NBA Draft Live Blog

2013 NBA Draft Live Blog

Hey sports fans. We're coming to you live from the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY for the 2013 NBA Draft. We'll be updating live as picks roll in and trades occur, so make sure to keep refreshing for more info. Questions? Comments? Put them in the comment section, or Tweet @theevanschwartz and I'll try to answer. 7:00PM Hi VIBE readers! Barclays is pumping Nicki Minaj through the speakers, and showing highlights of the Miami Heat's win over the Spurs in the NBA Finals. Groans from the crowd when they showed LeBron James stuffing Tiago Splitter. 7:17PM Draftees shown on the jumbotron, and the crowd goes nuts for Syracuse product Michael Carter-Williams. Maybe the Orange really are NYC's team. Brooklyn We Go Hard pumping now. 7:20PM Announcer on the PA welcomes us to the Draft. Here we go! 7:21PM Definitely a Brooklyn feel - the draft used to be at Madison Square Garden, just a short 2/3 train ride away, but there's no mention of New York so far. Video of David Stern from 20 years ago comes on the jumbotron, and the boos rain down. 7:22PM First Brooklyn Knight sighting. Completely inexplicable mascot. 7:25PM Biggest news of the night so far - the pending Boston Celtics/Brooklyn Nets trade. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are apparently on the way to Brooklyn, and if the trade goes official during the draft, it'll be interesting to see how the crowd reacts. I didn't think the Nets could possibly get older/more laden with big contracts, but that's the NBA. 7:31PM And definitely some drama with the first overall pick. Nerlens Noel has been the lock for what seems like a year, but the Cleveland Cavaliers may be looking to flip the pick somewhere else. Sidenote: Nerlens Noel is incredibly tall, but whippet thin. I was in the elevator with him at the player's hotel in Times Square, and I can tell you that he was born to block shots and protect the paint. Hard to pass him up. 7:33PM A full two minutes of outrageous boos for commissioner David Stern. "And thank you to our passionate fans," he says. Boos intensify. "Congratulations to the Miami HeatBOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" Not a great start for the retiring commish. 7:37PM: Cavs on the clock. Twitter says a last-minute pitch from Oklahoma City to grab the pick failed.

7:41PM: Cavs out of time, but no one is on the stage yet... 7:42PM: SHOCKER! Anthony Bennett goes number one. The UNLV product is shocked, and the crowd goes crazy. Jumbotron shows Nerlens Noel, who looks absolutely devastated. Oof. 7:45PM: The first real shocking no. 1 overall in a long time. Also, Bennett is the first Canadian no. 1 overall pick. Magic up now. 7:47PM: Magic take Victor Oladipo. Shocking! Noel again on the jumbotron, just brutal. They better not show him after every pick, or else people will start crying. 7:49PM: Oladipo highlights make the crowd ooh and aah. He's an insane athlete. 7:52PM: David Stern: "I can't hear you." Boooooo!!! The Wizards take Otto Porter, Jr., the local Georgetown product. Speakers go clique, clique, clique and Nerlens Noel continues to fall. 7:55PM: Anthony Bennett is from Canada, so of course he mentions hockey in his first interview. Also Andrew Wiggins, the Canadian prep star who may be the no. 1 pick in a few short years. 7:59PM: Another shocker! Back-to-back Hoosiers, as the Bobcats pick Cody Zeller. Zeller is way in the back, and he takes his sweet time to get up to the stage. He is the size of two David Sterns, standing on each other's shoulders. If that were the case, he'd get twice the boos. But a huge Indiana contingent in the house means nothing but love right now. 8:02PM: Of the first four picks, only one was a no-brainer: Porter to DC. It's going to get even crazier, if this is any indication. 8:04PM Barclay's in-house turntablist is named TJ the DJ. Just in case you were wondering. He's playing Blurred Lines which seems very appropriate for this blur of a draft so far. 8:07PM: Suns pick Alex Len, who was a rumored no. 1 pick. He's got a foot thing. He also just ducked down and I'm pretty sure gave David Stern a Ukrainian kiss on the cheek. Is that a Eastern Promises thing? Does anyone get that reference? 8:09PM: Also, if anyone was worried about Noel's recovery from injury, someone just brought Alex Len a walking boot. Yikes. 8:11PM: And the Pelicans pick Noel. Thank goodness. Stern is openly mugging for the crowd now, milking the boos. He also heavily enjoyed saying "Pelicans" for the first time on stage. 8:16PM: Did Stern eat the first born child of every person in this arena? The boos, lord. Kings pick Ben McLemore, who fell much further than expected. Hopefully he fits in with the circus that is the Sacramento Kings at the moment. Maybe he'll be in Seattle in a few years? 8:18PM: Noel being interviewed. The crowd gives him the saddest applause ever. He opens his jacket to reveal his Kentucky jersey stitched into the lining, and the crowd boos. So much hate in Brookyln! Ain't no love in the heart of the city. 8:22PM: Ooh, a trade! Noel is NOT going to the Pelicans - he's on the way to Philadelphia for Jrue Holiday and a pick.

Makes sense, given that New Orleans already has a highly-drafted 7-footer with a lower body injury in Anthony Davis. Guess Noel is the Andrew Bynum replacement. 8:24PM: Detroit picks Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which is an NFL name if I've ever heard one. I imagine him splitting time in the Cardinals' backfield with Larod Stephens-Howling.

8:28PM: A montage of bad NBA Draft suits draws raucous applause. LeBron's all-white suit is booed mercilessly, mostly because it's LeBron. All-white? The dude was just MADE for Miami, right? 8:30PM: A HUGE round of applause as Michigan's Trey Burke goes to Minnesota, where he will continue to freeze his ass off for another few years. Lots of Michigan alums live in New York City, in case you didn't know. 8:33PM: Fatigue setting in all around - the jumbotron flashes the wrong faces/names for a trivia question. No one has booed anything for minutes. TJ the DJ tries desperately to get the crowd hype. According to phone voting, people in BK think Burke will win Rookie of the Year. Except... oops, Burke is going to Utah in a trade.

8:35PM: Portland picks CJ McCollum, to play with reigning ROY Damian Lillard. Nasty backcourt. I think boos sustain David Stern. Burke is being interviewed in a Timberwolves hat - is he unaware of the trade? Just an awkward night all around. 8:39PM: A montage of players dancing draws cheers and boos. Kevin Garnett is just slammed by the crowd, who may be unaware that he may be playing in this very arena next season. That'll be a great fit! 8:42PM: A McCollum interview also elicits cheers - lots of Lehigh alum in the house. But none of these guys should feel particularly set on their new homes at the moment: trades are coming fast and furious. 8:43PM: Sixers take Michael Carter-Williams, and the Syracuse alum gets a warm reception. He'll be stepping in for the departed Jrue Holiday, it seems. May want to let his new teammate Evan Turner know what's up.

8:50PM:Thunder take Steven Adams, and the collective reaction around me is "Who?" But the Thunder tend to know better, except for the James Harden trade. And Kendrick Perkins. And uh... well, he's quite tall! 8:57PM: Another trade, as it seems Boston will be making this next pick. Can't wait for the boos!

8:58PM: Our first guy who isn't here tonight - Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, who is picked by Dallas for Boston. I predict he will have the best selling Celtics jersey of all time. 9:04PM Did Stern just goad the crowd into booing him? He looks like Mussolini with his hand gestures. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves pick Shabazz Muhammad, I think. Technically it was the Jazz pick, but... It's starting to get confusing in here. May have to wrap it up, since there aren't many guys left in the building and the David Stern booing is getting a little depressing 9:15PM: We're officially in foreign guy/not here territory, and my computer is dead, so that's it for tonight. Thanks for reading - and look for our exclusive photo shoot with no. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, among other players, tomorrow.

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Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Drake And More Pay Tribute To Pop Smoke

The hip-hop world is in mourning after the tragic and shocking death of rising Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Drake, Rich the Kid, Chance the Rapper and more paid tribute to the slain 20-year-old recording artist on Wednesday (Feb. 18) with many responding in disbelief.

“The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable,” Minaj, who collaborated with Pop on his “Welcome to the Party” remix, wrote on Instagram. “Rest In Peace, Pop.”

The Brooklyn native, whose birth names was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot and killed inside his Hollywood Hills rental home early Wednesday. Two masked men broke into the home at around 4:30 a.m, sources told TMZ. Police arrived at 4:55 a.m. after responding to a call from the East Coast alerting them to a home invasion at the location. Pop was transported to Cedars-Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“No such thing as success [without] jealousy,” tweeted 50 Cent. “Treachery comes from those who are close. RIP.”

Rich the Kid revealed that he spoke with Pop hours before his death. “I don’t wanna believe it, we literally spoke less than 24 hours ago I’m lost for word [sic] tryna type this message love you bro this s**t hurt me so bad that you gone already I’m tryna stop the tears.”

Drake took to his Instagram Story with a message on being grateful for life. “Sit by some good energy tonight in these unwelcoming times. Be with some good people and express how grateful you are for life. RIP Pop.”

“Rest Up Pop Smoke, you were too young,” tweeted Chance the Rapper. “God Bless and comfort your family. What a crazy trajectory you were on man smh.”

A candlelight vigil was held for the “Gatti ” rapper in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

They outside turning up for #PopSmoke in Brooklyn 🔥💫

— Pop Smoke Central (@PopSmokeCentral) February 20, 2020

Candlelight vigil for #PopSmoke in Canarsie, Brooklyn 🙏

— Pop Smoke Central (@PopSmokeCentral) February 20, 2020

Authorities have yet to officially confirm a motive for the murder as the investigation is ongoing.

Read tributes to Pop below.

No such thing as success with out jealousy, treachery comes from those who are close. R.i.P

— 50cent (@50cent) February 19, 2020


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Been shot at in San Fran , got arrested in Maryland , La , New York and Oklahoma , had a so call stand off with police in Oklahoma , Cali spot got broken into 4 times alll on tape and one of them even left they phone 😯😒ALLL SINCE I BEEN A “RAPPER” you literally gotta Pray 🙏🏿that you make it back home safe !! But then you not even safe at home.. 🙏🏿🙏🏿 my condolences

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The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.

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Rest Up Pop Smoke, you were too young. God Bless and comfort your family. What a crazy trajectory you were on man smh 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 19, 2020


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This is heart breaking. He was just getting started. Prayers to his family 🙏🏽

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Travis Scott reacts to the death of Pop Smoke.

The two first met at Travis’ Astroworld music festival.

— Only Hip Hop Facts (@OnlyHipHopFacts) February 19, 2020


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R. I. P. Lil homie. ✨🎤💙🙏🏽 damn I’m hurt all ova again 💫✨🌟 Gone2soon🌹💙

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Damn pop..... 🙏🏾

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I don’t wanna believe it, we literally spoke less than 24 hours ago I’m lost for word tryna type this message love you bro this shit hurt me so bad that you gone already I’m tryna stop the tears I’m tryna stop this chest pain that I got at 7 am when gramz texted me we gone miss you bro RIP @realpopsmoke 4L 💙💫

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Lost for words right now! Smh 🤦🏽‍♂️ Brooklyn King! Rest up! 💙 this shit right here hit home!

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See You In Paradise Cuz 💙✌🏽💙

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F L Y H I G H W O O 🕊@realpopsmoke Got To Kno This Kid! Very Talented Humble Respectful And Appreciative Always Ask Questions Big Sponge To Knowledge Fast Learning Young Boss And The Huncho Was Here To Share That Anytime You Called Me! R.I.P 🙏🏾💫#MEETTHEWOO

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Damn bro just talked to u.💔Can’t believe was on yo way. You was a real star bro. Yo energy was crazy. We needed ur energy n sound! Rest In Peace broski 😢😢💔💔

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Texting me worried I love you for that !!!!!!! But rip pop smoke

— DURKIOOO🦅 (@lildurk) February 19, 2020

We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of @POPSMOKE10. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together.

— Republic Records (@RepublicRecords) February 19, 2020

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Eric Holder Trial Date Could Coincide With Anniversary Of Nipsey Hussle’s Murder

A trial date has reportedly been set for Eric Holder, the man accused of killing Nipsey Hussle. Holder’s two-week trial is likely to begin in early April and is expected to end by April 14, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said in court on Wednesday (Feb. 19).

There’s a possibility that the trail could start in late March, which would coincide with the one-year anniversary of Hussle’s murder.

Judge Perry noted the seriousness of the case while addressing Holder in court. “These cases take time to get ready for trial,” Perry said according to the New York Daily News. “You have a right to a speedy trial.”

The case has been continued until March 18. Perry told Holder that the court would its best to begin the trial within 30 days. Holder agreed to the continuance and is scheduled to return to court next month.

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down in the parking lot of his South Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. Holder was arrested two days later in Bellflower, Calif., which is roughly 20 miles away from the murder scene.

Last November, Judge Perry denied a motion to have two of Holder's charges dismissed sighting that there was enough evidence to go to trial. Holder, 30, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by felon.

Holder allegedly reached out to a podcaster last week and vowed to share his story after the trial.

If convicted, Holder faces a maximum of life in prison.

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LeBron James Sets Children's Book For Release This Summer

A man of many talents, LeBron James is adding author to his stacked resume. According to Entertainment Weekly, the three-time NBA champion joined literary forces with HarperCollins Publishers to create a children's book titled I PROMISE. The book will be released in August.

"Books have the ability to teach, inspire, and bring people together. That's why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me," he said. "Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in. I PROMISE is powerful in that way and I can't wait for people to read it." On Instagram, James expounded upon his statement, hoping that the text will inspire its young readers and encourage the next game-changer.

"Man, the beauty of this is the process in how we got here," he wrote. "Never settling no matter the opportunities or chapters we add to this journey and now we get to share our promise and our story with kids and families everywhere. I can’t wait for everyone to read this, share this, feel empowered, and strive for greatness the same way my kids from Akron do every day." The book is illustrated by Nina Mata and will focus on giving back to communities and a reminder to always bet on yourself.


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Our own children’s book⁉️ What!! @ljfamfoundation @ipromiseschool Man, the beauty of this is the process in how we got here. Never settling no matter the opportunities or chapters we add to this journey and now we get to share our promise and our story with kids and families everywhere. I can’t wait for everyone to read this, share this, feel empowered, and strive for greatness the same way my kids from Akron do every day. 🙏🏾 Middle school edition next. 👀 👑 @harpercollins

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EW also notes the book will be followed by "a middle-grade novel" in 2021. The news follows another feat for the pro-athlete off the hardwood. After opening a public elementary school in his home state of Ohio in 2018, James' self-titled foundation partnered with Kent State University to offer free tuition for four years to the school's first graduating class.

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