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Wiggins Watch: Andrew Wiggins and Kansas Hit Trouble In Paradise

Andrew Wiggins never asked for the hype, but it’s something he couldn’t avoid. The checklist of items needed for him to stay grounded are there: recognition of flaws in his game, a close circle of family and friends, and a humble demeanor. Unfortunately, the latter of the list might be what has scouts and skeptics on the same page. Make no mistake, he can turn up to the tune of 30 point outings on the regular but he’s much more comfortable playing the team game as opposed to the hero ball basketball purists, which he happens to be, loathe. Wiggins was the super nova among stars on both his high school team at Huntington Prep, which featured a host of Division 1 college basketball bound seniors, and his summer AAU team, CIA Bounce, that fellow Canada products Tyler Ennis (currently starting for Syracuse University) and Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes made marks on, too.

Last season, Wiggins responded to an SI article that came out questioning how good Wiggins would in fact be by dropping 57 points. That fire, that passion, that ability to carry a country on his back is what pushed him to the forefront of this soon to be famed class. Now his biggest hurdle is tapping into what makes him special, all the time.

Forgetting that despite his all world ability, Wiggins is still a freshman is a mistake. With all the talent on Kansas, maybe he won’t have the dominating season that Kevin Durant or Carmelo Anthony had in their one-and-done campaigns that he was projected to have. And that’s OK. The piece missing from Kansas’ puzzle in their 63-59 semifinal loss to Villanova at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas was Wiggins’ sense of “give me the fucking ball’ when it came down to the end of the game. Durant has that. Kobe Bryant has that. Michael Jordan had it and, even though he struggled to find it, Lebron James has it.

Star players make plays down the stretch, but Wiggins, who only scored 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting, MJ fade away’d from the spotlight in crunch time. Was he simply playing within the flow of the game? Was the moment too big for him? No one can answer that but Wiggins. All we know is the bar has been set, expectations are high and the young OVO has till March to figure how to keep his on-court fire lit.

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Serena Williams Graces The Cover Of Her First Wheaties Box

On Tuesday (June 25), General Mills made the announcement that four-time Olympic Gold medalist, Serena Williams, would be the next dynamic athlete on the notable cereal box. Williams posted on her Instagram that same day, overjoyed with the news.

"Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second," she captioned. This honor makes her the fourth female tennis player and the first active tennis player since 2000 to be featured on Wheaties, as reported by ABC News.

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In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box. Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second.

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"I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it's an honor to join the ranks of some of America's most decorated athletes," Williams said in a statement. "I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big."

The recognition will be added to her immeasurable list of accolades which include 23 Grand Slam single titles and 14 double titles, as well as being named the Women's Tennis Association 'Player of the Year' seven times. Athletics is not her only accomplishment, as she also launched her own clothing line in summer 2018.

As many fans on social media have voiced, the professional's new praise is long overdue.

 

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Kobe And Vanessa Bryant Welcome Fourth Daughter, Capri Kobe

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's family just a got a little bit bigger.

Vanessa Bryant, 37, took to Instagram last week to reveal the couple's daughter was born healthy and happy on Thursday, June 20. "Our baby girl is here, so Thankful for our newest baby blessing," Vanessa captioned.

The little one, Capri Kobe Bryant, is the fourth girl of the Bryant bunch and the only to have her NBA daddy's name as her middle name. Vanessa also noted little Capri's nickname will be Koko.

Kobe also expressed his delight over the new bundle of joy.

"We are beyond excited that our baby girl ‘Koko’ has arrived!! #bryantbunch #4princesses #blessed,” the 40-year-old captioned on Instagram.

The Bryant's who've been married for 18 years, announced in January they were expecting their fourth daughter.

Yet even with four girls, the NFL legend and Academy Award winner said the couple may try one more time for a boy.

“I think [Vanessa] wants a boy more than I do. I love having girls — I’m super, super excited about that," Bryant told Extra in March. "She is as well. She wanted a boy so he can be mama’s boy forever — that sort of thing. We’ll see if I can deliver, I don’t know.”

Congrats to the family.

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Shaquille O'Neal Expresses Interest In Buying Reebok

Shaquille O'Neal is a man of many investments, and he plans to build upon his business resume by entertaining interest in buying Reebok. According to "CNBC Make It," the retired NBA player shared his desire, coming full circle since his 1992 lucrative partnership when he was first in the league.

"Well, [Authentic Brands Group, one of the companies] I'm involved in, we just bought Sports Illustrated but I would love to purchase Reebok," he said. O'Neal mentioned after Adidas purchased the company in 2005, he believes the mega-sportswear outlet "diluted" Reebok to the point where it felt nonexistent. "I want to bring them back to basketball and to fitness," he added. Over 20 years ago, O'Neal and Reebok debuted the Shaq Attaq sneaker, which featured O'Neal's "Dunkman" logo that has been etched on his apparel. The partnership also spawned the Shaqnosis kicks.

According to USA Today, O'Neal's investments and endorsements span over 50 brands including IcyHot, Burger King, Papa John's, and Gold Bond. His portfolio also includes recognizable clientele like Google, Apple, Five Guys, and Krispy Kreme adding to his reported net worth of over $400 million since 2016, Forbes reports.

"I'm going to invest in things that are going to change people's lives," he previously said, noting that his "style" of investing is "very simple."

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