Fernando Valley on Sunday (Dec. 2), TMZ reports. Johnson was reportedly staying at an Airbnb that she rented with friends when the attack occurred.

It's unclear if the suspects broke in or if the door was unlocked, authorities say. Nevertheless, it was reported that two armed men entered the establishment, and began terrorizing the 10 people staying there at gunpoint.

Elisa was reportedly in one of the bedrooms when she heard the commotion. She then escaped through a sliding door that was located at the back of the house and ran down the street to get help.

Luckily, no one was harmed during the robbery. But the bandits did make off with at least $30K to $40K in valuables, including jewelry, cash, and electronics.

Elisa is the youngest child of NBA legend Magic and Cookie Johnson. She previously appeared on E!'s reality series Rich Kids of Beverley Hills and her brother EJ Johnson's spinoff show, EJNYC.

It appears that Elisa may have responded to the reports on her Instagram Stories on Sunday (Dec. 2), saying, "God is good."

Airbnb also released a statement on Monday (Dec. 3), addressing the rarity of this incident. "There have been over 400 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings and negative incidents are extremely rare. We are urgently investigating this incident and are reaching out to our community members and local law enforcement to better understand what happened," the statement reads.

It's unclear why the burglars targeted Johnson at this time. Police say they fled the scene before they arrived. Authorities are still investigating the situation.

READ MORE: Magic Johnson Doesn't Let His Daughter Date Athletes

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